A receding hairline is a common side effect of age, and signals that more advanced hair loss is likely to take place. After all, pattern hair loss will affect nearly half of all men and a third of all women by the time they reach their 50s.
Despite being so widespread, a receding hairline can still be a tough blow to self-esteem, particularly if you have long hair. Our society values long, vibrant hair as a symbol of youth, health and attractiveness. A receding hairline, and what it could turn into, is a legitimate cause for concern.
Receding Hairline Causes
Hair loss can be especially confusing for individuals with longer hair. Hair that begins to grow unevenly at the top and around the sides and back can draw unnecessary attention to the crown.
Hair loss, especially that beginning with a receding hairline, is most commonly identified as pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia. The word ‘androgenetic’ refers to the presence of male sex hormones – a compound named dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in particular. This form of hair loss also affects women, as they also naturally produce these hormones in their bodies.
This form of balding is triggered by the activation of certain genes which make hair follicles more susceptible to the effects of DHT. DHT binds to follicles and causes them to shrink prematurely, preventing any healthy terminal hairs from growing.
There are complex inheritance patterns that explain how and why balding occurs, but for the most part, genes for balding are passed down by both the father and mother.
However, some other factors might influence how and when balding can occur.
Traction Hair Loss
Traction hair loss is a gradual form of hair loss that is caused by applying excessive pulling or twisting force to the hair, which stresses the follicles and causes them to release hairs. This can permanently scar at the root and prevent hair from re-growing.
Traction alopecia can be a serious concern for men and women who prefer to wear their hair long. This form of hair loss has become more prevalent in men as the ‘man-bun’ hairstyle has gained popularity. A number of factors are thought to contribute:
- Wearing hair in a tight fashion
- Application of chemicals
- Excessive use of headwear
The damage can be lasting and it is recommended to have it seen to as soon as possible. Treatments such as PRP Stem Cell Therapy and Hair Transplants can undo the damage.
There are a number of other factors that could be influencing how your hair is growing. Things such as stress, poor diet, new medications and certain medical conditions can alter the balance of your hormones.
A significant proportion of post-pregnancy women may suffer from telogen effluvium, or hair loss that occurs after a pregnancy. This condition occurs as a result of the body’s hormonal balances adjusting back to normal levels but can result in temporary hair thinning and loss.
Telogen effluvium is a completely normal process that subsides over time; if lasting hair loss persists for a long period, contact Advanced Hair Studio for assistance.
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