If you are troubled by a receding hairline, then this post is for you. It can be caused by a myriad of factors, from genetics to the way we treat our hair. In many cases, a receding hairline is self-induced by the way that we (mis)treat our hair. It’s important to note that while a receding hairline can be upsetting for an individual to look at, it poses no risk to health.
If your hairline is receding and you want to change that fact, here are a few things that you can do:
1. Establish the root of the problem
Before you jump into ‘magical’ oils and other products, it is important to seek professional help. Find out what is causing your hairline to recede. There are many causes of hairline recession in women including androgenetic alopecia, which is genetic thinning, and alopecia areata which is a type of autoimmune hair loss where hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by the body’s immune cells. It is important to have a thorough history and examination with a dermatologist to determine the cause of hair loss.
2. Avoid tight hairstyles
If you are experiencing a receding hairline, tight hairstyles could easily exacerbate the situation. Why? Because they tug at the baby hairs which are already sensitive making them fall off. A high ponytail, tiny box braids, and a sleek bun might look amazing, but if your style is too tight, all that tension can cause your hairline to thin. Over time, that thinning could turn into traction alopecia, a type of hair loss caused by the over-styling and pulling of your hair.
How do you deal with this? Ask your hairdresser to leave your hairline out of the equation. Your hair may not be as neat, but at least it saves the hairline from receding further, and then the growth process can begin.
3. Avoid excessive heat
Sometimes it is close to impossible to completely avoid heat on the hair. Blow-dried and flat ironed hair is, more often than not, much easier to deal with. However, to save your hairline, you may just want to reduce the instances that you blow-dry your hair. Excessive use of hair straighteners, blow dryers, and curling wands can cause your edges to sizzle, fry, and break off. If you absolutely need to use heat on your hair, spritz on a heat-protectant spray every single time.
4. Scalp massages
Scalp massages feel great, especially if you’re not the one doing them. But here’s another reason why you should consider them. They can help you to grow your hairline back.
Place a small amount of oil between your palms and rub it all over your hands. Using the pads of your fingers only, gently apply pressure in a circular motion section by section along your hairline. The complete process should only take 5-10 minutes. Edges don’t grow overnight, but scalp massages improve blood circulation and can help to restore your hairline.
5. Wrap your head before going to bed
One practice that you can inculcate into your haircare routine is wrapping your head before bed. Protect your edges using a silk or satin scarf or bonnet. How does this work?
The friction between your hair and your pillowcase and/or sheets can leave hair weak and vulnerable to breakage. To prevent this from happening, the smooth texture of the bonnet or scarf not only prevents friction and any potential breakage but also helps your hair retain moisture. Also, consider using a silk pillow – Why Silk Pillowcases Are Best For Your Skin And Hair
6. Moisturize your edges
We’ve talked about wrapping your head, but this is of little use if you don’t actually moisturize your edges. Keep in mind that the most effective moisturizers have water as the first ingredient, and do not include mineral oil or petrolatum. Some of the more common ingredients, like petrolatum, used in styling products are actually moisture resistant.
7. Consider using hair supplements
You can actually use hair supplements to help grow your hairline back. You may choose to use over-the-counter supplements or to get them prescribed by a professional. The latter is obviously better. But be careful about using supplements. Health: 6 Things You Should Know Before Taking Supplements
You will see a difference in your hairline after about three months of taking hair-regrowth supplements. Dr. Christine Shaver of Bernstein Medical Center for Hair Restoration in New York City says, “This difference is more of a filler and helps strengthen the hair, and help it grow faster.” If you’re looking for major changes in the thickness of your hairline, he says, “the best way to regrow it is by taking supplements or a certain medication prescribed by your doctor.”