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Why is my hairline receding?

One of the questions we are most frequently asked, besides ‘what causes hair loss’, is ‘why is my hairline receding’?

A receding hairline is extremely common in men, especially as the 30 milestone passes. It is reported (by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) that 40% of men will experience noticeable hair loss by the time they’re 35, so if you’re concerned – you’re not alone.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the causes and ways to conceal a receding hairline.

An introduction to male pattern baldness

Referred to as androgenic alopecia in the medical industry, male pattern baldness is the most common type of male hair loss. If you’re experiencing a distinctive thinning or loss of hair at the temples (hairline) and crown of your head and you have passed puberty, then you most likely fall into this category.

The first sign of male pattern baldness in men is often a receding hairline.

While it can take a little while for complete balding to take place, the initial ‘thinning’ process can seem quite dramatic. In short – each strand of hair has a growth cycle and as we age, this tends to weaken which causes follicle shrinkage; this results in shorter, finer and less pigmented strands which not only make the hair look thinner but are also much more likely to shed.

Unfortunately, as we grow older and this finer hair sheds, it is uncommon for a new hair to grow in its place. When this hair loss occurs in distinctive patterns, we refer to it as male pattern baldness.

What is causing my hairline to recede?

Genetics are the largest contributing factor where male pattern baldness is concerned.

The likelihood of you inheriting the hair behavioral traits from a parent is likely, especially if your father experienced male pattern baldness. This is because Androgens – a group of hormones found in men (including Testosterone) are genetically inherited and play the largest role in male hair loss.  

Why do androgens cause hair loss?

Androgens, like Testosterone, have several key functions within the male body, including the regulation of hair growth; so, it comes as no surprise that your individual genetic makeup dictates the growth cycle of each strand on your head.

Other causes of (temporary) hair loss…

It’s worth bearing in mind that there are several additional factors which contribute towards hair loss for both women and men.

According to the NHS, these include – an illness (e.g. a thyroid condition), stress, cancer treatment, weight loss and iron deficiency.

How to conceal a receding hairline

There are various products on the market which help to conceal male hair loss, including our Disguise range.

Each product has been formulated with our exclusive System-PPX active thickening complex to not only conceal hair loss, but also thicken the appearance of thinning hair.

The collection includes a Disguise Spray – formulated to quickly and easily add colour to the scalp and conceal receding areas, and natural keratin Hair Fibres – developed to conceal and cover thinning and receding areas (both available in a selection of colours).


Category(s): How to disguise thin hair, Science


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