Starting after puberty, as men continue to age it is very common for the hairline to edge backwards and can start earlier or later and to varying degrees depending on a number of factors.
Men’s hairlines typically starts receding between the ages of 17 and 29, but for the lucky ones, it can be much later or perhaps not at all.
Unfortunately, for a lot of men, there is not much that can be done to prevent the hairline from receding as this is caused by a mixture of ageing and genetics. However, there are things that can be done to slow down hairline recession or even stop it altogether with some home remedies and treatments.
What Causes Hair to Recede?
As is commonly known, the main cause of a receding hairline is a mixture of age and genetics. Two-thirds of men will experience some form of hair loss in their lifetime. Obviously, the earlier this starts happening the more detrimental it can be to the individual in terms of mental health and confidence.
There are other well-known factors that can exacerbate hair loss, contributing to the existing unavoidable genetics and ageing.
These factors are:
- Using heat for hairstyling often
- Styling hair in a way that pulls it tightly such as a top-knot
- Eating a bad diet lacking in important vitamins and minerals and high in preservatives, sugar and fats
- Some medications for serious illnesses such as cancer or depression have the side effect of hair loss
- Stress! This is usually temporary however
How to Stop Hair Receding?
A Healthy Diet
Good advice in general, a healthy diet full of the right vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help your hair look and feel stronger and healthier. Vitamins and minerals to look out for include vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B-12, iron and zinc which can be found in leafy greens, blueberries, beans and nuts.
Cut out Stress
While it may seem easier said than done, stress is a serious cause of a receding hairline and getting on top of it could pay dividends. Depending on the severity of your stress, simple remedies such as meditation or taking a step back from work could help, while more serious stress may need the help of a therapist.
Stop Using a Hairdryer
The excessive use of hot air on your scalp is doing your hair no favours as it makes it dry and can damage your hair follicles. Wash your hair earlier and allow it to air-dry.
Getting your body in a healthy state by quitting smoking, eating a healthier balanced diet and getting the necessary vitamins, cutting out junk food and exercising more, can help give your hairline a new lease of life.
Lastly, if you have tried the other options with no luck and you are seriously worried about your receding hairline it might be a good idea to see your GP to make sure there are no underlying health problems that may be the root cause. Once the doctor rules this out, get a prescription for Finasteride, a clinically proven hair loss medication. Your hairline will thank you for it!