Receding hairline: symptoms and causes

A receding hairline is a very common affliction among men in their 30’s. Although women experience hair thinning more than receding hairlines, it is not beyond the realm of possibilities for women to be affected by it as well. Women tend to suffer from receding hairlines in the form of frontal fibrosing alopecia and traction alopecia.

Why do people get receding hairlines?

An individual, on average, sheds 100 strands of hair each day, give or take. It is quite a normal phenomenon. Hair grows out of follicles underneath the scalps surface, and when it is time for new hair to grow out, the existing ones fall out to make the space.

However, if the hair follicles become damaged or the growth cycle is disrupted due to medical issues, then new hair does not grow back as the old ones fall. As a result, hair starts to thin, or a receding hairline forms.

While there may be other causes behind such hair loss, genetic traits and changes in hormones are the most prevalent ones.

Genetic traits

Like male pattern baldness, receding hairlines in men can be traced back to genes. Males inherit certain hormones from the previous generation, which cause hair follicles to weaken and become more sensitive. Often, the hairline starts to recede around the same time as that of the previous generation.

Changes in hormones

Although the role of hormones in female pattern baldness is ambiguous when compared to the male counterpart, changes in hormones do cause hair fall in women. The female body goes through a wide array of changes during menopause, including hormonal ones. There is a possibility of excess hair thinning during such times, and the hairline may even recede due to it.

Symptoms of a receding hairline

Receding hairline in men may begin soon after puberty has ended. They will have some degree of a receding hairline by the time they are in their late 30’s.

Typically, the recession of hair starts at the temples and moves upwards. Sometimes, it can move as far back as the top of the head.

There is also the ‘widow’s peak’. This is the type of receding hairline where the hair loss only occurs on the two sides above the forehead. The hairline becomes V-shaped.

Female receding hairlines occurs on top of the head as opposed to starting from the forehead. It becomes apparent when the hair parting widens on top of the head, accompanied by considerable hair thinning.


If you suspect you may be suffering from a receding hairline, consult with your GP. While it may be a hereditary trait, it can also be caused by scalp infections and such.

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