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Restoring Confidence: A Comprehensive Guide To Treating Receding Hairlines & Hair Loss

October
12
,
2023

A thick, lustrous head of hair is a source of pride for many. Even unknowingly, our hair can give us the confidence we need to stride through life with a bit of assurance. Yet, for many of us, noticing the gradual retreat of our hairline can stunt our confidence and send us on a hair regrowth journey. 

Fear not, though. You are not alone in this journey. In this comprehensive guide, we’ve gathered expertise and insights to provide you with a roadmap to address receding hairlines and hair loss. We’ll delve into the signs, treatment options, and lifestyle changes that can help you regain control of your appearance and, most importantly, how you feel about yourself. Let’s talk about it.

What Is a Receding Hairline?

Understand receding hairline signs to watch for when concerned about hair loss

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A receding hairline, commonly referred to as male pattern baldness, is a gradual hair loss pattern. Those experiencing male pattern baldness notice their hairline moving backward or “receding.” Receding hairlines often start at the temples and form an M-shaped pattern as they progress towards the crown of the head. 

Let’s break down some of the signs of a receding hairline:

  • Thinning at the temples - Typically the first sign of a receding hairline, your hair starts to thin around your temples and your hairline loses its former fullness.
  • Widening forehead - Your forehead may appear bigger, showing the M-shape of a receding hairline.
  • Increased scalp visibility - You may notice more of your scalp peeking through your hair because of hair thinning and loss. 
  • Excessive hair fall - Your scalp may shed more of your hair quicker, especially when combing or washing your hair.
  • Thinning hair - Your hair near the receding area of your scalp may become finer and thinner.

 

There are a few factors that can contribute to hair loss, including genetics, medical conditions, nutritional deficiencies, and stress. Some factors may be completely out of your hands, but you do have some control over others. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can treat hair loss and some preventative measures you can take to stop hair loss from happening in the first place.

How To Treat A Receding Hairline

5 receding hairline treatments you can try to prevent and reverse hair loss

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Understanding the signs of a receding hairline is the first step towards treating it. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, there are plenty of effective hair loss treatments to explore. 

1. Introduce products designed to promote hair growth

Introducing hair care products designed to promote a healthy scalp and hair growth can be a huge help when treating hair loss from a receding hairline. Adding a growth-promoting product to your hair care routine may be all you need to turn your symptoms around, and it’s a good first step in the journey toward hair regrowth. Using hair care products in conjunction with other hair loss treatments might help you get even better results, too.

Not all hair care products are created equally, though, and it’s especially important to do your research on hair care products that claim they can help with hair loss. Look for products with clinically proven active ingredients known to reduce hair loss or promote hair growth. Those ingredients might include biotin, peptides, ketoconazole, and a few others as well. 

We’ve designed our Folitin Hair Growth Serum with a proprietary blend of active peptides—including growth factor, copper, and anti-inflammatory peptides. This blend reverses hair loss while improving the health of your scalp. Adding a product like this to your hair care routine can drastically improve the health of your hair and reduce hair loss. 

2. Try derma-rolling

Dermarolling, which is also commonly referred to as microneedling, is a type of cosmetic procedure that uses tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries on the skin. This process stimulates collagen production, and it makes it much easier for your skin to absorb skincare products.

While this technique is commonly used as a skincare treatment, the benefits don’t just stop at the skin on your face. Dermarolling can also be an effective hair loss treatment, especially when used in conjunction with certain products.

Folitin, in particular, is a great product to use during your derma-rolling treatments. Because your skin is much more receptive to products and ingredients after microneedling, you can combine the collagen-boosting power of dermarolling with a peptide-rich formula of Folitin to get the best results possible. 

3. Try Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is not quite as intimidating as it sounds. This type of therapy uses red light lasers or LED devices to stimulate hair follicles and promote hair regrowth. LLLT can be done in the form of laser combs, caps, and helmets. While the results of this type of therapy are generally inconclusive, many people have found that their hair is stronger after this treatment. 

These treatments can be a bit time-consuming, but LLLT can be helpful in conjunction with other treatments, too, if you find this is the right option for you.

4. Consider Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is another type of treatment that has proved to be successful when treating hair loss. PRP involves drawing a small amount of your blood that is then processed to concentrate the platelets. The PRP made from your blood sample is then injected into the scalp. The platelets derived contain growth factors, and after they get injected into your scalp, they can stimulate your hair follicles and promote hair regrowth.  

This option is on the more expensive and time-consuming side of your options for treating a receding hairline, but it is an option that may prove fruitful on your hair regrowth journey.

5. Consider treatments or medications

If the other strategies you’ve tried aren’t quite working, there are some treatments and medications that may help. Some you can get over the counter, and others will have to be prescribed by your doctor. Let’s take a look at a couple you might consider:

  • Finasteride (Propecia) - This oral prescription medication has been found effective in treating male pattern baldness. Propecia works by suppressing our body’s DHT hormone, helping regrow hair and slowing hair loss. 
  • Minoxidil (Rogaine) - Apply this FDA-approved OTC topical solution to your scalp to help treat hair loss. Rogaine is believed to help with hair regrowth by enlarging hair follicles and elongating the growth phase of hair. 

While both of these treatments surely have their advantages, keep in mind their limitations and side effects, too. Both solutions are a long-term commitment, meaning if you stop taking the medication or applying the treatment, any hair that grows as a result of your treatment is more than likely to be lost. Knowing and understanding all sides of using treatments and medications can help you decide if this solution is right for you.

How To Prevent Receding Hairlines

3 steps you can take to maintain a healthy scalp and prevent hair loss man smiling amidst botanical garden

Given the factors that contribute to receding hairlines, hair loss is not always preventable. However, there are a few steps you can take to make sure that you are taking the best care of yourself—and your scalp!—possible. 

1. Be Mindful Of How You Care For Your Hair

While preventing hair loss isn’t always possible, maintaining a healthy scalp with gentle hair care products and techniques can set you up for a lot of success. Properly caring for your scalp and your hair can reduce your risk of hair damage that can lead to hair loss and create a healthy canvas for your hair to grow. 

Let’s take a look at a few hair care maintenance tips you can follow to keep your scalp healthy and happy:

  • Keep your scalp clean - Shampoo your scalp regularly to remove excess dirt and oil buildup to create a healthy place for your hair follicles to thrive.
  • Moisturize your hair - Dry and brittle hair leads to breakage, and we don’t want that. Use conditioners and maybe even occasionally a hair mask to hydrate and nourish your hair.
  • Choose gentle products - Find gentle hair care products that are suitable for your specific hair type so you can be sure the formula is designed to help your hair thrive.
  • Introduce products designed to promote hair growth - You can add a product, such as our Folitin Hair Growth Serum, to your hair care routine as a preventative measure to improve your scalp health and start growing healthier, stronger hair.
  • Trim your hair regularly - Split ends weaken your hair shaft, which leads to breakage. Get your hair trimmed regularly to prevent split ends.
  • Avoid tight hairstyles - Avoid any hairstyles that may require you to put your hair back tightly to prevent further breakage.

2. Maintain a Nutrient-Rich Diet

Your diet should contain nutrients that help with your hair's health. Some hair health-promoting nutrients you should incorporate into your diet include:

  • Protein - Increase your protein intake by eating lean meats, fish, eggs, and legumes.
  • Iron - Introduce lean red meat, spinach, and lentils into your diet.
  • Biotin - Eating eggs, nuts, and whole grains can help you ensure you’re getting enough biotin.
  • Vitamins and minerals -Vitamin A, D, and E, zinc, and selenium are all essential nutrients for your hair's health.

You may want to talk to your doctor about adding supplements, like a biotin supplement, or multivitamins to your routine to address any of your nutritional deficiencies. 

3. Manage Your Stress

Managing your stress is always much easier said than done. But, chronic stress can contribute to hair loss. So, it’s best to try to manage your stress if hair loss is a big concern for you.

Make sure you’re exercising regularly and trying different practices like meditation or yoga to try to reduce your stress levels. 

When It’s Time To Seek Professional Help

You should talk to your doctor if you are experiencing unusual hair loss symptoms

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While prevention strategies are valuable, professional intervention is necessary in some situations. You should talk to your doctor or a professional if you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms:

  • You’ve noticed sudden, severe hair loss - If you’ve experienced a sudden onset of significant hair loss, you should see your doctor right away.
  • You’re experiencing unusual symptoms - Seek medical attention if you’ve started to notice pain, severe itching, or inflammation of your scalp.
  • You’ve noticed hair loss after starting a medication - If you suspect a medication is causing hair loss, talk to your doctor to explore alternatives or see if you can make any adjustments to your medication.
  • You’re concerned for your self-esteem - If hair loss is affecting your emotional well-being, consult a dermatologist or hair specialist to explore your treatment options.

 

Some of these symptoms can point to serious medical problems, so it’s always best to consult with your doctor if you’ve experienced abnormal hair loss or pain.


Our hair gives us a sense of pride and confidence, and losing it can be devastating. The journey of reversing hair loss is a difficult one—but not an impossible one. Hopefully, by following these tips, you can get back to growing thick, healthy hair in no time.

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