I know what you’re thinking. You’ve noticed that your hairline has started receding and you’re wondering if this is the start of going bald. First off, don’t let yourself become stressed out. By noticing hair loss in its early stages, you’ve already taken the first step towards correcting the problem.
For many men, the receding hairline goes unnoticed in the early stages. They’ll tell themselves that those extra hairs at the bottom of the shower basin are from regular shedding, or that their growing widow’s peak has always been there. Fortunately, you were able to catch your receding hairline early, and that is the first step towards fighting hair loss.
Just because there is no magical pill to prevent balding doesn’t mean that fighting hair loss is a losing battle – even if you’re genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness. Sometimes all you need to do to slow down that receding hairline is make a few adjustments in your daily routine, and here are some ways how.
1. Go easy on your scalp
Are you a habitual head rubber? Too much brushing your hair and scratching your scalp can damage your hair follicles, which can contribute to a receding hairline. If an itchy scalp leaves you constantly scratching your head, you might want to explore different shampoo options – like something to prevent dandruff. Try looking for a shampoo with pyrithione zinc as the active ingredient, as it’s effective at treating dandruff and other skin-related conditions.
Also, certain hairstyles that pull your hair back, like ponytails, man buns, and cornrows, put unnecessary stress on your follicles over time which can also cause your hairline to recede. If you’re sporting one of these hairdos and you notice your forehead getting a little bigger over time, you may want to think about changing your hairstyle.
2. Spend some time doing something you enjoy
Do you find yourself stressed and worried all the time? If so, that could be a contributing factor to your receding hairline. Since stress is linked to hair loss, experiencing frequent bouts of anxiety and worry may be causing your hairline to recede faster than it should. If you feel stressed and overwhelmed, spend a little time every day doing something that makes you happy. It could be going for a walk, exercising, or even reading a good book – whatever it takes to help you unwind. Not only will this self-maintenance time make you feel happier and healthier, it could also slow down your hair loss. Talk about a win-win.
3. Eat healthier meals
If your diet is not giving you the vitamins and minerals you need, your hair is one of the first things affected. As soon as you start noticing that you’re shedding more hair than usual, take a look at your diet. Living off of fast food, frozen dinners, and processed foods may be one of the factors behind your receding hairline. The good news is that fixing your diet is relatively easy. All you need to do is add some more fruits and vegetables to each meal, or don’t skip on your daily multivitamin dose; if you do both, then you’ll be giving your hair everything that it needs to stay strong and healthy.
However, what you should not do is go overboard with the supplements. Studies have actually linked an over consumption of vitamins A and E to increased hair loss, so keep your vitamin dosage under 10,000 UI a day.
4. Make minoxidil part of your daily routine
Minoxidil is a topical solution that’s applied directly to the scalp, usually twice a day, in order to treat hair loss. Unlike other remedies and holistic health tips, minoxidil is scientifically proven to stop hair loss in the majority of men who use it. Not only does it help prevent further hair loss, minoxidil causes new hair growth in roughly 40% of the people who use it. However, minoxidil has one catch: if you don’t use it, you lose it. With that said, as long as you're happy with using it daily, minoxidil can be an effective way to stop a receding hairline.
The most important thing to remember when trying to prevent hair loss is that there’s no such thing as a magical cure. Pharmaceutical breakthroughs like minoxidil and finasteride – a pill designed to stop hair loss by disrupting the hormones that cause male pattern baldness – can help with your receding hairline, but they won’t magically stop you from losing your hair if you suddenly quit taking them. For this reason, it’s important that you approach hair loss medication with the intent of sticking to a long-term regimen in order to enjoy their overall benefits.
If you’ve had any experience with any of these preventative methods, feel free to leave us a comment telling us how they’ve helped you.