An uneven hairline can be both terrifying and devastating to men and women alike. But does it really mean that you’re predestined to suffer from pattern baldness, or is there a possibility that the occurrence is just natural, normal change to your hair?
In this post, we’re going to discuss different hairlines, and you’ll learn three major things on this topic:
- The definition of an unnatural hairline, and its most common causes.
- How to tell whether your unnatural hairline is natural, or whether it’s an early sign of balding.
- How to fix an patchy hairline, whether it’s natural or caused by progressive hair loss.
So, if you’re ready to learn more about your unnatural hairline and what it means for you, keep reading.
And, be sure to stick around until the end to learn more about the odds of regrowing your hair and restoring your hairline by taking the 6-question quiz at the end of this article.
You’ll learn the most likely cause of your hair loss, as well as how to go about regrowing it (if possible).
What is an Uneven Hairline and What Causes It?
An uneven hairline is a hairline that is asymmetrical, typically with one side having less hair than the other side.
This is a common phenomenon, experienced by both men and women.
There’s a few things which can contribute to this kind of hairline. From traction alopecia to male-pattern baldness to genetics. But let’s take a closer look at each one.
This is really just a fancy term for hair loss caused by over styling, but it’s a common problem for many men and women.
Even in individuals with healthy hair follicles and no family history of male-pattern baldness, hair loss can occur as a result of too much stimulation (through combing/brushing or constant wearing of hats/caps) or too much pressure. This can be seen in both males and females.
It’s commonly believed that male-pattern baldness is caused by a sensitivity to DHT, a by-product of the sex hormone testosterone.
Men with this form of balding experience hair loss in the tell-tale M-shaped pattern. This is because androgen receptors are located in abundance near the temples, and this is what DHT attaches to when it makes its way to the scalp.
Just as the majority of faces aren’t symmetrical, the same could be said for hairlines. So, if receding hairlines are a common occurrence in your family – and they aren’t accompanied by hair loss – then it’s likely that the unusual recession is simply your natural hairline.
Is It An Early Sign of Hair Loss?
If you’ve just begun to notice an recession pattern to your hairline, you may be wondering whether this is a sign of imminent hair loss. That answer is, maybe.
As mentioned above, male-pattern baldness can certainly contribute to thinning and hair loss on the hairline. And, in some individuals, this balding can be asymmetrical. So, how can you know whether your hairline is natural or a symptom of something more?
First, ask yourself when the hair loss appeared.
If you’ve had it all your life and hair loss is never been a problem, then it’s likely that this is just your natural line.
It’s also possible for the hairline to start receding in different places at a later point – during your late teens and early 20s – without it being a sign of imminent hair loss.
This is because as you mature, your hairline does as well. This is a natural process and, as long as the receding stops, it’s nothing to worry about.
If the unevenness of your hairline has seemed to occur almost overnight, however, then it’s good to better acquaint yourself with other symptoms commonly seen in individuals in the early stages of balding.
Other Symptoms to Indicate Hair Loss
As male-pattern baldness progresses, it becomes much easier for the loss to be diagnosed as such. In the beginning, however, the symptoms may be a bit more subtle. So, let’s take a look at some of the common symptoms associated with hair loss.
Obvious Hair Loss in the Shower
Due to the agitation involved in shampooing and massaging your scalp and hair, the shower is a great place to keep an eye on hair fall.
Of course, while you can’t exactly measure the amount of hair loss seen, it’s quite easy to tell when it’s becoming more than usual.
Itchy, Flaky Scalp
If your hair loss is caused by androgenetic alopecia (male-pattern baldness), then it’s likely that you have a buildup of DHT on your scalp.
This buildup can contribute to the itching and flaking that is commonly seen in individuals with hair loss.
Fortunately, there are natural ways to remove the buildup of DHT on the scalp.
Pattern hair loss occurs as a result of hair follicle miniaturization. In simplest terms, the sensitivity to DHT triggers the resting phase in the follicles.
This leads to shorter and shorter hairs being produced until, eventually, the hair shaft is too short to penetrate the scalp.
As the hair loss progresses, you may notice thinning in the form of wispy areas of hair. This is most likely to be seen in the temples or near the forehead because, as mentioned previously, this is where the most sensitive androgen receptors reside.
While having relatives with male-pattern baldness doesn’t mean you’re 100% predestined to inheriting it, it does mean you’re genetically predisposed to the condition.
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How to Fix Your Hairline
There are a few popular methods – both natural and not – which can be used to fix your line of hair.
Get a Hair Transplant
While I don’t recommend hair transplants (especially with so many natural methods for treating hair loss available), there’s no doubt that this is a common treatment for men and women who suffer from uneven hairlines.
The procedure involves the grafting of hair from other parts of the body (typically the back and side of the scalp) onto the bald areas. There are a few different harvesting methods, though Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), involving the extraction of a linear strip of hair, is the most common.
However, before you give this method a try, there’s two major things to consider.
First, Minoxidil only works as long as you use it.
This means that, while the results may be encouraging, you’ll have to continue use for your whole life if you want to continue to see them.
It also takes quite a long time to work, and often involves an initial period of shedding.
Second, frontal baldness (and uneven hairlines) are typically related to male-pattern baldness, as mentioned above.
The only way to truly treat the problem, then, is to treat the underlying cause.
Use a Homemade Topical DHT Blocker
What You’ll Need:
- Emu oil (2 parts)
- Hyularonic acid (6 parts)
- Pumpkin seed oil (1 part)
- Saw palmetto (1 part)
The ‘parts’ mean you can make as much (or as little) of this mixture as you’d like. You can store the combined mixture in your fridge for up to a month, so feel free to experiment with amounts until you find the right amounts for you.
For best results, use the dermaroller prior to the serum.
To use, gently roll across the parts of your scalp where you’ll be applying the DHT blocker. Do this slowly, and repeat the process at least four times. This will ensure maximum absorption of the blocker.
Next, apply the serum with either a cotton ball or clean finger. Massage into the affected areas of the scalp, evenly distributing the serum throughout.
Allow the serum to sit on your scalp for at least 30 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Use A Natural Minoxdil Alternative
I personally don’t use minoxidil, but what I do use has actually been proven more effective and is more natural. Firstly I’ll use magnesium oil. I’ll add to this around peppermint oil and rosemary oil.
Each night before I go to bed I’ll spray this on my hairline, where it’s most thing. This helps to stimulate hair growth and block DHT. Then I’ll wash it out in the morning. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your hairline as natural and healthy as possible.
As you can see from the chart below, peppermint oil (PEO) has showed better results than Minoxidil (MXD) and Jojoba oil (JO) and saline solution (SA).
And as you can see from the chart below, peppermint oil receives the highest hair growth score out of all the liquids. This is why I recommend the mixture above and to use it on your hairline every night before bed.
As discussed, an wonky hairline can be an indicator of a deeper issue – namely, male-pattern baldness – but it can also simply be a natural occurrence due to genetics.
However, there are ways to treat the issue no matter its cause. This article is just the begining. If your patchy hairline does worry you, and you think it may be the first sign of pattern baldness I recommend tackling the problem now.
Although it is possible to regrow hair naturally, (I know because I’ve done it) it’s harder than keeping your existing hair. This is why I recommend taking the quiz and learning more.
For example, there are diet changes and scalp massages which can help to thicken your hairline within a few months when done correctly.
Now, if you’re ready to learn more about the cause of your hair loss and whether it’s reversible, take the one-minute quiz below.