At some point in life everyone starts losing hair. Statistics pertaining to hair loss and receding hairlines, in men and women both, are quite alarming. Approximately 100,000 men have hair transplants every year and nearly 20 million women seek solutions for hair loss annually. The goal of this article is to make you aware of the options you have if you are facing the problem of a receding hairline. Choose any one or more of these options to fix your receding hairline issue:
1. ‘Strengthen’ your shampoo
Mix a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar and a SLES free shampoo. Apply the mixture to wet hair and massage on scalp. Leave the lather on for a minute before rinsing off. Use regularly to reduce hair fall.
2. Take a DHT blocking supplement
One of the main receding hairline causes is excess DHT- an androgen that blocks hair follicles and prevents new hair growth. You can take a pill to stop excess DHT. Most DHT blocker pills contain the active ingredient finasteride and these medicines are usually available by prescription only. Note that this drug has side effects so you must always consult a doctor prior to use. A few over the counter anti-DHT blocker herbal medicines are also available but do speak to a doctor before using them. You will need to take the DHT block for at least 4-6 weeks to see results.
3. Apply Minoxidil
Another easy way to fix receding hairline is the use of topical Minoxidil. This medicine is readily available over the counter. All you have to do is massage the solution into your scalp twice a day for at least 6 months. Over time, you will start seeing new hair growth and thicker hair.
4. Oil massages
Massage good quality hair oil on your scalp once a week. You can use Jamaican black castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. Mix your favorite essential oils in the above oils and massage the blend into the scalp. Wash off the next day using a mild herbal shampoo. Use once a week for 4-6 weeks to see new hair growth.
5. Use Dermaroller
Dermaroller has shown fantastic results as far as receding hairline treatment goes. Dry-roll the dermaroller blade all over balding areas of the scalp, at least twice a day. The fine needles of the device penetrate into the scalp and stimulate blood circulation to stop receding hairline. Worry not, this is painless and you won’t feel a thing. You must use the blade consistently at least for 4-6 weeks to see results.
6. Get blood tests
Women with receding hairline need to get their iron, vitamin B12 and thyroid test results. If these levels are not adequate, then your doctor will recommend medicines/supplements to get them regulated. Likewise, men with receding hairline may be required to check their vitamin D, CBC or complete blood count, and, if needed, even get a biopsy of their scalp. With these results, you will get a clear idea of what is going on in your body that is causing receding hairline.
7. Eat a healthy diet
Some of the important receding hairline causes include lack of protein, calcium, vitamin, biotin and other nutrients. So eat plenty of green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits and juices. You also need lean protein in the form of chicken, tofu, turkey etc. Vegetarians can go for dairy, soy, and other protein sources. A nutritionist can recommend the best diet for you. Do eat at least one raw carrot every day; Edgar Cayce recommend raw carrot and carrot juices as one of the best receding hairline treatment for youth aged 18 or 20 years old.
8. Take supplements
In order to fix receding hairline in male or female, one needs to take certain supplements.
- Biotin – At least 3000 mcg per day.
- MSM – Methylsulfonylmethane at least 500 mg daily.
- Coenzymated B vitamins –these kind of supplements dissolve on the tongue and they are known to prevent deficiencies and hair loss. You need at least 250 mg niacin daily.
- Calcium – 500 to 1000 mg per day.
- Kelp supplements
- Selenium – up to 400 mc per day.
- Probiotics – These attack the pathogens that may be causing your hair fall. Eat good quality Greek yogurt or take supplements.
9. Wash hair with baking soda and vinegar
Many people have stopped their receding hairline by using only baking soda, borax and vinegar to wash their hair. This leaves the hair a bit oily but it helps bring back the bounce, shine and volume and stops further hair loss. You may even use sage tea for washing hair to stop receding hairline.
Heavy metals steep into the body through food, plastics, formaldehyde and other toxins we unknowingly use in our lives. A complete Liver detox can help chelate hard metals from your system so that all your organs start functioning properly. You can take herbs that chelate toxins out such as Milk thistle. Also fast from time to time to reset your system. Drink plenty of water. You can even take Epsom salts in water and follow it with olive oil and lemon juice cleanse. This simple detox will remove toxins and clogged up waste from the body to give you clearer skin and healthier, shinier hair.
11. Apply onion juice topically
According to the Journal of Dermatology, onion juice is a miracle cure for hair fall. Allicin in onion juice stimulates the hair follicles and blocks DHT. Massage onion juice overnight into the scalp and within a few weeks you will see excellent results.
12. Conceal receding hairline
There are many temporary methods of concealing a receding hairline including wigs, extensions, toupees, and weaves. Research different options and buy the best quality products to hide your receding hairline. Check out our article on Ways to Make Hair Look Thicker.
13. Laser therapy
These days, there are many advanced options to prevent and treat receding hairline. These include topical formulations, prescription medicines and laser hair rejuvenation. Discuss these options with a trichologist to customize a right treatment plan for you.
14. Hair transplant
If the receding hairline cures mentioned above do not show results, a surgical hair transplant could be an option, especially for men. Find a good surgeon to guide you.
There are plenty of myths surrounding hair loss and receding hairline treatment options. Do evaluate all options properly before making a decision.