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Why does the hairline recede faster during hair loss?

Updated: Feb 12, 2023

A receding hairline is one of the most significant problems for men and women, affecting mental and social wellbeing. Studies show that this condition is more common in men than women. A receding hairline is the first sign of Androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness.


Although you can find various treatment options to manage your receding hairline, the effect of this condition varies from person to person. For instance, some people’s hairline does not recede quickly, and they experience more hair loss at the crown of their head.


However, most males experience a fast-receding hairline. Today’s article will discuss the reasons for faster hairline receding. Read on!


Why does Hairline Recedes Quickly?


A research study published on NCBI states that 50% of men experience a receding hairline before the age of 50. However, the same research concludes that this condition can affect people at the end of puberty after the age of 20. Let us now discuss the causes of a receding hairline and why it occurs fast.


Hairline Becomes Sensitive to DHT Levels


A receding hairline is due to male pattern baldness, a condition that causes hair loss or baldness in men. When you notice a weakening hairline, your hair loss has started. Looking for optimal solutions is critical to reducing further risks.


Androgenic alopecia causes your hair follicles at the hairline to become sensitive to dihydrotestosterone, a byproduct or modified form of testosterone hormone. Thus, it causes the hair follicles at the hairline to shrink and weaken, producing shorter, thinner, and weaker hair.


In addition, DHT also replaces the thicker hair with weaker and thinner ones, causing your hairline to recede faster. Sometimes, DHT stops the hair growth at the hairline, and the journey towards hair loss hastens.


Smoking can Weaken Hair Follicles


Your lifestyle and daily habits are directly proportional to your overall physical and mental health. For example, a balanced diet and exercise improve your health. However, smoking or consuming heavy alcohol reduces blood flow to your organs, tissues, and cells.


The same is true for a receding hairline. A 2020 research study shows that smoking tobacco can severely affect your hair follicles and cause the hairline to recede quickly. However, this depends on a person’s genetic makeup, meaning some people experience more hair loss at the crown instead of the hairline.


Smokers often have grade-3 deep hairline recession. About 47% of people who smoke cigarettes have grade-3 hair loss, and 24% experience grade-4 hair loss on the Hamilton-Norwood scale.


Oxidative Stress Recedes Hairline


Oxidative stress is another significant cause of a fast hairline recession in men. Free radicals are molecules that react to hormones, essential nutrients, and enzymes in your body, altering your genetic makeup. The higher the free radicals in your body, the higher the oxidative stress, leading to a hair recession.


Another research study highlights that exposure to environmental pollutants, UV rays of the sun, and allergens can also increase oxidative stress in your body, preventing blood vessels from transporting essential nutrients to your hairline. As a result, your hairline recedes quickly.


Final Words


Although a receding hairline has significant psychological consequences, the good news is that various treatment options, such as medication, hair transplant surgery or scalp micro pigmentation can help you overcome the issue. Contact us today for more information!

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