A receding hairline may not benefit your appearance or self-esteem, but you have several options for treating your hair's inability to grow as far forward on your head as it used to. Here are some of the most common causes of a receding hairline and some of your best options for treating and otherwise managing a receding hairline!

Possible Causes of a Receding Hairline

Although it is generally challenging to determine the exact cause of a particular receding hairline, several possible factors may contribute to your specific situation. Some of the most common causes of receding hairlines include:


Receding hairlines and other forms of hair loss tend to be more common as individuals age. Hairs that fall out of follicles are typically replaced within a relatively short time when individuals are younger. Still, this process may slow down and eventually stop once follicles become damaged as individuals age. This process results in thinning hair and eventually no new hair at all. 


Genetics can cause certain individuals more susceptible to developing a receding hairline or balding, especially when they are younger. Individuals with a family history of baldness and hair loss can be more likely to develop these conditions at some point in their lives. Genetics can also make them more likely to experience a receding hairline or another form of hair loss at an earlier age than average. 


Certain lifestyle choices can also make individuals more likely to experience a receding hairline or hair loss more than others. For example, smokers and people who do not consume enough protein may be more likely to experience this condition. 

How to Stop a Receding Hairline 

Although there is currently no treatment available that will permanently get rid of a receding hairline once you stop treatment, you have several treatment options that may help slow or pause your receding hairline. Medications, essential oils, and trying different hair products may be ideal first steps, and hair transplants or laser therapy may also be more aggressive options if basic attempts do not work for you. 


Several medications may help slow down a receding hairline and help you regrow your hair. Some of the most common medications you may be prescribed to slow or stop a receding hairline include finasteride, dutasteride, minoxidil, anthralin, and various corticosteroids. Certain options may help improve the balance of your hormones, reduce the inflammation of your hair follicles to promote hair growth, and provide other benefits that can minimize hair loss and help your hair grow back. 

Laser Therapy 

Laser therapy's 660-nanometer lasers can also be a successful option for making your hair follicles capable of regrowing hair more successfully. 

Hair Transplants 

A hair transplant replaces hair along the hairline with hair from other parts of your head where it is growing more successfully. By moving thicker hair to areas where it is needed, this procedure's ability to repurpose your hair can provide a more long-term solution than many medications that only work for as long as you take them. Although the cost of this hair transplant may be higher, it can be one of the most successful options if others do not work for you. 

Essential Oils 

Certain types of essential oils can also promote hair growth. Peppermint, lavender, and other essential oils have thickened the fur of mice when applied over several weeks, and these oils may have similar effects on human hair. Although the effects of essential oils on human hair have not yet been studied in-depth, this option is likely to provide comparable benefits. 

Improve Your Hair Care Routine 

Making simple changes to your hair care routine can also improve the overall health of your hair. Switching to products with fewer harsh chemicals, avoiding chemical treatments and using heat protectants can be easier on your hair. Taking supplements like Biotin can also help improve the overall health of your hair. You may also avoid damage by not brushing or combing it as aggressively and not pulling it into tight ponytails or braids.

Managing a Receding Hairline 

Even if you are unsuccessful in slowing or stopping your receding hairline, there are several steps you can take to make it less noticeable. Certain hairstyles that cover the area that is losing hair with healthy hair can make it more difficult to tell that the hairline is receding. There are also concealing products that are available over the counter. Making various improvements to your lifestyle, such as improving your diet, exercising more frequently, and taking steps to reduce stress and anxiety, can also help minimize the impact of a receding hairline linked to these factors. 

At TM Hair, we are here to help you manage your receding hairline to make your hair appear healthier and younger. Contact us today to learn more about the treatment options we offer or to schedule a consultation so we can help you determine what might work best for you!