A Receding Hairline is a Common Form of Hair Loss.
If your hair is thinning out in certain parts of your head, you may be dealing with androgenic alopecia.
Androgenic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern hair loss, is a very common form of hair loss that causes noticeable thinning in specific parts of your hair. One of the most common symptoms of androgenic alopecia, especially in men, is a receding hairline.
Androgenic alopecia is twice as common in men over the age of 50 than in women over 50. However, the condition affects a large portion of older adults of both genders. Androgenic alopecia typically starts becoming more noticeable in the latter half of life (past 50), but for some, pattern hair loss shows up as early as a person’s 30s.
A receding hairline is one of the easiest symptoms of androgenic alopecia to spot. This type of hair loss causes noticeable thinning directly above your forehead. The thinning often also affects the crown of the head, the topmost section of hair.
Androgenic alopecia often creates the classic “balding” look, characterized by a receding hairline and thinning at the crown of the head.
What Causes a Receding Hairline?
The most common cause of a receding hairline in older adults is androgenic alopecia. This type of hair loss mainly happens due to hormonal factors. However, other factors such as stress, aging and hereditary traits can make a receding hairline more likely for some than for others.
Androgenic alopecia is a form of hair loss that occurs due to the effects of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT can cause hair thinning by shrinking hair follicles and disrupting your hair’s natural cycle of growth and rest. Although DHT is a hormone that plays an important role in the male and female body, especially during puberty, its negative effects can start to appear as a person ages.
Another common cause of a receding hairline is stressful factors in life. Stress can increase the length of your hair’s telogen (rest) phase as it goes through its growth cycle. The longer your hair spends in the telogen phase, the less growth you may see in certain parts of your head.
A combination of DHT, aging, and stress can often exacerbate hair loss and cause a receding hairline.
DHT-Blocking Ingredients: How They Can Help
A receding hairline is commonly caused or worsened by excessive production of dihydrotestosterone in your body. But if you are struggling with androgenic alopecia because of DHT, you don’t have to lose hope – there are a number of highly effective DHT-blocking ingredients that can have a major positive impact on your hair.
If you have a receding hairline, pay attention to these ingredients and include them in your hair care regimen:
- HairGenyl. Made from an extract of the azalea flower, HairGenyl is a DHT-blocking ingredient that can also help to stimulate your hair follicles and move them into the anagen (growth) phase of your hair’s growth cycle. HairGenyl is rich in peptides, combinations of beneficial amino acids that are excellent for your hair’s overall health.
- Planoxia. Another name for Korean Red Ginseng, this ingredient can counteract the growth-inhibiting effects of DHT by prompting your hair to move from its telogen phase to its anagen phase – out of rest to growth. Because DHT can also shrink your hair follicles, Planoxia is especially helpful due to its ability to enlarge follicles, allowing for faster, fuller growth.
- Redensyl. Another powerful DHT-blocking ingredient, Redensyl works to prompt your hair follicles to stop resting and start growing. Since DHT disrupts your hair’s natural growth cycle, ingredients like redensyl can be crucial in getting your hair back on track.
- Capixyl. Another peptide-rich, DHT-blocking ingredient, Capixyl can help to prevent further shrinkage of your hair follicles caused by DHT.
Each of these ingredients is included in GroMD’s proprietary blend of DHT blockers, which serves as the basis for our shampoo and conditioner, as well as our follicle activator spray. Daily use of these hair treatments allows you to supply your hair with highly beneficial ingredients in an easy-to-use form.
In addition to HairGenyl, Planoxia, Redensyl and Capixyl, there are a number of other all-natural DHT-blocking ingredients included in our shampoo and conditioner. Each of these ingredients has major benefits for your hair, and can help to restore its healthy, natural rate of growth:
Caffeine. You may not have expected to see this popular stimulant on this list, but caffeine is a powerful growth-promoting, DHT-blocking ingredient. Caffeine can benefit your hair by boosting its cellular metabolism, allowing for your follicles to maintain their normal size and rate of growth. In addition to using caffeine in your hair to promote growth, you can also include caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee in your diet to supply your body and hair with beneficial antioxidants.
Saw Palmetto. The extract of this plant is a highly effective DHT blocker. Saw palmetto can help to prevent follicle shrinkage. Shrunken follicles can give your hair a thinner look, and can lead to shorter growth due to a shortening of your hair’s anagen (growth) phase. Saw palmetto can help to counteract follicle shrinkage by inhibiting your body’s conversion of testosterone into DHT.
Argan Oil. The oil extracted from the fruit of the argan tree has powerful natural moisturizing properties. In addition, this oil is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids. Sufficient moisture can help to prevent your hair and scalp from getting dry, flaky and irritated, promoting healthier, better-looking hair.
Pumpkin Seed Extract. This natural DHT blocker is another ingredient that can help to prevent your body from converting testosterone into DHT. Because DHT production can sabotage your hair’s natural growth cycle and shrink your follicles, ingredients like pumpkin seed extract are exactly what your hair needs to keep growing full, strong and healthy.
Niacinamide. An antioxidant that is vital for your hair’s health, niacinamide is actually a form of vitamin B3. Antioxidants can benefit for your hair and your body as a whole, especially as you age.
- Stinging Nettle. This natural DHT-blocking ingredient is particularly helpful due to its ability to reduce inflammation in your scalp. Scalp inflammation can have a negative effect on your hair’s growth rate, and its effects can be inhibited through use of ingredients like stinging nettle, argan oil and more.
Using DHT-Blocking Shampoo and Conditioner
To reduce the appearance of a receding hairline and get your hair back to a normal rate of growth, one of the best habits to make is daily use of GroMD’s DHT-blocking shampoo and conditioner.
Formulated with a powerful blend of growth-boosting, DHT-blocking ingredients, our shampoo and conditioner is designed to give your hair as much moisture, nutrition and support in growing as possible.
Using DHT-blocking shampoo and conditioner is similar to using any other form of hair wash. Simply form a rich lather with your hands, then vigorously massage the lather into your wet hair. To allow the conditioner to work and let your hair absorb its powerful ingredients, let the lather sit in your hair for several minutes before rinsing it out.
Over time, daily use of GroMD’s shampoo and conditioner can yield incredible results, and already has for many men and women struggling with thinning hair.
We believe losing your hair is not an option, so we aim to give you everything you need to take great care of your hair. That way, you can look in the mirror and love the way you look.
Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.