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What is a Widow’s Peak?

A widow’s peak, or v-shaped hairline, is most common in men but can affect women too. Characterised by its shape, where the hairline forms a point which can occur naturally or due to receding at the temples, the widow’s peak is thought to be named for the belief that this kind of hair loss signified early widowhood for women. This is because the shape of the hairline resembled the traditional widow’s hood, worn as part of a mourning outfit.

If you have noticed receding hair at the temples you are not alone. The celebrities below have all experienced a widow’s peak:

Celebrities with Widow's Peaks

John Travolta

Actor John Travolta has starred in films including Grease and Pulp Fiction. Now aged 60, he has been experiencing noticeable hair loss and a receding hairline for years, turning to wigs and weaves to cover his thinning v-shaped hairline.

Leonardo DiCaprio

From humble beginnings on TV sitcom Growing Pains in the 1980s, Leonardo DiCaprio rose to fame as a teenage heartthrob in films such as Romeo and Juliet. Now aged 40, he has grown into a mature, diverse actor, starring in award-winning films including The Wolf of Wall Street. The actor has been displaying a receding widow’s peak for several years now.

Jude Law

British actor, Jude Law, 41, is known for his roles in films such as The Talented Mr Ripley and Enemy at the Gates, and has always had a widow’s peak, although in recent years his hairline has been receding further at the temples. Lately, his hair has also been showing signs of thinning on top, and he has been candid with his fans about his experiences with hair loss.

David Beckham

David Beckham has always sported a natural widow’s peak and his fears surrounding baldness seem to stem from his father’s battle with male pattern baldness. In the past, he has spoken out about his predisposition to male pattern baldness and said whilst he wouldn’t rule out hair loss treatments in future, he would shave his hair off if he experiences further hair loss.

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs is another footballer who has a noticeable widow’s peak. In 2010, he allegedly spent £30,000 on hair replacement therapy and hair loss treatment in London, to increase the thickness of his hair and boost regrowth from his follicles.

The good news is that a widow’s peak can be treated and hair growth encouraged. It is best to see a hair loss expert as soon as you notice hair loss occurring, as they can set up a specially-tailored treatment programme featuring clinically-proven treatments for a widow’s peak, to reduce hair loss and encourage healthy regrowth.

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.

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