You’re probably used to hearing about ‘widow’s peaks’ when people discuss frontal baldness, which is a phrase used to describe the V pattern in the centre of the forehead. This V shape can occur in people who are not experiencing hair loss as their natural hair line, but the term is also used to describe a receding hairline that has moved back at the sides.
In the past the term widow’s peak came into use when it was noted that the hairline shape was suggestive of a widow’s hood (traditionally worn as part of a mourning outfit as early as the 1500’s), and the possession of a widow’s peak was even rather superstitiously thought to foreshadow early widowhood for women.
These days, the term is used for both men and women to describe the hairline, and men with notable receding hairlines in this shape include Jude Law, Wayne Rooney and John Travolta. However, it’s also true that one side of the hairline can recede noticeably faster than the other, leaving an uneven pattern of hair loss at the front of the head.
It may be that your hairline is changing from a juvenile to a mature hairline, which is a natural process that occurs and is not the onset of male pattern hair loss. When your hairline changes in this manner, the other side should usually catch up with the faster-receding one.
However, a receding hairline can also be the sign of the onset of balding, so if you’re concerned that your hair loss is not stabilising, a visit to a hair loss specialist at Belgravia for a free consultation can establish whether genetic hair loss is the cause.
Assuming that hair loss of this kind has started, and the onset can begin as early as your teens, a hair loss treatment plan can halt the rate of shedding and also potentially regrow the side of your hairline that has noticeably receded. High strength minoxidil has proven very effective at regrowing a receding hairline for Belgravia clients.
Minoxidil is one of two medications that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA as proven hair loss treatments. Minoxidil is a topical solution that is applied to thinning areas of the scalp twice a day and appears to stimulate growth even when follicles are damaged.
The second proven medication, Propecia, is highly complementary to minoxidil, as it works to prevent the damage caused by genetic balding to the scalp follicles, allowing minoxidil to work effectively. Propecia works by blocking DHT, the androgen hormone that causes follicular shrinkage around the top of the scalp allowing only thin, weak hairs to grow.
So, timely use of treatment can help to even out your hairline and prevent further hair loss. A hair loss treatment programme is also designed to ensure that hair and scalp are kept healthy and hair growth is achieved as promptly as possible, which is where a range of hair growth boosters specially selected by your hair loss specialist can come in useful.
The Belgravia Centre
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.