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Will Thinning Hair on Temples Grow Back After Shaving Head?

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Name: Michael

Question: My hairline was starting to thin but it still had a decent thickness. So I shaved it all off with a razor just to experiment with a new look. I noticed all the hair on my head began to grow back except the temples. Since I shaved it all off, does this mean that the temples won’t even grow back to the thinning stage that it was at to begin with? I’m a black male btw.

Answer:  If you had some hair on your temples before you shaved your head, then it is likely this hair will eventually return to how it was, but temple-area hair is slower growing so it may take time. However, if you had already lost the hair on your temples before shaving the rest off, the act of shaving your head would not stimulate the scalp into growing hair back at the temples.

You mention your hairline is starting to thin. This points to potential androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) which can cause a receding hairline as well as hair from the top of your head, including the crown and temples, to shed.

This would not be brought on by shaving your head and should not affect regrowth, however, it could cause the new hair to be more brittle and prone to breakage which may make it appear thinner.

Example of Male Pattern Baldness treated by The Belgravia Centre

Results of a Belgravia patient treated for Male Pattern Baldness, as featured in our Hair Loss Success Stories

You can see an example of how male pattern hair loss causes hair to thin and look thinner in the Month 1 patient photos pictured here in our Hair Loss Success Stories image, as well as the results of his treatment three months later.

Another condition which causes patchy hair loss is alopecia areata, but, again, this would not be brought on by shaving your head. As long as you still have hair follicles, it is likely you can regrow hair. So if you had some hair pre-shaving, it is likely that you will eventually see regrowth around the currently patchy, temple areas.

It may depend whereabouts you were in your hair growth cycle when you shaved your head as to how long it takes for the hair to return. We recommend you wait another 2-3 months and monitor the affected areas during that time. If at the end of this period you are still experiencing slow-to-no regrowth around your temples, or anywhere else, we suggest you visit a hair loss expert for a professional diagnosis of your condition, as well as advice on how to treat it, if required.

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23rd April, 2016 at 1:25 am


I'm a black male who has thin temple hair but here's the thing. I also have dandruff and I've had psoriasis in the past. After I brushed my temples, my hair fell out but 4 weeks later it grew back. I'm afraid that if I don't get rid of this condition, I may lose my hair forever. Please help. Thank you

27th April, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Derek, it is unlikely, however please read our senior hair loss specialist's full response to your query to find out more about treating your hair loss and scalp conditions.

6th May, 2016 at 6:29 pm


Hello so I am a 20 year old african American male and I am noticing som slight thinning on my temple hairs. I looked at your website and have seen quite a few black men regrow their temple hair. Can I start your treatment right away to get good results. Also since my case is minor, can I see fast results. Thank you

13th May, 2016 at 10:07 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Derek, one of our senior hair loss specialists has provided a full response for you - we hope you find this helpful.

22nd May, 2016 at 7:58 am


Hi im a 19 year old white male. A few months ago i was experimenting with my hair and ultimately ended up shaving my head, before my hair had some decent thickness but ive noticed that its grown back thinner than before. Significantly thinner.

24th May, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Lane, please find a full response to your query which our senior hair loss specialist, Leonora, has provided for you. We hope you find this helpful.

26th May, 2017 at 10:32 am


Hai Sarah, I have a question regarding receding of hairline my question is I shaved my head for 4 times from 2013-16 i.e; 4 times with a year gap after tonsuring 3 times I got my hair thick without receding,but at the time of 4th time I shaved my head after that my hairline receding started and gaps between hair increased as I thought that is due to masturbating twice a week.but I need to know if I shave my head again will I get my hairline back without gaps in between hair to hair and main thing in my family no one have baldness.what I want to do will my hairline n hair growth increase by this? Am thankful for your answer....!!!!

19th June, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Raviteja, please see this full response from one of our senior hair loss specialists.

5th July, 2018 at 7:47 am

Ashutosh Mehta

Respected I am jst 20 and i start lossing hairs and i loss so much hair from my temples so what should i do , do minoxidil will help me i'm takin finasteride from last 2 months bt it doesn't work my hair is falling by jst an gentle touch so wht do you prefer me for getting back my hair i have an family history so its androgenic alopecia , i 'm start lossing my confidence in my professionals lyf plz help me to get rid of this ...

5th July, 2018 at 9:53 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ashutosh, this article on How to Treat a Receding Hairline should be helpful to you

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