For men, a thinning hairline can be very stressful, especially for those under 40 that can notice how their hairline is not where it used to be, but this stress might be misplaced. It's easy to just assume it is a sign of balding, but it might just be maturing. A maturing hairline is something that the majority of men will pass through in their lives, so one must understand what it is and how it differs from a balding hairline.
Before jumping in, we must know what a hairline is, which is the edge of a person’s hair above the forehead. There are different types and styles of the hairlines, and that depends on many different factors like age and genetics, among others.
Most men between the ages of 17 and 30 will develop a “mature” hairline as a sign of getting older. A mature hairline happens when the hairline retreats about half an inch to an inch from where it used to be in our teens. This is completely natural for most men.
Basically, it happens because of aging. As we mature, our bodies continue to develop, this includes our hair. In general, the hairline is affected by hormones that our body produces as it matures, and these cause the maturing of our hair.
While the majority of men´s hair will mature, there is also a chance that it could be the dreaded balding, which is also known as Androgenetic Alopecia, also more commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) that is caused by a number of factors, but it is entirely a genetic condition. Learn more about a receding hairline.
First it must be clear that all hair is different, and how to identify a mature hairline vs a receding one will be different for everyone, but in general there are ways to measure if it is a receding hairline caused by MPB or if it is simply maturing.
Another way is to use the professional Hamilton-Norwood scale. The scale goes through 7 levels of baldness. And the majority of those who suffer from MPB will pass through all of the levels. Learn more about the Hamilton-Norwood scale.
If the hairline is similar to the first or second level, then it can be considered a mature hairline. Anything beyond 3 can be considered a receding hairline. So, before jumping to conclusions, identify the correct hairline, by either doing the steps before, or speaking to a hair professional.
As mentioned, a mature hairline is natural, it will happen sooner or later for the majority of us. The only thing now is to deal with it, and there are a couple of ways to achieve this.
A mature hairline will happen, so there is nothing to fear, just embrace it and know that everyone will go through with some aspect of it. And with the correct hairstyle it will look amazing regardless of the lack of volume from past years.
If you are unsure of your type of hairline, we recommend speaking to a hair specialist, they can give you a correct assessment of your hair so you can analyze the different options on how to deal with it. Many hair clinics give free online consultations to determine whether or not you are suffering from MPB, or just have a maturing hairline.
At Hair Center Mexico our professional hair surgeons will be more than happy to help, and tell you if you have a maturing or receding hairline and what are the options on how to deal with them.
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