What treatments are there?
Only two medical treatments are currently recommended for treating hair loss including receding hairlines. These are finasteride, which is taken as a tablet, and minoxidil, which is applied as a lotion or foam directly to the area of hair loss.
Finasteride, also known by the brand name Propecia, is taken every day and is thought to promote hair growth by dilating the blood vessels in the hair follicles to stimulate the growth of new hair. It takes a few months to work, and is only recommended for use by men.
Minoxidil, the active ingredient in Regaine and Regaine for Women, is a topical solution that is directly applied to the area to be treated. It takes at least three months to work and must be used continuously and for a long time for the best results.
Another treatment that may help with a receding hairline is Alpecin caffeine shampoo. An in-vitro (test tube) study was carried out on weakened hair roots by dermatologists at the University of Jena in Germany. The study found that caffeine provides protection from hormone damage from DHT, the hormone which contributes to hair loss. The researchers concluded that ‘caffeine was identified as a stimulator of human hair growth in vitro’. This doesn’t however necessarily mean that caffeine would have the same effect on hair follicles on a living human head as this has yet to be proven.