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What is a receding hairline?

Dr Louisa Draper

"A receding hairline is most common in men over the age of 25. However, men who have a genetic predisposition to hair loss may notice their hairline receding in their 20s or even in their teenage years. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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A receding hairline is a hairline that has stopped growing above the forehead and at the temples. It is a progressive hair loss that happens as a part of the process of male pattern baldness. It happens in men and in some women and as it progresses it can form a ‘widow’s peak’ or ‘V-shape’ at the front of your hair as the hair at the sides recedes.

A receding hairline is most common in men over the age of 25. However, men who have a genetic predisposition to hair loss may notice their hairline receding in their 20s or even in their teenage years. Male pattern baldness affects around half of all men by the age of 50. 

You may notice more hair falling out when you have a bath or shower, or brush or comb your hair. Over time, the hair loss may continue away from above the forehead and over the top of the head, forming the horseshoe shape of remaining hair which characterises male pattern baldness.