Is it just men who get it, or can women too?
Both men and women can experience a receding hairline. But, it’s less common in women.
If you get a receding hairline as a woman, you might notice a different pattern of hair thinning to men.
In men, thinning hair normally starts at the temples (corners of the forehead). Then, the hairline moves back over the top of the head. This is sometimes called ‘male pattern baldness’. Or, you might notice thinning hair mainly at the sides of the head, called a ‘widow’s peak’.
In women, hair can become very thin at the top of the head. But, you don’t normally get an obvious bald patch. This is sometimes called ‘female pattern baldness’.
You’re most likely to get a receding hairline after you’ve gone through the menopause.
A receding hairline is not a very serious health problem. So, you don’t normally need any treatment for a receding hairline. But, it can be quite upsetting. So, if hair loss is causing you to be very upset, it’s still important to see your GP, because there are things that could help.
There are treatments that you can use to slow a receding hairline down or even encourage your hair to grow back, like Regaine for Women. Hair loss can also be caused by iron deficiency or an underactive thyroid, so you may want to get your levels checked with an iron blood test or a thyroid blood test.