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Thinning hair comes with its fair share of feelings. Seeing your thick, luscious ponytail dwindle into a thinner, less-voluminous version of itself is sad enough as it is. But watching your hairline fade slowly and creep back one millimeter at a time is an entirely different kind of torture. Since sparse edges can ruin your hairstyle and take a shot at your confidence, we’re exploring some options to recover a receding hairline.
Although every situation is different, and some might have a harder time growing it back, a receding hairline can regrow. Ahead, nine tips to try if you want a fuller hairline again.
The first thing to do is to determine the reason for the hairline recession. There are many causes of hairline recession in women. These include androgenetic alopecia (genetic thinning), traction alopecia caused by longterm tight hairstyles, inflammatory alopecia (of which the main types are lichen planopilaris (LPP), and Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA)), and also alopecia areata (a type of autoimmune hair loss where hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by the body’s own immune cells). It is important to have a thorough history and examination with a dermatologist in order to determine the cause for hair loss.
Constant pulling and weighing down your strands can also be the cause of a receding hairline. Glue-in and tape-in extensions placed too close to hairline can be a major cause of recession.
Wear extensions further in the back and at the crown of your head to give your hairline a break, but be sure to take them out and give your scalp a rest in between applications and while you sleep.
So maybe you don’t have hair extensions, but have you considered the breakage your ponytail is causing? While a super tight high ponytail may look fabulous on Ariana Grande, the breakage and stress this up-do is putting on your scalp is real. Traction hair loss must be addressed by stopping the chronic hairstyles that are causing the thinning to occur. Try loosening the ponytail a bit to reduce the tension, or opting out of the look altogether.
While some options might be expensive and require a professional, like hiring a dermatologist, there’s one approach to regrowth that can be done by yourself and won’t cost you a dime. In most cases, frequent scalp massages can stimulate new hair growth. Although the hair that grows back won’t be super thick, scalp massages could help lightly fill in the area.
When you massage your head, it’s important only to use the pads of your fingers; don’t rake over this sensitive area with fingernails. Move fingers in a gentle, circular pattern for a few minutes every day. Try not to press down firmly on your hairline, as this can stunt growth.
While you’re massaging your scalp, the addition of healthy products can aid in the regrowth process. Just be sure to avoid any that are notorious for clogging up pores, such as products with petroleum. I like tea tree oil because it helps unclog hair follicles and nourish your roots. Your hair will feel much softer and your roots will be fully nourished and prepped for new growth.
Whether or not you’re experiencing changes in your hair, a daily multivitamin should be part of your regular regimen, as well as an overall healthy diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and plenty of water.
If there is an underlying vitamin deficiency, then it is important that this be corrected, as this may be an uncommon cause of hair loss. Iron deficiency, on the other hand, is a common cause of hair loss in women, especially in those that are heavily menstruating or are vegetarians.
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