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Can You Prevent a Receding Hairline and Other Hair Loss Conditions?

Updated on September 13, 2014

A receding hairline (or any other type of hair loss) is not a welcome sight--especially if you've spent most of your life trying to grow and maintain a healthy head of hair. While it is common for men to experience a hairline that recedes, in women, hair tends to thin all over their scalp. There are many reasons why your hairline may recede or you're losing hair all over your head, but fortunately, many of them are situations that you can avoid and healthy habits that you can develop.

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA) can cause postmenopausal women to experience a hairline recession and a decrease or total loss of their eyebrows. This may be a hormonal or a genetic condition. The study also noted that among the patients treated who were treated with a drug called finasteride, their hairline stopped receding.

Hair Styles and Hair Extensions

Besides FFA, there are other reasons why your hairline may be receding or you may be experiencing bald spots. For example, your hairstyles may be contributing to the problem. If you frequently wear tight ponytails, braids, or corn rows, this added stress on your hair can also cause your hairline to recede.
 ABC News did a report entitled "When Hair Weaves Go Wrong," which noted that Naomi Campbell, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan, among other celebrities, have been victims of receding hairlines and/or bald spots after years of wearing hair weaves.

During the report, hair surgeon Allan Bauman stated that these women suffered from traction alopecia, a hair loss condition caused by wearing hair extensions and weaves. Dr. Bauman noted that anything that attaches to the hair and weighs on it will eventually rip the hair out at the root.


Hair Care Regimen

Your hair can regimen can also contribute to a receding hairline. For example, if the hair along your hairline is already weakened, you can exacerbate the problem by frequently using flat irons and hand-held dryers because the heat causes more damage to your hair. Also, hair relaxers and hair color treatments contain harsh chemicals that can also aggravate a weakened hair line. In addition, when your hair is wet, it is particularly vulnerable to breakage - especially from brushes or small-tooth combs, so you should use a wide tooth comb when combing wet hair.


If you are anemic, the lack of an adequate supply of iron can cause hair loss, so be sure to take iron supplements if you suffer from this condition. Also, a biotin deficiency can result in hair thinning. Biotin is a member of the B vitamin family, and consuming this nutrient may help stop your hairline from receding.Vitamin B and vitamin B12 are also essential for healthy hair.

Even if you aren't anemic, failing to consume the proper amount of iron, biotic, vitamin C, vitamin A can negatively impact your hair and skin. And don't forget that your scalp is a part of your skin, so it's important to keep your skin healthy.


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