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What Is a Receding Hairline vs. a Widows Peak?

Posted on by Pablo Apartin

Men and women experience thinning hair and hair loss as they get older. This is, unfortunately, a natural part of aging. For some people, men especially, the hair loss can be substantial. Male and female pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is a problem no one wants to have to deal with. Sadly, it is all too common.

Understanding how your hairline changes naturally and what those changes mean can help you to make better decisions about how to handle your hair loss. You may wonder what the difference is between a receding hairline and a widow’s peak. Do they both mean you are going bald? Do either mean that?

Receding Hairline

This condition is pretty much self-explanatory. It is when your hairline recedes from where it naturally started. A certain amount of receding is extremely common for men between ages 17 and 27. This is called a maturing hairline. Typically, when people speak about a receding hairline, they are talking about one that continues to recede or that recedes more than is normal.

Wrinkle your forehead and note the gap between the topmost wrinkle and your hairline. If this is more than 1.5 centimeters, you likely have a receding hairline. If it is less and you are over 30, your hairline may just be mature.

A receding hairline may be caused by several different conditions. However, it is most associated with androgenetic alopecia. It may be the first step toward going bald. Consider speaking with a medical professional to learn more about your hairline.

Widows Peak

A widow’s peak is a shape of hairline that may be the result of hair loss or may happen without any loss. This hairline creates a v shape with the center of the hairline significantly more pronounces that the hairline over the temples.

The name is believed to be derived from a type of headdress that widows used to wear when mourning their deceases spouses. Additionally, there are some claims that people were superstitious that forming a widow’s peak meant that you would lose your spouse early.

Regardless of the origin of the term, it is a hairline that may form when you are young or may happen later as you begin to lose hair. Knowing the difference can help you better combat your hair loss.

How To Tell the Difference

Since a receding hairline may form a widow’s peak, you may wonder how you can know whether your widow’s peak is a sign of balding or now. Children can have widow’s peaks. However, you won’t form one later in life unless it is due to your hairline receding. This may not mean that you are going to go bald but it is an indication that you will.

Taking Your Hair Loss Head On

You don’t need to settle for hair loss. Today, there are more and better products than ever for treating all forms of hair thinning and loss. These are a few products you may want to use to treat your hair receding hairline:

  • Spectral DNC-N: This is a topical hair treatment that includes Nanoxidil, a vasodilator the is similar to minoxidil but with higher efficacy, lower molecular weight and no known side effects. The treatment opens ion channels in the scalp to promote follicle health and hair growth. It also helps block dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a major cause of hair loss.

  • Spectral F7: This topical treatment incorporates Astressin-B and Proharin-B4. It is a gentle water-based formula that will not leave a residue on your hair. Is can combat stress-related hair loss and revitalize your hair strands, giving you a healthier and stronger head of hair.

  • Revita Shampoo: For an even more convenient option, try this shampoo treatment. It includes DHT blockers, antioxidants and anti-androgen ingredients. Some of the clinically proven ingredients include ketoconazole, caffeine, copper peptides and biotin.

  • Revita Tablets: A similar treatment is available in pill form. This formula includes zinc, biotin and other ingredients that prevent oxidative damage and improve hair health. If you want a treatment that you can easily carry with you, this is the ideal choice.

DS Laboratories has a full range of hair care products that can help you fight and reverse hair loss. It is easier if you address the problem early. Place your order today.


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