First things first: an uneven hairline isn’t an abnormality, nor is it necessarily an indication that you’re going bald. It can happen to both men and women, and there are ways to fix it.
This article is going to outline what an uneven hairline is, what might be causing it, and different ways that you can try to fix or remedy yours.
An uneven hairline can be caused by a number of different causes, from genetics to traction alopecia, and it can be fixed either by medical intervention or with some at-home remedies.
What Is An Uneven Hairline?
Your hairline refers to a line of hair follicles. These frame your face and demarcate the edges of your hair.
An uneven hairline is one that is asymmetrical – that is, it doesn’t look the same along your hairline.
You may have one side of your hairline that starts significantly lower than the other, for example, or one side of your hairline might appear thicker than its opposite.
It’s worth knowing that almost every face has a degree of asymmetry to it.
You might have an eyebrow that’s higher than the other, for example, or maybe one ear sits higher than the other. This is normal.
As such, everyone may well have a slightly uneven hairline. It’s only a problem if this is significantly noticeable, with a serious degree of hair receding on one side or the other.
An uneven hairline is therefore perfectly normal.
It happens to both genders, and can just be a result of age.
However, an uneven hairline may also be an indicator of other conditions such as male pattern baldness, so if you have one, it’s still worth keeping an eye on.
What Causes An Uneven Hairline?
Factors like stress and age can impact whether or not you have an uneven hairline.
These are the four main reasons why you may be experiencing an asymmetrical hairline:
Just as you inherit your eye color from your parents, you can also inherit hair features and characteristics – one of which may be an uneven hairline.
For example, there’s research to suggest that what’s known as a ‘widow’s peak’ – where your hairline arcs up to a low point that meets in the middle of your forehead – can be caused by genetics.
If you’re a woman who regularly wears your hair pulled back in a high ponytail or bun, you might be putting yourself at a higher risk of traction alopecia.
You’re also more vulnerable to it if you use lots of chemicals or heat on your hair. Men can also experience this condition – and it’s got nothing to do with family history.
Traction alopecia is a gradual hair loss that results from your hair being tugged when it’s pulled back.
It may begin with symptoms including itching, redness, or even blisters forming on your scalp.
If you do notice any of these, you should stop pulling your hair back and wear it in a looser style.
This is another kind of alopecia, but its medical name is androgenetic alopecia.
It’s caused when your hair follicles shrink as a result of two androgenic hormones – testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
These disrupt your hair’s growth cycle, eventually shortening it to the extent that your hairline won’t grow back in.
It is a chronic condition – that is, there’s no solution or cure, and it will continue over time.
Whether you’re vulnerable to male pattern baldness is determined by genetics.
An uneven hairline that forms in an ‘M’ shape with thinning and receding hair at the head’s crown is one of the most common symptoms of male pattern baldness.
Women can also experience androgenetic alopecia – most notably after childbirth, for example. It typically presents differently, but there will still be significant hair thinning.
If you find yourself shedding hair frequently – more than 100 a day – then you may want to consult a physician.
Is It Normal To Have An Uneven Hairline?
Yes, it is perfectly normal for both men and women to experience an uneven hairline.
There are a few ways that you could fix an uneven hairline.
Be aware that many of these require medical intervention, so you should always consult a doctor if you’re looking to pursue any of these:
There are a number of medications that are FDA-approved and could help with an uneven hairline.
Be aware that there may be side effects of taking these, so you should always consult a physician.
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a topical medication, meaning it’s applied to your scalp and can help with hair growth. Be aware it might take a few months to start working.
Finasteride (Propecia) is an oral medication that blocks testosterone from converting into DHT, which can help to minimize hair loss.
Saw palmetto is a natural ingredient that can also be used in shampoo and conditioner and has been linked to reducing hair loss.
This is a kind of tattoo for your hairline. It’s a procedure that reshapes the hairline in a non-invasive way in order to cosmetically improve an uneven hairline.
Essentially, a microneedle is used to tattoo micro-dots around your hairline in order to improve the appearance of fullness and thickness.
You can always consult your technician, who will work to create a hairline that imitates your natural line.
It also has the benefit of covering any scars from alopecia or botched hair transplants, and, critically, it’s non-invasive and non-medical.
Hair transplant surgery is a medical procedure where hair follicles from the sides and back of your scalp are extracted and transplanted to your hairline and scalp.
It can help to even out asymmetrical or uneven hair growth along your hairline or around your hair temples caused by genetics or alopecia.
Be aware that, should hair transplant surgery go wrong, it may leave you with worse than an uneven hairline.
It’s also expensive and is a medical intervention, so you should seriously consider the procedure.
Your diet can help to keep your hairline looking more full. Eating foods that are high in antioxidants – like blueberries, spinach, kidney beans, and walnuts, are all fantastic for healthy hair.
Vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc, and vitamins A, B12, and E are also great.
Laser or light therapy has been found to help stimulate hair growth on your scalp.
Be aware that this is likely to be expensive, however, so you may want to try less invasive, at-home remedies, before turning to it.
There is some research to suggest that essential oils like rosemary, olive, or peppermint oil can help with hair growth, and may help with an uneven hairline.
You should be mixing these with a carrier oil like coconut or almond oil before applying them to your scalp. Alternatively, another good carrier oil is jojoba.
If you use one cup of olive oil, then you should use around 0.5 – 1 teaspoon of rosemary oil. Gently rub this mixture into your scalp after taking a shower.
You could even combine this with a scalp massage, which has also been shown to support hair growth by way of stimulating the hair follicle.
Be sure that you aren’t using a shampoo or conditioner that is too harsh for thinning hair or an uneven hairline.
You can purchase products that are designed to lower DHT or those that have the active ingredient of ketoconazole in them.
Shampoos with caffeine in them can also help to reduce hair loss and render an uneven hairline more even.
No, having an uneven hairline does not mean that you’re going bald. An uneven hairline can occur naturally as you age, but it is not indicative of balding.
It would be great if hair receded at an even rate, but unfortunately, it doesn’t. This can mean that your hairline looks more uneven on one side of your face than the other.
Be aware that if you have a serious asymmetry, this may be a sign of male pattern baldness, and it would be best to consult a physician.
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