Hair is a crucial part of our appearance, both for men and women. Good hair gives us a young, healthy, and dynamic appearance. A good hairline is essential to look at one’s best!
What can affect the hair implantation up the forehead? How to restore it in case of alopecia (baldness)? How are women differ from men?
Here is the best to know!
What's the hairline?
The hairline is the way our hair is implanted on the forehead. It varies depending on genetics and hair conditions: some people have a naturally high hairline, while for others, it is lower.
As in everything, there are trends in how the hairline should look. Arabs like it very low and sharp-edged, while Europeans prefer a more natural-looking.
Some conditions may affect how the hair is implanted on the forehead, making it recede, such as androgenic alopecia, the most common issue affecting men’s hairline.
What conditions do affect the hairline?
Women and men are very different in conditions affecting the hairline because the same condition does not affect females and males the same way.
The most common hair condition affecting the way the hair is implanted in the forehead is androgenic alopecia. This hair condition causes a receding hairline in men but not in women.
This condition is due to androgen, a male hormone group including testosterone and DHT. Androgen is crucial for men’s health, but its action causes hair loss in 70% of males. Women also have androgen, but its action rarely causes hair loss as the female hormones, such as estrogen, protect the hair follicles. However, women may also suffer from androgenic alopecia, often after menopause or hormonal imbalance.
In men, the first symptom of androgenic alopecia is a receding hairline, then the hair at the top of the head starts to fall. At the ultimate stage, men are bald on the top and front of the head, while the hair on the side and back remains as it is genetically resistant to androgen.
In females, the condition does not cause receding hairline or bald spots but a diffuse hair loss and loss of density. Women rarely suffer from receding hairline, and when they do, androgenic alopecia is not to blame. Other hair conditions may cause hair loss on the front of the head. Traction alopecia affects many women, especially Black ones, as that community tends to wear tight braids, which may cause hair loss due to traction on the hair roots.
Autoimmune disorders also cause hair loss in various areas of the head. Unlike androgenic alopecia, which causes hair loss according to the same pattern, auto-immune diseases are unpredictable. They may cause bald spots to lose all the hair and body hair, depending on the severity of the condition.
How to restore the hairline?
The solution depends on the cause of the hair loss. A hair transplant is inefficient for autoimmune diseases.
A hair transplant is the best solution for men with androgenic alopecia. This method is the only one offering a long-lasting and natural-looking result without any long-term side effects.
This technique uses the hair at the back of the head to draw and fill the bald spots according to the patient’s wish. It exists many hair transplant techniques, the most efficient to get an excellent-looking hairline is DHI. Direct Hair Transplant offers the most volume and is non-invasive. With this technique, the doctor harvests the grafts in the back of the head, where the hair is genetically resistant to androgen. He directly implants them into the hairline and bald spots, controlling their implantation angle to mimic the natural hair’s implantation and get the most natural-looking result.