Hairline Types: We Name All Different Types Of Hairline

Medically reviewedby Dr. Amy Revene M.B.B.S.
WrittenbyLuat Duong
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The human race is beautifully assorted with endless diversity. Each of us is made up of unique characteristics that make us appear divergent from one another, and that's a remarkable thing nature has gifted us with!

Variations in hair types, skin color, features, body shapes, etc., are familiar but did you know that variations in Hairlines also exist? Yes, you heard it right! Healthy living and good looks depend on a variety of factors. 

One significant aspect that often gets overlooked is how to take care of the hairline. Research states that there are nine different types of hairlines.

What is a hairline? 

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The hairline can be defined as the edge of a person's hair, specifically running from the forehead to the temples. The factors that determine how the hairline may look include:

  • Hormones
  • Genetics
  • Lifestyle
  • Age

Changes in your hairline can begin as early as your mid-teens, becoming more prominent as you age. Your hairline significantly impacts how you look, and the type of hairline one has throughout their lifetime may vary from person to person. 

Men are more likely to be affected by changes in the hairline, but women can also have different hairlines. However, they are different from men in many ways. Let's discover them!

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What types of hairline are there?

These are the different hairline types you can find on men and women:

  • Straight Hairline
  • Rounded Hairline
  • Widow's Peak
  • Receding Hairline
  • Uneven Hairline
  • Cowlick Hairline
  • M-shaped Hairline
  • High Hairline
  • Low Hairline

What are the different hairline types for men?

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Male hairlines are determined by many things, like height, shape, age, and time, and they can change a lot over time. 

The most common hairlines in men include:

Low hairline

In childhood and adolescence, men usually have a low hairline before they start to lose any hair. This is known as a "juvenile hairline," which runs in a straight line. Men with low hairlines have foreheads that are narrower because they start closer to their eyebrows.

Middle hairline

When the hairline is in the middle of the forehead, it usually looks more proportionate. This hairline type mostly occurs in men in their teens or mid-twenties. The shape of this hairline could be asymmetrical, rounded, or straight.

Receding hairline (male pattern baldness)

The hairline may gradually move upwards with age, exposing the forehead hairline. As a result of male pattern baldness, receding hairlines occur. Moving away from the temples can also result in a resounding "M" shape for a receding hairline.

High hairline

The "high hairline" type is when your hairline begins at the crown of your head. Hair loss or thinning hair can cause this type of hairline, making the forehead appear larger and more prominent.

Cowlick hairline 

In this case, the hair grows in a swirl-like pattern on your scalp, mainly along the crown, thus messing up the natural shape of your hairline. Mostly, men with short hair may experience this hairline type, which may become a challenge when it comes to styling. 

Widow's peak 

The widow's peak appears like a prominent V-shaped hairline in men. Most of the time, they get it after a certain age because of hair loss, which usually shows up as two clear bald spots at the temples

What are the different hairline types for women? 

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A woman's confidence is mainly boosted by great hair and a beautiful hairline, revealing how healthy her hair is! Let's look over the different types of hairlines for women.

Low hairline

The hairlines between the eyebrows and the foreheads are considered low hairlines, giving the appearance of narrow or short foreheads and thus enhancing the face structure in females. However, women are less likely to develop receding frontal lines.

Middle hairline 

Middle hairlines are also called average hairlines or normal hairlines. Usually, this hairline is located in the middle of the forehead and is most commonly found in women, allowing them to style it in numerous ways. 

High hairline

A high hairline in women begins high up on the crown, making the forehead appear broader, and is mostly genetically inherited or due to hair loss (female pattern baldness).

Widow's peak

The widow's peak, which has a distinct V-shape from the brow, is most likely inherited by women. Some may get it due to a genetic disorder called frontonasal dysplasia. This hairline type may become more or less prominent with age.

Receding hairline 

Hair may stop growing from one or both sides of the temple in a receding hairline, forming an M shape. Though receding hairlines differ from female pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), they may rarely occur in females due to:

  • Hormones
  • Genetics
  • Lifestyle Habits

Besides these, some common causes for a receding hairline in women are due to using harsh chemicals and shampoos, unwanted stress, frequent styling by using heating tools, and tying up hair tightly.

Apparently, all of these can increase the receding hairline with age, causing further damage. 

Straight line

A straight hairline is either straight across the brow or rectangular in shape. Most women like this type of hairline because it doesn't cause them to lose hair in places they don't want to. 

Uneven hairline

An uneven hairline, as the name implies, is one that is uneven on both sides and slightly higher on one side than the other. It is usually caused by poor hairstyling practices, but genetics may be the culprit sometimes. 


A bell-shaped hairline is the most desired perfect hairline in women because it is symmetrical from both sides and lacks any uneven lines or recedings. They make the forehead appear longer and curved, giving the face a perfect shape. 

Triangular hairline 

If you have temporal triangular alopecia, also called congenital alopecia, which starts at the temples and gradually rises to a central point on your forehead, you may have a triangular hairline.

Cowlick hairline

Women also are not spared from cowlicks, which make styling challenging. You are more likely to have a cowlick if you have short hair, and they can affect men and women alike. 

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Scalp massage

One of the most common and best ways to protect your hair health and recover from damage is scalp massage, also called "champissage," which is absolutely common and was advised by our grandparents too. 

Fingertips help with the massage, which usually focuses on acupressure points like the head, neck, and shoulder. These points help get the blood flowing well, which improves and speeds up hair growth. Some of the most effective oils are:

  • Carrier Oils (Almonds oil, Castor oil, Olive Oil, Argan Oil)
  • Essential oils ( Lavender oil, Tea tree oil, Rosemary oil) 

Make sure to go with steam-distilled essential oils and cold-pressed carrier oils. 


The drier the scalp, the more damage it causes, which mostly leads to hair fall. Keeping your scalp moisturized is the key which can easily be carried out by

  • Moisturizing shampoo.
  • Exfoliating scalp masks.
  • Post-shower hair tonics.
  • Coconut oil massage.
  • Tea tree and jojoba essential oils are good choices.
  • Gels or products derived from aloe vera.
  • Apple cider vinegar or witch hazel are excellent home remedies.

Anti-hair fall shampoos

Some shampoos are designed with secret ingredients to help your hair's health and stop hair fall; if you find your hair needs one, switch to one!

It helps roots and hair follicles gain more strength, resulting in less hair fall. A paraben-free shampoo is recommended for this purpose. 

Hair mask

An organic hair mask made from natural ingredients is the best food for your hair. It contains all the powerful ingredients that penetrate deep into the scalp and work on your hair. 

There are a lot of hair masks on the market that claim to deep condition your hair and make it healthier, softer, and more nourished. However, a homemade mask can be easier to make and healthier, since it can be made quickly with ingredients that are easy to find in the kitchen.

Here are a few examples: 

  • Shikakai curd combo
  • Egg and curd mask
  • Banana egg smoothie
  • Lentil almond mixture

Healthy diet

Nutritional balance in the body is directly proportional to hair health. The healthier you eat, the more nutrition you get in your body, making your hair healthier and stronger.

Some of the essential nutrients hair needs are:

  • Fatty acid
  • Folic acid
  • Omega 3
  • Zinc
  • Biotin
  • Proteins

You can easily gain all these nutrients by including fish, meat, vegetables, and fruits in your diet. Also, some hair supplements may help, and cutting down on deep-fried, sugary, and processed foods affects the hair growth cycle. 

Tight hairstyling

Tying up your hair tight from the front may cause physical trauma to the hairline, leading to damage and hair fall. The constant pulling can cause strands of your hair to break or fall out. In time, the continuous pulling can damage your hair follicles.

How can I change my hairline?

Changing your hairline is possible with a variety of medical and cosmetic options. Here are some of the most common treatments to consider:

  • Hair removal – electrolysis or laser hair removal can help lower a high hairline.
  • Hair styling strategies – getting the right haircut can help you get the desired shape for your hairline.
  • Laser treatments – laser therapies, such as red light, may stimulate hair growth along the hairline.
  • Shaving – if hair recessions are becoming difficult to hide, consider shaving them off.
  • Plucking/Tweezing – plucking can help straighten out an uneven or widow’s peak hairline.
  • Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that mimics the look of individual hairs.
  • Medications – Minoxidil and Finasteride can be used to stop balding or receding hairlines, as well as corticosteroids and Dritho-Scalp (a psoriasis medication).
  • Hair transplant – a professional in-office procedure where the surgeon removes healthy hair from the sides and back of your head and transplants it to alter the shape of your hairline.

Before opting for any of these treatments, consider consulting a doctor to find out which one is best suited for you. With the right advice and care, you can achieve a beautiful hairline that will help boost your self-confidence.

What is considered the most attractive hairline?

A 5-6 cm gap between the hairline and the brow is considered ideal among women's preferred types of hairlines, and the middle hairline is the one if they have a neat hairline. 

There is a standard gap between their eyebrows and foreheads. Women are considered fortunate to have such a hairline. However, straight and bell-shaped hairlines make hairstyling easier. 

A slightly higher hairline, 6–8 cm above the eyebrow, is considered ideal in men. 


There are different types of hairlines, each of which has distinctive features. To protect your hairline from damage, you must identify its type and take proactive measures to protect it. 

Many factors affect your hairline, including genetics, hormones, your hairstyling routine, etc. Your lifestyle practices have a role to play in determining your unique hairline type. 

Hence, healthy lifestyle habits, good care of your hair, and a nutritious diet to maintain your hair's health can be the keys. Also, if you want to change the way your hairline looks, you can do so in a number of ways, both medical and cosmetic. 

But since every person's characteristics vary, procedures and results may differ too. If you're looking for a dramatic transformation, clinical intervention is required. 

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Luat Duong

Luat Duong is a Copenhagen-based writer and content strategist specializing in hair loss and health. His work has been featured in MyHealthGuide, The Right Hairstyles, and Woman's Era. He is a graduate of Vaasa University. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.