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Written by
Morgan German
Medically approved by
Amy Revene M.B.B.S

If your hairline is receding, you may be concerned that you're balding or suffering from male pattern baldness. While your intuition may be correct, a high hairline can indicate something entirely different. The fact that your hairline is receding could indicate a mature hairline rather than balding.

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What is a mature hairline?

Let's start with a definition of what a hairline is.

Your hairline specifies where your hair is located on your head, which is usually on the forehead.

Hairlines can be seen in various forms and places on the scalp, depending on several factors such as genetics and age.

Men in their teens usually have a full head of hair and a "juvenile hairline," a receding hairline. Find your juvenile hairline by wrinkling your brow. If your hair is on the top wrinkle, you still have a youthful or young hairline.

A juvenile hairline's rounded edges and straight-across form are other distinct traits. Only about 5% of Caucasian guys will have their teenage hairline for the remainder of their life.

The majority of men, on the other hand, will not preserve their youthful hairline. Instead, between the ages of 17 and 30, most men develop a mature hairline, a sign of aging.

It's a mature hairline when the hairline moves back about a half-inch to an inch from where it used to be. It's as simple as that. A mature hairline is a very natural phenomenon for most guys and is nothing to be concerned about.

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What are the characteristics of a mature hairline?

Not all hairlines mature in the same way that not all males mature in the same way.

Mature hairlines may emerge gradually, eventually becoming unnoticeable.

A man's hairline might take up to ten years to fully develop. Some men may discover that their hairline is receding faster than usual, indicating male-pattern baldness.

A receding hairline might also be the cause of the quick decline. Thankfully, mature hairlines have a few other characteristics that set them apart from male-pattern baldness. Those characteristics are:

  • The hairline typically moves back in a straight line. Though some men will have an uneven transition to a mature hairline, the majority of men will see their hairline move in a consistent pattern throughout time.
  • The hairline is only one to 1.5 inches above the highest wrinkle on your forehead. A mature hairline will usually recede to this point. You probably have a mature hairline if your hairline is roughly the width of a finger above the top wrinkle. It could be balding if it's receding onto your scalp.
  • An M, often known as a widow's peak, is the shape. The round curves of a young hairline are removed with an M-shaped hairline, which creates a more defined hairline. The hairline can often result in a widow's peak. When a V of hair remains further down as the hair around it recedes, this is known as a widow's peak.
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Why does the hairline mature?

Take a look back at your teenage years. As a result of the hormones, your body starts to produce testosterone at this point.

When testosterone is metabolized, DHT is produced (Dihydrotestosterone). The amount of DHT in your body will alter your hairline for years to come.

DHT binds to hair follicles, causing them to shrink and fall out over time.

As a result, most men will develop a mature hairline in a higher area.

High amounts of DHT generated by the body induce male pattern baldness.

When does it start?

Because the maturation process differs from person to person, there is no set starting age. According to reports, hairline maturation can begin between the ages of 17 and 29.

Is it normal?

Don't get too worked up just yet. A mature hairline is common and usually does not cause worry. Only 5% of males will not acquire a mature hairline and will retain their juvenile hairline.

Is your hairline maturing?

A developing hairline appears gradually, and many men are unaware that it has occurred. Have you missed out on the maturation process? To figure out where you are, do the following:

Take a test

Taking the test is the simplest way to determine if you have a mature hairline. Fortunately, there is an easy solution that you can implement right away.

Raise your eyebrows, as if astonished, to reveal your wrinkles. The highest crease will identify your juvenile hairline. Up to an inch above the top wrinkle line, your mature hairline will be.

Inspect your hairline

So you've discovered your adolescent hairline. Isn't it upsetting at times? But now for the good news. If your new hairline resembles your juvenile hairline in shape, you have a mature hairline.

You may have noticed that your hairline has crept up your temple. This is typical and a telltale sign of a growing hairline if it isn't too extreme.

Evaluate your widow's peak

A mature hairline is more defined than a juvenile hairline, which is rounder. A mature hairline may take the shape of a V, with a widow's peak as the focal point. A cool mature hairline is a prize of the widow's peak. This signifies that the hair is receding if the widow's peak gets more prominent over time.

Identify your stage using Norwood Scale

The Norwood Scale is a straightforward approach to figure out what stage you're at. The Norwood Scale divides the process of hair loss into seven stages. It's a go-to for doctors in the field of hair restoration all around the world.

The juvenile or immature hairline pre-developing is represented by Stage One of the Norwood Scale, which exhibits no hair loss.  Two shows all the hallmarks of a maturing hairline.

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Norwood scale (source)

What's the difference between maturing hairline vs. receding hairline?

Hair loss produced by maturing hairlines and receding hairlines (typically caused by male-pattern baldness) can look similar at first, making it difficult to distinguish which is causing your hair loss.

Various characteristics distinguish them that can help you determine if your hairline is receding.

  • Excessive hair shedding.

While a receding hairline will have clumps of hair falling out when showering or styling, a growing hairline will have some hair loss. It's typical to lose 100 hairs per day, but you could be balding if you're losing more.

  • Extra recession on your temples.

Although a mature hairline does form an M, it is usually not very noticeable. Significantly if your entire hairline is receding, baldness may be indicated by the patches surrounding your temples receding even more.

  • Small hairs beyond your hairline.

While everyone has a few tiny hairs in front of their hairline, a large amount of light, short hairs in front of your hairline could indicate that you're balding.

If you're still confused if your receding hairline is due to baldness or maturation, or if you have any other concerns, consult a doctor. Doctors can examine your hairs under a microscope to determine what is causing your receding hairline. They'll also be able to identify if you have male pattern baldness if your hairline is receding.

What's the difference between maturing hairline vs. balding?

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Balding is the next stage of hair loss after receding. This is far more noticeable than a mature hairline. Here are some indicators that you're going bald:

  • On the Norwood Scale, your hair pattern resembles stages four and upwards.
  • Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition. If you have a family history of baldness, you may be at risk.
  • In contrast to the V-shape of mature and receding hairlines, your hairline recedes in an M-shape.
  • Only the frontal region will be affected by a mature hairline. Balding causes the crown of the head to recede and to thin.

How to deal with a mature hairline?

Even if you've determined that you have a receding hairline, there may be some challenges ahead. After all, your hairline is an inch further back. Some men find it challenging to get their desired hairstyles or to be satisfied with their hair. Here are some suggestions for dealing with a receding hairline:

  • It's important to remember that a mature hairline is quite natural. This is something that over 96 percent of males will go through, so you're not alone.
  • You are not getting bald if your receding hairline is a mature hairline. Despite the loss, the majority of hair professionals agree that growing hairlines are not balding hairlines. Furthermore, acquiring a mature hairline does not indicate that you will grow bald in the future. Some guys will preserve their mature hairline until they are well into their senior years.
  • Hairlines in their later years are attractive. It doesn't mean it's not a beautiful look just because the hair volume isn't what you're used to. It will take some time to adjust to your new hairline, but you will eventually come to appreciate it.
  • Accept the hairstyles with a mature hairline. Slicking your hair back, splitting it on the side, leaving it messy, or going for the "David Beckham" look can all make you feel more confident with your new hairline.

Men frequently have concerns about their hairlines. Consult your doctor if you're concerned that your hair loss is due to male pattern baldness. But keep in mind that a mature hairline is a natural and common occurrence in most males. It's nothing to be concerned about.

Mature hairline examples and hairstyles

Let's list a few examples of maturing hairlines and the hairstyles that go with them. Here you'll find ideas and examples for making the most of what you have. Some of these styles are also suitable for receding or balding hairlines. It's time to spruce up your hairstyle.

  • Induction buzz cut
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A buzz cut is a no-holds-barred approach to a receding hairline. The induction is the most basic and straightforward buzz-cut version. It's the lowest clipper grade all over the head, and it's named after the haircut before enrollment into the military.

While it's usually best to get your haircut from a professional, you can do this at home. Are you tempted, but the induction seems intimidating? The butch buzz cut is a more understated option. You'll have at least a quarter-inch of hair remaining if you use a 3 or 4 setting clipper guard. You might go for new tapering on the sides and neckline if you have more hair to deal with.

This is a higher-grade alternative to consider before proceeding to the induction cut.

  • Crew cut
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The crew cut is a versatile style that may be worn in a variety of lengths. The sides of crew cuts are shorter, while the top is longer. It's a defined and sharp look that's also reasonably practical. It's an excellent option for you if you want to gain style points with minimal effort.

While a crew cut does not conceal the hairline, the beauty of it is that you may still style it to your liking. Avoid using gels or pomades because they will cause your hair to stick together. While a crew cut does not conceal the hairline, the beauty of it is that you may still style it to your liking.

Avoid using gels or pomades since they will bind your hair strands together and highlight your scalp. Instead, use matte wax to make your hairline appear fuller while still offering some grip.

  • French crop cut
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Because of the popularity of shows like Peaky Blinders, the French Crop is trendy. The French crop undercut is a casual variation. Thomas Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, has made this a famous film.

This is not only a fashionable alternative, but it also conceals a receding hairline by training the hair forward.

  • Pompadour
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The pompadour is a timeless classic that accentuates your widow's peak to its maximum potential. It's entirely up to you whether you go for a classic or modern version of this cut.

Pomade and the pompadour have a long-standing relationship due to pomade's ability to give the style a high sheen, sleek, and neat appearance. We advocate using a matte pomade instead of a high shine because it will make your hair look more natural.

Instead of a high shine, we recommend a matte pomade, which will hide your scalp and provide the illusion of a thicker hairline.

  • Ivy League haircut

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This cut comes from American Ivy League schools and is designed for guys. It's a sleek appearance that works in any setting, from the boardroom to the bar. Pair this haircut with a suit and dress shoes for a more formal look, or go for the preppy appearance straight away. In either case, you'll command respect in this timeless ensemble.

  • Short to medium shaggy bangs

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Are you looking for something a little more rugged? Now is the time to get your shag on. The key is to request textured full bangs from your barber. The chaotic approach will not only give you a solid, rugged style, but it will also assist in hiding thinning regions.

Conclusion

A mature hairline is usually nothing to be concerned about.

If you're worried about it or think your hairline is receding, here's some advice on handling it. A visit to a dermatologist is the initial step on this path.

Even though male pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss, there may be other variables at play. Hair loss can be caused by medical disorders, drugs, and stressful events.

A dermatologist can provide you with a professional diagnosis and recommendations. You can start treating your condition after you have a definitive diagnosis. If your receding hairline continues, why not confront it and accept your fate?

Although this isn't the magic potion you were hoping for, why don't you take both clippers in your hands? It's a bold and daring option that looks the part and exudes self-assurance. It doesn't have to be uncool to have a receding hairline. You can still have a fashionable cut if you follow our haircut suggestions above.

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