Receding Hairline On One Side: Why It Happens And How To Treat It?

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WrittenbyLuat Duong
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Have you also noticed a gradually receding hairline with growing age, leaving lesser hair on the other? Don't panic. Like your other body parts, your hair undergoes many changes with age.

It means that hairlines tend to become softer and higher by the time people reach their twenties or thirties.

In most cases, receding hairline on one side is not a cause for concern. Still, if they have changed significantly over time, that may signify pattern baldness, most commonly a male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), which is an irreversible hair loss condition. 

Though you cannot stop your uneven hairline from receding on one side, several ways can help slow down the process. Therefore, in this article, we will learn the reasons behind the uneven hairline and how we can treat it.

What is a receding hairline on one side?

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A receding on an uneven hairline typically occurs when the hair follicles on your temples stop producing more hair. Therefore, as the hair growth stops there, the hairline begins to change shape, thus receding on one side. 

As a result, the hairline is typically in the shape of an M. It usually affects the sides of the forehead first. However, you may see a slightly different pattern depending on the cause of your hair loss.

Hairline changes can begin as early as your mid-teens but can also occur as you age. Although men are more likely to be affected by hairline changes, women can also be affected, resulting in female pattern baldness.

Hence, it is essential to understand the cause of an uneven or receding hairline on one side so that you can determine whether or not it is caused by hair loss or is simply an effect of aging. 

It is also crucial to notice the difference between a maturing hairline and a receding one, as the receding hairline tends to occur quickly as compared to a mature hairline that causes your hair to move back slowly and gradually with time, making them appear natural as per your age. 

A receding hairline on one side is quick and begins at a younger age, making you look older than you actually are. 

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What causes an uneven hairline?

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The cause of an uneven hairline can be attributed to several factors, including female or male pattern baldness, genetics, traction alopecia, etc.

In recent research, the researchers claim that hair loss is a symptom rather than a diagnosis. Alopecia is caused by immune, genetic, endocrine, and inflammatory factors, all of which require independent treatments.

However, let us learn about some of the main reasons behind uneven hairlines.


One of the topmost factors causing a receding hairline is genetics. It is also one of the top factors causing hair loss at an early age. A naturally occurring hormone in males is testosterone, which produces DHT, a leading cause of hair loss in men. 

Hairline receding and unevenness are typical effects of DHT in male pattern baldness. Moreover, the quantity of DHT in the body highly depends on your genes. Therefore, your genes can determine your uneven hairline, just like your height, hair, or eye color. 


Aging is a natural process, and so is the receding hairline. As age increases, hair growth tends to slow down, with hair follicles making less new hair. Men and women both go through the latter, though the receding hairline on one side is a more common problem in males. 

Read this: What Are Hair Growth Patterns? Find Out Yours Here!

Male pattern baldness

As mentioned earlier, an uneven hairline is more commonly seen in males than females. This is due to a common hair condition known as male pattern baldness, also called androgenic alopecia.

This is the most usual type of hair loss occurring in males when their hair follicles shrink in size due to two male hormones, testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

The first effect of male pattern baldness is usually on the temples, which is why it can lead to uneven or receding hairlines on one side. 

Hair transplant

An uneven hairline may also occur due to an incorrectly performed hair transplant. A transplant can cause this if the growth patterns are not replicated correctly, or the hairline is not shaped to frame your face appropriately.

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Diet, stress, and other lifestyle factors

A receding hairline can also be caused by poor lifestyle choices, like an unhealthy diet, too much junk food, sodas, high stress, and anxiety levels, and frequent hairstyle changes like vigorous bleaching and too much use of hair-dying chemicals.

However, all these factors usually cause temporary hair loss and uneven hairline, so you can always learn about the root cause of your hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth by working on the latter. 

Read this: 9 Effective Methods How To Regain Hair Loss From Stress

How to treat a receding hairline on one side?

There is no single treatment for an uneven hairline because of the many possible causes. 

For instance, traction alopecia-caused uneven hairlines may be treated by changing your hairstyle, avoiding some styling products, or otherwise altering your daily hair care routine and lifestyle choices. 

Similarly, you might be prescribed topical medication to apply to the sensitive areas of your hairline affected if they are painful or irritated.

Here are some useful tips on how you should treat your receding hairline on one side. 

Scandinavian Biolabs Hair Growth Routine

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If you are unsure about your daily hair care routine, consider making a few changes. For example, if you have dyed or bleached hair, try using a different hair conditioner to keep them healthy and avoid thinning in the frontal scalp area. 

Most hair loss cases are caused by a disruption in the hair's natural growth cycle. Genes, hormones, illness, medications, and lifestyle are known factors that affect hair loss the most. These underlying factors may alter hair follicle cycling, resulting in a shorter anagen phase (hair growth phase), a delayed anagen phase, or hair thinning.

Hence, Scandinavian Biolabs has just the right product to give you healthy hair and stimulate your hair growth from the hairline and other scalp areas. The Hair Growth Routine is designed to aid in the reduction of hair loss and development of new hair and the maintenance of robust and vibrant hair. 

Plant growth factors are contained in each product, some of which have been developed through stem cell technology, stimulating hair growth by nurturing hair follicles. 

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Hair Growth Routine | For Women
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As mentioned earlier, hair regrowth is possible by taking a few drugs like minoxidil and finasteride, which also effectively treat male pattern baldness and a receding hairline. 

It usually takes 6-8 months for the hair fall to stop and the growth phase to resume when using these medications. Minoxidil widens blood vessels and increases blood flow to the scalp, whereas finasteride may protect hair follicles from DHT. 

Laser therapy

The low-level light therapy (LLLT) method stimulates the follicles and scalp tissues by emitting lasers, thus promoting hair growth. Laser therapy increases the blood flow to the scalp, which brings nutrients along and stimulates the hair cells and follicles to step out of their resting phase and move toward hair regrowth.

Hair transplant

Hair transplants are procedures where hair is grafted from the sides or back of your scalp to other sections of your scalp. This process is commonly used to treat receding or uneven hairlines. 

Does a receding hairline on one side mean you're balding?

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Just because your hairline is receding on one side does not mean you are balding. Men with male pattern baldness tend to have uneven hairlines that have the following characteristics:

  • Throughout your life, your hairline will undergo noticeable hair loss or changes.
  • Your shower and hairbrush will shed more hair than usual.

You should also consider factors like:

  • Your asymmetry in the hairline.
  • The rate at which you are losing hair.
  • If you're losing hair on the scalp or crown as well.
  • Your age.
  • Hair density.
  • If your hair loss could be due to lifestyle factors.

The sooner you notice these changes and suspect you may be balding, the better. Seek professional help as soon as possible for hair loss treatment.

When to see a professional?

It is important to seek immediate professional help if you notice the following hair symptoms:

  • Hair fall in clumps
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Scalp scarring or flaking
  • Bald spots all over the scalp. 


People usually notice your hairline since it frames your face. The unevenness may cause you to feel uncomfortable about your appearance.

There are different ways to fix your receding hairline on one side, including medication, hair transplantation, herbal treatments, and laser therapy. Any concerns you may have should be discussed with your doctor. 

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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.