Widow’s Peak: Definition, Causes & How To Get Rid Of It?

Medically reviewedby Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
WrittenbyLuat Duong
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This V-shaped hairline pattern, often a family trait, has captivated our imagination across cultures and time. But what does science say about this intriguing characteristic?

We're about to tell you exactly what it is and unfold the mysteries and debunk the myths of the widow's peak.

Let us tell you right now - a widow's peak does not mean early widowhood. And no, you do not necessarily have male pattern baldness.

What is a widow’s peak?

widow's peak in men

A widow's peak hairline is a distinctive V shaped hairline pattern where the hair forms a V-shape at the center of the forehead. This genetic trait varies in prominence and is neither harmful nor advantageous.

The presence and prominence of a widow's peak can vary significantly from one individual to another. Some people may have a very pronounced widow's peak, creating a clear and sharp V shape, while others might have a more subtle or even absent peak when compared to a straight hairline.

A lot of celebrities have this widow's peak hairline: John Travolta, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marilyn Monroe, Kourtney Kardashian, Eddie Munster, and Colin Farrell to name a few.

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What does widow's peak mean?

guy with widow's peak

A widow's peak is a genetic trait and does not have any specific meaning regarding health or personality.

The term "widow's peak" is derived from a historical belief. It was thought to resemble the peak of a widow's hood, worn in mourning in past centuries. This trait is purely genetic and is a variation in the way the hairline is shaped.

In terms of cultural significance, widow's peaks have been perceived differently across times and cultures. While some have attributed certain personality traits or fates to individuals with a widow's peak, these are purely mythological or superstitious beliefs with no scientific basis.

A widow's peak does not necessarily mean baldness. A widow's peak is a distinct hairline formation where the hair grows in a V-shape at the forehead. While it can be more noticeable in people with hair loss, it is not a direct indicator of balding nor receding hairline.

What causes a widow's peak?

The exact cause of a widow's peak is not fully understood, but it is thought to be due to a combination of genetic and hormonal factors.


widow's peak genetics

Having a parent with a pronounced widow's peak increases the chances of passing on the genetic traits involved. Multiple genes control hair follicles, including BMP6, LRP2, and EDAR. Variations in these genes may predispose to a widow's peak pattern.

Hair follicle configuration

Controlled by genetics, hair follicles on the central forehead grow at an angle pointing towards the midline, rather than horizontally. This results in a "V" shape converging at the hairline's midpoint.

Periorbital fields

Two hypothesized bilateral zones of suppressed hair growth extend from above each eye. In most people, these fields intersect the hairline higher up, behind the forehead. In widows peaks, their intersection is lower due to one of two reasons:

  • The periorbital fields are smaller in width between the eyes.
  • They are more widely spaced, as seen in ocular hypertelorism disorders.

Donnai-Barrow syndrome

Rarely, Donnai Barrow syndrome is a genetic condition where an LRP2 mutation disrupts normal follicular development and placement. This can result in an extensive widow's peak sign.

Opitz G/BBB Syndrome

Opitz G/BBB syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by intellectual disability, multiple anomalies, and a distinctive V-shaped widow's peak hairline. This widow's peak results from an MID1 gene mutation causing overgrowth of the frontal bone.

Aarskog Syndrome

Aarskog syndrome is another rare genetic disorder that can cause a widow's peak. It is associated with short stature, facial features, and intellectual disability. An FGD1 gene mutation leads to frontal bone overgrowth, producing the widow's peak.

Hormonal factors

Hormones can also play a role in the development of a widow's peak. Testosterone, a hormone that is produced in both men and women, can help to shape the hairline.

Particularly during puberty, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) stimulates hair follicles in the forehead. Those with higher DHT sensitivity due to follicular androgen receptor gene variants may form a more pronounced widow's peak.

However, testosterone levels can also fluctuate as we age, which can cause the widow's peak to become less noticeable or even disappear altogether.

How to get rid of widow's peak?

To get rid of a widow's peak, consider these 7 options:

  1. Scandinavian Biolabs Hair Growth Routine
  2. Hairstyling
  3. Hair removal
  4. Hair transplant
  5. Hair growth medications
  6. Cosmetic
  7. Scalp micropigmentation

1. Scandinavian Biolabs Hair Growth Routine

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If you're exploring solutions for managing a widow's peak, the Scandinavian Biolabs Hair Growth Routine presents a natural, effective option. This routine involves a blend of scientifically-backed, bioactive ingredients that nourish your scalp and promote healthier hair growth. Ideal for those seeking a non-invasive, easy-to-maintain solution, it targets the root causes of hair thinning. With consistent use, you can expect a noticeable improvement in your hairline's fullness and overall hair health, making it a viable option for reshaping and enhancing your hairline naturally.

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2. Hairstyling

A widow's peak hairstyling is a quick, non-committal way to manage the appearance of a widow's peak. Creative styling techniques, such as side parts, bangs, or volume-boosting looks, can effectively camouflage the hairline. While this method doesn't alter the hairline physically, it offers a temporary and versatile solution. It's perfect for those who prefer to experiment with different looks or are seeking an immediate change without the need for medical or cosmetic interventions.

3. Hair removal

Hair removal methods like shaving, waxing, threading, or even laser treatments offer a more direct approach to minimizing the appearance of a widow's peak. These techniques physically remove hair from the undesired areas of the hairline. While some methods provide short-term results, others, such as laser hair removal, can offer longer-lasting solutions. It's an option worth considering for those looking for a more defined hairline.

4. Hair transplant

A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves moving hair follicles from one part of the scalp to the widow's peak area.

There are two methods: FUE hair transplant or FUT hair transplant.

This is a permanent hairline lowering solution.

It's most suitable for those seeking a drastic change and are comfortable with undergoing a surgical procedure.

A successful transplant can result in a completely reshaped hairline, effectively eliminating the widow's peak.

Female hair transplant, although rare, is normal and gives great results.

5. Hair growth medications

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Hair growth medications, including topical treatments and oral drugs, can stimulate hair growth and improve hair density. These are especially beneficial for those experiencing hair thinning in addition to a widow's peak. Regular use as directed can lead to fuller hair, potentially making the widow's peak less noticeable over time.

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6. Cosmetic

Cosmetic solutions, such as makeup or hair fillers, offer a quick and non-permanent way to adjust the appearance of your hairline. These products can be applied to fill in the widow's peak, creating an illusion of a straighter hairline. Ideal for those who desire an immediate yet reversible solution, cosmetic methods are great for special occasions or daily use.

7. Scalp micropigmentation

Scalp micro-pigmentation is a non-invasive procedure that uses microneedles to deposit pigment into the scalp. This creates the appearance of a fuller hairline and can effectively camouflage a widow's peak. It's a semi-permanent solution that requires minimal maintenance, appealing to those who want a hassle-free, long-lasting cosmetic solution.


The widow's peak is a compelling blend of genetics, cultural interpretations, and personal style. Far from being a mere hairline shape, it's a testament to the rich tapestry of human diversity and our endless fascination with the traits that make us unique.

It's not a receding hairline, not androgenetic alopecia nor bad luck.

Whether you're embracing it as a badge of genetic heritage, exploring its cultural meanings, or seeking the best way to style it, the widow's peak is more than just a feature - it's a narrative in itself.

As we've seen, it's not an omen of baldness, nor does it pigeonhole one into a specific personality type.

Instead, it's a feature to be celebrated, styled, and understood in the broader context of our genetic and cultural tapestry.

If you're still adamant about ridding of it, visit your hair loss expert for suggestions on what hair loss treatment will work for you.


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.