How to Fix a Receding Hairline

Published: 06th January 2010
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Whether you're a man or woman, losing your hair is no fun at all. But if you're wondering how to fix a receding hairline, there are a few options available to you.

Buzz Your Hair Off--That's right, just cut off all your remaining hair and go bald. Obviously, this approach is for men only, but you really don't want to get to the point where you have hair on the sides and back of your head only. You want to avoid looking like an old man.

Shaved heads are considered cool these days. David Beckham, Michael Jordan, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Andre Agassi, and Bruce Willis have all buzzed off their hair at one time or another. They've all looked great. Of course, if you have a misshapen or blemished scalp, you might need to try something else.

Anti-Dandruff Shampoo--This is a very easy and cheap way to at least slow down hair loss. You want to find a shampoo that contains something called ketoconazole. This is a chemical that essentially acts against hormones that damage hair follicles. The most popular and effective shampoo of this kind is called Nizoral. You can buy it pretty much anywhere.

Studies indicate that using the more potent 2% formulation of this shampoo has the best results. You should use it every third day. And be sure to leave the shampoo on your scalp for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing.

Minoxidil or Finasteride--OK, these two chemicals are your best bet of keeping your hair, and maybe even growing some of it back. Both of these drugs have been approved by the FDA because they really work. However, the two chemicals are actually quite different.

Finasteride often goes under the brand name Propecia. You need to get a prescription to use it. And it's definitely not for women. Some users suffer from negative side effects--including sexual side effects such as erectile dysfunction. So this chemical is not for everyone.

Minoxidil, on the other hand, can be used by both men and women. And you don't need a prescription. Because minoxidil can result in an itchy scalp and dandruff, some of the more popular hair loss products that use minoxidil also contain lots of moisturizers that keep the scalp well-oiled.

If you're a woman, using a minoxidil-based product is the best way to go. And considering the potential sexual side-effects of finasteride, minoxidil is probably the best way to go if you're a man as well. After all, a nice thick head of healthy hair is better than even the coolest-looking buzzcut!

Learn more about the best hair loss treatment using minoxidil at the Receding Hairline website.

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