We’ve all witnessed the 60-year-old dad who rocks a full head of hair, while his 20-something daughter’s strands are thinning. So, what causes a receding hairline, you might ask.
According to Dr. Chesahna Kindred, of Kindred Hair and Skin Center in Maryland, there are three contributing factors to hair loss. Keep reading for her explanation of what causes a receding hairline. And pay attention—because one of them is preventable!
1. Unhealthy Hair Practices
As mentioned above, hair loss is indeed preventable in some cases. “A receding hairline is sometimes caused by unhealthy hair care practices, such as tight ponytails or braids that yank the hair from the scalp,” Dr. Kindred explains, referring to what is called traction alopecia.
2. Androgenic Alopecia
Also known as what Dr. Kindred calls “female or male pattern hair loss,” this hereditary issue can affect men as soon as their teens or early ’20s. It’s characterized by gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp (balding).
3. Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia
This form of hair loss is seen predominantly in Black women, primarily in the central (crown) part of the scalp. It is also hereditary.
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