Identifying and Treating Different Types of Receding Hairlines

Receding hairline refers to the gradual thinning or receding of hair along the hairline, typically starting at the temples and/or the forehead. There are different patterns and stages of receding hairlines. Here are some common types:

1. M-Shaped Hairline

This is one of the most common patterns of receding hairlines. It forms an “M” shape, with the hairline receding at the temples and creating a widow’s peak in the center of the forehead.

2. U-Shaped Hairline

In this pattern, the hairline recedes at the temples, but the center of the hairline remains relatively straight or slightly rounded, forming a “U” shape.

3. V-Shaped Hairline

A V-shaped hairline occurs when the hairline recedes at the temples and forms a pointed or angular shape at the center of the forehead.

4. Norwood Scale Hairline

The Norwood Scale is a widely used classification system for male pattern baldness, which includes various stages of receding hairlines. It ranges from minor recession at the temples (Norwood Stage II) to severe hair loss at the temples and crown (Norwood Stage VII).

It’s important to note that receding hairline can also affect women, although it is less common and often presents differently. Additionally, the progression and pattern of receding hairlines can vary from person to person. If you are concerned about hair loss or a receding hairline, it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional or a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options.