Receding or balding hairlines, cowlicks, unusual hairline growth patterns and a double crown can be the source of real frustration when it comes to finding the best short hairstyles for men and styling your hair. To give you a better understanding of these types of hair problems, we have put together a simple go-to guide for the most common like receding hairline/growth problems and what you can potentially do about them.
Balding or Receding Hairline
Your hair can start to thin out for a number of reasons. Things such as hormones, health, diet, stress, trauma, and age are usually responsible for most hair loss cases.
In adult men, hair loss or a receding hairline is most likely the result of hereditary factors, passed down genetically from either parent.
Stress is one of the key intangible factors that significantly contribute to sudden or even gradual hair loss or receding hairlines. Stress or worry is recognized as one of the main factors causing dull, lifeless hair. Even baldness can result from continued strain and from the lack of relaxation of the scalp muscles, which happens in stressful situations.
3. Diet and Nutrition
Well-balanced meals are essential not only towards maintaining natural hair growth but also for maintaining your overall health and stamina. Studies have also found that a well-balanced meal helps manage stress better than junk food that mostly contains empty calories.
Elderly people invariably show the effects of the passing years by a progressive thinning or loss of hair.
Hormones are chemicals manufactured by the glands in your body. Hormones are circulated around the body through the blood and lymph systems. The glands present underneath the scalp also secrete certain hormones that affect your hair. They can have many unusual effects on hair growth and hair loss, from adolescence to old age.
Hair grows from a tube-like structure called the hair follicle. Each follicle has a definite age, and when the hair reaches this natural limit, it falls out or is combed or brushed out. The follicle has a short rest period (from 2 to 6 months) and then begins to produce new hair. The new hair can keep growing for 2 to 4 years before stopping, resting, and then shedding.
Of course, all your hair strands don’t fall out at once. As a matter of fact, it’s fairly normal to lose between 50 and 100 old hairs a day. This means that 50 to 100 new hairs should appear every day to keep up hair numbers and stop thinning. Balding and receding problems begin when the follicle doesn’t regenerate a new hair and dies. Many treatments have been manufactured and tried for hundreds of years. But unfortunately, nothing concrete has been found or invented yet.
Tonics, lotions, and hair creams have not had a great deal of success on already dead hair follicles. There are a few products in the market currently, which when taken orally, go directly into the bloodstream to work internally. However, do keep in mind that these products get some good results only in cases of mild to medium hair loss (hair that has only recently started to thin out) and if the treatment is taken continually.
Unusual Growth Patterns in Hairline
Cowlicks in Front Area
A cowlick is an irregular growth pattern that occurs around the hairline, most noticeably in the front hairline. You are born with it, and it is purely genetic. Hair grows through a tube called the hair follicle. In the case of cowlicks hair, follicles grow in two or more directions, resulting in your hair growing almost upwards in a specific area of the scalp or at a completely different angle than the rest.
Widow’s Peak in the Nape of Your Neck
A widow’s peak results from the same reasons as cowlicks.
A double crown is a hair growth pattern that can cause considerable problems when you start looking for the best short hairstyles for men. The most common problem is where the hair is cut too short and sticks up as a result. The only advantage with your double crown is that you most probably can part your hair on either side of your head.
Things to try to lessen the strength of cowlicks and other unusual growth patterns include:
1. Proper hair cutting techniques
Unusual growth patterns can be dealt with, with appropriate haircuts, where the hair is left heavier in these areas. In the bangs hairstyle, for example, straight bangs would in fact need to be cut uneven in order to appear straight. Layers should be kept longer so that the weight will hold down the cowlick or growth pattern areas.
2. Hair styling products
Certain styling products such as strong hold mousse and gels also help to keep these difficult parts of your hair in place. A body wave/permanent wave straightener would also help fix the problem. It also helps crowns to sit better for a short period. These changes are done chemically; therefore, they actually work better and last longer if done correctly. They can temporarily reverse nature and make life a whole lot easier.
3. Hair consultation
Unusual growth patterns can be fixed, and we suggest using our hair consultation to find the right kind of hairstyles to help minimise unusual growth patterns. Proper hair cutting techniques can also help keep your double crown more settled. We recommend trying hairstyles that are longer and heavier on the top.
Although not all hair growth problems can be fixed, their effects can be minimised and flattered with the help of the right hairstyle and haircut.