How to stop a receding hairline

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She looks at how you can prevent it.

Receding hairlines can occur because of genetics, ageing, hormones or disease. But if there is undue pulling when braids, cornrows and weaves are styled with the hair, then hair loss and a receding hairline can happen. Depending on the cause, there are several options available on the market to help regain your original hairline. A proper assessment is recommended to ensure the real cause of thinning hair and appropriate treatment thereafter.

Below are tips:

1. Massaging your scalp stimulates the hair follicles and aids in blood circulation, helping the hair grow back.

2. Use a silk pillow case, scarf or throw pillow. Compared to cotton, silk prevents hair tangling. Make sure your pillow has a removable cover so you can wash it regularly.

3. Ask your stylist to let your hairline be the last place she applies relaxer and also not to use the teeth of the comb to straighten your hairline. Use the back of the comb to minimise the impact and preserve your hairline.

4. Avoid using hard brushes on your hairline as they will pull out your hair. Be also mindful of toners that contain alcohol, which can dry hair out. When applying it to your face, avoid the hairline.

5. Excessive use of relaxers and colourants can damage the quality of the hair, making it susceptible to breakage. This can cause temporary thinning. Damage to the root, caused by an allergic reaction to the chemicals and scalp burn, can result in more permanent types of hair loss and receding hairlines. Make sure your hairdresser washes out the relaxer thoroughly. Use the neutralising shampoo to get rid of any traces of relaxer in your hair.

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