Mature Hairline vs. Balding: Is Your Hairline Maturing or Balding?

While many men fear the day that they may go bald or at least endure a receding hairline, balding is a very common trait shared by many different men. However, many men may think that they are starting to go bald when, in fact, it is just the start of a mature hairline. A lot of people don’t know the difference between mature hairlines and when men begin to bald through male-pattern baldness so this article is here as a resource for you to differentiate between the two.

What Is a Mature Hairline?

First, we should talk about what a mature hairline is. Men between the ages of 17 and 29 will begin to experience their hairline slowly receding a little over time. A lot of men think this means they will soon have to say goodbye to their hair, but that actually isn’t the case. It is just your hairline maturing and shaping to your adult body.

The juvenile hairline is the hairline that younger boys have before they begin to adapt to their mature hairline. Some men actually keep their juvenile hairline, but this is very rare. (Only about 5% of Caucasian men keep this form of hairline throughout their life.)

A maturing hairline isnot considered to be balding and hair growth will often continue as normal. Having a mature hairline or a high hairline does not mean that you will automatically go bald or even have a receding hairline at some point in your life, leaving you to consider a hair transplant. You may, of course, but a mature hairline doesn’t signify this. You may not even notice that you have a maturing hairline, as it takes a very long time and slowly, inch by inch, moves back while you are in your twenties.

For the most part, mature hairlines tend to be V-shaped.

How Can You Tell if You’re Balding?

Now that we’ve discussed what mature hairlines look like, let’s talk about balding. Balding, for the most part, is hair loss over time in different aspects pertaining to your hairline. Some men with receding hairlines may experience partial balding slowly over time that is never recognizable because of their hair shape. Others experience balding that isinstantly noticeable.

Balding also doesn’t mean that you will experience hair loss on every part of your head. Every man is different. Every hairline is different. Some men experience balding in specific patterns and shapes while other men go bald completely.

Signs of Hair Loss

Signs of Hair Loss

Often, people tend to get confused about why mature hairlines aren’t considered balding. One of the main reasons is because of the amount of hair that is lost. While you do experience hair loss slightly over time as your hairline changes, the hair loss is more than likely not noticeable to the public—nor to you. Balding, on the other hand, can lead to hair loss that is often noticeable immediately.

Excessive hair shedding is the main sign of balding. Losing hair throughout the day, however, is normal. Don’t worry if you lose some in the shower or find some strands on your pillow when you wake up. This is very common and very normal. However, excessive hair loss and hair shedding most often lead to balding. Some men have stated that, when they are in the shower or brushing their hair, their hair falls out in large clumps. This is a sign of balding.

If you’ve noticed smaller, finer, and lighter hairs begin to appear near your hairline, this could also mean that you are experiencing balding. A lot of men who are balding will find that their hair doesn’t grow back as thick or dark as it used to. This is because men who are balding tend to only grow back miniaturized hair—hair that may eventually fall out. However, it is quite difficult to notice this as it happens very slowly over time.

Will Your Mature Hairline Lead to Balding?

There’s no way to accurately say, as every man and hairline is different, but mature hairlines don’t automatically mean that you will experience balding. In fact, most hair loss specialists don’t even consider a mature hairline to be balding, though many people may think this. For all intents and purposes, don’t think of mature hairlines being related to balding at all.

There are many men who have mature hairlines who aren’t balding—and some who never will. Therefore, if you have a mature hairline, don’t worry about balding! Until you experience something like excessive hair loss or hair shedding, you don’t have any reason to assume that you will go bald (unless, of course, it runs in your family).

Is There a Way to Know if You’ll Go Bald?

There is no real test or way to find out if you’re going to experience balding later in your life. However, there is one main way to tell: look at your family. Male-pattern baldness runs in genes, so if your father was bald, there is a very real chance you may experience balding at some point in your life as well.

Of course, you should always look at everyone in your family tree. Just because your father may be bald doesn’t mean that you will be also. Wereeither of your grandfathers bald? Did they have thick hair with mature hairlines for most of their life? If you’re concerned about your hair, it always helps to do a little genealogical history search.

If you don’t have access to family records or still want a second opinion, you can also ask your barber if they think you are starting to go bald. Your barber can also help you determine if you have a juvenile or mature hairline. You should go to a barber instead of a hairstylist, as barbers have more than likely seen different versions of hairlines and would be able to give you more accurate information.

It’s important to remember that a mature hairline is not associated with balding, nor will it automatically lead to balding. Mature hairlines are normal and very common! Recognizing the difference between these two different hair loss types can help you understand just what hairline you have while also helping to put you at ease if you’re worried about balding.

Always remember that you can learn more about what your hairline future may hold by looking up your ancestors and your family history. Male pattern baldness is hereditaryso looking at your family genes is the first step to knowing what your future might hold.

Laura Day
 

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