Best Hair Regrowth for Receding Hairline (Review)

While currently there is no ‘cure’ for receding hairline (if it has to do with androgenic alopecia), you have a few options to regrow or hold on to what you’ve got. With appropriate hair regrowth products, it’s possible to keep your hairline lower as normal as possible. Unfortunately, we can find lots of snake oil products out there. Also, each case varies so a little homework is required to find the best one that meets your requirement most!

Best hair regrowth for receding hairline

Even though there are many anecdotal reports of ‘potent’ or ‘alternative’ treatments, it’s hard to skip the conventional proven treatments such as finasteride, minoxidil, laser therapy, and hair transplant. Which is the best one? There is no clear cut answer since again each case varies.

Hair transplant could be your best bet since it promises a permanent, quick-fix solution. But it costs a fortune. So it sounds a good choice when money isn’t tight.

How well it works is dependent on several factors. The main ones include the quality of your donor site for hair transplant, the extent of your hair loss, and the surgeon or clinic you use!

*You might also to read about natural hairline recession vs. receding hairline of baldness!

How about finasteride? In most cases, receding hairline is a consequence of the action of DHT, an androgen hormone. Men with pattern baldness usually have a genetic trait of the same condition. Their hair follicles are more sensitive to DHT, making miniaturization of hair follicles more likely [1].

Here finasteride, also popular marketed as Propecia, may help. It’s an effective DH blocker. It can inhibit the production of 5-alpha reductase, an enzyme that provokes high DHT production in your body. Although it carries some side effects, many people find it works effectively in treating their pattern baldness. In general, we can say it provides benefits that outweigh its side effects.

But it’s also important to make sure you use it safely. Therefore, people usually get it with prescription. You may also find it online, but be careful since it’s easy to get scammed. Seeing your dermatologist /doctor is more recommended!

Since a comprehensive evaluation from a doctor /dermatologist is usually required for finasteride and hair transplant, this article is mainly focused on the other two treatments; minoxidil and laser therapy.

Kirkland minoxidil hair regrowth foam (best budget)

Minoxidil is probably the most common topical solution for hair loss since it has been approved by the FDA from a long time ago. It was originally used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). But after a while, interestingly many people with hypertension started reporting unexpected hair growths. Then not much longer after, topical hair loss treatment with minoxidil was born.

There are several minoxidil brands to choose from. One good choice to start is probably the topical minoxidil solution from Kirkland.

This topical foam solution contains 5% minoxidil. One study in Germany showed that 5% minoxidil is quite promising to help promote hair regrowth and reduce hair shedding [2].

Pros: Although Kirkland signature is not an exclusive brand in hair loss topic, we know it markets everything from shirts to garbage bags, this Kirkland minoxidil foam is worth a try. This is especially true if you’re looking for a safe budget alternative. With subject to same regulations and same active ingredient, it should give the same results as most topical minoxidil products.

Offered at a lower price and available in a pack of three containers, about $10 cheaper than Rogaine, we can say it is a good idea for your best budget foam treatment. With 2.11 ounce canister, each container would provide about a month’s worth of treatments.

It’s easy to use and comfortable! Just squirt the foam as needed on the treatment area where you expect thicker growth. Once absorbed in, you may experience a tingly sensation as the foam quickly dissolves into a watery liquid. The good news, there is usually no ‘burning’ sensation.

Cons: If you scan reviews on various online marketplaces (e.g. Amazon and WallMart), you would find a few reported issues about a bit lower quality of the canister or probably the foam! Some consumers found it worked effectively at first, but its effectiveness declined as they used it for about half empty.

To keep safe, purchasing it through an online site with a return policy is more recommended. Costco Wholesale, for example, may offer it with a great return policy.

Also, a few people find it’s likely to cause side effect than Rogaine. But for most consumers, this product is safe and well tolerated. If side effects do occur, they are usually nothing more than mild redness, itchiness, or flakiness.

Rogaine (the best topical solution)

Like Kirkland minoxidil foam, Rogaine contains 5% minoxidil. Its effectiveness to slow hair loss and promote hair regrowth has been clinically proven, according to some studies [3] [4]. It could be worthy of deal as a ‘game changer’ for both men and women with androgenic alopecia.

Pros: Although it’s a bit higher in price, it’s more established than Kirkland minoxidil foam and other minoxidil brands. It’s the first FDA-approval brand to patent topical minoxidil solution for treating hair loss. With decades of satisfied consumers, it has more than enough testing done to confirm that it is a trusted, effective minoxidil brand.

The product gets FDA approval for use on the crown of the head. However, decent results are also likely possible when applying it on receding hairline. Some people also use it for a patchy beard. Plus, it’s less likely to cause negative reactions. It rarely causes side effects such as irritation and itchiness.

To gain the benefits most, make sure the active ingredient (minoxidil) reaches the scalp and gets absorbed optimally rather than just settling on your hairline. That’s why, Rogaine foam is more recommended than Rogaine liquid. The foam version of the product is less likely to drip and be messy than the liquid.

Cons: Although many consumers have no problem with a bit higher price of the product, its price tag is still a drawback that stands out. And like other minoxidil brands, it also takes time to work. You’ll see a difference within months (3-5 months, which can vary by individuals).

Even in a few cases, it doesn’t work at all, depending on your situation. For instance, it could be almost useless on a completely bald area. It’s more effective for the first signs of hair loss and most effective if you’re at the age of 40 or younger [5].

Best hair regrowth laser therapy, HairMax 12 laser-comb

The manufacture says it took about 20 years of research to create this easy-to-use hair loss laser treatment. With a safe, effective low-level laser technology – it’s quite promising to help stimulate hair growth.

Does it work on hairline? This may vary from person to person, but I think it’s the best choice among laser comb products.

The science behind hair loss treatment with laser is the role of low-laser energy in stimulating hair follicle cells. The laser may boost metabolism of the cells, promoting thicker growth and durable hair shafts. Some studies have yield encouraging the effectiveness of low-lesser light for hair loss treatment [6] [7].

Pros: It’s worth a try if you’re looking for the ‘extra’ action of combing something through your hairline. It’s easier to use and less expensive than a laser comb, though it requires manual use. Along with foam treatment mentioned above, it would provide positive results more quickly.

Equipped with safe FDA approval of 12 medical-grade lasers, it’s more powerful without hurting your scalp. It won’t cause burning or something else. Just use it properly, about 8 minutes each treatment and do it 3 times a week.

Plus, it is the leader in most laser comb reviews. We can say that  the manufacture has put in the research and time to make it.