Fix Receding Hairline without Surgery

When glancing around at family events, it’s possible you find one /some of your male relatives are developing a common male hair loss problem called receding hairline, which is often a part of the process called pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia). Thinning, receded hairline in this area (typically starts in the temples) would get worse with age if left untreated. The good news, there are a number of treatments to fix it without surgery.

Human hair growth

To understand receding hairline associated with male pattern baldness, it’s always helpful to also understand the natural mechanism of your hair growth. There are 3 main phases of how your hair grows and regenerates throughout your life. Let’s take a quick look at these phases.


Also called ‘active’ phase, this is when your hair grows actively (about 3 cm a month). Most of hairs on the scalp are going into this phase, so the scalp continues with full and thick hair. This period will last in years — the longer of this period, the longer the hair.


Catagen is a period of transition between anagen and telogen. Here hair begins to stop growing actively, allowing hair follicle to renew itself. It usually lasts quickly, within several days (typically, no more than 2 weeks).


It is a period of when your hair going into dormant stage. Here your hair becomes fragile and easy to fall out. How long does it take? This may vary, but it could last up to 2 months. In the end of telogen phase, a new growth of hair pushes the old one, and another anagen phase begins [1].

In male pattern baldness, the anagen phase lasts more quickly and hair follicles are likely to grow smaller and shrink. As a result, the hair length doesn’t grow as well as usual and the length of dormant phase (telogen) extends.

Ways to fix receding hairline without surgery

If you prefer to undergo one procedure for permanent results, hair transplant surgery is probably your best bet. Most men with pattern baldness are good candidate for hair transplantation.

But for many of us, budget could be the major concern. How much money you need to pay for hair transplant is dependent several factors, which is highly variable. But in general, it can range from $3.500 to $15,000!

It seems hair transplantation is costly for a medically inconsequential thing like receding hairline. Here non-surgical treatments could be alternative to help deal with.

Harklinikken’s hair extract

While it’s hard to trust the countless leave-in hair growth products out there, one product offered by a Danish company is quite promising. That is Harklinikken’s hair extract.

Unlike most leave-in products, it’s available for specific customization. The extract is not available for everyone. You need to be approved first to determine whether or not you’re good candidate for treatment. Once you have approval, they would offer the best combination for your hair loss problem

It’s not clear yet whether it works for receding hairline from pattern hair loss. It’s also difficult to find comprehensive information how the customized extract works. But it’s worth a try. At least some objective testimonials show most users are enjoyable enough to give it a shot [2].

We can only find information that the formula of the extract, refined over decades (20 years), is made from various plant-derived ingredients. And the most important thing, it won’t do any harm.

Finasteride (Propecia)

This pill-form hair growth solution has been approved by the FDA to treat early signs of pattern baldness such as receding front hairline. It works by reducing an androgen hormone called DHT, dihydrotestosterone, which is often to blame for many cases of pattern baldness.

Since it can target DHT, it works more effectively than Minoxidil. Several scientific studies have confirmed that it works in the treatment of men with androgenic alopecia [3] [4].

But Finasteride is not recommended for female pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia in women). Unlike in men, the role of DHT to cause female pattern hair loss is not clearly yet. Interestingly, many women find that Minoxidil is quite helpful to deal with their hair loss problem. See more female pattern hair loss solutions!

Platelet-rich plasma

It is gaining popularity as a new treatment option for various types of alopecia. How about receding hairline of androgenic alopecia?

Your liquid blood (also called plasma) consists of several small solid components; such as platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells. Platelets have growth factor of protein required in the healing of injuries. Here platelet-rich plasma, as the name suggests, offers a ‘better’ function. It boosts the amount of platelets in the blood.

With more platelets in the blood with this treatment, the concentration of growth factors also increases significantly by about 5-10 times greater than usual [5]. As a result, this boosts healing process of the body.

For hair loss treatment, platelet-rich plasma is considered as alternative simple, cost-effective treatment. Probably, there is still no conclusive scientific evidence to confirm its effectiveness for androgenic alopecia. But I think it’s also worth a try if you’ve got the funds available since it is quite expensive, $500 to $1,200 per treatment. Also, one early study suggests that it’s feasible treatment option for male pattern baldness [6].


It’s a new alternative option to allow dermatologists create custom-craft personalized prescription solution to treat various types of alopecia. The solution may include topical finasteride, high-dose minoxidil, resveratrol, retinoic acid, spironolactone, and other potent ingredients to help stimulate hair growth.

Testimonials on this kind of treatment vary, but some people find it’s one of good, affordable solutions to try. With the right custom-craft personalized prescription of different ingredients, it should work better.

While some non-surgical treatments for receding hairline are quite promising, it’s also important to not set your expectation too high. Mostly, multiple and maintenance treatments are required to sustain hair growth.