Widow’s Peak: The Best Treatment

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Hair loss for men is a difficult battle to fight. It affects your self-esteem and it’s therefore, essential to have as much knowledge around the topic as possible. Today we take a look at widow’s peak as a potential sign of baldness and the ways in which you can deal with the issue. Read on to find out more about it.

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What is a Widow’s Peak?

Let’s start with the basics. Widow’s peak hair consists of a V-shaped point in the middle of the forehead. In this case, your hair is growing in the shape of a widow’s peak vs straight line. If you’re wondering why it is called a widow’s peak, we need to go all the way back to 1849.

As the name itself suggests, the origin of the phrase is related to the pointed shape of a specific headdress that widows used to wear when mourning. Popular widow’s peak superstition also interpreted that V-shaped hair growth as a sign of early widowhood. Now, we don’t live in the 16th century anymore so don’t panic. You’re not about to prematurely lose your partner. However, you might be in the process of losing your hair which is no joke either.

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Widow’s Peak VS Receding Hairline

The particular shape of a widow’s peak hairline is often confused as a sign of a receding hairline. However, they’re not quite the same thing. As mentioned above, that distinctive shape is a result of the way your hair is growing or receding. A receding hairline doesn’t necessarily manifest itself in that shape, your hairline could be simply straight. That said you might have a receding widow’s peak where your hairline is shaped in a pointed V and receding. In the images below we have a widow’s peak on the left and a classic receding hairline on the right.

Many celebrities including Jude Law, David Beckham and Johnny Depp, have a distinctive widow’s peak hairline. Chris Hemsworth, for example, is a good case of long hair widow’s peak. Even though the V shape is the distinctive trait of this hairline, you can also come across a reverse widow’s peak like in the case of Jaden Smith below.

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How to Get Rid of Widow’s Peak

There are plenty of hairstyles that can compliment a widow’s peak hairline. However, it’s possible that it might lead to progressive hair loss and therefore you’re asking yourself what to do about it. If your hairline is indeed moving back, then that’s a sign of genetic male pattern baldness. As usual, we recommend you consult a specialist to discuss widow’s peak removal. Luckily, this specific condition is the one with the highest rate of success and is usually treated with a combination of Minoxidil and Propecia.

Best Treatment for Hair Growth

Although there aren’t really 100% effective hair growth treatments but there are plenty of successful options out there. Unless you want to wear a widow’s peak wig, Minoxidil and Propecia are the only substances that actually have an effect on DHT, the hormone responsible for hair loss. Finasteride, the drug contained in Propecia can block the actual formation of DHT whilst Minoxidil can prevent the shrinkage of hair follicles and therefore promote hair regrowth.

On That Note

So there you have it, our quick guide on the widow’s peak. Once again, this specific hairline shape doesn’t necessarily mean that you might be losing your hair. However, it could also be seen as an early sign of a potential receding hairline. If you’re thinking about getting treatment in case of hair loss, we suggest you get reliable advice from experts.

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