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Uneven Hairlines – why it happens and how to fix it

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For most men, a decent hairstyle is a vital part of their looks.

In addition to having a full head of hair that is styled right, it’s important for everything to look as right and natural as possible.

And since symmetry is something the majority of people find comforting and natural, an uneven hairline can adversely affect your overall appearance, or worse, harm your confidence.

In this blog, I want to explain what the possible reasons behind an uneven hairline are and the choices you have for fixing it:

But first, let’s see if what you might be experiencing is normal:

Is An Uneven Hairline Normal?

So the question is, is it normal for you to have an uneven hairline?

Well, no, and yes.

It totally depends on your situation.

The answer is no if your hairline recently started to become asymmetrical and it wasn’t always the way it is now.

And the answer is only yes if you always had an uneven hairline. No face or body can be perfectly symmetrical in all aspects, and it’s normal for people to have body parts that don’t match exactly on opposing sides of the body.

It’s more about self-image

Yes, it might be natural for you to have an uneven hairline, but it might not feel natural for you.

It’s much more important for you to feel comfortable in your own body and approve your own image that you see in mirrors and photos. And sometimes you feel a certain feature might not belong on your body; which is the main reason cosmetic surgeries exist.

If you think one part of your hairline being located further than the other part doesn’t comply with your desired image, nothing should keep you from looking for ways to fix it.

Can an uneven hairline grow back?

It is very unlikely for your body to grow hair on certain parts of your scalp to even out your hairline, but it’s not impossible.

It depends on the cause of the distortion of the hairline; if you’ve lost hair because of male pattern baldness, the hair won’t grow back on its own, ever.

But if you’ve had a medical condition that caused you to lose hair temporarily, your hairline will most likely improve by itself, although the chances of restoring your natural look are much lower. You might still end up with asymmetry, even if it’s on a very small scale.

As I’ve said, it all depends on the cause of the uneven hairline, which is what we’ll be going over next.

Causes of Uneven Hairlines

An uneven hairline can be a result of various medical conditions and incidents, and the treatment of an uneven hairline varies depending on the reason behind it.

Here are the top causes for an uneven hairline, starting with the most common one:

Male Pattern Baldness / Androgenetic Alopecia

If your uneven hairline happened recently, it’s most probably because of male pattern baldness.

According to hair loss statistics, male pattern baldness is the cause of 95% of all hair loss in men.

And chances are, your hairline will further recede in the upcoming years and your baldness will develop even further. Millions of men worldwide suffer from male pattern baldness, and an uneven hairline is one of the earliest signs of AGA.

But there’s no need to get desperate, as there are methods to stop and even revert hair loss caused by pattern baldness, which we’ll discuss in the following sections.

Genetics

If you’ve always had an uneven hairline, it’s most definitely caused by your genetics.

In addition, even if the asymmetrical look of your front scalp was developed recently, there still might be genetics in the play here. This is because our scalp and hair change as we age and matures, which can amplify an uneven hairline as you age without any other reason.

In either case, asymmetry caused by genetics is permanent, but hair transplant surgeries can help fix that too.

Traction Alopecia

As with any other organ or tissue in our body, your hair will not react well to physical stress and strain over extended periods of time.

Especially encountered by people with long hair, traction alopecia is a condition where you lose hair, mainly around your frontal scalp due to physical strain.

Female Patient with Tractional Alopecia

It is usually caused by years of using hair clips and pins that grab your hair tightly for hours, even days at one time. And if your hairstyle wasn’t completely symmetrical, traction alopecia can cause uneven hairlines where hair fell out more on one part due to more physical stress.

If identified and treated early, hair loss caused by traction alopecia can be reversed naturally. But, if the follicles are already destroyed the hair loss is permanent and the only way to fix it is through hair restoration surgeries.

Failed Hair Transplants

Hair transplant surgeries are real surgeries, and they’re prone to fail. Even if the surgery itself was a success, you’re not safe.

Most hair transplant failures usually happen a few months following the medical procedure and consist of a significant amount of transplanted hair falling out of your scalp.

This hair loss is almost always asymmetrical and can cause a distorted look that can be considered an extreme case of an uneven hairline.

Another hair transplant surgery is needed to fix the issue in this case.

You should make sure you’re working with the right clinic that uses the latest hair transplant techniques and medical products to ensure success, like UnitedCare.

Other Types of Hair Loss

Although the causes above are the most common causes of an asymmetry in your hairline, your uneven hairline can be caused by a different condition.

Basically, any cause of hair loss would also cause an uneven hairline to form.

A common reason for hair loss is stress, amplified by lack of sleep or even a patient pulling their hair out themselves.

Autoimmune diseases are also likely to cause hair loss as your own body battles against your cells including hair follicles.

In addition, poor diet and lack of exercise can leave your scalp malnourished and cause follicle shrinking and falling.

And lastly, any scarring infection or skin disease located on your frontal scalp will also cause hair loss that can be permanent or difficult to revert, resulting in an uneven hairline as well.

Of course, the final diagnosis should be made by an expert physician, preferably a dermatologist. They should also be the ones to propose one of the treatments below:

Treatments for Uneven Hairlines

The smallest features of yourself that you see as flaws might not seriously affect your appearance, but they can harm your self-image.

Especially if your hairline was recently distorted to become uneven for whatever reason, it can adversely affect your confidence and mood.

But, an asymmetrical hairline is not something you have to live with, so if you decide to restore your natural look, you have a few options.

The methods I’m about to list go from the slowest and most indirect method to the most efficient and direct method, and what you’ll choose should depend on your own situation:

Lifestyle Changes for a Healthier Scalp

The quickest thing you can adopt to make things better today is changing or altering your daily habits to establish a healthier lifestyle.

It’s only going to help you completely recover from an uneven hairline IF the situation was caused by your daily habits in the first place, or if the distortion is very mild and slowly progressing.

A few changes that can have a significant influence are:

✅ Reducing (Stopping if Possible) Smoking and Alcohol Intake

✅ Adopting a Healthy and Balanced Diet

✅ Regular Exercise/Yoga

✅ Regularly Massaging Your Hair With Essential Oils

✅ Treating Your Hair Gently/Avoiding Appliance of Physical Strain

✅ Avoiding Direct Contact of Your Scalp with Sun

If you provide your scalp with what it needs to grow healthy hair and keep it out of harm’s way, you’ll certainly see improvements for the long haul.

But, as I’ve said, the changes will not come quick and might not be as efficient as you’d wish, so the next option is:

Finasteride and/or Minoxidil

Rogaine Minoxidil and Finasteride are two common over-the-counter medications used to stop and revert hair loss.

Minoxidil helps promote hair growth in the area that it is applied, which would be the bald spots on your scalp.

Finasteride, on the other hand, is commonly offered as an oral medication that slows and even stops the progression of male pattern baldness.

Minoxidil from Different Brands
Propecia Finasteride

Both drugs are applied/taken regularly to show effect, and most patients see better results when they combine these two drugs.

The downside of Minoxidil and Finasteride, however, is that they won’t promote hair growth in areas where balding has progressed visibly.

So, if your uneven hairline has progressed to a level where there is an entire area without any hair, these medications won’t help you restore your natural look.

PRP and Stem Cell Injections

Platelet-rich Plasma and Stem Cell injections for hair growth are two scientifically proven methods to promote hair growth around thinning areas.

In a PRP treatment, platelets, a component of your blood that helps with healing and growth, are derived from your own blood and are applied to your scalp to help hair follicles repair and grow.

In the Stem Cell Treatment, a small tissue is extracted from your scalp’s safe donor areas, and the stem cells are harvested from this tissue. Later, these are injected again into your scalp to promote growth.

Both methods can help promote hair growth on the part of your hairline that is more thinning.

But, just as it is for Minoxidil and Finasteride, PRP and stem cell injections are indirect treatments that won’t help you get absolute and guaranteed results, at least the results you need for the natural look.

Hair Transplant Surgeries

The only direct treatment that will completely restore your natural hairline is a hair transplant surgery.

The initial investment you’ll make in a hair transplant is much higher than other treatments I’ve mentioned, but the results are more definite and visible; a hair transplant is permanent if it’s done and maintained right.

First off, your hair loss should be visible and already progressed for you to be eligible for this operation. So, your uneven hairline should be the result of permanent hair loss in that area.

If you are, you will consult with a hair restoration clinic, preferably one with a dermatologist on-site, and they will examine your hair loss and give a date for the operation.

Dr. Utkan harvesting hair from a hair restoration patient.

During the surgery, the surgeon will first draw your desired hairline and apply local anesthesia to your scalp.

Then, the surgeon will harvest hair grafts from the safe donor area of your scalp and implant them into the recipient area to restore your hairline.

It will take extensive care after a hair transplant to ensure permanent results, but 6-12 months later your new hair will grow and you will achieve your desired look.

To improve your chances of success, you should work with the right physician and the right clinic:

UnitedCare – Restore Your Hairline with Advanced FUE Surgeries

At UnitedCare, we have adopted a holistic approach to hair transplantation surgeries.

That means as a dermatologist duo with 20 years of experience, we:

understand and address all the reasons behind your uneven hairline and hair loss,

✅ operate advanced variations of FUE surgeries such as DHI and Sapphire FUE to boost recovery rate,

use bio-enhancements during and after the surgery to maximize graft survival,

follow up the surgery with regular check-ins and examinations to ensure success.

Dermatologist Dr. Utkan K. Conducting a DHI FUE Surgery

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Why do uneven hairlines happen?

An uneven hairline can be caused by a number of reasons, but the underlying cause of all these reasons is hair loss from the frontal part of your scalp. This hair loss is mostly caused by either male pattern baldness or traction alopecia.


How can I improve my uneven hairline?

If the hair loss in the uneven parts of your hairline hasn’t progressed to becoming full bald areas, you can use natural methods or medications to restore your hairline. However, if it has progressed further, you will need a hair restoration surgery to fix the situation.

Utkan Kızıltaç, MD

Chief Physician and Dermatologist Hair Transplant Surgeon of UnitedCare, a dermatology clinic helping patients become the best version of themselves.

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