How to choose the right hairline for your face in hair transplantation

Everyone has a different hairline which is varied in shape and height for both men and women. Among all the features of the head of hair, the frontal hairline is the most significant. Your hairline is the frame of your face and it is the aspect of your hair that you, and others, see first. The frontal hairline can also reflect your age, attractiveness, and many aspects of your health. The hairlines can change with age.
In this article, we will go over the most common types of natural hairlines in men and women which are different in shape and height caused by many factors such as genetics, hormones, age, lifestyle, etc. If you have hairline you don’t like, you may be able to alter it to suit your face.

Women’s Hairline Type

Your hairline is affected by a number of factors, including genetics, hormones, age, and lifestyle, and no matter what type of hair you have, you can style your hairline to look attractive. Types of hairline patterns in women include:

Low hairline

Hairlines that sit relatively close to the eyebrows are considered low. Women with low hairlines give the appearance of having narrow, or short foreheads.
Since hairlines in both men and women may recede with age, starting out with a low hairline could be an advantage. And if your facial contour in long and narrow, a hair transplantation with low hairline is recommended.

High hairline


If your hairline begins high up on the crown of your head, you have a high hairline. This hairline are often the result of genetics, but can also be caused by hair loss. If your face is short but broad and pear-shaped forehead, a hair transplantation with high hairline is recommended.

Uneven hairline


Lack of symmetry is common in hairlines. You may find that one side of your hairline is slightly higher than the other. You may also have a hairline that zig zags slightly, or significantly. Uneven hairlines can be the result of genetics. They can also be caused by hair styling practices, such as pulling or tugging the hair too tightly over time. A hairline can also become uneven if your hair starts to recede. If you have a diamond-shaped face, a hair transplantation with uneven hairline is recommended.

Widow’s peak


If your hairline has a distinctive V-shaped, you have a widow’s peak. This distinctive hairline may be inherited. It may also be the result of several rare genetic disorders, such as frontonasal dysplasia. Widow’s peak may become more prominent or less prominent with age. If you have a V-shaped face, a hair transplantation with widow’s peak is recommended.

Middle hairline


A middle hairline is also referred to as an average, or normal, hairline. This type of hairline sits in the middle of the forehead. While there is no actual data indicating the most common type of hairline in women, middle hairlines seem to be the most customary kind. If you have a proportional face, a hair transplantation with middle hairline is recommended.

Bell-shaped hairline


Rounded, oval, or bell-shaped hairlines are typically symmetrical. They may make the forehead appear long in shape. Bell-shaped hairlines have a curved look, with no uneven lines.If you have a round or oval-shaped face, a hair transplantation with bell-shaped hairline is recommended.

Receding hairline or M-shaped hairline


Receding hairlines in women are less common than they are in men. However, they are far from rare, and can be caused by: Lifestyle habits, Hormones and Genetics. Receding hairlines in women differ from female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). If you have a receding hairline, your hair may stop growing at one or both temples, giving you an “M” shape. Your hairline may also recede straight back horizontally, exposing more of your entire forehead. Lifestyle habits, like wearing too-tight hairstyles every day for years, can cause a hairline to recede. This phenomenon may be temporary or permanent, and is known as, traction alopecia.

If your hair is treated regularly with chemicals, traction alopecia may be more likely to occur. Receding hairlines can also be related to the hormonal changes associated with menopause. Some women may notice that their hairlines have receded slightly at the temples after pregnancy. This type of hair loss is often temporary.

Men’s Hairline Type

Men can have any of the hairline shapes that women do. The male hairline, however, can change much more dramatically over time. Some of the most common hairline types in men include:

Low hairline


Low hairlines in males may be most common in boys and young men, who have not yet started to experience any hair loss. When a low hairline is straight across, it’s referred to as a juvenile hairline. As with women, a low hairline is one that starts closer to the eyebrows than the average hairline does. It gives the appearance of having a narrow forehead. If your facial contour in long and narrow, a hair transplantation with low hairline is recommended.

Middle hairline


Men who have middle, or average hairlines have a proportionate look to their foreheads. This type of hairline is common in men, during their teens and twenties. A middle hairline may sometimes be uneven, or asymmetrical. It may also appear straight, or rounded. If you have a proportional face, a hair transplantation with middle hairline is recommended.

High hairline


If your hairline begins high up on the crown of your head, you have a high hairline. This hairline are often the result of genetics, but can also be caused by hair loss. If your face is short but broad and pear-shaped forehead, a hair transplantation with high hairline is recommended.

Receding hairline (male pattern baldness)


Male pattern baldness is a hereditary trait, caused by the interplay between hair follicles and hormones, such as testosterone. This condition is also referred to as androgenetic alopecia. Males may start to notice their hairlines begin to recede at any point after puberty. Receding hairlines can take on the appearance of high hairlines that continue to show more scalp as they recede. Receding hairlines in men can also cause a deep “M” shape, if the hair recedes dramatically at the temples. If you have a squared face, a hair transplantation with M-shaped hairline is recommended.

Triangular hairline


The triangle hairline is the opposite of the Widow’s peak in that instead of the sides fading backward, they are the most forward with the midpoint being the furthest back. If the proportion of your forehead and jaws are quite the same, and the width and height of the face are the same, a hair transplantation with triangular hairline is recommended.

Straight hairline


A straight hairline, often referred as juvenile hairline, has no curve to it but rather grows in a blunt line above the forehead. The sides are normally quite vertical giving the straight hairline a more rectangular look. There is angular definition to both the top and the sides. If your face is long, a hair transplantation with straight hairline is recommended to make your face looks shorter.

Heart-shaped hairline


This hairline is close to triangular hairline and make you look more attractive, especially with thick eyebrows.

Mature hairline


A mature hairline is a naturally receding hairline that occurs as men It is typically characterized by a higher hairline and a more prominent widow’s peak. This hairline is quite similar to male pattern baldness with M-shaped hairline but the hairline travels no further back than about an inch on the forehead and remains defined.

Can you change your hairline type ?

If your hairline makes you unhappy, there are ways to alter it. These include medical and at home treatments:


A widow’s peak or uneven hairline can be straightened out by plucking errant hairs with a tweezer. It’s not recommended that you shave a widow’s peak or hairline if you have dark hair, as an unsightly shadow may result.


. Medications that are used to stop balding, such as Rogaine and Finasteride, can also be used for a receding hairline. Other medications may also work. These include corticosteroids, or Dritho-Scalp, a psoriasis medication. Since drugs can cause side effects, it’s important to weigh the benefits versus the risks with your doctor before trying them.


Microblading is a tattooing technique that mimics the look of individual hairs. It’s not permanent, but can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months.

Hair transplant

A hair transplant is an in-office procedure done under a local anesthetic. Your plastic surgeon will remove hair, typically from the back of your head, and transplant it along the hairline, to alter its shape.

Strategic hair styling

Before you reach for yet another hat, or succumb to a “comb over,” talk to a hair stylist. There are hair styling techniques and haircuts that can alter or disguise a less-than-flattering hairline.

Hair removal

A too-low hairline or widow’s peak can be adjusted with laser hair removal or electrolysis.

Laser treatments

Specific types of laser therapy, such as those using red light, may also be used to stimulate hair growth along the hairline.


Many men prefer to go completely bald by shaving their entire head, rather than watch their hairlines recede dramatically.

Talk to a doctor

If you wish to change your hairline, talk to a hair restoration doctor, to determine your options. A receding hairline can be distressing for some people. The doctor can help you determine its underlying cause and recommend the appropriate treatments for you. Some medications are associated with hair loss. These include certain types of antibiotics, acne medications, and cholesterol-reducing medicines. Make sure to let your doctor know about all of the medicines you currently take. Also mention your stress level, especially if it’s high. Stress may not always be a direct cause of hair loss, but can exacerbate a diminishing hairline.

Conclusion: Just like people, every hairline is unique. Hairline types vary in shape and height, and also change with aging. Hairlines can be influenced by genetics, hormones, and lifestyle practices, such as how you style your hair. If you don’t like your hairline, there are medical and at home strategies for altering its appearance including a hair transplantation. With hair transplantation, designing a recipient area by a doctor is a heart of hair restoration surgery relying on both science and art. Facial contour, age, proportion of the face (like youthful facial proportion by Leonardo Da Vinci or the golden ratio), and concept of beauty in each culture all have to be taken into consideration when designing the most suitable hairline.

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