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How to Spot the Early Stages of Hair Loss: Widow’s Peaks and Receding Hairlines

Niall Cooper
ByNiall CooperAug 22, 2022In partnership with Keeps

Our hair is unique to us: color, thickness, curly or straight — and differences in our hairlines too. Some of us start out as young men with a very even hairline, while others have a hairline that naturally comes down a little further in the middle than at the sides. Likewise, the process of hair loss — which is inevitable (sorry guys!) — also takes different forms from man to man.

Regardless of where we start from or what our hair loss journey might look like, Keeps can help. But before we consider what to do, it’s useful to know what to look for.

Juvenile vs. Mature

One of the less welcome changes that take place when guys move from youth into manhood is that we develop what’s called a “mature” hairline. Usually, between the age of 17 and 30, our “juvenile” hairline will retreat by about a half-inch to an inch. That retreat might not be even across the hairline — sometimes it’s a little more apparent above the temples.

Many guys won’t even be aware that their mature hairline is coming in because it’s so gradual. Though for others the shift away from juvenile hair can be more sudden. Either way, this natural retreat should not be equated with receding hair, which is a form of male pattern baldness that can kick in anytime between our teens and our 60s.

Widow’s what?

Some guys might first notice a little bald spot at the crown of the head, but for a lot of us, male pattern baldness begins at the hairline, especially above the temples. This can result in a pronounced V-shaped hairline, often called a “widow’s peak”.

It’s an odd term, right? It comes from a British tradition from back in yore when widows wore black, triangular hats with a point extending into the middle of the forehead. Why did they do this? Who knows — Britain’s just weird like that.

More important than the archaic name, spotting this form of male pattern baldness means that it’s time to start thinking about hair loss solutions. And this is where Keeps comes in.

What’s right for your unique hair?

Whatever your particular situation, remember — hair loss is natural.

Keeps begins by connecting you to a real doctor who will review your results in order to identify and prescribe the best treatment plan for you.

For receding hair, Keeps offers Finasteride, a prescription pill that works by blocking the production of a hormone that causes male pattern baldness. This FDA-approved treatment is proven to prevent the spread of receding hairlines — including the pesky widow’s peak — and boost hair regrowth.

Keeps also offers a way to slow down hair loss and promote hair regrowth at the crown of your head. Minoxidil is a topical solution that, when consistently applied, can help us maintain a healthy head of hair. In just 3-6 months, this treatment is highly effective at growing thicker, longer, and more hair.

Keeps recommends a Finasteride & Minoxidil plan. This is their most popular bundle, as it both minimizes hair loss and promotes new growth.

There are also Keeps shampoos to complement your treatment plan. There’s a thickening shampoo that’s formulated to promote healthy hair growth, and a prescription shampoo with Ketoconazole to treat dandruff, itchiness, and flaking.

You might also want to use their thickening conditioner to help strengthen the cuticle layer of your scalp, helping to keep hair looking smooth and healthy. And Keeps offers a thickening pomade as an everyday styling product to create a fuller look.

After 30 days of using your Keeps treatment, the doctor will reach out for a follow-up consultation to ensure everything is going according to plan. And if you have any questions, their team is available 24/7 to help.

Mature hair is good!

We’re all unique, and so are the types of hairlines and hair loss that we’ll experience throughout our lives. Whether it’s thinning on top, a widow’s peak, or some other permutation of male pattern baldness, we all need to make choices that are right for us.

Keeps offers a variety of treatments, based on expert medical advice, that empower us to say that while the natural process of hair loss might be inevitable, we don’t need to accept the result! Instead, we can all look forward to great hair as we mature into our best selves.