Though widow’s peak hair loss might seem like a common occurrence in adult males, it can actually happen to both genders depending on factors like family history. For young men, having a widow’s peak may even seem appealing as it can represent a very masculine appearance. 

However, having a widow’s peak can be the start of a receding hairline that can get worse in the long run. If left untreated, widow’s peak hair loss can occur slowly, and reversing the effects of the condition may prove to be more difficult than prevention.

Knowing the Difference Between a Peak and a Receding Hairline

Before we get into the science of how people develop a widow’s peak, let’s first understand the history behind the term given to this condition. Back in the 18th century, an old English tradition for widows was to wear distinctive hats with an accent that points down to the middle of their forehead. This signifies the loss and how they are still mourning the loss of their husbands. 

Over time, this particular aesthetic has somewhat become associated with how hairlines may seem to appear. And this is why today, in contemporary culture, V-shaped hairlines are often pertained to as the widow’s peak. Though a widow’s peak can be caused by hair loss in both men and women, many people are actually born with one. 

And having been born with this type of hairline doesn’t necessarily mean that you should worry about losing your hair as you get older. Most of the time, genetics plays a huge part in why people lose their hair so it’s always best to check whether your family has any history of hair loss.

A receding hairline can manifest in different ways and not just with a prominent widow’s peak. Although many people start with widow’s peak hair loss, some can also begin with losing their hair within the parietal area of their scalp. For hair loss, the best solution is always prevention. Thinning happens gradually and it’s always better to find the right type of treatment before the condition gets worse. 

Treating Hair Loss 

There are many ways you can treat hair loss both through chemical and natural remedies. In this part of the article, we’re going to mention some of the most common treatments you can try to prevent the progression of hair loss. Widow’s peak hair loss might not be too obvious in the beginning but catching it on before hair recedes around the temple too deep can save your hair from appearing to lose volume.

  • Change Your Shampoo- Some shampoos may be causing more harm than good on your scalp. Changing your shampoo to something milder can actually preserve your scalp and prevent parietal or widow’s peak hair loss.
  • Manage Your Diet and Lifestyle- Some foods can actually improve the growth of your hair and the integrity of your skin. Even adjusting your lifestyle by quitting smoking can actually help you improve hair and skin growth.    
  • Ask Your Doctors For Advice- When it comes to the early stages of parietal or widow’s peak hair loss, doctors may recommend using products like minoxidil or finasteride. When applied religiously, these products can show amazing results within just a couple of weeks.