What Causes an Uneven Hairline and How can I Fix It?

June 21st, 2021

Your hairline is made up of hundreds of hair follicles that make a natural frame around your face. While few people have perfectly symmetrical hairlines, a truly uneven hairline, or one that is visibly changing, may be a sign of early stages of male pattern baldness. Scalp Micropigmentation is an effective, permanent solution to creating a fuller, more even frame to complement your face.

Possible Causes of Hairline Loss

A hairline that recedes slowly and evenly over time is often considered a normal part of aging. But some men—and women—start experiencing changes in their hairline at an early age. It is understandable that these types of changes are concerning. Will you lose all of your hair or be left with an extremely uneven hairline? Before seeking solutions, it’s helpful to understand the potential causes of hair loss.

Three major issues can typically be attributed to an uneven hairline.

Genetic Makeup

Stress, age, and other factors affect a man’s hairline. But the number-one cause of hair loss is something that’s completely out of your control—genetics. If you have close male relatives with uneven hairlines, the chances are high you will experience the same thing.

Just as you inherit eye color, the shape of your hairline is also inherited. So whether the uneven shape is something you’ve had since childhood, like a widow’s peak, or it develops with time, genetics plays a role.

Male Pattern Baldness

Also known as androgenetic alopecia, male pattern baldness affects close to 50 million men in the U.S. every year. A receding hairline is the most obvious symptom of male pattern baldness. Early indications are an M-shaped hairline pattern and thinning hair at the top of the head. Eventually, only a horseshoe pattern of hair at the back of the head remains.

Androgenetic alopecia is caused by a combination of genetics and a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  Genetics play a part in that your genes determine the sensitivity level of your hair follicles. Men with follicles more easily affected by DHT experience greater hair loss.

Traction Alopecia

Tension at the roots of your hair can also cause it to fall out. This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia and can be caused by tightly pulled-back hairstyles, constantly wearing a tight cap or other headgear, or excessive brushing. Hair lost by traction alopecia has a good chance of growing back eventually, but it can cause additional stress to an uneven hairline.

Hair Tattoo and Other Remedies for an Uneven Hairline

A few treatment options are available for improving an uneven hairline, but only one is a permanent solution.


There are several topical medications for treating hair loss that the FDA currently approves. Topical treatments are slow to work if they work at all. And, unfortunately, they don’t always help to improve an uneven hairline, even if they are effective for growing hair. In addition, topical treatments have to be used continuously and some unwanted side effects may occur including ED.

Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair transplants can help improve your hairline for a more fuller look. While it may help improve your hairline’s look, it is a surgery and with surgeries comes with significant downtime and some scarring. Also, you need to ensure you have a very strong donor area and are not still losing anymore hair, otherwise more hair transplants will be needed.

Hair Tattoo

With a hair tattoo, or scalp micropigmentation (SMP), you can reshape the hairline permanently without messy creams or the risks associated with surgery. SMP is a safe, non-invasive technique that blends hundreds of micro-dots of pigment around your existing hair follicles to create a full, natural-looking hairline.

When you schedule a hair tattoo from one of the experienced practitioners at Scalp Micro USA, you can expect a hairline that complements your age, the shape of your head, and your face. Even if you don’t remember the shape of your original hairline—or if it wasn’t ideal to begin with–we can work with you to create a new one.

Our artists take the time to consult with you to create the hairline that not only looks great but makes you feel great. Hairline tattoos work for men with any skin tone or hair color and are 100% effective.

Want to Know More about Scalp Micropigmentation?

At Scalp Micro USA, our experts are waiting to answer all your questions. With scalp micropigmentation, you can permanently improve your uneven hairline in just a few sessions. The consultation is free–you’ve got nothing to lose but that uneven hairline.

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