Mature Hairlines (4 Things You Should Know)

As you age, there are a myriad of things that you’ll slowly begin to notice more and more often. Your skin becomes wrinkly, your back hurts, you become tired more easily, etc., etc. Among all of these things, something else that often pops us is a mature hairline.

Mature hairlines often occur as a result of older age, but they don’t always act the same way for everyone. Some men will get an older-looking hairline much earlier on in life, whereas others may not ever get one.


Along with this, it’s also important to know the difference between an aging hairline and balding — two very different things that are often confused for one another.

Today, we’re going to be talking all about the lovely hairline of yours as you grow older. We’ll look at how it changes, things to look for if you suspect that you have one, and more.

There’s a surprising amount of ground to cover with this one, so without further delay, let’s get started with things.

What is a Mature Hairline?

Before you know if you have one of these, you’ll need to know exactly what it is in the first place.

As you age, your hairline has a natural tendency to move up. This is something that most men will experience throughout their life at one point or another, and while it will change the appearance of your hair, it doesn’t mean that you’re going bald.


In general, most guys will lose their juvenile hairline between the ages of 17 and 29. A hairline that's maturing is most easily defined by having a low and straight-across style with rounded corners to top it off.

About 5% of Caucasian men retain their juvenile hairline, and when this happens, their hair and its shape essentially stays the same. It’s not all that common that this happens, so don’t freak out if you notice that you have slightly less hair over the years as you age.


It’s a very natural part of life, and for most guys reading this, it’s something that should be expected.

“Am I Going Bald or is My Hairline Maturing?”

This is a question that we often see when talking about maturing hairlines, and it’s perfectly understandable. When you see that your hair is becoming shorter and receding back, it can be easy to think that you’re going bald.

Going bald isn’t something that most people particularly look forward to, so understanding the difference between this and developing a natural hairline as you age will save for a lot of unnecessary stress as you go about your days.

We already know what a a maturing hairline is, so let’s briefly talk about male pattern baldness.

Baldness in men pops up due to a genetic condition that’s related to the dihydrotestosterone hormone (often referred to as DHT). For men that experience baldness, the DHT in their bodies is toxic and harmful to the hair follicles throughout their temples and along the entire crown of their head. As a result, the follicles in these areas cannot take in the nutrients they need to survive.

When this happens, you’ll experience patches of baldness.

The best way to know whether or not you’re going bald is to keep an eye on the hair on and around your temples. If you see that it is starting to thin out and not grow in as thick as it used to, this is a likely sign that you’re experiencing a form of balding.

However, if you simply notice the signs of an aging hairline that we previously mentioned, you don’t have anything to worry about.

A hairline that's properly maturing is more common that balding, and while most men will experience one of these two things, you’ll likely run into the former before you will signs of going bald.


Juvenile Hairline vs Mature Balding

In order to tell the difference between a maturing hairline and going bald, it can sometimes be helpful to look at the two most different stages of hair — a juvenile hairline and mature balding.


A juvenile hairline is what all of us start out with in life, and it’s characterized by not showing any signs of tapering or thinning at any point throughout the head. Juvenile (or child) hairlines are generally quite thick and voluminous throughout all parts of the head. In other words, if your hair looks about the same as it did when you were 15, you likely still have your juvenile hairline.

Some men can go throughout life without ever losing this (such as Bill Clinton and Simon Cowell), but it’s not all that common in most cases.

As for mature balding, you’ll absolutely know you’ve hit this stage when you’re there.

Guys that are experiencing mature balding have large portions of their head that are completely lacking of any hair whatsoever. A lot of men will retain some hair around their ears and the back of their head, but the top portion is usually very, very bare.

Some people will choose to shave off any little bits of hair that still remain along the top portion of their head for a cleaner look, but others will let it stay there so they can hold onto whatever hair they’ve got left.


The route you go down here will be a personal preference more than anything else, and it’s possible to look good with both styles.

Things To Look For As You Age


As you get older, there are certain stages in life when you’ll be able to get an idea for how your hair will continue to grow throughout the years to come.

If you’re in your 30s and are still holding onto your growing hairline, then chances are that any balding you do experience will be very minimal and extremely easy to treat and counter.


However, men that start to lose hair in the early twenties or teen years will be much more likely to experience more severe cases of baldness.

A whopping 95% of Caucasian males will encounter a maturing hairline at one point or another, so in other words, it’s something that you can’t really avoid. It can be easy to think that a maturing hairline is an immediate sign that your hair will be gone in the blink of an eye, but depending on when you notice your hairline changing, this may not be the case at all.


Final Thoughts

Closing up this article, we’d like to reiterate once more that a mature hairline isn’t anything to be afraid of. There are certain things in life that you need to anticipate, and this is one of them. There’s a small chance you’ll retain your juvenile hairline throughout life, but for most guys, this won’t be the case. Accept your maturing hairline when you get it, and take note of when in your life it begins to change so you can better anticipate what the future holds for you and your hair.


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