Hair Transplant Hairlines 101

Hair Transplant Hairlines

They say the eyes are the gateway to the soul, but the hairline is the foundation to the face. The hairline is the most important aspect of hair restoration today. In fact, when we meet others it is the first thing we see on an individuals head. Our eyes are automatically drawn to the hairline. 

In this article, we will be going through the hairline restoration basics.

Asymmetry Is Not A Bad Thing!

There is no perfectly straight hairline seen in nature. In fact, there are several variations that are intrinsic to a particular individual. For example, some individuals have a widow's peak and other individuals have a cowlick in their hairline. Furthermore, the height of the forehead and hairline varies from one person to another. Hairlines even differ depending on the ethnicity of the person. 

Generally, men of African origins have straight squared hairlines and men of European origins tend to have higher slightly curved hairlines. The temples, temple peaks, and overall hairline shape are completely different for men and women, so hairlines need to be designed according to an individual's facial structure, ethnicity, and gender. 

Hairline Breakdown

Now that we have the basics down between hairline shapes and designs, let us dig a little deeper and explore the structure of the hairline. As a child, many of us had what is commonly referred to as "baby hairs" in our hairline. 

To understand why many refer to the hairs at the hairline as "baby hairs" we must understand why the hairs appear softer than the rest of the hair on the scalp. In nature, the hair at the front of the hairline is thinner in diameter, this gives a "softer" appearance to the hair. 

Additionally, at the very front of the hairline, there are only single hair follicular units. This is drastically different than the hair located at the back of the scalp, which is typically thicker in diameter and denser per square centimeter (cm2). Furthermore, the angle and direction of the hairs at the very front of the hairline change as they go further back into the scalp. 

Moreover, there are macro and micro-irregularities at the very front of the hairline. As previously stated, there is no perfectly straight hairline because a persons face is not perfectly symmetrical.


It is important to choose a hair transplant surgeon with an artistic eye for detail and a clear understanding of how hairlines appear in nature. Many prospective patients register on popular hair loss forums to look at real patient reviews and testimonials, this allows patients the opportunity to review the philosophies and hairline designs of several elite hair transplant surgeons.