Treat the affected area with a topical remedy containing minoxidil. Available over the counter at most drug stores, treatments are said to prevent further hair loss. Sold in generic form or marketed as Rogaine, products are available with either 2 or 5 percent active ingredient. Check the label and choose the medication that is most appropriate for you. Applied directly to the scalp and massaged into the skin, products are available as either liquid or foam.
See your primary health care provider and ask for a prescription for medication such as Propecia. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, taking Propecia prevents further hair loss, particularly along the hairline. Additionally, those taking Propecia may find they are able to re-grow hair in affected areas.
Consider a different hairstyle. Avoid pulling hair tightly behind the head in a ponytail, bun or wearing it in cornrows for extended lengths of time as this stresses the hair follicles, pulling hairs out by the root. Over time this can lead to a receding hairline.
Use a leave-in conditioner or detangling product if your hair tangles easily. Apply the product prior to combing or brushing your hair. Yanking through the knots pulls the hair out, leading to excessive and unnecessary hair loss.
Eat a healthy diet. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, there may be a link between diet and hair loss. This seems to be particularly true for those who have a diet that is low in protein or iron as these are the essential building block of a hair follicle.