There are many types of female hairlines that exist in nature. It is important for every serious hair-transplant surgeon to study these natural variations before considering to undertake a hair-transplant procedure on a woman to ensure that the result is natural and also appealing. Some of the basic tenants of a female hairline is that it is shaped in an opposite fashion to a man’s hairline, i.e., the hairs typically aim in a circle, known as a cowlick, in the center and sometimes with hair shooting straight backwards in this region. Also, the fronto-temporal region is more rounded and closed rather than receded like in a man’s hairline. Besides these fundamental elements that describe most women’s hairlines, there can be variations obviously.

Female Hairline Variations (from Dr. Lam’s textbook, Hair Transplant 360)

In the three examples taken from my textbook, Hair Transplant 360, you can see that all three have a central cowlick and closed fronto-temporal angles as described. However, there are subtle but obvious differences as well. In the image on the top right, there is a moderate widow’s peak and a squarer configuration to the overall hairline shape. In the image to the top right, the entire hairline has a very closed off fronto-temporal region making the hairline appear much rounder. In addition, the cowlick is further recessed without a very strong widow’s peak. In the bottom left image, the widow’s peak is prominent and tightly packed with a less prominent cowlick. In addition, there are finer hairs in the fronto-temporal region making the hairline look as if there is a slight fronto-temporal recession even though there is none.

Samuel M. Lam, MD, FACS, a board certified hair transplant surgeon in Dallas, Texas. To learn more about Dr. Lam’s female hair transplant procedures, female hair loss, female hairline lowering, or to schedule a consultation please call 972-312-8105, or visit for more info. To ask Dr Lam a question please visit our hair loss forum.