12 of the best hairstyles for a receding hairline

Discover clever ways to conceal thinning hair with these haircuts for receding hairlines.

Hair loss is an issue that affects many men and believe it or not, it can happen at any age from your teens to retirement. But while it’s completely normal, the reality is that it’s something that a lot of guys are self-conscious about and so finding hairstyles for receding hairlines can make a big difference to your confidence.

Whether it’s finding ways of styling your hair to play down your receding hairline or helping you to embrace the shaved look, here are 12 haircuts for receding hairlines from some of the world’s most stylish gents.

Hairstyles for receding hairline: Close-up headshot of Jason Statham with shaved head and stubble
If Jason Statham can embrace the bald life, so can you. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Clean shave

Does the prospect of finding hairstyles for a receding hairline make you not even want to bother? If you’ve noticed that you’re beginning to lose your hair, why not just be bold (or should that be baldsorry!) and shave it all off?!

By shaving your head you’ll blend your hair and receding hairline together so seamlessly that it won’t even be an issue. Don’t believe us? Just look at how well Jason Statham owns being bald like a total boss.

Hairstyles for receding hairline: Headshot of Shayne Ward with a buzz cut, wearing a tux
With a buzz cut you don’t have the hassle of trying to hide your hairline. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Buzz cut

After the clean shave, a buzz cut is just about one of the easiest receding hairline haircuts to maintain and style. The military-inspired cut is a good choice for those with thinning or patchy hair, too, as the strands are cut so short that you can only just about see them, so nobody will be able to tell where you’re losing your hair.

Next read: 11 buzz cut styles that’ll have you reaching for the clippers

Hairstyles for receding hairline: Headshot of Jake Gyllenhaal with a crew cut haircut, wearing a blue t-shirt and black blazer
Short cuts will make thinning hair less obvious. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Crew cut

Feel like the only hairstyles for receding hairlines are really short? The crew cut is a classic style which allows you to keep a bit of length on top while still getting all the benefits of a shorter cut. So, if you’re wary of shaving your hair then this is a great middle ground.

Hairstyles for receding hairline: Joseph Fiennes with dark combed back hair
Combed back styles give thinning hair fullness up top. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Slicked back

An effective way of working around receding hairline haircuts is with a slicked back style. Slicked-back looks take attention away from thinning temples and sides by smoothing all of the hair back into the middle, in turn making your hair look fuller in the center.

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Hairstyles for receding hairline: Jude Law with brown hair in a mohawk style, wearing a grey suit
The beauty of a mohawk is it distracts attention away from thinning sides. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Mohawk

If your hair is thickest in the middle of your hair, how about working with that and considering a mohawk? And don’t panic, when we say mohawk we’re not talking about anything extreme.

A subtle long up top, short on the sides cut like Jude Law’s, here is really easy to wear and doesn’t look like you’re trying to cover up your hairline.

Read next: Proof that the mohawk is more versatile than you think 

Editor’s tip: Styling products will be essential whichever haircuts for receding hairlines you decide to try. We’d recommend moulding your mohawk with a natural, matte-finish hair wax like the TIGI Bed Head Matte Separation Workable Wax to give your hair more texture and hold.

Hairstyles for receding hairline: Close-up headshot of Ricky Martin with a short combover with shorter sides and facial hair
A classic comb over made modern with shaved sides. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Comb over with short sides

When thinking about hairstyles for a receding hairline, we’re sure you’ll agree that the comb over is an obvious choice. The key to keeping it looking fresh and modern? Pairing it with shorter shaved sides or a fade for a more on-trend look. Exhibit A: Ricky Martin.

Hairstyles for receding hairline: Justin Theroux with dark brown hair styled in a quiff with a widow's peak, wearing a black t-shirt and blazer
Wearing your hair in a quiff will help draw attention away from thinning temples. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Widow’s peak quiff

Widow’s peaks (that’s that V-shaped section of hair some people have in their hairlines) are very common, so there’s plenty of examples of receding hairline haircuts out there that feature this typical “M” shape, which occurs when the hair at the temples start to recede, leaving a section remaining in the center.

As it’s something that can be exacerbated in those with receding hairlines, quiffs are ideal as they make it look intentional – just look at how well Justin Theroux pulls it off.

Hairstyles for receding hairline: Headshot of Chris Hemsworth with spiky crew cut hair, wearing a navy suit
To give your hair more texture, try spiking it up like Chris Hemsworth with hair pomade. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Textured crew cut

Thought the spiky hair ship had sailed a long time ago? If anyone’s going to convince you otherwise, it’s going to be Thor, right?

Chris Hemworth’s spiky crew cut creates the illusion of added movement and thickness, perfect for giving thin hair some much-needed extra volume.

Editor’s tip: For this look you’ll want your hair to look rough and messy but not too wild, so opt for a product that will help boost texture, while also providing a light hold like the VO5 Rough It Up Putty.

Hairstyles for receding hairline: Close-up of Alexander Skarsgard with blonde hair in a piecey side parted comb over style
Alexander Skarsgård is a great example of a piecey comb over. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. Piecey comb over

Striking just the right balance of neat and casual, Alexander Skarsgård’s piecey comb over style adds dimension and texture to this otherwise classic style.

Wear parted to the side (this will give the illusion of thickness) and use your fingers to rake wax or pomade through your hair and work into shape.

Hairstyles for receding hairline: Headshot of David Gandy with brown hair in a short brush back hairstyle
For a classic look, you can’t go wrong with short brush back. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

10. Short brush back

As David Gandy knows, if there’s one hairstyle that’ll see you through any and every occasion, it’s the short brush back. A soft and textured cut, the shaping of the hair draws attention away from your hairline without looking overstyled.

Hairstyles for receding hairline: Close-up headshot of Ewan McGregor with brown hair in a soft pomp style
A soft pompadour is flattering whatever your age. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

11. Soft pomp

Keen to have a look that gives you a bit of height? Ewan McGregor’s undone pompadour style has plenty of lift at the roots, making his hair appear thick, lifted and youthful.

Next read: Learn how to style a pompadour 

Hairstyles for receding hairline: Headshot of Bradley Cooper with combed back dark flow hair, wearing a tux and black bow tie
The carefree bro flow works for work or play. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

12. Flow hair

Prefer longer styles? We’ve got you. Bradley Cooper is a major advocate of the bro flow hairstyle with his wavy ‘do, but aside from being a great look for casual wear did you know it’s also one of the best hairstyles for receding hairlines?

Wear it natural and surfer-style, or dress it up for formal wear with gel like he has here for a smarter look. When your hair look this good, no-one will even question your hairline.

Editor’s tip: Feeling inspired? Use the Alberto Balsam Wet Look Gel to give your hair a high-shine, slick effect without it looking greasy.

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