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 and haircuts 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 the best hairstyles for receding hairlines from some of the world’s most stylish gents.
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 bald…sorry!) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Hemsworth’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 Rework Putty.
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.
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.
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.
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 looks 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.
Ivy League Haircut
The Ivy League haircut is a popular choice for men of all ages. Another great short cut option, it’s a little longer than a crew cut on the top, which allows it to be worn in a side parting. This makes it a smart and professional-looking cut, perfect for work.
Any side-swept style will help to balance out any thinning and create the illusion of a thicker head of hair. David Beckham‘s slick, side-swept hairstyle gives a youthful and face-flattering effect – ideal for any guys with a receding hairline.
The key to creating volume where it’s not there naturally is to add layers. A choppy, layered look like this messy fringe will not only add texture and body (thus making your hair look fuller – and therefore, younger) but also conceal your hairline in the process.
If you still want the option to be able to wear your hair in different styles, the French crop (as seen here on Gary Barlow), is a modern and stylish way to go. With short hair all around the back and sides and a roughed-up fringe, it’s both easy-to-style and versatile.
Asking for a “bald” cut when you’re already concerned about hair loss seems counterproductive, we know, but stars like Jamie Foxx and Brad Pitt are proof that the bald fade works for men over 50. A bald fade is a cut which gradually fades to skin level, allowing your barber to create a neat and seamless look, with no patchiness.
What do Justin Timberlake and Julius Caesar have in common? Their love of the classic Caesar haircut, obviously! The Roman general Julius Caesar is rumoured to have worn his hair in this brushed-forward, fringe style as a way of covering up his balding locks and 2000 years later, it still works a treat. After all, if it ain’t broke…!
Some men find that while their hairline might be receding, they still have a lot of volume and length to play with. Sound like you? Instead of going short you could take inspiration from Oliver Jackson-Cohen’s modern, side-parted pompadour, which distracts with extra volume up top.
Crew with Fade
Looking for a no-faff style that won’t be too high-maintenance? Combining a crew cut with a more up-to-date fade, Taron Egerton’s look is a great option for everyday wear that’ll require minimal styling in the mornings but will always look stylish.