20 of the Best Haircuts 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 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.

Clean Shave

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

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.

Buzz Cut

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

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.

Crew Cut

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

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.

Slicked Back

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Soft Pompadour

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

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.

Flow Hair

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

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

Channing Tatum with an ivy league haircut
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Side Swept

David Beckham with a side parted pompadour haircut
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Textured Layers

Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis with a textured layered haircut
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

French Crop

Gary Barlow with a French crop haircut with faded sides
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Bald Fade

Jamie Foxx with a bald fade haircut
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Caesar Cut

Justin Timberlake with a Caesar haircut with a fade
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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…!

Side-Parted Pompadour

Oliver Jackson-Cohen with a side parted pompadour haircut
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Taron Egerton with a fade haircut
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.


Prev Article
Next Article

Stay inspired

Sign up to the newsletter and get exclusive hair care tips and tricks. Subscribe