Hairstyles for men with thin hair: Flattering and on-trend looks to try

Jeanette | 05 December 2017

Yes, cool men’s hairstyles for thin hair do exist!


While no one wants to have to search for ‘hairstyles for men with thin hair‘, the reality is, thinning hair is a real issue for many guys. But ‘dos for thin-haired gents don’t have to be boring or dated – and we’re going to prove it to you!

Here at All Things Hair we believe that when disguising your fine mane, you should be able to look fashionable, too. That’s why we’ve put together our favourite men’s hairstyles for thin hair, so you can breathe a sigh of relief!

Our round up of the best men’s hairstyles for thin hair


Jimmi Simpson wearing glasses and black tie and swept back hair
Smooth your hair back and embrace thinner hair:

The recedo

Before you write this hairstyle off, hear us out. If you have thinning hair at the front, why not just embrace it with style by getting a recedo? This look is exactly what you think it is: a ‘do with a receding hairline.

This style is all about making the most out of your striking widow’s peak by creating contrast through your lengths. Either build up the volume in the top or keep it smooth. It’s classic, sleek and an easy way to make peace with thinning hair.

side view of a man with blow dried textured hair
Blow dry your hair and give it some texture. Credit:

The blowout

Want to instantly make your thin hair appear thicker? The textured blowout is actually one of the best men’s hairstyles for thin hair and it’s really easy to do.

First, apply a few pumps of hair mousse or foam to your towel-dried hair. Then grab your hairdryer and blowdry your mane using a brush. Once your mane is dry, you’ll have achieved volume and control, while looking like there’s nothing in your hair! Smart, right?

VO5 Boosting Fibre

Editor’s tip: To get this added body in your mane, reach for VO5 Extreme Style Thicken Up Gel Foam to help give your hair the volume and texture it needs.

front view image of a man wearing sunglasses with a buzz cut
The buzz cut is a totally on trend style to go for. Credit:

The buzz cut

In the more advanced stages of thinning hair? Then the best way to tackle the issue is to shave it all off! Okay, wait, hear us out…

This may seem like a drastic measure to take, but choosing to rock a style like the buzz cut is great way for gents to take care of their thinning hair problem. And as an added bonus, you’ll be gaining an on-trend look, too.

If this sounds like the cut for you, then ask your barber for a close crop that’s the same length all over. And the best part is, a buzz cut is super low-maintenance and doesn’t require any day-to-day styling!  Credit: @loveprouty

side view of a man with messy top head of hair
Rock a messy top to make fine hair look thiner. Credit:

The messy-on-top

If you’re not quite ready to give up the length of your locks just yet, then this textured style will help to make your fine hair look thicker, without having to go too short.

While the messy textures on top of your hair will give the appearance of fuller tresses, it’s important to remember to keep the back and sides short, as they’ll give away the true fineness of your hair! Credit@collinanthony206

side view of a man with short cropped hair
A short crop helps disguise thinning patches. Credit:

The short crop

One of the best way to disguise any thinning patches in your hair, as well as giving your locks a much needed volume boost, is to go for a short crop! To get the look, ask your barber for a short crop all the way round that’s finger length or shorter.

It’s important to get an even length all over, as this will ensure patches won’t peek through. When it comes to styling your short crop, opt for a wax-based product to inject plenty of texture and volume. Credit@jesskaras

back view of a man with a peak hairstyle
Create the illusion of thicker hair with the Peak. Credit:

The peak

The peak works in a similar way to the messy-on-top look, by tricking the eye into thinking that your hair is thicker than it really is. By styling the hair in multiple directions, this sleeker, clean-cut take on the look maximises fullness where the hair is most visible. Credit@menpeluqueros

TONI&GUY Men's Moulding Clay

Editor’s tip: This stylish cut is timeless, flattering for every face type, and perfect for finer hair. A top tip is to avoid hair gels when styling as they will clump your hair together and highlight your thin hair. Instead, focus on hair products with matt finishes, like the TONI&GUY Men’s Styling Clay.

back view of a man with blonde hair and a deep side part comb over
Try a deep side parting, comb over. Credit:

Deep side part

Not quite ready to go for a buzz cut? Then look for men’s hairstyles for thin hair that have a bit more length. By keeping your hair longer on top, you can create a deep side parting, then sweep your tresses over to one side to hide any thinning patches. Credit: @layriteofficial

front view of a man with a beard mustache and undercut
Try rocking a beard teamed with a fade for thicker looking hair. Credit:

Fade and beard combo

The best thing about hairstyles for men with thin hair, is that they can be super versatile. For example, short hairstyles can bring focus to the rest of your look, like a full, trimmed beard.

Ask your barber to fade the sides of your hair, so that what you do have left on top appears thicker. Don’t fret, though, as people will be looking at that amazing beard and sharp-looking cut. Credit: @hayden_cassidy

Justin Theroux wearing a suit and black tie with a short choppy haircut
Follow in the footsteps of Justin Theroux with a choppy cut. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Textured cut

This messy, Hollywood-approved style is one of our favourite hairstyles for men with thin hair, as it’s got length and dimension, as well as being ultra flattering.

This style will help to detract from receding hairlines, while the choppy texture will give the illusion that you have thick hair. Honestly, it’s a win-win situation for all!

side view of a man dark hair and a full messy textured quiff
Keep your quiff textured and messy! Credit:

The messy quiff

This ‘do is all about drawing attention to the shape of your hairstyle, instead of your thin hair. Just keep plenty of texture in your quiff to create the illusion of thicker tresses and no one will any the wiser. Credit: @andrewdoeshair

TONI&GUY Men's Mattifying Putty

Editor’s tip: We suggest using a hair mousse and a hairdryer to create volume. Then, if necessary, apply some TONI&GUY Mens Styling Putty for extra control and lift. 

Nicolas Ghesquiere with short dark hair and a comb over hairstyle
Go for a short comb over like Nicholas Ghesquière. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Short combover

The classic combover is one of the easiest styles to rock and has almost zero styling time required. With slightly shorter sides, sweep the longest part of your hair over to one side. And that’s it! But the best thing about this cut is that it’s so versatile, so if you want to go for a longer version, you totally could.

Christian Slater wearing glasses with slicked back hair
Christian Slater rocks Ivy League worthy hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Longer Ivy League

Fellas looking for a suitable fine hair style, that also like to look impeccably groomed, should consider this Ivy League-inspired style.

The overall length will be left longer, but when volumised and swept back, your longer hair will help to create the illusion of height and thickness all over. This suave style is one to keep on your radar, if you like a more classic look.

side view of a man with brushed back ginger hair and a trimmed beard and mustache
Brush back your hair for thicker looking locks. Credit:

Slicked back and goatee

Much like rocking a beard, a neatly trimmed goatee and moustache will bring the focus to your face and complement a slicked back hairstyle perfectly.

Diverting all the attention away from your hairline, this look is for fellas who are style conscious. Sweep your hair back and off your face for a sleek vibe, that will also create the appearance of a fuller head of hair. Credit: @giovanni_savillsbarbers

front view of a man with a pompadour hairstyle and blonde hair
Hairstyles for men with thin hair? Go for a mini pompadour! Credit:


You might think that you need masses of thick hair to recreate a retro pompadour style, but luckily, that’s not the case! For ultra stylish men’s hairstyles for thin hair, throw it back with a vintage style that’s classic and polished.

If you’ve got thinner tresses, you can still work your hair up into a pompadour style by using some volumising mouse and pomade, to truly mould your hair and keep it in place. Credit: @pinupsbarbershop

front view of a man with shaved sides and quiff hairstyle - hairstyles for men with thin hair
Try shaving your head but keeping the top longer. Credit:

Shaved sides and quiff

The contrasting elements of super short sides and a longer, volumised quiff, help to give your hair height and depth.

The best part is, you can shave off any thinning sections, then use the length of the quiff to hide any other pesky sections of hair you don’t like. Cut in a defined parting and you’ve got yourself a winning style right there! Credit: @pinupbarbershop


Not had enough styling inspiration for your thin hair? Then check out our Hairstyle for Men with Thin Hair page – it’s got all the top tips and advice for making the most of your mane.

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