Make the best of your receding hairline: Styling tips & tricks

Own that receding hairline like a boss.

Receding hairlines are the most common type of hair loss among men of all ages, and can pose an issue when it comes to styling hair. So don’t worry if you have a receding hairline – you’re not alone. Our advice? Don’t hide it: own it! Which is why we’re here to show you how to make the most out of your widow’s peak with the perfect hairstyle: “the recedo”.

Think of it as the total opposite to a comb-over (a style that’s typically associated with receding hairlines, but which can actually accentuate the look of thinning hair!), the idea behind “the recedo” is to minimise the attention drawn to your receding hairline by making the rest of your hair look thicker. Essentially, by upping the volume elsewhere with the help of a messy top, you can counteract the lack of hair around your forehead. Did you know that a bit of mess and texture can help to disguise thinning? Plus, the great thing about messy ‘dos is that they can be as messy or as controlled as you like!

Watch the short video above and learn how to create your own recedo, or read our step-by-step tutorial below for some simple styling tips.

How to make the best of your receding hairline


Step 1: Use a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner

Do use a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner duo (we recommend TIGI Bed Head for Men Charge Up Thickening Shampoo (£9.95*) and Conditioner (£10.95*) to help to load your hair with volume and naturally fluff it up.

Step 2: Towel-dry your hair

Once you’ve thoroughly rinsed out all of the shampoo and conditioner, gently dry your hair with a towel to add to the desired messy look and texture that you’re after.

Editor’s tip: going against your hair’s natural parting can help add more volume. This is because regular hair partings encourage hair to fall in the same direction, which results in them laying flat!

Step 3: Apply some Lynx Urban Messy Look Flexible Paste

Using a hair paste will help to structure the style and lend a subtle, natural-looking finish. Lynx Messy Look Flexible Paste (£4.29*) allows you to rework your hair into different shapes while also providing lift and adding fullness. When it dries, though, you’ll get a fairly strong hold, so rest assured, your style will stay in place all day. For ease of application, and to avoid clumping, warm the paste in the palms of your hands first before applying it to your hair, then run your fingers through your tresses to evenly distribute for best results.

Tip: to create the illusion of thicker hair, or to minimise the prominence of receding hairlines, keep the look textured and matt, as opposed to wet and glossy – so, no hair gel, guys!

Step 4: Mess up your recedo

As mentioned earlier, styling hair to point in different directions can help to create the illusion of movement and thickness. So, for even more volume, purposefully rough up your recedo by gently spinning your fingers through your hair, lifting the strands up as you go. Remember: uncontrollably wild isn’t the look you’re after, just a softly messy style with lots of volume.

So don’t get yourself down about hair loss, because you can totally own your receding hairline with this clever style.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.