10 Best Hairstyles and Haircuts for Balding Men

Discover the best ways to embrace or mask your spot with these hairstyles for balding men.

Hair loss is a bummer, there’s no question about it. It’s actually a pretty common occurrence that plagues most people at some point in their lives. Premature balding has also become an issue for scores of men and women these days due to numerous factors: genetics, illness, life events, and even stress. Because this is such a common challenge, receding hairline buzzcut hairstyles are more popular than ever.

Dealing with hair loss is not for the faint of heart, especially when it comes to styling. Do I embrace it? Cover it up? Try hair loss shampoos for men? You have probably been asking yourself these questions since the minute you realized your scalp was becoming more and more prominent. The good news is that receding hairline buzzcuts can help make your hair loss appear more intentional.

Top 10 Receding Hairline Buzzcuts For Men

Scroll down for some haircuts for balding men that are actually, dare we say, kinda hot.

1. The Buzzcut for Overall Thinning Hair

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Buzz it short.

If your hair is beginning to thin out, why not cut your hair into a buzz cut? We love this look with its sleek cut and easy maintenance. On shorter hair, make sure to grow your hair long enough to take your balding area away from being the center of attraction. The short stubble blends in nicely with thinning hair.

2. Short Layered Cut for Crown Balding

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Give the illusion of thicker strands.

With the help of a blowdryer, give your bald spot the illusion of thicker hair. Using a concentration nozzle, blow-dry your wet hair in the direction it grows. Pick up your strands with your hands or comb and concentrate the airflow at the root to add volume to your hair. With the help of a styler like Dove Men+Care Defining Pomade, rake the product through to keep your hair in place and mask the balding area at your crown.

3. Short Comb-Over Cut for Receding Hairline

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Tapered to perfection.

Guys, no man buns allowed, at least not for a while. If you fancy this hairstyle, it may be the reason you have this hairline in the first place. Mask the weakened corners of your hairline with a short comb-over-inspired cut. Ask your barber to taper your sides but leave enough hair at the front corners of your hairline for room to hide the receding area. To style, use Dove Men + Care Sculpting Paste so you can reshape or style throughout the day, making sure your corners are covered at all times.

4. Textured Receding Hairline Buzzcut

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This shorter cropped style is as cool as it gets.

On wavy or curly textured hair, you can opt for a shorter crop. This haircut is ideal for guys who just started to notice thinning of their hair. The layers of this short crop work with your texture to camouflage the appearance of thin hair by allowing it to look fuller. Work in some gel-like Dove Men + Care Control Gel to give your layers a strong hold.

5. The Clean Shave for Guys Balding from Front Hairline to Crown

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Go bald.

It may be time to own your new look. The clean shave is one of the hairstyles for balding men that many end up going for. Blending or masking may not work this time around. Try out a clean shave— you can gradually work your way into getting acclimated to this look by going lower and lower during each of your haircut sessions. No need to go for the plunge right away!

6. Baby Caesar Receding Hairline Buzzcut

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A 90s throwback favorite.

A spinoff on the ’90s favorite, the baby Caesar haircut retains the short, straight hairline of the original—this works especially well on receding hairlines—and the front micro fringe. The difference is in the length, which in this case, is shorter and thinner, but deliberately so.

7. Punk Mullet

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Add some edge to your style.

If you’ve still got some rockstar left in you (or okay, are relatively young and beset with early-onset baldness), why not take a stand with a punky, edgy mullet? The latest, coolest variations feature more natural texture at the front and subtle, layering at the back. A soft styling cream, such as AXE Natural Hold: Understated Cream, can help give control to longer layers but still keep this cut’s fun details pretty obvious.

8. Temple Fade Receding Hairline Buzzcut

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You can’t go wrong with a temple fade.

If your “devil’s horns” (a.k.a. the two receding bumps above each temple) are coming in, try out a temple fade. This haircut thins out specifically where the tip of each “horn” starts, blending it more seamlessly into the rest of your hair—it evens out the hairline, making the recessed areas less obvious. It also actually makes the thinning look deliberate and kinda stylish too, which is always the goal. Bonus: It’s a wash and wear hairstyle for balding men!

9. Close Crop Receding Hairline Buzzcut

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The close crop is a crowdpleaser.

If your hair is too straight for a textured look, and you’re not quite ready for a buzzcut or a fade, try the gentleman’s option: the close crop. Like the curled combover, it uses around a #3 to #4 clipper guard on the sides and back, with the top trimmed using a point-cutting method (where your barber holds the scissors at an angle while snipping), which is a technique that helps add fullness. This is another wash-and-wear look that’s also spiffy enough for the office.

10. Buzzcut Fade

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Embrace the fade.

It may sound like an oxymoron, but a super-short fade that starts off as a longer buzzcut on top then blends into a skin fade at your neckline, is actually really flattering. Guys who are experiencing an all-over thinning of hair (and no actual patches of obvious balding) can mimic some fullness with a buzzcut fade. Want to take the extra step? Dyeing hair a lighter color can lessen the contrast between your hair and your forehead, making any receding hairlines less harsh.

Best Shampoos for Balding Men in 2023

Now that you have a new haircut selected, you’ll need a shampoo for balding hair that helps keep your fresh cut in shape, and that also combats hair loss. Look for ones that are sulfate-free and have scalp-stimulating additives like peppermint and citrus—this will reinvigorate your hair follicles and assist them in going strong, thick, and healthy.

1. Dove Men + Care Cooling Relief Cleansing Shampoo with Menthol

Wake up your scalp with this refreshing shampoo. It has menthol, which cools the scalp and calms any irritation and inflation that your scalp experiences.

2. AXE Thickening Shampoo

If you’re experiencing thinning hair, stop it in its tracks with this shampoo. The AXE Daily Thickening Shampoo adds volume to your hair and prevents breakage that damages hair. With consistent use, you will notice your hair looking healthier and feeling full of volume.

3. Dove Men+Care Complete Care Fortifying 2-In-1 Shampoo + Conditioner

There are many hairstyles that will help to conceal your balding hair or show it off, depending on what you’re going for. You’re sure to find a hairstyle for balding men that is sure to make you feel confident!

Are you thinking about trying out one of these styles? Be sure to share the results with us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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