Haircuts for Receding Hairline: A Quick Tutorial + 10 Styles

Own that receding hairline like a boss.

Receding hairlines are the most common type of hair loss among men of all ages which can pose a dilemma when styling hair.  Don’t worry if you have a receding hairline: You’re not alone, and you’re probably looking for haircuts that cater to your receding hairline. Our advice? Don’t hide it: own it! This is why we’re here to show you how to make the most out of your widow’s peak with the perfect textured hairstyles and haircuts that cater to receding hairlines.

Think of it as the total opposite of 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 this textured style is to minimize 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!ee

Keep scrolling for our step-by-step tutorial on this new do’ and some simple styling tips. Plus, check out some inspo for ideal haircuts for receding hairlines and hairstyles for receding hairline issues:

Step 1: Use a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner for haircuts for receding hairlines.

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Style your strands to perfection.

Do use a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner duo to help load your hair with volume and naturally fluff it up. We love Suave Men Thick and Full 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner.

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 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. Use this quick hack to make the most of your hairstyles for a receding hairline.

Step 3: Apply hair paste to your strands.

Using a hair paste, like Bed Head for Men by TIGI Pure Molding Texture Paste will help to structure the style and lend a subtle, natural-looking finish. This clever product allows you to rework your hair into different shapes while also providing a lift to add fullness. 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.

To create the illusion of thicker hair, or to minimize the prominence of receding hairlines, keep the look textured and matte, as opposed to wet and glossy—that means no hair gel, guys!

Step 4: Mess up your hairstyle.

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 hairstyle 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.

1. A Shadow Beard

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Keep just a hint of your hair for a shadowed look.

Wear that 5 o’clock shadow look with pride and rock a shadow beard and a very closely shaved buzz.

2. Messy Bedhead

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Opt for a messy look.

Grow your strands out just a bit and wear your hair messy for an easygoing bed head look which helps to distract from the receding hairline. You can also try using the Suave Men 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner with Shea Butter & Coconut Oil before this look to give your hair a more hydrated look and feel.

3. The Man Bun

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Give the illusion of thicker hair by growing out your strands.

Grow your strands even longer and wear your up in a man bun. The longer your hair is the thicker it will seem which will also help to conceal the appearance of your receding hairline.

4. Styled and Gelled

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Style your strands to perfection.

Use a touch of hair gel to style your strands up and away from your face to help give your hair a stylish and sleek look. Try using the Bed Head for Men by TIGI Power Play Gel to give you an edge when styling your hair.

5. A Balanced Beard

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Balance out a cleanly shaved head with a full beard.

Shave your strands and use your beard to balance out a cleanly shaven head.

6. Closely Cropped

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Opt for a classic and closely cropped style.

Wear your thinning strands closely cropped for a fresh and clean look.

7. Comb It Back

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Comb your strands up and away from your face.

Use your fingers to comb your hair up and away from your face. This will give you loads of extra volume and give the impression of thicker strands.

8. All-Around Crop

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Crop your strands.

Ask your barber for an even cut for a crisp, groomed look that isn’t void of personality.

9. Completely Bald

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Shave it off.

Fully embrace your thinning hair and take your look to the next level by shaving it all off and going completely bald.

10. Barely There

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Consider just a closely shaved shadow.

Another vote for a closely shaved style, this barely-there haircut is both clean and fresh.

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