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, 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 and you’re probably looking for haircuts for receding hairline. 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’, a favorite of all the haircuts for receding hairline out there.

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. Then, check out the gallery we’ve created that features both ideal haircuts for receding hairline and hairstyles for receding hairline issues:

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Style your strands to perfection.

Step 1: Use a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner

Do use a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner duo to help to load your hair with volume and naturally fluff it up. We love Bed Head by TIGI Fully Loaded Massive Volume Shampoo and Bed Head by TIGI Epic Volume 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 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. Use this quick hack to make the most of your hairstyles for receding hairline.

Step 3: Apply some hair paste

Using a hair paste like AXE Urban Messy Look: Flexible 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 minimise 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 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.

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

1. A Shadow Beard

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

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Opt for a messy look.

2. Messy Bed Head

Grow your strands out just a bit and wear your hair messy for an easygoing bed head look.

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

3. The Man Bun

Grow your strands even longer and wear your up in a man bun. The longer your hair is the thicker it will seem.

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Style your strands to perfection.

4. Styled and Gelled

Use a touch of hair gel to style your strands up and away from your face.

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Balance out a cleanly shaved head with a full beard.

5. A Balanced Beard

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

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Opt for a classic and closely cropped style.

6. Closely Cropped

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

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Comb your strands up and away from your face.

7. Comb It Back

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.

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Crop your strands.

8. A Classic Cut

This one’s a classic for a reason: ask your barber for a classic and even cut for a clean look that isn’t void of personality.

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Shave it off.

9. Completely Bald

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

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Consider just a closely shaved shadow.

10. Barely There

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