In a perfect world, we’d all have a gloriously full, thick head of hair well into old age. However, ageing is a reality for everyone, and for a lot, that unfortunately comes with hair loss. Looking for the best hairstyles for men with thin hair can be a more challenging process.
What used to be a simple process of just copying the hairstyle of your fave celebrity now becomes a bigger deal. But don’t stress. We’ve rounded up some of the most flattering hairstyles that perfectly address a number of hair-thinning issues. We even suggest some hairstyles that enhance what you’re working with. Here’s a few to try.
The Best Hairstyles for Men With Thin Hair
Issue: Widening forehead & thinning
Best haircut: Scissored short crop
For this hairstyle, scissor cut hair at the thickest part of the hair shaft, to give the appearance of fullness to thinning strands. A clean cut with some soft volume at the top—keep the length around 6-7 centimetres at the hairline. This will soften your forehead and crown area.
To style: Rub a finger-swipe of soft styling cream, such as VO5 Extra Body Styling Mousse, all over hair. Comb or finger-groom the top to whichever side you part, and pat down the back and sides with any leftover product to keep the look neat.
Issue: Receding hairline
Best haircut: High & tight fade with a side comb-over
That receding hairline that starts near the temples can sneak up on you. The best way to deal with this is to ask your barber for a high and tight fade that starts where the base of the receding starts, a.k.a. right at your temples. This gives the illusion of a straighter hairline across your forehead and makes the hair at the top and crown seem fuller. Bonus: this is one of the best hairstyles for men with thin hair and is probably the simplest hairstyle you will ever have to maintain, next to shaving it all off.
To style: Add a pea-sized amount of wax such as VO5 Groomed Styling Wax all over the top to give a sexy, quiff-like look for day.
Issue: Curly & receding hairline
Best haircut: Textured taper
So not only is your hair thinning, you have a curly texture too. Good news: that works to your advantage. Ask your barber for a high fade that starts tapering immediately at the temples, but leave around 6mm on the sides and back. This is one of the fullness-enhancing hairstyles for men with thin hair that celebrates their natural texture as they grow older. Awesome when paired with some sideburns and a groomed beard.
To style: Roughly dry damp hair with a blowdryer for a few minutes. Then rake through some light styling gel, such as VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel, for tousled control that will last throughout the day.
Issue: Thinning crown & a bald spot
Best haircut: High top with a short undercut
If you’re at the onset of crown baldness, nip it in the bud by immediately. Sporting a cut that takes advantage of the longer hair you still have at your hairline. Those cool-kid undercuts you see actually work great as a hairstyle for men with thin hair by cleverly distracting the eye from any crown balding. Ask your barber for a classic men’s undercut but with a tighter, more gradual fade on the sides instead of a full disconnect. Let what’s on top grow to around 8 centimetres long and comb the length together to disguise any emptier patches. If you’re up for it, match with some facial hair— remember to keep it trimmed, gents.
To style: Rub a small amount of a styling cream like the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie onto your palms and distribute from the root to tip. Comb hair back from the hairline or to an angle, being careful to leave a bit of lift at the crown.