These best hairstyles for balding men make the most of the stages of hair loss. The right cut can make minimize the appearance of receding hairlines and thinning hair at the hairline and crown.
Hairstyles for thinning hair have plenty of style. Some of these are hot trends for 2017 while others are classic cuts that never go out of style. The short sides and back from a fade haircut, another popular men’s hairstyle, is also excellent for making hair seem thicker on top.
After a certain point, a short buzz or shaved head might be the best choice. It’s about wearing the most flattering hairstyle and knowing you look good. Confidence is more important than anything else.
Check out the best hairstyles for thinning hair, in order from longest to shortest.
1. Slick Back
When the hairline starts to recede, it becomes a widow’s peak with a distinct shape. There is no reason to hide this new hairline. In face, highlight it with slicked back hair. Will Arnett also styles the look with some flattering volume.
Slicked back hair is also flattering for thinning hair because it like a comb back instead of a comb over. Here, the fade at the sides makes thin hair on top appear thicker.
2. Comb Over Hairstyle
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This is not a recommendation for a Trump-style comb over. The combover hairstyle is pretty much a side part hairstyle without the defined part. It’s a longer on top haircut, short sides and back that can also be worn with fade.
Style hair by combing it over with a lightweight pomade or just finish it with hairspray. This hairstyle works well for thinning hair at the top as well as receding temples.
3. Short Pomp
The pompadour is a medium length hairstyle but there are plenty of variations on the classic look out there. Short hair is styled into that traditional pomp shape to conceal thinning hair. Like the slick back, this hairstyle also works for a receding hairline.
A blow dryer is an essential tool for guys facing hair loss and will help achieve this cool hairstyle.
Spiky texture is one of the best hairstyles for thinning hair. This is for when the scalp is becoming more visible above the forehead but hair is still present. The height and texture reduce the appearance of thinning hair.
David Beckham may not be wearing his hair this way anymore but spikes are a flattering look that never go out of style. This cut with a mid fade, short hair at the back and longest at the front works well for thinning hair.
5. Textured Crop with Forward Fringe
This hot men’s hair trend is a modern version of the Caesar cut. With more length and texture, short bangs over the forehead conceal a receding hairline while tousled styling on top works well with thinning hair.
The short crop is cut to enhance texture but styling with a salt spray, an alcohol-free gel or lightweight matte pomade.
6. The Steve McQueen Haircut
The Steve McQueen haircut is essentially a longer version of the buzz. Hair is essentially the same length all over, perhaps with a touch more length at the forehead. It’s a good cut for type II and type III pattern baldness, when the hairline becomes an M-shape but hair is still thick elsewhere.
This haircut also works with a bald spot at the crown as long as hair is thinned around the area to blend well. Style this cut with a lightweight paste to add some height and volume for fuller looking hair.
7. Crewcut or 8. High and Tight
Shorter haircuts de-emphasize thinning hair. The military crew cut and shorter high and tight are flattering because the shaved sides make hair on top seem fuller. For bald spots at the crown, this cut should be cut very short so it blends with thinner hair.
While styling isn’t required, a touch of product can add volume texture.
Once hair recedes to a certain stage, the buzz cut is the best choice to maintain some hair. The best buzz for balding men is one length all over (if you want to do it yourself) or slightly longer at the sides on the top, but no so much that thinning hair is emphasized.
10. Bald + Beard
The full on shave is an attractive look for a lot of men. It works on it’s own but is even better with some facial hair, whether it’s stubble or a full beard. If you’re going for the chrome dome, pay some attention to brow grooming, because they will become a focal point.