Haircuts For Balding Men

Haircuts for balding men isn’t an oxymoron. There are some cuts and styles that are flattering for balding heads.

Male pattern baldness follows a predictable pattern. First hair thins at the temples to create a widow’s peak or a receding hairline. These haircuts are for the next phase of hair loss when hair also begins to thin at the crown of the head, creating a bald spot.

The most well-known haircut for bald spots is the comb-over. It can be effective for the early stages of hair loss at the vertex. A similar option is short-medium length hair with some messy styling that camouflages a thinning crown and receding hairline. When hair loss becomes more pronounced, these medium length styles can begin to draw negative attention to going bald. Then it’s time for a shorter cut.

Going very short can actually be a better option when thinning hair becomes more obvious. Buzzcut styles with fades are one of the best haircuts for balding men. The short all over style minimizes the difference between thinner and thicker areas of hair. A low, medium or high fade down to the skin makes the hair on top appear fuller than it is. This type of cut can be worn with some short Caesar style bangs.

When hair begins to thin, don’t just reach for the clippers and cut hair in a buzz cut. Skilled barbers can keep hair looking fuller until it’s time to go bald all over. Check out these haircuts for balding men.

1. Short Hairstyles for Thinning Hair

Martin John

As mentioned above, the buzz fade is a haircut that works for many phases of baldness. Here the temples are continuing to recede and skin is becoming visible at the vertex. This expert cut leaves a touch of length to cover the crown and the hairline in a way that works with the short haircut. The skin fade around the sides and back is the inverse of the power donut.

2. Short Buzz + High Skin Fade

The Hideout Barbershop

High fade haircuts taper hair down just below the temples, either to a very short length or to the skin like above. Cutting hair short actually focuses attention on the hair on top. This ultra short cut balances that attention with minimizing the difference between full hair and a balding spot.

3. Short Spiky Hair + Low Fade

Jeremy Wexler Hair

Another way to wear the buzz cut fade is this with a hint of spiky texture that minimizes the appearance of a bald spot at the crown.

4. Short Caesar Haircut

Julian Payne

A very short version of Caesar bangs, this cut also features a taper at the sideburns and groomed short beard. It’s all about the details.

5. Textured Crop

 Rob Loxam

This textured crop haircut is one of the most trendy men’s haircut this year. It works for all different hair types. For thin and thinning hair, the texture beefs up the appearance of hair and can add some coverage.

6. Comb Over + Low Fade


The comb over fade is an easy to style and attractive hairstyle for men. It is effective in concealing baldness until almost Type V in Norwood’s Classification of Hair Loss.

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