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4 hairstyles for men with thinning hair; ask your barber

Thinning out on top or having a receding hairline can be heart-crushing. When your hairline starts to move back, most hairstyles won’t look good on you. But you can go bald with grace by sporting the right hairstyle. Even better, there are many hairstyles that’ll help you still look good even when your hair starts to thin or recede.

Besides the best hairstyles for receding hairline, there are many hair products and cover-up patches that’ll add thickness to your thinning hair. To be precise, there are so many aesthetic ways of maintaining your thinning hair so that it looks good on you. 

To help you get started, we’ve come up with some top hairstyle recommendations that’ll help you get an amazing look despite hair-thinning or receding. Other than that, we’ve even listed a bunch of prevention tips that’ll avoid hair loss. 

Best hairstyles for men with receding hairlines

Buzz cut

This is the #1 option if you have thinning hair — that’s why it’s topping our list of recommendations, too. First of all, a buzz cut is easy and fast to style and manage. But why’s a buzz cut such a good option for men with thin hair? Well, since your hair is short, your skin is visible. That means when you have a buzz cut, your scalp’s thin patches don’t really stand out as much as they would’ve done had you sported long hair.

This hairstyle works really well if you’re concerned about hiding the widow’s peak, which is the first obvious sign of a receding hairline. Long story short: a buzz cut neatly reduces the contrast between your hair and your forehead — because of which, a receding hairline or thin-hair patches on your crown don’t get so obviously noticed.

Crew cut

This is another brilliant option for making your thin hair less obvious. The thing with the crew-cut hairstyle is that you can retain more hair length on top. The military-cut hairstyle basically brings down the contrast levels between your head’s sides and temples. 

So, basically, when you sport a crew cut, you get thinner, shorter sides that give the illusion of having an even hairline. If, however, you like to sport longer hair on your head, then replace the crew cut with a classic high-and-tight hairstyle. 

Mop top

Don’t fancy short hair? In that case, go with a classic mop-top haircut that’ll make thin hair less obvious. The hairstyle works best when you have a receding hairline. How? Well, when you sport this hairstyle, you can hide your receding hairline — which becomes way more noticeable when you do a comb-over. 

The biggest benefit of sporting a mop top is that it allows you to adjust the hair length as per your taste. In short, a mop-top hairstyle may range from a classic Beatles-style haircut to something which is messier and easier to maintain.

Slick back

Right off the bat, we want to make one point clear: A slick-back haircut won’t conceal your receding hairline. (More on this later.) But this hairstyle is a pretty neat way to hide the thinning hair on your crown. A slick-back haircut includes short sides accompanied by slicked-back hair that covers the scalp of your crown. 

Want to know one other simple hack of letting your slick-back hairstyle make hair-thinning on your crown less noticeable? Well, then, make sure the fade at the sides is so apparent that it makes the hair on top appear thicker. Besides, this hairstyle works even if you have a receding hairline. All you have to do is slick the hair across your head instead of backward.

Other than these hairstyles, we’ve even curated some battle-tested tips to help you deal with thin hair. Read on.

Hair-styling products that make your hair appear thicker

There are many styling products such as hairsprays and volumizing mousse — but they won’t make your hair thicker. Instead, they’ll simply give the illusion of having thicker hair by adding a little bit of volume to it. This way, you’ll use the volumize hair to let you cover up thin patches and make your hair appear healthier and more uniform.

A rule of thumb: Stay away from hair gels and waxes because they’re infamous for making thin-hair patches look even thinner, flatter and more visible. You can apply a light touch of mousse for styling up your hair. Unlike wax and gel, a mousse brings volume to your hair and gives it a thick appearance. Apply the mousse by wetting your hair first — then you should blow-dry the hair afterward.

Got large thin-hair patches? If so, use hair-fiber products such as Toppik® for nearly covering those patches. Having keratin protein, these fibers are designed to get temporarily bonded to your hair giving it a thicker and fuller look.

Shed it all off

This option has polarizing viewpoints — some people like it while others can’t imagine living with a shaved head. Well, if you think you can carry a bald-head look confidently, shave it all off. Think of Bruce Willis in “Unbreakable.” And remember to shave off your hair when you see the first signs of a receding hairline.

There’s a caveat, however: Shaving your hair won’t slow down or prevent hair loss by any chance. In fact, once you decide to grow out your hair, you may or may not have that much hair that you had before completely shaving your hair.

Put a stop to hair loss with medications

Preventing hair loss should always begin with keeping what you already have instead of focusing on regaining hair through surgical procedures such as a transplant. Managing your hairstyle starts with persevering, nurturing and protecting the hair you still have.

And when it comes to protecting your hair, it sure comes down to using finasteride — a drug that saves the existing hair by throttling dihydrotestosterone or DTH production. DTH is one of the chief hormones causing male pattern baldness.

In a few cases, consuming finasteride with minoxidil has helped boost hair regrowth — but it’s never a guarantee and the results differ from case to case. Want to know one of the harshest truths out there? Once your hair is gone, it’s generally gone for good. So, if your hair is thinning out, then it’s better to consult a doctor and start using a mix of minoxidil, finasteride and other products that may reverse — or at least stop — the hair-loss process.


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