55 Hairstyles for a Receding Hairline (Extended)

The receding hairline is one of the most common forms of hair loss. Thankfully though, it’s also one of the easiest to work around. A lot of people think that you need to cover up your receding hairline, but this really isn’t the case. There are plenty of styles you can choose to wear, but here are our top favorites.

1.

The Comb Over

The Comb Over
The Comb Over

The comb over is a pretty controversial style. It can work well, but it can also go disastrously – which is why we’re putting it so low on the list. The deciding factor with a comb over is whether you have thinning hair, or just a receding hairline. If you have overly thin hair, just admit this style isn’t for you and look for something else while you try to grow your hair thicker. Otherwise, this haircut might just be what you’re looking for. If you’ve got relatively long hair and want to keep it that way, then do consider this style (whatever you do, just please don’t let it hang and try to hide your hairline).

2.

The Crew Cut

The Crew Cut
The Crew Cut

The crew cut is a hairstyle we’ve already written about in our article regarding army haircuts. Well, here it is again. You might already be seeing a theme popping up here – short haircuts tend to work better with receding hairlines (not to say there aren’t any other options!). This cut is clean, low-maintenance, and won’t harm your appearance. Short haircuts do tend to bring a lot of attention to other parts of your face though, especially its shape, so you might want to have a think about whether this will work for you before you trim almost all of your hair off.

3.

The Clean Shave

The Clean Shave
The Clean Shave

Going for a clean shave over your head is one of the most obvious solutions. If you’ve got no hair, then you’ve got no receding hairline to deal with. Admittedly, this style is very effective and can look great – the only thing is that you’ve probably already had this idea, and you’re looking for something else. That’s totally understandable, but you should definitely consider a clean shave if you think it might suit your face shape.

4.

The Mohawk

The Mohawk
The Mohawk

The Mohawk is a longer style than some of the others mentioned here. We don’t mean anything crazy, but just a short to medium length Mohawk with trimmed sides. The trimmed sides will take attention away from your receding hairline, allowing you to define the shape of your hair with a Mohawk. The ‘Mohawk’ can be as long as you please, even if that’s just a centimeter. Seriously though, take a look at some of the hairstyles below.

5.

The Close Cut

The Close Cut
The Close Cut

This cut is like the crew cut, but even longer on top. You’re not trying to keep your hair long enough to style it in any amazing way (that’ll come later), but you want to keep enough length to ruffle up over your hairline. This works particularly well in the earlier stages of the receding hairline – you can hide it effectively and still look handsome. Embrace some length (or ‘hide’ it) while you still can!

6.

The Buzz Cut

The Buzz Cut
The Buzz Cut

The buzz cut is by far one of the best styles to go with when you’ve got a receding hairline. Not only does it tone down the visibility of the ever-shortening hairline, but it can also be made to look extremely handsome. Just take the actor Jason Statham, who uses this style, doesn’t he look manly and attractive?

7.

Longer Haircuts

Longer Haircuts
Longer Haircuts

Longer haircuts. You might be asking yourself ‘What’s that supposed to mean?’ By longer haircuts, we mean rocking any sort of hairstyle with a receding hairline. Too many people think that you should cover up your hairline if you’re losing hair, but the truth is that you can continue rocking almost any haircut. Long haircuts can work quite well here, like the quiff, or whatever you please. Why not try Googling some of your favourite cuts and ‘receding hairlines’ to see if others have successfully worn a similar style in the past?

8.

The Regulation Cut

The Regulation Cut
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The regulation cut is a style we covered recently in another article here on HaircutInspiration.com. This military haircut involves trimming the top of your head down to a number 3, and clipping the sides and back even shorter (with a slight taper), right down to the scalp. This cut works wonders for anyone with a receding hairline, as the resulting shape really does give a tough, macho look.

9.

The Slicked Back Undercut

The Slicked Back Undercut
The Slicked Back Undercut

If you’re looking for discreet ways to draw less attention to your receding hairline, the slicked back undercut is a great choice. The ‘undercut’ part means that your sides are left quite short, while the top still boasts a fair amount of length. You can then grab a comb and some hair-product to ‘slick’ your top hair back. From the front, it might even be hard to notice your hairline.

10.

The Mop

The Mop
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The mop, also known as the mop top, is a medium-long length hairstyle which looks just like, well, as the name suggests, a mop! This cut doesn’t discreetly hide your receding hairline, or even embrace it — instead it just covers it up. If you have thick, strong hair, then growing a mop top might be an easy way to cover up your hairline without too much effort.

11.

The Taper Fade

The Taper Fade
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The taper fade, like most short haircuts, also does your style a big favor if you’re struggling with your hairline. The general idea is that the top hair is kept long while the sides and back are slowly faded out to bare skin. Because of the styling freedom that comes from having so much top hair, there are many different variants of the taper fade — in fact, we have an entire article on it right here (The Taper Fade).

12.

The High and Tight

The High and Tight
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The High and Tight is a variation of another cut on this list — the crew cut. This cut involves shaving most of the back and sides almost down to the scalp, and then tapering it in upwards. A bit of hair is left on top (typically quite short), and is occasionally combed to one side. Adding a bit of texture, for example in the form of spikes, can help to draw attention away from the hairline and to the hair itself.

13.

Close Cut

Close Cut
Close Cut

14.

Easy Buzz Cut

Easy Buzz Cut
Easy Buzz Cut

15.

Regulation Cut

16.

Longer Haircut with Fringe

Longer Haircut with Fringe
Longer Haircut with Fringe

17.

Comb Over

Comb Over
Comb Over

18.

Medium Hairstyle

19.

Side Parted Comb Over

20.

Asymmetrical Fringe

21.

Slicked Undercut

Slicked Undercut
Slicked Undercut

22.

Longer Haircut Brushed up

Longer Haircut Brushed up
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23.

Buzz Cut

Buzz Cut
Buzz Cut

24.

Longer Brush Up

25.

Mop Top

Mop Top
Mop Top

26.

Neat Slicked Undercut

27.

Comb Over

Comb Over
Comb Over

28.

Regulation Cut

Regulation Cut
Regulation Cut

29.

Longer Hairstyle Brushed Back

Longer Hairstyle Brushed Back
Longer Hairstyle Brushed Back

30.

Slicked Back Fade

31.

Crew Cut

Crew Cut
Crew Cut

32.

Comb Over

Comb Over
Comb Over

33.

Longer Slicked Back

Longer Slicked Back
Longer Slicked Back

34.

Buzz Cut

Buzz Cut
Buzz Cut

35.

Longer Brush up

36.

Slicked Back Undercut

Slicked Back Undercut
Slicked Back Undercut

37.

Straight Hair with Side Swept Fringe

38.

Slicked Back Thin Hair

39.

Manly Buzz Cut

Manly Buzz Cut
Manly Buzz Cut

40.

Side Swept

Side Swept
Side Swept

41.

Slick it Back Receding Hairline

Slick it Back Receding Hairline
Slick it Back Receding Hairline

42.

Close Cut Style

Close Cut Style
Close Cut Style

43.

Longer Crew Cut for Thin Hair

Longer Crew Cut for Thin Hair
Longer Crew Cut for Thin Hair

44.

Stylish Comb Over

Stylish Comb Over
Stylish Comb Over

45.

Longer Hairstyle

Longer Hairstyle
Longer Hairstyle

46.

Close Cut

Close Cut
Close Cut

47.

Brush Up Receding Hairline

Brush Up Receding Hairline
Brush Up Receding Hairline

48.

Side Swept

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Caesar Haircut

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Side Swept Glasses

51.

Brushed Up Shorter sides

Brushed Up Shorter sides
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Curly Slick Back

Curly Slick Back
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Asymmetrical Fringe

Asymmetrical Fringe
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Messy Hairline Spiky Top

Messy Hairline Spiky Top
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 Skin fade Hairstyle

 Skin fade Hairstyle
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That’s all there is for this article! The big take home is that you should not just try to cover up your receding hairline, but be confident and experiment with different styles.