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.
Parted 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).
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.
The Clean Shave
Sometimes haircuts can get a little complicated. How about a 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.
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. Now that is embracing your receding hairline.
Anyway, who doesn’t like a little mohawk action?
The Close Cut
You don’t need to do anything fancy to look good with a receding hairline, as Patrick’s close-cut shows us. 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!
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?
Everyone’s favorite pirate shows us just how well long hairstyles can work with a receding hairline. 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 favorite cuts and ‘receding hairlines’ to see if others have successfully worn a similar style in the past?
Nic Cage’s long, slicked-back
Whether you like his movies or not, Nic Cage’s long, slicked-back hairstyle is a pretty unique way to take control over your hairline. 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.
David Beckham’s slicked back undercut
If David Beckham’s slicked back undercut + facial hair combo isn’t sexy, then what is?
Hugh Laurie Layered Classic Cut
Hugh Laurie has his own way of dealing with a receding hairline, or so it seems.
If a crew cut is good enough for royalty, who isn’t it good enough for?
Prince William Tightly-cropped Hairdo
If a crew cut is good enough for royalty, who isn’t it good enough for?
The Regulation Cut
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.
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.
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.
The Taper Fade
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.
The High and Tight
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.
Young Dwayne’s crew cut
Young Dwayne’s crew cut is hard to beat when you’re looking for simple elegance.
Even James Bond has to deal with a receding hairline. Man does he make a close cut look handsome!
Brushed Up Shorter sides
Who says receding hairline is not good? This dense casual cut looks absolutely flashy and balanced with a similar beard is just so manly. Don’t make it all sharp, a little carefree touch makes it look perfect for casual and party occasion.
Wavy Strands Have Their Own Mind
Really long top and having an undercut side makes the hairless corners hide very well. This cut is very well executed with pushed back top with faded sides. The cherry on the cake is the beard which is very well kept and grown.
Classic Tapered Scissor Crop with Front Volume
If you have thin hair then this is the key, brush em up slightly or so and taper is on sides which makes your top look dense and suave. This semi wavy hair is due to shiny dye with some hair oil to have that gloss.
Dolph Lundgren's Side Swept
Dolph Lundgren has this strong squared face which is balanced pretty well. With this side sweep makes it even more balanced. If you look closely, the side is split ended. This is a blend of different sides but classic side sweep makes it pop.
Slick it Back Receding Hairline
Jose Phoenix can ace any look but this is just beyond perfection. If you think your hairline is receding and not looking so great, think once more about it. Pulling all the hair back and using a small amount of hair wax makes it look just about perfect.
The Classy Undercut with Taper Fade
Keanu Reeves's Unbeatable Long Hair
This is not just another long hairstyle. Firstly, the widow’s peak is the ice breaker, and then comes the wet look with the long hair. The best part is to curl the ends a little. And bet you did not notice the hidden side part which drives the hair perfectly on the sides.
Did you really think being Keanu Reeves was easy?
Side Brushed Stranded Hair
Medium Crop and Taper Fade
Thin Hair Pompadour with Temple Faded Beard
Pointy Hairline with Subtle Side Brush
It is not every day that one wears such a retro design with this panache. Being one of the styles that will require a decent touch up from time to time. The equipment for this hairstyle is a classy side part with taper faded sides. And finally, the top is highlighted with a tad side brush. And there you go!
Retro Classic Comb Over Drop Fade
Curly Beard with Slicked Back Top
This is one of the most enjoyable hairstyles with receding hairline but you really have to pay attention to details for the best results. The key in this one is neatly done line ups and meticulously tapered sides. It might pop in the widow’s peak but push all the top back with some product and boom!
Lose Long Fringe
Is that you Chris Evans? This is very close one can get to Chris Evans and to spill some beans, this hairstyle is easily feasible. Keep the top hair longer and sides tapered. But keep a note, no fade, we don’t fade with this one. And next up is some hair wax and brush your hand loosely to have those fringes hanging out!
Gavin Rossdale's Front Highlights
Rossdale is an evergreen name. This one is all about keeping the volume overall with a fairly longer top and shorter sides. Next is the highlight on top that goes with it. Notice the irregularity in the top and sides, that’s intentional and makes this style look casual.
Tapered Business Cut and Beard
Have you imagined a combination of Adam Levine and George Clooney? In case you’re wondering, this is the result! This brush-up makes so much difference and the beard balances it off and that grey-ish hair makes it more George Clooney.
Tom Felton's Medium Textured Crop_
Longer Wavy Top Strands with Short Sides
Classic Combed Back with Tapered Sides
Wavy Thick Hair with Side Brushed Taper
Side Swayed Thin Haired Pocky Strand
This is just not another haircut that you see at every corner. it has so many elements that one doesn’t even notice the receding hairline. Let me spill the secret sauce, it is that sleek taper fade and side part at the same time and obviously that side brushed pocky strand, that’s where all the difference happens.
Retro Blonde Hanging Strands
Shiny Blonde Brush Up
Keyword for this style is sides taper with gradual decline. The top is curled brushed up with shiny blonde dye. The fade is not an obvious one with the temple being gone. The clean shave look makes it look very classy and modern.
Frizzy Tossed Top with Slight Brush Up
Uni looks are very hard to ace but this one sure looks like a piece of cake. The casual brush-up makes it very much along with the fact that the very balanced look makes this perfect. This one even though being casual can be used for formal occasions.
Side Brush Up with Skin Fade
Welcome the classic side brush up with a sleek taper fade on the sides for that extra mile. The line-ups are very detailed and carved out with those sides being faded for that faded temple look. That makes it a perfect entry point for the beard.
Tossed Semi Curled Pocky Hair
Receding hairline is a problem if people can see it, this one is a classic example of covering up the hairline. The semi curls pocky tossed texture is quite trendy with this fade on the sides for that suave cleaner look.
Retro Side Sweep with Pulled Sides
This hairstyle is a great combination of different aspects. That chill thin part with the top being side sweep. Plus, the side being pulled back makes it very low-key. The temple on the other hand is shark finned and the rest is clean shaved for that neat look.
Afro Top with Skin Fade
Not all receding hairlines are bad, like this one. The straight-lined texture comes from giving attention to detail. That being said, the sides are mid-faded with the top being all controlled and a short brush-up feel to it.
Sharky Brush Up Fade
Do you really think that receding hairline means you cannot style it anymore? Have a deeper look at how suave this looks, the top is brushed up with pocky texture while sides are tapered and then skin faded, so cool!
Gentlemanly Twin Slit Shag
Who does not like this classy look, the top and sides both have volume yet it is quite controlled. the top is brushed up with temple is twin slit shave. The temple fade also helps to bring the beard into play.
Side Brush Up with Temple Fade
After seeing this do you really think that receding hairline is really a problem? Like the top is here is amazingly side brushed with sides being tapered and that cheeky temple being faded. The fade makes way for a beard which helps balance the look.
Temple Fade with Pocky Sharp Lineup
Pocky lineups are always a great idea but here that’s not only it. The top is long with thin afro hair plus the temple fade. This also qualifies as a shag but a very controlled one.
Thin Hair Side Brush with Temple Fade
Temple Fade is very fancy and when they’re done right. Just like this one the top is side brushed with that high to medium to low fade which also happens to have a drop fade texture. Having a decent fluff gives a good one.
Highlighted Brush Up with Temple Fade
Receding hairline is not a good excuse to not brush up your hair. The brush up here is so on point with the sides being tapered and that temple having a cheeky temple fade is what makes it finesse. The highlight makes sure that the hairstyle pops well.
Cover that Corner with French Crop
Receding hairline is quite a common problem but the solutions are quite versatile. This one is a dapper french crop with undercut taper faded sides with a sleek slit shave.
Thin Hair Brush Up with Fade
Two things, the brush-up and that intense look make up for the style. Jokes apart, with the clean look, tops the notch slightly with that taper fade with a clean look makes all the sense. The top is thin hair yet thick volume hence the attention.
Layered Brush Up with Tapered Sides
A very neat approach that almost makes you forget about the hairline. That being said, the clean look is its friend with the brush up that is layered, makes it very distinct and clean. Taper on the side and there you have it!
Puffy Pompadour with Taper Fade
Receding hairline if done right can be a trendy fashion. This one is a puffed pompadour with sides being taper faded. The faded here makes the look clean by a notch.
Brush Up plus Thin Hair Mullet
If you ever had thought that receeding hair means the end of styling for you then you’re not wrong, you are absolutely wrong. This one is an example that receding hairline when styled right can do more than wonders like this brushed-up mullet.
Thick Widow's Peak with Drop Taper Fade
Receding hairline isn’t all that bad of a deal if your stylist knows how to play the game right. The thin hard part is a good divider between the sides and the top with that cheeky dropped taper fade makes everything quite neat!
Long Side Parted Top with Thick Beard
Longer the top, better the part. The side part here is the highlight of the show with the thin hard part coming to the rescue. The sides are tapered and have a good volume on them so as to blend them well into the beard.
Undercut Side Part with Fluffed Quiff
Although the hairline is a little far-fetched, the quiff is what makes the day. The perfectly fluffed top is just a great sight to watch. The sides are side parted taper faded with a neat beard blend to make it a very clean and elegant look.
Free Fall Brush Up with Taper Fade
The brush-up here is quite a casual one with a free-falling stranded texture on the top. The sides are quite minimal with its taper fade and chill approach. The clean shave enhances the neat look with a fade on the sides is almost perfect.
Thin Hair Side Sweep
Thin hair has one advantage that when paired with dense volume makes it look gorgeous. The sides are layered with a very pushed back style. The side sweep with this style is just a good retro touch to the look.
Pushed Back Thin Strands with Low Fade
Even though the hairline is quite pushed but the pushed back strands are fancy ones. The sides are tapered but blended quite well so that it still has that wholesome look with a cheeky mid fade that adds an extra layer slickness to it.