Tom Hiddleston’s Pushed Back Hairline
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50 Best Hairstyles for a Receding Hairline (Extended)

How to eliminate a hair loss issue with a great-looking haircut

written by Danny Puopolo

If you’re reading this, you are most likely finding a haircut suitable for a receding hairline. And before you think that this is not normal or is something to be embarrassed about, think again. Men and women lose approximately 100 strands of hair a day – a result of washing or brushing the hair – and is a normal part of everyone’s physiology. If it’s okay to lose hair, then why is it that men find their hairlines going further and further away from their eyebrows (especially in the temple areas)?

A receding hairline in men, which signals the beginning of hair loss, is inevitable and comes with age. Yes, it’s not just about the 100 strands of hair that you lose, this is the beginning of male pattern baldness. It usually starts in your late 20s to mid-30s (though some experience it as early as their teens), and fully manifests by the time you hit your 50s. Though there are varying numbers, it is reported that around 90% of men will undergo a form of hair loss in their lifetime.

Unless you find yourself in the lucky 10% who are absolved of this issue, genetics is the main culprit. But other factors like stress, diet, smoking, lifestyle, and of course, the presence of disease also contribute to hair loss.

We all know that our hair is our crowning glory. It is a part of our persona – our hair changes depending on our mood, depending on what phase of our lives we are in, and losing it could affect our self-esteem. Some would even resort to a hair transplant or medication.

But worry not, there are haircuts suitable for a receding hairline that will not just give you a fresher look but will give you that ‘oomph’ that you never thought is possible anymore. There are ways to accept this change and even celebrate it. Follow the lead of Hollywood stars that age like fine wine, embracing their receding hairlines as if it’s been there all this time, and you’d never have to doubt those hair strands falling every day. You’d be surprised at the results.

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Neat Slicked Back with Drop Fade

Neat Slicked Back with Drop Fade

Hairstyles for men with receding hairlines don’t have to be boring! A neat slicked back with drop fade is the perfect look for a gentleman looking for an on-trend and polished style. To get this look, slick your hair backward. Use gel or pomade to have a wet-look effect and add further detail. Opt for a low taper or blend all the way down to create a drop fade that instantly makes a definition along the sides.

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Classy Ginger Side Part
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Classy Ginger Side Part

Going back to the roots this one is a very classic look. The top is side-parted with some side brush makes it fun with that thin part for the side makes it all retro too. The taper on the side pushes the attention on the top.

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George Clooney's Neat Comb Over
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George Clooney's Neat Comb Over

George Clooney is the exception, any cut on him looks marvelous. But here we see him wearing a toned comb over with sides just tapered and not faded. He blended it with a beard to make it pop like crazy.

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

This cleaner look makes receding hairline look sleeker. It is one of those cuts where there is minimal maintenance. How do you rock it? Simple, taper on top with brush up with strict taper on the sides. And lastly, brush your hand on top to ace it.

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Quiff with Drop Fade

Quiff with Drop Fade

Incorporating a quiff into a hair cut for someone with a receding hair line is a great way to draw one’s eye away from the forehead. The top is this style is kept textured and choppy and is brushed upward and away from the face.

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Temple Fade and Side-Swept Long Quiff
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Temple Fade and Side-Swept Long Quiff

If you want to hide there’s no better trick than this. Very lengthy and dense top with thick volume. Which is accompanied by undercut taper and skin faded temple. The thick volume on top makes it easier to hide those forehead corners.

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Tapered Business Cut and Beard
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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.

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Wavy Thick Hair with Side Brushed Taper
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Wavy Thick Hair with Side Brushed Taper

Doesn’t he look like Chris Pratt? Well, a lot of it is due to similar hairstyle. This one’s another simple looking cut which can work well in a party or a date or a meeting, you name it. There is no clear side part that gives this style one unified look. And as always taper does wonder.

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Side Brush Up with Temple Fade
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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.

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Thin Hair Side Brush with Temple Fade
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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.

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Wavy Strands Have Their Own Mind
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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.

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Slick Brushed Up Quiff
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Slick Brushed Up Quiff

Quiff is usually an open pompadour with sides being taper faded. The fade is what makes this very neat hairstyle and the receding corners of the hairline don’t even come to notice as the fade starts up quite high.

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Puffy Pompadour with Taper Fade
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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.

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Thin Hair Small Puff
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Thin Hair Small Puff

Thin hair makes small puffs quite good and this is a prime example. The sides are tapered quite well and reduced the volume so as to push the attention to the quiff. The beard supports the look quite subtly but well.

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Long Side Parted Top with Thick Beard
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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.

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Blonde Widow's Peak with Mid Fade
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Blonde Widow's Peak with Mid Fade

Less is more when it comes to being elegant. Like as we see her,e the top is pushed back and being thin textured strands, the top is pushed back with minimal fluff. The sides are then tapered and then mid-faded for even more sleek volume.

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Drop Fade with Brush Up

Drop Fade with Brush Up

If you have a receding hairline, incorporating this style of drop fade while brushing up the fringe is fantastic. It ensures that the top of the hair is accentuated which draws the eye away from the receding hairline.

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Receding Hairline with Drop Fade

Receding Hairline with Drop Fade

If you have a receding hairline and a round or square face shape – look no further; this drop fade haircut is for you. There are two advantages of choosing this haircut – you won’t need to grow your hair out to achieve the look, and it’s relatively easy to maintain with regular trimming.

This drop fade creates continuity from the temples all the way to the back of the head, which will make it seem as if the receding hairline is a part of the shape of the fade. Wear with a full beard – it’s as natural looking as you can get.

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Classic Tapered Scissor Crop with Front Volume
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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.

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Combed Back with High Fade

Combed Back with High Fade

A slick back for a receding hairline can be deemed too old school for some and a great way to update this look is by having a high fade. And if this is not enough for you, add an eyebrow slit that goes all the way to the fade to make the look grunge. Facial and neck tattoos will also get more exposure as the hair in this style is mostly on the top part of the head. Wear with a full beard to complete the edgy profile. Great for all face shapes.

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Brushed Up Shorter sides
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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.

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Gordon Ramsay
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Gordon Ramsay

If a crew cut is good enough for royalty, who isn’t it good enough for?

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David Beckham’s slicked back undercut
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David Beckham’s slicked back undercut

If David Beckham’s slicked back undercut + facial hair combo isn’t sexy, then what is?

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The Buzz Cut
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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?

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The Close Cut
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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!

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 The Mohawk
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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. Now that is embracing your receding hairline.

Anyway, who doesn’t like a little mohawk action?

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Hugh Laurie Layered Classic Cut
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Hugh Laurie Layered Classic Cut

Hugh Laurie has his own way of dealing with a receding hairline, or so it seems.

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Close Cut
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Close Cut

Even James Bond has to deal with a receding hairline. Man does he make a close cut look handsome!

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Side Swept Blowout with Ear Tuck

Side Swept Blowout with Ear Tuck

For people with receding hair lines, the side swept ear tuck is a perfect style to conceal the hairline. It usually consists of a slight part in the hair which gives the style its shape. In this case, the style is “messy”, giving a tousled and rustic look.

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Side Swept Quiff with Mid Fade

Side Swept Quiff with Mid Fade

The quiff style helps frame your face and draw attention to your features. The appeal of pairing your hair with a fade is that it creates interesting proportions as well as gives you a masculine and sleek appearance with a reduced styling time.

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Pompadour with Tape-up

Pompadour with Tape-up

This pompadour style is great for people with a receding hairline, as it draws the eye away from the forehead and to the hair. The sides are tightly faded into the top which adds shape to the style, and the hairline is sharply lined up.

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The Crew Cut
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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.

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Parted Comb Over
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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).

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Pomp & Regulation Mix
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Pomp & Regulation Mix

You think you have thin hair and that’s a bummer? Nope, here’s the example! All you have to do is to start with a hard side part with taper sides with gradual descend. Next on the list is to side brush the top yet not to touch the volume much. And some hair wax always helps!

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Highlighted Brush Up with Temple Fade
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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.

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Slim Yet Puffy Top with Subtle Mullet
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Slim Yet Puffy Top with Subtle Mullet

One doesn’t need more hair but needs a better stylist just like we have here. The top is slim yet a tad puffy to add volume whereas sides are tapered thin with a subtle mullet at the back to distribute volume all over and compensate those corners.

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Sharky Brush Up Fade
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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!

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Tossed Semi Curled Pocky Hair
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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.

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Frizzy Tossed Top with Slight Brush Up
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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.

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The Clean Shave
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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.

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Classic Combed Back with Tapered Sides
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Classic Combed Back with Tapered Sides

This is more of a subtle Chris Evans look with a semi van dyke beard. This one needs to maintain the volume from time to time or else the top will start hanging out which might make it less neat. Forget the corners but look at that taper fade with slicked back top, just amazing!

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Longer Haircuts
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Longer Haircuts

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?

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Thin Haired Pompadour with Temple Taper
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Thin Haired Pompadour with Temple Taper

Such a balanced hairstyle this is. A temple fade along with high volume straight strands. The whole bunch of hair is pushed back with some hair wax. If possible having a full-grown beard like this makes it all balanced and compliments the pompadour.

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Stranded Brush Up with Crisp High Fade
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Stranded Brush Up with Crisp High Fade

Who says receding hairline is for the oldies? Here we are with a very funky and modern pocky brush-up. And how do you add that oomph? Taper fade the sides to bring all the attention on the top. Don’t forget the beard, it’s part of the fun!

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The Taper Fade
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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.

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The Classy Undercut with Taper Fade
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The Classy Undercut with Taper Fade

This is the look one has when the haircut goes just about right. And how do you have the perfect haircut? Start with a dense top and undercut taper fade. Next, if you happen to have a hairline that is receding then use a classic side part and see your style rocking again.

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Combed Pushed Back with Faded Undercut
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Combed Pushed Back with Faded Undercut

This wing-shaped hairstyle will surely make you fly. All you need is a dope undercut with tapered sides. Remember you can always add a fade on the sides but sometimes less is more. Use hair wax to push hair to the back in its entirety.

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Classic Old Side Parted Quiffed Top
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Classic Old Side Parted Quiffed Top

Here is the classic, cigar version of receding hairline. The ingredients to this look are quite simple: A side part, Temple taper, and a lot of panache. The side part technically covers those corners but the cleanliness of this one makes it stand out of the room.

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Retro Classic Comb Over Drop Fade
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Retro Classic Comb Over Drop Fade

This is the ultimate retro work look. A classic drop skin fade with a shaved side part. Now, if you wanna rock this look then start with a side part, and shave the part using clipper size 0 and then slap on a classic drop skin fade. The next thing you know is you are doing wonders.

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Curly Beard with Slicked Back Top
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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!

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Lose Long Fringe
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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!

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Gavin Rossdale's Front Highlights
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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.

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Nic Cage’s long, slicked-back
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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.

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Jamie Dornan's Medium Scissor Crop
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Jamie Dornan's Medium Scissor Crop

Having a semi curly hair can be a bit messy but not here. All you need is some hair wax to calm it down. And taper it equally all over the head. Lastly, have a normal side part to shape it up a little.

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Tightly Side Combed
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Tightly Side Combed

What happens when you have high volume, thick hair, yet receding corners? Do this, make a side part, and brush it to the side for this clean look. Moreover, taper the sides for a more sleek look with a slight fade towards the end. No one will even notice the corners anymore!

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Business Cut
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Business Cut

This is one of the easiest cuts to maintain and have. All you need is some hair wax to push the top hair back and let it take its shape naturally. If you want to make it sleek then shape that line up more angular and blend it with beard seamlessly.

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Hight and Tight

Hight and Tight

Receding hairlines will be a part of you, especially if someone in your family has it. But no need to worry. There are haircuts meant to make a receding hairline more of a fashion statement than an issue, like this high and tight cut. Embrace it and you ‘ll be surprised.

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 The High and Tight
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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.

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Danny Puopolo is an expert that works at Rakis, a professional hairdressing salon in Melbourne. His work has been featured in a variety of publications such as OK Magazine, Vogue, and INSTYLE. He has also managed classes for Shu Uemura Australia and Loreal Professional.