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.

Bradley Cooper 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).

Christian bale crew cut for receding 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.

Bruce Willis Clean Shave

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.

Jude Law 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. Now that is embracing your receding hairline.

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

Patrick Wilson Close Cut

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!

Jason Statham short 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?

Johnny Depp’s Long Hairstyle
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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?

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.

David Beckham’s slicked back undercut + facial hair combo
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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?

Hugh Laurie Layered Classic Cut

Hugh Laurie Layered Classic Cut

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

Gordon Ramsay Receding Hairline

Gordon Ramsay

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

Prince William tightly-cropped hairdo
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Prince William Tightly-cropped Hairdo

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

Regulation Cut Receding Hair

The Regulation Cut

The regulation cut is a style we covered recently in another article here on 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.

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.

Zac Efron – Mop Haircut
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The Mop

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.

Taper fade, side swept, thin hair

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.

Hight & Tight Receding Hairline
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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.

Young Dwayne’s crew cut
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Young Dwayne’s crew cut

Young Dwayne’s crew cut is hard to beat when you’re looking for simple elegance.

Daniel Craig’s 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!

Grey Hair Brushed Up Shorter sides

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
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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.

Stranded Brush Up with Crisp High Fade

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!

Business Cut

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.

Comb Over of George Clooney

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.

Side Swept Lundgren

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.

Tightly Side Combed

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!

Slicked Back Phoenix

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.

Sober Side Swept with Faded Temple

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.

Crew Cut Damon

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.

Longer Hair Reeves

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?

Pompadour with Taper Fade

Pompadour with Taper Fade

Receding hairline styles are pretty tough at times. Next things up, you need a brush-up pompadour. After that comes the classic taper skin fade. And to sum, the style up, a finely trimmed beard makes the balance. And not to mention, don’t forget that rusty dye.

Side Brushed Stranded Hair

Side Brushed Stranded Hair

Can this qualify as a longer widow peak? Probably. It is a dense top with long straight hair. The key here is using a straightener and use dry dye for the colors. Next comes the sharp line up with taper skin fade. It might require a touch up from time to time but it pays off every time.

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.

Straight Pushed Back Strands

Straight Pushed Back Strands

Slicked Back Hair with a dense volume can do wonders and this is an example. The hidden tricks are straightener with some hair wax. Lastly, hair dry it a little to give it that dry texture. Push back the whole bunch and there you go!

PS: Some beard might come to rescue.

Medium Crop and Taper Fade

Medium Crop and Taper Fade

It might be quite true to say that you will need a receding hairline in order for this style to pop. Next on the list is a long top and shorter sides. It doesn’t end there, slap in a royal mid fade with a sharp line up. In the end, brush your hand through hair for that classic brush back.

Classic Old Side Parted Quiffed Top

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.

Thin Hair Pompadour with Temple Faded Beard

Thin Hair Pompadour with Temple Faded Beard

At one glance this does not even look like a receding hairline, and how is that? Well, the pompadour with decent volume with sides not tapered aggressively. A lot of this style is possible with having a perfectly dense beard that is blended into the side burns.

Twirled Top Notch Man Bun

Twirled Top Notch Man Bun

This hairstyle is so apt and classy yet trendy at the same time. Of course, you need slightly thick hair with a good length. Now when one does that it does hide the corners pretty well and does make you look macho or an alpha.

Thin Haired Pompadour with Temple Taper

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.

Pointy Hairline with Subtle Side Brush

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

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.

Curly Beard with Slicked Back Top

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

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
Gavin Rossdale's Front Highlights

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.

Temple Fade and Side-Swept Long Quiff

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.

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.

Tom Felton’s Medium Textured Crop_
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Tom Felton's Medium Textured Crop_

The comb-over with subtle side part has gotten a good light and has been trendy for a while. And here it is, Tom, rocking it like a champ. Now, what if you want to do it? Here’s the recipe, Taper the sides with the top still being long. However, do reduce the volume with brush scissors.

Longer Wavy Top Strands with Short Sides

Longer Wavy Top Strands with Short Sides

Isn’t this the look we all aspire to have when we start receding hairline? This style is a result of semi-wavy hair which is quite dense in volume. Next up is the clearly defined sides with slight tapering. And to keep it all under control, one needs some hair wax to push it all back. Bazinga!

Combed Pushed Back with Faded Undercut

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.

Classic Combed Back with Tapered Sides

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!

Wavy Thick Hair with Side Brushed Taper

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.

Pomp & Regulation Mix

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!

Side Swayed Thin Haired Pocky Strand

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

Retro Blonde Hanging Strands

Remember that look when Rocky flicked his hair and we all dropped our jaws? This retro hairstyle comes from the same family and those dropping strands are it. You need tapered sides with good volume on top, trained to be side brushed yet loose to hang in the place freely!

Side Burn Fade and Pompadour

Side Burn Fade and Pompadour

What do you notice? Yes, exactly that. The temple does not exist and the top has so much girth. All you need some good hair wax to keep them in place and sway them left or right. The pompadour helps to add more volume on top and filling the corner voids.

Highlighted Quiff

Confident Finger Brushed Blonde Quiff

Does this style speak French? This is a classy and royal version of quiff which has highlights and an overcoat. Keep the volume on sides yet a tad more on top so that you can turn them on the side. Also, add a low key side part to make it distinctive.

Shiny Blonde Brush Up

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

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

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

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

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
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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

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

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.

Fluffy Informal Quiff Side Brush

Fluffy Informal Quiff Side Brush

Safety first of course, but just glance at this finesse look. The sides are undercut faded with the top being fluffy quiffed. The side brush to it makes it very cool. That rough mid-fade is what adds that extra clean oomph to it.

Side Brush Up with Temple Fade

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

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.

Classy Ginger Side Part

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.

Thin Hair Side Brush with Temple Fade

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

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.

Slick Brushed Up Quiff

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.

Cover that Corner with French Crop

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

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 Side Brush with Longer Temple

Layered Side Brush with Longer Temple

Side brushes are quite neat but this one is the coolest of them all. Especially with the layers and the longer temple it has some of the retro looks from the ’70s. The neat shave outlook pushes the attention to the top.

Layered Brush Up with Tapered Sides

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!