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
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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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
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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Johnny Depp’s Long Hairstyle
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 favourite cuts and ‘receding hairlines’ to see if others have successfully worn a similar style in the past?

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Nic Cage’s long, slicked-back
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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David Beckham’s slicked back undercut + facial hair combo
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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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
Prince William Tightly-cropped Hairdo

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

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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
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.

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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
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

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

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Daniel Craig’s Close Cut
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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Grey Hair Brushed Up Shorter sides
Brushed Up Shorter sides
Wavy Strands Have Their Own Mind
Classic Tapered Scissor Crop with Front Volume
Classic Tapered Scissor Crop with Front Volume
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Stranded Brush Up with Crisp High Fade
Stranded Brush Up with Crisp High Fade
Comb Over of George Clooney
Comb Over
Side Swept Lundgren
Side Swept
Tightly Side Combed
Tightly Side Combed
Slicked Back Phoenix
Slick it Back Receding Hairline
Sober Side Swept with Faded Temple
The Classy Undercut with Taper Fade
Crew Cut Damon
Longer Crew Cut for Thin Hair
Longer Hair Reeves
Longer Hairstyle
Pompadour with Taper Fade
Pompadour with Taper Fade
Side Brushed Stranded Hair
Side Brushed Stranded Hair
Jamie Dornan’s Medium Scissor Crop
Jamie Dornan's Medium Scissor Crop
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Straight Pushed Back Strands
Straight Pushed Back Strands
Medium Crop and Taper Fade
Medium Crop and Taper Fade
Classic Old Side Parted Quiffed Top
Classic Old Side Parted Quiffed Top
Thin Haired Pompadour with Temple Taper
Thin Haired Pompadour with Temple Taper