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Balding? 8 Best Men’s Hairstyles For Thinning Hair

Best Haircuts for Thinning Hair

If you have thin hair or a receding hairline, there are a number of excellent men’s hairstyles for thinning hair that will make you look your prime at any age.

Dealing with hair loss is a depressing experience for many men. Not only can male pattern balding destroy a man’s confidence, but it also limits his options as far as haircuts and hairstyles go.

Luckily, you still have some excellent options. From haircuts for receding hairlines to hair products that make your thinning hair look thicker and fuller, you will be surprised at what you can do to reduce the impact of hair loss, both on your appearance and on your emotions.

In this article, we provide a list of the best men’s haircuts for thinning hair, as well as several other tips for managing your hair so that you look and feel your prime at any age. It’s time to regain some of that lost confidence.

Choose Hair Loss-Friendly Hairstyles

Man with funny comb over

There are good comb over hairstyles for thinning hair, but this isn’t one of them.

When looking for great hairstyles for thinning hair, it’s important to understand that not all haircuts or hairstyles are equal. There are some that will make your hair loss more noticeable by emphasizing your thin or bald patches, while others do a better job at hiding it.

Rule number one for styling your hair for hair loss is to never, ever do a comb over that tries to conceal a massive bald spot with little hair.

You may think such a comb-over “hides”your baldness, but what it actually does is make it more obvious.

When you’re mostly bald, the long strands of individual hair sparsely spread over the thin or bald area of your head only bring more attention to your baldness.

In many ways, it’s like wearing a thong to the beach — you’re really not covering up much even if you think you are.

Spare yourself the embarrassment. There are far better haircuts and hairstyles for thinning hair out there for you to choose from.

Add Volume By Using Hairstyling Products

Too Manly Fuller Hair Fibers - Before After

Hair fiber products like Too Manly FULLER can give your fuller hair in seconds as seen in this before and after photo.

While hairstyling products don’t grow hair, they can make your hair look thicker and fuller. As a general rule, avoid using hair wax and gel, both of which tend to make patches of thin hair look even thinner, making you look balder than you actually are.

A better alternative is to use light mousse. Unlike wax and gel, hair mousse actually adds volume to your hair when properly applied, giving it a thicker, fuller, and more uniform look.

Another great option to get the appearance of thicker, fuller hair is to use hair fiber products like Too Manly FULLER. Hair building fibers are easy to apply and bond to your existing hair to instantly give you the appearance of thicker hair.

In fact, hair fibers work so well that they should be a part of your hair loss regimen if you’re in the early stages of balding. For more details on how they work and why you should use them, check out the 8 Reasons Why Balding Men Should Use Hair Building Fibers.

You can buy Too Manly FULLER here.

Best Men’s Haircuts For Thinning Hair

Most men will have to deal with hair loss at some point in their life, so you’re not alone. The following men’s hairstyles for thinning hair go a long way to minimize the appearance of hair loss by making your hair appear fuller.

They can be further enhanced with hair loss concealers like hair fibers.

1. The Buzz Cut

Justin Timberlake Buzz Cut

Easy to style and manage, the buzz cut is one of the most popular men’s haircuts for thinning hair or a receding hairline. It’s even a popular choice among men who are not balding because of its simple and masculine look.

The buzz cut minimizes the appearance of a receding hairline or widow’s peak by minimizing the contrast between your forehead and your hair and drawing attention to your face.

2. The Crew Cut

Crew Cut Men’s Hairstyles For Thinning Hair

The crew cut works in much the same way as the buzz cut in that it draws attention away from your receding hairline or widow’s peak to your face. However, you get to retain more hair length up top and on the sides.

This military-style haircut is an excellent option for guys going bald at a young age or those who want to keep their hair a little longer.

3. High And Tight

High and tight mens haircuts for thinning hair

The High and Tight is a military variant of the crew cut that’s much closer to the buzz cut in terms of hair length. You shave most of the back and sides nearly close to the skin (similar to the buzz cut), tapering it upwards.

Like the crew cut, a bit of hair is left on top and is sometimes combed over to one side. You can further draw attention away from your hairline by adding a little texture (e.g. spikes) to it.

4. The Slick Back

david beckham Slicked Back Mne's Hairstyles for Thinning Hair

The slick back is an increasingly popular hairstyle for many men. Although it doesn’t hide your receding hairline as well as the buzz cut does, it makes the thinning on your crown less obvious and is a great way to show the world that you are confident in your hair loss.

Just grab a comb and some hairstyling product (hair mousse) and slick your hair towards the back of your head. Alternatively, instead of slicking your hair backwards, you can slick it across your head to draw attention away from a receding hairline.

5. The Mop Top

Mop Top Men's Haircuts For Thinning Hair

A mop top might be the way to go if you’re not a fan of short hair. This versatile men’s hairstyle for thinning hair works well with straight or wavy hair and covers up a receding hairline in a less obvious way than a comb over.

Adjust the length of the hair to suit your taste, from something as classy as a Beatles look to a messy, no-hassle style that’s easy to manage.

6. The Pompadour

Pompadour men's hairstyles for thinning hair

Just because the pompadour is a medium length hairstyle doesn’t mean it can’t work for thinning hair or a receding hairline. On the contrary, with the right blow dry, you can achieve one heck of a cool look.

Just make sure you have enough volume on your head to make it work.

7. The Comb Over

Balding man with good comb over

But Kwame, just a moment ago, you said to never, ever do a comb over. Well, by “comb over’, I specifically meant those ghastly abominations that have the hair combed or greased over a massive bald spot in an futile attempt to hide it. Never, ever do those kinds of comb overs.

That out of the way, there is such a thing as a “good” comb over.

The contemporary comb over is a wonderful choice for men in the early-to-mid stages of balding. It’s a relatively easy to maintain, longer-on-top haircut that involves combing your hair to one side to create a style similar to the side part but without the defined part.

8. Faux Hawk

Faux Hawk Men's Hairstyles For Thinning Hair

The faux hawk is one of the most daring men’s hairstyles for thinning hair. It draws attention away from your receding hairline with its unorthodox and edgy look.

Just don’t go too crazy with the length, OK? Keep the top shortish and spike it to achieve the height. Make sure the hair at the sides is kept neat, either with a fade or by slicking it in one direction.

Go For A Shaved Head Look

Dwayne Johnson with shaved head

Nothing beats a shaved head when it comes to low-maintenance men’s haircuts for thinning hair.

Nothing says “I am confident in my baldness” louder than a shaved head. Just ask Dwayne Johnson, and he’ll tell you a thing or two about the feeling.

We didn’t include the complete bald look in our list of best men’s haircuts for thinning hair because, quite frankly, it’s not really a hairstyle. However, it’s often one of the best options for men in the late stages of hair loss.

There comes a point in many guys’ hair loss journey when no fancy hairstyle, hair mousse, or Too Manly FULLER hair fiber product can work magic. When that time comes, seriously consider shaving it all off.

Look on the bright side, with a shaved head, you never have to waste time styling your hair again, and washing is as easy as putting your head under running water and scrubbing it with the same bar of soap you use on your body.

And wouldn’t you know it, studies show that men with shaved heads are perceived to be stronger, taller, more masculine, and more confident than men with a full head of hair and men with thinning hair.

Trust the science — you have nothing to lose (well, except yo hair) and everything to gain.

Prevent Further Hair Loss With Treatments

Bearded Man With Comb, Fearing Hair Loss

In addition to finding suitable men’s hairstyles for thinning hair, also look for ways to preserve your remaining hair.

Despite the advances in human bioengineering, we still don’t have medication that regrows hair. To make matters worse, the next best thing — hair transplants — costs an exorbitant amount of money.

Basically, it’s far easier and less expensive to keep what hair you’ve got left than it is to regain hair through a surgical procedure.

Finasteride and minoxidil are two of the most well-known and clinically proven treatments for men’s hair loss. Although the main goal of both is to slow down hair loss and promote regrowth, they work in completely different ways.

Finasteride blocks DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a hormone that damages hair follicles by binding to them, while minoxidil (generic Rogaine) is a vasodilator that widens the blood vessels to facilitate blood flow to hair follicles.

Just know that you have options for preserving your hair. Consult your doctor about using minoxidil, finasteride, or any other hair loss prevention product as soon as possible once you notice thinning.

Men’s Hairstyles For Thinning Hair – There’s One For You

So, there you have it — a collection of the best men’s hairstyles for thinning hair, as well as effective tips for managing and preserving your remaining hair.

Hair loss can be a devastating blow to a man’s confidence, with many men often spiraling into a deep, dark hole of depression because of it. This doesn’t have to be you.

The goal is to bald gracefully. By finding one or two men’s haircuts for thinning hair that works for you, applying hairstyling products like Too Manly FULLER to achieve more hair volume, and using hair loss treatments like finasteride and minoxidil to help preserve your remaining hair, your fear of hair loss could become a thing of the past.

Don’t let thinning hair or a receding hairline get in the way of your life enjoyment. Take action now!

If you found this guide useful, share it with friends and family members who could also benefit from it. And get more articles like it at Too Manly Grooming.

Written By

Kwame Owusu is a personal development coach and the founder of Too Manly. He holds an MBA from a top business school and is committed to helping men all around the world look, feel and live the prime of their life.



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