For some men, a receding hairline will start just after puberty. For others, it’ll happen much later in life. Personally, we think we you should rock whatever’s happening on top, so put your hats down and listen up.
Thinning hair and receding hairlines are not the end of the world. And though it may seem that way for some, it’s a perfectly natural way of ageing that nobody should shy away from. We’re all about accepting change and embracing looks so, instead of grabbing hats and stressing over the uncontrollable, here are the top five hairstyles you could consider to work with and complement your hair instead.
To get down to the root of the problem (pun intended) we’ve had a little look into what causes receding hairlines or thinning of the hair. The two main reasons are genetics and/or hormones. You’ll often find that if hair loss continues in a family, the outcome will be very similar with each generation (from the actual pattern of the hairline to the time the process begins). That being said, there are many cases where there are anomalies in hereditary balding.
Hormonal hair loss can be down to inflammation of the scalp or damaged follicles, some of which can be treated with medication. Other hormones come hand-in-hand with menopause where hairs will begin to fall out more rapidly. As ever, stress can also affect the rate of hair loss.
The main thing to remember is if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. There’s little point in stressing over what you can’t control, so you may as well embrace it.
If you’re going through the receding hair phases and you’re looking for the best men’s hairstyles to work with what you’ve got, you’ve come to the right place. There are plenty of ‘dos that you can roll with that will lessen the visibility of receding or thinning hair. Don’t take our word for it, though.
This full-fringed hairstyle is ideal for those in the earlier stages of hair recession. Perfect for younger gents looking to fully cover their hairline, this cut, unlike a traditional French crop, takes the fade quite low, retaining length in the parietal bones to push it forward and create fullness. It’s a modern classic that’s perfect for edgy, stylish gents.
This classic style is cut square through the sides, allowing soft edges through the perimeter. The top is then cut to a similar length with a lot of texture to add to the dishevelled look. A remnant of classic grunge/punk styles, this soft cut is perfect for filling in recession without completely disguising the retreating hairline, giving a structured yet messy look.
The first haircut that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘classic.’ The 1920s iconic hairstyle was made famous by Hollywood actors such as Rudolf Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks. To achieve the executive contour, the hair is cut square across the top with a part line connecting the highest point of recession ideally with the crown (depending on the individual’s hair.) The side length is left to the individuals choice. Opt for a short skin fade for a modern twist or longer lengths to keep with the classic motif.
An easy way to hide that receding hairline is with a cheeky little undercut. Shaving off the sides of the hair up until the receding point will hide the fact that there’s a line at all, creating a sharp, neat hairstyle. Comb over the top or add texture with some sea salt spray or texture powder.
‘Longer?’, you ask. Well…yeah. Growing the top and sides that bit longer gives you more hair to play around with. Experiment sweeping the hair over to the side – or in a direction that you feel comfortable with – that covers any areas you wish it to. Just look at Hemsworth – he’s perfected it!
Taking the plunge is always the smart move when your hair is on its way out – it’s also a very on-trend, so that’s good, right? A style that accentuates facial features, this look is best paired with short narrow beards and confidence. Typically the same short length all over, this look can be faded shorter on the sides to add dimension for a modern feel.