Bearded Man With a Top Knot Haircut

First and foremost, hair loss is something completely natural.

It happens to all of us, male or female, as we get older and reach a particular stage of our life.

However, some are hit hard by it and others get a receding hairline much earlier than others.

Men, in particular, can be emotionally affected by hair loss.

They immediately start looking for ways to prevent it or go around it.

Sometimes one needs to accept it and go with the flow or get a cool haircut like widows’ peak hairstyles.

To show you that not all is lost, we have gathered a bunch of examples of male hairstyles for receding hairline and we’ll show you how to style your hair.

Going with one of them will enable you to either hide your baldness or adapt to it with a suitable hairstyle.

30 Most Popular Male Hairstyles for Receding Hairline

You have probably seen a dozen actors with receding hairlines and how they deal with it. You can do the same by incorporating some of these haircuts into your style.

Clean Shave

Accepting the baldness and wearing a clean shave look is an excellent choice. If you have the head shape, you can use a razor to shave everything off. Bruce Willis did it; why can’t you?


We don’t mean hiding your bald spot by arranging your hair with a comb-over. This is a popular style, whether you are dealing with hair loss or not. You need to comb the hair over to the preferred side and you will be able to mask the receding hairline without problems.

Slicked Back Look

With slick back hair, you can use your widow’s peak to your advantage. Slicking the hair back is a popular style and you can try it out if your hairline is receding. It looks good and only requires you to add some hair products to place the hair backward.

Slicked Back Hairstyle

Photo @alan_beak

Stylish Faux Hawk

This is a very modern hairstyle that will help with a receding hairline. The cropped sides will emphasize the top and you can also style the hair on top in whichever way you wish. It gives you options and does what it needs to mask the hairline.

Regulation Cut

Military-inspired haircuts are the perfect choice when you are losing your hair. One of them is the regulation cut which allows you to trim your hair short. It is a strict hairstyle but low maintenance and easy to get.

Longer Hairstyle

You will still be able to have a longer style, even with a receding hairline, but only if your hair is thick enough. This one needs to be done precisely. A good cut will help you shave years off your actual age, but the wrong one will only make you look foolish.

High Fade

Going for a classic fade hairstyle is an excellent idea. Fade haircuts for men are very modern nowadays and can keep things nice and compact. What you will have to do here is to keep the top shorter as well so it merges with the fade.

Blowout Hairstyle

A blowout look is not something that a look of people with a receding hairline can do. Those with enough or are simply dealing with a widow’s peak can brush the hair upwards and let it stand high.

You don’t need so much length here; they require you to have a specific type of hair.

Brushed Forward Hair

Moving your hair forward to hide away the receding hairline seems like a sensible thing to do. You can move the hair from the back and comb it towards the front part. It is one of the best haircuts for men with thin hair and allows you to style it how you feel.

Short Messy Hairstyle

If you don’t have flat hair but are still dealing with hair loss, keeping the hair shorter and avoiding length is best. Thanks to your natural hair type, you can still style the top to be a bit messy.

Short Messy Hair

Photo @shrunknheads

Butch Cut

This one is the best hairstyle if you still have some hair to work with. It features a uniform cut in all head parts and can work on any head shape. Think of Aaron Paul and how he looks now and you will get the gist.

Comb-Back Hairstyle

A combed back is not only a good look for modern guys but also one of the great older men’s hairstyles. There is not a lot of mystery to it, as you will need to brush the hair backward.

You can even use some of the lengths of your hair if you have any. Ultimately you can add some product to help it stand still.

Crew Cut

The crew cut is a style that gets gradually closer as it approaches the crown. Since the longest hair remains in front, it is the go-to choice for those with a receding hairline, and it also looks well for all kinds of situations.

Messy Fringe

A fringe offers enough length to help you hide away the problematic parts. A messy one works even better as you are not only doing away with balding hair, you can style the hair in a way that may allow you to stand out.

Ivy League

The Ivy League is a timeless style. It has been around for ages and is an exceptionally cool haircut for any person. The cut is longer on top and shorter on the sides, but how you style, it will help to deal with the windows’ peak and make it a part of the style itself.

Quiff Hairstyle

A classic quiff is a style that is perfect for those that are losing their hair. It draws away attention from all the problematic parts and makes the viewer focus on the top hair.

It also makes your hair seem more voluminous, creating the illusion that you have more hair than you actually do.

Wedge Mohawk

This one may be a bit extreme, but if you are wild, you can quickly go for a wedge mohawk. Shaving the sides of your head and leaving the middle strip on will avert the attention from any baldness.

You can also create a shorter or a longer mohawk, depending on how much hair you have left.

Short Textured Hair

Textured hair is very flattering. A textured haircut is best when worn short. It is simple and visually appealing and can easily be worked to deal with hair loss parts. You even have some room to style the hair how you feel and make it to your liking.


The buzz cut is an absolute favorite when dealing with a balding crown or a receding hairline. The idea is to manage the hair by cutting everything at approximately the same length. It can be done quickly, even by yourself, and look exceptionally well.

Black Man Hair Buzz

Photo @dynasty_barbers

Classic Mid-Fade

Using a faded haircut is a good way of going about your thin hairline. These are universal and popular and applying a mid fade and keeping the top part neat and boxed will help you deal with losing your hair.

Same Length All Over

This one does not require a lot of explanation and you can even create it yourself. A uniform look is excellent for a variety of head shapes. Find the length closest to your head and go with it all around.

Mid-Fade With Undercut

The undercut has a way of emphasizing the people’s top hair. Since you can’t do that here, what you can do is throw in a mid-fade. This will resolve the situation and simultaneously allow you to have a modern hairstyle.

Curly Pompadour

Curly hair is very attractive, and it becomes a shame when one starts losing it. You can use it to your advantage and create a pompadour hairstyle. You will still have very nice hair and can avert everyone’s eyes to the pomp, not the receding hairline.

Wavy and Side-Swept

Wavy hair can help you deal with a thin hairline quite well. Since it has volume naturally, you can grow it out in most parts and side-sweep it to one side. You don’t have to worry about added hair products, as the waves help to shape the look.

Caesar Crop

A Caesar crop is an excellent style, whichever way you put it. You need to slip the sides while leaving some hair on top. Comb the hair to cover the receding part by moving it back to the front.

Extended Burst Fade

Creating a burst fade requires you to shave the hair around the ears while keeping the top hair short. By extending it towards the temples, you do away with all the receding in your hair. Be sure to continue the burst fade behind the ears to balance everything.

High Bald Drop Fade

With this hairstyle, the fade line must be kept high, so it blends with the receding hairline. All the length and volume will remain up top and the shaved design on the sides will help keep your eyes up and not toward other parts.

Tapered Bowl Cut Fade

The bowl cut is a classic hairstyle, but it needs a modern update to help hide the balding parts. In this case, you will taper it and brush it forward. The hair needs to be kept long enough to provide enough coverage.

Dramatic High Undercut

Sometimes, one must get all dramatic about it and shave the part that bothers them. So start shaving your head from the receding part and down and create an undercut. The hair on top will remain long and you can style it any way you wish.

High Skin Fade

With a number 3 skin fade, the top hair will be left at about 3.8 inches. That part allows for low maintenance while the fade needs to be shortened from top to back and the sides down to your skin.

The fade will blend high and make the receding much less obvious.

Causes of Receding Hairlines

A receding hairline often happens to people when they get older; as our bodies get older, so does the production of follicles, which is the primary source of our hair. Without them, we can’t grow new strands and experience hair loss.

However, people may start to experience hair loss much earlier than expected. Sometimes it is simply due to genetics, as some of us begin to lose our hair when we are much younger.

On the other hand, we could even damage our hairline by overuse of harmful products, heat exposure, or an unbalanced diet.

How to Style and Maintain Haircuts for Men With a Receding Hairline

Once we notice that our hairline is receding, we better start planning how to deal with it. The most suitable way is a haircut for men with a receding hairline.

To make one, you should:

Step 1 – Determine the problematic parts of your hairline

Determinate where your hair is receding or thinning the most.

Step 2 – Pick the haircut

Based on the affected area, choose a haircut that will solve the problem. You may find some inspiration from our list.

Step 3 – Cut the lowest part where your hair is receding

You may also decide to keep the top a bit longer and the slides shorter.

Step 4 – Avoid using strong products on your hair

Consider including some hair loss shampoo in your routine.

Styling Mistakes to Avoid

When making an appropriate haircut for men with a receding hairline, you must avoid some very obvious mistakes. First, you can’t have long hair if it does not fit. If your hair loss has not progressed so much, you may be able to have a bit of length.

You should choose the hairstyle based on the problematic areas. Go with what you have left and never force a haircut that will not hide the receding hairline. Also, there is no shame in shaving your head.

The worst thing you can do is force a haircut that does not look good. Sometimes it is best to cut your losses and resort to a razor.


Is my hairline receding?

If you notice that your hairline, the part above your forehead, is starting to show more and your hair is returning, you are most likely in the early stages of hair loss.

Can receding hairline grow back?

Not really. Depending on the situation, you may not be able to regrow a receding hairline. The best you can hope is for it to progress slowly.

How can I prevent a receding hairline?

You can start to incorporate best practices and create a healthy hair maintenance routine, so you slow the progression of a receding hairline.

What are some tips for covering up a receding hairline?

You can grow some hair on the back and comb it towards the front. Also, use the parts on the sides to comb them over the affected areas of your hair.

Vinnie - Barber

About the author: Vinnie – Barber

Vinnie is one of the members of the Beardoholic writers team. He’s also a barber and hairstylist for 15 years now and he has a kick-ass beard of his own, so he surely knows what makes a magnificent beard and hair and how to achieve them. He’s our go-to guy for all the latest beard and hairstyle trends and he always has a tip or two on how to grow and style a thick beard fast.

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