12 Best Hairstyles for Men with Receding Hairlines (NEW)

A receding hairline doesn’t mean you have a bad hairline, but it does mean changing your look and hairstyle. You may have long locks now, but you may lose more hair. Hairstyles for a receding hairline often helps you hide particularly deep M or V hairlines.

Best haircuts and hairstyles for men with a receding hairline can help make going bald less obvious. These looks draw attention away from your thinning hair and bald spots helping take back control over your hair loss.

So, when it comes to hiding a receding hairline, sometimes it’s best to just let it go, but if you love your locks, there are amazing styling products and techniques to giving your hair new volume. Keep reading.

Hairstyles for receding hairline

1. Clean Shave

We wanted to start with this look just to get it out of the way. Celebrities like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham, and David Beckham have all rocked the bald look. See more Male Celebrities with Receding Hairlines.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sporting clean shaved look
The Rock with a clean shaved look

A shaved head makes you look like a badass. Lots of men fully accept they’re losing their hair early on, and they go with a clean-shaven, smooth head look. You can partner this with a full beard and a fade, or you may want to simply go with the clean bald with beard look. You definitely save on styling time in the morning before work.

2. Try a Buzz Cut First

If you don’t want to go completely bald just yet, a buzz cut may be the easier option to try. You can set your guard to a #2 or #3 to opt for a short buzz cut that keeps hair closely clipped to your head.

Tom Hardy Buzz cut
Tom’s receding hairline is masked well with a buzz cut

This look takes the emphasis off of rising corners and bald patches. One trendy way to get a buzz cut is to fade on the sides down to the ear.

3. Comb Over Style

If you love your long hair and don’t want to part with a single hair, then you’ll need to master the comb over hairstyle. This look is defined by a lot of hair on top that’s swooped to one side.

Comb-over receding hairline with beard stubble
Comb over hairstyle is a good solution to a receding hairline paired with beard stubble

You don’t have to be going bald to do this look either. You can use the lowest point of your receding hairline to start the part. When you add hair product like mousse to your locks, you add a bit of thickness and volume, too.

4. Faux Hawk Haircut

The faux hawk haircut is characterized by longer hair at the top and tapered sides. This look is also more popular for receding hairlines because it focuses on hair being styled towards the center of the top of your head. You can style the hair long on top or have it cut short with a bald fade on the sides.

Faux hawk hairstyle
Faux hawk hairstyle

5. Military Crew Cut

The military style crew cut is a classic short hair style. The short to medium length cut adds a clean look to your receding hairline. It’s also easy to style and easy to maintain.

Military Crew Cut Look
Military Crew Cut is a great shorter look

6. Short and Slicked Back

If you still have some volume in your hair, then the slicked back hairstyle may work for you. This neat, diverse look is perfect for men with maturing hairlines because you keep the sides tapered and short. This puts more emphasis on the volume and length of your hair at the middle and top of your head.

John Hamm as Don Draper with slicked back hair hides a thinning hairline.
John Hamm as Don Draper with slicked back hair.

If you need inspiration, John Hamm as Don Draper frequently sported this shiny-haired look in Mad Men.

7. Caesar Haircut

With longer hair but deepening M or V hairlines, you may be able to comb some of your hair forward to hide a deep receding corner. You can style longer strands into a side part and then tuck it behind your ear.

Tom Hardy Combed forward Caesar Haircut
Tom Hardy with a clean Caesar Haircut

8. Messy, Short Waves

If you have thicker, wavier hair, but your hairline is moving back, then this is a viable option. You basically add thickening cream to your locks to give it texture and emphasize the waves at the top of your head. By tousling them with a mousse or cream, you add more volume and hide a hairline that’s pushing back underneath your wavy mop.

Wavy Hair Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper with Wavy Hair

9. High Fade haircut

One of the best receding hairline haircuts for men is the stylish high fade look. This style has a high fade on the sides with a bald fade around the ear that tapers up to a longer mop on top. You can keep this short or long depending on the preference.

High Fade Haircut is a good choice to hide receding hair.
High Fade Haircut can easily hide receding hair.

These styles also look great with longer, thicker beards.

10. Stylish Undercut

Do you want to have a rocker vibe to your look? Then this is the best hairline choice. With a fade around the ears and bottom to the back of the neck, the hair is tapered a bit higher than left long on top. You can use gel to create a slightly spiky, tousled look.

Tom Hardy Undercut
Tom Hardy sporting a trendy undercut hairstyle.

11. The Pompadour

This is one of the most popular hairstyles for receding hairline looks. While it’s styled after the nerdy Ducky from Sixteen Candles and the 50s rockabilly, it’s a popular look for younger guys especially. You can use mousse to pump up the hair on top and then slope it towards the back. This style also works well if you have a growing bald patch at your crown.

The Pompadour haircut is great at concealing a high hairline.
The Pompadour is a timeless classic style.

12. Mid Bald Fade

With a bald fade, you get a maintenance-free cut that keeps the head very cool and sleek during warmer months. If your hair is thinning, the fade on the sides can hide receding corners.

The Mid Bald Fade hairstyle conceals a receding hairline well.
The Mid Bald Fade conceals well.

Wrapping Up: Should You Do It Yourself or Go to a Barber?

If you head to a barber for a fade the first time, you may learn how to do the cut yourself or you may just like having a professional help you hide your hairline in the best way.

However, you still need to be able to maintain your look once you go home. For fade looks and tapered sides, you may want to purchase some clippers with different guard sizes to maintain your new do.

By Eric Melillo

I'm the co-owner of B&B. I live in Guilford, Connecticut and I've been obsessed with bald & beard styles & trends for over 20 years..