A receding hairline is typically a sign of further hair loss to come. This is an alarming realization for many, and while you’re working on combating the issue, you still want to look good and feel confident.
Fortunately, there are things you can do while working on your hair problems to bring back your confidence and self esteem. One thing is styling your hair in such a way as to draw attention away from your hairline’s recession.
In this post, we’ll take a look at 11 hairstyles that are ideal for receding hairlines.
Whether you’re looking to call attention away from the hairline, or cover the recession completely, at least one of these styles will stand out and offer you just what you’re looking for.
What Causes a Receding Hairline?
As a chief complaint of men around the world, a receding hairline is a common occurrence. But what causes the hairline to recede?
There are three main causes for hairline recession. These include:
This form of hairline recession is a direct result of overstimulation, and it can affect both men and women if not taken care of early.
A few examples of overstimulation include wearing a tight ponytail/bun, too much brushing/style, and wearing a hat frequently. Eventually, even in individuals with healthy hair follicles, the follicles will become overstimulated.
This results in unnecessary stress and, in severe cases, hair thinning and loss.
Perhaps the most common cause of baldness in men, Male-Pattern Baldness (MPB) is a condition related to DHT sensitivity and hair miniaturization.
In men with MPB, the hair follicles at the front of the scalp (the temporofrontal region) are particularly sensitive to DHT. This is a by-product of the sex hormone testosterone, and sensitivity to it can mean noticeable issues.
As the follicles become affected by the hormone, they begin to miniaturize. This, then, leads to the miniaturization of the hair and, eventually, hair thinning and loss.
Due to the particular location of sensitive androgen receptors, this is why men tend to experienced baldness at the front of the scalp. This is known as a receding hairline, and is a tell-tale sign of further hair loss to come.
This is tied into MPB, but it also deserves its own section as it is possible to have none-MPB hair thinning and hairline recession.
If recession runs in your family, then you may also experience natural recession as you age. This doesn’t mean you can’t do things to stop this recession, however.
The tips outlined further below can also assist in regrowing genetics-related recession.
How to Tell If Your Hairline is Receding
Prior to styling your hair, it’s first important to determine whether your hairline is receding, or whether you simply have a higher-than-usual hairline as a result of maturation.
This can be difficult to determine; especially if you’re aging, or if MPB runs in your family.
However, understanding the difference can help you to better treat the issue, as well as choose a hairstyle that will be most flattering (now and in the future).
One of the most confusing issues comes when trying to determine whether your hairline is receding or maturing. The main thing to focus on is the recession pattern – that is, is your hairline even or uneven.
An even hairline – one which is generally even from temple to temple – is the sign of a maturing hairline. An uneven hairline, however – one which has deeper recession in the temples – is an early sign of MPB.
Now, a few things can confuse this. For example, if you have a natural widow’s peak (or, widower’s peak in your case), then your hairline may look as if it’s receding when it’s not.
However, a natural widow’s peak is typically present from early childhood, while a widow’s peak related to hairline recession begins to develop in the teens and early adulthood.
11 Best Hairstyles for Receding Hairline
If you’ve determined that your hairline is receding (or, if your mature hairline is further back on your head than you’d like), here’s a few hairstyles you can try.
Of course, the best course of action is to treat the recession before it continues to deepen (more on this later). But, for now, let’s take a look at a few stylish ways to hide it.
The Clean Shave
The easiest option – by far! – the clean shave is a classic option for those with thinning hair.
This is a hairstyle that’s as close to the scalp as possible, and it can minimize the impact of your hairline’s recession with very little effort.
In fact, it’s a great way to embrace the balding look! For a bit of inspiration, take a look at actors like Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis, and Jamie Foxx.
The Buzz (or Crew) Cut
The style most synonymous with military service, the buzz cut is a close-to-the-scalp cut with a few centimeters of hair left on the scalp.
While this may seem like an odd choice for someone looking to draw attention from hair thinning and loss, it actually helps to better define your facial features. This will keep eyes from the hairline and will act as a plain-sight cover up.
If rugged is your goal but you aren’t too thrilled with the idea of a close cut, the regulation is exactly what you’re looking for.
The name is a bit of a misnomer – after all, it’s not technically a “regulation” haircut for those in the military.
However, it’s a variation of the crew cut that’s popular for those who want a bit of a longer, more tousled look.
This style works well because it utilizes the hairline for the part. This may seem counterintuitive, but it means you can work with what you have to create a natural look.
If you want to draw attention away from your receding hairline, an undercut will bring attention to all the right places.
Essentially, the undercut is a style where length is kept on the top of the head, but a shaver is taken to the sides to provide a crew cut.
In recent years, this cut has gained popularity among the ladies; however, it’s still a great option for men who want a dapper look that’s a bit on the longer side.
Similar to the undercut, but with more ‘cut’ involved, the taper is a style that slowly fades from crown to base.
This is a style that’s similar to the fade, but it involves more length on the top and sides of the head.
The name of the style is quite descriptive of the cut itself, with a tapering effect that begins with a medium-to-long length on the top and a faded style at the base.
The Textured Crop
This purposely-messy ‘do is a great look for those who have longer hair on the very top of the scalp and want to bring it forward to cover recession.
Texture is a great way to add volume to your hair and distract from your hairline. This style typically utilizes an undercut base (though, not always), but with longer hair on top.
The top of the hair is then texturized (with a combination of expert hair clipping and pomade) and fluffed.
This requires a bit more maintenance than some of the other styles, but is a good choice for those who want to sport a more youthful look.
The Messy Cut
A look that simply covers up your hairline, the messy cut is a good choice for those who want medium-length locks without having to worry about recession.
Famously worn by the Beatles, the mop cut is coming back into vogue. This is because the cut offers a number of style options – from a slick and clean ‘do to a controlled, but messy, look.
Use the cut to expertly hide your hairline, and no one will be none the wiser.
The Side Fringe
This is a subtle nod to the comb over (which we’ll look at later), but one with a modern twist.
Fringe (also known as bangs) is a shortened portion of hair that lies on the forehead. If you’re experiencing hairline recession, you may not think bangs are possible.
However, a side fringe, which can utilize hair from your crown and side of your head, can be a great way to make your hair look fuller.
This is perhaps the classiest style on the list, and one which offers styling (and hairline hiding) versatility.
The pompadour is a style that can be utilized with cuts such as the undercut or side fringe. You pick the side lengths you’re comfortable with, while keeping the top layer of hair medium-to-long.
You can then style in anyway you’d like, such as straight back, to the side, or with a middle part. This works by collecting your hair into a voluminous mane, and draws attention away from any thinning areas.
The Brush Up
A messier version of the pompadour, the brush up is another textured look that adds volume and style to subtly cover a receding hairline.
Instead of a smoothed back look which is commonly associated with the pompadour, the brush up works to add in texture and character. Essentially, it’s an “incomplete” pompadour, as the ends of the hair stand up straight instead of laying back.
The Comb Over
This is a style that works for very few individuals, but can hide hairline recession when done correctly.
The comb over is perhaps most synonymous with balding, and is usually seen as a desperate attempt to cover up receded hair.
However, individuals with medium-to-long hair on the sides of the scalp and minimal thinning on the top of the scalp are great candidates for the look. Essentially, you want to supplement the hair on the top of the scalp, not add hair.
How to Stop Hairline Recession
While the hairstyles above are good for temporary cover up, hairline recession will continue if you don’t treat it immediately.
With this in mind, here are a few tips for stopping hairline recession and possibly even regaining your youthful hairline.
Use Homemade Shampoo
Whether your receding hairline is a result of DHT buildup, or it’s from an underlying scalp condition (such as dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis), homemade shampoos can provide you with the cleansing and healthy properties you require.
Unlike store-bought shampoos, homemade ones are free of chemicals and preservatives. This means they are gentler on your scalp and hair, and they contain the necessary ingredients to treat, nourish, and rejuvenate.
Another great thing about DIY shampoos is they’re cheap and easy to make. This means you can experiment with different ingredients and create a solution that works best for your scalp.
To get started, all you need is a cleansing agent, an essential oil (or more than one), and a carrier oil. Here’s one recipe to give you a bit of inspiration.
- Water (1/2 cup)
- Liquid Castile Soap (1/2 cup)
- Aloe Vera Gel (1/3 cup)
- Olive oil (1 teaspoon)
- Almond Oil (2-3 teaspoons)
- Geranium Essential Oil (10 drops)
Combine the ingredients in the container of your choice, and mix thoroughly. Later onto wet hair, and massage into scalp for 1-3 minutes. Keep the shampoo on your scalp for an additional 1-3 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
Both olive oil and almond oil provide a hydrating touch, while the aloe vera gel soothes an irritated scalp and alkalizes the environment. In addition, the geranium essential oil provides anti-inflammatory properties and boosts blood circulation to the scalp.
Utilize Scalp Massage and Manipulation
If your hairline has already begun to recede, then you’ve experienced a process known as hair miniaturization. In simplest terms, your hair follicles became so damaged that the hair growth process slowed.
This led to the growth of slighter, more brittle hair strands (known as vellus hairs). In the end, the process of hair growth ceased completely, and your hair follicles were then no longer able to produce hair.
While you can’t bring dead hair follicles back to life, you can revitalize damaged hair follicles. One way to do so is with scalp massage and manipulation.
Both techniques increase blood flow to the scalp. This increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients, and it also improves the removal of waste (such as DHT).
Change Your Diet
The best way to treat MPB is from the inside out. This means changing your diet to reduce foods that are acidic, greasy, and otherwise unhealthy. In addition, you can add foods that combat DHT production and balance your bloodsteam’s pH.
To get started, I suggest you start slow.
This may mean incorporating alkaline foods into your diet (such as adding them to your favorite recipes, mixing them into a delicious smoothie, or juicing them.)
Or perhaps cutting a food group with some not-so-beneficial side effects (such as refined grains and processed meats).
This is a long-term solution, and also one that will offer some of the best results.
In the midst of your hair treatment, there are things you can do to reclaim your self confidence. This includes wearing a hairstyle that best complements you, and that covers your hairline as you’d like.