Balding happens to the best of us. You're roaring along in your 20's, living life to the fullest - with a head full of hair, of course. Then you hit 30, and the thickness of your mane starts to decline. According to the American Hair Loss Association, more than 65 percent of men notice some hair loss by their 35th birthday, even if they're in denial. By the time they turn 50, 85 percent of men are considerably balding. So what's a guy to do? There's no need to panic if you are one of the many men who are balding. We've got the best-looking haircuts and hairstyles for balding men, from long hairstyles to short cuts with beards and more.
Short Hairstyles For Balding Men
We love this short haircut for balding men. Keep your receding hairline uncovered. Think of that patch of hair in the center of your head as a peninsula that shows off your life experience. It helps if you have some natural waves in your hair to give this cut a bit of texture, but if you don't you'll need to work with some pomade or hair clay, as well as a blow dryer to keep your locks from sticking straight to your scalp.
Completely Bald Hairstyle
If there's nothing you can do about your thinning hair, don't leave a few Homer Simpson tufts on top. Go with the gleam. If you need to shave any sparse flyaways that still remain, go for it. Buzz what's there, and use a traditional razor to get an even closer shave.
This is one of the most masculine hairstyles you can have. Who said you have to have hair to be manly? Grow a beard if you want to ease into this look.
The Caesar Cut
The Caesar cut is ideal for men who are thinning in the back. It won't work with a receding hairline. That's because to pull it off, you have to brush the front of your hair forward. You don't have to wear it long, and you certainly don't want to have bangs cut bluntly into your hairline, but you do want some short texture that comes forward towards your face.
The fauxhawk is perfect for a receding hairline. You can shave the temples and keep the fade short along the sides of the head. Keep the hair longer up the back of the head, and spike it on top. You'll show that balding men can still keep their sense of adventure - and their sense of style. Plus, this look helps disguise the fact that your hair is thinning. The buzzed sides make your short hair seem intentional.
Short And Messy
A long haircut can make thinning hair look even finer. It just lies flat, and any attempt to perk it up draws attention to bald spots. Cut it short, and work a hair wax into it to thicken it. A deep side part and messy texture hides bare areas. If your facial hair is also thinning, try shaving it off. You'll take years off of your look. As your hair continues to thin, gradually cut it shorter and shorter - no one will notice the changes in your hair because you were proactive about it!
Spiky Crew Cut
The crew cut is a traditional look for men of any age. Keep it cut a little longer, and spike it up to hide any bare spots. It is also the perfect "dad" haircut. We're not saying you have to be a dad to pull it off, but it's one of those sexy short haircuts that pairs perfectly with age. You can add a beard to your look to make it more rugged, or stay clean-shaven for a dapper, classy appearance. Either way, this style is one of our absolute favorites for men who are balding.
Sleek Ivy League
It doesn't matter how far your hairline recedes or how big that bald spot is in the back if you slick back your Ivy League style. Don't attempt to go longer just to cover up thinning areas. You'll look more refined if you're confident about those thinning spots.
A short cut looks good no matter how thin your hair is. You don't have to buzz or fade the sides. Have it cut with scissors. Blunt edges appear thicker. Work a little product into your hair, and mess it up with your fingers to allow it to lie in alternating directions.
The Mohawk can look clean-cut and professional if you do it right. Keep it short, with defined lines on either side. Create a bald fade down the sides, and no one will know that you're going bald. Not only is it a good-looking haircut for balding men, but it is one of the most popular shorter haircuts for men with all hair types. It looks great paired with a beard, as well.
Short Textured Side Part Balding Men
A traditional boyish style can make you look younger. Keep the hair all around your head relatively short, and taper it down the sides without buzzing it. Allow it to have movement. Don't use a product that makes it stiff. The great thing about this haircut is that it works for balding men who have textured locks, as well as those who have silkier, straight hair. You can style it however you'd like, and the part allows you to maneuver your hair to cover up any bald or thinning spots.
Messy Short With Full Beard
This is one of the easiest hairstyles for balding men. It is clean cut, but allows you to show off any remaining texture that you still have left. Keeping hair short is always a great idea when you are losing your hair because it helps disguise spots that are more thin than others. Have your hair cut short with scissors for a messy style that looks somewhat full. Your beard will make up for any thinning spots on your head.
Short And Gray
It's a great time to go gray. Now more than ever, the world is embracing natural hues of gray and silver, but funny enough - people are actually dying their hair gray on purpose! Guys of all ages are testing out shades of silver as a fashion statement, so if you start to see those grays peak through, don't you dare pluck them out with your wife's tweezers. If you are a man with gray hair, don't try to dye it back to its natural splendor. Wear the silver hue with confidence. Crop it close, and work some texturizing product into it to boost thickness.
This is a perfect haircut for balding men. If you keep a swirling tuft of hair on top of your head and fade it fairly quickly into baldness, you'll still look like you have thick hair. This is also a great look for men with wide faces or large foreheads.
Bald On Top
If your receding hairline is meeting up with your bald spot, keeping the sides long isn't going to do you any favors. Thick sides will only emphasize the baldness at the top of your head. Have your barber taper the baldness to the fuzzy spots so that there's balance. Growing a beard or goatee also helps offset the baldness. If you try this cut and do not like how it looks after a while, it's not a bad idea to shave it all off. Bald is beautiful, too, friends.
If you're like Prince William, no one saw this day coming. One day, you're walking around, feeling like royalty with a head full of thick hair. Life couldn't be better. But then, paparazzi catches you with paper-thin locks. The whole world can see your scalp now. Sometimes, you don't have a receding hairline. You don't really even have any bald spots. However, your thinning hair is evident from certain angles. The best haircut if you're dealing with this is to layer it and direct it forward. Don't attempt to use a stiff product with this style. You'll be able to see right down to the scalp.
Long Hairstyles For Balding Men
Light hair isn't as noticeable when the scalp is peeking through. You might be able to get away with a longer pompadour on top. Undercut the bottom if you're not sure about this style. It is a youthful, edgy way to handle your new thin hair, and you can always try different variations on the top until you find something that works for you.
Long Dark Hair With Beard
If your hair is dark, keep it long on top. Buzz the sides, and keep a short beard to create the impression of fullness around the face. It will keep you looking youthful and masculine. As your hair gets thinner, you can cut it shorter and shorter over the years to create the illusion of thicker hair.
This is one of the best hairstyles for balding men. Long and curly on top, tapered to practically bald by the ears, the curly quiff is a way to break out your inner James Dean. Let it go wild on top. Don't let it get greasy, or it can stick to your scalp. This style is easy to maintain and looks great even after a full night's sleep.
Salt And Pepper Hair
Guys with dark hair are lucky when it comes to balding and thinning hair. As you go gray, the contrast of dark and light creates a sense of fullness even in thinning hair. Keep your hair about one to two inches long, and blow dry it with a little mousse to give it volume. You can always go shorter, but we wouldn't recommend growing it out too long to prevent it from looking stringy.
If you have thin hair, layers can add volume and movement. They can also make thinning locks easier to work with. Longer layers allow you to style your hair to cover thin or bald spots. Just be careful how much product you choose to use. A little bit goes a long way when it comes to thin hair.
A wispy shag can look great even if you're balding. If your hair has some wave to it, this medium-length cut can give you the body and texture you need to hide the bare areas. To achieve a tousled look like the one in the photo try using some sea salt spray and a texturizing dry shampoo. It can also be easier to style if you do not wash your hair every single day. The natural oils coat your strands and make them easier to work with.
Fade Hairstyles For Balding Men
High And Tight Military Cut
There's a reason a bald fade has that name. Even men who have tons of hair and are not balding will wear this haircut because of its simplicity. It's one of the best hairstyles for men who are balding. A close buzz on the sides will remove wiry hairs that seem to be in the wrong place. Shorter cuts will also blend in thin patches so that they're less noticeable. Pair this fade with a beard to make your face will fuller and younger.
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If you're afraid the reflection of your clean-shaven scalp will scare people away, go with a buzz cut. The short style will hide any patchiness, and it's a little less aggressive than taking a razor to your hairline. Plus, pairing a nice fade with a buzz cut is always a win, even if you aren't balding. Nobody will be able to tell where your thin spots are, and you'll look sharp all the while.
Short Side-Swept Temple Fade
You don't want to comb over sparse hairs, but directing the hair on the top of your head sideways isn't the worst idea. This is especially true if you have a receding hairline. Disguise the balding at the temples by fading the sides pretty dramatically. Keep the top short and textured, but guide the hair to the side. This will create a sense of fullness over the bald spots.
Spiky Top Shadow Fade
A spiky top can hide a receding hairline. Fade the sides into a longer crown. Direct your hair up and forward. The height will mask any small areas that are thinning. Don't go for this hairstyle if you have a large balding patch at the back of your head, though.
Clean Shaped-Up Hairline
If your hair is thinning but you don't have a receding hairline, you can create an illusion of thickness by shaping up the hairline. A crisp cut at the front of your head and a short, messy cut will make it look like you have thicker hair. Keep the sides and back buzzed relatively short.
Short Fade With Defined Part
Shave a side part into a short fade. You'll look like you have a defined style even though you don't have all that much hair. It looks super clean and pairs well with any amount of facial hair. Be sure to fade or blend your sideburns into your beard for a put-together, handsome haircut.
Hairstyles for Balding Men with Beards
A pompadour can make thinning hair look much thicker. Plus, it won't take much to give it volume. Use mousse and a blowdryer to get it to stand up straight. Gradually fade the sides. Keep in mind, this look does require some maintenance because you do have to take time each day to style it if you want it to look good. This is not a haircut that you can simply roll out of bed and look perfect.
Combed back cuts are ideal hairstyles for balding men. Combing your hair back is different than combing it to the side. If you have a receding hairline, you can keep the top of your hair long and flaunt the shiny patches just above your temples. Slick your hair toward the back. If it's long enough, it might cover some thin patches that happen to lie at your crown. Just make sure that the longer hairs are thick enough. If you can see a significant amount of scalp beneath the hair, you should probably choose a different style.
High, Tight And Curly
Men with curly hair have an advantage over those with straight hair. When your hair begins to thin, those curls tend to cover up your scalp pretty well. Curly hair also tends to be thicker than straight hair, so you will likely not notice as much of a difference as you start to age. If you do begin to notice your hair thinning or if you are balding, keep your curks somewhat short, and work product through the hair before tousling it with your fingers.
Face it—with a beard this amazing, it doesn't matter what you're doing with the hair on your head. You could choose any of the shorter cuts listed here. It would look incredible.
Oh, and fun fact. Men who are more easily able to grow a beard tend to lose their hair earlier and more quickly. There has to be some sort of trade off for having a studly beard, right?
Wet Hair With Fade
If you do use gel, use it only on shorter strands. Comb your hair to the side, creating a deep side part. The gel will keep everything in place. Use a fine-tooth comb or fluffy brush so that your strands don't become too separated. Taper the fade down the side of your head towards the ears.
Short Sides Long Top Haircut
Wavy hair can make thinning locks look thicker. However, if the ends are getting scraggly, you need to cut them. Chop them off, leaving the top longer than the sides. Use texturizer to create thickness around your head.
How To Manage Balding Hair
According to the New York Times, male pattern baldness can be caused by a number of factors, including genes and hormones. Instead of trying to cover it up, own it. You can't wear a hat your whole life.
Take it from us: the comb-over doesn't fool anyone. We can see your dome beneath the scant wisp that's covering it. The combover is one of the worst hair mistakes you can make.
Be careful with the products you use. Gel can separate your strands, making them appear thinner. If you use a product that makes your hair stiff, you'll make your scalp more prominent.
Putty and wax may thicken your hair. So can dry shampoo that matches your hair color. The blow dryer can be your best friend if you have thinning hair. It will fluff up your strands instantly. Keep your hair clean and dry to get the most thickness possible.