Top 5 Hairstyles for Receding Hairlines – With Wildcard Options!

John Maddock

John Maddock

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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Top 5 Hairstyles for Receding Hairlines – With Wildcard Options!

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When my hair started to recede I looked around for hairstyles for receding hairlines and what I found wasn’t actually that useful.

What you get is lots of articles like this one “45 Best Hairstyles For A Receding Hairline“. This features celebrities, models, men with thick hair, or simply men who do not actually have a receding hairline…

None of these men have a receding hairline problem. Furthermore all of them are paid in part for their looks – and talent of course. So as a mere mortal looking for hairstyles that might suit me, this article and many like it weren’t actually that useful. 

I’ll add a small caveat here that Daniel Craig does have a high hairline and thinner hair than the rest of the celebrities featured. And Bradley Cooper’s hair has got suspiciously better over the last few years, giving weight to the argument that he’s had a hair transplant. Check out this article about that “Has Bradley Cooper had a Hair Transplant” – he totally has!

So before we look at our top 5 hairstyles for receding hairlines let’s quickly highlight a couple of key issues articles like our “45 top hairstyles” raise.

Receding Hairline vs. Natural or High Hairlines

This is a receding hairline…

What a receding hairline looks like

This is my hairline before I had a hair transplant. My hairline receded in the temples and my hair is thin, exposing my scalp and making my hairline very obvious. 

I’m also committing a classic receding hairline mistake here – my hair too long! It has too much weight in it. Too much weight in your hair can pull it back or to the side exposing the worst view of your hairline.

Here’s another example of receding, actor Jude Law…

By contrast below we have 2 examples or hairlines often confused with receding hairlines. First we have a model with  a V or peak hairline, which is the natural hairline for this model and just happens to be more V shaped. Then we have actor Aaron Paul, who’s hairline is flat, it just happens to be set higher or further back so you can see more of his forehead. Neither of these men have a hairline issue. Either therefore aren’t really restricted with the hairstyle they could choose.

Natural V or Peak Hairline
Actor Aaron Paul - High Flat Hairline

Thick vs. Thin Hair

Just a quick note on this before we jump into our top 5 suggestions for receding hairline hairstyles. 

If you have a receding hairline, but thick hair you have a huge advantage! Thick hair will hide your scalp, thin will expose it. More hair styles will therefore be available to you, as your hair is of good quality and your hairline will be less obvious. So you could go for a little more length without having any issues, or even have it forward with a little length in the fringe and it will still look good. 

Here’s a picture of actor Jude Law earlier in his career. His hair is receding but it’s thick, so it looks great regardless. 

 

This is the second time I’ve highlighted poor Jude, but i think it raises 2 good points. Firstly you can totally rock a receding hairline, and secondly your hair could recede further in the future.

Some men have a natural hairline that’s V shaped or naturally high, but doesn’t recede or move any more. For some men like myself sadly it will recede further. Limiting your hairstyle options and either meaning you’ll have to go very short or shaved in the future, or possibly look at a hair transplant, which is what I did – and loved by the way!

Top 5 Hairstyles for Receding Hairlines

Let’s examine a few golden rules first:

  1. Keep it short 
  2. A fringe may not be for you
  3. Embrace it – don’t try hiding it!
 

Too much weight or length can cause issues, so keeping it shorter will make your hairline less obvious. It’s tempting to grow it to try and hide the problem, but you’re not fooling anyone sadly.

I tried growing my hair longer at the front and sides and sweeping it to one side. With enough clay and hairspray I could get it to stay in position, but I lived in constant fear of the wind or rain, which is no life for anyone. I think I was trying to keep my teenage emo style alive. But instead of looking like a young Justin Bieber, I looked more like Colin Farrell in the movie Horrible Bosses…

Receding hairline hair styles - what not to do
Receding hairline hair styles - What not to do!

1. Slick it Back - Comb Over Fade

This classic look obeys all the rules of a good receding hairline haircut. It’s short, tidy and slick. It has just the right amount of weight in it, so although it’s combed back you can get a bit of body into it giving it height and volume too. You’re also embracing your natural hairline.

This is a really easy hairstyle to maintain. It will look good if you have thick or thin hair. And it’s in right now, so you’ll look on trend. 

Tip! A good skin fade makes all the difference. 

Receding hairline hair styles - Slick it back

2. Keep it Short - Buzz Cut

The beauty of keeping it really short is you’ll have almost zero maintenance. Simply wake up in the morning and you’re good to go! You also won’t need any styling products, although depending on just how short you go you could still use some clay to give it volume or texture.

This haircut is better if you have thicker or darker hair, it may not suit thin or fair hair.

Receding hairline hair styles - Keep it short

3. A Slight Sweep - Side Part

A slight sweep to one side can mask your hairline quite well without looking like you’re trying to hide it. You have to keep on top of this hair cut though, getting it trimmed every few weeks and using styling products to give it some volume and keep it in shape. 

If you wait too long between haircuts yo could end up with too much weight on one side pulling your hair over and making your receding hairline obvious on one side.

Receding hairline hair styles - Slight sweep

Another great and famous example of a slight sweep is football manager Jose Mourinho. Jose is thinning at the front, slightly more on his right hand side. You can see it below when his hair is short, or wet in the rain. 

What Jose does is grow it to just the right length and sweep it to the right, combining a sweep or side part with our next hair style – the messy look.

Jose has quite thick hair, so when his hair is short to medium length it hides his receding hairline really well. So a slightly messy sweep to the side works really well for him.

Jose Mourinho thinning at the temples
Jose Mourinho thinning hair in the rain

4. Bed Head - The Messy Look

If you have thick hair and your receding hairline isn’t too bad the messy bed head look might work for you. All you need is a little bit of matt paste or powder and a quick ruffle in the morning. The beauty of this look is that it’s quite easy to style your hair. The right product will give you volume and texture, and a casual, not trying to hard style. A look the multi-talented Hugh Laurie has rocked on occasion.

Tip! If you’re hair is thinner try some texturising powder. A small amount will add volume without making your hair greasy.

Receding hairline hair styles - Bed head

5. The Mohawk

There’s no denying a Mohawk can be a bold choice. But also a stylish one that could compliment your personal style well and make you stand out from the crowd. It also hides your receding well purely because of it’s shape. This model is receding quite badly, but you don’t pick up on that immediately.

You can also choose to have a little more at the sides or a fade for a more subtle Mohawk. 

Shave It! - The Wildcard Option

If you’re looking for a low maintenance, low cost option you can just shave your head. You’d be surprised how much this might suit you. And you can do this yourself every few weeks from the comfort of your own home, costing you nothing – well aside from buying a cheap set of clippers.

Below we have the fantastically talented former footballer Zinedine Zidane looking amazing. If you need further proof take a look at Pep Guardiola, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham or The Rock Dwayne Johnson. All look great with shaved heads.

Tip! You don’t have to accept a hair style you don’t like. You can get a hair transplant! It’s a quick, affordable option that will give you your old hairline back.

Or... Have a Hair Transplant!

I tried all the hairstyles above. But I personally didn’t like any of them. Mostly because my hair is thin and I was really self-conscious that my receding hairline was obvious, and I didn’t want to settle for a hairstyle that I felt didn’t suit me. So I looked at having a hair transplant. I was surprised how easy and affordable it was. I filled in the form below and spoke to a specialist in Budapest. It was so simple and within a few weeks of speaking to an expert I was on a plane to Budapest. My procedure took 1 day and cost £2000. Within weeks I had my hairline back. Now I can have whatever haircut I like again! It really has changed my life. 

Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people. Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. You just hop on the plane. Your transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!

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