50 Classy Haircuts and Hairstyles for Balding Men
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Hairstyles for balding men may sound like a sore subject, but as Hollywood has shown, even the hottest heartthrobs are not immune to hair loss. From athletes to actors, they have a leg up on the everyday man because their stylists have figured out how to keep them looking their best.
Best Hairstyles for Balding Men in 2017
Now you can steal their secrets by checking out the examples below!
#1: Short Combover with Temple Fade
The combover is the easiest style to achieve among haircuts for balding men. It is also versatile enough to come in a wide range of styles and lengths. Here is an illustration of how to style a shorter look. The sides are faded, while the top part is shorn for a clean look, then swept over to one side. This fills out the receding hairline, while the facial hair complements the look by balancing the cut.
#2: Fashionable Style for Receding Hairline
The reason this haircut looks so great—and it does look really, really great—is because of the short spikes brushed forward. The styling is done in a way that is noticeable but not too stiff. To master the look, you need the right product. Get a texturizing cream and a hairspray with light hold.
#3: Messy Side Part
Looking for balding men`s hairstyles that will help you to preserve a youthful vibe, even when you’re past your prime? Check out the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics here: in the first one, the model could easily be someone’s grandpa, whereas in the second one, he looks like your cool, bohemian literature teacher, who you want to hang out for coffee with. His style is simple: a medium length cut with a deep side part, complemented by tapered sideburns, and the frontal section of the hair is swept up and away from the face.
#4: Balding Fade Haircut
This is one of the haircuts for balding men that won’t hide a receding hairline, but that’s okay. You don’t have to worry about hiding anything as long as the cut is flattering, which this definitely is. The styling is kept smooth. Clean lines are cut at the temples and beard, giving structure to the look.
#5: Short Mohawk with Shaved Sides
Got a square face? Then you can draw focus to your jaw, away from your thinning hair, by playing up the facial hair. This guy chose a trimmed beard, complemented by shaved sides with a demure short mohawk at the top. And he nails it?
#6: Spiky Balding Haircut
Brushed forward and coming to a spiky peak at the front, this cut is a modern cover-up for receding hairlines. It works best with thicker hair and is easy to maintain with a light-hold styling gel. Simply, apply your favorite product to your fingers and use them to comb through the tips of your strands.
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#7: Ivy League with Long Side Part
Losing your hair might not sound sexy, but that doesn’t mean hairstyles for balding men can’t be. Get a sleek Ivy League and you’ll be sure to exude confidence. You can’t lose with a clean side part and slicked-back quiff.
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#8: Combover for Bald Receding Hairline
Combovers are a go-to for receding hairlines for good reasons. Brushed to the side and back, this take on the classic is suave and sophisticated. Use a generous amount of gel to hold the style in place and keep your bare spots secret. Pull the look together with a neatly trimmed beard.
Instagram / @cutthroat_george
#9: Retro Pompadour for Thin Hair
For more mature men, why not stick with the old-school pompadour? Its high top and shorn sides create nice thickness and volume. The salty addition of greying strands gives extra shine to the longer portion and a dimension to the shaved back.
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#10: Fauxhawk with Shaved Temples
This fauxhawk commands attention but not towards your thinning strands. It exemplifies how haircuts for balding men have the ability to maintain fresh vibes and excitement. Just because you are losing your strands doesn’t mean you have to lose your edge, too.
Instagram / @_slicknicks
#11: Gradient Grey Crew Cut
Going grey? There is no need to feel pressure to do a dye job. In fact, do quite the contrary and embrace it. When the grey is shaved around the back and kept longer on top, it creates a natural, gradient effect that people would pay good money for. Plus, the lighter color helps to camouflage any sparseness.
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#12: Clean Shape-Up with Bald Fade
At the first sign of thinning hair men can count on an easy trick: a line up with a close-cut beard. The angles of the shape-up mixed with your facial hair’s swooping curves will frame your face, making it the focal point as opposed to your finer strands.
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#13: Messy High and Tight
Hairstyles for men with thin hair might seem limited to looks with lots of gel or super strategic styling, but that isn’t always true. Case in point: this get-up-and-go version of the high and tight is cool and casual. The choppiness at the top gives you the texture and volume you’re missing, while the tapered fade makes your thinner areas hardly noticeable.
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#14: Tapered Hipster Cut with Beard
If you’re a hipster and you know it, then this side-swept-cut-and-beard combo is for you. What you might be lacking in your hairline, you can make up for with a thick beard. With so much facial hair, it is important to keep your hairstyle relatively tame for balance.
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#15: Crew Cut with Mustache and Goatee
A quirkier take on the crew cut, this style brings wispy strands forward to cover up your problem areas while maintaining polish. But the look is not complete without a handlebar mustache and goatee. These additions bring personality into play. Your whole look isn’t just defined by the hair on your head, or lack thereof, but rather, the whole package.
Instagram / @_thefinalcut
#16: Grey High and Tight with Beard
Good balding hairstyles can accentuate your bone structure, regardless of age. To try it for yourself, go clean with a high-and-tight and grow a beard with its lines running parallel to your cheek bones accentuating your strong jaw line. If you feel like your jawbone is a little rounder, facial hair is great for sculpting a more square shape.
Instagram / @justin_thebarber
#17: Pompadour and Fade
You don’t always have to cover up your receding hairline, because its angles can actually accentuate the shape of your pompadour. It will make a cool style, even cooler. Use a good amount of gel and a fine tooth comb to slick the hair up and back. Follow that with hairspray to keep the retro-inspired style in place.
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#18: Spiky Crew Cut
Spiky dos are a good solution for thinning strands because they give more substance to your look that covers up some of the scalp showing through. To further enhance the fullness, try a dry shampoo or a texturizer. These powdered products work by clinging to the individual strands to create an allusion of thickening.
Instagram / @andrewdoeshair
#19: Long Hair with a Beard to Match
If your hair has volume and you’ve got a slightly receding hairline, don’t even think of a bald haircut. Grow out your locks! Extra inches give long hair ample potential. Think man buns, middle-parts, and low ponies. Wanting to grow out your beard too? Make sure it`s groomed, because that’ll be the difference between handsome and hippie.
Instagram / @virogas.barber
#20: Crew Cut with Long Beard
Short styles not only are great for masking balding, but they also make a good canvas for a lush beard. Let’s be real, that’s your pride and joy, anyway. Growing a full-beard is an accomplishment in-and-of itself, so don’t fret about the assets you’re missing. Show off what you do have.
Instagram / @_thefinalcut
#21: Tapered Fade with Man-Bun
The micro man-bun is here to stay. The bun evokes a younger vibe, which in-turn knocks a couple of years off your appearances. That’s a win-win, right?
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#22: Platinum Pompadour with Undercut
This platinum pompadour is a bold choice of the many haircuts for men with thin hair to try. The tight undercut and bleached hair mask any greying while the light color also blurs your hairline. Of course, the style would look good on anyone, but the hairline camouflaging works best against paler skin.
Instagram / @fernthebarber
#23: Balding but Sleek Ivy League Cut
Sometimes all you need is the classics — and maybe a little gel. This Ivy League is professional, confident, and easy to maintain. Just take a comb and create a side part. Then grab your favorite product, apply it to each side of your divided hair, and brush it down. Neat side-burns finish the look.
Instagram / @savillsbarbers
#24: Blonde Streaked Tapered Fade
While a pushed back style might put a spotlight on your uneven hairline, the blonde streak draws the eye elsewhere. The tapered cut lets the longer locks be the star of the show. It’s bold, confident, and the best haircut to complement your evident bravado.
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#25: Classic Combover for Balding Men
For the less adventurous but equally fashion-conscious, a neatly groomed combover is the failsafe of all the haircuts for receding hairline. The cut is joined with the beard for a sense of uniformity throughout. The key to avoiding combover-cheesiness is to keep it natural-looking. This version is totally successful in that regard.
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#26: Messy Side Trim
So, what do you do when you’re going bald and gray at the same time? How do you maintain a youthful, trendy look? You can try this style, where the graying sides have been trimmed short, with the sideburns blending into a hip facial hair pattern. The transformation is amazing – we see that the cut adds structure and thickness to the man’s hairstyle.
#27: High Fade with Beard
There is a variety of hairstyles for balding men. One of the best is the high and tight cut, where a fade (or an undercut) starts high up on the head (at the corners of your forehead). You don’t want to weigh down thinning hair, so try combing it into place when it is wet, using little or no product.
#28: Ivy League for Balding Men
This is a simple hairstyle for men that will never go out of use. Unlike some haircuts, this does not call attention to the hairline. Plus, if you are experiencing balding on the crown as well, this haircut may also work for you. Just make it shorter.
#29: Spiky Textured Haircut
This is a really great haircut to try if your hairline is naturally higher and if your hair is thick, or of average thickness. You can make your hair stand up with some strong hold gel or even a bit of hair spray.
#30: Slick Pompadour with Fade
Pompadours can work very well with higher hairlines. One thing that keeps the shape balanced is the quiff styled with the envious pompadour height; and the receding hairline in this relation only plays up to the Mohawk look of this stylish fade undercut.
#31: Perfect Ivy League for Receding Hairline
The simple Ivy League haircut will always be a classic style. It’s a go-to option for any man, including balding guys. To create the illusion of a more uniform hairline, try brushing the hair to the side but do not slick it down.
#32: Slicked Hair with Side Part
If you’re looking for a bald haircut that doesn’t sacrifice on style, try embracing a retro look. This high and tight cut features a natural side part straight out from bygone decades. It’s a great alternative to the front flip up inherent to most modern styles. A handlebar mustache for the win!
#33: Blonde Hairstyle with Skin Fade
With blonde hair a receding hairline is much less evident. Get a spiky top and use gel or mousse to get a cool spiked effect. Opt for a high fade that blurs your hairline, and you will forget about the problem.
#34: Fade with Curly Quiff
Just like everyone else right now, balding men are jumping on the natural hair trend. If you were born with curls, then you should rock them. These imperfectly styled locks lend volume to the hairstyle while showcasing the creative, whimsical personality of the wearer.
#35: Slicked Back High Fade
For balding hairstyles that don’t require much upkeep, try something that will let you wash and go every morning. The evenly tapered top of this haircut works well for brushed back hair. It’s a style that will be easy to recreate each morning.
#36: Short Haircut for Balding Men
This short haircut is very flattering for thin hair. The trick is to create texture and volume without weighing hair down. To achieve this, you might have better luck with lightweight creams and mousses instead of gels. If you use hairspray, try an aerosol version instead of a spritz bottle, so it deposits less product each time.
#37: Perfect Fade for Wavy Hair
This masculine haircut is perfectly shaped and expertly done with the idea to reveal the texture, but keep the look clean. An artistic barber will always work with your head and face shape to craft the perfect cut.
#38: Smooth Half Bald Hairstyle
Not all men with a receding hairline have thin hair. If you have nice locks, one way to show them off is with a smooth, slicked back hairstyle. With naturally straight hair, you can simply apply a lightweight mousse and brush everything back.
#39: Undercut with Accent Streak
Haircuts for men with thin hair can be as trendy as you want them to be. For a hipster take on the undercut, add a well-groomed beard and a bleached streak. Make sure to go to a barber who has experience with bleach—you’ll want it toned to a nice blonde shade that isn’t too yellow.
#40: Brushed Back Hairstyle
Need a masculine haircut that is fuss-free? We get it. You’re a classic kind of guy! This simple fade is great for nearly every hair texture and will let you get out of the house every morning with nothing but a quick comb-through.
#41: Slicked Back Hairstyle
For receding hairline haircuts that go well with a full beard, don’t get your hair cut too short. Keeping a few extra inches on top balances out a long beard. Plus, if you have thinner hair, you’ll want your top layers to overlay the back, giving the illusion of fuller hair.
#42: The Slicked-up Combover
As far as hairstyles for balding men go, the combover has been around forever. Even if your dad and uncle sports it, it doesn’t really mean it looks too good. But now comes this modern update on the style, and it’s ready to rock your world. It features an undercut that reaches almost all the way uptop, which almost turns this look into an adult version of the mohawk—with just some pomade added for a sleeker look.
#43: Messy Fauxhawk with High Fade
Here’s how you, too, can achieve this look, which will take the focus away from your thinning hair. Get the sides sheared short and faded to the point where the areas around your ears are shaved. The trim for the central top part can be choppy – it will look great when you sweep it upward.
#44: Side Part with High Fade
This is one of the best looks for guys with thinning hair and a long face. It’s complex, so you’re going to need a good stylist and barber. The hair is trimmed with great precision and faded, both on the sides and back, as well as seamlessly blended with the facial hairstyle through the sideburns. The top section with the distinct side part is slicked to the side with quite a lot of product.
#45: Tapered Haircut for Older Men
This is a good look for aging men, whose hair has started to grow white. A tapered haircut is classic. It allows to keep the hair on the sides as short as you need. Comb the top over to one side and complement the style with a longer trimmed goatee.
#46: Stylish Backswept Hairstyle
David Beckham is never a sore sight, but as he ages, he has added a bit of scruff to his look to draw attention away from thinning hair up top. Slick your hair back with a light lift at the roots and allow stubble to grow for a few days – you’ll look rugged instead of lacking!
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#47: Edgy Cut for Men with Thinning Hair
Go back to your middle school days with this fun disheveled look. Simply use your favorite old school styling gell to spike hair up and to the side. Again, as with many of today’s modern male looks – having some scruff on the face makes this hairstyle less junior high but more masculine instead.
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#48: Adding Height
Draw attention away from thinning hair by adding body and texture on top. Brush the hair up away from the forehead and hold in place with styling gel.
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#49: Simple Hairstyle for Receding Hairline
Dying your hair a natural lighter color, such as blonde, gray or white can make hair loss look less obvious. This is a great trick for older men who aren’t ready to go fully gray naturally or would like to take back control of their thinning hair situation. Back brushing the hair also adds some volume.
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#50: Extra Short Mohawk Style
Shave the sides to bring more attention to the fuller hair up top, or make it a practice to wear some flashier clothing like is exemplified by this recent shot of Tom Sizemore at a movie premiere. With a hot pink shirt and carefully coifed hair, no one would even think about a potentially thinning ‘do.
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These are just some of the hairstyles for balding men when you’re looking for options. For any issue, be it balding or anything else, the best thing you can do is staying confident. With a winning smile and a great outlook, you will remain attractive to anyone regardless of your current hair situation.
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