Options for men with thinning hair
For many men, a receding hair line is a fact of life they are going to have to learn to cope with. Not everybody can afford expensive surgical hair restoration procedures. Even some of the alternatives like medication, or specialised shampoos and lotions are a costly investment, as they have to be used continuously to be beneficial. The other draw-back with these products is that they don't help to re-grow hair, rather they only prevent further hair loss.
Wigs and hair systems can be unconvincing and sometimes make men appear older rather than younger.
A great, more affordable option, that I have personal experience of is Toppik electrostatic fibres. These are applied to the hair in the thinning areas and recreate the fullness that as men we sorely miss as we get older.
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What about styles for men who are losing their hair?
If none of these methods for preventing or disguising your receding hairline appeal to you, all is not lost. Why not consider a new hair style instead? Depending upon the severity of your balding, there are styles that are flattering for those of us with a diminishing hairline. There are options here for all cases from young men with minor thinning of the hair at the front of their head, to slightly older gents with a full widow's peak.
I have to stress that none of the suggested styles will disguise or hide the problem completely. Rather they will give you a fresh, modern look and steer you clear of the dreaded comb-over.
What to consider
When working with a receding hairline, consider the severity of your condition carefully.
- If the recession is slight, small shifts in the way you style your hair are possible and drastic measures are not necessary; trying a fringe or a shaggy surfer style may look good.
- On the other hand, if your hairline is very high, a fringe can look like an obvious attempt to disguise a receding hairline and is barely ever successful.
- If your only option is to go with a very short cut, try offsetting the style with some facial hair.
A shaggy fringe really suits men who are in the early stages of hair loss, although it can make some guys look like an eternal teenager. If there is enough thickness in the hair, a shaggy fringe can be a fantastic way to draw attention away from the recession of the hairline and wearing the hair forward (also called 'bangs') will usually disguise the fact that there is a problem. To complete the shaggy look, ask for layers throughout the hair and for the fringe to fall to just above the eyebrows. Works well on men in their late teens to late twenties.
Named after the famous Roman Emperor, the Caesar cut takes advantage of a fringe too. Again, mainly suitable for those men who have a newly receding hairline (although it can work for those at a slightly more developed stage of hair loss), this style takes the haircut much shorter. The look works well with a mid length to very cropped fringe and the cut takes the hair around the sides and back of the head extremely close. The top is left a little longer and tapers down into a fringe. This cut can work on men in their early twenties to much older guys and is often sported by George Clooney.
A great hairstyle for a receding hairline is the crop. This cut takes the hair fairly short all over, and is suitable for those men in the mid hair-loss stage, where the hairline has shifted slightly further back. If you are not quite ready to commit to the shaved head, this is the look for you. There is no real attempt to hide your receding hairline here, but the look is flattering for just this reason. The crop suits men of any age, but works best on those with well-defined features.
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More styles for men with receding hair
The Faux Hawk
If you're feeling daring and aren't ready to leave your youth behind you yet, this haircut is actually a subtle way of diverting the eye from hair loss around the temples. Ask your hairdresser to cut the hair in a choppy, almost spiky way and quite short all over. When styling, use gel or wax to randomly ease the hair inwards to the centre of your head. The key is to keep the look messy and haphazard.
Buzz cuts use clippers to closely shave the scalp. It's the style that suits those men who are ready to accept that they are losing their hair and go with the flow. With ultra-short shaved hair, bald patches stand out far less on the scalp. Several lengths of buzz cut are available, and clippers can be adjusted to suit. Three types of buzz cut are;
- The brush cut: the hair is short and cut to the shape of the head along the sides and back, but remains slightly longer on top, sticking up like a brush.
- The butch cut: an all-over 1/4-inch cut.
- The burr cut: an all-over cut of 1/8 inch or less.
The shaved head or extremely close cut are often the only option for men who are in the advanced stages of recession, and they are usually more flattering than trying to hide what is patently obvious.
This is an option for those men who have a greater problem than just a receding hairline. It is often the best way to go and can actually really suit a lot of fellas. Shaving your head completely is guaranteed to get rid of any inkling of a receding hairline. One downside is the maintenance bald heads require: ideally shave every day to keep the look sleek and smooth. Please note that, if you feel you will look more like Uncle Fester than Telly Savalas, it is normally not necessary to go all the way with a bald head; most men can pull off a buzz-cut as a less harsh alternative.
A word of warning
Growing what remains of your hair and tying it into a pony-tail looks dated, and opting for a thick ring of hair in the style of Friar Tuck, whilst your bald spot shines in the sun isn't usually a good look either. Wigs, toupees and hair systems have improved dramatically, but they rarely look real and can be very itchy and uncomfortable. The last resort any man should turn to is the comb-over; this consists of a length of hair grown on one side and swept over the top of the head which is completely bald. It never looks flattering, so take my advice; no matter how desperate you get, don't do it! Instead, consider one of the other hairstyles for men with receding hairlines listed above.
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