The Best Haircuts for Men with Thin Hair


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Dealing with thinning hair or a receding hairline can be frustrating. As your hairline moves back and your hair gets a little thinner, you may need to change up your hairstyle to accommodate it — and that’s okay.

Not only can a good haircut make your new hairline or hair density less visually obvious — it can often turn it into an asset that emphasizes your best facial features.

From hairstyles for balding men to simple styles that soften a receding hairline, you have a wide variety of options at your disposal to reduce the aesthetic effects of hair loss and keep your hair looking its best.

Below, we’ve shared ten haircuts for receding hairlines, thinning hair and other signs of baldness that you may want to consider if you’ve recently noticed your hair starting to change.

We’ve also discussed your options for protecting your hair follicles, stopping your hair loss from worsening, and even potentially regrowing some of your “lost” hair.

(Related: 9 Causes of Hair Thinning)

The 10 Best Men’s Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Whether you currently have a short haircut, medium-length hair, curly hair, or fine hair, there’s a trendy, low-maintenance, simple haircut for you. The best haircuts for thin hair include:

  • The buzz cut

  • The crew cut

  • The mop top

  • The slick back

  • The pompadour

  • The quiff

  • The skin fade

  • The undercut

  • The faux hawk

  • Shaving it all off

Remember: hairstyles for balding men can still look great. The hardest part is finding a hairstyle that works for you.

The Buzz Cut

This haircut works well for: Any type of hair loss, from a mild receding hairline to Norwood 5, 6 or 7 hair. Great for guys who prefer a shortcut that doesn’t require many hair products. 

Easy to style and even easier to manage, a buzz cut is a perfect option if you have thinner hair on the top of your scalp. Because your hair is short and your skin is visible, thinning patches on your scalp don’t stand out as much as they would with a longer haircut.

A buzz cut is also a good way to deal with a receding hairline, since it makes the entire hairline less obvious by reducing the level of contrast between your forehead and your hair.

If you prefer your hair a little longer on the top than on the sides, you can ask your hairstylist to combine a buzz cut with a fade. Fading your hair can help to produce a more natural transition from your hairline to the rest of your cut.

The Crew Cut

This haircut works well for: Guys with a receding hairline or slightly less thick hair on top who like to keep things nice and simple.

The military-style crew cut is a perfect haircut for balding men or men trying to make a receding hairline less obvious. This is because it reduces the level of contrast between your temples and the sides of your head, with the shorter sides creating the illusion of a more even hairline.

It’s also one of the best haircuts for balding men on top, as the short sides can balance out any thinning that’s occurring on your scalp. 

Most guys who pick a crew cut opt for a classic short hairstyle. However, if you prefer your hair a little longer on top, you can try replacing the short military-style crew cut with a slightly longer high-and-tight haircut.

The Mop Top

This haircut works well for: Any type of hair loss, especially if you prefer mid-length hair or an even longer length to a short haircut that makes your hairline and scalp more visible. 

Not a fan of short hair? A classic mop top haircut is a good option for making thinning hair much less obvious. Brush this type of hairstyle forward or across your forehead and it can also hide a receding hairline with a less obvious look than a comb-over.

One of the nicest aspects of a mop top is you can adjust its length to match your tastes, from a classic Beatles style to a shoulder-length shag haircut to something shorter, messier and easier to manage.

The Slick Back

This haircut works well for: Aspiring corporate raiders, mafiosi and guys with thicker hair and a receding hairline who like to look stylish and professional at the same time. 

A slick back haircut is exactly what it sounds like — short sides, with slicked back hair on the top of your head that covers your crown.

While a slick back haircut won’t totally hide your receding hairline, it’s a great way to own it while you make thinning hair on your crown less obvious. In fact, we’re sure we’re not alone when we say it’s one of the best hairstyles for balding men. 

The Pompadour

This haircut works well for: Any type of hair loss, especially diffuse hair thinning or a receding hairline that you’d like to turn into an asset.

The pompadour is a classic ‘40s and ‘50s hairstyle that looks just as good today with a shirt and jeans as it does with a zoot suit and two-tone wingtips. 

A pompadour hairstyle has two major benefits when it comes to thinning hair. First, because it’s partially slicked back, it can help to hide thinning on your crown. This is great if you’re starting to notice a little diffuse thinning and want to make it less obvious.

Second, while the pompadour won’t hide a receding hairline, it can accentuate your hairline as a natural part of your face and turn it into a feature instead of a bug. 

You can have long, medium-length or short hair with the pompadour and you can pair it with an undercut or facial hair (‘70s sideburns optional, of course). 

The pompadour is also great for a diverse variety of face shapes, though men with round faces may want to steer clear of this option.

The Quiff

This haircut works well for: Guys with a fairly strong hairline and diffuse thinning on top that they’d like to make less obvious. 

The quiff is similar to the pompadour and the cut for a pompadour and quiff are the same. The difference lies in the styling: a quiff is first brushed forward, then up into a wave hairstyle, while the pompadour is combed backward. 

The quiff is similarly good for concealing thinning and bald spots around your crown. However, it’s not one of the best haircuts for hiding a receding hairline.

Skin Fade

This haircut works well for: Diffuse thinning that mostly affects the top of your head, as well as a receding hairline that you’d like to soften. 

A skin fade is what it sounds like — the sides and back of the head are cropped down to either the skin or to a very short length, while the hair on top is left longer or styled accordingly. 

A proper skin fade is an iconic cut, and for lots of good reasons. Skin fades are one of the best haircuts for men with thin hair that’s mostly occurring on top, as well as a receding hairline that is starting to become a little too obvious. 

Some people incorporate a side part (a part from the crown to the temple on one side, with the top left longer and combed over), while others rock a faux hawk with it or even leave the top au naturel (à la the quiff). 

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The Undercut

This haircut works best for: Guys with a receding hairline or thinning who prefer long hair on the top and a shorter-length cut on the sides. 

The undercut combines shaved or very short sides with scissor-cut hair that’s much longer on top. It’s equal parts stylish and casual, giving you a mix of short hair that’s easy to care for and longer hair that you can style as you please.

The only real time that the undercut could cause commotion in the professional world is if you have a dramatic difference in length between the layered cut on top of your head and the hair on your back and sides.

When kept to a shorter length, the undercut becomes a versatile style. You can slick it back or mix it with other haircuts, such as the pompadour or quiff, giving you plenty of control over how your hair looks.

Try a Faux Hawk

This haircut works best for: Guys with thinning hair or a receding hairline who want the focus to be on the center of their hairline, not the temples.

A faux hawk features a tapered fade that’s both less dramatic and better overall for men with thinning hair than its older brother, the infamous mohawk. It’ll also probably get more five-star reviews at the office.

A faux hawk combines a smooth fade on the sides of the head with a gentle spiking of hair on top of the head, which can help to volumize thinning hair.

Shave it All Off

This haircut works best for: Guys with significant, obvious hair loss who like the idea of never having to pay for a haircut again. 

Sure, it’s the nuclear option, but it works. If you’ve got the confidence to pull off a shaved head and you like the way you look without hair, feel free to shave your head once you start to notice your hair thinning.

Shaving it all off isn’t admitting defeat — it’s all about transcending hair loss. Instead of getting a receding hairline haircut, you’re getting rid of your receding hairline altogether, freeing you from the need to care about how your hair looks.

Just remember that shaving your head won’t prevent any further hair loss, meaning you might not have as much hair as you remembered if you ever decide to grow it back out.

How to Care for Your Hair

No matter what haircut you choose, it’s important to take good care of your hair. Effective hair care can prevent or limit damage to your hair, make your head of hair appear thicker and even slow down the effects of certain types of hair loss. 

Whether you opt for a balding haircut or something different, use the following tips to make the most of your hairstyle and keep your hair looking its best:

  • Avoid heat, which damages your strands of hair. Heat and hair don’t go together, try to avoid curling irons, which can expose your hair to heat and reduce its strength.
    It’s also helpful to blow dry your hair carefully. Choose the lowest heat setting and limit the amount of time your hair comes into contact with hot air.

  • Choose a reliable shampoo and conditioner. Shampoo and conditioner play critical roles in preventing frizz and keeping your hair strong and healthy, making them worth using regardless of your hair type, hair texture or hair color.
    For best results, gently massage shampoo into your scalp rather than the full length of your hair, then focus the conditioner on the tips of your hair. Consider a dry shampoo if you’re prone to developing oily hair.

  • Avoid hairstyles that pull hair such as tight ponytails. Significant pulling on your locks can result in a form of hair loss called traction alopecia. If you want to rock a man bun or dreadlocks, consider this risk.
    Whenever possible, choose light hair styling products like mousse, which is excellent for styling choppy layers and adding volume to wavy hair. 

Our list of men’s hair care tips shares other simple but effective techniques you can use to limit hair damage, slow down hair loss and keep your hair in great condition. 

Final Thoughts on Haircuts for Balding Men

If you are struggling with styling your thin hair, don’t lose hope. You have more options than you may think. Not only can the right hairstyle make a receding hairline or thinning less obvious — it can turn it into an asset that emphasizes your facial features and enhances your appearance. 

Keep the following in mind when you’re choosing a haircut:

  • There’s no “best” balding men’s hairstyle. Hair loss can vary in type and severity. As such, there’s no single haircut that works best for every man with a receding hairline or thin hair on top. 

  • Your facial shape plays a key role in your choice of haircut. Try to choose a haircut that complements both your hair and the shape of your face. 

  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. The great thing about hair is that it quickly outgrows a bad cut. Don’t be afraid to try something new when it comes to hair styling. If a certain style doesn’t work for you, you’ll usually be able to grow out of it in a few weeks.

While a buzz cut, pompadour or layered haircut can do a lot to hide male pattern baldness, it’s also important to treat hair loss at its source.

You can do this by using hair loss medications, such as finasteride and minoxidil, to slow down, stop and reverse your hair loss while you’re rocking your favorite cut.

Interested in getting started? Take part in a hair loss consultation today, or learn more about the most effective ways to stop hair loss in our guide to the best treatments for thinning hair

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There are so many things that define each decade, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. But none of the things we’ve looked back on were quite as polarizing as the hairstyles. From piled-high funky styles to buzzed dos, here are the most popular hairstyles from the decade you were born, spanning from the 40s to the 2000s. 

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Inspired by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood women at the time, the victory roll hairstyle featured tight curls pinned toward the face to frame it. Victory rolls were customizable, so you could opt for a single roll or different symmetrical or asymmetrical versions of dual rolls. 

Other popular hairstyles of the decade for women included tight curls, waves, and the pageboy. Women were also big on hair accessories, particularly the snood, which was essentially a crocheted bag used to cradle the hair and keep it in place. Both men and women sported the infamous pompadour during the ’40s. Men were also partial to quiffed hair or short curls and were also prone to just slicking their hair back.

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Everyone knows the beehive hairstyle, whether you associate it with the ’50s or Amy Winehouse. All you had to do to be cool in the 1950s was pile your hair on top of your head in a conical shape to resemble a beehive. Lots of hairspray was needed for this one.

If your hair wasn’t long enough for the beehive, you might have sported other bouffant hairstyles, a poodle cut, an Italian cut, victory rolls, or even a pixie cut. Men were still into the slicked-back look along with side parts, the pompadour, or — if they were influenced by Elvis later in the decade — a Rockabilly do.

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Bouffant (derived from the French verb “bouffer,” which means to puff or fluff up) hair became popular during the 1950s, but dominated in the 1960s thanks to the iconic Jackie Kennedy sporting the style. The puffy, rounded hairdo was especially popular among housewives during the ’60s. 

Women also gravitated toward shorter hairstyles (influenced by Twiggy), including pixie cuts and flipped bobs and, for long hair, bangs. Men styled their hair with everything from the bowl cut and the ducktail cut to shag cuts and styles copying The Beatles.

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During the 1970s, the afro became a symbol of cultural and political expression, particularly within the African American community. The style pushed back against Eurocentric beauty standards and celebrated natural Black hair. Influenced by icons like Angela Davis and the Jackson 5, the afro surged in popularity, crossing racial and cultural boundaries to become a mainstream fashion statement. Its voluminous shape was achieved through techniques like picking, and its prominence spread among both men and women.

Separately, and inspired predominantly by Farrah Fawcett, long, feathered hair was also sought after during the ’70s. 

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Whether it was crimped, curled, teased, spiked into a giant mohawk, or cut into a towering flattop, the most iconic ’80s dos could all be tied to one main group: big hair. During this decade, freedom of expression was fully embraced and displayed through hair. Styles like Jheri curls were popular thanks to Michael Jackson, and Billy Ray Cyrus spearheaded the popularity of the business in the front, party in the back mullet. The ’80s were eclectic times that reeked of Aqua Net and perms. 

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You didn’t even need to be a fan or viewer of “Friends” to ask your hairdresser to give you “The Rachel” in the ’90s. Everyone knew exactly which version of Jennifer Anniston’s hair you wanted. Layered, framed around the face, and shoulder-length was the style that ruled the decade. Chunky highlights, side bangs, and hair flipped out at the bottom were also wildly popular during the decade. And who could forget chopsticks carefully stuck into buns? All the rage. 

If you were a cool dude during the ’90s, you might have had frosted tips, spiky hair, or cornrows.


All you needed was a few bobby pins and some hairspray to make a pulled-back pouf happen, and every girl in the 2000s was on board. High ponytails and pigtails, choppy layers, and money-piece braids were a go-to as well. 

Skater boy hair/emo boy haircuts that swooped halfway across a guy’s face were also iconic during the 2000s. Who else remembers watching guys shake their heads in slow motion to get the hair out of their eyes like they were playing a role in the “Baywatch” intro? We shudder at the memory. On the opposite end of the spectrum, buzz cuts were prominent, along with faux hawks. 


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