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Dealing with thinning hair or a receding hairline can be frustrating. As your hairline moves back and the hair on top of your head becomes less dense, certain hairstyles just don’t look quite as good as they used to.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to manage your hairstyle as your hair starts to recede and thin.
From hairstyles for receding hairlines to hair products that add thickness and cover up patches of thinning hair, you have a variety of options at your disposal to reduce the aesthetic effects of hair loss and keep your hair looking good.
Below, we’ve listed our top tips and recommendations for managing your hairstyle as your hair thins and recedes. We’ve also listed a few simple prevention tips to help you stop your hair loss and avoid going from balding to bald.
Choose a Hair Loss-Friendly Hairstyle
If you’re dealing with hair loss, it’s important to know that not all hairstyles are equal. Some cuts can emphasize your thin or bald matches and make your hair loss obvious, while others make it less visually obvious that you’re losing hair.
Before we get into our hairstyle recommendations for men with thinning hair, let’s cover the one rule of styling your hair for hair loss: never resort to a comb over.
Sure, it “hides” your baldness -- at least in the sense that it covers up visible patches of thinning hair. However, comb overs are obvious and very easy to spot, and usually end up bringing more attention to your thinning hair than a normal haircut would.
With this warning out of the way, let’s look at some of the best hairstyles for men with thinning or receding hair.
Best Men's Hairstyles for Thinning or Receding Hair
The Buzz Cut
Easy to style and even easier to manage, a buzz cut is a perfect option if you have thinning hair. Because your hair is short and your skin is visible, thin 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.
The Crew Cut
The military-style crew cut is an ideal option for making 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, thinner sides creating the illusion of a more even hairline.
If you prefer slightly longer hair on top, you can replace the military-style crew cut with a more classic high and tight haircut.
The Mop Top
Not a fan of short hair? A classic mop top haircut is a good option for making thinning hair less obvious. Brush it 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 nice aspects of a mop top is you can adjust its length to match your tastes, from a classic Beatles-style haircut to something messier and easier to manage.
The Slick Back
While a slick back haircut won’t hide your receding hairline, it’s a great way to own it while you make thinning hair on your crown less obvious.
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. If you don’t have thinning hair but want to make a receding hairline less obvious, you can also slick your hair across instead of backwards.
Use Styling Products to Give the Appearance of Thicker Hair
While styling products like mousse and hairspray won’t actually make your hair thicker, they can give the illusion of thicker hair by adding volume, letting you cover up thin patches and give your hair a more uniform, healthy look.
Our main rule when it comes to styling product is to avoid waxes and hair gels, both of which are notorious for making patches of thin hair look flatter, thinner and more obvious.
Instead, use a light mousse to style your hair. Unlike gel and wax, mousse adds volume to your hair and makes it look thicker, especially when you apply it properly by wetting your hair first and blow drying it after.
If you have large patches of thin hair, you can also use hair fiber products like Toppik to cover them up and make them less obvious. These fibers are usually made using keratin protein and designed to bond to your hair temporarily for a thicker look.
Shave it All Off
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 hairline thinning.
Just remember that shaving your head won’t prevent any further hair loss, meaning you might not have as much hair you remembered if you ever decide to grow it back out.
Prevent Further Hair Loss Using Medication
When it comes to hair, it’s much easier to keep what you’ve got than it is to regain hair through a transplant or other surgical procedure. Because of this, the best way to manage your hairstyle if you’re balding is to preserve and protect the hair you still have.
By using finasteride, you can protect your existing hair by blocking DHT, the main hormone responsible for male pattern baldness. In some cases, finasteride and minoxidil use is even linked to slight hair regrowth, although this isn’t a guarantee.
For better or worse, once your hair is gone, it’s usually gone for good. If you’ve noticed your hair starting to thin out, it’s better to start using finasteride, minoxidil and other hair loss prevention products sooner rather than later.
Important Safety Information
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Finasteride is for use by MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.
Read this Patient Information before you start taking Finasteride and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
It is not known if Finasteride works for a receding hairline on either side of and above your forehead (temporal area).
Finasteride is not for use by women and children.
Who should not take Finasteride?
Do not take Finasteride if you:
- are pregnant or may become pregnant. Finasteride may harm your unborn baby.
- Finasteride tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the medicine during handling, as long as the tablets are not broken or crushed. Females who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not come in contact with broken or crushed Finasteride tablets.
- If a pregnant woman comes in contact with crushed or broken Finasteride tablets, wash the contact area right away with soap and water. If a woman who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in Finasteride, a healthcare provider should be consulted. If a woman who is pregnant with a male baby swallows or comes in contact with the medicine in Finasteride, the male baby may be born with sex organs that are not normal.
are allergic to any of the ingredients in Finasteride. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in Finasteride.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Finasteride? Before taking Finasteride, tell your healthcare provider if you:
have any other medical conditions, including problems with your prostate or liver
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I take Finasteride?
- Take Finasteride exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
- You may take Finasteride with or without food.
If you forget to take Finasteride, do not take an extra tablet. Just take the next tablet as usual.
Finasteride will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day.
What are the possible side effects of Finasteride?
decrease in your blood Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. Finasteride can affect a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done you should tell your healthcare provider that you are taking Finasteride because Finasteride decreases PSA levels. Changes in PSA levels will need to be evaluated by your healthcare provider. Any increase in follow-up PSA levels from their lowest point may signal the presence of prostate cancer and should be evaluated, even if the test results are still within the normal range for men not taking Finasteride. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you have not been taking Finasteride as prescribed because this may affect the PSA test results. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider.
There may be an increased risk of a more serious form of prostate cancer in men taking finasteride at 5 times the dose of Finasteride.
The most common side effects of Finasteride include:
- decrease in sex drive
- trouble getting or keeping an erection
a decrease in the amount of semen
The following have been reported in general use with Finasteride:
- breast tenderness and enlargement. Tell your healthcare provider about any changes in your breasts such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge.
- decrease in sex drive that continued after stopping the medication;
- allergic reactions including rash, itching, hives and swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, and face;
- problems with ejaculation that continued after stopping medication;
- testicular pain;
- difficulty in achieving an erection that continued after stopping the medication;
- male infertility and/or poor quality of semen.
in rare cases, male breast cancer.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Finasteride. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA1088.
How should I store Finasteride?
- Store Finasteride at room temperature between 59˚F to 86˚F (15˚C to 30˚C).
Keep Finasteride in a closed container and keep Finasteride tablets dry (protect from moisture).
Keep Finasteride and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of Finasteride.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in this Patient Information. Do not use Finasteride for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Finasteride to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.