So, you’re balding. There’s no shame in it. Sure, you probably dread losing your hair like most dudes, but it’s not like you’re in some super-exclusive club or anything. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated 50 million men are affected by hereditary thinning or baldness.
See, gentlemen? You’re in good company. Besides, balding doesn’t need to be the end of the world! If you’re working with less hair these days, that just means you need to look for a new hairstyle that suits your thinning mane a little better. And so, for all you beautiful, balding guys out there, here are some of the best haircuts for balding men that are guaranteed to restore your confidence.
The General Rule
Before we begin, you may notice that all of the haircuts for balding men we list below have one thing in common: they’re all shorter hairstyles. This isn’t a coincidence.
Generally speaking, shorter haircuts look a million times better on guys who are balding compared to longer styles. Getting a closer snip can bring much-needed volume and definition to your sparse locks, while longer hairstyles typically do the opposite.
6 Haircuts for Balding Men
OK, so you’ve accepted that a short hairstyle is probably the best way to salvage your balding hair. Great! With that in mind, here are the best haircuts for balding men that can help you make the most of your diminishing hairline.
The Buzz Cut
Want to make balding look badass? Get a buzz cut. Rocked by guys such as Jason Statham and Channing Tatum, this military-inspired haircut is clean, edgy and low maintenance. If you’re thinning on top, this closely-shaved hairstyle can also help disguise bald spots and a receding hairline. There’s also plenty of buzz cut variations, so you can be sure to find a style that appeals to you.
Styling Tip: Since the buzz cut is super short, you don’t necessarily need styling products. That being said, you can always use a sea salt spray for men and a little hair styling clay to give it some added texture and definition.
The High and Tight
If you’re thinning uniformly, consider getting a messy, high and tight hairstyle. The textured top and tapered sideburns will make your hair look thicker due to the unique contrast. Although it works best on guys with nicely-shaped heads, you don’t need to have the perfect dome to rock the look with aplomb. Like the buzz cut, there are tons of variants you can choose that are sure to suit your hair type and head shape perfectly.
Styling Tip: Some variations of the high and tight can easily go without hair styling product. If you want, you can use a small amount of pomade to give it additional polish and lift.
The Short Caesar
All hair the classic Caesar haircut! With its all-around short length and horizontally cut bangs, this hairstyle is adept at hiding thinning hair and a receding hairline. It’s been around since—you guessed it—the time of Julius Caesar, which hints at this hairstyle’s mighty staying power.
Styling Tip: To avoid looking like a gelled-up boy band member from the early aughts, stay far away from shiny gels and pomades. Instead, reach for hair styling products that provide a natural finish and medium to low hold.
The Side Part
The side part, the Roger Sterling, the Barista—whatever you want to call it–this classic comb-over hairstyle has long been helping guys camouflage thinning hair. While the traditional comb-over often gets ridiculed for its poor attempts at disguising bald spots, these modern variations are far more pleasing on the eye.
Styling Tip: When deciding which side to part your hair, pick the side that follows the outward spiral of your cowlick. This will make it much easier to style. You can also use a hair styling putty with a fine-tooth comb to give the side part a modern twist.
The mop hairstyle is the longest haircut on this list, and to be perfectly honest, it’s not for everyone. This messy, longer hairstyle does a good job at disguising a thinning mane if you a) make sure to keep it on the unruly side and b) are only just beginning to notice thinning hair. It’s up to you to recognize when your thinning hair has reached the point of no return.
Styling Tip: Add a scalp massager to your hair routine. Not only will this bad boy feel AMAZING on your scalp, it can deep clean the scalp for healthier hair.
The Last Resort
We’re going to throw it out there: You could shave it all off. Seriously, why not just embrace the bald? Guys like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Patrick Stewart make the chrome dome look downright amazing. Why can’t you do the same? Grow out a little facial hair (don’t forget your beard oil, gentlemen) and you’ll definitely look like you belong in a Michael Bay movie, complete with action-packed explosions and car chases.
Styling Tip: Don’t forget to protect the skin on your freshly-shaved head. You don’t have hair on top to protect it anymore, so be sure to apply a daily sunscreen on your bald head before going outside.
Own Your Look
No matter what haircut you choose, remember to OWN IT. This is your hair now. There’s no shame in something that happens to literally every guy at some point in their lives. Embrace your newfound look and you’ll be much happier for it.