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Hairstyles for Thinning Hair

By: Scott McBride - Updated: 12 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
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The one hairstyle that all men going thin on top should avoid at all costs is the comb over. This is when balding men let the hair on one side of their head grow long and then comb it over the bald area in an effort to disguise the baldness. No barber should ever recommend this style as a solution to baldness as it never looks good and fools no-one.

Often the best and most popular looks for a man whose hair is getting thin on top is a short haircut. Keeping hair short on top will help hide the thinning spot, as shorter hair always appears to be thicker.

When the hair gets so thin that there is not enough to cover up the bald spot, or if all the hair on the top of the head is lost, the best solution is to cut the remaining hair shorter still. Even consider taking it all off. Shaving the hair very short will reduce the contrast between where there is and is not hair and, as bizarre as it sounds, will make the bald spot much less noticeable.

Drastic Measure

This may seem like a rather drastic measure, but the options are few and far between once all attempts to cover up a balding head become futile. It is a far better option than some dodgy style designed to cover up the baldness. Another plus is that a very short haircut is easy to maintain and it is also worth remembering that bald can be beautiful.

If a receding hairline is the problem, try to leave the fringe slightly longer in order to cover up the hair loss. Growing the hair longer at the temples can mask a receding hairline, particularly in the early stages.

There tend to be more hairstyle options for men with a receding hairline as opposed to a bald spot. A medium length all over can work. Keep the fringe longer over the forehead and blend the sides and back with similar lengths.

Receding Hairline Option

If the preference is for shorter hair, try to reduce the contrast between the hair and the balding temples with a close cut. By having hair shorter in the front and on top, the thinner hair can be blended with the rest.

As the hairline begins to recede further, the hairstyle should change. If the hair is still relatively thick everywhere apart from the temples, one option is to have a medium-short haircut and sweep the hair back off the forehead. This works well for confident men who are not as self conscious about their receding hair.

Of course, there are various medications and treatments – such as hair transplants –on the market that can offer an alternative for men determined not to go bald. But the majority of men going thin on top simply must accept that going bald is a condition they will have to live with for the rest of their lives and be willing to adjust their hairstyles accordingly.

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