Haircuts and Hairstyles for Balding Men (Avoiding the Comb-over)

Haircuts and Hairstyles for Balding Men (Avoiding the Comb-over)

Hairstyles for Balding Men

The only thing worse than losing your hair is having to resort to the comb-over. This dreaded hairstyle was probably the hairstyle of choice for your grandfather and great uncle, but only because your grandmother and great aunt were too embarrassed to tell them they looked stupid.

These days, thankfully, older men have realized just how stupid the comb-over looks and they try to avoid it. There are still some out there who think they can pull it off, but once you start thinking that way then there is no hope for you or your hair. For the rest of us, there are other, better options.

So, if you are suffering from hair loss (see our article on Causes of Hair Loss in Men to learn more) and you want to do something about it that doesn’t look like you’ve been caught in an aggressive storm, then read on. In this guide we’ll look at hairstyles for balding men and haircuts for balding men.

Note that this article is “hairstyles for balding men” and not “hairstyles for bald men”, because if its the latter you’re looking for then we’re afraid your only options are a spit and a polish. If you’re not quite there yet, but think you’re getting there, read up on Minoxidil for Men, Best Hair Loss Solutions and Vitamins for Hair Growth. In the mean-time, you will also want to try some of these hairstyles for balding men.


Mohawk for Balding Men

It may seem counterintuitive, but if you shave the sides of your hair and let the top grow, it will look like a natural haircut, not to mention a great one. And if you keep the mohawk fairly short then you won’t look like a punk from the 1980’s either. Mohawks are very much in these days and they are a great way to disguise your balding hair.

Obviously, if you don’t have hair on the top of your head then it’s not going to be possible. But this is a great hairstyle for balding men if your hair is receding. For most men, that seems to be the case. The hair grows on the sides but not on the top. This is where the comb-over comes in, but trust us: the mohawk is much better.

Spiky Haircut

Spiky for Balding Men

If you spike your hair and then comb it forward so that the spikes are facing in front of you, then you can disguise a receding hairline. The spikes on the top-centre will edge forward and make your hair look longer and thicker, while the spikes on the sides will cover the patches left either side. It’s not going to be complete cover, but it will sit over most of your hairline.

The spiky style is one of the better hairstyles for balding men, but obviously it only works if you still have substantial hair on top and some hair on the sides, otherwise you don’t have much to play with.


Pompadour for Balding Men

This 1950s hairstyle is making a comeback and it is a great haircut for balding men. There is so much you can do with it, all depending on the length and the thickness of you hair. And the best part is that most pompadour styles will help you to cover up bald patches and receding hair lines.

It’s essentially a form of a comb-over, but it’s not tacky, it’s not desperate, and even 60 years later, it still looks cool.

Coloring and Beards

Often, the best hairstyles for balding men don’t involve styling the hair at all. If you go big on the beard, or if you color you hair, then you can draw the eye away from your receding hairline and your bald patches. If it’s really bad, it will still be there, but that’s where a little manipulation and a little styling comes into play. The rest is all down to your beard or your color of your hair.

So, try adding some blonde streaks in black hair or black streaks in blonde hair. Make it red or blue. Grow out your bead, color it, style it. There is a lot you can do for your balding head without actually styling or cutting your hair. If you’re struggling to grow your beard then just take a look at our Beard Growth Products page. You may also want to style your eyebrows, adding a little color. It’s not easy to make this work, but because it’s so close to your hairline, if you can draw attention to the eyebrows then you can detract it from your scalp.

Let It Grow

Haircuts for Balding Men

One of the things that the above hairstyles for balding men have in common is that they all require you to have some hair to play with. These days the trend for men with hair loss is to simply shave everything and to keep it short. This is the modern equivalent of the comb-over, but like the aforementioned crime to hairstyling, it just doesn’t work. At best it makes you look like you’re desperately trying to cover up baldness, at worst it make you look like a thug. If you want to shave it off completely then go for it, but leaving any hair there just won’t work.

The best thing to do is to let your hair grow. You will have to put up with your receding hairline showing in the first few weeks, but after that you will have more to play with. When you have longer hair on the sides and top you can create most of the hairstyles above. You can also let it grow into medium or shoulder length hair, at which point that receding hairline is completely covered.

So, let it grow and see what you can do with it when it does grow. If all else fails just pretend this is the 1980s and you’re in a heavy metal band. After all, it works for Iron Maiden—they are 60+, and when was the last time you saw a bald spot?

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