5 Top Hairstyles for Receding Hairlines

For many men and women, a receding hairline is a natural part of the aging process. Whether your hair just started thinning, or you’ve already got the characteristic “M” shape, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll look at some of the best hairstyles for a receding hairline. Let's get started!

Buzz Cut

buzz cut

As your hairline continues to inch backward, you have two options. You can either conceal it or embrace the change. A buzz cut is a short hairstyle that it makes the transition from your skin to your hair much less noticeable. It’s less dramatic than a clean-shaven cut and can help make your features look more chiseled. You can either go for a classic buzz cut or opt for tapered sides to give it a more modern, edgy look. Buzz cuts look great on any type of hair, whether you have type 3 or type 4 curls, type 2 waves, or straight type 1 locks.

Mohawk/Faux Hawk


If you have type 1 or 2 hair and are looking for a fun, youthful haircut, a faux hawk might be just what you need. A faux hawk keeps the sides of your hair short, which reshapes your hairline and blends the receding areas into the rest of your hair. The top of your hair is left much longer and can be styled upwards, forwards, or backward to make your hairline less noticeable. Although pulling your hair back may feel counterintuitive, the voluminous top draws attention toward your crown and away from your hairline.

Forward Pixie Cut

forward pixie cut

While most people think of pixie cuts as being strictly for women, they are incredibly versatile cuts that can make anyone’s hair appear fuller and more voluminous. In addition, combing your hair forward helps disguise your hairline and keeps the attention focused on your face. Pixie cuts are best suited to type 1 and 2 strands, although you can rock them with curlier type 3 and 4 strands. Just make sure you get your hair cut while it's in its curly state; otherwise, your haircut may come out too short.


Although blowouts take a little more effort to style, they’re an excellent way to make your hairline less visible. Blowouts work especially well for medium to long type 3 and type 4 hair. The hair at the crown falls over the front of your head, drawing attention from your hairline and making your crown look full and voluminous. To get the look, brush your freshly washed, conditioned, and detangled hair with a paddle brush as you blast it with a blow dryer.

Note: If your receding hair line bothers you, reach out to a dermatologist for a solution.

The good news is that a receding hairline doesn’t mean you have to cut off all your hair – though you 100% can if you want to. Just adjust how you style your hair with the tips in this article, and you can enjoy your locks for years to come. We hope one of the hairstyles we’ve mentioned is exactly what you were looking for and we wish you the best with your hair.



Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.

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