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5 Hairstyles for Balding Men (Who Aren’t Ready for a Hair Transplant)

Hair loss. It happens to a lot of us. In fact, an estimated 50 million men in the United States are battling genetic hair loss – also known as Androgenetic Alopecia. And while there are a lot of different ways to deal with it, one of the most common ways is to simply choose a hairstyle that draws focus away from your balding areas. Sure, it’s not going to address the underlying causes of your hair loss (usually genetic). But it can help improve your look until you’re ready to take more drastic measures.

As a general rule of thumb, shorter hairstyles are usually the best at hiding balding. That’s because longer hair often makes your bald spots more pronounced. Another thing to keep in mind is that facial hair can also help draw attention – so if you’ve been thinking about that handle-bar mustache, now’s the time!

Either way, if you’re looking for a hairstyle that’ll make your thinning hair less noticeable, these five options should do the trick.

1. Clean Shaven

As you can probably guess, the Clean-Shaven look is the simplest option, but also the most drastic. Sure, you won’t ever have to deal with styling your hair again. But you will need to keep shaving it on a regular basis to maintain that clean, distinguished look. Keep in mind, though, that if you’re just starting to lose your hair, going razor shaved right away is going to be a drastic change in your look.

2. Buzz Cut

Not as drastic as the full shaved look, the Buzz Cut still offers a nice, clean style that helps draw focus away from your hair and onto your face. This look is particularly good for men with a receding hairline or thinning crown. And since the hair is all the same length, you can cut it yourself at home with a simple hair trimmer. However, if your hair continues to recede quickly, this can end up looking a bit awkward.

3. Crew Cut

With the Crew Cut, your hair is shorter on the sides than it is on the top, giving you the illusion of more hair. Slightly longer than the Buzz Cut, the crew cut is an easy style to maintain and works with almost all types of balding, including receding hairlines and crown thinning. The main drawback to this cut is that you probably don’t want to try it yourself at home. But if you have a reasonably priced hair stylist you like, this might be the cut for you.

4. High and Tight

Contrary to conventional wisdom, you don’t actually have to be in the military to rock the High and Tight haircut. A variation on the crew cut, the high and tight features back and sides of the head that are shaved to the skin and then blended or faded into the top hair. While this often works well combined with stubble or other facial hair, it’s not great for men who’re looking for an edgy, modern hairstyle.

5. Faux Hawk

Great for men who’re looking for a more edgy, youthful hairstyle, the Faux Hawk strikes a unique look that easily draws attention away from the forehead and any hair thinning you might be experiencing. The only real drawback is that you’ll likely need to use hair product to keep your hawk intact.


While a well-thought out hairstyle can go a long way towards hiding your thinning hair, no hair style is going to be able to cover up your hair loss if it keeps getting worse. If you reach a point where you’re ready to protect the hair you have and replace the hair you’ve already lost, Bosley specialists are here to help you develop a customized hair restoration plan. Schedule a consultation today to get started.

Because when you have a full head of hair, you can style your hair any way you like!

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What to do next?

To learn more about your hair restoration options and the average hair transplant timeline, The Complete Book on Hair Restoration, to see how great your hair can look. If you’re ready to do something about that bald spot or thinning hair now, schedule a FREE in-person or video consultation with a trained Bosley hair restoration specialist. Together with a Bosley Physician, we can help you find out what’s causing your balding and what treatment solution is right for you.

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