Face the battle against receding hairline head on with these hairstyles

Nov 28, 2017
If you're not ready to give up the fight for your hair just yet, you still have these options. 

BY the time you see hair loss, it’s too late.

You can’t grow back hair from follicles that are no longer there. Whether it’s caused by aging or a genetic thing (you get it from your mom), keep in mind that a few bald spots doesn’t make you less of a man—denial does.

So embrace your follicular difficulties. It’s cheaper, too, because your other viable options are lifelike, semi-permanent hairline tattoos or a virtually painless hair transplant by robots. Don’t even think about wigs. Hats are a stylish option, but keeping it hot up top can potentially hasten the shedding.

Acceptance does not mean giving up with a donut on your head. (Trivia: Both men and women are programmed to never lose hair on the sides and back of their heads, thus the donuts.)

Put your barber to the task. A full shave isn’t the only way to go, but the general rule is to keep it short and fresh. We understand the need to baby your few remaining strands, but you’re not fooling anybody. Keeping it short also gives your hair some lift, making it look like you have more; a comb-over of your five strands does not.

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You have options. Just take a look at these guys.

Problem: Large Bald Spots
Solution: The Clean Shave

Applicable for men that just don’t want to give a damn and can handle looking like a sports star or an action star. You never have to style your hair again. And you can wash your dome with the same soap you use on your body or the cleanser you use on your face. To keep it nice and even-toned like Mike, slather some SPF on it.

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Problem: Large Bald Spots
Solution: The Buzz Cut

If you don’t feel like you can pull off a clean shaven look (or have an irregular head shape) but still want something simple, the buzz cut gives you the same clean yet edgy look that can still get the ladies—and also keep bad guys from having anything to hold on to (life can be an action movie sometimes). If the crown is where balding occurs, keep the back and sides short, fading up a little longer toward the top of your head.

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Problem: Large Bald Spots
Solution: The Look-Here Facial Hair

The facial hair directs attention from your balding head to your face. Mustaches and goatees work best.

Problem: Thinning Around The Crown
Solution: The Short Scissor Crop

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The Caesar cut is the classic Hollywood way of concealing a receding hairline and a thinning top. The bangs are cut with a horizontal fringe and styled forward. Ask your barber to crop everything nice and close to the head, with enough texture to distract the eye from anywhere hair might be lacking. Blow dry, not air-dry, to create volume. Keep your blow dryer on warm to cool though. You don’t want to burn what little you have left.

Problem: All-Over Thinning
Solution: The Layered Crop

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If you’re just starting to thin but aren’t ready to go short, compromise and ask your barber to cut the top of your hair in uneven layers. Hair snipped at an angle gives the illusion of depth. When styling, muss up your hair with your fingers for a disheveled look that adds more volume. Also consider using an exfoliating shampoo to keep your hair follicles free of buildup, strengthening its grip on your strands and allowing what’s left to grow thicker.

Problem: Receding Hairline On Temples
Solution: The Styled Military Cut

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You can still be dapper. Get it cut short on the top, but keep it long enough to do a side part. Make sure the barber tapers the sides tight, so they blend in nicely with the top. Trade in your gel and pomade for the hold of volumizing powders and wax.

This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Spin.ph editors.

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