Thinning hair, receding hairlines, bald spots. The sound of it makes us shudder and the mere thought of having to part ways with our beloved hair is the stuff of nightmares. However, it is something that two thirds of men will have experienced by the time they’re 35 and when the big 5-0 rolls around, 85 percent of men will see have seen a significant amount of hair loss.
So, we thought we’d put together these tips and tricks to help combat thinning hair and battle that pesky receding hairline.
- What’s the most important thing to bear in mind when styling thinning hair?
When the hair starts to thin out, use volumising products that swell and thicken the remaining hair-shaft prior to blowdrying. Products like the SachaJuan Ocean Mist salt spray can be a big help, this product coats the hair and gives it the illusion of thickness and helps with controlling finer hair by adding texture. Dry finish styling products are best for fixing, something like the Ruffians Rough Matt Clay works well as it doesn’t weigh the hair down. Oily products tend to separate and clump the hair together, making the scalp more visible whereas matte look products adhere to the hair and fix with little movement.
- Is there a particular cut and/or style that works well for men receding at the temples? What is it, and why?
This all depends on the levels of recession and how brave the man feels about embracing it. If you are happy to embrace and show it off then a swept back pompadour is a great classic that works with the hairline to create a dramatic and modern style. Alternatively a short rounded crop can look very effective, keep the central peak shorter than the rest with slightly longer hair over the recession to give some camouflage.
- Is there a particular cut and/or style that works well for men thinning at the sides and crown? What is it, and why?
A great barber will always recommend a style based on the density of your hair, but also face shape. With this in mind approach your consultation with an open mind and be ready for change. The mistake a lot of men make most when the hair starts to thin is try to hold on to the style they’ve had previously, when they had a full head of hair, everyone needs to adapt their hairstyle based on where they are rather than where they were or where they’d like to be. The general rule is to keep the hair short, a buzz or crew cut usually looks best for thinning hair on the crown or at the sides. Another option, if you’re feeling really daring, is to go clean shaven. A lot of men find that when their hair begins to thin on top, their beards gain a new lease of life and start to look fuller and thicker. The completely bald and bearded look could be the way forward!