Okay, so like I mentioned, today I wanted to talk about hairstyles that are age appropriate, hairstyles that look great on a lot of different guys, and of course, that also look great with thinning hair. Just because we’re getting older that doesn’t mean we have to stop trying. It also doesn’t mean we have to go with the same hairstyle we’ve had for the last 15 years. In fact, I’ll even say that if you’ve had the same style for the last 10 years, it’s time to try something new. It doesn’t have to be drastic, but something different.
Men’s hairstyles are changing
I will say this though, before we get into my list, men’s hairstyles are in the middle of a shift right now. With barber shops closed because of Covid, hairstyles are getting longer and more natural looking. Men are using less shiny hair products and more matte products to get a more natural look. The good news is, this works to your advantage if you’re thinning. Also, perfectly slicked hair is giving way to more of a textured look. Think finger comb instead of a fine tooth comb. This allows more texture and a more natural, or tussled look. I don’t see this trend going away anytime soon. Just food for thought, and you can take it or leave it.
If you’re balding, embrace it
First, let’s address the elephant in the room. If you’re getting super thin or going bald, my first piece of advice here, is to embrace it. Try not to hide the fact that you’re almost out of hair and grow a comb-over to cover any bald areas. I know, it’s easy for me to say, but it’s true. Unless you’re gonna get a hair transplant or wear a hair system, you’ll look a lot better if you just cut it short and accept it. Now, depending on the amount of thinning or recession you have, it might be best to buzz it super short or shave it off completely. Bald is beautiful and it’s a great look. One thing I might suggest, if you decide to shave it off completely, is experiment with facial hair to help balance out your face. You can go with a long beard, or short stubble situation. Just think about it.
Buzz cut & crew cut
Next let’s talk about the buzz cut and the crew cut. Now obviously, this is a very low maintenance, simple hairstyle that can look incredible. Again, if you’re one of my thinning or balding friends, this is a great option for you. You can even let some of the top grow longer and keep the sides short so you can still have styling options. This is sort of like a side fade, but we’ll talk about that next. If you don’t like spending a lot of time on your hair every day, the crew cut might be for you.
Side fade & side taper
Speaking of growing the top and keeping the sides short, the next hairstyle is what I’m currently running with and it’s the side-fade or side taper. My hair, right now is the shortest it’s been in a few years and I’m enjoying it. My sides are short, but I still have some length on top that allows a few different styling options. Having short sides that taper up to longer hair on top is a great look in my opinion that works with lots of different hair types. It also helps add structure to your face if you have a round head shape like I do.
Use the right hair products
Let me just add that no matter what hairstyle you go with, you will benefit from using a good hair product and good styling practices. Here’s what I mean. Using a matte putty like this one from today’s sponsor, Pete & Pedro will give you the hold you need without weighing down or making your hair look crunchy or greasy. I’ve been using it every day for the last couple weeks and I really like it. If you use a Pomade, Gel or some Cement products, those can cause your hair to clump together and dry like that which makes your scalp show even more. And it makes it look like you have less hair than you actually have.
Sea salt spray & matte putty
Here’s another tip, use a few pumps of a Sea Salt product on damp hair before you blow dry. And, speaking of blow drying, this is another great way to add volume to thin hair. If you’re hesitant about using a hair drier, just think of it as a power tool and you’ll be just fine. Put a DeWalt sticker on it if that helps. So, after applying the Sea Salt spray, start blow drying your hair and occasionally blow dry in the opposite direction of how your hair grows. This will add a lot of volume. Once it’s dry, add a little bit of the Putty to lock it in. Also, what I like to do is add Sea Salt spray to damp hair, then work in a little putty, then blow dry. This helps add not only the volume you need, but a strong hold as well.
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Classic side part
The next hairstyle for you is the classic side part. This can just as easily work with longer hair or shorter hair. You can also add a side fade, kind of like what I have to add more structure. The classic side part hairstyle has been around forever and it’s already proven to stand the test of time. There’s small tweaks each individual can do to the side part hairstyle to make it their own. If you want more volume, try letting it grow a little longer. If you want it more maintenance free, keep it short. Just remember, the shorter your hairstyle, the more often you need to get it cut to stay looking polished.
Avoid wide hard-parts
One thing I would stay away from is a wide hard part and hard lines. It just reads a little young in my opinion. If you do decide to go with a hard part, just be careful to not go too wide. Keep in mind that a hard part requires more regular maintenance because it grows in pretty quickly.
Let it grow out
The next hair style I have for you… if you still have a decent amount of hair, is to let it grow and see what develops. If you haven’t grown your hair out hair in the last 25 years, you never know what may have changed and you might be pleasantly surprised. I will say, there’s an awkward grow-out phase that’s hard to get through. But if you can, you’ll have a lot of options with hairstyles. But, keep in mind, this does require a lot more time in front of the mirror every day getting it to look the way you want. Trust me, I’ve had long hair and it does take work. Like I mentioned earlier, this is the shortest my hair has been in quite a while. I’ll let mine grow for a while, then cut it short again. I’ll probably keep it short like this until after the new year and then grow it out again.