Many men will one day look in the mirror and see a forehead that looks larger than it did a few years previously, given the prevalence of male-pattern baldness. Equally, some men are simply born with higher foreheads than others. In either case, there are a range of styling options that suit this facial shape well.
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Assessing your forehead
Before deciding how best to style your hair to flatter a larger forehead, take a close look at what's going on up there. This is about being honest about whether you've always had a high forehead or it's something that's appeared in recent years as a result of hair loss. If you're frank with yourself, you should have a good idea about which situation you're in but if you're genuinely unsure, a rough guide is that male pattern baldness usually involves recession at the corners of the forehead.
If your forehead is high but the hairline is straight, it's more likely that it's always been that way. The reason this is important is that hair loss is progressive; so if that's the cause of your high forehead it's important to consider not only what styles might look good now, but how well they'll cope with further balding.
For some, it's perfectly possible to cover the forehead with a combed-forward style without drawing attention to the fact that they're doing so to hide a high forehead. Hollywood actor Owen Wilson pursues this look with great success; his casual, shaggy mane suits his persona, whilst also flattering the fact that his forehead isn't by any means the lowest around.
Even if you don't wish to wear your hair so long all over, some styles involve a short cut at the back and sides, with a long, heavy, side-swept fringe at the front, and therefore lend themselves well to covering a high forehead. A large mop of bushy, curly hair can perform the same trick. Long-fringed looks will work best with a straight hairline.
If your high forehead incorporates recession at the corners, take care with this style, as in such cases it is harder to create a convincing evenness of weight and body in the fringe: you may end up revealing what you wish to disguise.
If your high forehead isn't one that will take well to being covered by a combed-forward style, as may well be the case if you're balding, or you simply don't want the hassle of obtaining and then maintaining a perfect fringe, then one tried-and-tested approach, long favoured by men with high foreheads, is simply to embrace what nature has provided, with a short and simple cut. Actor Neil Patrick Harris has a high forehead and has taken this approach. With such a look you needn't ever worry about whether you're successfully "hiding" your larger forehead; it's proudly on show.
Styles to avoid
Embracing a high forehead is one thing; drawing unwanted attention to it is quite another. Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden incurred ridicule from "Us" magazine when attempting to rock a bizarre pink and black style, combing the hair from his receded corners forward, but was praised by the same publication after embracing a high forehead with a close-shaven cut. Other styles to avoid include fringes that don't cover the entire forehead, such as the "Caesar" cut. A short fringe, stopping midway down the forehead, may create the impression of a failed attempt to cover the whole area, thereby only emphasising its largeness.
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