Different hairstyles for balding men

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Different hairstyles for balding men
Losing hair can be an extremely stressful process for men. (bald man image by kasiap from Fotolia.com)

Hair loss can have a dramatic effect on a man's self confidence. The arrival of a bald patch or receding hairline can cause deep emotional distress, though ways exist to improve the appearance of thinning hair by altering the style. It is rarely a good idea to attempt to preserve a hairstyle that no longer works with thinner hair and an ill-advised combover will often draw more attention to the problem. Here are some hairstyles that will help men bald gracefully and stylishly.

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Receding Hairline

The hair around the temples is often the first to go. When the sides of the hairline have receded, leaving you with a triangle of hair in the shape of a large widow's peak it is unwise to try to compensate by spreading the hair in the middle over the balding areas. Instead, get a finger-length cut, around an inch long, all over the head and keep the sides short to retain balance. Leave the hair messy and avoid product that gives a wet look. This style is currently worn by Jude Law.

Thin Hair

Some men experience no change in hairline but suffer from a thinning all over the scalp. This will leave hair that appears almost see-through when light shines on it. To combat this, have your hair layered and comb it forward without a part. Do not comb it back as that will only accentuate the thinning appearance as it allows more light to travel through the hair. Prince William suffers from this sort of hair loss.

Bald Patch

Many men lost their hair from a patch at the crown of the head. In this case, grow your hair to around an inch in length but keep the hair around the crown longer to mask the bald area. This works particularly well with curly hair as the volume works well to mask the difference in length. Alternatively keep the hair extremely short, in the mould of Zinedine Zidane.

Little Left

If your baldness has reached the stage where you are left with nothing more than a ring of hair around the side of the head then it is best to keep the remaining hair as short as possible. Any length will only draw attention to the bald area and a close buzz cut is by far the best and most fashionable option. The likes of Bruce Willis and Andre Agassi have dealt with their hair loss in this way.

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