Widow's Peak Hairstyles for Men

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Widow's Peak Hairstyles for Men
A widow's peak occurs when the hair thins out at the corners of the front hairline. (man image by blaine stiger from Fotolia.com)

A widow's peak is often the first symptom of a receding hairline. In this type of hair loss, the hair thins out and gradually disappears at the corners of the front hairline, leaving a strip or peak of hair in the middle bang area. Styling hair with a widow's peak can be challenging, but it is not impossible. With the right cut, you can hide the presence of a widow's peak, leaving it virtually indiscernible.

Flat Top

Barber shop or military flat tops are perfect for men who have a widow's peak and do not care if it shows. The shape of the front hairline when a widow's peak is present lends itself to this style. Clipped extremely close on the back and sides, the flat top is a head clinging style that tapers into a flat, spiky top, hence the name.


Fades features closely cropped hair on the sides and back. The hair gradually gets longer at the curve of the top of the head. The fringe are worn down on the forehead or pushed up in the centre. Perfect for hiding a thinning hairline, the fade is a favourite among men. However, care must be taken to leave the hair directly behind the thin patches slightly longer. If the hair is cut too short, the fringe will appear thinner and/or shorter in the corners.


If you prefer longer hair, the shag delivers. The shag hairstyle is basically any style in which the hair is left 2 inches or longer and cut at approximately the same length all over the head. Popular among skaters, musicians and business men alike, the shag offers versatile styling and plenty of hair to hide thin spots.

Styles to Avoid

Avoid any style that directs the hair away from the face. Such styles include feathered styles, spiky styles, the mullet and old-fashioned tonic styles. When it comes to hair colour, stay light. Dark colour shades accentuate thin spots and allow observers to peer through your hair to the scalp.

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