Types of Men’s Hairlines

One of the most frequent types is a mature “M” hairline. This form typically appears complete at the front and doesn’t recede too significantly from that point backward.

Widow’s Peak

The widow’s Peak is an eye-catching V-shaped hairline that sits prominently at the center of your forehead. This unique feature may result from genetics or develop over time due to thinning hair or receding hairlines, and may occur as part of your natural growth pattern.

Popular culture often paints widow’s peak hairlines in a negative light; however, it should not be forgotten that genetics play an integral part in shaping the shape and size of your head and hairline. Whether or not a widow’s Peak occurs on you is up to you as an individual to determine if it best suits your style and appearance.

Widow’s Peak can be attractive when combined with an appropriate haircut. For instance, if you have long hair, try slicking it back and de-emphasizing the forehead bump using gel like TRESemme TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel, or grow bangs to soften the hairline and frame your face more naturally. A widow’s Peak also works great when combined with a high man bun; examples such as Kourtney Kardashian and Fran Drescher are excellent examples.


A rounded hairline is another style commonly seen in both men and women. These appear low near the temples, creating an upside-down U-shaped crest just above the eyebrows that helps cover receding hairlines while creating the impression of a smaller forehead and face.

Men with rounded hairlines often benefit from keeping their hair long and using a side part to divert attention away from any thin spots in their crowns. A slicked-back style works nicely and can easily be achieved at home with pomade or through professional assistance from a licensed barber.

Many hairline transplant patients seek natural-looking results that will suit them as they age. A low, flat hairline might fit young patients well; however, as they mature, it might need covering by other procedures.


Cowlicks, or hair that grows in the opposite direction than its peers, often stick up. Cowlicks can be exceptionally bothersome for men who struggle to manage their locks properly, and can even signal potential signs of balding in those concerned about possible loss.

You can manage a cowlick in various ways, such as changing your part or trying other styles like braids and buns. If your hair is curly, allowing it to grow longer could add volume, covering any cowlicks you have. A fade and full beard are both classic styles that help conceal any potential cowlicks you might have.

Rabiu suggests using a root-taming iron to control unruly areas of your hair. These tools feature a fine-toothed comb with tensioning features to force hair into desired positions and keep them there. If your cowlick proves particularly stubborn, apply thick pomade with a firm hold for the best results.


Recessing hairlines occurs when your hair begins to thin. While it typically happens around age 30, some men experience it earlier. Recessive hairlines often start above temples and form V-shapes with widow’s peaks. Over time, however, they will gradually move back across your head, leaving an arc of bare scalp around your forehead.

When hiding a receding hairline, you must find ways to divert people’s attention away from it. One effective strategy is obtaining a short buzzed-close haircut styled with a slicked-back appearance – this simple and versatile style works for almost all hairlines with medium-length side parts.

Receding hairlines are common, but they shouldn’t hold you back! With plenty of styles that can cover a thinning hairline and give a confidence-boosting appearance – consult a Pro in your area to help find what looks best!