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The Top 20 Men’s Hairstyles for Thin Hair

You may feel limited with your styling options if you are searching for men’s hairstyles for thin hair. Thin hair means one of two things: perhaps you’re battling family genes and now don’t have as much hair as you had when you were younger, or maybe you have a full head of hair but it doesn’t feel very thick.

Either way, you can still rock a great style with one or more of these men’s hairstyles for thin hair in your arsenal!

#1 Brushed Back

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This hair is cut short to the part line and left longest on top in the center for a flattering finish.

Short Brushed Back Hairstyle for Men with Thin Hair

Style by Alyssa Shatek, Makeup by Claudia Alvarado, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

Short Brushed Back Hairstyle for Men with Thin Hair Side

Style by Alyssa Shatek, Makeup by Claudia Alvarado, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

How To Style:

  1. Brush hair back and part to the side slightly.
  2. Rub product through hands and rub it back into the hair.
  3. Brush through again for that clean look.

Recommended Products:

Old Spice Hair Styling Pomade is all you need to create this look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes can wear this cut and soft hair types are best.

Tip:

Keeping hair up and back instead of combed to the side makes the overall style look fuller.

#2 Short and Sweet

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Shorter hair is better for thin hair. A short blunt cut like the one shown here makes hair look full and dense instead of thin and wispy.

Short Blunt Haircut for Men with Thin Hair

Photo Credit: EncoreHD Magazine

How To Style:

  1. Hair this short doesn’t require any styling!

Recommended Products:

If you want you can put a little matte pomade on your hair. Try John Allan’s Matte Pomade.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes and any hair types can wear this look.

Tip:

This look all about the details. Take a screenshot and bring this photo for inspiration so your barber will know exactly what you’re looking for.

#3 Slick Slant

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This brushed up style is pushed over to the side a bit for an awesomely subtle asymmetrical effect.

Short Asymmetrical Haircut for Men

Style by Brittney Questel, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

Short Asymmetrical Haircut for Men Side

Style by Brittney Questel, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Rub your favorite hair wax, gel or pomade into your palms and distribute through hair strands.
  2. Use your fingers to brush hair back and slightly to the side for that off center peak.

Recommended Products:

Redken Rewind has pliable hold with a subtle shine factor.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes and guys with softer hair textures can wear this style.

Tip:

Make sure if you do choose to style your hair with gel that you use a good quality brand that won’t crunch or flake. Check out 20 different styling products we recommend here.

#4 Forward Fringe

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Leaving a little length on top can make thin hair look full. It can really help frame the face and give you some cool texture as well.

Short Haircut for Men with Fringe

Style by Kendal Drennen, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Greenville, SC

Short Haircut for Men with Fringe Back

Style by Kendal Drennen, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Greenville, SC

How To Style:

  1. Push hair forward so it can lay flat right out of the shower.
  2. Use a light hold hair cream to add definition to your cut.

Recommended Products:

Prive Grooming Cream!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style can be worn by all face shapes and on men who have thin wavy hair.

Tip:

Have your stylist use a razor on the front fringe instead of scissors. You want a soft, textured effect, not a blunt result.

#5 Straight Up

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Wearing your hair longer and straight on top creates a fuller result. This hair is cut short on the sides with lots of texture on top.

Short Haircut for Men with Texture

Style by Simply Swank Salon & Spa, Hudson, OH

Short Haircut for Men with Texture Side

Style by Simply Swank Salon & Spa, Hudson, OH

How To Style:

  1. Put a small amount of gel into damp strands and brush hair up.
  2. Blow dry hair up and away from the face on low.
  3. When hair is dry, use a little hair wax to add more lift for definition if needed.

Recommended Products:

American Crew Classic Firm Hold Gel is the perfect product for this style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes can wear this hairstyle and it’s great for straighter hair types.

Tip:

If you like a really strong hold, use a bit more gel and finish your look off with a strong hold hairspray.

#6 Wave Revolution

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Thin, wavy hair can be made edgy and trendy by keeping the sides short with medium length on top. The subtle curls and tousled waves create a lot of texture that keep thin hair looking full.

Edgy Wavy Haircut for Men with Thin Hair

Style by Ben White, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

Edgy Wavy Haircut for Men with Thin Hair Side

Style by Ben White, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Use a light curling mousse or foam on damp strands.
  2. Scrunch the product into the lengths on top to create tousles and volume.
  3. Allow hair to air dry.

Recommended Products:

Prive Shining Weightless Amplifier!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle is great for all face shapes and works best for guys with naturally wavy hair.

Tip:

If you like to run your hands through your hair a lot, this is not the hairstyle for you. Keep your hands out of your strands so you don’t mess up the look!

 #7 Soft Texture

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Short, tapered sides are blended up into a slightly longer length on top in this textured style. The soft blended texture is great at making thin strands look full.

Haircut for Men with Soft Texture

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Allow hair to completely dry.
  2. Use a very light hold hair cream and tousle it through strands to show off the texture from the cut.

Recommended Products:

Grooming Lounge Hair Cream!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes would work with this hairstyle. Soft, wavy hair types are best.

Tip:

Apply product very moderately and light handed to keep that natural look.

#8 Bend It

Written by Irene Bredthauer

The cool and edgy details in this haircut make it a real stand out. A perfectly faded buzz cut on the side turns into a finely crafted, windblown top.

Edgy Haircut for Men with Windblown Top

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Put a small amount of gel into damp strands out of the shower and brush hair back.
  2. Blow dry hair up and away from the face on high.
  3. When hair is dry, use a little hair wax to add more lift and definition, then brush hair back to achieve that cool bend.

Recommended Products:

FirmFix Gel Extra Strong Hold Styling Gel is the perfect product for this style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes can wear this hairstyle and it’s great for straighter hair types.

Tip:

Maintain your sideburns at home with the proper razor.

#9 Top Dog

Written by Irene Bredthauer

When you have thin hair, sometime the best option is to just take the plunge and shave it all off. I personally like this option best and think it looks great on guys! It is so easy to wear and only requires a little more maintenance in the haircutting department.

Haircut for Men with Thin Hair

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. No styling needed!

Recommended Products:

No products needed!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look can be worn by anyone – with the right attitude.

Tip:

Go to an experienced barber for a nice, clean shave.

#10 Suave and Sexy

Written by Renee Summa

Combine day and night with this look that can be worn from the office to the hippest hot spot.

Suave and Sexy Style for Man with Thin Hair

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Blow dry for volume at the front.
  3. Work a high hold gel throughout hair.
  4. Use fingertips to work hair into a faux hawk.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square, oval, heart

Tip:

This look is great for those who have thin hair, but lots of it!

#11 Short Silhouette

Written by Renee Summa

Super simple styling keeps dark and thin hair looking thick.

Short Silhouette for Man with Thin Hair

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Ask your stylist or barber to fade your hair from top to bottom, keeping the sides extremely short.
  2. Work a medium or high hold gel throughout.

Recommended Products:

Try American Crew Firm Hold Styling Gel with vitamin B5. It really helps hair look thicker!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape would look great with this cut.

Tip:

The key to dark fine hair is to keep it short. When it’s too long, the extra length will bring attention to the fact that it’s thin.

#12 Texturized Top

Written by Renee Summa

This look makes the best of full yet fine hair by using texture to its advantage.

Texturized Top Look for a Man

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair for lift in the front.
  2. Work a quarter-sized amount of medium hold gel throughout.
  3. Use fingertips to push the front up.
  4. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

B for Men Power Play firm finish gel provides control and shine without flaking.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, square, round, heart

Tip:

Kick up the hold factor by using Bed Head Hard Head mohawk gel.

#13 Side Savvy

Written by Renee Summa

A deep side part over one eye allows for a slightly longer cut that is perfect for thinner hair.

Side Savvy Look for Man

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Part to one side using the outside edge of your eye as a guide for placement.
  3. Work a matte finish product through hair with fingertips for control.
  4. Finish with a medium hold hairspray for added structure.

Recommended Products:

American Crew Ultramatte is a medium hold fixative that has a matte finish and moisturizers that improve the hair’s health and thickness.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape would look great with this style!

Tip:

Add support to your style with OSiS Freeze hairspray, which has a clean, unisex scent.

#14 Boardroom Bravado

Written by Renee Summa

Play the power card with this sharp hairstyle.

Boardroom Bravado Style for Older Man

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Part hair to the side.
  2. Blow dry.
  3. Work a medium to high hold styling clay though hair.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Men Pure-Foremance Grooming Clay adds strong hold without adding shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square, oval, round, heart

Tip:

Thin hair looks best styled with products that add little or no shine.

#15 Short and Structured

Written by Renee Summa

Closely cropped sides paired with well-groomed facial hair makes this a great all over look for any guy.

Short and Structured Look for Man with Thinning Hair

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work medium hold styling cream throughout hair.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Mitch by Paul Mitchell Clean Cut semi-matte styling cream gives a natural look that won’t look over-styled.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape looks great in this style, especially since the facial hair enhances your features.

Tip:

Use facial hair to your advantage. Keeping it short will add structure to your face shape, making your features appear stronger.

#16 Short and Suitable

Written by Renee Summa

Make a serious statement with this cut that boasts sides cut close to the head and the top styled forward with a little more length.

Short and Suitable Style for a Man

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair or blow dry, pushing hair at the top forward.
  2. Work a styling cream throughout hair.
  3. Use fingertips to comb hair forward.
  4. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Check out Gage for Men Shaping Cream for hold, flexibility, and a medium finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, square, heart, pear, round

Tip:

For added style strength, finish with OSiS Elastic flexible hold hairspray.

#17 Free Flowing

Written by Renee Summa

This longer length is styled with volume to keep it looking full.

Free Flowing Style for a Man

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work a golf ball-sized amount of volumizing mousse throughout.
  3. Blow dry hair, using fingertips or a paddle brush to lift hair at the roots as you dry.
  4. Direct hair toward the back as you dry.
  5. Finish with a medium or buildable hold hairspray for style support.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Pure Abundance hair potion thickens hair up to 17%.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, square, pear

Tip:

To add body to fine hair, shampoo and condition with thickening products such as B for Men Charge Up thickening shampoo and conditioner.

#18 The Long and Short of It

Written by Renee Summa

Scissor cut and styled towards the back, this look is best on those with a medium brown hair color.

The Long and Short of It Style for a Man

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work a thickening serum throughout.
  3. Blow dry hair while directing the sides back and using fingertips to tousle the top just a bit.
  4. Finish with a matte finish styling cream for hold.

Recommended Products:

American Crew Fiber provides a strong, pliable hold with a matte finish. Fiber also helps thicken, texturize and increase fullness.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, square, pear, round

Tip:

This style is best paired with a medium brown hair color because both blonde and darker colors can appear even thinner with too much length.

#19 Clean Cut Buzz

Written by Renee Summa

This handsome style is a super short clippered cut around the sides with a bit of length left near the front for height.

Clean Cut Short Buzz Style for Man

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Use a blow dryer to dry the front as you lift at the roots to create height.
  3. Finish with a high hold styling gel or paste.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Men Pure-Formance firm hold gel delivers maximum hold, control, definition and shine without unwanted build up or flaking.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart, oval, round, square

Tip:

Have your stylist or barber clipper cut the sides short and increase the length a bit in the back of the top section. Request that he or she blend into using scissors to cut the middle and front of the top to achieve this look.

#20 Matte About You

Written by Renee Summa

A completely matte finish with random texture gives a carefree feel to this sexy style.

Matte About You Short Tousled Style

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Use fingertips to tousle hair at the top as you blow dry.
  2. Work a nickel to a quarter-sized amount of matte styling cream or paste through hair.
  3. Finish with a no-shine hairspray for added style support if necessary.

Recommended Products:

Try B for Men Matte Separation workable wax.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape looks great in this style!

Tip:

For added thickness, sprinkle a bit of Gage for Men Grit texture powder through hair before using the styling cream.

The key to styling thin hair is to use quality products and to know how to work with it. Thicken up with products designed to bulk up hair. Nioxin is a fantastic line of hair care products designed specifically for those with fine and thinning hair.

Combine great care of your scalp and hair with these pro styling tips to make the best of what you’ve got!