The Top 35 Men’s Hairstyles for Thin Hair

You may feel limited with your styling options if you are searching for men’s haircuts 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 thin hairstyles in your arsenal!

Thin Pompadour Fade

An awesome pompadour haircut for men with thin hairInstagram @alan_beak

How can you extend a fade? Through a guard skipping technique, as you can tell. It works wonders in terms of aesthetics and innovation for the trained eye.

Rugged Quiff Skin Fade

Skin fade quiff haircut for men with thin hairInstagram @barbertownworcs

As Sun Tzu advises, turn your weaknesses into advantages. The fact that you have thin hair is not a problem, but an advantage if you know what to do with it. One way to go about it is this cut that makes the most of things by letting hair gather on top then pulled back one on top of another as to create a sense of fullness while cutting low the sides to contrast and augment it. The bald fade with the beard and glasses gives a total hipster vibe, if that’s what you’re going for.

Slick Back and Faded

Bald fade haircut on man with thin hairInstagram @barber_dalton

Professional Over 40

Q&A with style creator, Yolanda Campbell
Cosmetologist @ She Cuts Barber Studio in Atlanta, GA

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this as a modern conservative look for the professional man who desires a little more style with the tapered nape and temple area, along with the sharp lines. These are all my favorite parts of this cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a very easy cut and style that I believe would work on all men with various lifestyles. This look is great for men with a straight hair texture. This is a style that you can wash and go with very little time spent on maintenance.

I recommend a styling product like a mousse or even a leave-in conditioner, which I use often as a styling product. Allow the hair to air dry or you can blow dry for a more defined look. I like products that leave the hair soft and movable. A light hairspray could be used for a light hold if so desired.

Texturized & Masculine

Texturized & Masculine hairstyleInstagram @slowdownbarber

Q&A with style creator, Aaron Rohrer
Barber @ Slow Down Barbershop and Lounge in Hagerstown, MD


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as texturized, hand-styled, and a bit messy (on purpose of course). The sides are faded from a one into the transition area with a skin taper in the back.

My favorite thing about this look is that it looks masculine (square sides) and it’s super easy to maintain for guys who don’t want to spend time on their hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The number one thing for any guy to consider about their hair is their lifestyle. I always ask guys what their routine is and how much time they spend or want to spend on their hair. From there I make my recommendations.

As far as face shape, I believe men’s hair is simple, keep it square! Square is masculine and round is feminine. It has more to do with lifestyle than anything else. I love lots of length and pompadours and such, but some guys would hate to have to style it.

My biggest advice styling-wise is to make sure you wet the hair and at least towel dry it to get it moving in the direction. Once the hair is dry, use a matte clay or dry pomade to style. I love Reuzel, it’s all I use and sell. Their white can, which is a matte clay, is meant for this look.

Clean & Mature

Clean & Mature hairstyleInstagram @kingkutz88

Q&A with style creator, BrucieB
Barber & Owner @ King Kutz NY in Glens Falls, NY


How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a clean mature look. A lot of young men and athletes are sporting the full beard look today in our culture. It’s manly and sporty at the same time!

I really like how the beard comes to a point at the top of this look to accentuate the round face.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For product, I use my custom-made sandalwood and tea tree oil beard balm to soften and style the beard. I also use Ampro Coconut Oil Styling Gel to give the hair a nice wet look. It also has an attractive fragrance to draw the ladies to my clients!

I rub the gel against the grain of the hair direction to spike the hair. No comb is involved at all!

This is a classic skin fade on the side. I used outliners to bald the sides and Andis Fademasters to blend it up to the top with a 1 1/2 guard! I used American Crew Shave Gel to outline the beard with a hot towel and straight razor.

Grey Wisdom Over 60

A short haircut for men with thin hair over 60 and grey hairInstagram @atouchof_ginger

Q&A with style creator, Ginger Polichino-Brand
Freelance Stylist in Bristow, VA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a classic taper or business men’s haircut. My favorite thing about it is its versatility. You have the option for a hard part as it is styled in the photo, or without which gives a more laid-back look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is perfect for men looking for a modern and fresh style with minimal upkeep. It can be achieved with just a little product. Pomade was used for my guest to aid in controlling the hard part and to add shine. A mousse or gel would also work if styling wet hair.

This look fits many face shapes, hair types, and lifestyles and can be altered to fit each individual by opting for a tighter fade in the back or a longer top.

Straight Rockstar Hard Part

Classy haircut for men with fine straight hairInstagram @kashythebarber

Q&A with style creator, Kashy
Barber @ in Melbourne, VIC


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as simple and elegant with easy maintenance for the modern day gentleman. It is classy but rockstar at the same time, and looks fab in a suit and funky in denim.

My favorite thing about this style is that you don’t need to run back to the barbershop in a week. As long as you keep the neat part line and continue wearing it in the same shap,e it will grow out to a longer combover which best suits those winter months.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style can be achieved with wet or dry products. In this case, I have styled my client using a thick and heavy pomade to achieve a shiny, slick look. I simply rubbed the product in my hands and ran my fingers through his hair like a comb. This way you can see if the client likes a more natural finnish. Alternatively, using a wide tooth comb will give a very neat and perfect looking finish.

Blow waving is not necessary unless you’re dealing with stubborn curls. Personally, I’m more a fan of letting your hair do its own thing as I believe the product is only the sprinkles on the cake. This men’s haircut with curly hair would look awesome with no product at all, providing the client feels confident with it.

As for face shapes, this haircut doesn’t discriminate, although a sharp square jawline will get the heads turning. All in all, this style is for men who like a short, sharp and crispy clean hairstyle which is no fuss in the early mornings while getting ready for work.

Fresh Receding Taper Fade

Fresh taper fade short haircut for men receding hairlines and thin hairInstagram @cityscape_salon

Q&A with style creator, Kennadi Prior
Cosmetologist / Owner @ Cityscape Salon in Provo, UT


How would you describe this look?

This is a very modern look. It is a good mix between the style of leaving it long on the sides and fading the sides extremely short. This haircut is great for people with thinning hair because the extra length both on the top and sides increase the appearance of volume of hair.

I love this look especially for men with thinner hair, but also for medium thickness as well!

Any advice for someone considering it?

For styling, I suggest using a paste for even more added volume and to keep the shape in place. This is a great haircut for men who don’t take too much time in the morning to style their hair, as well as those men that have a full hair routine.

Tight & Clean

Tight & Clean hairstyleInstagram @jfuge13

Q&A with style creator, Julie Fulginiti
Licensed Barber Stylist @ Mojo Barbershop in Honolulu, HI


How would you describe this look?

This is a tight and clean look that allows for a little fun expression on top. While I always love a strong fade, what I like most about this haircut is the textured top.

A textured top is my favorite to cut. Maybe it’s the feeling of breaking into the structure and messin’ it all up! A textured top is fun and fragmented yet organized. It really carries a hairstyle, giving it personality and attitude.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering a look such as this, be armed with your favorite finishing product (a clay or paste works great) and be prepared to be wowed by the ease and abbreviated styling time.

It’s a no-muss, no-fuss coiff that is great for that man who doesn’t like to spend the time styling his hair. Just mess it up and be out the door. Easy as 1-2-3!

Mohawk Fade

Mohawk Fade hairstyleInstagram @showzen_juan

Q&A with style creator, Juan Carlos Rivera
Barber @ Genesis Barber Shop in Anchorage, AK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I describe this hairstyle as a mohawk fade with a wet, spiked up finish. I recommend it to people who want to look juvenile even if they are wearing a semi-formal suit.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I primarily use Alpha Products, but also love to use American Crew for this type of hairstyle.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I prefer to apply this look to people who have had a fresh facial and clean face. I mean no facial hair, but it really depends on the shape of the client’s face. It looks more accurate when you have a very clean facial look.

Razor Shaved Fade

Q&A with style creator, Edgar Argumedo
Barber @ Ernie’s Chop Shop in Torrance, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a medium straight razor shaved fade with a natural side part. My favorite part of this haircut is the simplicity and cleanliness of the look it gives the client.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Here I have used Suavecito Firme Pomade, but you can also achieve this look with Tip Top Pomade and/or Shiner Pomade. I highly recommend all of these products because of their water soluble base, and because they give that wet look without damaging or giving dandruff to the scalp.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This type of haircut looks good on any client with an oblong, oval or diamond shaped head. Clients with thick or thin hair can rock this look but, clients with thinner hair get that extra clean look.

I get a variety of clients that request this look and I love to cut their hair because with this haircut, no matter what you do or how you dress, you’ll always look fresh.

Simple Crew Cut Fade

A short crew cut fade for men with thin hairInstagram @donthabarber_

Q&A with style creator, Don Oudoms
Barber @ Don The Barber in Riverside, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a simple fade with a number two on top. I love it the way it blends in with the top of the hair which brings more definition to the client’s face.

I don’t like to go super bald on the sides because there is a time and place for those fades, but I feel as a barber, you should envision the haircut that best fits the client’s face and masculinity.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

This look can be styled with a strong pomade, or even with a simple gel like Johnny B. I can also create this fade to where no product is needed and it has a dry look to it. Sometimes less is more!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is definitely for guys who like to have low maintenance hair. A slimmer face structure is greatly preferred for this type of haircut. This would best fit any man who would want a clean-cut look that would give off a great first impression.

Low Skin Bald Fade

Q&A with style creator, Albert Arias
Barber @ The Original Golden Shears in Fontana, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a low skin bald fade. My favorite thing about this cut is the blending. This style is a nice clean cut for guys who want to keep it short.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I use a very small amount of Johnny B. You don’t need a lot of gel because using just a little bit gives it that nice bright look. I also use Red One Agua Hair Gel Wax. Both products work well!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to anyone of any age whether they have thick hair, thin hair, curly hair or straight hair. I believe the low skin bald fade looks good on any face shape and size and this haircut suits any lifestyle.

Skin Fade With Hard Part

Skin Fade With Hard Parting hairstyleInstagram @huwjonesy

Q&A with style creator, Huw Jones
Junior Barber @ Cavalier Club Barber Shop in Bedford, UK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this style as a skin fade with a hard parting, pushing the longer hair on top over to make a slight pompadour haircut. I did the skin fade using a Wahl foil shaver to take it right down to the skull on the sides.

My favorite part about this haircut is the shaved parting as I think it adds a sharpness and defines the haircut with the harsh line.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

My client’s hair is very fine, so I opted for something that wasn’t greasy to make sure it didn’t weigh the hair down. I used Bed Head Matte Separation Workable Wax and finished it with hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This seems to be the most popular haircut in the shop where I am training (Cavalier Club, Bedford). I feel it is one of the most versatile haircuts that can be adapted for a wide range of clients.

This particular model has quite thin hair on top, but this style works well with what he has and you can find a nice balance with the faded sides and back and heavier top section. This particular style is a timeless classic and suits white collar workers whilst still making a statement. It’s one of my favorites.

Brushed Back

Short Brushed Back Hairstyle for Men with Thin HairStyle by Alyssa Shatek, Makeup by Claudia Alvarado, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

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

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.

Natural Short and Sweet

Short haircut for black guys with thin hairPhoto Credit: EncoreHD Magazine

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

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.

Slick Slant

Short Asymmetrical Haircut for MenStyle by Brittney Questel, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

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

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 a 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.

Forward Fringe

Short Haircut for Men with FringeStyle by Kendal Drennen, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Greenville, SC

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.

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.

Straight Up Choppy

Short Haircut for Men with TextureStyle by Simply Swank Salon & Spa, Hudson, OH

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

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.

Wavy Revolution

Edgy Wavy Haircut for Men with Thin HairStyle by Ben White, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

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

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!

Soft Texture

Haircut for Men with Soft TexturePhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

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.

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.

Bend It

Edgy Haircut for Men with Windblown TopPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

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.

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.

Top Dog Bald

Haircut for Men with Thin HairPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

When you have thin hair, sometimes 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.

 

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.

Sexy Faux Hawk

A sexy faux hawk haircut for men with thinning hairPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

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

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!

Short Silhouette

Short Silhouette for Man with Thin HairPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

Super simple styling keeps dark and thin hair the follows male pattern baldness looking thick.

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.

Texturized Top

Texturized Top Look for a ManPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

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

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.

Side Savvy

Side Savvy Look for ManPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

A deep side part over one eye allows for a slightly longer cut that is perfect for men thinner hair and glasses like this guy.

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.

Boardroom Bravado

Boardroom Bravado Style for Older ManPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

Play the power card with this sharp hairstyle.

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.

Short and Structured

Short and Structured Look for Man with Thinning HairPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

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

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.

Short and Suitable

Short and Suitable Style for a ManPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

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.

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.

Free Flowing

Free Flowing Style for a ManPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

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

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.

The Big Short

The Long and Short of It Style for a ManPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

Scissor cut and styled towards the back, this look is best on those with fine hair and a big forehead.

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.

Clean Buzz Cut

Clean Cut Short Buzz Style for ManPhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

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

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.

Matte About You

Matte About You Short Tousled StylePhoto Credit: Shutterstock.com

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

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!