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Best styles for men with a receding hairline

It is very common for men to experience a receding hairline as they age. According to the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA), male pattern baldness affects about 50% of men and four out of five men will have some degree of baldness by the age of 70. A receding hairline in men can start as early as one’s teen years and is often marked by a hair loss in the front hairline and at the top of the head. The CDA says causes for a receding hairline in men are believed to be genetic (a trait inherited by your mother or father) and changing hormone levels in your body.


Although not a treatment for male pattern baldness or a receding hairline, Dove has products specifically formulated to make your hair look thick, strong and healthy.


Here are some tips, tricks and products you can use to create the appearance of thick and healthy hair, along with the best hairstyles for men with a receding hairline to suit your hair type and personality.

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    Start with the right shampoo 

    Thick and healthy hair begins with the right shampoo. Dove Men+Care Fresh Clean Fortifying 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner and Dove Men+Care Thick & Strong 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner are engineered specifically for men to make your hair look thicker and stronger while deep cleaning to remove oil and dirt from your hair and scalp. Dove Men+Care Thick & Strong Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner and Dove Men+Care Thick & Strong 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner will make both fine and thinning hair stronger and more resilient while leaving your hair visibly healthy, shiny and smelling great.

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    A sleek, comb-over hairstyle 

    This is not your grandpa’s hairstyle. When done right, this sleek hairstyle is a flattering look for men with a receding hairline. Part your hair at the lowest point in your hair’s natural part line, this will create a weighted look in your hair, giving the appearance of a full-bodied hairstyle. Use Dove Men+Care Sculpting Paste to create this style with a natural-looking, matte finish. This non-greasy formula will keep your style in place without weighing it down or making it feel stiff or greasy. This matte product absorbs light, which creates the illusion of thickness in your hair. Unlike regular styling gel, this lightweight matte sculpting paste makes hair easier to manage and style leaving hair feeling soft and touchable and is suitable for daily use.

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    A short, slicked-back hairstyle

    This hairstyle is perfectly suited for men with a receding hairline who want a neat and polished look. You can create different styles to achieve a variety of looks with this short-hairstyle. By keeping the cut short, you avoid giving too much fullness to the sides and drawing attention the hairline. To perfect this look and keep it in place, use Dove Men+Care Control Gel. This easy-to-use gel provides strong hold and gives the appearance of thicker, stronger hair. Use this gel in the morning to hold your style in place all day without making it look thin, flat or greasy.

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    Longer hairstyle

    If you’re one of the lucky ones with a full, thick head of hair, consider showing it off with a longer hairstyle. Although this look is not for everyone, a longer, textured look can show off your full mane even you have a receding hairline. With the right cut and styling products, you can hide the areas of your hairline that are receding while drawing attention to your hair. If you opt for a longer hairstyle, try Dove Men+Care Defining Pomade to create a defined, sleek and textured long-hairstyle. This easy-to-use, non-greasy formula will give a light hold to your long hairstyle, creating a wavy, textured, youthful look with natural movement while leaving your hair with a shiny finish. For a light, natural hold, apply this pomade to freshly-washed wet hair and go. For added volume, blow-dry your hair high heat before applying the pomade.

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    Comb, brush or fingers? 

    The way you style your hair says a lot about your personality. Whether you opt for a short, medium or long hairstyle or require a strong or light hold, using the right tools can help you shape the look and style you’re going for. Also, using the right tools can emphasize your style and add texture and volume to the right places without weighing it down. Here are some tips to complement your favourite hairstyling tools:


    Comb: A comb is a key tool to create a precise and neat part in your hair, especially with the comb-over style. But be careful: combing product through your hair can weigh it down.


    Brush: A brush can be ideal for longer hairstyles. It’s best to use a brush only if you have thick or coarse hair. Sometimes, bristles can be harsh, further pulling out the hair on your scalp.


    Fingers: Using your fingers puts least amount of stress on your hair. Finger-styling is a great way to create texture and volume for a casual, yet polished look. Use your fingers to style your hair when it’s wet, so you can lay in any direction you like while using a styling product to keep it in place.