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EVEN WITH HAIR LOSS ISSUES LIKE THINNING HAIR, YOU CAN STILL GET CREATIVE WITH LONGER HAIR STYLES.

Not every man with thinning hair wants a buzz cut. Although it’s most often recommended that men with hair loss issues like thinning hair cut their hair very short, you can wear your hair a bit longer if you prefer. Here are a few medium- to long-length hairstyles that work for guys with thinning hair.

Messy shag
Sometimes the easiest way to hide thinning hair is with a purposely messy hairstyle. Long, tousled layers on the top of your head (particularly if you have curly or wavy hair) allow you to de-emphasize your baldness. Messy hairstyles can be short in the back; however, you can also leave your hair a bit longer. Ask your stylist to cut your hair in long layers all over. Then a razor should be used around the edges to achieve the shaggy look. This unkempt hairstyle may not be suitable for all professions, but if you work in a relaxed or artistic environment, the messy ‘do may be the one for you.

Long layered cut
If your hair is thinning on the crown rather than receding at the hairline, this longer hairstyle may be your best bet. Have your stylist cut your hair in very long layers. Then apply a dollop of mousse or cream to damp hair, from the roots to the tips. Brush your hair back (almost slicking it back) and tuck it behind the ears. Allow it to dry naturally whenever possible.

Textured style
For men with light thinning on the top of their head, you can wear your hair a bit longer and then textured on top. The hair on top should be cut to the length of about two to three fingers wide. Then use a hair paste or pomade to style. Distribute the product throughout damp hair, after which you should use your fingers to “rough up” the top and give it some texture.

Long razor cut
For straight hair a long razor cut is a terrific choice for men with thinning hair. The hair is left long all over and cut on the ends using a razor. When styled, it is blow-dried straight down and forward. Then the bangs are slightly side-swept. This hairstyle is versatile because it can be combed flat for the office or left a little messy for a night out on the town. Also, consider hair color — it’s not just for women. A little bit of highlights can provide depth and shine to give the appearance of thicker hair.

If you have thinning hair, learn to experiment

You may have to experiment a bit to find the perfect long hairstyle for you. The good thing is that you can always go shorter if you need to do so. Try to find a stylist who is experienced in working with thinning hair. He or she will be able to recommend products and styles that are best for you hair. If you see a picture in a magazine of a hairstyle that you like, don’t be afraid to bring it with you to the salon. Although every haircut won’t work for every man, your stylist will be able to tell you if you can achieve the look that you desire.

If you have always kept your hair short, experimenting with longer hairstyles at the first signs of thinning hair can actually help you stay looking young. Rather than focusing on your thinning hair, people will instead concentrate on your longer locks.

Other style tips for thinning hair

  • Towel-dry your hair with a friction-free towel by blotting, rather than rubbing, your hair.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb or vent brush to style wet hair and reduce breakage.
  • Consider a body wave or gentle perm to give your hair more volume and fullness on the top.
  • Use a lightweight, volumizing conditioner; avoid heavy styling products that can weigh down your hair, making it look even thinner.