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Best Hairstyles For Men With Big Foreheads & Receding Hairlines

Some men are cool with it; others want to hide it. I am talking about big foreheads (or fiveheads, as they’re informally known). If you have one, you were either born with it or you’ve slowly become victim to one as your hairline has receded.

You may think that having a large forehead can sometimes limit your haircut choices, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are, in fact, many hairstyles out that can work for you.

Celebrities like Ryan Reynolds, Adam Levine, and Aaron Paul know only too well the struggle of having a large forehead. But, they have managed to get around that by adopting cool hairstyles that work for them.

How Do You Style A Big Forehead Haircut At Home?

If you have a big forehead, you probably want to hide it, disguise it, or draw attention away from it. You can do this by covering your forehead with a fringe or brushing your hair out and away from it. Experiment with various styles to find one that you feel more comfortable and confident with.

When it comes to styling and maintaining your hair, always ensure that your hair is clean and the hair products are well-suited for your hair type (you wouldn’t want to gain a dry, flaky scalp to go with a big forehead, would you?).

If your hair is straight, you can style it using almost any product. You should only need to worry about the hold and shine you want. If you have curly hair, you can leave it alone for a natural look or apply a styling cream for a little control of the shape. You might also add a mousse for texture, definition, and a healthy appearance.

For those with thick hair, a pomade or clay is your best friend. On the other hand, thin hair requires a lighter, water-based styling product such as a gel, cream, lotion, mousse, or hair spray.

Consider your face shape and hair type when choosing hairstyles. Some haircuts may not be as flattering. Talk to your barber to get the one that works for you. Here are a few styles for inspiration to guide you.

Buzz Cut

Justin Bieber with buzz cut hair cut, black and white

The buzz cut is a short, low-maintenance, military-style haircut that is created by buzzing your head using electric clippers. This stylish hairstyle is great for men with big foreheads and oval face shape because it allows you to define your hairline and leave a short fringe. You do not need to use any styling products with this haircut.

Caesar Cut

Post Malone wearing leather biker jacket and with Caesar haircut.

Named after Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, the caesar is a short, lightly textured hairstyle with a fringe that hides a part of the forehead. It is one of the most versatile hairstyles and suits men with all hair types and face shapes.

French Crop

Man with French Crop haircut, black hair

The French crop is kept short at the back and sides with a cropped fringe brushed forward. Also known as a crop top haircut, it is a low-maintenance haircut and looks good on men with big foreheads. The main feature of the French crop, the front portion, can be worn long and brushed down. Alternatively, the fringe can be cut short, but make sure the back and sides are cut to a shorter length to help frame your face as best as possible.

Crew Cut

Zac Efron with crew cut haircut

The crew cut is a neat, minimalist, and timeless hairstyle that suits most face shapes. The hair at the top and front is a little longer than the sides. It is ideal for men with big foreheads because it takes the focus away from the hairline. You can style the hair brushed up or add some styling gel for texture.

Brushed Up

Man with brushed up haircut with faded sides.

Trendy and hot, the brushed up hairstyle is a high-volume style that makes the forehead appear smaller by elongating the face. If you want to achieve this hairstyle, your hair should be medium-length or longer. You can then style the hair brushed upwards, forward, or backward.

Short And Messy

Zac Efron with short and messy haircut.

If you are ok with your fivehead and do not feel the need to hide it, try out this cool ‘just got out of bed’ look. The short and messy hairstyle uses texture to create a youthful and unique tousled finish. The movement and direction of the hair keep the focus away from the forehead.

Side Part

Man wearing glasses with side-part haircut.

As its name implies, this classy and trendy hairstyle requires your hair to be parted on one side. It is a favourite businessman haircut. The side part can have a fade or undercut on the sides, and long, medium, or short hair at the top. For a strongly defined part, ask your barber to give you a hard part.

Bowl Cut

Man with bowl cut haircut, black and white.

Also called the mushroom cut, the bowl cut is a simple haircut that fixes the big forehead issue. The hairstyle, which dates back to the 12th and 15th centuries, was achieved using a bowl as a guide to cut hair.

Bowl cut involves a full and straight fringe that extends back around the head. For a fresh and modern touch, pair it with an undercut or taper fade.

Spiky Hairstyle

Man with facial hair and short, spiky haircut with faded sides.

A spiky hairstyle can also be a good option for guys with generously-sized foreheads, as it sees short to medium-length hair on top being styled up in spikes, which helps to elongate the face, drawing attention away from your forehead. This illusion will work best for guys with hair that is full and thick.

Blowout Fade

Man with blowout fade haircut and facial hair.

The blowout fade haircut is a cool and common variation of a standard blowout haircut. To achieve a blowout, the hair needs to be styled in a similar way to the pompadour: pushed back and then up. This particular variation sees the sides shaved in a graduated fade, resulting in more focus being placed on the hair on top and less attention given to the forehead.

Clean Shave

The Rock with no hair, smiling at camera.

A clean shave is a straightforward solution to a large forehead. Why keep worrying about a hairline when you can get rid of it. This will also work for men who have thin hair or bald spots. Grow a full beard or moustache to draw the eyes down. If you wear glasses, this can also be a good look for you.


Man with face tattoos and short fringe haircut.

A fringe cut is a great look whereby a section of hair is cut and styled over the front hairline. The look is ideal for men with a large forehead and medium to long hair, as it hides part or all of the forehead. The fringe cut can work with straight, wavy, or curly hair.

Short Pompadour

Man with facial hair and short pompadour haircut.

The short pompadour haircut features shorter hair on the back and side and longer hair at the top, although, not as long as a fully-fledged pompadour (the kind you’d see Elvis Presley rocking). Compared to its longer cousin, the short pompadour offers a neater, stylish and more streamlined hairstyle that looks good on men with large foreheads because it shifts attention away from the forehead.

Comb Over

Justin Timberlake with comb over haircut.

A comb-over haircut is a classic cut that is perfect for men with large foreheads. The hair is left long at the top and brushed over the hairline, making the forehead appear smaller. To get a more contemporary look, add a fade into the mix, or even combine it with a side-part. You can get a low-fade, mid-fade, or high-fade, but your overall face shape will help determine which one works best for you.

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