For overall thinning, Esquire recommends short layers and combing the hair forward for mens' hair. Other possibilities for thinning hair include the crew cut, a short silhouette or a subtle spiked haircut.
The crew cut features short clipper-cut hair over most of the head, with a small amount of hair left toward the front. It is easy to style by towel drying and then using a blow dryer to create lift for the longer hair in front. A firm styling gel ensures the front hair stays tall.
If the hair is dark, the short silhouette or clipper cut over all the head, works well. The barber cuts the hair with a fade from top to bottom, with the sides extremely close. The cut requires little care, but adding vitamin-enriched styling gel helps it look thicker.
The subtle spike involves cutting the hair to a uniform 1-inch length. It is a longer version of the buzz cut but with the hair cut short enough that it doesn't emphasize its thinning nature. Thickening shampoo helps to thicken the individual strands. Blow drying and using a lightweight product creates the subtle spikes that help conceal the beginning of male pattern baldness.
Men who have a bald spot in the back benefit from a cut where the length grows gradually toward the crown. The difference from the back to the front is no more than 1/2-inch in length. For hair that is so thin the scalp is showing through, hair is cut with shears to 1/2 inch or less or layered and cut forward with no part. Both styles are low maintenance and can be styled into place with a texturizing cream.
For a receding hairline, hair length is kept around 2-inches. Hair is cut with texture at the hairline for men who wear their hair forward. The length and style hide some of the recession at the temples and give hair the appearance of fullness. If hair is only thinning at the crown, it is cut with a little extra length along the crown to hide the thinning area. If there is only hair on the sides and in the back, the best style is a close shave.