Not every man is blessed with a full head of hair. In fact, most men find that the older they get, the longer it takes to wash their face. A receding hairline can cause men to feel uncomfortable in their own skin.
It’s a sad fact, but true. Some men find the process of losing their hair embarrassing; others find it irritating. A lucky few aren’t all that bothered.
However, if you fall into the general populace in this regard (some GQ staff included) there are a few things you can do to fight the frustrating lack of follicles.
“Receding hairlines are one of the most common hairline structures in men's hairdressing,” Foyle explains.
“There are techniques such as over-directed layers, that can be cut into the hairstyle to mask minimal to moderate receding areas and, with a little styling skill, such as blow-drying and product usage, you can definitely create the illusion of more hair.”
You can try all the new-age procedures under the sun to try and curb this obvious sign of aging, but in many respects, the easiest way to whip your hairline into shape is with the help of a good barber – one that understands how to shape it, in order to highlight your other features.
When it comes to curly hair, Foyle says that having a barber who knows what they’re doing is worth more than any trip to Thailand to get someone else’s hair plugged into your head.
“With hair that’s curly and receding, it's important that the over-direction of the fringe area isn't too accentuated. Because with curly hair’s natural propensity to be round and voluminous, it creates a soft almost feminine silhouette, which is the opposite of what a man needs to create a lean and tall, strong facial structure.”
Foyle says that if your hair is losing the battle to a large and ever-increasing amount of bare skin, whether curly or straight, “it's time to cut it off.” However, that doesn’t mean you need to shave your head entirely. Yes, it’s an option, but it’s not your only one.
“A good hairdresser can use your existing hair to suit and bring out different positive facial features, rather than a clippered cut that grows out like a cue ball and ages the face dramatically.”
No head is the same shape, no hair is the same length, cut or thickness, and no facial features are equal to the man sitting next to you. There is no ‘one cut suits best’ or ‘one rule for receding hair’ – it comes down to a good barber knowing what’s good for you.
Find a good barber or stylist and pose this question to them during your first consultation:
“How can I highlight my face and not my balding head?”
Foyle says that while trying to fight hair loss is almost always a losing battle, there are a few things you can do to slow the process. “Prevention is best,” he says.
“Anti-hair-thinning products like ‘Kerastase Aminexil Force R’ contain active ingredients that arrest hair breakage and hair loss. For a more aggressive and potent approach, you can talk to your GP about your suitability for products containing Finasteride, such as Propecia, which many of my clients have used, and used with ‘Aminexil’, to get real results.”