Thinning hair, bald spots and graying are all things senior men need to take into account when getting a haircut. Finding the right hairstyle for a senior man can make you feel like a million bucks. Learn the tips and tricks for finding the perfect haircut for you.
Traditional Hairstyles for Senior Men
Traditionally, most older men wear their hair short and lightly layered. The length of the hair can vary widely, from very short to slightly longer. One of the most important elements of a good haircut includes the neckline. Do you want a blocked or tapered hairline?
- Blocked: A blocked hairline is squared. This is a good cut for those with thin necks. However, if you have a thicker neck, this can add even more width to your overall look from the back.
- Tapered: A tapered cut has a more rounded look that outlines the shape of your neck. This is a good choice if your neck is wide, thick or you are heavyset. Also, if you like to wait a little longer between trims, the tapered cut tends to hold its shape better than a blocked cut.
Styles that Help Cover Thinning Hair
Most male pattern baldness is on the top, back, or front of the head. A good stylist will help you decide the best cut to cover any baldness, if that is your desire. For example, if you only have a small amount of thinning in the back, you can grow the top part of the hair just a little longer and it will effectively cover it. This is not to be confused with the comb over, something most men try to avoid these days. Frontal baldness requires a completely different cut to help camouflage thinning hair.
On the other hand, if the area is very large, hiding it may not be an option. It might be easier to go extremely short with a buzz cut and just let the bald spot show. While you may feel a little self-conscious at first, most other people will hardly even notice.
For thinning hair at the front, it is best not to grow one side longer and create the dreaded comb over. The comb over rarely hides the bald spot. Also, growing thinning hair longer tends to make it look even thinner. It might be better to just get a short cut all over and not try to hide male balding on the front of the scalp.
Wild and Funky
If you have a full head of thick hair, then you may want to try something a little wild and funky almost a Billy Idol haircut, only shorter. Spiked hair can be fun as long as it is kept short. A layered look works best here. A little hair gel can help you achieve a spiked look, but when dealing with business clients or attending more serious events, you can also lose the gel and comb your hair back for a more cultured look.
Deciding Which Cut Is Right for You
Deciding which type of haircut is right for you can be one of the biggest challenges senior men face. A hairstyle that worked 30 years ago may no longer look as good as it once did or may be perfectly fine. This is where expert barbers and hairdressers come into play. By consulting with a professional about which style will work best with your hair type and issues, you'll have a better chance of a final look that you can be happy with.