1. The 8 types
  2. How to change your hairline?
  3. Speak to a doctor

Male hairlines are defined by multiple characteristics, including height and shape. Each man’s hairline may be unique, but even the most distinctive hairline still belongs to a specific type.

It’s also crucial to remember that it won’t look exactly the same for your entire life — it’ll change as you grow older. However, you may be able to adjust yours if you’re unhappy with it.

How many types of male hairline are there? And what can you do to alter yours? We’ll answer these and other key questions below.

8 Different Types of Male Hairline

The following factors will determine how your hairline looks:

  • Hormones
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Lifestyle

Men and women can have the same shapes, but the male hairline may undergo a significantly more drastic change due to one or more of these factors.

Here are the 8 most common types:

1. Low Hairline

Males typically have a low hairline throughout childhood and well into their teens, before they start to lose any hair. This is known as a juvenile hairline when it runs in a straight line.

A low hairline begins closer to a man’s eyebrows and can make the forehead look smaller. Some men may retain a low hairline for longer than others.

2. Middle Hairline

A middle (or average) hairline typically looks more proportionate to the forehead. Men may start to develop a middle hairline during their teenage years and in their twenties.

This type of men’s hairline can look different from person to person: it could be asymmetrical, rounded, or straight.

3. High Hairline

Your hairline is considered high if it starts on the crown of your head. This type of men’s hairline is usually caused by genetics, though it may also be due to hair loss.

4. Receding Hairline

receding hairline

Male pattern baldness (also known as androgenetic alopecia) affects around half of men aged 50 and over, though it may affect younger people too. About half of women aged 65 and over also experience pattern hair loss.

This condition is hereditary, so if receding hairlines are common in your family, it’s likely you’ll develop one. Pattern baldness is caused by the sex hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which shrinks follicles on the scalp and makes it more difficult for them to grow hair.

Men’s hairlines can start to recede at any time following puberty, and they can resemble high hairlines as they continue to reveal more of the scalp. A receding male hairline may look like an “M” if excessive shedding occurs around the temples.

5. Cowlick

A cowlick is a section of hair growing in an opposing pattern to the hairs around it. This may form in any area of the scalp, but cowlicks are particularly common at the hairline and crown.

You may be more likely to have a cowlick if you keep your hair short, and they can affect men and women alike. If you want to make your cowlick less visible, speak to your hairstylist. They should be able to recommend a few tricks to tame it.

6. Widow’s Peak

chris hemsworth widows peak hairline

A widow’s peak has a V-shape, and may look more or less noticeable as you age. 

7. Uneven Hairline

Asymmetrical hairlines are common, though their form varies. One side may appear slightly higher than the other, or the whole frontal line could zig-zag drastically.

An uneven hairline may be caused by genetics or excessive styling, such as wearing the hair in a tight ponytail. Receding hairlines often appear uneven too.

8. Straight Hairline

A straight-lined, juvenile, or rectangular hairline runs neatly across the forehead.

How Can I Change My Hairline?

If you want to alter yours, you have several options to choose from:

Hair Removal

Electrolysis or laser hair removal treatments can raise your hairline if you feel it’s too low, or if you have a widow’s peak.

Hair-styling Techniques

the right cut can change the hairline

You may be able to change the way your hairline looks with various cuts or styling tricks. This can be a more comfortable and convenient solution than wearing a hat each day.


If you want to straighten out your uneven hairline or widow’s peak, you can pluck hairs carefully with a pair of tweezers. However, this can be time-consuming and painful.


Some men shave their scalp fully bald when their hair recession becomes too difficult to disguise.


This temporary hair tattooing process recreates the appearance of individual hairs. Results should last between 6 and 18 months.


medications for hair loss

Some medications (such as Finasteride and Rogaine) can treat receding hairlines, though corticosteroids and Dritho-Scalp (intended for psoriasis) may work too.

However, medications can trigger side effects so discuss them with your doctor first. They’ll help you understand the causes of your hair loss and what you can expect from your chosen treatment.

Hair Transplant

Hair transplants, such as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), are increasingly common among men. The concept is simple: a surgeon removes healthy hair follicles from the sides or back of the head under a local anaesthetic. They then transplant these into the hairline to create a fuller, more even shape.

Speak to Your Doctor About Your Options

Contact your doctor if you want to discuss options for changing your hairline. Many men find hair loss difficult to accept, but your doctor should be able to identify the reasons for your hair thinning and advise you on potential treatments.

Various medications are connected with hair loss, including specific kinds of antibiotics, drugs formulated to reduce cholesterol, and acne treatments. Tell your doctor if you take one or more of these medication types, or any other. Alternatives that have no effect on hair may be available. Also, let your doctor know if you feel stressed, as this can make hair loss worse.

Taking the Next Step to Change Your Hairline

A hair transplant is the most effective way to alter your hairline. A surgeon can bring it lower and straighten it out for a more youthful, consistent shape. Additional transplantation can be performed on the crown or any other areas affected by hair loss.

HairPalace provides cutting-edge hair transplants that achieve 90 – 95% success rates.


What is the most common hairline?

Middle hairlines (otherwise known as normal or average hairlines) appear to be the most common, though there’s no credible data on the subject. Middle hairlines grow across the centre of the forehead. 

What is an M-shaped hairline?

A hairline receding back onto the scalp can indicate balding, especially if it takes on an M-shape or widow’s peak. With the former, the M-shape develops because the round curves of the more youthful hairline fade and the shape becomes distinctive. A widow’s peak is a V-shape, with the centre at a lower point than the rest. 

How do I test my hairline?

If you want to examine your hairline for recession, you can check the corners, your crown, and other areas while styling your hair. When one or more areas appear thinner than others, that could be an early sign of an impending receding hairline. 

Is uneven hairline normal?

An uneven hairline is common. Many people have an asymmetrical face and body, too, which usually occurs as a natural part of growth.