A widow’s peak is basically a V-shaped point of the hairline made in the middle of the forehead. From where we stand, a widow’s peak hairline is neither an advantage nor a disadvantage in a man’s appearance.
To convince you of this, we have gathered some of the best widow’s peak hairstyles you can try out to either highlight or conceal your hairline. Take a closer look and get inspired below!
1. Christ Hemsworth’s Casual Widow’s Peak
There’s nothing quite like the allure that a casual hairstyle comes with, whether or not you have a widow’s peak. However, your advantage in this situation is that the hair towards the front of the peak will naturally fall to the side if it’s an inch or two long. Just look how cool Chris Hemsworth looks with it.
2. Anderson Cooper’s Classic White Widow’s Peak
If you’re into sexy anchormen, look no further than the one and only Anderson Cooper. That marvelous head of white hair screams class and style!
3. Slicked Back Widow’s Peak
If your hair is long enough, slicking it back could be one of the best ideas for a manly and classy hairstyle. Even more so, guys with a widow’s peak get an extremely eye-catching silhouette when styling their hair this way.
4. Messy Peak
No matter how old you are, a messy hairstyle will always bring the best out of your features. Even though you may not wear your hair this way at the office, you’ll look awesome with it if you’re out in the city with your friends.
5. Widow’s Peak for Receding Hairline
There’s no doubting that Jude Law is an attractive celebrity. In addition to his acting skills, Dr. Watson from Sherlock Holmes has always been a favorite for the ladies. Despite his receding hairline, he always rocks a short flowing hairstyle with confidence.
6. Widow’s Peak with Beard
If your hair does come with a notably receding hairline, you may want to use some tips and tricks for covering it up. You don’t necessarily have to sport long hair, but you can grow a beard to draw more attention to that area of your face.
7. Caesar Cut
All the same, there are certain haircuts that you can try out to conceal your peak and/ or a receding hairline. Just one idea is the Caesar cut, which you can also turn into a French crop with long hair. Owing to the shape of the hair above your forehead, you won’t be able to notice what’s under it.
8. Widow’s Peak Pompadour
On the other hand, you can skip covering the area entirely and go for a bold and timeless hairstyle. Even though decades have passed since the pompadour was at its peak, it remains one of the most elegant hairstyles for men worldwide.
9. Comb Over Peak
Another way you can make the most of your widow’s peak is by combing over your hair to the side. Similar to the casual hairstyle example we talked about in the above, you will be using a larger portion of hair to your advantage.
10. Cover Up Widow’s Peak
Still, we’ll include another idea for covering up the region in case you’re more comfortable with the idea. Allow your hair to grow a bit longer and make sure you cut it in subtle layers. After that, brush it to the side, over your forehead and slightly upwards at the tips.
11. Curly Widow’s Peak
Having coiled curly hair doesn’t mean you can’t rock a widow’s peak. I mean, look at this guy!
12. Faux Hawk Widow’s Peak
We’re back to Jude Law as a fine example for another peak hairstyle, but this time with an edgier look. Instead of going for the “flow” approach, you can copy the actor’s hairstyle in this photo and try out a faux hawk.
13. Long Swept Back
Nonetheless, Jude Law isn’t the only celebrity we can look to for hairstyle inspiration. Kit Harington, whom we all know from Game of Thrones, prefers to keep his locks longer and swept back, fully revealing his widow’s peak.
14. Widow’s Peak Undercut
Do you want to add edge and definition to your hairstyle? You can never go wrong with an undercut. Although you don’t need to go for a full skin undercut like in the photo below, you can opt for this style if you’re a natural nonconformist
15. Spiky Widow’s Peak
Spiky hairstyles have been constantly trending for years now, most likely thanks to their versatility and ease of styling. All you need is a little product and run your fingers through your hair and you’ll be all set in just a few minutes.
16. Tom Hiddleston’s Flattened Widow’s Peak
Tom Hiddleston’s peak do is another great idea for receding hairstyles. Notice the slightly blunt tip of the actual peak – it gives the look a cleaner aspect.
17. Formal Widow’s Peak
Plenty of men aren’t quite excited when they have formal events coming up. But have no fear – cool widow’s peak hairstyles are here. Like most adaptable hairstyles for guys, you need to have a couple of inches of hair. After that, style it in a swirling motion.
18. High and Tight Undercut Peak with Chevron Mustache
The high and tight is arguably one of the most common military hairstyles used by guys who aren’t necessarily in the army. You just have to get a deep undercut, shaving towards the upper top sides of the head.
19. Widow’s Peak Hairstyles with Hard Part
Regardless if you have a widow’s peak or not, a hard part is always a cool detail for any hairstyle for men. You can shave a deep part to emphasize your hairstyle all around, and also outline or hide your peak.
20. Man Bun with Widow’s Peak
If you have a widow’s peak and also extremely long hair, you have every reason to try out a man bun. It’s best to rock a man bun if your hair is thick and long enough so it won’t look bad. If yours isn’t, we have an alternative at #45.
21. Retro Hairstyle
Are you a classy guy who prides himself on fine tastes? Retro widow’s peak hairstyles are definitely for you. Seek inspiration from men’s retro grooming trends for your hairstyle by parting your hair to the side and slicking it back.
22. Ivy League Widow’s Peak
Oftentimes, men with this type of hairline opt for low-maintenance haircuts that look good no matter how you wake up in the morning. Possibly the best example is an Ivy League haircut, another timeless military hairstyle.
23. Widow’s Peak with Quiff
Seeing the pattern in widow’s peak hairstyles for men, it’s natural that the quiff would be a part of them. You could be a teenager or a senior – you will always look sharp if you have a quiff hairstyle in place with a neat side part.
24. Front Curl Long Peak
Among our general recommendations, we often talk about the perfect blend of class and edginess that comes with rockabilly hairstyles. If you’re all about that rock and roll, consider trying out a hairstyle with a front curl over your widow’s peak.
25. Crew Cut
We’re accustomed to seeing actor Bradley Cooper with an effortless flow hairstyle. All the same, he looks just as dashing with a crew cut as any other guy with a widows peak would. It’s another one of the hairstyles on our list that require little to no maintenance.
26. Widow’s Peak Buzz Cut
If you want to reduce your styling routine to zero, take your military cut a step further to a buzz cut. As you can see in the photo with Nick Jonas below, it outlines a widow’s peak in a flattering way. Just note that you’ll have to cut your hair often if you want to maintain the buzz texture.
27. Tapered Widow’s Peak
Out of all the modern and popular hairstyles we have to choose from, about half of all of them involve a tapered haircut. Tapering your hair on the sides and back allows you to play with the overall structure of your appearance.
28. Shaved Sides Hairstyle with Widow’s Peak
Likewise, you can ditch tapering altogether and opt only for shaved sides. This hairstyle looks particularly attractive on men with longer hair, especially when they slick it back. Nevertheless, you can try it out with shorter haircuts too.
29. Regular Parted Widow’s Peak
Unfortunately, not all men have the liberty of choosing unconventional hairstyles. If you work in a traditional environment or you want a haircut that’s more age-appropriate, you can get a regular hairstyle to blend in with your peak.
30. Widow’s Peak with Mid Fade
Fade haircuts are just as common and beloved as subtly tapered hairstyles. There are various ways you can get yours, but we’ll start with a mid-fade. It’s the best solution for men who want an even hairstyle all-around.
31. Braids Peak
We’ve previously talked all about the braided hairstyles that men can experiment with. Still, we want to focus on the idea in this context too. After you let your hair grow long enough, you can get an undercut and braid the top with an interesting design.
32. Textured Widow’s Peak
Repeat after us – layers are life. When you go to get your haircut, we strongly recommend that you consider adding layers for a wonderfully textured outcome. It radically reduces the time you would have spent styling it on a daily basis.
33. Afro with Widow’s Peak
However, some men have textured hair naturally. If you’re one of them, you should never shy away from showing it off. But how can you flaunt your textured curls appropriately? With an afro hairstyle, of course!
34. Vintage Military Widow’s Peak
We’ve talked about crew cuts, buzz cuts, and high and tight haircuts. But what about the military hairstyles that army men would wear back in the day? For a flattering vintage glow to your hairstyle, keep this idea in mind.
35. Front V-Shaped Hairstyle
If you follow our articles, you will have definitely noticed that we bring up the V-shaped hairstyle a lot. Be that as it may, we talk about it as an undercut idea with a V-shape at the back of the neck. For widow’s peak hairstyles, apply the technique to the front.
36. Low Fade with Widow’s Peak
A discrete alternative for a mid fade haircut is one with a low fade. By definition, the hairstyle involves lower fading, up until the point that you’ll get close to your ear. You should try it out for a subtle and tasteful widow’s peak hairstyle.
37. Brushed Up Widow’s Peak with Fade
Once your hair gets a little longer, you’ll find a harder time spiking it than you would have before. Whether you want a backup plan for spiky hairstyles or you just want to avoid the rugged technique, think about getting a brushed up hairstyle.
38. Mid-Length Widow’s Peak
We’ll be adding Johnny Depp to our series of inspirational celebrities with widow’s peak hairstyles. Obviously, he knows how to pull off the messy hairstyle admirably. In addition, he also shows how you can cover up your hairline with a medium-length hairstyle.
39. Shoulder-Length Widow’s Peak
Alternatively, push your length a bit further with a shoulder-length hairstyle. You won’t be struggling with haircuts every two weeks, but you should note that the look may involve more daily maintenance. We still recommend it for straight-haired guys.
40. Widow’s Peak with Angular Fringe
Sometimes, concealing a widow’s peak or unflattering hairline can be as easy as getting the right haircut. The angular fringe, for example, will do an astounding job without too much effort on your part. Just make sure your stylist understands the results you desire by bringing a reference.
41. Deep Electric Blue Messy Hair
We could all use a little more color in our lives from time to time. For some men, this means exploring eccentric hairstyles with vivid hair colors. You can try royal blue for yours or branch out into any other colors of the rainbow.
42. Widow’s Peak with Large Beard
We’ve already recommended pairing a beard with widow’s peak hairstyles, but here we want to take the idea to the next level. If you have a long, full and thick beard that is highly well-groomed, it won’t even matter what hairstyle you have on top.
43. Ponytail Peak
If you’re one of the guys that have medium or long widow’s peak hairstyles, you can start having fun with styling. Aside from man buns and braids, you can keep it simple with a messy low ponytail with loose strands that frame your face.
44. High Fade with Line Up
Box fade, line up, temp fade – no matter how you call it, you have to admit that this haircut is awesome. In the case of men with widow’s peaks, a line-up haircut can accurately change the shape of your hairline to a stylish rectangle.
45. Top Knot Peak
As promised, here’s the smart alternative for men with hair that isn’t long or thick enough for a man bun. The top knot or samurai bun can work just as well as the fuller man bun, even more so if you have an undercut to go with it.
46. Mohawk Widow’s Peak
No matter how narrow or wide it may be, the mohawk is the ultimate grooming statement for any man. In your situation, as a guy with a widow’s peak, you’re already halfway there. Just shave the sides along the edges of your hairline.
47. Half Up
If you ever get tired of tying all of your hair up in a man bun or top knot, you should test out the half up half down hairstyles. The main technique is basically the same, except that you split your hair into two large sections before tying the top.
48. Widow’s Peak with High Fade
The high fade is pretty close to the high and tight haircut, but with a more subtle appearance. Still, it’s the most flashy version out of all fade hairstyles. Get it if you want to be edgy without going full military with your haircut.
49. Grungy Widow’s Peak (with Hat)
Accessories are an exceptional way of further expressing your personal style through your hair. Even though they don’t involve cutting your hair a certain way, beanies, caps, or other accessories can support your personality regarding your appearance.
50. Chin-Length Straight Hair with Peak
It’s not too long nor too short, not too boring nor too flamboyant. Essentially, this is a chin-length hairstyle that will work in any environment, whether you’re at workplace or hanging out with friends.
51. Curly Widow’s Peak
What do you get if you mix widows peak hairstyles with curly hair? All the dynamism you could ever want from your appearance. Your texture plays a significant role in the results, and the shape of your hairline will contour the overall look even more.
52. Widow’s Peak for Longish Hair
Not only will you be able to slick your hair back for a cool look, but you can also toss it nonchalantly to one side or the other to express your rebellious personality.
53. Middle Part Peak
Yet another hairstyle that helps you bring the best out of your peak is one with a middle part. If you let your hair grow a little longer, you can part your hair in the middle and get curtain bangs instantaneously.
To conclude, you certainly have a lot of options to choose from among widow’s peak hairstyles. You can basically pick any haircut or style you want – depending on how you want to work with your peak.
You should also make your decision based on whether your hair is thick or fine, and the natural texture that you have. SO, which of these is the winner for you?
This article was updated in August 2019.
Lilith Wetherall is a freelance writer, editor, and blogger. She graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a minor in Journalism. She later found her passion for hairstyles and is now professing in a men’s salon. Some of her favorite things to do include reading, writing, watching movies, and being outdoors. When she’s not writing for our readers, she is either at the salon or at home trying out a new hair color.