The name ‘widow’s peak’, meaning the downward V in the middle of a person’s hairline, originally came about because it was believed a woman who had one would outlive her husband owing to its similarity to the veil worn during mourning. Dark. These days, though, they’re sported by some of Hollywood’s most famous faces and can be a blessing – they lend structure to the face shape, add an element of symmetry (whether you’re blessed with perfectly proportioned features or not), and signify a strong and healthy mane.

The actual cause of a widow’s peak is thought to be genetic, so if you don’t have one, there’s no use trying to tease down some strands in the middle to get that DiCaprio look. If, however, you were blessed with this most vampiric of hairlines, we’ve compiled 20 of the best ways to maximise its potential.

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Slicked Back

Men's Widow's Peak Hairstyles Slicked Back

The DiCaprio Classic

Leonardo DiCaprio Widow's Peak

Good Enough For Gandy

David Gandy Widow's Peak

Bedheaded & Beardy

Widow's Peak Hairstyles With Beard

The Highlight

Chris Hemsworth Slicked Back Hair

The Quiff

Men's Widow's Peak Hairstyles With Quiff

Smooth & Sleek

Widow's Peak Hairstyles With Side Parting

Easy Breezy

Men's Widow Peak Hairstyles

Big On Top

Wavy Hairstyles With Widow's Peak

Crisply Parted

Side Parting Hairstyles With Widow's Peak

Side Part, Side Eye

Patrick Grant Hairstyle

Straight Back

Slicked Back Hairstyles With Widow's Peak

Vintage Waves

Rory Calhoun Hairstyle

Pompadour Peak

Pompadour Hairstyle With Widow's Peak

Beachy Textures

Receding Hair With Widow's Peak

Choppy Waters

Men's Widow's Peak Hairstyles Gelled Up

Bold & Back

Men's Widow's Peak Hairstyles With Pompadour

The Crop

Men's Crop Hairstyle With Widow's Peak

Hirsutely Handsome

Widow's Peak Hairstyles With Beard

A Bit On The Side

Men's Widow's Peak Blond Hairstyles