Say the word “hipster,” and you’re bound be met with a sour reaction. The pompously artsy, begrudgingly ironic types associated with the word have left a bad taste in the collective mouth of society. However, there’s something to be said for the men’s hairstyles that have emerged from the hipster realm.

Hipster hairstyles come in all shapes and sizes, and they lend a contemporary look to the guy wearing them. They look great with anything from a vest to a sweater, and they can be worn in any season. This versatility, combined with a sleek look, is one of the many benefits of a so-called “hipster” hairstyle.

Running the gamut from trimmed and neat to long and messy, here are five great hipster hairstyles for men.

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Slicked Back Undercut
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A contemporary twist on the classic undercut hairstyle, this cut mixes new with old. The slicked-back hair on top complements the traditional undercut below for a one-two punch of hairdo brilliance.

Hearkening back to the greasers of the fifties, the slicked back undercut is strikingly retro. It pairs well with a variety of outfits, and even if you’re not a self-proclaimed hipster, you can wear this style with class.

Maintaining this hipster hairstyle will require some quality pomade and regular care, but it’s well worth the trouble. Make sure you apply quite a bit of pomade to keep the form all day long.

Tell your hairstylist to give you a traditional undercut, but make sure you specify you want to keep the length on the top of your head. Basically, you want the sides and back buzzed. Then grab some pomade and a comb. Use your fingers to slick back the hair, and follow that up by combing it all back. Adjust until you’re happy with it.
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