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.
Slicked Back Undercut
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.
The fade is a close relative of the slicked back undercut, but its range of hair length sets it apart. With long hair on top and the fade on the sides, this cut works with a variety of hair colors and face shapes.
True to its name, the fade consists of hair gradually getting shorter and shorter until there’s none at all. The decreasing levels of hair length make this cut stand out from the rest.
The best thing about the fade is that it can be combined with tons of other styles. It looks great paired with a quiff or an undercut. It requires much less maintenance than other styles on this list, so if you’re looking for an easy style to keep, consider the classic fade.
Most hairstylists and barbers are familiar with the term “fade,” so tell them that what you want. Make sure you discuss all of the specifics before you begin the actual cut so that everything is how you want it.
The quiff is a classic winner. Its combination of long hair up top and short hair in the back gives you the best of both worlds. It’s forgiving for all types of hair, and it’s fairly easy to style. It walks the line between fun and formal, so it’s appropriate for a wide range of situations.
Our guide to the quiff features a whopping nine variations for every type of guy out there. No matter the type of hair you have, chances are you can get a great quiff out of it. Even if you’ve got a curly or tangled mop, you can pull off a quiff.
While you can get a stylish quiff with any hair color, it works especially well with medium-toned to dark hair because the light adds shine when it reflects. Like the slicked back undercut, some pomade will lend a high degree of shine that makes the quiff pop.
Since the quiff requires short hair in the back and on the sides, it’s similar to the undercut. Ask your hairstylist to keep the crown area short while keeping the length at the front and on top.
Get some quality styling gel, a vented comb, and a hair dryer. After you apply the gel, comb your hair back, following the comb with the dryer. The dryer should be on a high setting and a low speed. When it’s half done, repeat on the other side, but work in the other direction. To finish, brush everything up and back.
Elvis made it a classic, and now it’s making a comeback. While it was once the trademark haircut of truck drivers, it’s now a hallmark of a classy gent. This hairdo requires some serious maintenance, but if you’re willing to put in the work, it produces great results.
To get the ideal pomp, you’ll want to have your bangs down to your eyebrows. The taller pompadours require longer hair, around 6 inches in length. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add a side part for extra vintage points.
It’s great for casual outings, but professionals might want to choose another style. The ‘do definitely means that its wearer is similar: relaxed and slick. Like the slicked back undercut and quiff, it demands a generous dose of a glossy pomade. Once you’re rocking the pompadour, you’ll feel right at home with the King of Rock and Roll.
You’ll want your hair short on the sides and back. The top should have a good length to it. Take some pomade and slick your hair back.
To get the pomp, place your free hand (the one that isn’t holding your comb) on the top of your slicked-back hair. Push this hand forward, and at the same time, comb the hair at the front upward. Fix it with a little hairspray if needed. This method will take some trial and error to get the best pomp possible.
Angular Fringe with Skin Fade
If you prefer lengthy locks, consider tidying them up with a man bun. While the classic man bun consists of tying up hair on the crown of the head, there are several variations that look just as good.
For example, you can combine the man bun with the undercut to achieve a funky hybrid style that’s entirely its own. Man buns also go well with beards, which add fullness to the bun and make the style look more complete.
It’s also great for blonde guys. This style definitely isn’t for the close-trimmed, but if you like your hair to flow, the man bun could be your next new hairdo.
Styling the man bun is simple. Grab the hair you want to tie up, and tie it as if you were going to make a ponytail. Twist the band and make a second pass over the hair, but stop halfway through, and you’ll get a neat bun.
You can modify this style by placing the bun in different spots. The most popular spot is the vertex of your head. (If you have a cowlick, the vertex is where it grows.) You can also change the amount of hair you tie up to get a full-on man bun or what’s called a topknot.