Even if you don’t know it by name, you’ve probably seen the brush up hairstyle in action. With its uniquely tousled appearance, it’s becoming one of the year’s most iconic mens hairstyles.

What is the brush up hairstyle?

With a brush up hairstyle, the hair on the top of the head is styled upward in a messy fashion. The sides and the back are cut short with either an undercut, fade, or taper. This gives a similar appearance to the quiff. Whereas only the front of the hair is styled in the quiff, the whole top is styled in the brush up hairstyle.

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What do I need for the brush up hairstyle?

You’ll need to make some preparations before getting a brush up hairstyle.

First, the hair on top of your head should be 2 to 4 inches long. It can work with slightly shorter or longer hair (1.5 to 4.5 inches), but 2 to 4 inches is the ideal length.

This haircut is best for straight or wavy hair. If your hair is curly, you’ll have a hard time getting the brush up hairstyle.

Even though the brush up hairstyle is so called because the hair is brushed up, you don’t necessarily need a brush. A comb will also do the job. If you have wavy hair, use a wide-tooth comb.

You’ll need some high quality hair wax (or mousse) for this style. Whereas wax will give a messy look, mousse will give volume and works best with wavy hair.

Finally, grab a hair dryer. You’re now ready for the brush up hairstyle to grace your head.

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How to Style the Brush Up Hairstyle

Start by applying hair wax or mousse to your damp hair. You’ll want to put a nice coat of wax on your hair. Experimentation will allow you to figure out the right amount.
As you’re applying the product, style your hair upward. Style it as if you’re spiking it, but make it messy and not defined. You can style it using your fingers and a brush or comb.

Now grab your hair dryer and point it at your forelock (bangs). Use your fingers to continue styling your hair upward. The hot air from the hair dryer and the lift from your fingers will provide the main brush up look.

After you’ve finished styling your forelock, you can move on to styling the hair on top of your head. Work backward, and repeat the lifting motions while aiming the hair dryer at the hair you’re styling. Continue in this fashion until you’ve got a rocking brush up hairstyle.

How to make my brush up right?

If you’re not getting a good brush up hairstyle, try styling your hair with a brush or comb instead of your fingers. Depending on your hair type and texture, you may want to use hair mousse instead of wax and vice versa. You might also want to try applying more wax or mousse as you style.

As with most hairstyles, experimentation is key. After a bit of practice, you’ll be able to achieve a great brush up hairstyle.

See the gallery below for more inspiration:
Dyed | fade, vertical by@paul_barbercode
@paul_barbercode
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Sleek Brushed Dyed

Undercut + Brushed Up Fohawk
Undercut + Brushed Up Fohawk, by @tombaxter_hair
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Undercut + Brushed Up Fohawk

Longer Faux Hawk with Brushed Up Front
Longer Faux Hawk with Brushed Up Front, by @tombaxter_hair
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Longer Faux Hawk with Brushed Up Front

Brushed up Spiky Hairstyle
Brushed up Spiky Hairstyle, by @andrewdoeshair
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Brushed up Spiky Hairstyle

Curly Brush Up
@barberdeano
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Curly Brush Up and Disconnected Design

Brushed up
Brushed up, by @ryancullenhair
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Modern Highlighted Brush Up

Brush up Against the Sun
@tombaxter_hair
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Brush up Against the Sun

brush up
@russ_thebarber
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Simple Spiky Top with Tapered Sides

Casual Brush Up
@lanedorsey
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Casual Brush Up

Pocky Textured Brush Up
@reyesthebarber
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Pocky Textured Brush Up

Strands Brushed Up with Neat Line Up
@napolesbarbershop
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Strands Brushed Up with Neat Line Up

High Volumed Top with Temple Fade
@patty_cuts
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High Volumed Top with Temple Fade

Straight Mid Fade with Straight Up Top
@v.hugostyles
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Straight Mid Fade with Straight Up Top

Casual Short Strands
@iisakkinummi
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Casual Short Strands

Dry Textured Thin Hair
@ivanshavethesailor
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Dry Textured Thin Hair

Classic Brush Up with Faded Sides
@itsclipperovercomb
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Classic Brush Up with Faded Sides

Formal Top with Sleek Fade
@barbersandbrews
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Formal Top with Sleek Fade

Messy Brush Up with Low Fade
@javi-the-barber
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Messy Texture with Low Fade

Taper Fade with Brush Up
@rumbarber
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Taper with Skin Fade Blonde

Shaved Hairline with Temple Fade
@anton_marchenko_
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Fancy Brush Up plus Shaved Sideline

Long Brush Up with Taper
@tombaxter_hair
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Long Brush Up with Taper

Brushed Up Mid Fade
@barber_djirlauw
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Brushed Up Mid Fade

Brushed Up with Low Fade
@andrewdoeshair
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Subtle Low Fade

High Volume Undercut
High Volume Undercut, by @aaron_kiely_hair
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High Volume Undercut

Spiky brushed up with line up
@z_ramsey
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Spiky Brushed up + Line up

Drastic Brushed Up Undercut
@dannyandcobarbers
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Drastic Brushed Up Undercut

High Fade Undercut + Brushed Up Front
High Fade Undercut + Brushed Up Front, by @tombaxter_hair
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High Fade Undercut + Brushed Up Front

Angled Brush Up
@barbermikethomas
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Angled Brush Up

Brushed Up Undercut + Spiky Hair
Brushed Up Undercut + Spiky Hair, by @javi_thebarber_
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Brushed Up Undercut + Spiky Hair

Brushed up Medium Skin Fade
Brushed up Medium Skin Fade, by @javi_thebarber_
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Brushed up Medium Skin Fade

Brushed up with Undercut
Brushed up with Undercut, by @barberdeano
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Brushed up with Undercut

High Volume Brush Up
@javi_thebarber_
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High Volume Finger Combed

Brushed up Spiky Hairstyle for Young Guys
by @javi_thebarber_
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Brushed up Spiky Hairstyle

Brushed Up Skin Fade
@kalin_barber
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Brushed Up Skin Fade

Highlighted Brush Up Spikes
@tombaxter_hair
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Highlighted Brush Up Spikes

High Volume Brush Up with Fade
@andyauthentic
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High Volume Brush Up with Fade

Brush Up Undercut Fade
@meha_barber
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Brush Up Undercut Fade

Brushed Up Spiky
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Shorter Brush up

Brush Up Spiky Hair
Source
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Brush Up + Mid Fade

Brushed Up Fade
Credits: Braid Barbers
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Brush Up Fade

Brushed Classic Taper Hair
source
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Brush up Longer Taper

Brush Up Hairstyle for Men
source
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Pompadour Style Brush up

Textured Brush Up Beard
source
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Textured Brush up

Brush Up Side Swept Blonde
source
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Side Swept Brush Up

Brush Up Modern Shape
source
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Modern Style Brush up

Wild Brush Up Skin Fade and Glasses
source
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Wild Brush up Skin Fade

Messy brush up Man Hairstyle
Jason-Salmon/shutterstock.com
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Messy yet Elegant

Skin fade Texture by Braids UK
Credits: Braid Barbers
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Textured with Skin Fade

Flow Back Texture
Credits: Braid Barbers
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Flow Back Texture

Side Pushed Texture
source
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Side Pushed Texture

Adam Levine’s Staple Brush Up
Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com
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Adam Levine's Staple Brush Up

Long Layers Skin Fade
Credits: Micky Graham
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Long Layers

Classic Taper and Textured Brush-Up
artfotodima / Shutterstock.com
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Classic Taper and Textured Brush-Up

Waves On Top and Hardline Design
@diogo_silvastudio/Instagram
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Waves On Top and Hardline Design

Platinum Texture Brushed
source
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Platinum Texture Brushed

Brush-Up and Low Fade
@abbas_ahmadifard/Instagram
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Low Fade and Hardline Design

Two Strokes Design and Styled Brush-Up
@ moohammad_hamze
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Two Strokes Design and Styled Brush-Up

Regulation Crop with Medium Fade
@ moohammad_hamze
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Regulation Crop with Medium Fade