The ducktail is a classic cut dating back to the 50s, where both sides of the hair are slicked back to meet in the middle. There are loads of variations of this style, allowing you to get a look as classic or as modern as you want. In this picture guide, we’re walking through ten of the top ducktail hairstyles for men.
Inverted Ducktail on Crop
This inverted ducktail hairstyle takes the concept of the ducktail and flips it around. Instead of slicking the hair backward, the two sides are slicked forwards to meet in the middle of this cool crop.
Light Classic Ducktail
Here’s a classic ducktail haircut that’s been brushed into place. Notice how it’s not an overly “sticky” look, like some heavily-gelled ducktails. This one is stylish and super clean — we love it!
Front Volume and Curly Ducktail
For a twist on the regular ducktail, use the line along the middle as a guide for adding extra volume at the front. This curly ducktail hairstyle definitely has that technique down!
If a plain ducktail haircut is a little too rigid for you, try adding some more texture. This deconstructed ducktail is layered up with locks of hair pointing in all different directions, for a carefree, modern look.
Neckline Design with Modern Ducktail
Here’s a super messy, super curly ducktail that’s a lot less work than it looks. We love the volume up front, and the cool neckline design is definitely a bonus.
Ducktail and Neckline Design
This ducktail has some very interesting patterns running through it, with the two sides slicked back to meet along a wavy line. Yes, there’s a neckline pattern in this cut too; and yes, we think it’s a much-welcomed extra.
Here’s a simple, short ducktail with some light fading down the neck. We think this is an excellent choice for guys who like to keep things low-maintenance, but want to experiment with an age-old hairstyling motif.