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.

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Inverted Ductail on Crop
@alan_beak

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.

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Ducktail
@barber_djirlauw

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!

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@kieronthebarber

Modern Ducktail with Tapered Neckline

This is a more modern take on the ducktail, where the slicked sides have been layered onto the back hair. It might take some time to grow locks these long, but the final result is definitely worth it.

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ducktail
@paul_barbercode

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!

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@charliegray248

Deconstructed Ducktail

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.

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Formal Duck Tail with Undercut
@r.braid

Formal Duck Tail with Undercut

The ducktail works great in formal situations, and you can save yourself a lot of hassle by keeping the back nice and short. Remember to apply the same ducktail principles to the top, to really keep the soul of the style present.

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Neckline Design with Modern Ducktail
@hayden_cassidy

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.

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Ducktail and Neckline Design
@pedrostival_/Instagram

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.

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Ducktail and Messy Quiff
@marconybarber/Instagram

Ducktail and Messy Quiff

Like in one of the earlier styles, this ducktail uses the central line as a guide to add plenty of volume to the top and front. It’s the added height on this style which makes a classic style feel modern.

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Short Ducktail
@mr.lo__

Short Ducktail

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.

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Angular Take on Ducktail
@barber.josh.o.p

Angular Take on Ducktail

Ducktails don’t always have to run in a straight line down the center of your hair. The more creative you are with your ducktail style, the more eye-catching it is. Check out this perfectly sculpted look in which the slicked-back sides meet in an angular line at the back. So cool!

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Horizontal Ducktail
@barber.josh.o.p

Horizontal Ducktail

Who says ducktails must always be vertical? For a unique take on the classic style, brush the sides back and then up to form a horizontal line along the midsection of your hair.

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Stranded Duck Tail
@paddy_corrigan_

Stranded Duck Tail

We think any ducktail look has a nice texture but this has got to be one of the most stylish we’ve seen. The piecey strands on the sides look perfectly styled and we love how they meet in a choppy line down the middle.

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Miniature Ducktail with Tapered Neckline
@ppreshaw

Miniature Ducktail with Tapered Neckline

If you don’t want your cut to look too ’50s, you can go for a low-key style that features a mini ducktail running down the crown of your hair instead of the entire back. This adds a nice texture without that heavy vintage vibe.

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Ducktailed Top
@mensworldherenkappers

Ducktailed Top

You know what would make a mohawk even bolder? Style the top into a ducktail and you’ll totally be turning heads!

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Pronounced Full Ducktail
@_psycho.kill

Pronounced Full Ducktail

This is the style you need to copy if you want to go for the quintessential ducktail. It has that heavy vintage feel with its slick look, extreme height, and very pronounced line running down the entire length.

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De-Constructed Top Ducktail
@liamjtwist

De-Constructed Top Ducktail

Try adding a little more variety to the top of your hair for a different take on the ducktail. This style features a part on either side of the head for extra pizzazz.