Men have been tucking their hair behind their ears for decades if not centuries. You’ve likely done the ear tuck without even noticing it. The naturalness and simplicity of this idea have served as the basis for many hairstyles over the years, and these are some of our favourites.

Brad Pitt’s Ear Tuck with Glasses
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Brad Pitt's Ear Tuck

Shoulder-length hair is as popular as ever before. It’s a breeze to simply tuck the sides behind the ears, as Brad Pitt did here. This style emphasizes the face and keeps the hair out of the way.

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Long Slick Back and Ear Tuck
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Brian Presley's Long Slick Back and Ear Tuck

The ear tuck works especially well with naturally unruly hair. If you have thicker hair and like to keep it long, the ear tuck is a no-brainer. This way, your hair will stay tidy without any fussiness.

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Slight Wavy Texture
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Slight Wavy Texture

If your hair is on the wavier side, you can use an ear tuck to create a layered look as seen here. This works equally well for thinner and thicker hair and makes for an all-around solid choice for any guy.

Quiffed Top
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Quiffed Top

This is a great choice for guys with finer hair who prefer long styles. The hair is styled up into a quiff that is brushed to the side, where it flows into the ear tuck. This gives you an easy way to get lots of natural volume with a messier look.

Blonde Rough Texture
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Blonde Rough Texture

Another long style, this eye-catching look is perfect for rough or coarse textured hair. A slight side part divides the hair, and the ear tuck adds neatness to the side. If you sport a larger beard, this haircut will nicely balance it out.

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Medium Length High Volume Ear Tuck
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Medium Length High Volume Ear Tuck

This swept back style with a tuck is a timeless look that works well for formal situations like work and school. For best results, use a water-based matte finish pomade to slick the hair back. (This will also give your hair the right texture.)

Layered Texture with Long Strands
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Layered Texture with Long Strands

If you love styles with lots of texture, this haircut is for you. The front of the hair is finger combed to create long wavy strands, which are then tucked behind the ear. If you like, you can use a bit of hairspray to keep the strands in place.

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Crescent Shaped Tuck

This 90s-inspired style emphasizes the ear tuck more than any other haircut on this list. The hair is shaped around the ear, creating a satisfying crescent shape. The result is a fun, relaxed cut.

Layered Strands
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Layered Strands

This is another simple layered look that you can’t go wrong with. What sets this haircut apart is the fade that stops at the back of the ear, where it transitions sharply into the longer section. This provides neatness while still allowing for an ear tuck.

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Long Brush Up

Here’s another style that works well for fine hair. The front is brushed up and back, and the sides are kept longer to maintain the fullness of the hair. This haircut doesn’t require a lot of styling either, so you can brush it for a bit and be good to go.