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The Classic Flow Hairstyle is Back – Gallery

From naturally curly to straight: a universal men's cut with a modern touch

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Are you looking to make a fashion statement that will last all season long? The flow hairstyle also referred to as hockey style or bro flow is perfect for those who want an effortlessly cool look. This classic hairstyle works just as well on both straight or curly hair – with some molding cream, everyone can rock this trend! And when the cooler weather hits, no need to worry – its length provides extra protection against cold temperatures while also maintaining your stylish appearance! Top it off with a snapback hat and you’re ready go wherever life takes you.

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Messy Flow Hairstyle

Messy Flow Hairstyle

This flowy, messy hair cut is achieved using a scissor-cutting method. The hair is kept relatively all the same length, but there are shorter pieces throughout the cut to add texture and movement. Additionally, the hair around the face is tucked behind the ear.

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Retro Ear Tuck

Retro Ear Tuck

Who said that edgy style can’t be combined with old-fashioned glam? Sometimes combining two opposite styles could give you the best result! Simply look at how attractive the front twist of messy curls looks on the forehead while the sides are roughly gelled to the sides. Such a masculine haircut can look absolutely stunning on someone with lots of facial piercings and tattoos.

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Full Flow

Full Flow

Whoever said less is more clearly hasn’t seen a man with a full flow hairstyle. But we’re not talking about medium-length hair, we’re talking about pairing your flow with a full beard. You don’t have to grow your hair to medium length, but it has to be enough to be brushed up (for this specific haircut, you can grow it to at least 3 inches).

This haircut is great for people who don’t like to maintain their mane that often because you can let your hair grow naturally and just brush it up for the neat effect, and it also requires no shaving.

Great for straight hair and for oval and heart face shapes.

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Medium Length With Tidy Layers

Medium Length With Tidy Layers

Most flow hairstyles require medium-length hair that is grown to at least 5 – 6 inches. Once you achieve this, all you need to do is ask your stylist for tidy, kempt layers at the edge so that when you brush it up, it would have volume, especially if you have straight hair. For those with already wavy hair, getting the layers at the edge can be optional.

Brush up while damp for that perfect flow. Best for square or rectangular face shapes, wear it clean-shaven and use minimal accessories such as a pair of sunglasses.

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Brushed Up Short Wavy Flow

Brushed Up Short Wavy Flow

Want to get that wavy bro flow hairstyle but unsure if your shorter hair can handle it? Worry not, everything is possible with a dollop of hair products. You don’t need to grow your hair past your ears, but you do need to have at least 2 inches of hair on top for you to be able to brush your hair back. Best to do this when it’s a bit damp from washing or you can also place hair products on it and blow dry it.

Wear without a beard and this can do favors for your strong jawline. Works best with a diamond or square face shape.

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Flow Hairstyle with Widows Peak

Flow Hairstyle with Widows Peak

This style is achieved by utilizing a classic scissor cut, and it is styled by roughly brushing all of the hair away from the face. This is optimal for people with widow’s peaks, as the textured and messy style draws away from the hairline.

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Surfer Messy Style
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Surfer Messy Style

One of the longest styles on our list, this messy, tangled haircut has ample texture and will give you a super relaxed look.

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Suited Up Back Flow
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Suited Up Back Flow

A neater, tidier style, this take on the classic quiff has plenty of natural flow. Despite being shorter, this cut has a lot of character and vibrancy.

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Wavy Texture Overall with Thick Volume
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Wavy Texture Overall with Thick Volume

Looking for something with even more texture? Try out this long and wavy style. The hair is brushed back and strategically layered for the fullest head of hair possible.

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Flowy Wavy Blowout
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Flowy Wavy Blowout

Here’s a great look for thin hair that’s super casual. This cut is long all over, even at the sides, which makes this a rather unique style.

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Rusty Brown Loose Strands
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Rusty Brown Loose Strands

When thick hair is grown out, it often creates layers. You can leverage this by tousling the layers for extra movement and texture.

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High Volume Brushed Up

High Volume Brushed Up

For some, just sporting a brushed-up hairstyle is all they need. But for others, a brushed-up is not a brushed-up if it does not come in high volume. Whether it’s for that extra oomph or because it suits your hair’s texture – it’s effortless to achieve. If your hair is straight and thin, you’d need some products like dry shampoo or a texturizing powder, and they will be a part of your routine. And you’ll have to grow your hair to more than 2 inches. You’ll also need to blow dry your hair while brushing it up to achieve the look.

Sport with a light beard (or none at all) and minimal accessories. Best worn by those with oval, round, or diamond face shapes.

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Wavy Flow with Thick Volume
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Wavy Flow with Thick Volume

Wavy hair and flowy styles go hand in hand, and this style shows how you can take full advantage of the volume that wavy hair provides.

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High Volume Strands
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High Volume Strands

If you want to get a bit more artistic with your hair, this is definitely a style to consider. Long and flowing strands are styled into place, creating a unique sense of movement that you don’t often see.

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Breezing Freely
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Breezing Freely

For maximum flow, look no further than this extremely loose, windswept style. The hair is deliberately messy and gives off carefree, laid-back vibes.

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Neck Length Layered Hair
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Neck Length Layered Hair

For an even longer and more flowing style, check out this cut that takes the hair down to the neck. The loosely combed hair is full of eye-catching texture and motion.

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Suited Flow Back with Tight Bind
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Suited Flow Back with Tight Bind

Here’s another simple, low maintenance style with lots of flow. It’s slightly longer and fuller than the previous style, providing a bit more depth.

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The Flow of The Thor
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The Flow of The Thor

Thor’s hair is known for its long and flowing style. Take a close look, and you’ll see that this is actually a very simple hairstyle. All it requires is long hair and a bit of brushing to set everything in place.

FAQs

What's the difference between mullet and flow hairstyles?

The mullet is characterized by short hair on the sides, with longer hair in the back that falls just below the neckline. On the other hand, the flow hairstyle features long hair all over. It typically has soft layers of varying lengths and wavy or straight strands that can be styled in various ways. This style gives off a more effortless vibe than the harsher look of the mullet and can be adapted to fit any face shape or lifestyle. Both styles have their plusses and minuses; the mullet offers an edgy look but requires regular trips to the barber for maintenance, while the flow hairstyle allows for greater versatility.

How often should I trim my hair?

For a flow hairstyle, it’s essential to get regular trims to help keep it looking healthy. Generally speaking, you should aim to get your hair trimmed every four to six weeks. Getting it cut regularly can help prevent split ends, keep the length even and ensure that it keeps its shape and style. Regular trims are especially beneficial for people with thick or curly hair since their strands tend to be more prone to damage and breakage. The frequency can vary depending on how quickly your hair is growing – if it grows faster, you may need a trim more often than every four weeks – however, getting into the habit of visiting the salon will ensure that your hairstyle looks its best at all times.

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