This simple yet stylish combed-back hairstyle is great for adding weight to grey hair.
In this shot, Ryan Reynolds is sporting a smooth, combed-back style. Notice how the hair gets combed to the side as the style goes further back on the head. Combined with clipped sides, this hairstyle makes a confident statement that pairs well with peppered hair.
The tiny quiff/pompadour at the front helps to add weight and texture, which hairstylist Jamie Stevens says is a crucial aspect of an older man’s style. “As a man grows older, the density of his hair changes and thins out,” Stevens says. “Weight and texture are needed to stop it looking flat and limp.” Hairstyles for men with grey hair need a bit more presence, and this cut delivers that.
Ask your barber for about 1.5 to 2 inches on top of the head. Since the styling process will give you volume, you don’t need too much on top. The sides should be buzzed––here, Reynolds has about a #4 or #5 on the sides, but you can go a little shorter or longer depending on your preference. The back should be buzzed with the same clipper length.
This hairstyle is all about the product. For thin hair, you’ll need a pomade or gel with a medium hold. For thicker hair, use a firm hold product.
Work the product into towel-dried, damp hair, working backwards and to one side of your choice with your fingers to thoroughly apply the product. Next, use a comb to tease the hair back into a small quiff/pompadour. Finally, set the hair in place by combing it backwards and to the side. This will give you the slightly side-swept look Reynolds has here.
Textured waves add direction and flow to this style.
This hairstyle is a great example of what volume and texture can do for grey hair. The waves are accentuated with the help of some good product, and the result is a full-bodied appearance. If you have wavy or straight hair that has trouble behaving, this is a great choice for you.
For this style, you’ll want 1 to 1.5 inches on top of the head. The hair in the front should be a little longer, about 1.5 to 2 inches. In this shot, the sides have been trimmed with scissors, not clipped. For maximum texture, you can ask your barber to use clipper over comb on the sides and back.
Apply product into towel-dried, damp hair. The trick to getting this style is to tease the hair. Once the product is applied, comb the product through the hair, combing to one side of your choice. Next, use your fingertips to tousle the hair at different points, creating the chaotic yet controlled look here. Getting the style just right might take a few tries, so experiment and see what works for you.
A classic, iconic slicked back style.
This is one of those timeless hairstyles for men with grey hair. A straightforward slicked back style combined with a styled moustache makes for a classy combo.
Even if you don’t have the ‘stache for this, you can still get the classic slicked look. Here’s how.
Since all the hair will be slicked back, you’ll want to have some length on top. You’ll want at least 2 inches on top, and you can have up to 3 or 4 inches if you want to go really long. The sides and back can be trimmed or clipped, depending on what you prefer.
This hair is styled with the power of pomade. Apply a small dollop (about the size of two fingertips) to your hands, and work it into towel-dried, damp hair.
Comb the hair back, using your hand to follow through and pat the hair down. You’ll want to comb the hair back to a specific point on the back of your head, either the left or right side. If needed, you can fix the style with a little hairspray. If no hairspray is needed, you’re good to go.
Check out our guide to slicked back hair to read more on this style.
Elegant, sophisticated style for the grey-haired gentleman.
If you’re looking for an especially suave style, consider copying Clooney’s hair here. His full, slicked back style is an ideal choice for a refined hairstyle that will showcase grey hair.
The Master Barber from Ted’s Grooming Room in London says that “silver locks convey a sense of sophistication, experience, and power.” This hairstyle brings out those three elements for an outstanding look.
Ask your barber for 2 to 3 inches on top of the head. The hair should be a little longer in the front so you can style it back. Here, Clooney’s sides are trimmed with scissors, but you can opt for a longer clipper setting, like a #6 or #7, if you prefer a clipped look. The sides and back should be trimmed or clipped the same way as the sides.
Work the product into towel-dried, damp hair. Next, set your part by combing the hair down on one side. Then comb the hair on top in the other direction. The part can be exaggerated or slight. (For reference, Clooney has a slight part on his left side.)
Once you’re done parting, tease the front of the hair up and back to create the elegant style shown here. It’s more subtle than a pompadour or quiff, but you want to style the hair in the same way. To get this exact look, tease the hair up and then to the side, away from your part.
A neat side-swept look that keeps it simple.
This utilitarian haircut is great for grey-haired fellows who want a no-fuss style. The hair is styled but short, creating a clean appearance all around.
Fashion Beans notes that “grey hair tends to look better––and less ageing––when kept short and tidy.” This style embraces that philosophy.
Ask your barber for 1 to 1.5 inches in front. The length on top should taper slightly as it goes back toward the crown. The sides and back should be trimmed with scissors to match the texture and weight of the hair on top.
If you like, you can opt to not style this haircut at all. If you do want to style it, working in a little gel will give it a firmer presence.
A laid-back, casual cut.
Eric Danes’s hair here is the epitome of carefree. It’s neat but just a little messy, which makes this haircut versatile. It’s ideal for hanging out, and it won’t look out of place in a professional setting, either. If you find some hairstyles for men with grey hair to be too boring or too extreme, try this out.
Ask your barber for 1.5 to 2 inches on top of the head. The sides and back should be trimmed with scissors and not clipped.
This cut doesn’t need much styling––in fact, you can get away with some good combing work. But if you want to style it, a bit of gel or wax will hold the hair in place, allowing your locks to withstand the elements.
The brush-up look brings serious style to grey hair.
It’s easy to have grey hair and still sport a trendy style. This brush up look adds weight to the hair and makes a dramatic statement. Still, it’s a tidy look that communicated sophistication.
As this is a longer style, you’ll want to ask your barber for about 3 inches in front. The hair on top can be slightly shorter, but you want the hair in front to be the longest, as you’ll be brushing it upward. The sides and back should be trimmed with scissors to achieve a unified appearance.
You’ll want a medium hold pomade or gel for this look. Apply the product to towel-dried, damp hair. Style the hair upward with your fingers as you apply the product. Next, take a hair dryer at medium heat and point it at your bangs. Use your fingers or a comb/brush to style the hair upward as you blow dry it into place.
Read our guide to the brush-up hairstyle for more information on this great look.
Turn a receding hairline into a fashion statement with this stylish undercut.
Got a receding hairline? You’ll be happy to know you can actually use it to your advantage with some hairstyles for men with grey hair, including this dapper style.
This slicked back undercut is similar to the brush-up style shown above, but it has a more contemporary look with buzzed sides and more definition.
Ask your barber for about 3 to 4 inches on top. As with most of these styles, the hair in the front should be just a little longer. The back can be either buzzed or trimmed. The sides should be buzzed. For the closest look to this style here, ask your barber to fade the sides and back and blend the sides.
This style will require good quality product. Pomade is ideal, though gel will work. Work the product into towel-dried, damp hair. You can simply brush the hair back and style it in that fashion, or you can use a hair dryer to dry it into place. Either way, you’ll want to lift the hair and brush it back, following up with your hand to slightly pat the hair down.
Check out our guide to the undercut for more information on this classic look.
One of the tidier haircuts for grey hair, this short style is functional and fashionable.
As Jamie Stevens pointed out, grey hair is exceptionally stylish when it’s shorter. This hairstyle makes the most of the short hair. It’s great for grey-haired men with beards or a receding hairline (or both).
Barber Brent Pankhurst says short styles are great for grey hair because “men often find that grey hairs are more coarse.” With this cut, you can tame that coarseness.
For this super short style, you’ll need less than an inch on top. Three-quarters of an inch should do the trick. Here, the sides and back are trimmed with scissors, but you can also request for them to be clipped.
This is one of the rare hairstyles that requires no styling at all. However, if you have particularly unruly hair, you can use a tiny amount of a light hold gel or wax.
A nice retro look, the mop style suits grey hair nicely.
To nail a vintage fifties vibe with grey locks, the mop hairstyle is a good, unique option. It’s also a nice choice for men with receding hairlines, as it gives the impression of fullness.
Ask your barber for a little more than 1 inch on top. Your bangs (fringe) will be be this length as well. The sides and back should be cut similarly, and you can have them faded if you like.
This style is all in the combing. You’ll comb your fringe, sides, and back straight down. For the hair on top, you’ll want to brush it forward. A bit of wax or gel will help keep this style in place.
An angular fringe adds a lot of movement to this trendy style.
If you prefer messier, more casual styles, this is an ideal choice for you. This angular fringe creates flow in the haircut. The rest of the hair is relatively tidy, so the bangs change things up a bit.
To get the messy fringe, you’ll want your bangs to be about 1 to 2 inches. The hair on top should be a little shorter than the bangs. The sides and back should be trimmed with scissors and blended into the top.
First, you’ll want to style the hair on top. Work your product of choice into damp hair. Next, comb it backwards, almost like a slicked back cut. When you’re done, use a comb or your fingers to tease your fringe into a messy look as shown here. You’ll be disrupting your neat look and making it come undone at the fringe.
This smooth style is great for standing out and getting extra fashion points.
This hairstyle’s swooping swept back look is another style that adds lots of movement to the hair. As a longer style, this is a good choice for showing off your grey hair.
Ask your barber for 2 to 3 inches of hair on top. Your fringe will be cut the same. The sides and back should be trimmed with scissors, not clipped. They’ll be a bit shorter, about an inch or less in length.
You’ll need a high-quality pomade for this style. Work the pomade into damp hair. Then, comb the hair back, gently patting it down with your hand. For the front swoop, a blow dryer will come in handy. Comb the hair into the wave-like shape while aiming the blow dryer at it from the front to fix it into place. Essentially, you’ll blow dry your hair in the direction you want the swoop to go.
An unkempt, bold style that borrows elements from the slicked back and brush up styles.
This style is an excellent example of a hybrid hairstyle that works well with grey hair. It’s part slicked back, part brush up. Having this variation will make your hair unique and undeniably confident,
Ask your barber for 2 to 3 inches on top and in front. As with most of these cuts, you’ll want to ask for the sides and back to be trimmed with scissors, not clipped.
Get your pomade ready for this highly stylish look. Apply the pomade to damp hair, then follow through with a comb and your hand. For the front, use a comb to tease the hair upward and backwards as you would for a pompadour. The sides and back should be combed down, but you can tousle the hair there to get the full effect.
A subtle, suave style that makes the most of short hair.
This comb over style is one of the shorter hairstyles for men with grey hair, but it makes a big impact. If you want style but don’t want to spend forever maintaining your hair, this is for you.
Ask your barber for about an inch on top. The sides and back should be clipped with about a #3 or #4 and blended.
Simply comb the hair over in the direction of your choosing. You can also add a more defined part. If necessary, apply a little wax or gel to keep the style in place.
A voluminous style that reaches for the sky (literally).
This extreme brush-up style is a fun choice for grey-haired men with receding hairlines. Of all of these hairstyles for men with grey hair, this is easily the most dramatic. This one isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re daring, this style is for you.
Since this style can be a bit tricky, we recommend you show this picture to your barber to get the best results.
Ask your barber for 1.5 to 2 inches on top. The hair should decrease in length as it moves backwards, and the entire hairstyle gets blended on the back and sides. The sides are clipped with a #3 or #4, while the back is tapered.
This hairstyle will require a product with a firm hold. Pomade works well, as will a clay or wax. Apply the product into damp hair and use your fingers to tease the hair up. Then, comb upward to make the hair “stand up” as shown here. You might need to affix the style with a bit of hairspray, especially if you have thick or tough hair.