You want your hair to be stylish, but you don’t have a lot of time to spend on your hair. Maybe you’re a full-time student and employee or a busy parent. What do you do?
Thankfully, there are many low maintenance haircuts for guys that require little to no styling or upkeep, and they don’t make any compromises in terms of looks. As a plus, many of them are easy to cut at home, so you can save money in addition to saving time.
Here are our top favorite low maintenance haircuts for guys:
Excellent choice for those looking for shorter and smart looking cut. Leaving the top longer while tapering down the sides until it seamlessly blends with the skin gives you truly easily manageable cut. We have the whole article on Taper Fade Haircut in case you want to know more.
A short classic taper haircut is both sophisticated and low maintenance. The hair on the sides and back is faded while the hair on top is cut to be longer than the sides and back. The classic taper cut can work with any length. This style is best for fashion-forward guys who don’t want to sacrifice aesthetics for ease of maintenance. If the cut is short enough, you don’t need any product at all, but it is an option. You can also combine it with a side part.
The Ivy League haircut is another great choice for guys who want a professional appearance. The Ivy League is a high-end take on the crew cut that leaves enough hair on top to be parted. Like the classic taper haircut, the Ivy League is a short cut that allows you to sport a side part. It’s a more tidy look than the classic taper, as the hair is much more uniform in most cases. It’s best for men with sharp, angular facial features.
While the Caesar cut may not win the most points for contemporary men’s fashion, it’s a simple, straightforward cut that requires almost zero maintenance. If you like your hair super short, the Caesar may be a good option for you. In a Caesar cut, the hair is the same length all over. This can have many advantages if you’re a particularly active individual. You can walk into almost any barbershop or salon and get a good Caesar, but you can also cut it at home.
If you like the look of buzzed haircuts but don’t want to have extremely short hair, the butch cut is a good option. It uses a medium-length clipper setting, so your hair will be clean and neat, but it won’t be nearly as short as some military haircuts. The butch cut is a staple in almost all barbershops and salons, but it’s also easy to do at home. If you’re considering shorter hair for the first time, the butch cut is a nice choice for your new style.
Whereas the Caesar, butch, and burr cuts create a uniform look, the crew cut (which gave way to the Ivy League) features a nice fading pattern that sets it apart from other low maintenance haircuts for guys. In a crew cut, the hair is longest at the front of the head and fades back, reaching its shortest point at the back of the crown. The hair on the sides and back are then tapered to a shorter length. A crew cut accentuates and defines facial features, so it’s great for guys with square or oval face shapes. Guys with round faces may want to avoid this one.
Good option for the guys with the straight hair that tends to keep itself up easily. Hair on the top is longer than Caesar or Taper. Easy to manage cut that will need just a little brush up in the morning, using your hand will do, and we are ready to rock.
If you want your hair to be on the longer side of short, give the regulation cut a try. The regulation cut leaves as much as 2 inches on top and has a businesslike look to it. While the top is left long enough to part, the sides and back are faded into the skin, meaning that the fade will gradually disappear until it blends into the skin of the neck. Like the classic taper haircut, the regulation cut looks professional and crisp.
The Induction Cut
If none of these low maintenance haircuts for guys have been short enough for you, consider the induction cut. This super short cut also stems from the military, and it’s easily the most extreme on this list. The hair is buzzed without a blade guard, also known as a #0, all around the head. After the hair is cut, it resembles stubble. It’s not a style for the faint of heart, but if you want to go almost all the way to a completely shaved head, the induction cut is for you.
Shorter Top with Tousled Texture
This close-cropped cut might be short, but it’s got tons of texture. This is a great example of how you can use a frizzy look to your advantage.
Chris Evans' Butch Cut
The butch cut is a staple men’s hairstyle that has stayed popular ever since its debut. Since the hair is the same length all over, a butch cut provides a very clean appearance.
Low Key Taper Fade
If you’re after something classy and elegant, here’s a style to consider. A lightly textured top meets faded sides for a sleek look.
Shaved Hairline with Shaved Taper
Shaved lines have been appearing in more and more hairstyles lately. You can opt for a subtle line, as shown here, to give your haircut a bit more flair.
Casual Brushed Up Top
Longer styles can be low maintenance, too! This medium length brushes up cut can be worn messy or simply combed into place.
Short Length Textured Fringes
For guys into fringe haircuts, there are plenty of low maintenance options. Featuring a choppy fringe, this textured style is short but eye-catching.
Simple Top with Skin Faded Sides
This simple haircut has a lot going for it. Its idiosyncratic two-tone appearance is caused by keeping the hair at two extreme lengths.
Fine Straight Strands
Guys with fine, straight hair can often benefit from going for a shorter, low maintenance style. This style emphasizes the natural texture of the hair while keeping everything neat.
Simple Texture with Low Volume
If your hair tends to lay flat on your head, this might be an ideal style for you. Instead of trying to fight the hair’s natural behavior, this haircut embraces it.
High and Tight
The high and tight is another classic cut that’s never fallen out of style. It’s a great choice to showcase texture because all focus is drawn to the hair on top of the head.
Frizzled Top with Tapered Sides
Here’s a hairstyle that’s perfect for men with thick or coarse hair who want something that’s low maintenance but also fashionable.
Blonde French Crop
The French crop is one of the best low maintenance haircuts for showing off dyed hair. Here, blonde highlights pop out thanks to the spiky crop.
French Crop with Undercut Skin Fade
Another twist on the French crop, this tidy style uses a high fade to dramatically contrast the even hair on top, with a small shaved line acting as the finishing touch to this look.
Irregular Fringes with Textured Top
This punky, asymmetrical style is full of attitude and personality. The hair is layered to create a dynamic sense of motion that makes for a bold fashion statement.
French Crop with Sleek Taper Fade
This crop focuses on neatness. The clean fade and straight fringe ensure the hair stays where it should at all times.
Twice Disconnected Buzz Cut
The buzz cut is a simple and timeless cut, but you can also spice it up with some modifications. The dual shaved lines shown here add a lot of visual interest to the cut without being too over the top.
Chris O'Donnell's Styled Short Crop
This is such a classic yet subtle cut that doesn’t need to touch up from time to time. The side brush up that makes it look cool yet not too crazy so one can wear this look formally yet casually. Lastly, you gotta smile, that’s just an add on to any style.