Best 30+ Low Maintenance Haircuts for Guys
When stylish doesn't mean complicated: simple yet trendy cuts for you to choose
Are you a guy looking for the perfect low-maintenance haircut? We feel you. Haircuts should be easy to maintain, yet stylish enough to make it through any occasion in life—from business meetings to evenings out on the town with friends. It can sometimes seem like a tall order and many guys end up feeling frustrated when trying to achieve the right balance. But don’t worry—we have your back! In this blog post, we will discuss some of our favorite low-maintenance haircuts for guys so that you know exactly what style fits best with your lifestyle and look great no matter where life takes you. Let’s get started!
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.
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.
Textured Fringe Caesar
Throwback to the Roman Empire, this cut brings just as much simple style as the next cut. With so many possibilities, the simplicity of this cut also brings tremendous style. Here the sides are kept clean with scissors and a shorter length that creeps down throughout. The top can be combed, brushed, or pulled forward to keep everything sleek and appealing, while the fringe in this one adds a bit of pop with a waviness.
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.
Medium Length Scissor Fade
Thicker hair can be just as easy as a thinner style. Here we see the scissor work on the sides rolling down into a clean swipe with the clippers around the temple and nape. Contrast is always eye-catching, and we see it here in plenty, with the top left longer than the sides. The fringe adds to the look by giving it even more texture, drawing attention to your eyes. Careful now. With easy style comes great responsibility.
Long Layered Scissor Taper
Not feeling like breaking out the pomade today? No problem. This style uses your natural layers to create volume and texture. The sides are kept short for easy maintenance and add to the contrast with the top. Add some clean lines around the temple and nape, and you still emanate style without all the fuss.
Natural Brushed Quiff
If you like the classic look of a quiff but don’t like the idea of spending 20 minutes in front of the mirror, this is a great in-between for you. The scissor work on the back and sides keeps the focus on the wavy, voluminous fringe. A brush or hand will do, run it through and and pull it up and over like in this picture, and you’re all set. Be cautious though, this style is sure to set everyone looking to you for fashion advice. Go get ‘em tiger.
Mid-Part Au Naturale
If you’re really feeling that easy-to-maintain, natural style, look no further than the mid-part. This gentleman nails it by only allowing scissors to trim the top and fringe. Pairing the style with a beard, sleeved arms, and dark colors, the minimalist style is given a sense of hard edges that not everyone can pull off. But we know you can, so get out there and show it off.
French Crop with Drop Fade
An easy style doesn’t mean it isn’t fashion forward. The subtlety in the cut speaks to the knowing eye. The drop fade keeps this style looking sleek while accentuating the shorter textured top. The texture runs forward to mesh with the fringe, giving you a simple yet eye-grabbing look. Add some fancy linework in the fade as we see here, and everyone will be telling you how fresh you look.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Modern and Retro Middle Parted Top
Quite a cheeky one for us here with the top being middle-parted and sides being layered the top falls freely on the sides creating this amazing retro look. The mustache is that element that makes it more retro than modern.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Formal Disoriented Top with Faded Sides
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the most low maintenance haircut for men?
For men who don’t like to spend too much time fussing over their hair, the most low-maintenance haircut is a buzz cut. With its short length, the buzz cut can be done easily with hair clippers for a neat look without sacrificing any comfort or convenience. It works best on thicker hair. Finer textures may require regular visits to the barber for upkeep. Moreover, it’s also age appropriate and ideal for all men looking for a simple alternative to other more complicated styles.
Heidi is the owner of Buzzcut Guide, the online guide to cutting your own hair. If you’d like to learn more about how to take care of your hair at home, save money, and keep unnecessary visits of the barber to the minimum, hop on over there and learn more!