One of the most frequently asked questions we get at Haircut Inspiration is about school haircuts. Many readers ask, “What’s a good style that’s appropriate for school?” It’s a great question; many young men want a clean-cut appearance for school, and some schools (such as private schools) have strict dress codes that include haircut rules.
Often, business haircuts make for quick and easy hairstyles for school, but sometimes young guys want something a little different. Our list of ideal hairstyles is flexible enough to suit both formal and casual occasions, and there’s something for everyone here. These styles work for a wide range of ages: they’re good choices for boys in junior high school, men attending university, and all guys in between.
If you attend a school with a strict dress code and hairstyle policy, make sure your desired cut follows the rules. You can modify most of these styles to fit even the strictest of dress codes, so never think any policies limit you. If you attend a more lenient school, then feel free to experiment with these styles to find ones that work for you.
Don’t want to trouble yourself too much before going to school? If you’re looking for a low-maintenance school haircut, then a drop fade suits you best. You can wake up and tousle your hair a bit and you’re good to go. With a drop fade, you can have your top hair in whatever style you want – and it also works for all kinds of hair textures. This is especially suited for those with round or square-shaped faces.
Thin Spiky Texture
The spiked look has always been a classic young boys’ hairstyle, and it’s easy to see why by just taking a glance. This is a style that can withstand any rough play while still looking presentable.
Simple To Spiky Convertible
Here’s a haircut that can be styled two different ways. First, it can be worn as shown here, with a simple brushed forward look and a neat fringe. Second, it can be spiked up to add texture and create a completely different appearance.
Quiffs are still as stylish as ever, and this haircut proves you don’t need to go to extremes to have a good quiff. It only requires a simple fade and styled hair, so if you want a nice look that can be achieved with just a little styling, consider this cut.
This side swept hairstyle is great for college students who want a trendier, fresher look. This hairstyle can be styled with a hair product or worn messy, making it rather versatile.
Another excellent choice for college students, this side quiff is dramatic yet fashionable. This will require a bit more styling than most haircuts, but we think the result is well worth it.
Classic Hard Part
Keeping your hair neat and clean goes without saying when there’s school. This classic hard part makes it easy for you to prepare in the morning because all you have to do is brush your hair to one side – you won’t have to second guess where the partition is as it’s a line that’s been shaved off. Don’t worry about this haircut being too dull and goody-two-shoes, with a geometric line design on the temples, it will be interesting for the onlooker. Great for those with a rectangular or diamond face shape.
Shaved Sides Design and Faux Hawk
While a few schools might not be cool with the shaved lines design this fella sports so well, you can have some fun by asking for this hairstyle a few weeks before the school year starts. All there is to do is let the sides grow and at the right time, you can even it out, keeping the fresh faux hawk look intact.
Classic French with High Fade
We love the extra texture in this French Crop. It’s super short on the sides and pretty simple on top, so this style shouldn’t take too much prep before school.
Side Part and Long Side-Swept Fringe
If you’re looking for a longer hairstyle to rock at school, this side-swept fringe might do the trick. It’s relatively simple, but it will need a lot of brushing to stay tidy.
That Cool Backbencher
This fohawk has a perfectly styled quiff in the middle — with bounds of texture — and short sides. Seriously, what more could you want?
Scissors Taper and Mid Fade
This hairstyle has loads of volume on top and a taper down to nothing on the sides. It’s clean; we like it.
Lewis McGowan's Scissors Crop
A part, medium-length hairstyle will always work for school. How could this haircut not be appropriate for the classroom?
Choppy Fringe and Medium Caesar
This Caesar cut is super messy, and really stands out what with the long, curling sides. If you’re not too bothered about keeping up appearances, this is a really fun look to rook.
Thin Hair Top with Tapered Sides
When in school one has to keep it slightly low key so here’s one classic one with tossed side sweep texture with sides taper faded or even undercut fade for that trendy look. Keep the top longer than the sides so that you can style for after school life.
Plain Crop with Fade
This style demonstrates just how much you can customize an easy style like the crop. Here, a clean, brushed top contrasts nicely with the skin-tight fade for lots of style points.
Regulation Cut with Hard Part
That could very well be a Harvey Spectre in the making with that perfectly combed push back and side sweep altogether. Moreover, the sides are sneakily faded with that hard part makes everything so much cleaner and organized. Make sure that temple is faded too!
Classic Regulation Cut
That for sure is James Bond in the making with that classy side part and side sweep combed to the back. Not to mention we can see that straight tapered and then faded to the sides and there is 2 fold line up with that sharp angle and that sneaky taper.
Side Comb and Undercut
Have you ever seen those fighters fight in that ring? And this hairstyle somehow feels the same except this little guy goes to school. The sides are strictly tapered with size 2 clippers all on the sides while keeping the top slightly longer and side-swept.
Side Turned Mini French Crop
When school is offline and it is time to show that personality, this hairstyle does an amazing job of rocking that back-to-school look. The key is to keep the sides short and top a tad long, after that, all one has to do is turn the top on either side for this neat look.
Medium Length Fall Down Strands
Sometimes it’s good to pair a preppy school uniform with a slightly messier hairstyle that goes down, covering the forehead. Just trim the sides and let the top grow.
That Frizzled Side Brush with Fade
This textured brush up just gives us a major Cristiano Ronaldo vibe, doesn’t it? The faded sides balance the whole look and brings a lot of attention to his adorable smile.
Lined Up, Faded Short Cut
This classic short cut is perfect for anyone wanting to add some style to their hair while still keeping it short. The front of the hair is lined up precisely for a clean and polished look, and the sides of the hair are shorter, blending seamlessly into the top of the hair.
Handsome Caesar Cut with Faded Sides
The Caesar cut with a fade is an easy style to maintain. The hair on the sides is faded to the skin just right above the ears before gradually fading up at the center to transition nicely into the top section. The fringe is cut blunt, which makes it easy to style. Use sea salt spray on the fringe and styling powder to maintain a strong hold.
Trendy Mid Fade with a Curly Thick Fringe
A mid fade with a thick curly fringe is an excellent choice for school-going boys since it gives the hair structure, while the fullness of the hair on top creates a beautiful contrast. The sections just above the ears are faded to the skin and blend nicely with the mid-taper fade. The heavy blend leaves some length and weight on the top, making it easy to style the curls. Use a leave-in conditioner to add moisture to the hair, a matte paste to keep the shape, and a regular pomade if you prefer a shiny finish.
Side Part with Combed Back Hair
The comb back is a simple and easy-to-maintain haircut for boys. The haircut is achieved by brushing back the hair with the fingers rather than a comb which helps add a bit of volume and keeps the hair away from the face. The middle part gives a smart and sophisticated finish which complements the facial features and adds a nice balance. Wearing the haircut in a subtle middle part draws attention to the cheekbones and the eyes.
This fresh take on the pompadour shows you how to turn a high-maintenance cut into a low-maintenance cut. It’s your turn to experiment!
Classic Textured Edgar Cut
The textured crop is the most classic version of the Edgar cut and is perfect for boys with curly or wavy medium-length hair. The top part is cropped to almost resemble a blow cut, while the sides are faded for contrast. The fade starts as a skin fade whereby the sections right above the ears are completely bald and gradually taper up to a high fade. The texture-cut fringe helps add dimension and height to the overall look.
Broken Ivy League
It’s the Ivy League gone wild. This boys hairstyle takes just as much gel and comb, but spikes it up good for the after party!
You can’t go wrong with the taper fade. It’s short without being super-short, and it’s professional without being stiff or lifeless. Overall, it’s a neat, clean style, which makes it an ideal school haircut.
It’s also easy to cut and style, and if you’re pressed for time, it’s a great, low maintenance school hairstyle. It’s nice for mornings when you’re rushing to class and don’t have the time to worry about styling.
How to get it: As with most cuts on this list, 2 to 4 inches of hair on top is best. Tell your barber or stylist you want a taper/fade hairstyle. The sides and back should be gradually tapered down the head and neck so that the hair gets progressively shorter as it moves toward the neck.
You can specify how gradual you want the taper/fade to be. For an added touch that will make the cut look even cleaner, ask your barber or stylist to use a straight razor to eliminate all of the hair below the end of the taper.
The side part is one of those timeless haircuts that we recommend in 99% of situations. It’s a clean, professional style that looks great on most guys and works with a variety of hair types and face shapes.
The side part is ideal if you have a stricter dress code but still want a stylish school haircut. You can style a side part to your liking, using a good pomade, and you can even ask your barber or stylist for a hard part to make the cut really stand out.
How to get it: 2 to 4 inches of hair is best for the side part. The sides should be clipped with a #3 to #6 setting on the clippers. It’s also ideal to have the cut faded down the head and neck. From there, part your hair and style it to one side.
If you want a more dramatic style (like the comb-over haircut), work in some pomade and style to your liking.
Textured Angular Fringe
Here’s another take on the angular fringe, but with smooth bangs for a more low-profile style for boys. Ray-bans not included.
The good ol’ Ivy League is the perfect boys haircut for when you need to dress up. A little bit of product and a lot of combing, and he’s ready for a tie!
The crew cut is a great option for guys who don’t have time to (or simply don’t want to) style their hair. This style requires little maintenance and no styling, unless you choose to. This is one of the shorter school haircuts on this list, and it’s suitable for all schools and dress codes. It’s also great for athletes and boys who lead high-activity lifestyles. The crew cut works best with around half an inch to 2 inches of hair. Ask your barber to trim the top to this length. Then ask for the sides and back to be faded with clippers. A #2, #3, or #4 works nicely for this. Your barber or stylist should touch everything up so there are no harsh or abrupt edges or any hairs sticking out.
Tapered Slicked back Blonde Hair
Here’s another slicked back boys haircut, but this time with a little less Brad Pitt. First day at school and wanting to impress? Look no further.
Drop Fade with Sharp Lineup
We all see a future Drake here with the neat yet trendy hairstyle. The sides are drop faded with the lineup being very sharp and cornered. This also falls under buzz cut as the top is not very long. The temple is faded for that extra neat look.
Textured French Crop with Straight Fringe
This take on the French Crop has the fringe cut straight for extra effect. Again, it’s simple and a little different from the everyday boys cut.
Quiff with Tapered Undercut
The quiff is a popular boys haircut, but you can take it a step further by turning it into an undercut. It’s cool, it’s easy, and it works with any boy’s face shape.
French Crop with Angled Fringe
Yet another variation on the French Crop shows you just how much you can get out of a single style. Here, a variation in hair products creates bigger curls.
Scissor Cut with Disconnected Design
This scissor cut is another style where messy really doesn’t matter, which means it’s great for those dreaded school mornings. The disconnect is a one-off trim, so you won’t have to worry about that everyday.
The fohawk, just like its big brother the mohawk, has been losing popularity as a boys hairstyle since as early as the 80s. You’ve got to wonder why when it can look this cool without being too radical or high-maintenance…
The undercut is a one-two punch: it’s trendy and it works well in almost all school environments. This should also pass most of the stricter dress codes. Like the side part, you can style this one however you like. It’s a flexible style that makes for a nice school haircut.
You’ll need a good pomade to style the undercut. We recommend Suavecito Original Hold or Layrite Original. Both of these products work well for most hair types and provide a strong hold and nice shine.
How to get it: You’ll most likely want 2 to 4 inches of hair on top. The sides should be buzzed with a #1 to #4 setting, depending on how long the hair on top is. Depending on which undercut variation you choose, you’ll style your hair specifically for that variation.
Angular Fringe with Disconnected Fade
Looking for a boys haircut that’ll stand out without being too impractical? This angular fringe is young and exciting, and works even better with hard lines trimmed in on the sides.
A curly Ivy League haircut can also make a statement wherever you go while still giving you a polished look. It also makes you look relaxed without being unkempt, and you still maintain your smooth glow.
Ivy League with Hard Part
A great option for kids is a short hairstyle with a hard part. This look adds definition and structure to the face. Getting it right requires a good barber who can create the desired pattern within the hair. With this look, kids can feel confident and stylish in their own unique way – plus it’s easy enough for them to style on their own if need be!
Go trendy by sporting a back and sides that are tightly clippered, adorned with a disconnect between that and the hair on top. Let your imaginations run wild with any design of choice to further highlight your looks.
There really isn’t much to maintain with the Caesar cut. If you have curly hair and you’re willing to wash it once a week, this style will take care of the rest for you.
The comb over is another classic for when you need to look smart in a pinch. Works with any length and any thickness!
Short Quiff with Tapered Sides
The sides in this hair style are tapered and top fringe area is kept longer. This can be easily styled into a quiff which is when the front of the hair is brushed upward and backward from the forehead.
Slicked Dapper Style
Looking dapper for school always wins you points – it’s the preparation time allotted for the overall look that says a lot about you. To achieve this look, first, you need to grow your hair. Then when styling it, you would need to either wash your hair, apply hair products and then blow dry it. Or if you don’t have enough time to wash it, you would need a generous amount of hair products for it to stick to its shape. Either way, the dapper look is a fan favorite.
Clean Ivy League
Here’s another well-kept Ivy League, for when you need a little extra class. Wedding, funeral, or first day at school, this is the go-to boys cut for elegance.
Classic Crew Cut
The never-getting-out-of-style cut or, let’s call it simply the classic crew cut, has been popular among fashion influencers and the most attractive world actors for decades. No wonder why! Just look how the neat swirl styled with gel in the front adds charm and elegance to the overall look. Also, the well-balanced part on the side complements the geometry of this cut.
If going for full-on bangs is not your thing but you would like to have your forehead covered with hair, then textured fringe will work for you. The coverage is there, but since it is textured (cut is different lengths and has depth), it won’t feel like having full-on bangs. This haircut works for medium-length hair, so your barber or stylist can create the texture.
Thick Spiked Up Waves and Undercut
Mini Pompadour with Lineup
When you take geometry quite seriously this is what turns out and the more you look at it you’ll find more angles. That cheeky hard part, to begin with, is so much vivid and separates top from sides. The low fade snuggles temple as well and that side-swept top is just perfect.
Pompadour and Thick Hardline
Another day another side sweep but only this time to make it even trendier with that hard part and an undercut that goes hand in hand. The sides are taper faded with the line up decreasing in density as we go down until it touches the temple where it is faded.
M Shaped Fringe and Caesar Crop
One would usually need longer strands in order to pull off this haircut especially with that panache. The forehead is nicely snugged with those fringes and the top is tossed quite good for that casual and less intimidating look whilst the sides are slightly tapered so that it doesn’t look messy.
Side Part and Classic Taper
No one can beat the simplicity of a side sweep with a quiff on the forehead. There is just no competition here, and to make it even neat, the sides are taper faded without undercut which means one smooth flow of hair with nothing but some good layering.
Lineup and Pomp
Pull off a neat pushed back haircut and all the teachers at the school will already like you. This neat hairstyle is basically gentleman in the making and with that tapered sides, the attention is all the way dragged to the top and nowhere else.
Clean Skin Fade Buzz Cut
A buzz cut is perfect for the kids who need to keep their big brains cool. Clean, square cuts also make it a very presentable style.
Classic Gentleman in the Making
Becoming a gentleman starts from a young age, including how to dress and look like one. A medium angular side fade combined with a slicked-back definitely puts him on the right track.
Swoosh Mid Hard Shave with Semi-Curled Top
Voluminous hair can be tricky at times. So, draw a hard line to give a contrast between the shaved bottom half and wavy top for less of a hassle haircut to give to your kid.
Ask your barber for some texture to accomplish this effortlessly tousled look!
Curled Top with Mid Fade
Brushed Up Side Quiff
The quiff might take a while to get right, but it’s relatively straightforward and looks great! This style is brushed off to the side for an added twist.
Blonde Faux Hawk
You may have noticed that many hairstyles these days make use of dyed tips. This faux hawk takes dyed tips to a new level, brushing the hair up into the classic faux hawk shape to highlight the contrasting colors. This is another style that won’t pass stricter dress codes but should be fine for public schools and universities.
Simple Fringe with Fade
This fringe features a high fade for a creative, top-heavy boys haircut. As with most of the cuts on this list, it’s easy and effective.
For when something flat and boring just won’t do it, brush up your long locks of hair for this messy fohawk. Trimmed sides isn’t a must, but it definitely adds to the effect!
Tapered Undercut with Fade and Messy Top
This high tapered undercut is a unique, exciting boys haircut. By leaving the top hair as long as possible, you give yourself a lot of options for styling it!
Disconnected Taper Fade
This simple crop is made extra cool with a unique, disconnected taper. It means a few more minutes at the barber, but zero effort style for the rest of the month!
Puny Fringed Spikes
If you’re looking for a haircut that’s quite short but still unique, this spiked hairstyle might be the right one for you. The disconnect on the side is a nice touch to round out the cut.
Classic Ginger High Fade
Boys with red or ginger hair tend to have distinctive complexions. As a result, the hairstyles they choose need to fit their skin tones. This classic high fade brushes up the hair to highlight its color, while a fade on the sides helps to create a more seamless appearance that blends into the skin.
Simple Scissors Cut
For a straightforward all around cut that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, try out this simple scissors cut. With just a little bit of styling, this haircut will give you a lot of mileage!
Clean Low Fade
This hairstyle is very full and textured. It’s a good option for boys with thicker hair, but if you cut it a little shorter, it will also work nicely with thinner or finer hair.
Modern French Crop with Disconnected Undercut
This is another variation of the standard French crop that’s a bit more laid-back than some of the others we’ve featured. The hair is kept very messy, while a disconnected fade on the sides adds a bit of tidiness.
Spiky Fohawk with Fade
Looking for a more energetic style? This hairstyle combines the texture of a spiky haircut with the shape of a faux hawk. This might not pass stricter dress codes, but if your school allows it (and if you like it) then go for it!
Fury Slick Back
This hairstyle is reminiscent of Brad Pitt’s legendary cut from the movie “Fury”. It features a slicked-back top, and short, tapered sides. Try it yourself!
Finger Combed Disconnected Undercut
If you like the look of an undercut but want to cut back on the time you spend styling your hair, this hairstyle might solve your problems. It’s styled by combing the hair with the fingers, giving it a unique look but also making the styling process quicker.
Thin Hair Blonde Kid with Side Quiff
Quiffs can vary a lot with the thickness of your hair and the shape of your face. But it looks like they’ll work for anybody.
Longer Temple and Longer Bangs
We think this medium-length cut is a great choice for young boys who want the compromise between aesthetics and practicality.
Classy Crop with Short Bangs
A simple crop cut is a favorite for parents around the world, and for good reason: it’s extremely easy to manage. Thankfully, boys love the unique, curly bangs.
Spiky Fohawk and Disconnected Undercut
If you’re after a more carefree look, this spiky hairstyle may be a good choice. These kinds of school haircuts might not fly in stricter schools, it’s a great style to wear if you can. Since this cut is mostly associated with younger guys, it’s a bit different from the other cuts on this list, which tend to have a professional look to them.
Gel is key to this cut. Work some product into your hair and style it upward. Experiment with different stylistic variations, and see what you like. The hair should be somewhat short for this style, probably 1 to 2 inches.
Neat Push Back with Faded Sides
Here’s another neat style. It’s nothing too complicated: a long top, brushed back, with short sides. It’s getting the top hair to blend back nicely that will be a challenge.
Textured Short Top with a Line Up
Clean and simple, this textured line up hairstyle is great for boys of all ages. It embraces youthfulness but has a touch of sophistication.
Curly Hair, Very Fair
Some might call this ultra-curly style an afro. Whatever you want to call it, we think it’s a fun style for outgoing kids.
Undercut Young Afro Skin Fade
The afro is an excellent choice for boys of all ages. It’s a unique enough hairstyle on its own, but try adding a fade on the sides for extra flare.
Hard parts are everywhere these days. It doesn’t take much to make a hard part look good; simply combine it with a nice side part style and you’re good to go.
Clean Side Brush with Taper Fade
Here’s a hairstyle that’s very fitting for high school or college aged young men who want something a little more mature. This style also features a hard part but uses a fade on the sides to draw attention to the voluminous hair.
Temple Fade and Concentrate
This short afro has a lot of hairstyling motifs thrown on top. With a line-up at the front, a fade on the temple, and a couple of lines trimmed into the back, it speaks for itself.
Mid Faded Shaved Line
Remember: you can make any cut more exciting by shaving patterns into the hairline. Here, a simple pattern shaved onto the side of this crop creates an extravagant look.
Layered Ivy League
The traditional Ivy League is already a great choice, but you can change it up a little to suit your own style. This twist on the Ivy League is very wavy and layered, and it’s good for both formal and casual events.
The Cool Kid Taper Fade with Natural Part
Here’s a simple comb over to demonstrate how you can embrace a natural hair parting. We’ve got to admit that all the combing might take you quite a while.
Finger Brushed Flat Ivy League
Looking for a more formal cut? Whether it’s dinner with the extended family or a graduation ceremony, this clean Ivy League haircut is a classic.
Pitch Perfect Combed
Classic slicked back hairstyles have been popular among young boys for years. It’s a great choice if you want something that looks very formal, perhaps for school events. This hairstyle does require a styling product (usually a water-based pomade) for that slick, shiny look.
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