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.
Easy hairstyles for school
Often, business haircuts make for quick and easy hairstyles for school, but sometimes young guys want something a little different. So we’ve put together a list of hairstyles that are ideal for school hairstyles. These are flexible enough to suit both formal and casual occasions, and there’s something for everyone here. And 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.
School haircuts and dress code
If you do attend a school with a strict school dress and school hairstyles policy, make sure that your desired cut falls in line with the rules. You can modify most of these school haircuts to fit even the strictest of dress codes, so never think you’re limited by any policies. If you attend a more lenient school, then feel free to experiment with these styles to find ones that work for you.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
The comb over is another classic for when you need to look smart in a pinch. Works with any length and any thickness!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Clean and simple, this textured line up hairstyle is great for boys of all ages. It embraces youthfulness but has a touch of sophistication.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We think this medium-length cut is a great choice for young boys who want the compromise between aesthetics and practicality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This fohawk has a perfectly styled quiff in the middle — with bounds of texture — and short sides. Seriously, what more could you want?
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.
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.
Here’s another afro hairstyle with a light fade on the sides. This is a great school haircut for those who value simplicity.
This hairstyle has loads of volume on top and a taper down to nothing on the sides. It’s clean; we like it.
A part, medium-length hairstyle will always work for school. How could this haircut not be appropriate for the classroom?
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.