50 Best Short Hairstyles and Haircuts for Men
When short hair is not a verdict: how to spice things up even with a super short cut
Short hairstyles are more in style than ever before. It seems as if the era of longer, messier haircuts is coming to an end. If you look around, the professional, clean look has become very popular among young men and teens worldwide. If you want to stay in the loop, trim your longer hairstyle, or try something new, getting a stylish, short haircut would definitely help you with that goal.
Short haircuts are so simple that you simply cannot go wrong. Some hair gel, pomade, or even matte hair wax will work great in pushing up the front of the top or creating a side-parted look. You can also run your hands through the top in random motions, creating a stylish “just woke up and got out of bed” look.
Not only do they require minimal styling and maintenance, but they also work well with any face shape or hair type. Men who prefer an edgier look can opt for textured crops with a fringe or a dramatic side part. Those looking for something timeless and classic may prefer classic buzz cuts or iconic Ivy League styles. For those wanting something fun yet sophisticated, spiky styles might be just the thing! Whatever your preference may be, rest assured that one of these short styles will help elevate your look in no time.
High and Tight Inspired Brush Up
High and tight is not a haircut for everyone owed to the boldness and rebellious nature of the look, but if you’re looking into easing into the style this inspired brush-up crop will do the trick.
Tousled Overgrown Ivy
There’s something a little James Bond about this cut. It’s young, it’s short — but not too short — and it pairs wonderfully with some slightly overgrown facial hair.
Classic Short with High Fade
This simple fade is great for guys who want a trendy cut but don’t want to spend a long time styling their hair.
A textured style with various lengths throughout creates a slimming silhouette for thick hair. This style works best for those with thicker hair and compliments round, square, or oval face shapes. It leaves many options for styling.
Straight Fringe with Temple Fade
An incredibly stylish and versatile hairstyle for men. The hair is cut down evenly to create a sleek line above the forehead. This low-maintenance style only requires occasional trimming and styling products to keep up the desired look throughout the day.
Faded Line Ups and Temples
Faded line ups with this size 1 clippers are just perfect. The tattoos on the side look better when the sides are faded and the sleek taper fade is what all it takes to makes this better. Plus the shorty short top is all you need to have that hipster style.
A light medium-length fringe goes spectacular with this sort of thickly texturized french crop. It’s a young hairstyle that can be worn by souls of any age.
French Crop with Angular Fringe
Edgy way to give an edge to your fringe! An angular fringe has a super wide range of possibilities, and one of the most conservative ones is to pair it with a french crop!
A subtle change makes all the difference.
These curls transition in tone with soft grading on the sides much like the ombre trend on longer hair.
Spiky French with Textured Fringe
Thinking of short hair but punk? Check out this french made spiky with a super clean drop fade.
Natural Texture Scissor Crop
Taking advantage of the hair’s natural texture is best done with scissors. That’s what gives these kinds of styles the slightly wild edge.
Asymmetrical Layered Two-Toned Blonde Fringe
What’s an easy way to catch attention to your hair? Color it in two shades of blonde – platinum, and gold. But, of course, you have to maintain interest in your mane and style it in an equally compelling cut. This asymmetrical layered fringe should do the trick. The fringe is in layers on just one side, disrupting the symmetry. And to complete this edgy and unique look, wear earrings and retain the natural color of your eyebrows. Works well with most face shapes.
Wispy Fringe on White French
The weight of a long fringe like this can often be too much to handle for some, that’s why turning into a “choppy fringe” helps a bunch here! The dye? Top-notch and is what seals the deal on this french crop.
Wavy Short Quiff
Adding texture is a great way of adding spice to hair lengths like this that are rather an in-between version of anything considered medium and short hair.
French Crop and Lineup Without Fringe
To fringe, or not to fringe, tough choice. Sometimes adding a fringe to your look can swift things around, but opting to go without one can have the same effect by turning the tables 180 degrees.
Taper-Fade and Side Part Brush Up
This naturally parted brush up is up the bigger leagues. Just look at that volume and balance throughout it all. We love this option for a ‘longer’ spin on short haircuts.
Skin Fade with Crop Top
This skin fade is completely shaved around the top, and the top is disconnected from the rest of the cut giving it the top crop look. The top is all one length and kept smooth and brushed down for a clean, polished look.
Undercut with Quiff
This quiff is kept more textured and messy, giving it an edgier look. The sides are tightly faded to add more shape to the hair cut. Also, the hairline is precisely lined up to give contrast between the sides and top of the style.
Modern Quiff with Skin Fade
Quiffs don’t need to be in perfect form all the time. Hence a variation like this fits someone who wants a bit of looseness to their quiff. With a skin fade on the side, this modern quiff can be achieved by brushing all hair up and leaning towards one side without any side part. A cowlick at the edge of the quiff can add to its quirky personality. Wear with short stubble and without any accessories. Works well with all face shapes.
Short Combed Back with Middle Part
Hair that is brushed up is usually held together in one big chunk. But, it’s always fun to break the mold – hence, parting it in the middle. The hair is cut and styled the way a brushed up look would be, but as you set in the hair product, part the front bit in the middle, which creates a separation. You don’t have to separate it all the way to the back, just enough to differentiate two parts in the front area. Wear with a beard and mustache to add to the non-conformity of the look. Great for most face shapes.
Drop Fade with Short Texture
The drop fade, however classic will always fall under a little bit unconventional due to the interesting contrarsts it can create on a hairstyle. Pairing it up with a short crop and some shaved detailing elevates the crop giving it a unique flair.
Skin Fade with Spiked Top
This haircut is a fan favorite for several reasons. It’s a versatile look as it can easily go from a work day to a night out without needing to change anything, perhaps only your clothes, and add a few accessories. When you don’t feel like making the top spiky, the hair still retains its clean, short look. It goes well with all face shapes and can be worn with or without a beard.
Brushed Up High and Tight
Want to grow your high and tight haircut but still want that signature clean sides look? Keep the sides while growing your top hair naturally. And when it’s at least an inch long, you can start brushing it up. You might need the help of hair products to keep it in place all throughout the day, but because it’s only the front part that needs it, it won’t take up too much of your time to style. Wear with a light stubble and you are good to go. Will work well with most face shapes.
High Taper Fade with Short Spiked Up Fringe
A simple yet effective haircut that could be worn in different ways, this haircut says carefree and easy-going. This is precisely how you’d feel every morning before leaving home – it’s light on your head as there is barely any hair. Plus, you only have to run your wet fingers from the back of your head to the front. And when you’re done with that, pick up the edges in front and make it stick up. If you have wavy or textured hair, you won’t need a lot of hair products or none at all, whereas if you have straight, fine hair, you might need help to spike it up. A dollop should do the trick. Works well for most face shapes.
Modern Bowl cut with Textured Top and Low Fade
Bowl cuts are meant to look like a bowl on your head, but if infused with a modern take, you can have hair on the back enough to reach the edge of your ears. You can also add texture on top by layering it, creating volume. The last element in this modern bowl cut is the fringe, which is a bit wavy and styled to look like it’s swept to one side. You can opt to wear a small toothbrush mustache or no facial hair at all or accessories. It will work well for heart, oval, and square face shapes.
Wavy Brushed Up Side Swept Fringe with Short Sides
To get this look, the sides are kept short but not shaved off. The hair on top requires a bit of work. First, it needs to be long enough, at least 2 inches. Then, it’s side swept from where the long hair starts on the side and in the middle you start brushing it up. This will look great on wavy hair as the texture comes naturally. But if you have straight, fine hair, you can still achieve it by using some hair products. Wear without any accessories or facial hair. Works best with diamond or square face shapes.
High Taper Fade with Curly Brushed Up Fringe
Not all fringes are created equal nor are they all supposed to be down. Some fringes, especially on shorter, curly hair, can be worn up. And when you do, it creates not only texture but a brushed-up look as well. Pair this look with a high taper fade for clean sides and more emphasis on your crowning glory. Wear sans accessories and facial hair. Works best with all face shapes.
Brushed Up Outgrown Buzz Cut with Taper Fade
What do you do when you’ve outgrown your buzz cut but do not want to part with shorter hair? Use it to your advantage! Clear the sides with a taper fade and shape the top just a little bit to accommodate a quick brush-up – not a complete fringe nor a spiked-up one. This look is great for those who don’t want to have a long prep time in the morning. If you’d like a cleaner look, don’t wear facial hair or any accessories. Works well with all face shapes.
Textured Crop with Low Fade
When you want an edgy haircut that can easily become subtle when the need arises (business meetings, weddings, etc), this is what you’re looking for. The textured top can be styled sticking out, but you can also comb it down. The low fade balances the look. Wear with a thick beard, but make sure that the fade extends to it. Don some accessories to add to that edgy look. Works best for oval and square face shapes.
Textured Ceasar Cut with Untamed Sides
What identifies a Caesar cut? A short straight fringe and clear sides. But a more modern take on it is to create texture on top and to let the sides grow as naturally as possible. Even with these modifications, you can still clearly see the silhouette of the Ceasar cut. And the textured top adds some styling preferences – you can leave it as it is or keep it tousled or even a little bit spiked – depending on your mood. You can opt to wear this with out without a beard, but keeping facial hair short is the way to go. This haircut works best with oval face shapes.
Flat Top with High Taper Fade
High taper fades work with flat tops so well because of two things – it places emphasis on the hair on top due to the clean sides, and two, it compliments the high volume on the top as your haircut is already top-heavy. The length of your flat top depends on your preference but most range from 1.5 inches to 2.5 inches – anything longer is considered medium length. It’s best for square face shapes, but any face shape can wear it as well.
Combed Over Undercut with Side Part
A cleaner way to showcase a comb-over is with an undercut. By doing so, you emphasize the shape of the comb-over and you don’t have to spend as much prep time as you would if you had hair on the sides as well. The side part delineated with a hard line is an excellent addition to this look. It makes the look consistent. Wear a discontinued full beard sans accessories, and you’re good to go. Works best for oval face shapes.
Temple fade with golden highlights
For those summer days when carrying thick and long hair is tough, this temple fade keeps your head cool and your nerves calm. What’s more is that you can style this haircut however you want, just like this gentleman here who has golden highlights in his hair!
Complete your summer look with short hair with a crew neck, or if your metabolism is high enough, wear this style in winter with a navy sweater. Style it with well-groomed square facial hair, and you are set to turn some heads.
Playing with the classic
Are you looking for a unique iteration of the classic? Meet the mid-temple fade Ivy League. But not just any Ivy League one that is bleached or white-washed. White hair, which is normally a symbol of senescence, in this case, is nothing but that! It instead adds some cool youthful years to your appearance.
With the black roots and white shafts, get ready to look your best self! Style this classic hairstyle with pearls, both on your neck and earlobes, a well-groomed sharp beard, and a chiseled jawline. Anything from a basic navy tee to a fitted suit goes with this hairstyle.
Shaved Hairline with Pocky Short Hair
Playing shaved detailing is always fun when they’ll be such a distinct part of your look. Here we see quite a bold shaved partition that compliments this highly textured hairstyle.
Skin fade with brushed forward
When it comes to men looking their best and hairstyles, the most crucial factor is their confidence. And if you have what it takes to stand out, and speak your mind, then this skin fade, with a long top brushed forward, is your match made in the heavens.
Showcase your rebelliousness and street style with funky hoops on your ears, a rounded beard, and a beaded necklace. With the high skin fade, get ready to assert dominance in any attire you see fit! What’s important is that your hairstyle should make you feel good. Looking good will shortly follow!
Side Brush Up and Taper Fade
This longer quiff works great for young and middle-aged guys. It’s not too much work, and it really does look the part.
Side Pushed Quiff
This longer style features a side swept quiff for a dapper appearance. We think the slight messiness of the hair really accentuates this look.
Rock The Fohawk
The faux hawk/fohawk is an eye-catching look, and we really like this clean take on it. Guys with thick hair will get the most from this style.
If you like slightly longer hair, you’ll probably like this cut. The sides are kept rather long but are balanced out by the messy hair on top.
This hairstyle works very well for guys who enjoy short hair and who have softer, fluffier hair. The hair retains its natural texture and is tousled for effect.
If simplicity is what you’re after, this is a great option. The hair on top is swept to the side while the sides are tapered.
Sleek Skin Fade
Wavy and full of texture, this undercut fade is an excellent choice if you like shorter hairstyles. Best for men with thick hair.
Simple Top with Skin Faded Sides
This skin fade cut creates a unique two-tone appearance. No styling is required with this cut, but it still allows you to make a statement with your hair.
High and Tight
Inspired by the styles popular during the 1920’s, this style has made a comeback. With short edges and about an inch and half on top, this hair style is best for straight hair. It’s trendy yet masculine, making it a popular choice with many.
Keeping the edges in close and tight gives straight hair a burst of volume at top.
The cropped hairstyle has been common for many years, but roughed up hair in the crowned area adds a more modern and rugged update. This style is ideal for those with fine hair.
Rafael De La Fuente's Natural Waves
Combovers work great for slightly longer hair. There are no in-your-face lines in this cut; nope — it’s just a simple brush from one side to the other.
Buzzed Top with Faded Line Up
Short hair cannot be shorter than this but that doesn’t make it boring. The top is very short as size 4 clippers are used. The sides are taper faded with line up carved out pretty clearly. The clean shaved look makes the style very neat yet classy.
This style is really set off by its significant pomp on top, which is why it is important to leave at least three inches on top when asking for this style. The side length depends on preference, ranging from short to medium. Best for straight to wavy hair.
Mike Vogel's Natural Part with Medium Fringe
Middle parts can be difficult to style, but this haircut proves that they can work very well. The symmetrical waviness of the hair is key here.
Butch Cut with Hard Line Disconnection
A bold take on the disconnected hairstyle, this shortcut is emphasized with faded sides and a striking hard part.
The Top Fade Hairstyle
The next hairstyle on this list of short haircuts for men is the top fade. It’s a very modern, classic look. It is a lot like a buzz cut, however, the top has a little more hair to it. It is a lot like the Angular Fringe, just a lot shorter.
The hair can also be styled and modified, as it can be spiked up or slicked down. Some styling cream, wax, or pomade can help you maintain one of these styles, or you can just leave it how it looks after you wake up for a wilder look.
The hairstyle is short enough that it always looks professional, but also versatile enough that you can make it your own. It is a very popular choice among the younger crowd, and the style is a timeless classic, just like a white tee-shirt, this look will always be in style.
Modern Straight Fringe with Textured Top and Low Fade
Fringes on men can come with a lot of variety and one way to make the look uniquely you is to infuse it with elements that complement your hair. If you have thick, textured hair, the fringe can come with a layered top to showcase the texture. Getting a low fade will also give it a cleaner look, plus it adds focus to the top portion. Wear without any beard or accessories to keep the clean look flowing. Works best with heart, oval, and square face shapes.
Side Brushed Textures
We like this haircut for the massive amounts of texture it provides. Best for guys with thick hair, this cut requires a styling product or two but is well worth it.
You can never go wrong with a crew cut. This simple version keeps the hair neat and tidy all over.
This hairstyle has been around for generations and is a very classy look. If you have a son who wants to look like he is above his peers on an intellectual level, or you want to add some sophistication to your own look, this is the hairstyle to get.
It seems to be getting more and more popular, as people from all over the world are starting to sport this impressive look. This hairstyle is very flexible as it can be pulled off with hair of any length.
It can also be longer, so if you want to get the haircut short now and then grow it out over the next couple of months it will continue to look great.
Short Pompadour with Undercut
The pompadour is a hairstyle that is here to stay. And if you feel like sporting this style but are unsure whether it goes well with your modern look? Worry no more. Pair it with an undercut and keep it short, and you can wear this haircut to work or to your favorite after-office bar and bistro. Since it’s short, you also won’t feel the heaviness of the usual pompadour that’s laden with hair products (but yes, you’d still need a wee bit of it – just a tiny bit).
Best suited for round face shapes, the undercut removes weight from the sides and emphasizes the top – making the face look elongated. This complements the roundness of the face.
Pair it with an anchor goatee – or any kind of goatee for that matter – to complete the look.
The caesar haircut is such a distinctive haircut that it can get past many modifications and still preserve its particular style.
Adapting haircuts to your personal can be a whole journey to finding yourself, or as simple as changing the direction of a few strands here and there every once in a while. The choice is yours!
Touseled Short Hair with Drop Fade
We love this haircut for its curly, messy top. The gentle fade on the sides adds structure, with the short facial hair exuding a definite sense of youth.
Styled Side Brush Back
Here’s another variation on the brushed-back haircut, again featuring short, faded sides and a longer, carefully-styled top. As always, earrings not necessary!
Blend of Line Up Low Fade and Slit
This ultra-thick lineup hairstyle features a slit for some extra texture. The high fade creates an abundance of negative space from the side, which contrasts well with the thick beard.
Ivy League and Classic Taper
This meticulously-combed Ivy League hairstyle can work for anyone, regardless of hair color, thickness, or face shape. There’s something very refined about this cut, too…
Brush Up and Tapered Sides
You’ve probably seen a brush-up like this one on plenty of the younger guys in your city. We think slightly longer cuts like this are a great way to balance the practicality of short hair with the style-ability of long hair.
Medium Fade and Short Textured Crop
A textured crop is always a good option to bring in some playfulness to the style. Here we see it paired up with a distinctly manicured beard to complete the look.
Wavy Brush Up
This brush-up is simple and youthful. Grab a comb, curl your top hair up, and you’re ready for anything: the dance floor, the office, and the funeral.
Medium Fade and Short Faux Hawk
Faux hawks don’t need to be too long to fall under this category of hairstyles. Complementing contrast with a medium fade the top gets all the attention.
For a more ‘Punk’ look, style the texture with some product to create defined spikes.
Chris Pine's Scissors Crop
Here’s another crop, this time parted in two definite directions. Sure, this one is pretty long, and we’ll understand if you think it’s too much maintenance.
This quiff is also well into long haircut territory, but it shows you what you can accomplish with just a bit more length on top.
Buzzed Down Crop
The ultimate short crop right here! The subtle fade gives it dimension by uplifting the super short top part. Simple and classy.
Spiky haircuts are already full of texture but adding some color definitely can add a bunch more by playing with the contrasts.
Blonde Dye and Ginger Beard
The business cut is tapered and neat, but the contrasts here are superb! If you’re going for a dye job like this one and want to have the same vibe, make your beard and hair are noticeably different in color.
Medium Crop with Undercut
While this crop is certainly a little longer on top, it’s the buzz cut sides and the bit of facial hair that keep things in check.
Long and Pointy Regulation
If you’re not in the military, you should definitely try out this (very) long regulation crop. You could go without the pointy top, but honestly, it gives it so much attitude! Especially with that disconnected shaved undercut.
Subtle Side Taper with Rough Top
Here’s a cut to rely on for any man. It’s a short, messy top — you don’t really notice the messiness since it’s so short — with a fade down the sides and some stubble.
Buzz and Line-Up
A buzz like this leaves a little bit more hair on top which works perfectly with the curly hair texture. The sides are kept nice and clean with a low fade.
That Short Top with Faded Temple
Here’s a slightly longer haircut which has been shaped into a fringe at the front. Pair that with the fade on the sides and you have a very one-of-a-kind style.
Interrupted Line Up with Skin Fade
We truly love the texture this short hairstyle has to offer. The rugged top, the line across the side, and the square sideburns work together to provide a style that’s totally unique.
Round Scissor Crop
Lovely how they’ve left the sides with a high skin fade! This look needs expert scissor hands to achieve its peculiar roundness.
Highlights and Burst Fade on a French
Whether you decide to wear the top at the same length as the picture or not this burst fade really brings out even more of the thick highlights at the top.
Side Part and Low Fade
A side part is a go-to classic for many people but when paired up with a low fade it takes a super elegant and put-together turn.
Classic Short Style
The simple short hairstyle has been around forever, and it is still the number one choice for short haircuts for boys and men alike.
This is where you keep the sides and back of the hair short, almost buzzed, but you keep some length and thickness up on top. This allows you to mess with the top and make it your own, however, it is still short enough that molding it is not a problem, and it doesn’t need too much maintenance, especially just after you wake up.
What is the best haircut for short hair?
In our opinion, the best men’s haircut for short hair is the classic crew cut. It’s a timeless style that is easy to maintain and helps add shape and structure to a man’s face. The crew cut involves leaving the top of the head longer than the sides and back, and it can be tailored to suit any facial shape or style preference. It works great for guys with thicker hair, providing more control.
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