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, teens, and boys across the world.

If you want to stay in the loop, trim your longer hairstyle, or just 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.

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Side Part

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.

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Short Choppy Curls
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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.

The Short Push up Hairstyle
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The Short Push up Hairstyle

This classic look is much like the other two, but with a more flexible, thicker top. Instead of being buzzed or trimmed short, the top is allowed to grow out and become longer, while the sides are buzzed down almost completely, a lot like the Angular Fringe, only the top of the hair is much longer. This allows for a lot more flexibility.

The recommended product for a hairstyle like this would be matte hair wax, for a stronghold that looks natural. This hairstyle works best on younger kids and men, however, don’t let that stop you if you consider yourself an older gentleman.

With a few extra touches, this look will be great for anyone, with the length of the top, one could mess with the look until they find something that fits them best.

This is one of the most flexible options available, and if you want to express yourself and tell people a story with your hair, something like this is the way to go.

Taper fade, short beard, side swept
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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.

Angular Fringe Hairstyle
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Angular Fringe

The Angular Fringe hairstyle is a classic, clean look. The trend of this short hairstyle for boys started up again in 2015 and is here to stay. In fact, it is about to get even more popular than it is now, so  get ahead while you can!

This hairstyle has tapered, short and clean sides, but it maintains the thickness on the top of the hair. If you have a round face, this hairstyle will look perfect on you, but the style is so versatile that it will look great on anyone with any face shape.

A highly recommended choice for people who have no idea where to start, and want a stylish, interesting look. While it may not be as simple as some of the other choices, maybe you aren’t as simple as people with other hair, and this hairstyle can help you show that.

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French Crop
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French Crop

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.

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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.

Textured Hairstyle
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Textured Style

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.

Ryan Gosling Messy Side Swept June 2011
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Side Swept

Short sides and full length side bangs are the components to the side swept look as well. It’s similar to multi-textured, but the key is in how you style it. Volume is not a necessary factor in styling. The goal is for it to look soft and just barely brushed back.

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Zachary Quinto – pompadour
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Hipster Style

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.

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Cory Monteith’s Scissor Cut
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Cory Monteith's Scissor Cut

This scissor cut is a classic haircut that’s stood the test of time. It’s a fashionable low maintenance style that’s good for all hair types.

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Mike Vogel’s Natural Part with Medium Fringe
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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.

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Butch Cut with Hard Line Disconnection_
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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.

Pierce Brosnan’s Classic Scissor Cut
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Pierce Brosnan's Classic Scissor Cut

Here’s another timeless scissor cut that can also benefit men with receding hairlines or thinning hair. It’s full and even all over, taking attention away from any thinness.

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Simple Top with Skin Faded Sides
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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.

Classic Short with High Fade
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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.

Spiky Short Brushed Up Hair
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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.

Side Brush Up with Fade
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Side Brush Up with Fade

Here’s a particularly trendy brush up style that’s great for any man who considers himself fashion-forward. This cut gives the hair a lot of motion and texture.

Classic taper, gentlemen, high volume, sleek back
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Classic Taper

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.

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Blonde Crop

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.

textured hairstyles
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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.

crew cut
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Crew Cut

You can never go wrong with a crew cut. This simple version keeps the hair neat and tidy all over.

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Classic Taper

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.

Rock The Fohawk
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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.

Side Pushed Quiff
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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.

Tousled Overgrown Ivy
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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.

Touseled Short Hair with Drop Fade
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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.

Blend of Line Up Low Fade and Slit
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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.

Lush Beard with Thick Volume Compliments the Skin Fade
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Lush Beard with Thick Volume Compliments the Skin Fade

This crew cut-esque haircut has also a super high fade. Once again, this creates a magnificent contrast with the lush beard down below.

Interrupted Line Up with Skin Fade
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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.

That Short Top with Faded Temple
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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.

Thick Beard and Thin Hair
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Thick Beard and Thin Hair

This lineup is also incredibly thick on top and has been paired with thick facial hair, a super short taper on the sides, and optional hipster sunglasses.

Faded Dye with Sharp Line Up
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Faded Dye with Sharp Line Up

Call it what you want, this short hairstyle has clean, defined lines, plenty of dye, and a solid fade down the sides. We like it.

Subtle SIde Taper with Rough Top
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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.

Medium Crop with Undercut
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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.

Back-Styled Quiff
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Back-Styled Quiff

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.

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French Crop and Medium Fade
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French Crop and Medium Fade

The French crop is an excellent short to medium length haircut for anyone looking for something a little outside the box. It’s definitely been having a revival in recent years.

Chris Pine’s Scissors Crop
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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.

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Wavy Brush Up
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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 Brush Back
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Medium Fade and Brush Back

A classic combination: the brushed/slicked-back top with faded sides. Again, it’s probably best to shave off the facial hair on this one!

High Fade and Messy Top
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High Fade and Messy Top

This short, messy top has very different styling from all the other messy cuts on this list. But it works. And it works pretty darn well.

French Curls
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French Curls

Simple curls: what more could you ask for? These short curls are the perfect low maintenance style for guys with naturally curling hair.

Shaved Sides Short Top Crop
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Shaved Sides Short Top Crop

Here’s a simple crew cut with ultrashort sides and a little facial hair. Needless to say, it’s a classic for a reason.

Handle Moustache and Short Crop
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Handle Moustache and Short Crop

This hairstyle is pretty unique. Sure, it’s a short crop with even shorter sides, but check out those lines! And oh, did you catch the mustache?

Classic Scissors Cut
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Classic Scissors Cut

This is an easy, medium-length scissors cut. It’s a bit more maintenance, sure, but it’s definitely worth it for some. Decide for yourself!

Burst Fade and Short Crop
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Burst Fade and Short Crop

This short to medium-length cut is particularly common in some areas. That’s because it’s how the hair naturally grows out after a shorter cut, like a buzz cut or crew cut.

Rafael De La Fuente’s Natural Waves
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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.

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Tom Ellis’ Wavy Scissor Crop
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Tom Ellis' Wavy Scissor Crop

Tom Ellis is widely known as the Devil on Netflix’s recently acquired series Lucifer. He sports a simple yet classy crop that embodies the timeless and stylish character that the show needs as its lead.

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Grant Show’s Short Crop
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Grant Show's Short Crop

Crew cuts and short crops work great if you have a widow’s peak, like this guy. This hairstyle is easy to get, super practical, and looks more than fine!

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Brush Up and Tapered Sides
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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.

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Ivy League and Classic Taper
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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…

Styled Side Brush Back
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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!

Side Brush Up and Taper Fade
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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.

Low Fade and Brush Back
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Low Fade and Brush Back

Check out this carefully brushed-back hairstyle. It takes dedication to brush your hair from the very front to the very back so smoothly. We probably couldn’t do it ourselves.

Short Brush-Up and Undercut
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Short Brush-Up and Undercut

This is another great example of how you can experiment with texture. In theory, this cut is like any other: long on top and short on the sides. It’s the texture that makes it unique.

Drop Fade with Short Texture
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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.

Shaved Hairline with Pocky Short Hair
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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.

Informal High and Tight with Puffed Front
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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.

Side Part and Low Fade
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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.

Medium Fade and Short Textured Crop
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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.

Taper-Fade and Side Part Brush Up
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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.

Medium Fade and Neat Brush Up
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Medium Fade and Neat Brush Up

Very symmetrical in all the right ways. This medium fade goes all the way to being also a skin fade. This guy has great hair volume so we can imagine how this hairstyle is a way of keeping things fresh!

Medium Fade and Short Faux Hawk
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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.

French Crop and Lineup Without Fringe
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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.

Burst Fade and Short Crop with Thin Sideburns
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Burst Fade and Short Crop with Thin Sideburns

Proof that short haircuts don’t need to be boring! Thes almost looks too good to be true, the sideburns are worked so thin they have become a focal point to complement this neat fade.

Low Fade and Top Scissors Crop
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Low Fade and Top Scissors Crop

This very interesting line up takes a different angle -hehe see what I did there? -from the regular 90 degrees lineup that is super standard.

Wavy Short Quiff
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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.

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Buzzed Down Crop
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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.

Modern Caesar with Fade
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Modern Caesar with Fade

This fade is so neat that it made me think my screen was having issues! The light fringe is a perfect addition to the style.

Faded Ivy
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Faded Ivy

Even though this is technically too long for an Ivy League the style keeps it all together with the proper styling.

Mid Fade and A Side Comb
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Mid Fade and A Side Comb

A comb-over is always an extra classy way to style any short haircut. The medium fade is uniform all the way to the sideburns, looks super neat!

Faded Designed Neckline
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Faded Designed Neckline

Everything on the top looks pretty casual and regular, but it all changes when you look at the superb details they’ve added to the neckline. If you’re curious, we’ve got a whole article on neckline designs you can take a look at.

Designer Braids
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Designer Braids

Braiding your hair is an excellent way of keeping every strand of hair in the place it needs to be whether it blows and storms. Do check out more braid styles to match your taste!

Colored Spikes
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Colored Spikes

Spiky haircuts are already full of texture but adding some color definitely can add a bunch more by playing with the contrasts.

Undercut and Brush Up
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Undercut and Brush Up

The brush-up is known to be a go-to hairstyle because of how easy it is to style. You can keep it neat or messy for a bit of fun. Keeping shorter sides with an undercut definitely adds a ton of character!

Arrow Fohawk
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Arrow Fohawk

A bit on the shorter side, this fohawk leaves its mark by neatly ending in an arrow-looking back, sets it apart from what’s regularly seen around for this particular haircut.

Blonde Dye and Ginger Beard
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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.

Design Neckline and Taper
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Design Neckline and Taper

Any short hairstyle you add this neckline to is going to look super rad! Subtly defying standards this neckline design is an awesome way of defining your style.

Wispy Fringe on White French
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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. 

Long and Pointy Regulation
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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.

Spiky French with Textured Fringe
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Spiky French with Textured Fringe

Thinking of short hair but punk? Check out this french made spiky with a super clean drop fade.

Undercut and Copper Curls
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Undercut and Copper Curls

When you leave the sides this short with an undercut, you can get by with a slightly overgrown mane at the top. It looks quite relaxed, yet the undercut at this length keeps the style very neat.

Skin Fade and Buzz Cut
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Skin Fade and Buzz Cut

Close to the limits of baldness, this is a super clean buzz cut and the skin is the perfect element to match its crispness.

Buzz and Line-Up
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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. 

Natural Texture Scissor Crop
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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.

Faded Line Ups and Temples
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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.

Round Scissor Crop
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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
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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.

Ombre Curls
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Ombre Curls

These curls transition in tone with soft grading on the sides much like the ombre trend on longer hair.

High Skin Fade and Disheveled Top
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High Skin Fade and Disheveled Top

The purpose of the skin fade here is to place more weight on the full head of hair on top. The sides tapered for a classic transition.

French Crop with Angular Fringe
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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.

Low Fade and Business Back
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Low Fade and Business Back

This haircut and styling are all about business, yet the very neatly cared for beard leaves some room to interpret there’s enough party to go round outside of business hours.

Casual French
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Casual French

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.

Modern Caesar
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Modern Caesar

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!