A hairstyle with short sides and a long top can be a sort of a middle ground between long hair and short hair. It’s a way to bridge the world of the rock star with the world of the clean-cut, man of success. Many have erroneously attributed this to the mullet, with the saying business in the front, party in the back. While much of that saying holds true, most would agree that nowadays the mullet is all party, all the time.
These next 30+ looks will show you how the modern man mixes business and pleasure stylishly.
Medium Undercut and Loose Curls
Having hair with a lot of volume is a great way to achieve a taller, more dominating presence. In this photo, we can see just how much volume adds to his look, while keeping the sides short allows him to frame his face in a manner that presents him in a more slender light, while still looking like an absolute boss.
Disconnected Undercut and Brush-Up Curls
The disconnected undercut gives new meaning to the words clean-cut, it shows you have a deliberate and discerning eye for style. Your hair is relegated to the bounds you set for it, it can go here and no further.
One of the reasons you would want a style like this is to show off incredible full-bodied, lushes hair. If you’re balding, well you might want to avoid this style.
Medium Fade and Curls
Curls, in a way, represent hair’s ultimate freedom, it’s hair that has been allowed to grow in its most natural form. Even though some of us born without naturally curly hair have to use chemicals to achieve our dream curls, the focus is still the same: to look as natural as possible.
Here we see that pairing the curls with short sides gives us a style that’s both natural-looking and functional in our modern-day to day life.
Curly Mess on Top with Tapered Sides
In 1992 when Prince changed his name to a symbol he sported a hairstyle similar to this one. A modern take on a very classic late ’80s – ’90s look.
Great for tickling the ivories or having an impromptu jam session with some old friends and your Les Paul. Try this style and you’ll see it raining purple.
Low Fade with Neat Line Up
Although the king kept his sides longer than this, this certainly would be the updated version of the Elvis look.
The longer, swept over top gives you that wild hound dog looks, while the short sides keep your face ready for photos from every angle. Thank you, thank you, thank you very much.
Almost No Sides with Neat High Fade
This hairstyle is a bit shorter than the others we’ve seen, demonstrating the versatility that the short sides, long top long starts you off with; You can literally take this style in any direction. We see that he’s opted for a shorter, more sporty look. We’ve also seen a few footballers rocking this look to victory.
Strendy Quiffed Neat Drop Fade
The Quiff haircut is similar to a Pompadour but with less volume. It has adorned the heads of many iconic stars such as Ryan Gosling and Vanilla ice.
Wikipedia(the modern Webster’s) defines it as a cross between the pompadour and the flat top of the 1950s. It has gone through many resurgences throughout the years since the 50’s such as in the ’80s in England during the Teddy boy movement and then again in the ’90s throughout the rest of Europe.
Did it have a hand in the creation of Drive and Ice Ice baby? We can only speculate…
All Around Brushed Up
The brushed up look shares similarities with the quiff in that they’re both styled up in the front. But whereas the quiff concerns itself only with the front, the wearer of the brush-up style will have styled the entire top, with the same meticulous detail and vertical sculpting as the quiff.
Think of the brush up as being the same as a quiff, only every angle is ready for a photoshoot. I’m ready for my close up Mr. Demille.
High Volume Open Quiffed Top
“What do I need to do to get you in this car today?” This high volume open quiffed top is the ultimate salesman hairstyle if salesmen had this much style.
The volume and side-swept top give it that go-getter looks while the sides are kept “short but not too short.”(stylists, how many times have you heard that at work?)
Simple Undercut Taper with Side Brushed Top
The undercut taper is one of the most tried and true hairstyles that has held up through the ages. It keeps coming back again and again like ripped jeans and long straight hair, and unlike disco, for the most part, is here to stay.
It’s a great middle-ground style that won’t polarize people and will work in almost every aspect of your life perfectly be it a job interview or a secret spy mission(should you choose to accept it).
Simple Top with Shiny Strands
Having shiny, smooth hair has been popular with the ladies for ages but men can also enjoy silky hair as well. It has the effect of making you look very slick, and business-minded like Michael Douglas in Wall Street.
You can pull this off by using Shampoo, Conditioner, and hair oil. Avoid using products in your hair that contain drying agents such as SLS and you should be good as gold.
Wavy Side Swept Top with Tapered Sides
Side swept hair is a look that will never go out of fashion. It’s great for those of us that want just that little bit of extra length, without the volume(as we all know, the volume can be a chore to maintain.) Nice, easy, and natural. Great for running your fingers through it.
Strendy Quiff with Dry Texture
A textured hairstyle can really make you look like you just came from the salon that very day. They work well with all styles of hair, although best when paired with a medium length hairstyle and when the hair has been freshly trimmed(within 2 weeks is the optimal time), because the strands have that extra stiffness after recently being cut.
With the right amount of product and elbow grease, you can give your hair that textured look that makes people think the winds been blowing through your hair all day.
Toned Up with Thin Brush Up
Colin McGregor would really take a liking to this hairstyle(if not the hairstyle, then at least the suit).
The sides are cut with a skin fade while the top is brushed up and the strands are spiked a bit. This is a very macho look, paired with a suit and tie giving it that clash of two worlds feel that the champ is famous for.
Silky Pompadour with Faded Sides
Faded sides being all the rage now, this silky-smooth pompadour variation has a more modern look then compare to one rocked by the king himself Elvis Presely.
Pairs well with a beard or without, just don’t pair it with regular visits to a donut shop.
Tapered Sides with Low Faded Temple
Here’s a style you don’t often see. The top has been left longer and loosely combed giving it that free-flowing appearance.
The sides here have been trimmed down in two distinct gradients, a very sharp, very striking, 80’s dance floor look. You spin me round round baby round round.
Neat Drop Fade with Sharp Line Up
The flow of the sides mirror the curvature of his facial hair, outlining and highlighting his jawline and bringing the focus towards the face and then the very quiff of the hair.
The varying shades of brown across the top make to accentuate the overall shape and texture, as well as giving it that rebellious look(within reason of course.) Ditch “rebel without a cause”, and instead embrace the notion of “a rebel with a steady career and job security.” Rolls right off the tongue.
Dyed Mid Fade with Pocky Fringe
What do Madonna, Nicki Minaj and this dude have in common? They’ve all mastered the bleach blonde/dark roots style that was all the rage back in the days when love was a battlefield. The top is both textured and layered, making it more visually disheveled while the roots and surfer bleach blonde reminds us of our parent’s youth(or our own).
Thick Textured Top with Taper Faded Sides
A textured top has the unmitigated tendency of catching discreet glances when entering a room. Quickly it will elevate your presence as the new focal point and the topic of whispered conversations(but in a good way).
Tapering the sides and keeping then short elevates this look to number 19 on this list
Blonde Ombre Pompadour
The Pompadour ombre effect is achieved when the hair from the top cut is gradually shorter as it gets to the sides, sort of like an upside-down pyramid.
This gives us a more refined and dapper pompadour, making you stand out even more than with just the pompadour alone. The highlights further add to the look by accentuating the top and creating a sharp contrast between opposite ends of the style spectrum.
Pompadour and Taper Fade
A pompadour, whatever style you may choose to go with, is always a good idea if you’re aiming to keep the sides shorter. Here they keep it pretty classic with a full-on side taper and it looks just right.
Blue Tapered Mo-Hawk and Side Designs
To be honest, this pompadour-looking mohawk is super edgy for its time. And what about the abstract fade design they’ve done here? It about blows my mind. The blue streaks are definitely adding to this futuristic look and I’m all here for it!
Side Brushed Natural Texture
Gorgeously done textured top and a simple buzz on the sides. Sometimes you don’t have to think too much and overcomplicate it.
Long Brush Back and Faded Undercut
Some may be hesitant to get this style of haircut because of the mostly-uniform length on top and what that means for its styling needs. But don’t be put off by it, embrace it! You’ll just need to find the right products to help you keep everything up there in order.
The quiff has become a favorite of modern times for its relaxed nature. Style it or not, it’s bound to give you a breezy and playful look. Pair it up with a high fade and a good side part to get a similar look!
Drop Fade and Wavy Top
Although a little different from the previous messy pompadour hairstyle, this natural wavy middle part is a fascinating option for those retro-style lovers.
We’ve got the short sides done with a temple fade and a mid drop fade. If you’re looking for something similar, a burst fade would work wonderfully here!
Textured Top and High Fade
Short sides? Check! With this great text-book example of a high fade, the messy textured top has all the spotlight! Notice how the sideburns are shaved off as well but sort of still connects with the beard line.
Wild Curls and High Fade
Honestly, these curls got me going loco. And the perfect way of letting them rock your style is by keeping the sides short as they’ve done here with a high fade.
Fluff Brush Back and Mid Fade
In perfect order. You’re more into the sleek, no-fuzz style, and here’s what you want to do with your hair: keep it simple. A medium fade and a classic volumized brush back will have you ready for any occasion!
Design Fade with Hardlines
This example takes the short sides to a whole new level in terms of design, technique, and personalization! The fading technique doesn’t really follow the standard direction, starting the degradation from front to back.
Drop Fade and Contrasting Hard Lines
So many things happening here. The expertly styled pompadour, although pretty impressive, isn’t what I like the most about this haircut. Notice the drop fade and the shaved ‘claws’ design done on the beard as well. What a masterpiece!
Thin Rough Textured Short Hair
Keeping the sides shot doesn’t have to mean that you have them down all the way to the skin. In this example, we see a very conservative temple fade and a taper for a super classic look for a short crop.
Casual Top with Faded Sides
A casual top like the faux-hawk can be is paired with a super slight sideburn fade and some good old taper all the way to the neckline.