50+ Best Hairstyles for Teenage Boys – The Ultimate Guide 2018
The days of shaggy mop heads and bleached porcupine spikes are gone. New boys haircuts have taken hair to a whole new level and created new trends that are taking 2018 by storm.
There are so many hairstyles available for younger guys that it can be difficult to choose. To help, we’ve compiled a list of 100+ styles. You’ll find everything from classic haircuts that never go out of style to trending cuts that will place you on the cutting edge of fashion.
Whether you’re adventurous or studios, you’ll find your new favorite style here:
Classic taper is a low maintenance haircut with a high degree of style. While the sides and back of the head are shaved short, the top of the head still has a little hair for styling. It’s a timeless cut that’s as good as ever.
This cut is best for boys who don’t want to fuss too much with their hair. The short hair at the top can be spiked for texture or combed forward with gel or mousse. This haircut works best with oval faces, short foreheads, and strong cheek bones.
How to get it: Tell the hairstylist how much hair you’d like to have on top, and tell him you want it tapered. Often, the stylist will ask how steep you want your taper to be. Some tapers are gradual and fade out over a long area, but others end quickly. Either can look great with a variety of face shapes and hair types.
If you’re tired of the work that comes with long hair, consider the long buzzcut. Short hair is all around the head, but it’s still enough to be called hair. This is a great option for boys who are involved in sports or other high-energy activities, since it won’t require too much hassle.
Naturally, the long buzzcut is another style that caters to pursuers of low maintenance. A small amount of gel or mousse can be used, but this haircut is most often kept natural. It works best with oval faces, short foreheads, and strong jawlines.
How to get it: Tell your hairstylist you want your hair buzzed with a #4 clipper. This is a medium-sized blade that won’t trim the hair too short. If you decide to stick with the buzzcut, you can always go a size up or down. You’ll want to visit your hairstylist once or twice a month to keep your hair short.
The undercut has made a huge mark in fashion this year. The hair is cut short around the sides and back of the head while the top remains long. The most popular way to style this haircut is by running the hair slick back, but there are several other ways to style it as well.
While most pictures depict it with straight hair, it also works great for curly hair. This style requires a lot of styling with gel or mousse and needs to be maintained by shaving daily. It works best with strong jawlines and long faces. This is ideal for older teen boys who want to maintain a classy appearance.
How to get it: Tell your stylist you want an undercut. Most barbers and stylists are familiar with the style. If they’re not, say that you want length on the top and the sides buzzed with a mild clipper (such as a #5 or #6). You’ll also want your bangs to be about eyebrow length so you can slick that hair back.
Justin Bieber may have popularized it, but the straight shag hairstyle has grown into one of the most trendy haircuts for boys. Depending on what kind of hair you have, it can be pretty low maintenance, requiring only a brush and maybe some mousse.
If you don’t have naturally straight hair, you may have to use a flat iron to gain that pin-straight look. Usually, this style works best for boys with naturally straight hair, long faces, round cheeks, and high foreheads.
How to get it: If your stylist is familiar with the shag cut, tell him you simply want a straight shag. For those stylists who aren’t in the know, you can tell them that you want layered hair. Make sure to mention that you want the layers cut shortest at the crown of your head. The layers should then increase in length as the stylist moves away from the crown.
Tip: If you want a messy look, tell your stylist to razor cut the ends of your hair.
Harry Styles has proven that this haircut is sensation-worthy. While the straight shag has captured the world of prep, the wavy shag is better fitted for the casual teen boy. While it does not cater to boys with straight hair, it’s great for thick-haired guys.
Depending on how unpredictable the hair is, it may need some styling with gel or mousse but can very easily be allowed to go wild. It works best with thick, wavy hair, round faces with strong cheekbones, and high foreheads.
How to get it: This is similar to the straight shag. Both are based on layers, but the wavy shag consists of long layers all around the head. The hair is usually cut with a razor instead of scissors or a clipper.
The Butch Cut
One boy’s haircut that is always popular is the butch cut. This haircut, also called a burr, is an extremely short buzzcut. This is a style that’s popular among men in the military. It’s low maintenance, and because of its short length, sweat will not make the hair look bad. This sort of haircut also does not need to be styled.
Many boys will like its masculine appearance and the overall simplicity of the cut. If you’re going for this haircut, you may be able skip the trip to the barber and either cut it yourself or ask a parent to help out.
How to get it: Simply ask for a butch cut. It’s a well-known cut in barbershops and hair salons nationwide. If you’re doing it at home, consider how short you want to be, and use appropriate blade guards. (#0 will give you the shortest hair possible, while #8 will give you the longest.)
The High and Tight
A high and tight is another short, military-style haircut. However, it is quite different from a butch cut. While a butch cut is short all over, a high and tight cut is longer on top but shorter on the sides and in the back.
This haircut is popular among African American boys and works well for teen boys who desire a strong, noticeable hairstyle.
How to get it: The sides and back in a high and tight cut are almost always cut with a #1 attachment to the clipper. (Sometimes, they will be completely shaved, but this is rare.) The top is considerably longer than a butch cut. Sometimes it’s cut with scissors, making it long enough to be styled. More often it’s cut with a #6, $7, or #8 attachment on a clipper.
Adventurous boys with understanding parents may want to try a mohawk. This is surely one of the most famous haircuts. It is named after the Mohawk tribe of Native Americans. Their warriors would frequently shave their heads save one strip in the middle. This style was said to inspire fear in their enemies.
Teens will like its wild and unique look. Some parents, however, may find the style a bit too aggressive. This is definitely a boy’s haircut that lives on the edge.
How to get it: The mohawk is another hairstyle that is easy for a trained hairdresser and unlikely to be messed up. The sides and the back are easy. The hairdresser only needs to shave them clean. After this is done, it is time to cut the top. Most of the top will be shaved clean as well. Only a strip in the center will be left. Most boys will prefer that this strip is fairly short, and the hairstylist will cut it with scissors.
The Side Part
The side part is a classic hairstyle that has recently received a resurgence in hair trends. It has been around for at least a hundred years, and it was most popular from the 1910s to the 1960s. As the style of the 60s has come back to the forefront, classic hairstyles have become quite stylish.
Many dapper young men are sporting side parts, and some boys will want to imitate them. Like the undercut, it’s for boys who want a sharp, clean appearance.
How to get it: Despite its simple look, the side part is slightly more complicated than the previous hairstyles on this list. The top must be left fairly long, but if it is too long, the part may not stay. The sides and back need to be shorter, but not so short that they take the emphasis off the top. They should merely accentuate the top, as the side part is the focal point of the hairstyle. Work with your hairstylist to achieve a side part that works best with your face shape and hair type.
While the ponytail isn’t as wild as the mohawk, it’s best for adventurous boys. Additionally, this hairstyle requires a surprising amount of maintenance. Many think having a ponytail means that one simply grows out their hair and never goes to the hairstylist, but this is not the case.
Regular trips to the hairstylist are necessary to keep a ponytail looking good. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult for a barber to trim a ponytail hairstyle properly.
How to get it: Long hair is essential for a quality ponytail. Grab the hair you want to make into a ponytail, and band it together. You’ll have to experiment with different elements to get the tail you like best.
Another popular teen boy haircut, the spiky hairstyle is a nice alternative to the porcupine spikes of the 90s. An almost wind-blown look creates a soft yet spiky style that looks great.
This style usually works best with mousse, since gel tends to make the hair lose its soft look. It takes little maintenance; all it needs is a quick run through with styling mousse each morning. Since a wind-blown look is the basis of this style, it does not take a lot of sculpting. The style works best with short foreheads, strong jawlines, and strong cheekbones.
How to get it: You’ll need some good gel to achieve this style. The idea behind spiky hairstyles is exactly that––spiking the hair. The hair should be cut relatively short to get the best effect.
The 80’s afro will always be a bold choice, but trends today point towards a more controlled version. A short, tapered afro gives an African American’s textured hair the soft and natural curl that’s widely popular today.
Since African Americans have a natural thickness and texture to their hair, they often don’t have go through a lot of maintenance to get the curl, but they could possibly need a small amount of gel for styling. This style works best for African Americans who have the natural texture needed for an afro, round or oval faces, and short foreheads.
How to get it: Tell your hairstylist you want a small to medium afro that’s shorter on the sides and back with more fullness at the top. Since the afro can be tricky to get right, showing your stylist a photo will help make the process much easier.
Jaden Smith has been seen sporting this stylish hairstyle for African Americans. Again, the natural texture found in an African American’s hair caters perfectly to dreadlocks. Although long dreads are still in style, short dreads are making waves.
The dreads stand around the head with textured styling. It is often seen with the head shaved on the sides and back with dreads on top. This style takes little maintenance since dreadlocks tend to stay in place. Boys with the cut only have to continue rolling the dreadlocks to keep them from becoming matted. This teen boy haircut works best with the texture of African American hair and a distinct chin or jawline.
How to get it: This cut requires medium-length to long hair. We recommend consulting a well-trained hairstylist to achieve this style. If you’re already growing dreads, you only need to keep them short.
This one has been around for awhile but is still seen across Hollywood. The faux hawk is short around the sides and back, and it gradually gets longer as it pulls towards the middle of the head.
This haircut takes styling with gel in order to keep it in the middle. It works best with individuals that have long faces, strong chins, and high cheekbones. Like the mohawk and ponytail, this is a cut for the more expressive teen boys.
How to get it: Using a styling product, stand all of your hair up. Push it toward the middle to get the faux hawk “crest.” It should stick together, and from there, you can modify it as you like.
It started with Elvis but has come back with a bang. This is a great teen boy’s haircut that looks slick and dapper. This style has long hair all around and gets longer at the top. It is styled slick back but not tight against the head, making a “poofed” appearance.
This cut takes a lot of maintenance and a lot of gel. It works best with strong cheekbones, round faces, and short foreheads. Along with the undercut and side part, it’s a wonderful choice for classy teen boys.
How to get it: You’ll want your hair short on the sides and back. The top should have a good length to it. Take some pomade and slick your hair back.
To get the pomp, place your free hand (the one that isn’t holding your comb) on the top of your slicked-back hair. Push this hand forward, and at the same time, comb the hair at the front upward. Fix it with a little hairspray if needed. This method will take some trial and error to get the best pomp possible.
Cornrows are a traditionally African hairstyle, fashioned by using an upward, underhand motion to create rows of braids that lie close to the scalp. Normally formed in straight lines, cornrows can be manipulated to form different types of shapes or waves on the surface of the scalp.
Cornrows are a low-maintenance hairstyle and can be left in for long periods of time, provided that the wearer takes care to gently wash the rows on a consistent basis and oil the scalp. Cornrows can take long periods of time to achieve, so patience is key.
This is one of the funkier teen boy’s haircuts on this list, but it’s a good choice for a boy who wants something a little out of the ordinary.
How to get it: For the basic cornrow style, you simply tie your hair using elastic bands. Depending on the length of your hair, you’ll want to use enough bands to secure the strands.
The Induction Cut
Unofficially known as the “scorched earth” of teen boys’ haircuts, the induction cut involves shaving all the hair using an electric razor without a guard. This razor setting is referred to as #0, and it effectively reduces the length of your hair to the shortest possible without leaving you bald.
This haircut is low-maintenance, and it’s especially efficient in areas that are prone to high heat. This style also gives you the opportunity to decorate the entire scalp with razor-blade inflicted patterns, as the scalp is now, in a way, a blank canvas.
Teen boys that live in colder areas may want to stay away from the induction cut, since it can lead to a constantly chilly head in the winter time. It works well with a wide range of face shapes and hair styles.
How to get it: Tell your hairstylist you want your entire head shaved with a #0 setting on the clippers. If you’re doing this at home, you’ll only need the clippers to achieve this simple cut.
The Burr Cut
The burr cut is a variation on the induction cut that’s a bit less extreme. Whereas the induction cut uses a #0 razor on the entire scalp, the burr cut can employ anywhere from a #1 to #3 razor.
The burr cut is one of the least difficult teen boys’ haircuts, and it can be done in a barbershop or at home. It’s also similar to a butch cut, but the top of the hair is longer. With practice, it’s easy to achieve the burr cut at home with the help of an electric razor.
How to get it: Tell your hairstylist you want your head shaved with a #1, #2, or #3 razor setting. If you’d like to vary the length of the cut, make sure to tell your stylist which razor settings you want for which parts of your hair. For example, if you’re using a #2 for the top and back, but you want the sides of your hair to be shorter, ask your stylist to use a #1 on the sides. You can also do this at home using the same method.
The rat-tail is the unexpected cross between a mullet and a ponytail. It’s based around a tail-like, naturally hanging section of hair located at the back of the head. It fell out of style in the 80s but has recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Fans of manga and anime may have noticed several of their favorite characters sporting rat-tails, which can be curled, straightened, braided, or fashioned into a dreadlock.
The punk movement has spawned a variant of the rat-tail in which the person’s entire head is shaved with the exception of the eponymous tail. Admittedly, this variant may well be low on the list of desired haircuts for the average boy or young man.
How to get it: You’ll need to grow your hair out for this style. Tell your hairstylist you want the top and sides of your hair trimmed. (You can use whatever razor setting you like.) In the back, you’ll want to leave one strand of hair long. This strand should be in the middle of your head. The hair around it should be cut shorter. You can modify this cut to your liking.
A haircut made famous by The Beastie Boys and re-popularized by the movie Joe Dirt, the modern mullet is a good choice for teen boys who prefer their hair to be long. While it’s a longer style, it’s fairly low maintenance.
This is a teen boys’ haircut that’s rarely seen, so it will stick out in a crowd. It’s best for boys who like maximum length with minimal care.
How to get it: The area around the ears and the top of the head are clipped short, in the fashion of many other contemporary hairstyles. The hair in the back remains long, with layers added for effect. You can modify the length and layers as you like.
The perfect tousle is the ideal “rolled out of bed” style. Surprisingly, it takes a bit of experimentation to get right. It’s great for teen boys who want a laid-back appearance.
For this look, you should skip a haircut so that your hair is sticking at the ends. This will give the best conditions for the ideal tousled style.
How to get it: To go from untidy to effortlessly chic, some soft hold hair gel is required. A pea-sized amount should be used to avoid a wet and oily look.
Use a teasing brush to get some volume at the roots, but don’t tease at the top layer. Finally, gently run your fingers through your hair, spiking where necessary and smoothing your sideburns.
Textured Curly Undercut
If you have curly hair, you might find it difficult to find a style that fits you. If so, consider this style. It uses an undercut but allows the curls to retain their shape, giving your hair a unique personality.
In this hairstyle, the curls are cut to suit and frame the face shape so they’re not a curly mess. If you’re used to unruly curls, try this cleaner look.
How to get it: Tell your hairstylist you want a clean and short undercut on the sides. For the hair at the top, you’ll want it to be defined with a curl cream with enough hold so that it lasts for a day. The product should be used on hair that is slightly damp. The look is finished with a bit of scrunching.
Straight Fringe Haircut
The straight fringe is a solid choice for any teen boy’s haircut. It’s a mixture of casual and classy, making it ideal for a wide range of situations, from ceremonies to everyday outings.
This cut is ideal for long faces because the fringe is allowed to reach the eyebrows. A straight fringe accentuates the undercut, and the hair’s natural texture is used to get some volume. The product should be used sparingly, or else the fringe can look oily and transfer to the forehead.
How to get it: Tell your stylist you want an undercut on the sides but your bangs left untouched. Texture the hair on top by tousling it or applying a product of your choice. If you have flat hair, you can use hair lotion to texture it.
This striking haircut is a great summer ‘do for teen boys with coarse and thick hair. Its high-reaching style is sure to add energy to any situation, and it works with both short and long hair.
This haircut gives some height to the hair and is ideal for a square or round face because it adds dimension. The coarse and thick hair will need pomade or hair wax with the best hold possible to stay upright.
How to get it: Apply product to damp hair. (If you don’t have enough natural volume, blow dry your hair.) Style it upright, and modify to your preferences.
High Volume Haircut
The high volume haircut is ideal for teen boys with smaller faces, since it accentuates the face nicely with its shape. The hair is medium length, so this is definitely a cut for boys who like longer hair.
You can also combine this technique with other haircuts. For example, you can get an undercut on the sides and style the top of your hair in the high volume style. The high volume look lends itself well to a variety of combinations, making it one of the most versatile cuts on this list.
How to get it: If you have fine and straight hair, you’ll need to blow dry your hair for volume before styling. If you have thick hair, no blow drying is necessary. Use a fiber or clay paste with ample hold. Apply the product on towel-dried hair to spike the ends and give the cut a windswept shape.
Coarse hair can be tough to work with. The modern cowlick allows you to tame your coarse hair and get a stellar cut out of it.
This is a short haircut that is longer at the front. This gives a wet look to short hair, featuring many defined ends along the scalp and a hint of an undercut. So if you have shorter, coarse hair, try this cut.
How to get it: You’ll need a slight undercut on the sides. Style the cowlick-like fringe by using a dab of matte and medium hold paste. For more texture, product should be applied to hair when it is towel dried.
The messy fringe is a carefree take on the straight fringe. A long and messy fringe extends far below the brows for a noticeable look.
This cut works well with every face shape, hair color, and hair texture. The hair on the sides and the back can be cut to your liking. It’s a good go-to haircut for teen boys who prefer a casual appearance.
How to get it: Using some wax, define the bangs to your liking. Tousle the hair around the crown to finish it off. With second-day hair, no styling is required at all.
As its name implies, the classic fringe is a timeless look. It works best for straight and shiny hair, but it’s also great if you’re looking for a wavy teen boy’s hairstyle. The bangs are clean, and the hair is tousled in a restrained manner to add a slightly modern touch.
It’s low maintenance and can be adapted to a variety of styles. It works with short or long hair, so this style is ideal for any teen boy who likes a no-frills look.
How to get it: This requires only a good cut and minimal styling to define the bangs. Light styling cream can be used on dried hair, but if your hair naturally sits well, there’s no need. A touch of hairspray can be used to finish off the look.
Wavy/Curly Tall Hairstyle
This is another great cut for curly-headed teen boys. The curlier the hair, the less styling required. Like the pompadour and vertical haircut, it adds volume and dimension to the hair.
While curly hair can be tough to work with, this cut allows you to fashionably rock your curls. This style also works well for wavy hair, which can be similarly hard to tame.
How to get it: You’ll want to get an undercut on the sides and leave some length on top. Use some mousse for volume, strong hold wax for defining the tousle at the crown, and hairspray to finish off the look. A teasing comb or blow dryer can be used at the roots for extra volume.
Loose and Long Combed Back
If you like the carefree style of the tousle, then you’ll love this cut. This look is best for boys with fine, shiny, thick, and straight hair. It requires matte and medium hold products because the idea is to look natural and unstyled.
Like the tousle, this is a casual cut that will work well in many situations. This requires slightly more maintenance than some others on this list, but you’ll find it well worth the effort.
How to get it: Moussed hair is blow dried and combed back. Dry shampoo can be used at the roots for added volume. The comb tail should be used to create a clean part. Then, the hair is gently messed up with fingers. Keep styling until you find the perfect look for you.
The disconnected undercut is one of the newest trends to hit the men’s hair world. It’s a unique variation on the classic undercut. The “disconnected” refers to the sharp line that separates the long hair on top from the short hair on the sides. It’s a cut that will stand out in a crowd, and while it’s hard to style, it’s worth the effort.
How to get it: The disconnected undercut requires a trained stylist for maximum quality. The hair on top should be fairly long––2 inches is a good place to start––and the sides and back should be buzzed with a short clipper setting (#2 to #4).
Our guide to the disconnected undercut has everything you need to know about this cut, including finer details on how to get and style it.
The ever-popular pompadour is making a comeback, and this variation is a stylish, slick cut with personality. It combines the disconnected undercut and the pompadour for a noticeable look. The pompadour requires some serious maintenance, so it’s not for everyone. In addition, boys who are involved with athletics might find the pompadour style difficult to keep. However, boys who like a clean-cut appearance will love this fashionable style.
How to get it: You’ll want to have your bangs at least eyebrow-length. For young boys, the hair doesn’t have to be too long, and the shorter hair will produce a shorter, more subtle pompadour. The hair on the sides and back should be cut much shorter than the top.
Most importantly, there should be a dramatic line where the short hair ends and the long hair begins. Our guide on the disconnected undercut has more information on the disconnected style.
To style the pompadour itself, take some pomade and slick your hair back. Holding a comb in one hand, use the other hand to push the hair forward, and at the same time, comb the hair at the front upward. After a little experimentation, making a good pompadour will be easy.
High and Tight Recon
The high and tight is most famously known as a dramatically short military haircut, and the high and tight recon is a variation on the classic original style. While this cut isn’t for everyone, it provides a no-maintenance cut that’s conducive to high levels of activity. Boys who are involved in several forms of athletics or simply like little to no hair will enjoy this cut. It accentuates the hair in the middle of the head and gives an extremely tidy look. It’s also a good choice for boys with curly hair who want to tame their locks
How to get it: Most barbers and stylists will know how to cut a good high and tight, and if they’re not familiar with this variation, it’s easy to explain. It’s also easy to cut at home.
For the high and tight recon cut, the back and sides will be buzzed with a #1 or no guard at all. Alternatively, the hair on the back and sides can simply be shaved.
The high and tight recon is different from the standard high and tight in a couple of ways. Most importantly, much less hair is left on top. It should resemble a landing strip, and it’s often given this nickname.
Short hair enthusiasts will rejoice at the Caesar cut. It’s been around since––you guessed it––the time of Julius Caesar, who allegedly used the style to hide his premature balding. Its short, no-fuss style is ideal for boys who are always active and on the go.
How to get it: The Caesar cut is popular all over the world, and almost all barbers and stylists know how to cut one. The Caesar cut is unique because the hair is the same length all around the head, anywhere from half an inch to three inches. You can accomplish this with clippers, but it can also be done with scissors for a longer cut.
Boys who don’t need a super short style will love the fade. The long hair on top contrasts with the fade on the sides, making this cut stand out. Like the pompadour, it gives off a classy look, but the fade is slightly more casual and can be worn in all situations.
How to get it: For a good fade, we recommend visiting a barber or stylist. Specify how gradual you want the fade to be and how much hair you want left on top. If you’re going for an undercut-inspired look, you’ll probably want an inch or two on top with a fade that starts abruptly. The classic fade style features a gradual taper that blends in with the top of the hair.
If the mohawk or faux-hawk is too wild, consider the mohawk fade. This is a much more subtle version of the classic mohawk that borrows elements from other conservative cuts. It can be styled in many different ways, and it can blend in with other low-profile cuts. The mohwak fade takes the traditional mohawk concept and tones it down.
How to get it: The mohawk fade is one of the tricker cuts to get, and it’s best for a trained hairstylist to tackle. We have a complete guide on the mohawk fade that tells you everything you need to know. The guide includes cut specifications and style options, so if you’re interested in the mohawk fade, be sure to read it.
While the crew cut is a simple, stylish option for boys, the Ivy League takes it to the next level. The hair is cut in the same way as it is for a crew cut, but there’s enough hair left on top to be parted. The Ivy League is traditionally paired with a side part, but it can also be styled without one. Either way, it’s a nice variation on a classic cut.
How to get it: The Ivy League is usually cut with scissors. The top of the head generally has half an inch to an inch of hair, so make sure to tell your stylist how much you prefer. However, the hair should be a little longer in the front so that it can be parted. For the sides and back, ask for a gradual taper/fade with a shorter clipper setting (#2 to #4).
The quiff has become quite popular recently, and it’s a nice choice for boys who favor a classy appearance. While the quiff is a more noticeable haircut, it can be modified to be either subtle or bold. For a subtle look, we recommend the short quiff, and for a more bold look, the long quiff or the messy quiff will stand out.
How to get it: We recommend going to a high-quality stylist for a great quiff. The basic idea is that the hair is longer on top and shorter on the back and sides. The hair on top is styled up and combed back. For a more in-depth look at the quiff, check out our guide to this cool style.
This beach-inspired cut is perfect for summertime. It’s short enough that it’s low maintenance, but there’s enough hair to style. It can be left messy, spiked, brushed back into a short quiff––the possibilities are endless. It’s a simple, laid-back style for easygoing boys.
How to get it: The hair on top of the head should be fairly long. Anywhere from 1 to 3 inches will do. The back and sides should be about an inch long. You can have it cut a little shorter or longer, depending on your personal preference.
To style the surfer cut, dry the damp hair and apply some product throughout. Style the hair up and away from the face a bit for the surfer style. This is a fun style you can play around with quite a bit.
A classic and timeless style, the crew cut is one of the top go-to choices for boys. It’s a short cut that’s ideal for athletic and active boys, but it’s adaptable to any style. The crew cut also makes the face more defined.
How to get it: Since the crew cut is a staple in barbershops and hair salons all over the world, it’s almost impossible to find a stylist who can’t cut a good crew cut. If you want to cut it at home, it’s easy to do.
The hair is buzzed with clippers of varying lengths, depending on the area. The top of the head is buzzed with a longer clipper setting (#4 to #6). The hair in front should be the longest. The hair then gets shorter as it goes toward the back of the head.
The sides and back are trimmed with a shorter clipper setting (#2 to #4). There should be a gradual taper all the way down to the neck.
The man bun is an ideal choice for boys who prefer longer hair. The hair is drawn up into a bun that can be either messy or tidy, depending on your preference.
It’s incredibly easy to style and maintain. Also, it allows you to wear a variety of hairstyles, since you can wear your hair long and in a bun. You can even try one of the many variations on the standard bun style to get more mileage out of your hair.
How to get it: Gather up all the hair you want in your bun. Tie it like a ponytail, but twist the band and make a second pass over the gathered-up hair. Stop halfway up the length of the hair, and you’ll have yourself a tidy bun.
The top knot is a stylish variation on the man bun that takes the bun and adds some samurai-influenced flair to it. Instead of the hair being pulled into a bun, it’s tied into a single knot at the top of the head. Generally, this knot rests right above the crown.
This is a great cut for guys who like versatile haircuts because it’s a combination of a long style and a short style. Since you’ll need some length for the top knot, it’s a longer style by definition, but since it’s pulled up into a knot, it’s also shorter. You can leave a few strands of long hair hanging down for additional style.
How to get it: You’ll need quite a bit of hair for this style––at least 8 inches. Generally, the hair on top of the head is the only part left long. The sides and back are usually kept short, so you could pair this with an undercut. Take your long hair and draw it backward toward your crown. Tie it up in a tight, neat knot (this might take some practice), and you have a top knot.
This skater-influenced style requires some maintenance, but if you like to keep your hair longer, it’s a good investment. This is best for boys with naturally wavy hair, though you can get it with straight hair as well. The hair is a medium length and rises at the side like wings.
How to get it: You’ll need at least ear-length hair on the sides for this cut. You can go longer if you like. You need the hair to be layered, and it’s best if you ask your barber to cut the ends with a razor.
There are a few techniques to achieve wings, but here’s a simple one. Towel dry damp hair until it’s only slightly wet. Put on a hat and blow dry your hair so that the exposed hair flips up. This will give you the winged style. You can also use some hair gel or wax to keep the style in place.
This hairstyle was popularized by the emo movement of the mid– to late 2000s. It features a choppy, uneven texture and is usually seen with longer hair. The hair is also usually dyed black, but it’s not a requirement.
This is a nice choice for older boys who want to stand out and have a fun style to their hair. It’s also seen on many male musicians who play heavier music, and that’s typically the inspiration for boys who get this cut.
How to get it: This will require a high quality cut, so make sure you show your barber or stylist a picture of the finished product. Ask for your bangs to be kept long but for the ends to be cut with a razor. Push your bangs to one side for an asymmetrical appearance. The hair on the back and sides can be cut short or left long.
Next, take some product to your damp hair and spike up the hair near the crown of the head. Finish styling as you like.
The blowout is a truly unique haircut that adds tons of volume to your hair. This is a noticeable style, so boys who are extreme extroverts will probably enjoy this. The name comes from the look; the hair appears to be exploding from the head!
The blowout requires regular maintenance and styling, so it might not be an ideal choice for busy guys. If you have time and love the look of the blowout, then go for it. Expect to spend roughly five to ten minutes in the morning getting your blowout ready.
How to get it: The back and sides are normally faded for a blowout, and the hair on top is left long. Using a blow dryer, lift all your hair up and blow dry it into place. Apply some strong hold hair gel to your hair and blow dry again. You might need to coat it with hairspray to fix it into place.
French Crop with High Fade
Like the Caesar cut, the French crop is a low-maintenance style that looks great on its own without any styling. The French crop is a slightly longer take on the Caesar; it’s cut the same way, but the hair can be feathered in the front.
This is great for boys who like shorter hair and who want a softer look to their hair. The French crop gives a smooth texture to the hair, and it works well for fine hair.
How to get it: Ask your barber to taper the back and sides of your hair using scissors. (If you want, you can ask for a skin fade, where the hair disappears into the skin at the bottom.) If you prefer a choppy look, ask your barber to point cut the hair on top of your head. If you prefer a tidier look, ask your barber to blunt cut the hair on top.
The brush up hairstyle is a trendy, noticeable cut that’s ideal for fashion-forward boys. Similar to the quiff, it’s a messy-looking style that conveys carefreeness.
The sides and back are cut short, while the hair on top is styled, making a high-contrast, high-volume cut. The brush up is a good choice for classy lads who desire a stylish appearance.
How to get it: The brush up hairstyle can be complicated. Read our comprehensive guide on the brush up hairstyle to learn how to cut and style it.
Also known as a temp fade, the temple taper fade is another extremely versatile option for boys who like shorter hair. It’s ideal for highly active boys or boys who prefer a clean-cut look.
It’s also a versatile haircut by nature, since you can adjust the size of the fade by changing the blade guard. Moving from a #2 to a #4 will give you a longer fade and change the style dramatically.
How to get it: Ask your barber for a temple taper fade. It’s a fairly common style, and many barbers will know it. If not, bring in a picture and ask for the fade featured in the image.
Layered Mop Top
You might recognize the mop top style from a famous four-piece band in the sixties (rhymes with Peatles). Since then, it’s been revived as a trendy style, and it’s a great medium- to long-length option for boys.
With a mop top, the forehead and ears are covered, so it works well for boys with larger foreheads or long faces. This cut tends to compress the face. We don’t recommend it for round faces, however.
How to get it: Trim the hair evenly around the head so that the hair in front reaches the eyebrow and the sides cover the ears. The back is the same length but can be a little longer. If you want, you can style it with a high quality wax or gel.
The messy pompadour has a lot of character and stands out easily.
Like some other styles on this list, the messy pompadour will require some serious styling, but it’s a one of a kind look you won’t find anywhere else. It’s a great choice for older boys who are proactive when it comes to fashion and grooming.
How to get it: For the messy pompadour, you’ll need to know which direction your hair grows. To find out, push your hair to each side and see which side gives your hair the most volume. That’s the side you want. (For straight hair, blow dry your hair either to the right or left, whatever you like. Then style the hair in the opposite direction.)
Towel dry your hair so it’s still a little damp. Then blow dry your hair in the direction it grows. Take some hair product (gel, wax, or paste) and style your hair in the opposite direction, poofing the hair up and back to form the pompadour. (Our pompadour style guide has more tips on creating the pompadour.)
This look can be achieved by almost any kind of hair. First, the hair is washed and blowdried properly. Then, everything is smoothed back with pomade that comes with low shine. If the hair is wavy or curly, it should be straightened before styling hair.
This is one of the favorite boys hairstyles of stars walking the red carpet. It works for medium length hair and can be used to highlight a widow’s peak. This looks also works best with thick beard. Some pomade with a lot of shine and concrete like hold is required for this look. Use the product on dry hair and slick it backwards. Make sure that the parting is defined in the hair and use additional product to smooth down any stray ends into place.
This haircut is especially meant to accentuate a full beard. It is the classic men’s haircut that can be changed to suit a situation. For formal occasions, hair can be slicked back and smoothed down. For casual occasions, it can be worn with minimal styling in a messy way. Only medium or light hold products are used for this look. Hair should be combed with the product in place.
Classic Front Tousle
This style is worn by people who have natural waves in their hair. The front is styled using pomade or hair wax so that the tousle can be defined properly. The rest of the hair is simple combed in a classic style. The forehead has some volume in this look and thus, it should be styled when the hair is damp.
Long Top and Short Back
The sides and back in this haircut are short but the top is left long and textured to ensure that both slicked back and messy looks are achieved easily. Medium hold product is used after parting hair on the side and the top is gently put into place without pinning down. The hair can be damp or dry, depending upon the amount of definition and styling required.
Side Part + Undercut
This hairstyle is ideal for people with an undercut because it adds some interest in the hairstyle. The side part is extremely defined and stark and a water based styler like pomade is used. With added shine, this look can become a formal look because the hair is slicked close to the scalp. The comb should be used for styling for cleaner results.
Combover Haircut For Straight Hair
For this classic combover style, some pomade with strong hold or medium hold is required. The hair is combed back but in a diagonal way to create some buzz around the look. A low or medium shine finish can be used for finishing off the look if the occasion is a formal one. A side part is preferable and the product should be applied on dry hair only.
Short Haircut For Curly Hair
This style is a classic short haircut style preferred by teenagers all over the world but has one small difference – the forehead part of the hair is allowed to grow for an inch longer. A curl cream is used to style the hair and define the forehead part. Even though longer haircuts are the trend this year, this look achieves the same results but does not require any styling time.
Short and Spiky
This is another example of how classic short boy haircuts can have one different element to give them a great look. The hair along the hairline are given some length in this one for that oomph factor. Styling is done along the top of the hair for some volume and texture. Second-day hair would not require much styling.