100 Best Hairstyles for Teenage Boys – The Ultimate Guide
Dress to impress: find your next cool haircut to compliment your everyday style
The teenage days are the best of times, and the worst of times. For a teenage boy, the changes that he undergoes can come as a surprise, an unprecedented change. One second he likes listening to Drake’s Hotline Bling, and then the next he would find it absurd and rather listen to Coldplay’s The Scientist. He turns up to school with long, surfer locks ala Justin Bieber, and then the following week he thinks it’s a bit too pop and he cuts it all short – military grade. Moody might not even be enough to describe his fluctuating temperaments. And because a teenage boy is very aware of his physical appearance, the haircut plays a huge role in his quest for self-discovery and self-expression.
The beauty of undergoing these changes and self-discovery is that the teenage years are long (seven years if we are being technical) – and there is a lot of space to reinvent, to keep progressing until he becomes comfortable and happy with his choices – haircut or otherwise. And the even better news about a haircut is that choosing one should not be a problem as he will never run out of options!
There are a hundred haircuts and styles to choose from in this list – from classic haircuts that never go out of style to trending cuts that will place him on the cutting edge of fashion. Fancy a little bit of color but cannot decide whether to put one color or just portions or segments? We’ve got this covered. How about choosing between getting layered hair or a just-out-of-bed look without overdoing it? Also got this one covered.
Experimenting with haircuts and styles is a great thing and should not be discouraged. Teenage boys need an outlet to express themselves and their hair is one of those creative outlets. Without further ado, here are 100 haircuts and styles for teenage boys to choose from:
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.
Undercut with Fringe
A fringe instantly adds character to any hairstyle, even with an undercut (and we all know there are a lot of guys who like getting an undercut). If you have wavy hair, grow the fringe about an inch away from your eyebrows to get the tousled look. And if you have straight hair, you can even get your fringe layered for texture.
Innocent Mop Top from Liam Payne
Who is familiar with Liam Payne’s younger tossed mop-top. This look is very subtle and can go well for formal and casual occasions if done right. The key to this style is maintaining the volume by tapering sides slightly and top being scissored to maintain the volume. Lastly, just side sweep the whole bunch and BOOM!
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. We recommend the short quiff for a subtle look, 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.
Bradley Cooper in the Making with Curled Top
Curly hair with thin induces more fluff which can be a good thing if handled well. The top is long as usual but the sides are tapered a bit with the temple chopped off. This hairstyle is what one needs if one follows Bradley Cooper.
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.
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.
Simple and Trendy Side Brush Up with Temple Fade
Sometimes less is more and as we see here, the top is side brush up which is not extreme at all. The sides are not parted but the sides are tapered very neatly with the temple being faded. These small things make the hairstyle trendy yet it is so subtle that it doesn’t shout.
Textured Brush Up with Side Hard Line Design
If you’re those who ‘go big or go home’, this haircut’s styling might just be right up your alley.
With impressive volume and texture, this style turns out best if you have loads of hair to help the added texture do its thing. The hard-line absolutely adds even more playfulness.
French Crop with Disconnected Eyebrow Design
The disconnected eyebrow design seemed to be everywhere for a hot minute in 2019, didn’t it? But who says it has to stay there. I say love it or hate it, it’s a pretty cool detail to complement your style.
Back-combed Medium Length Hairstyle
A versatile haircut that can be styled in more ways than one and does not require a lot of prep time in the morning is what most teenage boys would probably like. This back-combed medium-length hairstyle entails growing the hair long enough for you to be able to comb it back (after slathering a tiny bit of hair product).
Another great thing about this hairstyle? It’s great for all face shapes. Add an earring for that extra oomph.
Long Curly French with Side Line Design
This shaved hairstyle likes to bend the rules a little. It looks great whether it’s styled or worn naturally like on the example here.
Undercut with Thick Angled Spikes
No one can say this doesn’t look cool. The front’s perspective tricks you into thinking a disconnected undercut is happening while the back finishes the fade with a little drop down the neckline.
90's All time Favorite Mohawk
Long Side Swept with Lost Temple
Taper Fade and Brush Back
Tapered hair and brush back, this immediately brings us back to the 50s and their swag.
Modernized with a pretty generous taper fade is lowkey one of the best when it comes to fast-styling. Nothing too complex, pull it off with your regular comb and you’re ready to go.
Brushed Up Pompadour
This breezy quiff can have all the chill vibes you’re looking for! It’s so playful and because of that is great to experiment when with styling.
Side Brush with Clean Temple
Who doesn’t like some clean hairstyle and how cleaner does it get than this? The top is side brushed up with thick hair volume, the sides are however quite chilled with the taper and fade. The temple is faded just for that extra step towards a cleaner approach.
Curly Angular Fringe with Cowlick
Blonde Layered Hairstyle with Tapered Neckline
Undercut with Short Curls
Short curls can put a youthful spin on an undercut for teenage boys, creating a modern and stylish look. The traditional undercut, with its sharp lines, creates the perfect base to add texture and volume with curls to give teenage boys the edge when looking their best.
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.
This haircut was made popular in the 90s by Backstreet Boys band member Nick Carter. Soon enough, it was worn by actors like Devon Sawa and became an instant hit worldwide. A couple of decades later, it’s making a comeback with K-pop artists wearing it.
Broken French Crop with Low Fade
Thick blonde hair that has grown in a uniform way can be allowed to free fall and that would make up for a good french crop. The sides are low faded so that the top regains most of its volume whilst the top is slightly pocky stranded.
Straight Fringe with Shaved Sides
The confidence of a bully, without the malice. This haircut rocks the long fringe, giving a relaxed vibe. The shaved side shows care and attention to one’s appearance. His black hoodie contributes to the chilled but edgy look, exuding coolness. This kid definitely seems like he has it altogether. His freckles add a certain cuteness that compliments his edge. An outstanding balance between both.
Sweeping Messy Fringe
When you’re young, you don’t want a hairstyle that will require much maintenance. This look is effortless while still being fashion-forward. The upper half of the hair is left long and layered, while the fringe is kept near the same length. Pull the fringe down and give it a sweep with your fingers to nail this messy and easy style. Keeping the sides trimmed with scissors and the sideburns cleaned up keeps it sleek and youthful, adding to your style.
The Young Faded Caesar
This classic caesar shows the hairstyle knows no age or restraint on time. A medium fade keeps you looking clean and fashion-forward, while the natural layers on top add an eye-catching look. The fringe is a little shorter in the front but is styled to curve and fold back near the temple, making this an easy cut to wake up and fix.
Temple Fade Edgar
The edgar has many uses in hairstyle and can fit any look. This cut gives off a bit of edge with the textured layers in the upper half of the hair, while the fringe reins it in a bit with some subtle linework. A temple fade adds to the clean look and is accentuated by the fade on the nape. To nail this look, you’ll have to grow your top a bit longer than the rest of your hair. The simple black hoodie helps this style complete an edgy look.
High French Crop
The French crop is a perfect cut for a young man as it’s easy and gives off loads of style. This one gives off clean and rugged vibes with the textured fringe and subtle waves that course through the upper half of the hair. The simple silver chains echo the style.
Long Trim Pompadour
This side-parted pompadour is ideal for guys with round face as the little volume on top helps elongate the face. The sides gradually taper from long to short, something that lets you know that he likes experimenting with different hairstyles. He has accessorized with a classy earring which immediately draws your attention to his neat haircut and away from his non-bearded face.
Medium Heavy Textured Fringe
Medium-heavy textured fringe and a clean face define this young man. The naturally curly hair is something to behold and accentuates his facial features perfectly. The curls add height and certain drama to the overall look, while the precise low fade brings out the playful side of the hairstyle. It’s one of the best everyday looks, especially when paired with a few accessories or none at all, like in this case.
Curly Textured Medium French Crop
The textured fringe mid-fade combo is a classic teenage boy haircut. He has cropped the fringe so it falls seamlessly to the middle of his forehead. He has very light stubble and an equally light mustache typical of a young man who is only beginning to grow a beard. The short fringe is clean-cut, and while he is young, it gives off a certain masculine vibe fit enough for the captain of the football team or the starting quarterback.
This is one of the best modern takes on the pompadour fade haircut. While the haircut works wonders when combined with a beard, he is a brilliant example that teenagers can still rock this retro haircut. He has kept his accessories to a bare minimum and opted for a skin fade on the sides for a casual look, as evidenced by his light sweater and t-shirt.
Long Textured Fringe
The textured mid fade French crop is one of the most versatile hairstyles for boys, as evidenced by this neat cut. The fringe is longer in this case, covering almost his entire forehead, which complements his slightly longer face. He pairs the haircut well with a stud earring and a small nose ring which help bring out the charm of the hairstyle and the joys of being as young as he is and in a position, to pull off trendy hairstyles like this.
Sporting the school-boy look. This young lad is well-groomed and compliments the care he has put into his school uniform. His tie is neatly knotted, with his top button fastened. His cheeks are flushed, suggesting a youthful exuberance. His wavy fringe is endearing. Overall, his haircut is neat and tidy, reflecting the values of academic achievement and responsibility.
Thin and Short Curls with Mid Fade
A very casual look for school or university. The key is taper and fade on the sides that make this one instantly sleek The top is curled and the strands are longer for it to pop quite well.
The laid-back heartthrob. This guy seems to have stepped straight out of a boy band teen magazine. He has a following of swooning students who screenshot his Instagram images. His tussled locks exude a carefree existence. His clothes echo this as he is clearly relaxed in a hoodie and windbreaker. No cares for looking trendy for this guy.
Flow Hairstyle with Temple Fade
Swoon. Between his angsty gaze and his back-swept tousled style hair, this guy can make girls swoon involuntarily. It might be the tattoo on his neck, of course, or the bracelet but either way this dude is brooding. The sprouting facial hair accommodates his maturation. His quaffed comb back makes for a chilled and laid back vibe. The strands falling over his eyes add to his mysterious persona.
Choppy Fringe with Textured Top
This short, trendy hairstyle for teen boys combines a choppy fringe, skin fade on the sides, and a textured top. The choppy fringe is achieved by using scissors to create a sharp, jagged line across the forehead. This effect gives the hair more volume and visual interest.
This hair cut is kept longer at the top and back of the head giving it the faux hawk look. Also, the sides of this side are tightly faded to add shape to the style, and the hairline is precisely lined up.
This pompadour hair style is slicked back and polished. This is achieved by keeping plenty of length in the fringe section while keeping the rest of the hair gradually shorter. The sides and the hairline are sharp and clean to add shape throughout the rest of the style.
Undercut with Curly Fringe
Curls soften any look, even if it’s a hard-lined undercut. Make the curls go all the way to the fringe, and voila! It makes you look younger. The fringe also draws attention to your eyes and eyebrows – so if these two are parts that you want to emphasize, then you know what haircut to get.
Scissor Cut with Disheveled Fringe
Nothing spells mysterious and brooding guy more with a disheveled fringe that covers a part of the eyes. A great twist to the run-of-the-mill scissor cut, wear this for a bit of edge, and if you don’t mind blowdrying the fringe part now and then.
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.
The Legend of Volume is here!
Just have a look at that crazy fluffy pompadour with sides being layered just enough so that they can be pushed behind and yet seem under control. The lineup is that another element that is in check especially with its volume and angular shape.
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.
Neat Pushed Back Quiff with Faded Sides
Messy Fringe Highlight
This is the cut for you if your style is wild and playful. In a take on the edgar cut, this look embodies a messy look that creates texture and falls right in line with this fellas style. The shock of color in the fringe gives an air of spirit that is accentuated by the point cut. Adding to that is the subtle silver nose ring.
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.
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 to stay upright with the best hold.
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 it to your preferences.
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.
Wake up Blond Mohawk
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Afro with Geometrical Lines
This afro haircut with sharp geometrical lines and gorgeous fade on the neck looks just incredible and so stylish! Yes, sharp lines like that demand you to spend some extra time in the barber’s chair but it is worth it by all means. While you can style the longer hair with some wet sponge moving it in circles in the same direction around your head, the sharp lines will keep looking sharp for at least 2 weeks and then you will have to reconsider getting them refreshed.
Crew Cut with Drop Fade
A rough cut with highly popular these days fringe bangs will look extremely cool in most cases. Whether you are a college kid looking to impress with your daily style or a young professional wearing suits all day long – this crew haircut will highlight your sharp cheekbones and visually prolong your face. This is an absolutely winning choice for the most stylish men today.
Military Style with Hair Design
Always on the go, some of these teens prefer a simple, minimalist haircut that’s low maintenance. They are busybodies and they don’t need the hassle of styling or combing or blow-drying their hair. But it also doesn’t mean that the haircut doesn’t come with self-expression. The hair design on the side is a means for them to show what they like – it could be a symbol or an edgy line that goes all the way to the eyebrows.
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.
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.
You will see a lot of teenage boys with this top-crop haircut. It is a short, textured cut that can be styled in various ways. Most of the time, the sides will be noticeably shorter with this haircut.
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.
Mullet with Side Swept Quiff
With this mullet hair cut, there is a distinct contrast between the lengths of the sides and the top. The sides are kept very short with a slight fade up to the temples. The top and back of the hair are cut using a scissor-cutting method, leaving them textured and messy.
Edgy Faux Hawk
Go edgy with this faux hawk that screams rebellious. There is a strip of longer hair in the middle of the head, and the sides are completely shaved. Perfect for teens and anyone with a “don’t mess with me” vibe.
Long Ivy League
This is an iconic style that teen boys can rock. For a timeless look, let your hair grow with just a bit of styling to keep it neat and tidy. This style works incredibly well for boys with an oval face shape – making the face look balanced and accenting their features. Not only is it easy and low maintenance, but this haircut also gives off a stylish, sophisticated vibe: perfect for anyone who wants to create an impression!
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 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.
Longer Tossed Top with Chill Sides
This style is one of the most liked ones as it requires very little maintenance and its glare is in the chill look with a very classy touch. the sides are meticulously tapered which is just enough to keep the volume and just enough to make it look all controlled.
Puffed Quiffs with Undercut Taper
Side parts have been always in the buzz but this one makes a bigger buzz. The top is slightly side-parted with a well-puffed quiff. The sides are undercut at first and then taper faded with a cheeky temple fade for that extra mile. The chin strap beard makes an equally better combination.
Side Brush Up with Side Part
Who doesn’t like this confident teen look right here with a chill brush up with a side brush and a subtle yet strong side part. The neat look is quite fancy especially due to the clean shave look that makes everything quite elegant.
Pocky Blow Out
The key to this style is to keep the hair comparatively longer with hair products brushing through the hair. The sides are pushed back completely with the top brushed up. Just remember to decrease the volume especially so that it doesn’t get messy.
Two-Block with Line-up
Transitioning from mommy’s boy to a heart breaker. While this young man isn’t looking at the camera, it is clear that he takes pride in his appearance and is well groomed. He sports a good balance between neat and tendy. This look makes for a fairly easy regrowth given how it fades. The mop of hair is luscious and shows off his gorgeous colour.
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.
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 one has been around for a while 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.
Mid Faded French Crop Line Up
This is what every rapper or teen wants. The clean and sleek look of this style makes it this fresh. The key is to lay the top with volume with sides are almost high faded with a mini lineup. The key here is what we say less is more.
Simple Curled Top with Mid Drop Fade
A very minimalistic approach to a minimalistic hairstyle with the top is long and slightly curly with sides being drop fade with a tinge of mid-fade. The key is to keep the volume on the top while pushing shot hair on the side to keep this very minimalistic.
Clean Afro Cut with Faded Sides
“Less is more” or “Simple is the best” is something that can be said to describe this look with the sides being faded with the top being afro brushed up. The brush up here isn’t crazy, instead, it is quite near with taper fade on sides for that fully neat perspective.
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.
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.
Pitch Perfect Pompadour
How can it be even this level of perfection? The top is amazingly pompadoured with a slight wavy feel to it, the rest of the hair is just sitting with a slightly shorter length and the sides are high faded with paw slit shave making it perfect for this trendy year!
Side Swept Taper Fade
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neckline Design with Messy Top
Classic Short French Crop
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).
Low Skin Fade
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.
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.
Groovy Brush Up
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.
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.
French Crop and Goatee, Yes Please
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.
Tapered Undercut with Fade and Messy Top
This messy top and undercut are the definition of “too cool for school”. The classic taper that connects the undercut with the longer bits is definitely on point!
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.
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.
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 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.
Medium Fade and Angular Fringe on French
The texture on this example clearly follows a pattern, the fringe pattern! Whilst the lineup situation gives way for a slight taper to connect the hair lengths.
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.
Pocky Top with Taper Faded Sides
Sometimes simple really does it. A very soft and short u-shaped fringe compliments their features while the skin taper fade makes it super easy to admire.
Mohawked High Fade with Dense Beard
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.
Medium Fade and Scissor Crop
Put-together, and smart. A medium scissor crop can take many shapes and the one here looks super dapper on this one! The fade helps with the overall shape of the look.
Aaron Paul's 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.)
What's the best haircut for a 13-year-old boy?
A haircut that is easy to maintain is the best haircut option for a 13-year-old boy. From school age, the boy is now entering his initial teen years, and he would need something that is easy to keep – most likely a short and striking haircut or a medium-length one. This way, he doesn’t have to spend too much time on his hair.
What haircuts are in style for a teenager?
Spiky hair, a crew cut, an undercut, long wavy hair (for those who want to grow their mane), a messy fringe, an afro, and a faux hawk are amongst the haircuts that are in style for teenagers.