While often selected for its practicality and smart appearance, short hair needn’t be the safe choice. In fact, a cropped cut makes an excellent option for fashion-forward gents who want to stand out while looking sleek. From sharp crew cuts to cool quiffs, today there is an abundance of on-trend and bold new looks. But, with so many choices, deciding which short-haired style to try can be challenging. Thankfully, we can help make your decision much easier with a selection of inspiring cropped cuts. Here is our roundup of the best men’s short hairstyles and haircuts to try right now.
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1. Comb Over
The comb over hairstyle can have a very masculine appearance and can suit different textures and lengths. It is brushed to one side, hence the name, creating volume at the top of the head and appearing fuller. It can be paired with several other styles, such as a fade for a more modern approach.
The quiff has some length on the back and sides, but most of the volume is in the forelock and is often more casual and textured in appearance than the pompadour; although the two looks share many similarities. It is a timeless and classic style that has been popular since the 50s and can be easily adapted for a more modern appearance.
3. Buzz Cut
The buzz cut is clipped close to the head and requires very little maintenance making it an appealing option for a man who wants a short hairstyle without much upkeep. It can also be paired with line-ups or hair designs for a more tailored look. When getting a buzz cut, the important thing is to consider the proportions of your face; oval and rectangular shapes work best.
4. High and Tight
The high and tight is a very short hairstyle with the back and sides shaved to the skin and the top kept slightly longer. It is commonly worn by men in the armed forces and is low-maintenance, masculine, and clean in appearance.
5. Caesar Cut
A Caesar cut is a classic and timeless choice for men who favor short hair. It is a hairstyle that is even at the top, back and sides, and has straight-cut bangs. They can suit texture, including curly hair, or be created with straight locks.
6. Hard Part
The hair part is a shaved part that features a clean line created with a razor or trimmer. It is shaved down to the scalp and often to one side. They are versatile and can be paired with various hairstyles, creating a sharp and polished appearance.
7. Short Afro
There are many ways to style an Afro hairstyle, but opting to keep it short makes it easy to maintain, limiting the volume and texture. The result is an effortlessly cool look.
8. Side Part
The side part is a classic and versatile men’s hairstyle that can be created with various hair types and lengths and lends itself well to different cuts. It is achieved by making a side part and combing the hair over onto one side. The parting can complement your face shape and bone structure.
9. French Crop
The French crop is low-maintenance and features short hair at the back and sides with a slight fringe. The length between all three should be very similar, creating a subtle yet dapper appearance that can be styled in several ways. It can be worn by various hair textures and types, including curly and wavy hair.
10. Buzz Cut with Line Up
The buzz cut is a simple and popular short haircut for men because it is low-maintenance and versatile. Line ups work well with the look because they can create a sharpness and add more personality — a line-up cuts along the natural hairline.
11. Crew Cut
The crew cut hairstyle is short and simple, with hair longest at the front hairline. It is a timeless choice because of how neat and effortless to style it is, making it perfect for a corporate environment.
12. Faux Hawk
Not to be confused with the mohawk, the faux hawk is often much shorter in length and has less contrast. The sides are not shaved but clipped slightly shorter than the top, which features a strip of hair. This makes it an easier to wear and less daring option than the mohawk.
13. Ivy League Haircut
The appeal of the Ivy League haircut is it is very similar to the crew cut and features hair with slight volume at the top and shorter on the sides. It has a very smart and polished appearance, often suiting a preppy aesthetic, and can be easily adapted to cater to your personal preference.
14. Short Wavy Hair
Short hair can make the hair appear thicker and fuller, and for naturally wavy hair, it makes it easier to style. Keep the length at the top and the sides and back short if you want to highlight your texture yet still enjoy a carefree and relaxed appearance.
15. Burst Fade
The burst fade is defined by hair that tapers around the ear and the back of the head, creating a rounded and almost semi-circular appearance. The style is versatile and can be worn with various lengths, styles, and textures, adding a cool and edgy element to your haircut.
16. Edgar Haircut
An Edgar haircut has a cropped, straight cut that goes around the head and is contrasted at the sides with a high fade. This creates an edgy appearance and can make you appear younger. It suits men with long, oval, and angular faces and can be created with various hair textures and types.
17. Short Messy Hair
The appeal of short messy hair is that it gives an effortlessly cool appearance as if you’ve just rolled out of bed. This look works best with naturally textured hair, and keeping it a shorter length makes it more manageable.
18. Hard Part with High Fade
A high fade begins and ends high up on both the back and sides of the head and creates a sharp and clean appearance. It can be paired with several different styles, including a hard part, for a masculine and polished appearance perfect for a professional or a gentleman.
19. Messy French Crop
The French crop is short all around the head, with more length at the front to form a fringe. It is a versatile cut that can work with different hair types, and if you have naturally textured hair, an appealing option would be to wear the look messy and tousled. This is fantastic for someone who wants some volume and to create a more youthful and laidback appearance.
20. Military Haircut
There are many variations of the military haircut, but it can generally be defined by being short, often no longer than an inch, and having a clean appearance. The hair can be kept longer at the top of the head, with shorter or shaved sides, creating an interesting contrast and making for an incredibly low-maintenance look that requires no styling time.
21. Afro with Drop Fade
An afro and a drop fade pair well together and can create a textured yet sophisticated appearance. The style drops low and behind the area creating an arc-shaped appearance. This fade gives the face an outline and draws attention to the hair on the crown, which you can keep long or short.
22. Short Back and Sides
Short back and sides is a look that has distinctly longer hair on the top, with the back and sides kept short and neat. It has been popular for decades and works with various hair textures and types.
23. Fringe with Taper Fade
A fringe taper fade is a combination that highlights the fringe and the top of your hair and can help to balance the features. The taper gradually cuts the side and the back of the hair short, leaving the top longer; the result is an effortless and cool look.
24. Hard Part with Quiff
The hard part features a shaved parting that is sharp and clean and traditionally worn to one side. It can be paired with many hairstyles, including the quiff, which has remained a timeless classic style for men of all ages. The quiff creates dimension on the top of your head, while the rest of the hair is kept short.
25. Mid Fade with Pompadour
The pompadour is simple but voluminous at the top, creating a sleek appearance that works especially well when paired with a mid fade. The combination adds structure and sharpness because of the blending between longer hair at the top and shorter sides.
26. Natural Short Textured Hair
Keeping your naturally textured hair short can be a way to reduce styling time and can also make your hair appear thicker and fuller.
27. Short Curly Fringe with Fade
Men who have curly hair can highlight their texture with a short curly fringe paired with a fade. The natural curls look sexy and become the focus of the look, while the fade makes it sharper and more presentable while also creating a contrast.
28. Bald Fade with Short Mohawk
The bald fade style keeps the hair longer at the top of the head, and the sides and back are shaved off. It is incredibly versatile and can be paired with many different looks, including a short mohawk. The combination makes the mohawk look even more pronounced and creates a rebellious and edgy appearance.
29. Bowl Cut
The bowl cut looks like someone has taken a bowl and cut it around the head, creating a very rounded appearance. The classic approach falls mid-forehead and features a straight fringe, and the rest of the hair is the same length all around. There are variations to this look, and you can adapt it to suit more textured hair and experiment with fades.
30. Buzz Cut with Hair Design
The buzz cut is a classic short hair choice for men, clipped very close to the head. It can be paired with several options, including hair design, to create a more customized appearance. Hair design can be simple or detailed and is a way to show off your personality.
31. Short Back and Sides with Comb Over
A comb over is defined by a side part with hair combed over the side of the hair. It can be paired with several options, including short back and sides. As the name suggests, this hairstyle is defined by being distinctly shorter at the sides with length at the top. Be mindful of your face shape to pick a look that suits you best.
32. Low Fade with Faux Hawk
The faux hawk lets you enjoy all the benefits of a mohawk without it being dramatic or difficult to wear. It can be paired with a low fade for a more blended appearance; this fade tapers down the sides and lower on the head. The result is versatile and creates interesting proportions.
33. Short Spiky Hair
Short spiky hair has a distinctively 90s vibe and is often styled with the top kept longer and the sides and back short. Although it is easier to create with naturally textured hair, this look works on most hair types, provided the hair is not too long.
34. Pompadour with Short Back and Sides
The pompadour haircut is defined by the volume on the top, especially at the front of the head, and can be swept back. The sides and back are often kept short or slicked back. This creates a contrast and gives your look volume.
35. Short Curtains
The curtain haircut has a long fringe and is typically divided by a middle parting, although the modern interpretation of this look can also include side partings. The back and sides are kept short. The cut works with various hair textures and lengths and can be combined with fades or undercuts.
36. Short Natural Curls
Natural curly hair is fantastic because there are many ways to style it, including keeping it short. This can make it appear fuller and thicker while also reducing style and maintenance time. It is important to find the right cut to compliment the texture of your locks and highlight your features.
37. Short Textured Hair
Keeping your textured hair short can make it appear masculine and sexy. It also makes any short hairstyle more interesting and modern and requires little styling.
38. Faux with Fringe Cut And Fade
There are many variations of the faux hawk, including the adaptation to a fringe and fade. The hair at the top of the head transforms into a fringe which is typically spiked forward using wax. The tapered sides create contrast and enhance the volume at the crown.
39. Afro with Bald Fade
Afro hair can look neat and stylish when paired with a bald fade. The combination of the fade creates an interesting contrast and highlights the curls at the top of your head. This gives you a choice to keep your hairstyle on top long or short.
40. Slick Back with Bald Fade
The slick back and bald fade hairstyle are about contrast while still creating a presentable and polished appearance. The bald fade is masculine and smart, with hair transitioning from longer at the top of the head to tapering to expose the skin. It helps achieve even more volume and texture on top.
41. Drop Fade with Slick Back
The drop fade and slick back are a combination that works well together. The slick back has been a favorite for men’s short hairstyles since the 50s and features the hair combed back around the sides and parted. The addition of a drop fade, which drops low and behind the ear creating an arc-shaped appearance, makes the style look more relaxed and modern.
42. Slick Back with Taper Fade
The slick back hairstyle pairs well with a taper fade, which adds a modern twist to it. The cut is kept longer on top, while the taper fade gradually becomes shorter on the back and sides of the head. This creates a polished finish.
The waves hairstyle gets its name because of the pattern and texture used to create it. The ripple appearance is created by combing and flattening the curls and makes it eye-catching and fun. In addition, the look is also versatile and can be tailored to your preference with a fade or lineup.
44. Butch Cut
The butch cut is a style that has a very masculine appearance. It is kept short, about a ¼ inch in length, all the way around the head with the back and sides cut the same length. The cut follows the contour of the head. Some men opt to tailor their look to their personal preference with a taper fade.
45. Bowl Cut with Side-Swept Bangs
For a more contemporary take on the classic bowl cut, try partnering it with side-swept bangs. The combination also tends to be more flattering than the traditional look, which features a horizontal fringe.
46. Buzz Cut with Line Up
The buzz cut is a simple and masculine look for men who prefer short hair. It is traditionally clipped very close to the head with a razor and is great for highlighting your facial features. The style can be adapted to different hair textures. That said, one of the best ways to wear this cut is with a line-up. This adds more personality to the look as the eye is drawn to the straight lines or sharp angles that it creates. The result is a minimalist cut with an edgy addition.
47. Clean Shave
If you prefer a fuss-free approach to your hair and want something without any style time, then consider the clean shave. Men with shaved heads are often seen as stronger, more powerful, and confident. While you may need to make regular trips to the barber to keep your desired length, you will cut down on money for grooming products and have a fresh and cool appearance.
48. High and Tight
The high and tight is another short haircut that is considered masculine. Inspired by the military, it is a simple cut with faded or shaved sides and a slightly longer back and top. The hair is still kept short and has a very professional yet rugged appearance. This makes it a popular choice for men because it is a minimalistic and fuss-free option. It can also be adapted to suit multiple hair textures and types. There are a few modern twists, including creating it with longer hair or a pompadour.
49. Scissor Cut Hair
As the name suggests, a scissor-cut hairstyle is created using scissors instead of clippers. The cut is also often used to describe a more natural style because of its appearance. It has a slightly more relaxed look than a clipper cut but is also simple and cool. It looks best when the back and sides are cut slightly shorter than the top, allowing you to highlight your texture.
50. Short Fringe
Fringes can transform your face and highlight your features, but the beauty of this cut is its versatility. There are many ways to wear a fringe, from long bangs to short ones, and they can be adapted to suit various hair textures and lengths. A short fringe is one of the most wearable options because you still get the cool factor of the fringe, but it is not going to be in your eyes. It is a stylish and low-maintenance option, perfect for a gent who wants a modern twist to his standard haircut.
51. Side Part With Quiff
The side part is versatile and timeless and can be styled in a variety of ways. It can suit most hair textures and lengths and can create a smart and stylish appearance. You can opt for a side part with a quiff if you like looks with volume and want to keep some length on the top. A quiff is brushed upwards and backward and can be done on long or short hair, depending on how dramatic you want it to be. When paired with a side part, it creates a more professional appearance but is still trendy.
52. Side Parted Short Wavy Hair
The side part is one of the most versatile and stylish options for men who want a professional and cool appearance. The fantastic thing about this style is that it can be created on various hair textures and lengths. If you opt to keep it short, this is definitely one of the most wearable and low-maintenance options. Another appeal to side-parted short wavy hair is that the parting is less noticeable with short locks, which produces an even more flattering look that is great for every day.
53. Taper Fade with Slick Back
The taper fade with a slick back is the perfect balance between edgy and sophisticated. The fantastic thing about the slick back is that it can be done with various hair types and lengths. Although classic styling has its appeal, pairing it with a taper fade will add a modern twist to the slick back hairstyle, which is smart and polished. The taper fade gradually cuts the sides and back of the hair short while leaving length on top. You can choose to style the top with wet gel or pomade for hold and create a shiny and sleek finish.
54. Wet Hairstyle
The wet hairstyle is excellent for men who want a look that is stylish and sleek. It has long been a favorite of celebrities and style icons and can be worn in various ways, including slicked back or a comb over. It can also be tried by men of different hair textures, types, and lengths. All you need to achieve this look is a suitable gel, pomade, wax, or mousse; this will depend on your hair thickness and preference. You can also use a comb to style your hair in your desired way or use your fingers.
55. Disconnected Pompadour
The pompadour is an excellent choice for someone who wants volume. Loved in the 50s, it has continued to be popular, and in modern times has become adapted to suit various hair textures and lengths. It can be quite a dramatic hairstyle, with short edges and back and hair kept longer on top. That said, there are various ways to change this look to suit you; opting to keep it short creates a much more wearable look. For an edgy interpretation of this style, pair it with a disconnected undercut, which creates an interesting contrast. It also helps achieve a more masculine appearance.
56. Brushed Back Hair with Taper Fade
If you are looking for a stylish and neat hairstyle ideal for all occasions, including a corporate environment, brushed-back hair with a taper fade is perfect. The brushed back style is achieved by brushing the hair backward, away from the face, creating volume, and making the hair on the top appear thicker and fuller. It is also fantastic for achieving a traditionally masculine appearance while pairing it with a taper fade adds a modern element to the hairstyle. The taper fade is one of the most wearable fades, gradually shortening the hair from the hairline around the sides and nape of the neck. When combined with the brushed back, it creates structure and a slight contrast; the hair on the top is kept longer while the back and sides are short. It is ideal for all hair textures and men of all ages.
57. Comb Over Fade
The comb over fade is a simple and effective hairstyle. It is created by brushing the hair toward one side, producing volume, and making the hair on the top of the head look thicker and fuller. It is a perfect look for those with a receding hairline or if you want to draw attention away from the hairline. The appeal of the comb over fade is that it can be created with multiple hair textures and can be adapted to suit your preference with varying lengths on the top of the head. For shorter hair, the comb over will be less noticeable, making it easy to wear and ideal for every day, requiring very little maintenance and grooming time. This is also an adaption of the classic comb over, adding a modern element and giving it structure when paired with a fade.
58. Comb Over Fade with Low Taper Fade
The comb over hairstyle is ideal for those who want a stylish and versatile look. It is achieved by brushing the hair from one side of the head to the other, creating volume. You can play with proportions and experiment with different lengths on the top. This includes pairing it with a low taper fade to remove the length on the sides and back. The fantastic thing about the low taper fade is that it is subtle and wearable. It begins just above the ears, gradually shortening downward. It will also give the comb over structure, making it appear neat and polished. This is an excellent look for any man but is especially appealing for those with thinning hair and a receding hairline. Or if you wish to draw attention away from a widow’s peak.
59. Drake Haircut
Drake is celebrated worldwide for his musical skills, but he is also a stylish man who has had some memorable haircuts. His most popular look is a buzz cut with a fade. It’s a short hairstyle that is simple, masculine, and effortless to style. The buzz cut works well for those who want a fuss-free approach to their hair but looks more structured and modern when paired with a fade. Drake’s haircut also has a line up, which is a fantastic addition to any haircut and lets you add more personality to your look. The line up creates sharp or straight lines on the edges of the hairline, drawing attention to the hairline. It can also feel edgy and cool.
60. Flat Top with Fade
The flat top hairstyle is all about achieving volume. The hair is kept longer on the top of the head, with the back and sides short, which adds to the overall volume and makes the top of the hair more noticeable. Its most defining feature is that it is cut flat on the top of the head. It is a great way to show off your natural hair texture and can be adapted to suit your preference. It will be easier to maintain and style with shorter hair. In contrast, longer hair on top will achieve a more dramatic appearance but can be challenging to style. Adding a fade to the flat top will gradually shorten the hair around the back and sides of the head, giving your haircut structure.
61. Gender Neutral Haircut Men
The appeal of the gender-neutral haircut is that it feels neither masculine nor feminine. Or it can have elements of both and can be worn by anyone. The cut itself is simple and kept short to medium length, but you can experiment with different finishes depending on your preference. This could include a fringe or bangs, framing the face, and highlighting your features. Fringes are ideal for achieving a youthful appearance and can be incredibly flattering, hiding problematic skin or fine lines. The gender-neutral haircut can also be adapted to complement your face shape and suit your hair texture.
62. Hipster Haircut
You do not have to be considered a hipster to try out one of the trendy haircuts. The hipster haircut is a general term to describe several hairstyles, including the man bun, long bob with bubble flip, undercut and mini pompadour, or disconnected undercut and slicked back. The focus is on following the latest fashion and trends. There is an option to suit every preference, including hair length, texture, and face shape. Some of the cuts are simple and straightforward, ideal for every day, while others are daring and dramatic, taking time to style and confidence to pull off.
63. Mexican Haircut
There are many options for haircuts that Mexico has inspired. Falling under the term Mexican haircut, these styles include adaptations of the buzz cut and low skin fades, curly fringe and fade, and most popularly, the Edgar haircut. The Edgar is a modern version of the classic Caesar hairstyle and is a short haircut, with hair short on the top and paired with a high skin fade. The defining feature is the short, horizontal fringe that feels edgy and cool. This is a cut that can be done with multiple hair textures and can be adapted to suit your preference.
64. Mohawk Fade
Edgy and cool, the mohawk fade is an easier-to-wear version of the classic mohawk. Traditionally, the mohawk was defined by a long strip of hair in the middle of the head, spiked and often colored, with the sides clean-shaven. This resulted in a daring look that achieved a high contrast. If you like the idea of the mohawk but feel it is too challenging to pull off or restrictive, try out the mohawk fade. Instead of shaving the sides down, they are faded. This means the hair gradually shortens from the top of the hairline downward. This creates less contrast and is much easier to style. You can experiment with different hair lengths on the top of the head and play with proportions. Keeping the hair shorter will create a more subtle finish.
65. Peaky Blinders Haircut
Peaky Blinders is a television show that has garnered a loyal following. It is not just the interesting storyline and well-thought-out characters that are appealing, though, but also the style of these individuals, everything from dress sense to haircuts. Tom Shelby is the main character in the crime drama, and his haircut is appealing to those who want a short hairstyle that is masculine, edgy, and cool. It is a short crop with shaved sides, drawing attention to the hair on the top of the head. This makes it look fuller and thicker. His hair is wavy, and the look works best with naturally textured hair. However, you can work with your stylist to adapt it to your hair texture.
66. Rockabilly Haircut
The rockabilly haircut is an appealing choice for anyone who wants an old-school and stylish appearance. It was popularized in the 50s and is defined by the hair being slicked back and held in place with a wet-look product; this keeps the hair in place and makes it more noticeable. The rockabilly is a short haircut but features volume in the forelock, often with a pompadour or quiff. It can be adapted to suit your preference, though, and styled as you wish; this includes pairing it with a disconnected undercut or a fade. A fade adds structure to the haircut and gives a modern element to the look.
67. Slickback with Shaved Sides
The slick back is a popular hairstyle for men because it can be created with all hair textures and various lengths. It is achieved by brushing the hair backward, away from the hairline, and held in place with a stronghold product, often with a glossy finish. It is a very stylish and dapper haircut and can be adapted to suit your preference. This includes pairing it with shaved sides for an edgy and cool finish. You can opt for sides that are entirely clean-shaven to create a sharp contrast with the hair on the top of the head. Or it can be a gradual shortening from the hairline downward for a more subtle finish. Shaved sides are also an appealing option for those who want to remove weight from their hair, making it easier to style and reducing daily grooming time.
68. Spiky Hair with Fade
Spiky hair is an excellent option for creating a textured appearance. Gone are the structured and rigid spikes from the 90s, which were created with heavy use of styling gel; the modern version makes spiky hair more subtle and effortlessly cool. It is also easier to wear, especially when kept shorter; this creates a more natural appearance. Spikes can be achieved with various hair textures and types, and the right products will make all the difference; you want to achieve the look with a strong-hold product if it’s longer, but pomade or wax works well for short hair. You should also avoid the wet look to keep your hairstyle from wading into 90s territory again. Pairing it with a fade will give the hair structure as it gradually shortens the hair on the back and sides. It will also make your hairstyle more modern.
69. Two Block Haircut
The two block haircut gained popularity in South Korea and is becoming an increasingly popular look for men around the globe. The cut is defined by its two distinct block shapes, one over the head, which is longer, and the second on the back and sides. It is an excellent choice for those who want a youthful appearance and is typically worn by younger men. You can also adapt it to suit your hair texture and reflect your personality. This can be achieved with the finishing touches you apply, including hair color, a textured fringe, or curtain bangs.
70. Waves with Fade
Waves are an excellent choice for those who want to keep their short hair curly. The appeal is the ripple-like pattern, which creates a texturally interesting finish. Waves are incredibly versatile and can be made in various ways, including opting for 180 waves or 360 waves; the latter option covers the whole head, while 180 waves focus on a section of the hair. You can also add modern elements to your wave haircut, including a line up or a fade. Pairing it with a fade is appealing because it gives the hairstyle structure. It will also contrast the hair on the top and the back and sides. You can choose any fade, but the low fade is one of the most versatile and wearable options because it is understated yet cool.
What is the best haircut for guys?
Some of the most popular haircuts for men are the pompadour, fade, undercut, quiff, comb over, and slick back.
What is the easiest haircut to maintain?
The easiest haircuts that are low-maintenance are the buzz cut, crew cut, French crop, ivy league, clean shave, butch cut, and induction cut.
What can I do with really short hair men?
The best part is that, even with a short cut and style, guys have lots of options. You can get a low, mid or high fade combined with a crop top, Caesar, buzz cut, or crew cut. If you have thick hair, you can even add spikes, a textured fringe, pompadour, or quiff.
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