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12 Best Hairstyles for Men

Have you been thinking about switching up your look a bit?

These 12 hairstyles should provide you with plenty of inspiration, no matter your hair type, texture or length.

The Tousled Look

man with tousled hair

The tousled look is always a popular one, perhaps because it has that “bad boy” edge to it. Although this youthful style may look as though you have just gotten out of bed, it actually does take a bit of time and effort to perfectly achieve.

Want to give this look a go?

Ideally, your hair should be mid-length, and the sides should be trimmed.

The only product that you need for this is some hair gel or pomade, which you can use to run down your hair and tousle it up. Play around with different angles and partings, as you will be able to create quite a few different looks.

The Undercut

undercut hairstyle at the barber's

The undercut first became trendy in the early 1900s with working-class men, but has recently made a bit of a resurgence. This hybrid style combines long hair and short hair, and really does stand out from whichever angle you look at it from.

To achieve this edgy style, you will need to have the back and sides of your hair shaved, but leave the top longer.

What do you do with the top?

Use a small amount of gel or pomade to sweep it to either side, or backwards.

Wondering whether this cut would suit you?

Well, it all depends on how you feel about your ears. The undercut really brings attention to the ears by putting them in the foreground, so, if your ears are a part of your body you would rather minimize, then you would be best off avoiding this look.

The Side Part or Comb Over

side-parted hair

Referred to as both a side part and a comb over, this look is always on trend, partly because it is simple to style and is a great one when going for a professional look. It is also quite mature, and tidy, and does not look too fussy.

For this look, it’s best to have at least two to six inches of hair on the top of your head, with a fade cut or undercut on the sides.

Already have that?

Then follow these steps to put together this look:

  • Wash your hair and then towel dry it, leaving it slightly damp
  • Run a high-quality pomade through your hair, working it in thoroughly
  • Look to see where your natural hair part is, and then move this over to the side even more
  • Brush your hair over to the side to define this part

If you want to give this look an extra bit of edge, you could brush your hair diagonally instead of to the side, as this will give you some extra volume and height

The Faux Hawk 

men's faux mohawk hairstyle

Although similar to the mohawk, the faux hawk does not require the sides of the hair to be completely shaved, so this is a style that can be created from a number of different haircuts.

All you need to create your faux hawk is at least two inches of hair on the top of your head.

To create this look, do the following:

    • Wash and dry your hair, leaving it slightly damp
    • Apply a styling product to your hair and work it through thoroughly, to give your hair some texture
    • Using a brush, or even your fingers, brush your hair upwards, spiking it up until it stands up on its own
    • Push your hair towards the center. This will help to mimic the original mohawk, as the middle of the head is where your hair should have the most height and volume

The Angular Fringe

man with angular fringe hairstyle

The angular fringe is a style that works best on short to medium length haircuts, and, ideally, there should be around two to four inches of hair towards the front of the head. This gives you more to work with.

All you need to do is pull your hair forwards to create a fringe, and then brush this towards the side, so that it falls at an angle.

When it comes to the sides of your hair, this can be cut in anything from an undercut to a tapered cut to a fade cut, as long as they are shorter than the hair at the top of your head.

The Man Bun

man sporting a trendy man bun

When men first started wearing the man bun, many people thought that this was going to be just another short-term fad. However, this style has now become mainstream, proving that it is here to stay.

Needless to say, longer hair is essential for this look…

Want to grow your hair out for this style?

Well, make sure that your hair is in good condition first, and is being trimmed on a regular basis. While this may seem counterproductive, regular trims help to clear away dead hair and speed up the rate at which your hair grows.

The Crew Cut

man with simple crew cut

The crew cut is quite a versatile style, as it can work with both short and medium-length hair.

It basically consists of the front of the hair being brushed upwards, and then an even length across the whole head.

If you want the front to be slightly spiky, this is something that a bit of gel or wax can easily fix.

While this may not be the most adventurous of hairstyles, it is definitely a smart and polished one, which is why it is often referred to as an Ivy League cut. It is also extremely low-maintenance, making it perfect for those who do not have hours to spend on their hair.

The Pompadour

man with stylish pompadour hair style

The pompadour is quite a dramatic hairstyle, and while it closely resembles a quiff, it is much neater.

Wondering what classifies a style as a pompadour?

It consists of the hair being swept back, and quite high, over the forehead. When viewed from the side, a pompadour takes the shape of a cone, or even a shark’s fin.

This was actually a classic women’s style in the 18th century, as well as in the 1940s, but, as with many trends, it has now crossed over into the other gender. Elvis Presley was actually one of the first men to really highlight how well this style works on males. 

Want to know how to put this look together?

To begin with, your hair should be at least two to three inches long.

Already have that?

Then here are the steps to follow:

  • Wash and dry your hair, leaving it slightly damp
  • Evenly distribute a styling product, such as a pomade, through the front and back of your hair
  • Using a comb, brush your hair upwards and backwards from the front, using a blowdryer to create the pompadour shape
  • Make sure that you continue combing your hair, from the roots up, while you are drying it, as this will help to maximize the volume and hold of the style

The Spiky Look

spiky hair

The spiky look is a popular one, and does not need much of an introduction.

While the spikes tend to usually be accompanied by shorter sides, this does not necessarily have to be the case. However, you do need a few inches of hair on the top of your head, with this preferably being longer at the front.

The only product you need for this look is a high-quality pomade or putty, either a matte version or one with a low shine.

Apply this to your fingers and then run your hands through your hair, lifting it and spiking it up as you go along.

Want to give this look some extra hold?

Try blow drying it after you have spiked it up with product, as this will help to set it all in place. 

Feel free to experiment with different types of spikes, from thick and messy to thin and neat.

Slicked Back

man with slicked back hair leaning on wall

For the slicked back look, your hair needs to be longer at the top and shorter at the sides. If you are looking for the ultimate in contrast, go for a high fade on the sides and three inches of hair at the top of your head.

You will also need to use a styling product, preferably a pomade.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Wash and towel dry your hair, leaving it slightly damp
  • Apply some pomade to your fingers and then work this evenly into your hair
  • Using a comb, comb your hair back above your forehead, all the way over the top of your head
  • Blow dry your hair, to set this in place

Alternatively, if you would like your slicked back style to look more natural, rather than neat, use your hands instead of a comb to slick your hair back.

Curly and Wild 

man with curly red hair

There is something quite rugged about curly and wild hair on a man, which could be why this is such a popular look.

While this look can be created from so many different styles, it will look best if your hair is shorter on the sides and the back, with more length at the top.

Why?

Because this allows your curls to really stand out and make a statement, while giving you the option of being able to sweep them back or let them hang forward.

If your hair is naturally curly, then you will likely need to use some product to keep your curls under control. Make sure that you opt for a high-quality product, and preferably one that does not contain any alcohol.

Try to avoid using heavy gels and waxes, as these will only weigh your hair down and make it look greasy. Instead, opt for creams, salt sprays and leave-in conditioners, as these will define your curls and hold them in place.

Don’t forget that curly hair is so easily susceptible to damage, so you do need to pay it some extra attention. Deep conditioning will likely be required on a weekly basis

Bald and Proud

bald man in business suit

While baldness is often an inevitable part of aging for many, this is a style that many men opt for earlier on in life too.

Why?

Because it is easy to maintain, does not require any hair products, and always looks neat and clean. To make this even better, men who rock the bald look seem to exude a heightened sense of confidence, with studies showing that bald men come across as smart, dominant and sexy. 

Although you may not need much to create this look, you do need to keep the health of your scalp in mind. A moisturizing conditioner will help with this, while extra sun protection will be necessary too.

Have you fallen in love with any of the hairstyles you’ve seen mentioned here?

One way to ensure that your barber is able to properly replicate the style you want is by taking a few photos along with you, so that you can show your barber exactly what you are after.

You should also make sure that your chosen hairstyle works well with your face shape.

Here are some quick guidelines that you can follow:

  • Round Faces square styles will help to offset the roundness of your face, as will some added height and volume, but you should try to keep the sides relatively short
  • Square Faces accentuate your bone structure with short and tight styles, and avoid parting your hair down the center
  • Oblong Faces go for a style that has similar lengths on the sides and the top
  • Diamond Faces layered styles with plenty of volume are great, as are swept bangs
  • Triangular Faces mid-length styles with swept bangs will minimize a wide forehead
  • Oval Faces – thanks to your gorgeous symmetry, just about every style will work here, although maybe not bangs

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