Bleached Hairstyles for Men

You don’t have to have naturally blonde hair to look cool.

You can have your hair bleached and achieve an even better effect.

There are quite a few bleached hairstyles for men these days that are considered very popular.

However, doing things on your own may not always be a good idea.

Bleaching your hair by yourself should not be done as you may end up damaging your hair.

Not only that but styling the hair after bleaching is also something important to consider as you need to pick a modern version of it.

That’s why you should go through our article on bleached hairstyles for men.

We are not only going to provide you with excellent tips and advice on how to style your hair, we are going to help you discover how to get it bleached step-by-step.

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100 Most Popular Bleached Hair Colors for Men

Most Popular Bleached Hair Colors for Men

You can go through a list of some of the most popular bleached hair colors for men below, based on which you can choose the one that you love the most and that you think will suit you well.

Bleached Pompadour

White Pompadour

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The pompadour is one of the classic men’s hairstyles that got a modern makeover. Today’s pompadour retains the high hairstyle but is often paired with tapered sides. When bleached to a light platinum blonde, it gives the pomp great contrast and adds the illusion of volume.

Yellow Bleached Hair

Yellow Bleached Hair

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Yellow-bleached hair can be quite tricky because it can easily turn orange if you are not careful. However, when everything goes okay, the hair will turn into a light golden tint. For men, this tint goes well with short-cropped and high-swept styles like quiffs.

Bleached Long Blunt Cut and Middle Part

Long Blunt Cut and Middle Part

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Blunt cuts are the polar opposites of layered cuts. You can see these cuts having sharp and even edges and the sides terminate at a sharp point. This hairstyle goes well with bleached hair with highlights as it gives the illusion of more volume and texture.

Bleached Curly Two Block Cut

The two-block cut has short sides, often tapered, and the top and back quite long, with the top much longer. This is often worn by K-pop idols, and it resembles the mushroom cut that was popular in the 90s.

This works great with bleached hair while keeping the natural color of the roots.

Ashy Caramel High Top

Ashy Caramel High Top

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To get this hairstyle, you need to keep the top rather long and the sides and back cut with a medium taper. You do not have to bleach your hair too lightly, and then dye it with a grayish-caramel color.

You can actually get lighter highlights. You should then style your hair up to a quiff.

Yellow Bleached Highlights

Yellow Highlights

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This is the quintessential frosted tips hairstyle but with a modern styling twist. This hairstyle involves just bleaching the upper parts of the strands and leaving the roots their natural color. It can give your hair a lot of contrast.

Spiky Silver Hair

Spiky Silver Hair

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This is similar to the yellow highlights but styled differently. The top of the hair is kept quite long and the sides are tapered or faded. You can then style it up to a spiky hairstyle using a bit of hair gel. To get the same look, bleach the tips and use a silver color developer.

Bleached Low Fade and Pompadour Hairstyle

Low Fade and Pompadour

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The great thing about pompadour is that you can do it in different ways. One way is to style the sides with a low fade. This method will give the illusion of more height as the pompadour seems to just sit on top of the head.

Temple Fade and Messy Silver Hair

To achieve this hairstyle, you need to have rather long and thick hair. Get the top of your hair bleached and use a silver color developer to tint it. After that, get the sides rather high with a high temple fade.

Bleached Gray Faux Hawk

Gray Faux Hawk

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To make a faux hawk look better on you, grow it out until it is around 3 to 4 inches long. After that, bleach and develop the hair using a light gray color developer to give it an ashy look. The sides should then be cut to a medium taper but leave a bit of the back still long.

Bleached Medium Hair With Quiff

White Medium Hair with Quiff Bleached Hairstyles

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Bleaching your hair completely white can be quite tricky as bleached hair can quickly turn to a copper tone if you do not regularly use a developer.

However, if you have enough time to maintain this hair color, you should style it to a rough quiff and have the sides done in a medium or high taper.

Bleached Frizzy Blonde

Frizzy Blonde Bleached Hairstyles

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To achieve this look, let your hair grow a bit longer than usual and have it bleached and dyed to a light strawberry blonde tint. The sides and back should then have them cut to a medium fade.

Then ask your barber to trim the tips off the top of your hair to give it more texture and volume.

Faded Bleached Blonde for Cap Style

Faded Blonde for Cap Style Bleached Hairstyles

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The cap style haircut is getting quite popular these days. For those who do not know, it is like a crop cut but with a slight and straight fringe. Faded blonde color works great with this because it gives another dimension to the hair.

Blonde With Dark Roots and Beard

Blonde with Dark Roots and Beard Bleached Hairstyles

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There was a time when dark roots were considered unsightly but these days, they are deliberately done. This hairstyle intentionally bleached the hair blonde and left the roots the natural color.

This can be tricky to pull off at home as you need to know which parts need more bleach and where to hold back.

Bleached Short Blonde Hair and Dark Beard

Short Blonde Hair and Dark Beard

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Some people say that when you dye your hair, you should do the same for your beard. However, that is not always the case. You can bleach your hair blonde and have it colored with the same tone but still a lighter shade as your beard.

The contrast between your hair and facial hair will work in your favor.

Blonde Half Pompadour With Grey Undercut Sides

Blonde Half Pompadour with Grey Undercut Sides

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Another modern trend when it comes to bleached hair is to intentionally color it gray. Silver-gray hair is actually quite fashionable. When styled using a half-pompadour with the sides undercut, it looks quite dashing.

Bleached Long Grey Hair on Top and Black Hair on Sides

Long Grey Hair on Top and Black Hair on Sides

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As the name suggests, you will only be bleaching the hair on top of your head and using a light gray developer on it. The roots and the sides of the head are left in their natural color. The stark contrast between the two layers of hair looks quite nice.

Shiny Bleached Silver Pompadour Hairstyle

Shiny Silver Pompadour Bleached Hairstyles

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Another nice variation of the pompadour hairstyle is bleaching it and dyeing it a shiny silver shade. When styled using a glossy wax or hair gel, this color just pops.

Bleached Quiff Top on Dark Base

Two-tone hair is all the rage these days and with hair bleaching becoming more accessible and easier to do, they have become mainstream. Bleaching the hair and using a neutral color developer prevents the hair from turning orange. When styled high, it is quite trendy.

Totally Short Blonde Bleached Hairstyle

Totally Short Blonde

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Do you fancy looking like Eminem? Bleach all your hair a platinum blonde and cut it short, like a cropped cut or a rather thick crew cut.

Frizzy Grey Top on Black Base With High Fade

Frizzy Grey Top on Black Base with High Fade Bleached Hairstyles

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This is yet another nice two-tone combination that works well on men with short hair. Lightly bleach the top of the hair and then color it a light gray. Once done, have the top cut to a short crop and make the sides have a high taper fade.

Separated Blonde

This hairstyle is quite stylish. Instead of bleaching all your hair or the whole top of your head, the hairdresser will only bleach streaks of your hair. This will leave you with lighter streaks of blonde in your hair. The contrasting colors make your hair look more voluminous.

Quiffed Grey Top With High Fade

Grey hair has gotten quite stylish and you can style it in many different ways. One of the nicer styles is to cut the sides and back into a high taper fade and keep the top rather long. After that, using a bit of a styling gel, style it up to a quiff.

Bleached Quiffed Messy White Top

Quiffed Messy White Top Bleached Hairstyles

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Quiffed hair is usually two to three inches long but you can also do it with long hair. This hairstyle has 4 to 5 inches of long hair. Meanwhile, the sides are a medium taper. The top is bleached a light blonde while the roots and the sides are kept natural.

Textured Blonde With Faded Purple Undertone

Textured Blonde with Faded Purple Undertone Bleached Hairstyles

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Textured hair is just slightly unevenly cut on top while the sides are cut in a medium taper. The hair is bleached and then tinted using a dark purple developer. This will lead to a light purple, almost grayish color.

Bleached White With Quiff

Getting your hair bleached completely white is quite difficult and very hard to maintain. However, if you have a highly skilled hairdresser, styling it into a high quiff looks rather nice.

Blonde High Fade Pomp Quiff

Blonde High Fade Pomp Quiff

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The pomp quiff is a combination of the pompadour and the quiff. The hair is styled up neatly like a pompadour but the ends are spiky. This hairstyle looks great on light blonde hair with rather darker roots.

Platinum Blonde Undercut With Top Braid

If you want to style your hair in a top braid, you should grow out your hair rather long, around five to six inches. Bleach your hair into a light platinum blonde. Cut the sides to a high fade and you got a badass hairstyle.

Faded Black and White Combined

Faded Black and White Combined Bleached Hairstyles

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This hair color is vaguely reminiscent of salt and pepper hair that most older men get. It is brownish-gray with streaks of natural dark color mixed in. It looks great when brushed up or quaffed.

Dark Brown With Bleached Ponytail

Dark Brown with Blonde Ponytail

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In order to tie your hair back into a ponytail, the top should be around five to six inches. Once your hair has grown long enough, you will then need to get the sides and back undercut with a mid-taper.

After that, get the fringe of your hair colored blonde, so when you tie your hair back, you will have a blonde streak.

Dark to Wavy Platinum Top

This is similar to the balayage highlights but done on a smaller scale and shorter hair. This means that you need to grow your hair quite long for the effect to be quite noticeable.

Pure White for Cap Style

This hairstyle is quite popular among young Korean men, so if you have a rather long face shape, this style might suit you well. As for bleached white hair, you need to have a skilled hairdresser and quite a lot of discipline as pure white hair is hard to maintain.

Bleached Haired Asian

Blonde hair is not that common in Asian people, which is why the only way to get a hair color that is not black or dark brown is to dye the hair. If you are an Asian and want to get crazy with your hair color, have it bleached white.

Blonde Asian

As mentioned earlier, Asian people do not naturally have blonde hair. The only way an Asian person can get blonde hair is to get theirs bleached and then use a blonde developer.

Dark to Blonde Bleached Hairstyle

Dark to Blonde

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Unlike some of the other two-tone hairstyles, this one has no subtle color transitions at all. This hairstyle goes from your natural hair color to a light blond without fading in and out at all. You can make this work but you should have rather long hair.

Spiky Hair With Highlights

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Zero Fade And Spiky Bangs

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Bleached Faded Blow Slick

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Shadow Fade And Highlights Slick

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Bleached Man Bun And Skin Fade

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Bleached Burst Fade Style

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Bleached Fade And Hairdryed Top

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Silver Hair Pompadour Bleached Hairstyles

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Skin Fade With Short Spiky Top Bleached Hairstyles

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Skin Fade With Slash Part

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Black Man With Bleached Pompadour

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Skin Fade Bleached Curly Top

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Bleach Dreadlocks Bleached Hairstyles

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Pointy Afro Top Bleached Hairstyles

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High Taper Fade

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Short Messy Hairstyle

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High Fade Mohawk

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Low Fade And Bleached Top

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Classic Short Haircut Bleached

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What Is Bleached Hair for Men

Bleached hair for men essentially involves lightening the color of your hair with some hair bleach to get a color of your choice, usually along the lines of blond, white, platinum, grey and more.

You can also use the bleached base to add another color to your hair.

The process of bleaching your hair requires you to be as careful as you would while using a nose hair trimmer or having to resolve ingrown facial hair, so make sure you know what you are getting into before fully committing to this process.

How Does Hair Bleach Work

Hair bleach, once you apply it to your hair, reacts with the chemicals or electrons in the cuticles of your hair so that it can begin to remove certain color particles from your hair. This can then result in a lighter hair color since the bleach eliminates it to an extent.

When the bleach comes into contact with your hair, it penetrates your hair strands to enter the cuticles and make the reaction effective. The bleach then carries out the oxidation process, ensuring that the color of your hair alters to become lighter.

Things to Consider Before Doing Bleached Hairstyle


While you can bleach your hair at any age, it is better to allow your hair to grow into its natural hair color (grey or white) once you start aging. However, if you still wish to do it, you can opt for colors that bring out the essence of your natural hair while also complementing it well.

Silver Hair Fade And Pompadour

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Skin Tone

If you have a relatively paler complexion, then bleached hair might not be such a good idea since it might end up making you appear a bit wane and sick.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you cannot bleach your hair, only that you should consider your complexion. Darker complexions can work pretty well with bleached hair.

Natural Hair Type and Color

If you already have light hair color, the bleaching process can be much easier for you, while it can require several applications with darker hair.

Further, thick, curly, coarse and dry hair requires further care while bleaching. Think twice before you bleach your hair if you already face issues with your hair.


Maintaining your bleached hair requires a lot more effort than when you would buy some cheap cologne or go about applying beard oil. You will need to follow a proper daily routine to ensure that the bleach stays in place for a long enough time.

Personal Style

You should take your style into account before bleaching your hair. Do not opt for it if your workplace or school is strict about it. If you tend to dress and present yourself in an understated manner, then bleached hair might end up drawing too much glaring attention to yourself.

On the flip side, if you are someone who likes to stand out in the crowd, bleaching your hair, as well as beard, can be a great styling choice.

Barber Work in Progres

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Tools Needed For Bleaching Hair

Tools for Bleaching Men’s Hair

Deep Conditioner

A deep conditioner can help you maintain the health of your hair both before and after you apply the bleach. It can also help repair and heal certain strands of your hair that might otherwise have broken or become a bit damaged due to the strong bleach.

Old Clothes

You should ideally wear old clothes whenever you attempt to bleach your hair. If the bleach gets onto your clothes (which it is more than likely to), then it will end up bleaching or removing the color from your clothes as well, making them appear patchy and old.

Old Towel

You should also cover yourself and your clothes with an old towel so that the bleach does not end up getting onto your body or clothes too much. You will also need a towel to help you out during the process, so make sure you take one you don’t mind getting rid of.

Hair Bleach

Hair bleach, of course, is the most important thing you will need while trying to bleach your hair. Make sure you pick one of good quality, just as you would pick a premium hairspray for men or a good hair gel that works.

Make sure it is also suitable enough for the kind of hair you have and wish to have.

Hair Clips

Hair clips can be highly convenient since they can help you keep certain sections of your hair away while you are bleaching the rest. This can allow you to ensure that you cover your hair with bleach in a uniform way without leaving anything out.


You will need to shampoo your hair before and after bleaching hair. Shampooing can help retain the light color without causing damage.

Make sure you also buy an effective hair loss shampoo so that you can recover some of the damage from the bleach (if any) while also preventing additional damage.


You should always, always wear gloves while handling bleach. This is because bleach contains several chemicals that can cause considerable damage to your skin if it happens to come in contact with it.

This could either be itching and irritation or something as extreme as burning and dryness.

How to Pre-Bleach Your Hair 

Step 1 – Wash your hair

Wash your hair the previous day and not on the day of bleaching to avoid dryness, itchiness and irritation.

Step 2 – Avoid products and styling tools

Hair products can end up lengthening the bleaching process and styling tools like hairdryers and straighteners can make your hair dry, making it unsafe to bleach your hair.

Step 3 – Avoid relaxants

If you tend to use chemical relaxants on your hair, avoid these before bleaching as they can weaken your hair and make it dry.

Step 4 – Make a plan

Carry some references and pictures to give your stylist a better idea about what you want so that there is no room for error.

How Does a Hair Stylist Do The Bleaching

How Does a Hair Stylist Bleach Your Hair

Step 1 – Activator mixture

This involves mixing an activator like peroxide with bleach powder. The amount of each depends on your hair and your requirements.

Step 2 – Application

The stylist then applies the mixture to your hair, starting from the ends and moving to the inside if you have long hair.

Step 3 – Rest

The bleach mixture should rest in your hair for up to an hour.

Step 4 – Rinsing

Wash and rinse your hair using a good shampoo and some clean, warm water.

Step 5 – Toner

A toner can help neutralize the color. It should rest for up to half an hour before you rinse it out.

Step 6 – Conditioning

Stylists use a good conditioning treatment to repair any damage that may have occurred during the bleaching process.

How to Safely Do It at Home (DIY)

Step 1 – Protect and test

Wear gloves and proper clothing to protect yourself from harm. Test out the bleach in a small section to ensure it is okay.

Step 2 – Mix and apply

Mix the bleach and be careful of the quantity. Apply it evenly to your hair.

Step 3 – Let it rest

Let the mixture rest in your hair for up to an hour.

Step 4 – Toner

Apply some toner to neutralize the color.

Step 5 – Rinse and treat

Rinse and wash your hair a couple of times with shampoo. Use a conditioner or a mask to repair any damage.

How to Take Care of Bleached Hair

Blond Hair with Brown Beard

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Step 1 – Shampoo and conditioner

You should reduce the wash in your usual shampooing cycle. Make sure you use purple shampoo and conditioner to retain the color and keep it neutral enough.

Step 2 – Mask or treat

Use a mask or treat your hair to keep your hair moisturized and healthy.

Step 3 – Avoid styling

You should avoid styling your hair using hairdryers and straighteners since they can dry out your hair.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Bleaching Hair

Poor Planning and Application

Do not go into the process without sufficient planning. Gather your tools in advance, think about your decision twice or thrice and prepare the mixture well.

You should also apply the mixture as thoroughly as possible. Poor bleach application will make your hair look patchy and rough.

Skipping Toner

Never skip toner during the bleaching process since you might end up with a yellow and brassy color instead of the one you were going for. A toner can help with the neutralization process so that you do not need to worry about having an unsatisfying experience and result.


Ideally, you should not repeat the bleaching process immediately after carrying it out the first time. Let your hair rest for a while before you apply another layer in case you absolutely must. You might even need to wait for a day to allow your hair to nourish itself.

Don’t Do It Alone

Bleaching your hair alone can lead to many errors that might be difficult to reverse. Always ask for help so that you do not leave out any parts while bleaching; otherwise, it might end up becoming a frustrating and unsuccessful process.


Why are guys bleaching their hair?

Bleaching hair for guys is very much in style now, particularly since people tend to gain a lot of styling inspiration from celebrities.

Is bleached hair still in style?

Yes, bleached hair is undoubtedly in style! You will be highly fashionable and up-to-trend if you choose to bleach your hair. All you need to do is make sure you love it.

Will bleaching damage my hair?

Bleaching is likely to damage your hair since it alters hair chemistry considerably and can end up drying it out. In particular, if your hair is already dry or if you do not care for your hair correctly while and after bleaching, then the damage is likely to be much worse.

Will hair fall out after bleaching?

Ideally, no. If it does, then this might be because you left the bleach on for longer than necessary or if you developed an allergy or used a strong product. If this happens, treat your hair better and see a professional if required.

What do you need to bleach your hair?

You need to plan it all out, gather all the tools, including gloves and towels, take a comb and clips to section it out and ask for some help.

Is it safe to bleach your hair at home?

It can be safe to bleach your hair at home if and only if you carry out all the precautions, ensure your safety, do your research and keep track of time. If you do not feel confident about the process, it is best to go to a stylist.

How much does it cost to bleach men’s hair?

If you go to a salon or stylist, bleaching is likely to cost you up to $200, although it might be less depending on the salon you choose. Your requirements and hair texture can also affect the cost.

If you want to bleach your hair at home, it can cost around $50-$60, including application and maintenance.

What do you put in your hair after bleaching it?

You should apply toner to your hair immediately after bleaching. You should wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner for care and maintenance.

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About the author: Vinnie – Barber

Vinnie is one of the members of the Beardoholic writers team. He’s also a barber and hairstylist for 15 years now and he has a kick-ass beard of his own, so he surely knows what makes a magnificent beard and hair and how to achieve them. He’s our go-to guy for all the latest beard and hairstyle trends and he always has a tip or two on how to grow and style a thick beard fast.

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