Perfect Flat

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A popular athletic boy, football player or military man hairstyle, the flat top haircut is characterized by its high, box-shape cut, where the hair on the top of the head usually stands upright and is cut into a flat deck, which may be level, downward sloping or upward sloping.

And this is combined with fully shaved or lightly faded back and sides. Today, the versions of this hairstyle may include asymmetrical flat tops or rounded boxes for a modern twist.

50 Most Popular Flat Top Hairstyles

Classic Flat Top


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If you’re a fan of classics, then the oldest version of the flat top haircut with its perfect flat top and clean-shaven back and sides is one of the best-shaved sides haircuts that you can opt for.

And, a trendy short style with specs of dandruff on your shirt collar is not a cool look. So, always use the best dandruff shampoo for men to keep dandruff away.

High Flat Top

High Top

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A traditional flat high-top haircut is a classic style guaranteed to give you a funky and stylish look. And, you can add a hard part for a trendy twist.

Mullet Flat Top Haircut


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80s hairstyles are coming back and nothing can be a more iconic comeback than a mullet. And, when you combine the mullet with a flat top, the combo you get is truly eye-catching.

Flat Top With Side Design

Side Design

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If you want to make your flat top haircut unique, you can incorporate an intricate line design on the back and sides, which is the perfect way to add a touch of individuality to your flat top haircut.

Straight Flat Top

Straight Top

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If you have fine and limp hair and are looking for hairstyles for straight hair, then a straight top style not only adds volume to your hair but is also guaranteed to give you a bold and edgy look.

Flat Top Crew Cut

Crew Cut

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The flat top crew cut is another simple and clean version of the military flat top cut and its perfect square shape enhances the shape beautifully. Make sure to use high-quality hair clippers for fades if you want to add them to the sides and back.

Flat Top Pompadour


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If you don’t think a flat top is a sophisticated style, adding a pompadour to the mix will refine the hairstyle. Effortless styling with hair clays can help to preserve and hold the stylish pompadour.

Short Flat Top

Short Top

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Any guide to styling short haircuts will advocate a short flat top. Bold and edgy to look at, the flat short top style with a high skin fade cut on the back and sides are also super-easy to maintain.

Military Style Flat Top

Military Style

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If you want a neat and well-groomed style, then the military high-top haircut is a simple yet sharp-looking style that will give you an eye-catching and edgy appearance.

Curly Faded Flat Top

Curly Faded

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If you have gorgeous curly hair but want a neat style that will make you look fresh, the flat-top haircut is a great style that adds definition to your curly hair texture.

Pair it with a high fade cut on the sides and back for a sharp look. Using a premium hair relaxer for men will help to keep your curly hair tangle-free and neat.

Flat Top Steps


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Want your hair to be truly unique? Adding flat, sharp planes to your hair resembling steps can turn your hair into a fantastic piece of art and instantly make you noticeable.

Flat Top Angled Front

Angled Front

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If you want to stand apart in a crowd, this hairstyle combining a flat top haircut with an angled front will make you look bold, daring and edgy.

Flat Top Undercut


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A flat top is an incredible haircut, but when paired with an undercut, it can take your flat top hairstyle to another level.

Flat Top Side Part

Side Part

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You can make your flat top haircut into a classy and elegant hairstyle that you can carry off with panache at a formal do. Add a side part to the top and use a hair product to style your hair for a neat, dapper look.

Flat Top Faux Hawk

Faux Hawk

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If you’re a huge fan of mohawks and always wanted to sport one, you can combine a faux hawk with a flat top resulting in a trendy and cool angular shape that you’re sure to love.

Textured Flat Top Haircut


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A flat-top haircut is cool and edgy and allows you to experiment with different styles. The textured top section neatened with a bit of styling adds a fresh spin to the regular flat top.

Angular Flat Top


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Grappling with thinning hair? The angular textured flat top style adds volume to your hair, making it look fuller. Also, using DHT blockers eliminates hair loss and keeps your hair full.

Flat Top Rockabilly


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If you want to rock a greaser hairstyle of the yesteryears, then you’re sure to love the rockabilly style with the top hair styled in pompadour and clean-cut sides. The modern version of the retro-inspired style has a flat top.

Faded High Flat Top

Faded High Top

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One of the favorite black men’s hairstyles, the high top fade is a balanced look featuring a precise flat top, a clean shaved line and a neat fade.

Flat Top Colored 

Colored Top

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You can’t go wrong with a flat-top haircut. But when you combine this with a colored top in your favorite shade, you have a “stand-out” hairstyle you’re guaranteed to fall in love with.

Flat Top Burst Fade

Burst Fade

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Burst fade haircuts stand out and when you add a burst fade to any flat top hairstyle, the result is sharp and unique. The style has a sharp flat top and the hair then drops down the neck into a polished plane.



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Want to move away from the traditional, long dreads? Combining dreads with a flat top haircut is cool, striking, bold, and uber-modern.

To get this look, you must cut your dreads meticulously and shape them into a flat, cube-like form.

Temple Flat Top Fade

Temple Fade

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If you love the hairstyles sported by the Pharos of Egypt, then the flat-top haircut with a temple fade is apt. The base becomes wider as you go up, giving the appearance of an upside-down pyramid.

Fade Art Flat Top

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Haircut Signature

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Step And Hairtattoo

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Steps Haircut

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Hair Steps And Hairtattoo

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Step Cut And Fadetattoo

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Short Spiky Top

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Flat Top And Lightning

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Curve And Curly Top

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Forehead Notch

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Surgical Fade Line

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High Fade

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Straight Bangs Line

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Square Bangs

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Shadow Fade

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Shadow Fade And Flat

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Circular Sideline

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Brushed Flat

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Buzz Cut V Shaped

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Two Level Pompadour

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Fade And Surgical Line

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High And Flat

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Taper Fade And Beard

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Parallel Fade Notches

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High Skin Fade

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Curve And Signature

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Flat Bleached Top

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How to Get Flat Top Hairstyle

Find a barber

Flat-top haircuts are famous, so most salons and hair stylists are familiar with them. Look for a barber who can give you a flat-top haircut to suit your face shape and type of hair.

Bring a hairstyle picture

If you like a flat top style, the best thing is to bring a picture so your barber understands the look you want.

Get a haircut

The key to a flat top haircut is the flatness and the barber must clip your hair using a clipper with a short guard, i.e., from No. 2 to 4.

The barber must then clip the hair in a straight line to your head to create the flatness required for this cut. The barber must then stand all the hair up and, using the clipper-over-comb technique, make a flat head of hair that is uniform all over.

As it goes back towards the crown, the hair should be shorter. Finally, the barber must touch up any portions that require finally cutting.

How to Style Flat Tops

Use appropriate styling products

Depending on your flat top haircut, you must maintain the style and shape by using high-quality styling products such as good quality hair gel or wax.


Dampen your hair by spritzing it with water. Then, work the styling product into the hair. Brush or comb your hair upward and then backward.

If the hair is stubborn, use a stronger hold gel or wax and blow dry your hair or a combination of both.

How to Maintain Your Flat Top Hair

Use proper styling products

Maintain your flat top haircut by applying good hair spray, wax or gel into your hair when it is still damp. Then, brush it upward and blow dry it daily to hold the style in place.

Trim your hair

Since the flat top haircut is cut meticulously, you must visit your hairstylist once every 2-4 weeks to get it touched, so it remains sharp and fresh.


When did flat tops become popular?

The flat top haircut was most popular during the 1950s and went out of style in the 60s and 70s. The style re-emerged, became a fashion trend in the 1980s and early 90s and has made a huge comeback in recent years.

Who is this haircut good for?

If you’re looking for a short and bold haircut that is easy to maintain, then a flat top style works well for any hair type. And, since the haircut gives a square look to the head and the face, it works best for men with square-shaped faces.

How often should it be trimmed?

Since flat-top haircuts are very defined, they need regular maintenance. So, you may have to visit your hairstylist once every 2-4 weeks for a trim.

Can a flat top haircut be dyed?

Yes, you can dye a flat-top haircut in any color you want.

Are flat-top haircuts popular today?

Yes, flat-top haircuts are trendy today and are even advertised by salons as standby styles.

Michele Antunes

About the author: Michele Antunes

Michele Meesh Antunes is the lady of the Beardoholic writers team and a genius when it comes to hair and beard styles that suit any face shape. She’s been a barber for years now and, no matter your personal style, she knows exactly what beard, hairstyle and length suit you. She brings the women’s perspective on beards, beard care, haircuts and hairstyles and male grooming.

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