Gentleman Haircut

If you’ve seen the latest Guy Ritchie movie The Gentlemen you probably coveted a hairstyle that one of the characters is wearing.

We have to say that he looks suave and every real gentleman would want a style like his.

However, those types of haircuts are not as easy to create as you might think.

Also, you might think that a certain gentlemen’s haircut is going to look good on you, but you may not possess the face shape for it.

This results in a mistake that you are going to regret for a long time.

To prevent you from such a cardinal sin we propose following the steps in this article when styling your next gentlemen’s hairstyle.

We have a lot of examples of how a gentleman needs to look and many hairstyle ideas to go with it.

Most importantly we will give you the exact advice you need to get your chosen style correctly.

50 Most Popular Gentleman’s Haircuts

Quiff Gentleman’s Hairstyle


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David Beckham himself surprises us with a somewhat more classic style or a type of cut trend for years. A cut that imitates the old wigs with a lighter gradient than the one worn last year and also betting on slightly darker hair color as the ex-soccer player premiered the year.

Actor Chris Hemsworth is another of those who opt for the Quiff type of cut, although in his case wearing slightly longer hair to achieve a not-so-marked and somewhat more classic Quiff.

Gentleman’s Crew Cut Hairstyle

Crew Cut

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It is a cut in which the upper part has more volume than the sides and the back. However, the change between the top and the bottom is not as marked as in other hairstyles (such as the undercut) since the hair is only slightly longer in the former than in the latter.

It’s one of the most masculine hairstyles today and incredibly easy to achieve and maintain.

Slick Back Gentleman’s Hairstyle

Slick Back Gentleman's Haircut

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This slick back style has become one of the most popular modern hairstyles. Yes, this is a style that requires “training” your hair, regardless of whether you have short or long hair.

Long hair that is slicked back may require a stronger pomade or wax, applied over time with patience and additional styling, especially if you have wavy or curly hair. Also, after you get that hairstyle the way you want it’s essential to keep your hair up throughout the day.

Gentleman’s Ivy League Hairstyle

Ivy League Gentleman's Haircut

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Ivy League haircut is somewhat a variation of the Crew cut where the hair on top remains a bit longer and is parted one way.
Also, Ivy League has many varieties, from short to long, from straight to messy and many more.

But the basis is that sides and back are cut short while the top remains longer and parted. It has been incredibly popular for years due to its nice and stylish looks and easy maintenance.

Comb Over

Comb Over Gentleman's Haircut

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Did you know that the comb-over style was a favorite of movie stars like Marlon Brando and James Dean in the golden age of Hollywood? Well this look has managed to overcome the barrier of time, becoming a masculine classic that is still valid today.

The ‘comb over’ is a classic and exquisite cut, which gives the appearance of thick hair. It consists of a long section on top of the head parted to one side and combed to the other. The rest are kept short.

Gentleman’s Side Part Hairstyle

Side Part Gentleman's Hairstyle

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The Side Part haircut has been ever-so-popular for various reasons. Firstly, it is an incredibly easy cut that anyone can do.
Secondly, it looks tidy and stylish. Finally, it doesn’t require much maintenance and hair products.

Comb your hair from one side to another. You can use gels or pomades if the hair doesn’t go sideways by itself.
The length is optional, but medium length is always a hit.

Hard Part

Hard Part

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The Hard part is an extreme version of the Side part haircut. It’s classy, it’s edgy and it’s cool. As well as expressing refinement the Hard part also has a touch of attitude that any man will want to achieve.

It started as the top military haircut during the 1950s but was a much-refined choice today. This haircut won’t be going out of style any time soon for sure.

Clean Shave Gentleman’s Hairstyle

Clean Shave

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If your hair is patchy and uneven or simply losing hair gradually then a clean shave would be the best option.
It is quite a masculine hairstyle that has quite an edge. Plus, combing hair won’t be a problem anymore!

It’s easy to achieve, maintain and look quite masculine. The only problem is the exposure of the head to wind and sun rays.
If you wish to style it out with any other cuts a good hair loss shampoo can help.

Fringe Gentleman’s Haircut


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The fringe has become a cool short haircut for men this year. The fringe hairstyle is a man’s hair falling over his forehead while the sides are shorter. There are many variations based on personal choice – bangs, full volume, etc.

The advantage of getting a fringe is that it works with straight, wavy or curly hair.

Gentleman’s Buzz Cut

Buzz Cut

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We have to talk about the “buzz” cut or shaved-style cut that seems to be devastating since Maluma bet on it months ago.
He also bleached it blonde and then changed it for a hot pink! But no need to go that far.

This type of cut is easy to achieve (use clippers to shorten the hair), but somehow it is perfect for those who can pull it off.

Bro Flow

Bro Flow

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One of the most “relaxed” hairstyles for men in terms of looks. Grow your hair medium to long, and with just a little bit of hair products, part it on the middle and stroke it backward.

It’s simple, classy, but a bit messy, which is becoming a trend today. Also, it is incredibly good-looking on men with lots of uncontrollable hair.

Mid Fade

Mid Fade Gentleman's Haircut

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Along with the Ivy League haircut the Mid Fade style is also imposed, which is a type of cut in which several cut measures are combined at the same time so that you can create a degrading effect on your head.

The top will remain with the most hair, and while going top to bottom the hair will gradually be reduced in length.
Of course, you need to take care of your hair a lot for this hairstyle to look good.

Short Back and Sides

Short Back and Sides Gentleman's Haircut

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The great thing about a Short back and sides haircut is that you can go as short as you like. Depending on your hair type and the shape of your face/head you will be able to determine which length suits you best.

Whether you go for an extreme haircut that brings the hair down to the skin or choose a longer length for the back and sides you have to select the right length for you.

Wet Gentleman Hairstyle With Fade

Wet Hairstyle With Fade

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The wet hair slicked back has been ever-popular among gentlemen, and adding a fade makes it more modern and fresh.

Cutting the hair on the sides and back shorter and sleeking the top backward using water or similar oily hair products will create an incredible effect that ladies adore. Plus, it’s pretty professional and goes fantastic with suits and a short beard.

Taper Fade Comb Over

Taper Fade Comb Over

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Ultimately, the Taper fade comb over haircut is one of the best hairstyles for men. It offers the sleek and modern style of the classic side part mixed with new and modern hair trends, such as fading.

As one of the most famous men’s haircuts you won’t find a more attractive haircut and style to achieve!

High and Tight

High and Tight

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It is often confused with the military-type haircut due to its short style. Although it does unbelievably look like a classic military cut the High and Tight cut has more hair on top that is usually combed from one side to another.

It has a much more modern and stylish look than the simple military cut and therefore goes great with beards.

French Crop

French Crop

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It is a versatile classic that has revolutionized the modern cut. In this one we shave the lower part of the nape and the sides, leaving the upper part longer to comb it forward on the forehead or to the side, depending on the length of the hair.

Meanwhile we use a razor to shave off the shorter parts. On the contrary, the longest areas will always be worked with scissors to leave them to the client’s taste.

Unlike the fashion of the 90s, this time it seeks to create a greater contrast in the upper and lower part, leaving it much shorter than before.

Butch Cut

Butch Cut

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The hair is cut almost to zero on the sides and the back. Regarding the upper part, it is far from resembling a crest or the famous “mohawk”. It is quite the opposite, it is also shaved but has a few more centimeters of hair.

It is essential to make this cut with professional scissors since it must be done with great delicacy to cut progressively without abrupt or messy streaks.

This look has the advantage of looking amazing and fashionable, but it is ideal for surviving the summer in the most comfortable and cool way possible.

Short Afro Gentleman’s Haircut

Short Afro

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The style of this cut is much more modern since that line of decoration that is being used a lot today is added.
It is a very easy haircut for those with curly hair to pull off and easy to maintain.

It is perfect with the upper part with more volume and so on the lower part and on the sides very low with a defined shape to give it an even better style.

Short Curly Hair With Taper Fade

Short Curly Hair With Taper Fade

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Curly hair can be difficult to contain and make it a hairstyle without messing your head. Luckily those with curly hair who like shorter cuts can always opt for this hairstyle where the curly hair is cut shorter but with a fade on the sides and back.

Also, a taper fade makes the transition more “bearable”. The curly hair will be noticeable but neat and tidy.

Slick And Beard Gentleman's Haircut

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Slick Wavy Hair Gentleman's Haircut

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Slick On The Side

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Short Haircut Handlebar Mustache Gentleman's Haircut

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Casual Slick And Handlebar Mustache Gentleman's Haircut

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White Hair Fade And Side Top Gentleman's Haircut

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Zero Fade Spiky Top

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Medium Long Hair Slick

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Silver Hair Fade And Ponytail Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Burst Fade Comb Over Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Fade And Top On The Side Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Blow Dryer Slick Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Gray Hair Fade And Slick Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Gray Hair Slick

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Gray Hair High Slick Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Brow Flow Medium Legth Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Slick Longer Hair And Beard Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Fade Parted Haircut

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Side Part Slick

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High Fade Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Skin Fade Styled With Matte Finish Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Gray Highlights Pompadour Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Shadow Fade Hairstyle

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Brushed Back Bangs With Fade

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Blow Dryer Short Top

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Wavy Brush Back

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Shadow Fade And Slick Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Gentleman's Mohawk

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Classic Man Haircut Gentleman's Hairstyle

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Slicked Back Hair Gentleman's Hairstyle

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What Is Gentleman’s Haircut

A gentleman’s haircut includes a mixture of traditional stylish hairstyles and modern trends. Gentlemen often wore short and classy cuts, often medium-length hair combed backward or aside. Sleek and wet hairstyles were trendy throughout the decades and military-like cuts.

Today, the youth experiment with various lengths, including different fades on the back and sides. Messy hair is trending but messy in a controlled way, not as if a bird made a nest on your head.

A gentleman’s haircut, as mentioned, is a combination of the two – sleek and stylish hair with fades and nice trims on the sides and back.

Benefits of Having Gentleman’s Hairstyle

Stylish and Modern

One of the main benefits is that you will look classy, modern and neat, not like a homeless person or simply a man who doesn’t care about his looks.

Great for Business

These haircuts are perfect for businessmen or any regularly sociable men. These cuts go well with suits and look amazing in the company’s photos.

Great With Beards

Having a beard today is in. Beards are like makeup for men. But simply having a beard is not enough to look classy, you will have to care for both the beard and the hair.

Gentlemen’s haircuts go great with beards, and the overall appearance of a man is incredibly appealing when both the beard and the hairstyle are neat.

Easy to Take Care of

As gentleman’s haircuts are usually shorter cuts, often medium, it is effortless and time-saving to maintain them.
All you need is a pair of scissors, some clippers and a comb.

Occasionally you will need some hair care products, depending on what cut you decide on.

Ladies Love Them

Last but not least – gentleman’s haircuts are incredibly appealing to the more beautiful gender. These cuts provide style, go well with beards and suits, but most importantly – give a general impression that a man is taking care of himself.

And nothing is sexier for a woman than a man who knows how to take care of himself (for a start by removing hairs from your ears and then everything else).

How to Get Gentleman’s Haircut

Being in a barber chair always feels nice but to make a gentleman’s haircut, you don’t need a barber as these are easy to do.
To make the gentleman’s haircut it is necessary to have hair at least 1.5 inches long.

This length is necessary as you will trim it, fade it, cut it – anything you wish to achieve, and the more hair you have the better.

Visualize which gentleman’s haircut will suit your face the best when your hair is long enough. You can use pictures as references when cutting hair as well.

You will need:

  • Scissors.
  • Clippers.
  • Comb.
  • Mirror.

How to Get Gentleman’s Haircut

Step 1 – Cut after washing

It is best to cut the hair after washing it. Use the towel to pick up any water that’s left. Half-dry hair is the easiest to style and cut.

Step 2 – Pick the style

Decide which style you want to try out and start with the top. Use the comb to try different styles: Ivy League, Quiff, Hard Part…
When you decide what the top will look like you can proceed to the sides and back.

Step 3 –  Trimming the sides and the back

Trim the sides and the back using hair clippers. Start with the largest length and reduce it until you feel the most comfortable.
If experienced with clippers you can even try fades.

Step 4 – Style the top

When the sides and the back are of the desired length you can style the top with scissors. Use the fingers to pull the hair up and the comb to make a line where the hair will be cut. Using the scissors with the other hand, cut the hair where the comb is placed.

Step 5 – Finishing touches

After that, you can style the top with your fingers or the comb. You can also use hair products to make the hair firm or greasy.

How to Style Gentleman’s Hairstyle

Step 1 – Wash your hair well

To begin wash your hair. It is much easier to add volume to hair when it is wet. Take care to wash your hair well, and always use quality shampoos and conditioners. Products that are too old and have expired are not a good solution for the health of your hair.

Step 2 – Dry your hair with a towel

Then use a towel to dry your hair as standard, but you must know that your hair must not be completely dry.
All you need to do is rub your hair with gentle movements.

Step 3 – Apply a hair volume spray

This step is important if you want the full volume of your hair. Use a hair volume spray, hairdressers primarily recommend sea salt-based ones. Brush the look of your hairstyle, then apply the spray to your hair.

The more spray you use to your hair, the higher the volume although you should not overdo it.

Step 4 – Use a hairdryer

In the fourth step use a hairdryer to achieve the desired shape of the hairstyle. Many men make the mistake of avoiding hairdryers and using large amounts of detergents to style their hair. By styling your hair with a hairdryer you will reduce the use of various hair products.

Set the hairdryer to medium temperature and maximum speed, then direct it in the shape of your desired hairstyle.
When you dry your hair change the function of the hairdryer from hot to cold blowing.

You don’t need a professional hairdryer but it is recommended for remarkable style.

Step 5 – Apply some product to style your hair

Now it’s time for the final process of styling the hairstyle. There are many products on the market, such as gels, pastes, sprays and waxes, but experts in this field recommend clay-based creams.

This product is very thick and is suitable for adding texture and styling to hair. Apply a small amount of the product on your fingers, and then rub it on your palm to warm the product you are applying to your hair.

Step 6 – Finish your style

At the very end spray your hair with a classic hair strength spray to add sharpness to your look.
It will also help keep your hairstyle lasting for a long time.

This principle of adding volume and styling hairstyles is especially recommended for men with thinner hair and those who wear popular hairstyles such as undercut and classic pompadour style. You can also use a hair gel to finish your style.

Best Products To Use

Best Products for Gentleman’s Haircuts


Products such as oil have been a favorite for people with long hair for decades. But the use of hair oils dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Although technically not a styling tool hair oils have several advantages.

Hair oils are used to nourish and improve your hair’s overall strength and condition. They contain large amounts of fatty acids which replace lipids in your hair when it becomes really thin and prone to breakage.

Hair breaks down when lipids are depleted. World’s best hair oil for men can do wonders!


Hair pomade is the best solution for those men who like well-groomed hair and sleek style. They are applied to wet or dry hair by first rubbing it through the palms and then shaping the hairstyle.

Remember that these creams hydrate and nourish the hair, but they will not give it a significant feeling of firmness.
Try pomade for men, your hair will look wet rather than firm. A premium hair clay will do the trick as well.


Hair wax is similar to pomades, but its advantage is that it holds hair much firmer. Wax gives hair some shine and is most recommended for thick and strong hair. When applying hair wax the hair must be completely dry because oil and water do not mix.

Apply a small amount on the palm and rub with your hands until the product warms up. Apply the product on the hair running your fingers from the end to the root.


The mousse lacks the street credibility or popularity it had in the ’80s when you saw it used on a wide range of different “long hair” styles.
Like gels, mousse has continued to evolve, and it is a bit of a “secret ingredient” among famous stylists.

One thing to keep in mind about foam is to use it in very small amounts. All you need is a quantity the size of a golf ball to distribute evenly across your hair. One of the positives of hair mousse is that it provides both volume and control.

It helps to keep your hairstyle in place without greasy looks. To maximize the volume from the foam add it first to the hair root and then gently distribute the product towards the top of the hair.


How do you ask for a gentleman’s cut?

Due to the enormous popularity of gentleman’s haircuts today it is incredibly easy to get one.
Walk into any barbershop and ask for your favorite cut.

You can show them the hairstyle picture that you wish or talk about it and ask for the barber’s opinion.
They are experienced hairstylists and will know what’s best for you.

What is a gentleman’s fade?

A fade cut is a modern cut that adds style and class to your haircut. The hair is cut without steps on the head and neck sides but with a downward slope.

The area around the ears will be completely cut while going up towards the top, and the hair will gradually become more and more visible.

Are gentleman’s hairstyles attractive?

Yes, they are. Versatile, clean-cut and a mix between modern and classic – many variations of gentleman’s haircuts look classy.

Whether you have straight, thick, thin, wavy or curly hair the gentleman’s haircut is the best way to cut hair short on the sides and back and look masculine and classy.

What is the best product to style my gentleman’s haircut?

If you want a good hairstyle you don’t just have to choose the style or the hairdresser. You have to have well-groomed, healthy and strong hair. It is essential to avoid using traditional shampoos that include sulfates and other toxins.

Why is this so important? The big problem is that the toxins that normal shampoos include cause the hair to lose strength become irritated and lose its natural balance.

This is noticeable not only in the shine but also in the hairstyle’s shape, which will be caked. With a good sulfate-free shampoo you will achieve the effect you are looking for much more quickly.


We care about the style and health, especially among men, and so should you. There is nothing sexier than a well-groomed man.
Having a gentleman’s haircut and a nice trimmed beard will make you irresistible.

Also, your confidence and libido will soar so high. Don’t be scared, try out some of these haircuts and change your life for the better.

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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