Collage of Different Men's Haircuts

While there are many different haircuts, most guys are best served by a classic haircut. You can’t go wrong with these simple and elegant styles if you want a timeless look. However, plenty of trendy styles are sure to make a statement if you’re looking for something bolder — or something that will reflect your personality.

22 Haircut Types

Buzz Cut

A buzz cut is a short haircut where the hair is cut very short all over the head, except for a small section at the top of the head. The hair is usually cut with clippers, but scissors can be used for a shorter cut.

Crew Cut

A crew cut is a short, tapered haircut that’s uniform all around the head. It can be worn by men and women and will work best with hair at least an inch long on top. The sides are cut straight from ear to ear, while the back of your hair is slightly longer than your sideburns.

Crew cuts can be worn with or without bangs (known as “fringe”), which will fall right above your eyebrows if you choose not to have one. These fringe styles are popular among men and women because they offer versatility by giving you an extra option besides just leaving them bare or styling them with some product like gel or mousse for volume. There are plenty of crew-cut hairstyles to try – ask your barber about them.

Undercut

The undercut is a men’s haircut style that is short on the sides and long on top. The undercut is one of the most classic men’s hairstyles, and it can be seen in modern and classic Hollywood films, television shows, and magazines. Some celebrities who have worn the undercut include Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Zac Efron.

Pompadour

The pompadour is a hairstyle characterized by a long, slicked-back section of hair on the top of the head. This section of hair is often swept back or up over the forehead and can be held in place with pomade, gel, or wax.

The style originated in England during the mid-1800s. It was popularized in America by silent movie stars such as Rudolph Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks Sr., who both had black hair and wore their pompadours slicked back with oil.

The term “pompadour” comes from Madame de Pompadour (1721–1764), mistress to King Louis XV of France; she wore her version of this hairstyle while living at Versailles Palace during her time as royal mistress.

Side Part

The side part is a hairstyle that is parted to one side. It can be styled in various ways and looks great on any face shape, including oval, square, and round. To get the look at home, apply a small amount of styling product to damp hair with your fingers or a comb and blow-dry it into place.

Faux Hawk

The faux hawk is a hairstyle that combines the sides of a mohawk with the back and top of a crew cut. It gets its name because it imitates a mohawk, but not necessarily traditional. Faux hawk has become popular among men as well as women, so it’s essential to know whether you want to be in good company or not when you go out with your hair done up like this.

Quiff

A quiff is a hairstyle where the hair is swept upwards from the front to create a distinctive crest. The quiff was first popularized in the mid-1940s by American singer Gene Vincent. He wore his hair in this style because of its ability to stay out of his eyes. The hairstyle quickly became associated with the rockabilly subculture during the 1950s.

Man With Glasses and Stubble Beard

Taper

A taper is a hairstyle that gradually gets longer towards the back of your head. It’s a good option for men with thinning hair or those who want a low-maintenance hairstyle.

If you’re looking for some new ways to describe your new look, try these popular tapper styles:

  • The Reverse Taper: A longish top and short sides that get progressively shorter towards the back of the head.
  • The Regular Taper: Longer on top, shorter at the side and back than it is on top.

French Crop

The French crop is a classic men’s haircut that’s easy to maintain and always looks sleek. It’s also an excellent transitional style if you want to cut off your long hair but aren’t sure about shaving it all off. The French crop is a shorter version of the high and tight fade, with the sides cut close to the head, leaving an inch or two of length on top.

Ivy League

The Ivy League haircut is a classic style with a modern twist. This style is a shorter version of the traditional side part, with the hair on top being longer (often styled with the product) and the sides and back cut short to give it some shape. Men of all ages can wear the Ivy League haircut, but it’s trendy among young guys who are looking for something that’s both professional and stylish.

The Ivy League haircut works best on men with oval-shaped faces who want to look clean-cut but not too conservative. If you’re feeling adventurous or want to try something new, this hairstyle may be right up your alley!

Caesar Cut

The Caesar cut is a style most commonly worn by men with curly or wavy hair, as it helps soften their hair’s texture. It’s also a good option for men looking more polished and professional because it pairs well with suits and other formal outfits.

Men with straight hair can also wear the Caesar, although they should ensure they have enough length on top so they can slick back their hair into something resembling Julius Caesar’s iconic side-swept bangs.

Fringe

The fringe is a hairstyle where the hair is cut short on the sides and long on the top. The idea behind this style is to leave some length on top so you can style it differently, such as parting it to one side or going for a more textured look with some texture creams.

Mohawk

The mohawk is a hairstyle worn by men and women where the hair is grown long on top of the head and trimmed short in the back and sides. The name comes from the Mohawk tribe, known for wearing this style. The haircut can be styled in many ways, including spiked or shaved sides and back.

High Fade

A high fade is a type of haircut in which the hair is faded from the crown to the nape, with short sides and tapered back. The top section of hair is longer than the side and back sections, but all parts are given an even length.

High Fades can be styled in many ways – with a comb-over or a slick back hairstyle. There are also high fade haircuts to consider, so consult your barber to find out what complements your features.

Mid Fade

This style is famous for men with thin hair, but it can be worn by anyone who wants to keep the sides and back of their head short while letting the top grow out. It’s a fade that starts at the temples, gradually gets longer as you move down to the nape, and finally shaves into a taper on the back of your head.

Mid Fade

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Low Fade

The low fade haircut is a variation of the fade haircut. It is a short haircut in which the hair on the sides and back of the head is cut short, while the hair on top is left longer.

Man Bun

The man bun is a hairstyle that has been popularized by celebrities and adopted by many men. It is a long hairstyle worn on top of the head, with the hair in a ponytail while the rest of the hair above it is buzzed short. The man bun gives you an easy, stylish look that’s perfect for everyday wear.

Slick Back

Slick-back hair is a classic look that’s easy to get, but it’s also one of the most versatile. You can slick your hair back with or without product and style it into an undercut (or not), allowing for a wide range of looks. While some men prefer their slicked-back hair to be shiny and slick, others want a more matte finish.

Skin Fade

The skin fade is a type of haircut that is short on the sides and longer on top. It’s a popular hairstyle for men, and you may also see it referred to as a taper fade, high fade, or low fade. The basic idea behind this cut is that you have hair longer at the top than in the back, with gradually decreasing lengths from front to back.

The same basic concept applies for both low and high skin fades — you start with less length when cutting your hair off at the sides than with higher haircuts.

Comb Over

A comb-over is a hairstyle where the hair is parted on the side and then combed over to the other side. This can be done with either short or long hair.

Braids

Braids are a popular hairstyle and can be done in various styles. For example, they can be done in afros or dreadlocks. Braids are also suitable for men with long hair because they will show off your length without looking like you haven’t cut it in years.

Military Cut

A military cut is a short, tapered haircut that works well on men with round heads or oval faces. The length usually falls between a #3 guard (1⁄ 8 inch) and a #4 guard (¼ inch). The back and sides are shaved to match this length, while the top remains thick but shorter than what you’d see in an undercut style.

Military Haircuts for Men

How to Choose 

Learn Your Natural Face Shape

Choose a haircut that suits your face shape. Your hair is an accessory to your overall look, so choosing a haircut that makes you feel good about yourself and helps you present the best version of yourself is essential. For example, if you have a round face, many styles will flatter this type of shape.

If you’re not sure what kind of style works for your face shape, check out these helpful tips from the experts at [name of salon or grooming shop]. They’ll walk through how to find out what kind of cut would look best on you and share some great ideas for achieving different looks depending on whether your hair is short or long!

Decide Which Haircut You Want

When choosing a haircut, there are many factors to consider. Here are just a few:

  • Which celebrity haircut do you want? If you look at pictures of your favorite celebrities and decide that their hair is what gives them their power and confidence (not really), then you might want to give that same haircut a try. Be careful, though — some celebrity cuts are bad if they’re not tailored to fit the face shape of whoever’s wearing them!
  • Is it flattering? The most important thing when choosing a haircut is making sure it looks great on you! The best way to determine whether something will look flattering is by testing out different hairstyles and seeing how they make your face look from different angles in the mirror before deciding which one works best for you. You can also ask friends or family members for their opinions about which style would suit your face type or personality best.

Consult With a Hairstylist

When choosing a haircut, it’s essential to consult with a hairstylist. A skilled stylist will be able to give you valuable advice about which haircut is best for your face shape and hair type. In addition, they can offer guidance on how the style will look in different situations, such as at work or on weekends.

Gather Other Haircuts

Once you know the haircut you want, it’s time to gather some samples. Don’t limit yourself to photos of celebrities with similar hair types — you should look at a wide range of styles that fit your desired category.

Once you have a list of haircuts that appeal to you, take note of what characteristics they share: Do they make your face look longer or shorter? Does one haircut make your face appear more masculine or feminine? Are some cuts more stylish than others?

Take the Photos to Your Barber

Bring the photos to your barber. Ask them to look at the pictures and give you their opinion of whether or not the haircut suits you. Ask them about other options that work better for your face shape, hair type, and lifestyle.

The best way to get a great-fitting haircut is to find an experienced professional to help you decide on the proper cut for your personality and lifestyle. The best stylists will be able to guide you through all of these steps so that when they’re done cutting your hair, it looks impressive.

Quick Tips

  • Don’t be afraid to try new things. You can try braided man buns, versatile dreadlock styles, or buzz-cut hairstyles with beards if it’s your first time getting them.
  • Try a fringe cut or lob if you want to keep your hair long. You can also use hair creams for a natural look.
  • If you want to cut your hair short, get it done professionally so the stylist can make sure it looks great! Choose a stylist who knows what they’re doing or has at least been trained by someone who knows what they’re doing.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions — you have every right to know the answers!
  • Ask about the cut you want and how long it will take, especially if you’re going somewhere new.

Female Professional Barber Brushing Men's Hair

How to Choose Your Barber

Choosing a barber is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your life. You won’t regret going with the wrong person, but if you make the right choice, it will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

So how do you know who’s the right barber for you? Here are four things to consider:

  • It’s not about looks. As long as your barber is competent, that’s all that matters.
  • It should be someone who understands “the art” of hair cutting and styling. They should understand how to create an individual look for each client based on personal preferences.
  • They should be able to provide a clean and relaxing environment for their clients. There are many styles of barbershops out there that offer both traditional and modern services; make sure yours has both!
  • They should have experience working with children (if applicable). If they specialize in men’s haircuts, they’ll also need to have experience working with kids — because we’re all different. Some people have thicker hair than others, so we have different needs when cutting our locks down.

How to Talk to Your Barber

You should always be respectful and aware of your surroundings when you get a haircut or shave. If you don’t feel comfortable with the barber, you shouldn’t go there.

If you’re getting a haircut, ask lots of questions about what will happen during the session. You may want to ask if there will be music playing in the background or if the barber requests any specific songs or artists. You should also check out the barber’s Instagram account and ensure that it’s not someone who has been banned from working at another establishment for poor hygiene or general unprofessionalism.

At any point during your appointment, if something doesn’t feel right — or things seem off — you can always ask for a different barber.

Barbershop Terms

  • Fade: A style that starts with shorter hair on top and progressively gets lower on the sides and longer toward the back.
  • Skin Fade: Same as a fade but with no hair left. A skin fade is a type of fade that typically starts at the top of the head and has no hair left at all. The longer hair on top is usually left with a bit of length and texture, while the shorter hair on the sides and back is cut using a razor (instead of scissors).
  • Scissors over comb: Cutting with scissors without direct contact with the scalp. Scissor over comb is a style of haircutting in which hair is cut with scissors, not the comb. This method provides precision and control during the cutting process while also preventing unnecessary friction on your client’s scalp. Comb cutting creates volume, texture, or movement in areas of thick hair (for example, bangs).
  • Trimmers: Clippers are used to cut shorter areas of hair not accessible by scissors, like around ears and necklines. They can also create lines in hair if desired, such as parts, etc.
  • Razor: Used to clean edges or remove nicks or incorrect lines in a haircut. A razor can clean edges or remove nicks or incorrect lines in a haircut. It is also used to clean up around the ears and neckline and create hairstreaks if desired.
  • Men’s Cut: The general term for a haircut, which varies from person to person, but generally consists of cutting an all-over length leaving layers in place, trimming around ears and neckline, creating lines in hair if desired, such as parts, etc., applying product and styling said haircut if desired.

Fashionable Man Combing His Hair

FAQ

How many male haircuts are there?

There are about 30 kinds of haircuts for men, and the items in this guide are a few of those haircuts.

What is the most popular haircut for men?

These are the most common: pompadour, side part, quiff, slick back, fades, short sides and back, and undercut. You can achieve any of these hairstyles with the right hair-cutting tools.

What is the best haircut for men?

It depends on specific features like the shape of your head, face, and other similar considerations.

How are haircuts named?

Haircuts are named in a variety of ways. Sometimes they’re named after the person who first invented them, like the Caesar haircut. Sometimes they’re named after their shape, like the bob cut. And sometimes they’re named after how you style them, like a messy bun or top knot.

Haircuts are also named based on the number of individual strands that are cut. For example, a “1” haircut means that the stylist will cut one strand at a time, while a “2” haircut means cutting two strands at once.

What do numbers mean with haircuts?

The numbers with haircuts mean the number of inches off your hair. For example, if you have long hair and want a quarter inch off, your stylist would give you a 2. If you want to trim an inch off, your stylist will provide you with a 1.

Conclusion

Now that you’re a hair-cutting pro, it’s time to break down some of the best haircuts for men.

The best haircut for men is the one that makes them feel confident and attractive. It’s essential to remember that each style looks different depending on your face shape — some techniques work better for long faces and others for rounder ones. You can also use the best hair relaxer for men, premium leave-in conditioner for men, or shampoos against dandruff to improve any of these hairstyles.

These standard styles will give you a classic look that will never go out of style. If you want to add some excellent, modern touches to your cut, try combining these styles and adding textured layers to your hair. This can create a new look and keep your hair looking fresh without having to choose a completely new haircut!