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18 New Little Boys Haircuts and Hairstyles

Little boys are full of spunk, so how about giving them a haircut that matches their fun personalities? From short spiky strands to long curly locks and everything in between, choose a boys hairstyle that’s right for your boy’s hair type and attitude with these 17 boys haircuts.

  • Classic Pompadour

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    Style by Scott Herron
    Barber @ Beardsgaard Barbers in Batavia, Illinois


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    The pompadour is a traditional, classic look, worn by famous rocka-a-billies and greasers such as Elvis Presley, John Travolta, and James Dean. This particular variety is a more modern twist — a faded clipper overcomb (equivalent to a #2 blade) blended through the transition all around, with a clean taper to the neckline.

    The versatility is what I love best about it. Rather than styling it with a standard slick back on both sides, we allowed the hair under the part to lay in its natural flow — forward.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    This young master has fine hair with medium density. I chose to use Reuzel Grooming Tonic to assist with volume in the pomp and Red Reuzel Pomade to finish for a lasting hold.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    This young man and his mother came in looking for something of a classic “dapperly” nature. Normally I tread lightly when boys speak about “cool” trendy looks that they want to try, because let’s face it, some styles require a little bit more attention before heading out for the day. His mother assured me that he was a dapper young man and that would take the time and attention for such a morning routine.

    Pompadours can be tricky when getting into fine textures combined with low density hair, but really work well in most hair types. Pompadours tend to elongate the facial structure and therefore typically wear well on round and square face shapes.

    The versatility of the pomp provides the ability for it to double as your standard “slick-back” as well. I’ve put a fair number of pompadours on men of diverse lifestyles and personalities. From bankers to artists and hipsters to grandpas, this look truly is a classic! Even men who are stuck under a hard hat all day double their pomps as a slick-back all week and a sky high pomp on the weekend!

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    Seek a barber or stylist that is as skilled with clippers as they are with shears.

  • Classic Crop With a Twist

    Classic crop boys haircut with short bangs

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    Style by Ash Hudson
    Barber @ Jim The Trim in Briton Ferry, Wales


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a classic crop cut, but with a creative modern twist. The thing I like most about this cut is the unique cropped fringe! I feel I have taken a classic look and made it stand out from the other kids on the playground. 

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    The perfect products I would use to achieve this look would be to use a couple of sprays of Kipa’s Sea Salt Spray before drying the hair with movement. When the hair is dry, use some Hairbond Boulder Powder alongside Osmo Extreme Matte Clay to the achieve that natural matte finish. To seal it all in and keep the hair in place all day, use Fudge hairspray.

    What type of kid would this look work best for?

    I would say this type of cut would suit a wide range of people, but more so the kind of people that are quite edgy and more confident to try different things. This kind of cut works best with thicker, more fuller hairlines as you are able to then drop down square from the temple to create sharp, clean lines.

    This cut also works better with the back and sides being as short as possible, especially if the client has a darker skin complexion because it creates a great contrast with the skin and emphasizes the boldness of the top and front section. As for hair types, this cut will accommodate many different hair type and is very versatile.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    For anyone considering this cut, I say just go for it! This cut is such a low maintenance cut that it doesn’t need much work in the mornings before school or work. It’s good to move with the times and try something new! 

  • Classic Combover

    boys combover haircut

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    Q&A with style creator, Dave Hardy
    Barber/educator @ The Men’s Loft Barbershop at Avante West in Chester, PA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a basic combover with a 1/4-inch around the sides and back with a slight taper of the edges.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    Blow dry (optional) then use Reuzel Clay Matte Pomade.

    What type of person would this look work best for? (Hair types, face shapes, skin tone, lifestyle, personality etc)

    Medium to light textured hair on an oval or round shaped face is best. This look works for a busy or simple lifestyle with a fun and exciting personality.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    My best tip for this style haircut would be to maintain at least a two to four week rebooking. Product is key along with a good tutorial on styling the hair!

  • Smart & Sophisticated

    boys classic pompadour haircut

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    Q&A with style creator, Tim Lamb
    Barber @ Barbers at No71 in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, England, U.K.


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a take on a classic pompadour, created entirely with scissors in order to maintain a softer finish. A parting has been placed to provide an obvious break for where the styling direction of the hair changes, and the edges have been subtly tapered down to add longevity to the haircut and to help it maintain shape as it grows. My favorite thing about this particular style is how it can make a young boy look smart, sophisticated, and more mature.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    To create this look, I would recommend blow drying a tonic into the hair to provide some initial hold before applying a wate- based pomade such as the Dapper Dan Deluxe Pomade evenly throughout the hair. Then comb the hair into place using a wide toothed comb and finished with a burst of hairspray to lock the style in for the rest of the day.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    The great thing about this hairstyle is that it is a timeless classic! This look would work well on most hair types, providing it isn’t very curly. Darker hair carries this look extremely well, however lighter colored hair can pull off this look too. The only downside to this style is that it requires maintenance and can look untidy if not correctly styled, so it would suit a person who is willing to spend a few minutes each morning recreating the look

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    My best tip for anyone who is considering this look is to be aware of the length required to create this style. If the hair is too short it may become prone to sticking up, especially around the crown area.

  • Short Comb Over

    Short Comb Over hairstyle

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    Q&A with style creator, Robyn Short
    Hairstylist & Barber @ Mastercuts in Coquitlam BC, Canada


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this haircut as a short comb over. My favorite thing about this haircut is that it’s great for any age and is very versatile.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    I would recommend a paste or a wax type of product. I like the products by Sexy Hair and Crew because I find that they still look natural in the hair and won’t clump the hair together.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This haircut is great for any face shape and good for thick or thin hair. Just remember that if you have cow licks in the hair, I would suggest going with the cowlick instead of against it. This cut is also great for a low maintenance person. If the person doesn’t want to use any product, they can simply wet their hair and push it to the side.

  • Mohawk Man

    Mohawk Man hairstyle

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    Q&A with style creator, Raymond DeCandia
    Licensed Barber/Pirate @ Male Ego Barber Cafe in Tempe, AZ


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    I like to call this a “gremlin’s mohawk”. If you remember the movie “Gremlins”, there was a bad gremlin who had a little mohawk. Note that we didn’t take the sides down to the skin, so there is still some hair on the sides of his head.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    I actually just used a little of the Reuzel fiber pomade and some grooming tonic to get it to punk up. I tend to use matte products for styles like this.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    ANYONE! If you get a guy or girl in your chair who is bold enough to wear a mohawk, do it! It’s fun!

  • Trendy Crop

    Trendy Crop hairstyle

    Instagram @timmy6989

    Q&A with style creator, Tim Lamb
    Barber @ Barbers at No71 in England, U.K.


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This look is a take on the current “crop” trend which has become very popular across the UK and the rest of Europe over the last 12 months. It features a heavily textured top sitting behind a simple fringe which is left down, usually spanning across the entire forehead.

    My favorite thing about this look is the simplicity of the basic structure of the haircut combined with the wide range of personalization that can be incorporated into the style by varying the length/shape of the fringe. The length and sharpness of the back and sides and the degree of the texture throughout the rest of the haircut can also be tailored and adjusted to suit each client’s individual preferences.

    What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

    This look is so versatile that it can be maintained and recreated using a wide variety of different products, however in order to maximize and enhance the texture to its full effect, a salt spray such as the Hairbond Texturizer Sea Salt Spray should be applied prior to blow drying. Then, a small amount of a root lift powder (like IQ Clever Dust) can be scattered across the top of the head and teased into the hair with the fingertips.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for? 

    This look is great for a client who wants a low maintenance hairstyle which, if low on time in the morning, can be very “get up and go”.

    It works well for most clients, however my advice would be to carefully consider any growth patterns which could have an adverse effect on the final look of the style, particularly a calf lick on the front. In that case, if taken too short, the hair could stick up and spoil the effect of the fringe spanning across the forehead.

  • Elevated Evan

    This hairstyle will get you some extra inches on the height chart! It’s a really cute look that’s adorable and fun with lots of texture and charm.

    Cute Boys Hairstyle with Texture

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    How to Style:

    1. Arrange hair forward on the top and down on the side while it’s damp so it can dry in the proper direction.
    2. Rub a strong hair pomade or wax on your hands and rough up your entire head of hair so it gets definition and texture.
    3. Continue to use product on the hair up on top to create a hair raising faux hawk.
    4. Set with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Longer hair like this requires something really strong to keep it standing up like shown. Try a strong hold pomade or hair wax like Oribe Rough Luxury and finish it off with a hairspray like Prive Firm Hold Hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Round or square shaped faces are great for this elongating hairstyle. Fine to medium textured hair that is straight with a soft bend to it would work well for this look.

    Tip:

    Don’t be afraid of having a slightly messy and tousled look. If every hair was in it’s exact place it would look too uptight and stuffy. Relax and have fun with it!

  • Textured Toby

    This adorable short hairstyle is great for busy boys and moms who want a no-fuss style. Keeping the hair short around the back and sides and just slightly longer on the top is a classic style.

    This shorter hair also works well with crazy cowlicks or growth patterns. You can choose to use a little product or skip it on days you don’t have time.

    super cute hairstyles for boys

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    How to Style:

    1. Get the right cut! Ask your son’s stylist or barber to use a #4 sized clipper on the back and sides and a #6 or #7 on the top then blend. You can also ask for a shorter scissor-over-comb cut on the back and sides and finger length on the top.
    2. Add some style! Crunchy gels are messy and not in style anymore. Instead opt for a flexible to firm hold hair wax or pomade. Dab some on your fingers and rub onto your hands then apply to the top of the head and piece up with your fingers.

    Recommended Products:

    I think matte finishes look great on guys so try a pomade like Baxter of California Clay that will give texture and hold without the shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This straight hairstyle is great for boys who have a lot of cowlicks and swooping hair growth patterns. Due to the short length they will blend in so much better.

    Tip:

    Shorter haircuts require more trips to the salon for upkeep but ask your stylist or barber if you can stop by in between appointments for a neck and around the ear clean up to get you by.

  • Dashing Danny

    This medium length hairstyle for boys is super cute! Tapered at the neck and around the ears the length is then blended up seamlessly into longer hair on the top. Don’t forget to break out the comb to get the perfect part. This haircut is great to achieve a less casual feel.

    hairstyle for little boys

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    How to Style:

    1. Ask your stylist to taper the neck and up around the ears into about an inch and a half on top of the head.
    2. When hair is still wet part it to the side with a comb and then style with a product that has some hold.

    Recommended Products:

    Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Paste is great for flexible hold and texture. The finish has a little bit of shine but looks great on parted hairstyles – really polishes off the look. The Soy Paste smells great, too!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Great for boys with finer textured hair. If hair is too thick or straight it won’t lay down when parted. Wavier hair could work too and you would just have a little more texture on the top.

    Tip:

    If you want to create a more casual look, skip the comb and spike up his hair with a flexible hold gel that won’t flake.

  • Spiky Stephen

    Here’s another great short haircut for boys who have thick straight hair. Embrace the hair you’re born with and keep hair short around the sides and the top to keep a fresh clean look. The key to this particular buzz cut is making sure it is blended fully from the sides to the top.

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    How to Style:

    The beauty of having hair this short is that you don’t have to style it! Ask your stylist or barber to trim hair with a #2 guard on their clippers for the sides and back and with a #3 or #4 on top, then blend.

    Recommended Products:

    You honestly don’t need any products but as hair grows longer you may use some non-flake gel like American Crew’s Men Styling Gel that has firm hold. Apply product on wet or dry hair for a stand up style that lasts.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This spiky style works on hair that is naturally thick and pin straight. All face shapes apply!

    Tip:

    A clipper cut is the ideal and most efficient way to achieve a uniform haircut on such straight and spiky hair.

  • Messy Max

    Some little boys can rock the mop on top. Hair is tapered up and around the ears and also cleaner around the neck. The fun part about this style is the long thick bangs and wispy texture.

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    How to Style:

    1. Out of the shower arrange your hair into place with your fingers. Using a comb will be too neat and you want a more natural, beachy look. 2. Let hair air dry or use a blow-dryer to remove all of the moisture out of the hair.

    Recommended Products:

    Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Hairspray is awesome to add a laid back vibe to this hairstyle. Spray it onto wet hair, rough it into the hair with your fingers and let it air dry.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    It’s not so much a face shape but if you have a small, short forehead this look won’t work. Stick straight hair won’t work either. Try this style out if you have fine to medium hair that is straight or wavy.

    Tip:

    You can go slightly longer between appointments when the hair is longer but don’t go too long or you won’t be able to see your son under all his hair!

  • Beachy Bradley

    Long hair on boys is making a come back thanks to pop stars like Justin Bieber. Shaggy styles like this incorporate long bangs, lots of texture, and razored like feel all around the ears and neck. It’s basically a haircut that won’t look like you just made a trip to the salon.

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    How to Style:

    Ask your stylist or barber to use a razor so that there are no straight edges cut into the shape of this haircut. Layering the top and cutting into the shape will help keep it looking lighter instead of a mop on top.

    1. Out of the shower use your fingers to shake out and arrange hair in the proper directions. You’re going to push most of the top hair towards the front and flick bangs over to the side.
    2. Blow-dry or let the hair dry naturally.
    3. Apply a light-hold pomade for texture and shine. Really use your fingers to pinch the tips of the hair for that cool shaggy feel.

    Recommended Products:

    Use products that will help break up and show off the shaggy texture of this hairstyle. Privé has a Detailing Pomade that defines and sculpts hair with flexible hold that will last all day.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All little boy face shapes can pull this off. To be honest it’s great for kids who have larger ears due to the camouflaging sides that cover ears up. Stick straight hair that won’t lay down or overly curly hair won’t be able to rock this look very easily.

    Tip:

    Don’t use too much product! Pomades and waxes are by nature very oily so just a dab will do. Rub the product onto your palm to break up the product first before applying to your hair or you’ll wind up with a greasy mess.

  • Surfer Sam

    This shorter haircut keeps the hair slightly longer on top. This is a great idea so you can spike hair up or down and have a little fun and versatility.  The hair is also full on the sides to give it a cool California vibe. The hairstyle is not too clean cut but not crazy long either. It’s an all around cool and laid back style.

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    How to Style:

    Have your stylist or barber keep the nape and ear area nice and clean but leave the sides around and inch and the top around 2-3” long.

    1. Towel dry hair really well and let the rest air dry.
    2. Use a fun hair paste or wax to hair with your fingers and massage the product into the entire head of hair.
    3. Use your fingers to flick the hair on top back and away from the face for a spiky feel.

    Recommended Products:

    Use something like Redken’s Rough Paste for sweet hold and fantastic definition.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes can sport this surfer style. This haircut is great for fine to medium textured hair that is straight or wavy.

    Tip:

    Guys shouldn’t be afraid to use some hairspray. Applying a few sprays after styling can help hold and lock in your look even more.

  • Shaggy Sherwin

    Another fun shaggy style that is a little bit more juvenile with the moppy bangs. This style is kept whimsical with the long layers and shaggy locks around the ears. The textured bangs fall just above the eyes so you can still see your handsome boy’s face.

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    How to Style:

    This style is very much a wash and go cut. Simply detangle and sort hair into place with your fingers and let air dry or use a blow dryer.

    Recommended Products:

    Keep the hair light and not weighed down with a spray like Flash Brilliance from Prive or try their Texture Spray for a little more definition.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Round face shapes are the best for this medium to thick hair style. Hair should be fine or medium texture with not much curl or wave.

    Tip:

    Keep the bangs textured and choppy, not straight and blunt for a more natural look that will grow out much better.

  • Curly Colby

    Boys who have wavy locks should show them off and this haircut does just that. Hair is left a couple of inches long all over so that you can really see the curls in their natural state. Hair is pushed forward slightly for a fun messy style with lots of texture and whimsy.

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    How to Style:

    1. Apply a soft hold gel when wet and comb hair forward towards the face.
    2. Scrunch with your fingers.
    3. Do not use a blow dryer and instead let it air dry.

    Recommended Products:

    Keep curls nice and defined with Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier by TIGI.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes can sport these cute curls. Medium to thick curly hair will work perfectly for this style.

    Tip:

    Keep hair a little softer around the ears so the whole haircut blends nicely.

  • Piecey Pete

    Another fun razored cut! Keep the interior layers short for texture and a lightweight feel and leave the bangs and perimeter longer for a fun piecey feel. The layers are important to keep this haircut light but just make sure the length around the face isn’t cut too short.

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    How to Style:

    1. Brush hair forward when getting out of the shower.
    2. Run your fingers through with a light hold foam to break up the layers and define the bang area.
    3. Blow dry or air dry.

    Recommended Products:

    Fructis Style Hairspray Flexible Control is awesome for creating that piecey texture.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This haircut is awesome for kids with a larger sized forehead. Straight fine hair is perfect for this look.

    Tip:

    Make sure the neck area is trimmed regularly on longer haircuts like these so the style doesn’t morph into a mullet. Yikes!

  • Wispy William

    Love this classic boy haircut. Nice and short around the ears and blends up nicely into a longer textured pieces on top. A clean haircut that will grow with your son and looks good on guys of all ages.

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    How to Style:

    Ask your stylist to use a lower guard on the clippers for around the ears and the neck and then blend it up to longer pieces on the top to play with. With the right cut all you’ll have to do is apply a little pomade with your fingers to add some texture and your set.

    Recommended Products:

    Use a lightweight putty for texture and lift like Redken’s Polish Up Defining Pomade.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This standard cut would look great on all face shapes and really works well with kids who have fine to medium hair that is straight or wavy in texture.

    Tip:

    Kids get fidgety! Sometimes taking them to a kids salon can help as they oftentimes have movies playing that distract kids and help them sit still.