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20 Rugged and Sexy Guy Hairstyles

In the vast world of men’s hair, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by simply assuming that any style other than “short and low maintenance” requires far too much time and product for your liking.

Well guys, I’m here to tell you otherwise! There are plenty of styling options that won’t require you getting up an extra hour early in the morning or investing in hundreds of dollars worth of products.

Take a peek at these sexy guy hairstyles and get inspired!

#1 Effortlessly Irresistable

Written by Carly Bowers

Here’s one of those hairstyles that looks so effortless and simple, yet completely sexy at the same time! Long haired guys, give this pushed back style a try.

Simple Sexy Hairstyle for Men

Style by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Begin with damp hair. Use your blow dryer to push your hair back if you have cowlicks around your hairline.
  2. Apply a styling paste or cream. Start with a little bit and add more as needed. Push your hair back using your fingers.
  3. If needed, apply some hairspray to your hair to hold it in place.

Recommended Products:

The best product for this look is something that will give you a decent amount of hold but won’t make your hair look too tacky and product-y. I like Grooming Cream by Bumble and Bumble. It’s light and smells great! See other styling products we recommend here.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have thick and straight hair, this look is for you. A square face will be complemented by this style.

#2 Trendy and Tousled

Written by Carly Bowers

We are seeing much more of this manly style on the scene lately and I’m loving it! It’s very short on the sides and long and tousled up top.

Tousled Hairstyle for Men

Style by Amanda Mitchell, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

Tousled Hairstyle for Men Side

Style by Amanda Mitchell, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

How To Style:

  1. Begin with damp hair that is combed back. If you have cowlicks around your hairline, use a blow dryer to smooth them out.
  2. Apply a styling cream to your hair. Start with just a bit on your fingertips and then add more as needed. Use a comb if necessary.
  3. Use hairspray if your hair tends to get frizzy or curly.

Recommended Products:

Try a paste for this look. I like Paul Mitchell’s Grooming Cream. If you want a stronger hold, put the product on completely dry hair. If you want to product to be a bit more flexible, apply it when your hair is a bit damp as it will dilute the product.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have thick hair that has a bit of a wave, this is a great option for you. The waviness will give it more texture. A round face shape will be complemented by this style.

#3 Extra Sleek and Slicked Back

Written by Carly Bowers

This look is dapper and reminiscent of hairstyles decades ago. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to keep all of their hair out of their face without compromising on style!

Sleek Slicked Back Hairstyle for Men

Style by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Begin with dry hair. Part your hair where desired, then apply a strong hold gel or pomade. Use a comb to smooth down your hair.

Recommended Products:

You will need a fairly strong gel or pomade for this look. If you want a shinier, more “wet” look, try gellac from Bumble and Bumble. If you are looking for a more matte finish, try Davines’ Finishing Gum. Start with a small amount and add more if needed. A little of this product goes a long way!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Hair that’s straight is ideal for this look. A square face will be complemented by this style.

#4 Up To Date Mohawk

Written by Carly Bowers

This updated and trendy mohawk is a great option for those wanting to do something a little different and edgier!

Trendy Mohawk Guy Hairstyle

Style by Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

Trendy Mohawk Guy Hairstyle Side

Style by Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Begin with damp hair. Apply a styling cream to your hair and use your fingers to create some texture.
  2. Spray your hair with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

You will want a bit of hairspray for this look so your hair stays in the “mohawk”. Try Davines’ Medium Hold Hairspray. It won’t get sticky or create buildup.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is awesome if you have thick hair with a little wave or curl. A round face would be complemented by this style.

#5 Nice ‘n Clean

Written by Carly Bowers

Perhaps one of the most popular guy styles due to its styling ease, this extra clean cut is sure to please.

Short Clean Hairstyle for Men

Style by Moda 330 The Salon, Rahway, NJ

How To Style:

  1. Literally, do nothing! If your hair is this short (anywhere from a 0-2 when clippers are used) there is no styling or product needed.

Recommended Products:

None necessary for this look. However, if you are getting close to your next cut and your hair is a bit on the thick or curly side, you could use a bit of Paul Mitchell’s Grooming Cream to keep it laying nicely and eliminate frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is awesome if you have a sharp jawline to show off.

Tip:

The trick to this look is getting “lined up” nicely. This means that your stylist or barber should use trimmers or a straight razor to make the hair around your hairline look like it is deliberate. You want a straight line around the forehead, and so on!

#6 Messy Mop

Written by Carly Bowers

That’s right guys, lucky for you, the “messy look” is in! James Franco rocks it well and so can you in just a few easy steps.

Guy Hairstyles

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. After hair is washed, let it air dry. If you have naturally very curly hair, use a flat brush to soften the curls and use a blow dryer to dry it.
  2. Apply a bit of light working cream to give a little texture, but not flatten the style.

Recommended Products:

For a light working cream that won’t flatten your hair too much, try UN.DRESSED by Kevin Murphy.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have fine to medium hair that’s a bit wavy. If you have a small face, this will help to elongate it.

#7 Topped with Texture

Written by Carly Bowers

Short on the sides and longer on the top is the style I get the most requests for from my guy clients. It’s a classic that is easy to maintain and quick to style.

Easy Hairstyle for Men with Texture Side View

Style by Simply Swank Salon & Spa, Hudson, OH

Easy Hairstyle for Men with Texture

Style by Simply Swank Salon & Spa, Hudson, OH

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair well so there is minimal dampness.
  2. Use a paste-like product that provides some hold and firmness and apply the product to the top section of your hair. Spike it up or run your fingers through your hair with no rhyme or reason for a messier, more imperfect look. Apply a bit of product to the sides to keep them in place.

Recommended Products:

I love Paul Mitchell’s Grooming Cream. It’s a moldable product that will give plenty of hold without looking too wet and greasy when it dries.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect for any texture of hair! Keep in mind that if you have naturally wavy or curly hair, it will be difficult to get the hair on top to look straight as it is in the photo. This look will bring extra attention to your facial features.

Tip:

Remind your stylist to cut plenty of texture in the top section. This will keep it from looking all one length like you have a flat top!

#8 Altogether Undone

Written by Carly Bowers

Zac Efron pulls off this style well. It’s another look that’s meant to be messy and undone!

Messy and Undone Hairstyle for Men

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. If you prefer, wash your hair and then towel dry it until there is little to no moisture left. Or even better, use your day old hair!
  2. Apply a workable product all over your hair. Don’t pay too much attention to where each piece is laying. Imperfection is key here!

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy’s STICKY.BUSINESS product. It’s moldable and won’t get too heavy.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have thick hair that’s on the straighter side, this look is right up your alley. Ask your stylist to leave it a bit longer on top than on the sides. A round face will be complemented by this look.

#9 Short and Simple

Written by Carly Bowers

This look is literally that — short and simple! But it’s not so short that you have to compromise on style.

Short Simple Hairstyle for Men

Style by Irene Perla, Textures Hair Studio, Garden City, NY

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry wet hair so there’s only a very minimal amount of dampness.
  2. Apply product to the top of your hair. Be sure to move your hands around randomly so the top has plenty of texture and movement.

Recommended Products:

Try Sumo Tech by Bumble and Bumble. It’s a product with plenty of hold that won’t dry wet looking or greasy!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have extra thick hair, but still want to have a bit of length. An oval shaped face will work well for this cut.

#10 Superbly Side Parted

Written by Carly Bowers

Okay so Zac Efron may have been blessed by the hair gods, but fear not! If you have hair that’s a bit on the long side, you too can rock a sexy side part.

Short Hairstle for Men with Side Part

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. When hair is wet, use a comb to distinguish a side part.
  2. Use a blow dryer (and a flat brush if you own one) to dry your hair. Keep the blow dryer on low and aim it in the direction your hair will be laying, not all over the place. This step will ensure that your hair isn’t sticking up everywhere and that your defined, side parted style looks deliberate.
  3. When your hair is almost fully dry, use a working product to keep the style in place. If needed, finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Bumble and Bumble’s Gel for this look. It will give you a firm hold and a polished look!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have fine or medium textured hair that’s straight. A little wave won’t be bad, but if you have curls this style may not work for you. If you have a longer face this look will suit you especially.

Tip:

If you have been styling your hair a certain way for as long as you can remember and want to try this look, be patient! It will take a few tries to train your hair to go in a side parted direction and get it to stay put.

#11 The Sort-Of Middle Part

Written by Carly Bowers

Ryan Gosling pulls of this “sort-of” middle parted look so well. It’s kind of parted, but kind of not. Nothing is too defined or structured!

Short Hairstyle for Men with Middle Part

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. Day old hair will work well for this, but if you want to wash your hair, be sure to towel dry it well so there’s minimal dampness left.
  2. Use a very moldable and flexible product in the top of your hair. Apply it everywhere, then gently pat it down into place. Don’t get too caught up with where each piece lays. Not much structure is required.

Recommended Products:

I love Bumble and Bumble’s Grooming Cream for a style like this. It’s very light and you will feel like there’s nothing in your hair!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is another look that is perfect if you have fine to medium hair that’s straight. A round face shape will be complemented by this look.

#12 Sublimely Slicked Back

Written by Carly Bowers

Here’s a classic men’s look that simply never goes out of style!

Classic Slicked Back Hairstyle for Guys

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. Use a blow dryer and a flat brush to blow dry your hair back and away from your face. Brush your hair back as you are blow drying. Do this until your hair is nearly dried completely.
  2. Apply a strong hold gel. Once the product is applied, use a comb to assure that the product has been applied evenly.

Recommended Products:

I love Bumble and Bumble’s Gellac. It’s a strong hold gel that will keep your hair in place all day or night long.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have fine, medium or thick hair that’s generally straight and has some length. If you have a narrow and elongated face, this look will work well for you.

#13 A Curled Coiff

Written by Carly Bowers

If you’ve been blessed with a bit of curl, consider yourself lucky! Here’s a styling option for you that will be easy breezy.

Short Hairstyle for Men with Curls

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. Let your curls dry naturally.
  2. When your hair is almost dry with just a small amount of moisture left, apply a curl cream or working cream. Don’t manipulate your hair too much. Simply apply enough product to keep the frizz down, then don’t touch it anymore!

Recommended Products:

Label M makes an excellent product called Souffle. It’s a light cream that accentuates curls and eliminates frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

As I mentioned above, this look will work perfectly for you if you have a bit of wave or curl. A narrow face will be complemented by this style.

#14 Lengthy Locks

Written by Carly Bowers

Mr. Pitt is no stranger to both short AND long hair! He rocks this look well and so can you in virtually no time at all.

Medium Hairstyle for Men with Side Part

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. If you have naturally straight hair, or even hair that’s a bit wavy, allow your hair to air dry naturally.
  2. If more texture is desired, apply a small amount of texturizing wax to the ends of your hair.

Recommended Products:

As I mentioned above, you really don’t need any products for this style, but if you want a bit of texture, try Label M’s styling wax.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have hair that’s on the straight side or with a minimal amount of wave, this look is ideal for you! It is virtually a zero styling time style and it looks fantastic. A round face will be complemented by this look.

Tip:

Day old hair is even better for this look! Skip the wash for a day and I guarantee you will love how it makes your hair look.

#15 Simply Sleek

Written by Carly Bowers

Here’s another take on the side part, but this time it’s far more manicured and smoothed down. It’s a great option for a fancy night out!

Short Sleek Hairstyle for Men with Side Part

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. When hair is wet, use a comb to distinguish a side part.
  2. Use a blow dryer (and a flat brush if you own one) to dry your hair. Keep the blow dryer on low and aim it in the direction your hair will be laying. This step will ensure that your hair isn’t sticking up everywhere and that your defined side parted style looks deliberate.
  3. When your hair is almost fully dry, apply a strong hold gel. Use a comb to ensure that your hair stays in place. If desired, finish with a strong hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

If you need a little extra assurance that your hair will stay in place all night long, grab some strong hold hairspray and give your hair a few spritzes. I love Paul Mitchell’s Super Clean Spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any texture of hair will work for this look! However, if you have extra curly hair, you may want to stay away from this style. If you have an elongated or narrow face shape, this look will suit you.

#16 The Relaxed Faux-Hawk

Written by Carly Bowers

I call this a “relaxed” faux hawk because it’s not an extreme example of the faux-hawk style, but rather a more undone and laid back look. Faux hawk refers a gentler take on a Mohawk.

Relaxed Faux Hawk Hairstyle for Men

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair well until there is barely any moisture left.
  2. Apply a working pomade to the top of your hair and form a subtle faux-hawk peak towards the front of your hair. Again, no need for perfection here! You are going for the general look of a faux-hawk, not a perfectly placed and exact style.

Recommended Products:

I would advise trying Bumble and Bumble’s Sumo Tech. It’s a moldable product that feels a bit like a paste and will keep your hair in place all day long.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have short hair that’s fine and you still want to be able to create some sort of texture and style. If you have a round face shape, this look will elongate it.

#17 The Face Framer

Written by Carly Bowers

This hairstyle will bring all the attention to your features and face shape. Longer on top than it is on the sides, it’s a no frills look that requires virtually no styling time at all!

Short Face Framing Hairstyle for Men

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry your hair well.
  2. When there is little to no moisture left in your hair, apply a strong hold product and push the hair that is on the top of your head to one side. Don’t over do it though. The hair shouldn’t look slicked down, just generally going in one direction.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy’s GRITTY.BUSINESS product. It’s easy to shape and will leave you looking clean and manicured, but not over the top groomed!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfection if you have fine hair that’s straight and you want to keep it short and simple. Keep the top a bit longer so you have something to work with. This look really suits those with an oval face shape.

#18 Middle Parted and Modern

Written by Carly Bowers

This long look may not be for everyone, but for those of you with long locks, it’s an excellent way to show off your hair and with nearly no styling required!

Long Modern Hairstyle for Men with Middle Part

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. If you wish to accentuate your curls, apply a curl cream to wet hair. Otherwise, part your hair down the center and let hair dry naturally.
  2. If you desire more texture, apply a texture cream to the ends of your hair when it’s dry.

Recommended Products:

If you want to enhance your natural curls or waves, try Moroccan Oil’s Curl Cream. If you want the messier, more beachy wave look, spray your hair (when wet or dry) with Surf Spray by Bumble and Bumble. It will make your hair feel and look as though you’ve just come out of the ocean!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long hair that’s any texture will work for this look! Straight, curly, wavy — it will all mesh well with this style. If you have a round face, this hairstyle will make it appear more narrow.

#19 The Modernized Mullet

Written by Carly Bowers

I know, I know. Mullet!? This isn’t your typical mullet, guys. When styled properly, a bit of length in the back actually can be a good thing!

Modern Slicked Back Mullet Hairstyle for Men

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How To Style:

  1. Use a blow dryer and a flat brush to blow dry your hair back and away from your face. Brush your hair back as you are blow drying. Do this until your hair is nearly dry.
  2. Apply a strong hold gel. Don’t apply too much gel to the length in the back. You don’t want it to look like a greased back tail!
  3. Once the product is applied, use a comb to ensure that the product has been applied evenly.

Recommended Products:

Try SUPER.GOO by Kevin Murphy. It will give you a strong hold and a bit of sheen.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have long hair and want to get extra fancy for a night out. If you have a defined jawline and sharp features, try this style out! It will accentuate them nicely.

#20 Perfectly Undone

Written by Carly Bowers

This look is relaxed yet über stylish. It’s a great option if you want to keep your hair a bit long without it brushing your shoulders.

Medium Undone Hairstyle for Men

Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

How To Style:

  1. If you have naturally curly or wavy hair and want to accentuate your curls, apply a curl cream to wet hair. Otherwise, allow hair to dry naturally.
  2. Apply texture cream or Hair Resort Spray by Kevin Murphy to give a grittier, more undone look.

Recommended Products:

Hair Resort Spray gives your hair the look and feeling of having just gone for a swim in salt water.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfection for those who have wavy hair that’s not incredibly thick. A round face shape will be flattered by this look.

If you’ve had the same haircut for years, now’s the time to try something new. With 20 of the hottest guy hairstyles laid out right in front of you, you have no excuse! Don’t be afraid to step out of the box. Who knows, you might love it!