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!

Highlighted Pomp

Highlighted Pomp hairstyleInstagram @efulton213

Q&A with style creator, Emily Fulton
Master Specialist / Colorist / Beard Tamer / Day Maker @ Ride Or Dye – An Emily Fulton Salon in Portage, MI

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

This is a classic pompadour-inspired mens cut. The basic concept is hair swept upwards from the face and worn high over the forehead, and sometimes upswept around the sides and back as well.

My favorite thing about this particular haircut is the tight fade on the sides while leaving the natural hairline without any harsh lines. I also really like the highlights we added that blend so nicely with his natural waves.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

At Sin Republic, we carry and use R+Co for the majority of our styling products.

I started with “ONE” which is a primer or a base coat. It protects your hair from everything else you’re going to do to it. Then I applied “CHIFFON”. It is my go-to because it’s the perfect lightweight mousse for volume, body and shine.

I then finished with the clay by Davines. You cannot beat their waxes, clays and pomades. I ran it through his round brushed/blown dry hair. It is the perfect matte modeling clay for creating humidity-resistant styles. I finished with a little setting hairspray and the look was complete.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is great for a fashion forward male. It does require more than your average “five minutes and out the door” styling time that most men are used to.

When I started doing hair 10 years ago, it would be few and far between that my male clientele would come in with photos and clear ideas of what they were looking for. Now it is more common than not. I think it is a beautiful thing. I always tell my men that it is ok to care, and it is ok to have an opinion. Pictures are great communication tools to help both the client and stylist to get on the same page and allows the stylist to then give professional recommendations to the client to what will suit their face shape and lifestyle the best. I never want to send someone out the door that either has no desire or time to recreate a look.

This client in particular had a mix between a square and oval face shape. I think classic, neat haircuts complement a square shape best, along with
close fades, side partings and textured layers. While incorporating some of the “ovalness”, I wanted to avoid a forward fringe and to have him wear his hair off the forehead to create some volume and angles on top.

Trendy and Stylish

Trendy and Stylish hairstyleInstagram @mechilbaby2

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Austin
Assistant Store Manager / Hairstylist @ Sport Clips in Bellevue, NE


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

The way I would describe this look is trendy and stylish.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I used a product from Style Sexy called control maniac. It has a medium shine with a medium hold and feels like a pomade.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The type of client I would recommend this style for is someone fun and outgoing. It’s perfect for someone that has an on-the-go lifestyle.

Clean Edge Fade

Clean Edge Fade hairstyleInstagram @tailored_by_ag

Q&A with style creator, Andrew Gonzalez
Barber @ Styles Hair Designers in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico


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

This look is the perfect combination between two styles. My favorite thing about this haircut is the way the clean edge up makes the faded part in the neck area stand out and gives the haircut that clean, classy finish.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To recreate this look, I recommend any matte pomade that doesn’t have a strong hold. This leaves the hair as natural as possible, manageable, and with natural shine.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

What is so great about this haircut is that fits perfectly with any hair type or face shape. I highly recommend it for those gentleman that always go with the traditional haircut with square or round shape in the neck area. Don’t be afraid of giving it that little twist.

Purple Mohawk

Purple Mohawk hairstyleInstagram @vtomb

Q&A with style creator, Valeria Tomb
Cosmetologist @ Studio 3-26 in Mesa, AZ


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

I would describe this look as edgy and fun. My favorite thing about it is the purple in the mohawk. I love men willing to put vibrant color in their hair!

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I would recommend to blow dry this first, then use a strong dry wax to set and hold the hair. If you want the style to stay standing all day, I would go over with a setting spray at the very end.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is great for men who aren’t afraid of much, and anyone looking for adventure in life. The purple always looks great on men. Women love it and it is still very masculine!

Business Casual

Business Casual hairstyleInstagram @becky_darlinglv

Q&A with style creator, Rebecca Darling
Hairstylist @ Just Hair Salon in Las Vegas, NV


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

I love the combover look because the guy can wear it as a business look and a casual look. It can be slicked back with or without volume to give a sophisticated look. It can also be messy, similar to the one in the picture for a laid back, casual look for a regular day out.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I would put a little clay in the hair from roots to ends while it’s still damp. Then I would blow dry the hair with a brush from the roots, up and over toward the back to give it the nice swoop. To finish, I would add some more clay to give it a matte look. For a shine, I would add pomade.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look will be easier to recreate for those that have longer, straight or wavy hair. Oval is the most ideal head shape, but square and round can work as well. For other head shapes, there are modified versions out there that can work to get the look the client is looking for.

As for the lifestyle, I say it’s a very versatile look. I have seen several clients with different job titles from business owner to bus boy have this look and all look incredibly sexy.

Textured Updo

Q&A with style creator, Luke Clarke
Barber @ The Grafton Barber in Drumcondra, Dublin , Ireland


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

So I would describe this look as a heavily textured updo with a nice half fade on the back and sides. There is also the option of a textured full fringe if the person was ever in the mood to leave his hair down.

I love this style of cut because you are given a choice in the way you wish to wear your hair. With the texture, wearing your hair down is always a option as it can be worn choppy and messy. Using a diffuser also helps with achieving this textured look as it both lifts the hair to give it volume, and allows different levels of hair to fall over each other giving it an unrivaled textured look.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To achieve this look, I recommend a person has a diffuser to easily achieve some lift. In regard to products, I recommend Schwarzkopf got2b Powder’ful Volumizing Powder and a powerful hair dryer. Some hairspray would also help get that extra hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for people with thick curly hair. It can work for people with straight hair too, so don’t worry! It is the ideal look for someone who likes to keep it nice and tight on the sides, but likes a longer look on top. This is a very fashionable look among young men and in Dublin, Ireland, where I’m from. You will see many fashionable young men wearing styles like these on nights out on the town.

High and Tight

High and Tight hairstyleInstagram @ryaneller_bhb

Q&A with style creator, Ryan Eller
Barber @ Barber of Hells Bottom in Washington, DC


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

I would describe this look as having an extremely tight back and sides with a lot of skin and scalp being exposed around the ear, nape, and the perimeter of the hairline. The fade and blend on the sides goes high and tight, with the majority of the blend happening high on the head. The shape on the sides is square as to not follow the round shape of the head OR create more width.

Most guys, myself included, don’t want or need anymore roundness or width to our bodies! What this angle does not show is while the back is faded tight as well, it fades lower on the head into a short, textured mohawk shape.

My favorite thing about this cut and style is its versatility. The aggressive short sides combined with the texture on top and the back allow for highly textured, disheveled, aggressive mohawk looks, or soft, smooth, refined and polished looks.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Use a pea to dime-sized amount of a lightweight putty, paste or cream with medium hold and low shine (matte finish). Rake your fingers through the hair to accentuate the texture and use finger tips to adjust and place the hair where desired. Finish with a flexible hold hairspray as desired.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a great haircut and style for short to medium length hair with fine or coarse texture. Any face shape will work great with this cut. Clients with a more round face shape will find this cut and style to lean out the face, cheeks and sides of head, making the overall shape appear less round and wide.

Because of the sneaky shape in the back of this haircut, those who have some freedom in their daily appearance will have a lot of fun making this style super messy. However, those needing a more subtle look can still achieve that through a softer styling approach.

Versatile Pompadour

Versatile Pompadour hairstyleInstagram @amigocentral

Q&A with style creator, Bertrand Augustin
Independent Barber in London, UK


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

I would describe this look as a modern pompadour. It is modern due to the more relaxed look on top and how short the hair is on the sides ,but essentially it’s just a low skin fade with none off the top.

My favorite thing about this look is the perfect blend of the classic gentleman and the modern man. The length on top says classic whilst the aggressive fade says modern, making this style easily manipulated for different environments.

Have a formal function? Slick the top and style it with a fine-tooth comb. Informal even? Run your fingers through the top with no product for that rough, messy look.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To recreate this look, I’d recommend asking your barber for a heavy, low skin fade. Adding ‘heavy’ will just ensure that the fade is not stretched out so the hair remains dark above the blend. In regard to products, I recommend a matte fiber product for hair of this length. Vo5 makes a great one.

Fiber creates a nice dry textured look which will leave the hair looking defined and under control, but as if there is no product in it! The light hold also means that you will still be able to run your fingers through it to re-style at any given time. A wide-tooth comb can also be used to comb the product through the hair which will help to achieve the defined ridges at the front of the head.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for individuals with relatively thick, straight or wavy hair. I feel this look works best with oval faces ,but still suits other face shapes too which is what makes it such a great choice for many.

The versatility of this hairstyle makes it suitable for a wide variety of people. It is perfect for the busy man who has limited time available to spend styling his hair as the look is very low maintenance and works with both formal and informal outings. It is just as ideal for the man in a suit working an office job as it is for the man in a white t-shirt with jeans and a pair of Converse meeting his friends for lunch.

Stylish Fade

Stylish Fade hairstyleInstagram @jedcutshair

Q&A with style creator, Jed Lloyd
Senior Barber @ Murdock Soho in London, UK


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

This is a fade haircut working from a one grade, tapered down to a zero at the back. The reason for the taper at the back is that it will naturally grow out tidily and keep its shape well, leaving no heavy lines. It is cut into a square shape to leave more on the corners to style. We left the fringe a little longer so that it can be styled in the direction that it feels most natural. My favorite thing about this look is that the top is texturized and choppy.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To create this look you should use a sea salt spray on damp hair. I recommend Murdock Sea Salt Spray. Then, with a hairdryer aiming down toward the crown and up for the fringe, use hot air first to dry the hair, then cold air to finish off and set the sea salt spray.

By now you’ll have a light hold on the hair, but for a little more definition and hold you could use a natural matte putty which washes out easily and doesn’t sit heavily in the hair. You’ll apply this through the whole hair working in the texture, and then again just lifting the fringe up.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style could work for any person looking for a stylish but timeless look. It requires little effort and is easily maintained. I would recommend it for aa person with straight hair as it is great to show off the texture. Taking the sides down to a fade haircut is the perfect look for summer, especially if you live a busy, sporty lifestyle.

Swept-Back & Versatile

Swept-Back & Versatile hairstyleInstagram @mykahairstudio

Q&A with style creator, Myka
Senior Stylist / Owner @ Myka Hair Studio in Werribee, VIC


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

This look is very versatile, it can be worn swept back and classical giving a professional look, or also down and off to the side for a more rugged appearance.

This is why I love this style! It gives our male clients a choice, allowing them to have different looks for various occasions.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

For this look, we used Delorenzo Styling products.

We applied Ocean Mist Sea Salt Spray to wet hair and blow-waved upwards using a round brush to create volume and hold. This can also be done using just a blow dryer and your fingers!

We then used the Delorenzo DMan Pomade which is what gives the hair shine and a medium hold, making it easy to remold the hair if necessary during the day.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is perfect for most men as it is so versatile. However, it does compliment a strong, square jawline and is also a great match for a bearded man to give a professional and stylish look. The style does need a small amount of grooming and is best suited to men who spend that extra five minutes on themselves in the morning.

Curly hair will work, but will prove more difficult to stretch the hair with a brush to create the same effect. All in all, this style can be achieved on most males and looks amazing!

Bearchic Style

Bearchic Style hairstyleInstagram @bearchic

Q&A with style creator, Robert Rea
Senior Stylist/Colorist @ Cristophe Salon Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, CA


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

I call all of my men’s cuts “bearchic” because they’re designed for the outdoorsy guy who needs to be able to achieve a touch of flair at a moment’s notice. Sort of lumberjack-meets-football player!

I really connect with this style. My favorite part of this look (on anyone) is that it’s cut very precisely, enough so that the client doesn’t necessarily need product when styling their hair. This look is perfect for the guy on the go who doesn’t want to fuss with his hair daily, however he can still look absolutely smashing for an event and turn heads with that clean cut look.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Blow dry! I’m not sure why so many men are clueless about blow dryers, but it’s a quick way to get a flawless look. Due to the fact that I use a lot of freehand sculpting, the sides usually don’t require any product.

For those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, my favorite products for this look would include Kevin Murphy Easy.Rider for softer fine hair, ELEVEN Matte Texture Paste for medium to normal hair with more of a messy texture, and Oribe Fiber Groom for any hair type to achieve a more classic and polished look.

If you’re worried about it moving, just finish with hairspray. And if you’re thinning on top, try topical fibers to make the thinner areas appear more dense.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is suitable for most face shapes and lifestyles. I would just recommend tailoring the cut to your head shape if the pictured version doesn’t work specifically for you. For example, you could do a low taper instead of a high fade if you need to fill in more space on the sides of your head.

Some of my clients prefer the hair on top be rather short, maybe one to two inches, while others can handle the top being four to five inches long. Either way, don’t be afraid to discuss your hair goals with your barber or stylist. Hair is an accessory to not only suit your mood, but to reflect who you are at various stages in life.  It can (and should) evolve, as all things do.

#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 GuysPhoto 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 CurlsPhoto 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 PartPhoto 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 PartPhoto 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 MenPhoto 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 MenPhoto 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 PartPhoto 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 MenPhoto 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 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 MenPhoto 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!