The Line Up Haircut: 16 Awesome Examples

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Wondering what a line up haircut is? It’s a type of haircut where the hairline is cut into a straight line. Using an electric razor or clippers, straight lines and sharp angles are created around the forehead, temples, sideburns, and neckline. This makes all of the edges around your hair “line up” and creates a clean look compared to keeping your natural hairline.

Sometimes known as the shape up or edge up, this type of cut is gaining fame for its super clean finish and its razored edges especially when combined with a skin fade and sharp angles at the temples.

Incorporating the line up to your favorite hairstyle can result in the whole look popping out. Plus, the extra contrast and definition can add up to the natural shape of the face, showing off those masculine features.

The line up is one of those versatile styles that work on any haircut, particularly with shorter lengths. “[Shorter] hair would be better or ideal to line up,” says Elite barber and Visionz Barbershop owner Jose Tapia, “but line ups don’t discriminate towards any length of hair.” Whether it’s a man bun or a buzz cut, it’s guaranteed you’ll get a clean edge and a defined look at the end.

“Short hair line ups are very low to no maintenance,” he adds. Keep it fresh by giving your barber a monthly visit, but make sure that your barber “doesn’t go too far in on the line up, keeping it as natural as possible.” You wouldn’t want a hairline that’s too high.

Here are some of the most popular line up haircuts for your inspiration:

Double Line Up

double lineup haircut
Instagram @maicon_barbeariapaiva

The fade matches everything here. Peep that double line traversing through the brows?

A Fresh Line Up

Fresh line up haircut
Instagram @kevinkirwan_hair

Almost looking like a Caesar cut, this fine man is blessed to rock out blunt edges. Not all can do that but those who do really stand out!

Line Up Taper Fade

line up taper haircut
Instagram @omithebarber_

Keep the angle looking sharp while having that smooth drip on the sides. Can’t get any better than this!

Lined Up Undercut

Undercut line up
Instagram @gunnerthebarber

The sides of this cut would make for a great grow out.

Ultra Clean Up

Ultra Clean Up
Instagram @max_dossantos

When you got this swag of a cut, no one- and I say, no one- got a thing on you.

The Buzz Cut with Mid Fade

Buzz cut with line up and mid fade
Instagram @steezecuttme

Lay the foundation on top with kinked up hair, then shave it til it’s clean at the sides. Add some designs for that ultimate drip-drip.

With Awesome Hard Part

With Awesome Hard Part
Instagram @abrahamm_espinozaa

Aside from framing the face, the line up can be mixed with varied styles to create balance. The hard part in this one takes the spotlight to the pomp up top, which softens the whole look.

For Naturally Curly Hair

Curly hair link up haircut
Instagram @barberosupremo

Seriously, we’re not asking much. A flawless fade, clean edges, plus the curls, and we’re good.

Flat Top with Skin Fade

Flat top line up with skin fade
Instagram @jordantabakman

Too cool for school with a fresh look of perfectly formed hedge and a sweet fade.

Comb Over Cut

Line up comb over haircut
Instagram @mohammad__fathi_

A modernized take on your comb-over. A classic part made catchy by the blunt line down the shaved end.

Afro Line Up for Black Guys

Afro lineup haircut
Instagram @ibrothersbarbearia

The classic hairstyle for a young afro man. The simplest styles are really the timeless ones.

Sharp Line Up

Sharp Line Up
Instagram @rawbthebarber

Q&A with style creator, Rob Ramirez
Barber Owner @ Humble Beginnings Barbershop in Turlock, CA

How would you describe this look?

The look is a very popular cut called the gentleman’s cut made of razored skin-tight sides with a nicely done hairline. Never push back!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would definitely recommend leaving some length on top, as you want it long enough to style. I also recommend pomades and buying a nice brush and blow-dryer for a nice look.

Line Up with Fade

Line Up with Fade
Instagram @califreshcutz

Q&A with style creator, Javier Hernandez
Barber / Stylist @ The Rich Barber Hair Studio in Sacramento CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a classic, stylish, and modern hairstyle. Fades have been going around for years, and they’re stylish because they bring up your style and you can never go wrong with a fade. Fades, up to this date, are still really popular, and I don’t see them going away.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consider if you have the proper hair and length on top to style it. Use the right products to style your hair. I think you can never go wrong with a fade depending on what face shape you have, and it’s mind blowing how a nice haircut will change your personality and the way you look and feel about yourself.

Line Up with Designs

Q&A with style creator, Michael Kelly
Owner / Artist @ M.R.K. The barber in El Paso, TX


How would you describe this look?

This look is extremely short, neat, and urban – a number 4 guard on top and a skin fade on the side. My favorite thing about this cut is that it allows me to show off my ability to create clean lines and smooth transitions. It just pops, and it’s something that really grabs your attention right away.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut is definitely for someone who wants a bold look and who likes to frequent the barbershop. This look may take minimal effort because of how short it is, but it does need to be re-cut and lined within two weeks at most. I would suggest this cut to anyone who has a round shape head, strong jawline, or someone who doesn’t have too many dips or indentations. Typically, people who work hard and long hours like this look because it requires almost zero time to style. Definitely, a get-up and go cut!

With a Beard Fade

With a Beard Fade
Instagram @thatbarbernate

Q&A with style creator, Nate Alexander
Barber / Stylist @ 11/11 Men’s Grooming in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look?

In this haircut, Chris asked for a slick traditional side part with a modern mid-drop fade blended down into his beard and a medium to long length up top. What I enjoy most about this style is the contrast from a full dark top into a bald finish highlighted by the arch around his temporal.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is perfect for someone who has a business meeting in the morning and a hot lunch date at noon. Ideally, straight to wavy hair and a strong face structure will make this hairstyle stand out. With a shiny pomade or strong hold gel, this low maintenance haircut can get you through a long day whether it be at work in an office or a Sunday fun day cookout.

Line Up with Long Hair

Line Up with Long Hair
Instagram @omarbarberdiaz

Q&A with style creator, Omar Diaz
Barber @ Omar Barber Diaz in Worcester, MA


How would you describe this look?

The look I made was based on the type of face and the size of the head. The style is a pompadour, and I chose it for the volume of the hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Since he is a client with a lot of hair volume with a thin face and short forehead, I decided to make a high degrade with a very clean shade. First, I cut the hair at 90 degrees with angles of 45 degrees, then I made texture cuts near the nape and half of the hair already cut to remove weight. Then, I did the fade with a line on the forehead.

After finishing the cut, I washed the hair then dry and polish until the hair is shiny. Finally, use a matte wax of the Pacinos brand and a strong and fast drying spray. I chose the style because the client knows how to handle his own hair.