31 Easy Men’s Short Haircuts & Hairstyles for Work and Play

Men’s grooming has definitely reached new levels. More and more men have been breaking out from the crowd with their own personal style.

Men have been experimenting with new haircuts, products and even learning to style their hair different ways. Men’s short hairstyles are no exception to this trend. Here are some ideas to get your own personal style started!

French Crop Fade

Instagram @mtominay

Short & Zen

short and zen haircutInstagram @alan_beak

A haircut that could portray a friendly, slow moving, soft snowed avalanche. Keeping the hair short and having it move in the same pattern creates a feeling of order and calm.

Short Natural Waves

short and natural waves haircutInstagram @topchoppertommy

Natural waves of hair, as if you’ve run your fingers through it and this is just the way your hair has set as a result. Great contrast between what appears to be unintentional and a feeling of classical glamour pouring out the curvy hair.

Short Blunt Crop

Short, blunt crop haircutInstagram @aaron_hardgrind

If you’re looking to go under the radar, not leave a mark and just be neutral, this is the cut for you. Give it a second thought and see that none of the above are offensive, sometimes these are required and suited for certain stages of your life. Short hair for men will always have a place.

Modern Classic Side Part

Instagram @jim_jimthetrim_williams

Old school cool. This haircut would be sported by James Dean’s son, if he existed. Some simple classic sides provide the silent stage for a bold and theatrical middle section. A cut to be worn with the matching attitude.

Tapered Neck

Q&A with style creator, Erik Zaiatz
Owner @ Bostonian Barber Shop in Boston, MA

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

This is a tapered neck.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

No products are needed to recreate this look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Some clients prefer this look squared in the back. The tapered cut looks good for longer period of time than a squared back.

Traditional Mid-Fade

Q&A with style creator, Esteban Pineda
Barber @ Lifestyle Studio in Yuba City, CA


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

This mid-fade is a traditional haircut. It has came a long way for many years. It’s simple, clean, and a very common hairstyle. My favorite thing about this haircut is how I transition the hair from a light to dark effect. I give it a light drop toward the back of the head to show more of a symmetric feel.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I use an Andis Supra cordless machine to cut the top down with a #3 blade. Balding out the bottom, I start with the Andis M3 trimmers and finish it with the Andis shaver to give it the smooth look. To finish off, I fade the entire haircut with my Andis Masters, which are one of my favorite clippers.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?%0D%0A

Anyone can get this haircut. It’s an original haircut that has been around for quite a while. I recommend it on someone that has thick, dark hair because it will show the transition better than it would on light colored hair.

Also note that there are very many different head shapes and some can show different results with bumps on the canvas or shadows that are given off for the client’s head.

Textured Fade

Textured Fade hairstyleInstagram @terrystonsorial

Q&A with style creator, James Terry
Master Barber / Hairstylist @ Terrys Tonsorial in Hilton Head Island, SC


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

This look is short, textured, easy to style and natural. My favorite thing about this look is the transition. The top and the majority of the sides were cut with scissors, which adds to the texture, structure and overall shape. This is as opposed to to a clipper which would make each hair uniform. The transition at the nape where it’s faded makes this textured haircut look natural and in place.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

A good blow dryer is half of the work. Most of this styling has to do with drying the hair in different ways, especially around the top cowlick so that it doesn’t stick out.

The product used was actually an upcoming product of mine that I have been working on on the side. It is a natural matte hairstyling paste without any of the harmful chemicals. I’m super excited to release it in the near future!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This client’s hair is thick and curls up when it’s longer, so this look is definitely for someone who is similar and has too much hair to handle. This client was also looking for something that’s easy to style while he’s running around the city, so we agreed this was the best look for him.

Classic Taper Fade

Classic Taper Fade hairstyleInstagram @theleftybarber

Q&A with style creator, Dalton
Barber @ The Art of Men’s Cuts in Bryant, AR


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

This is a classic taper fade, a timeless haircut. My favorite thing about this classic look is that you can watch a movie from 20 years ago and see people rocking it, all the way to today.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

This look requires little to no product. Most taper fades are low maintenance, even with tapered sideburns and a tapered nape. However, they can be more versatile with longer hair on top, such as twisted hair, hi tops, shaped longer hair, and even straight hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?%0D%0A

I recommend a tapered haircut for every client. Does it have to be skin tapered in the sideburns? No, but I always do a little taper. This hairstyle works well with curly hair, as well as straight hair. The low and even hair with a taper works well for people who do not want a lot of effort for their hair to look good.

Skin Tight Fade

Skin Tight Fade hairstyleInstagram @jerameel_louis

Q&A with style creator, Jerameel
Master Barber @ Yandy Blendz Barber Salon in Kissimmee, FL


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

This look is a skin tight fade with a faded beard. I love the cleanness of the fade, but my favorite part is the faded beard. I like to see a smooth transition from hair into beard, so I faded the beard to give it that clean, perfect look.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I love using Pacinos Pomade. Blow dry the top and then apply a little bit of Pacinos Pomade to style it.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hairstyle really goes with any hair type or face shape because is a classic look made modern. If you can’t cut it this short because of the type of job you have, you can always do the same style but a little longer to make it work. In my opinion, this cut looks best when the fade is skin tight.

Mid Fade Combover

Mid Fade Combover hairstyleInstagram @sean_dabarber

Q&A with style creator, Chris Edwards
Traveling Barber in Toledo, OH


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

This look is very casual, clean and sleek. I like to tell my clients that this haircut will go with any style. This hairstyle is a combover with a mid fade.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To achieve maximum hold for this hairstyle, I’ve used Moroccan Oil Smoothing Lotion and Moroccan Oil Molding Clay. These two products have great ingredients, great smell, great texture, and great hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this hairstyle to my clients that have longer straighter hair. This hairstyle isn’t ideal for individuals with curly hair. If you’re into business or sales, this is a go-to haircut for you.

If you’re indecisive about what style to go with, a mid bald fade with a comb over is what I recommend and the customers are always satisfied.

Tapered Razor Cut

Q&A with style creator, Jess Herold
Master Hairstylist/Session Artist/Colorist @ Jess Herold’s Chair in Marion, IA


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

This is a tapered razor haircut with longer texture and movement. My favorite thing about this look is that it is effortless styling for men because of the textured length. It shows both a tailored business side and a casual carefree side of a man.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I styled with V76 Control Balm when wet and finished with Liquid Dust spray by Unite. Control Balm has a nice hold factor and a fibrous creamy consistency, yet is easy for the gentleman to apply. The Unite Liquid Dust is a spritz that shows off the texture and definition of the cut. It is also easy to apply. Less product is more with the male clients.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a very versatile hairstyle. It works best for the clients that have medium to thick hair texture. It works on most face shapes, although it can elongate a rounder face because it adds height on top. This can be a great cut for for anyone from the business professional to the guy going out on the town.

#8 The Jacob

Written by Shannel Mariano

This style features a fringe that covers part of the forehead.

The Jacob Sideswept Short Style for a ManImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair.
  2. Power dry your hair with a blow dryer or air dry.

Recommended Products:

The Cream is a styling conditioner that gives light hold and helps build some body into the hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will compliment triangular and longer face shapes with any hair type really well.

#9 The Matt

Written by Shannel Mariano

This hairstyle is parted to the side with volume just at the very front. It’s semi-matte finish gives it very natural look.

Trendy Short European Mans Style The MattImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Apply your favorite product to damp hair.
  2. Part your hair to the side.
  3. Blow dry the sides of your hair downwards with a comb.
  4. Blow dry the top to the side while lifting the hair to give it volume.

Recommended Products:

Clean Cut is a medium hold styling cream that will give you a natural, semi-matte finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes and hair types will look good in this hairstyle.

#10 The James

Written by Shannel Mariano

This pompadour is slightly styled to the side without a defined part.

The James Super Stylish Mens StyleImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Apply a product to build volume on wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair on top upwards and back with a brush.
  3. Blow dry the sides with a brush backwards and flat against the head.
  4. Apply a styling product with fingers to the hair.
  5. Style the top with fingers upwards, back, and slightly to the side without a prominent part.
  6. Flatten the sides backwards against the head shape with a comb.
  7. Detail the top with a comb.
  8. Use hairspray for extra hold.

Recommended Products:

Reformer is a strong hold styling product that gives great texture and a matte finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Hair that is medium to high in density will style easily with this look. All face shapes, except for really long face shapes, will look good in this style. Egg-shaped heads, characterized by a pointy head, will look balanced with this style.

#11 The Raphael

Written by Shannel Mariano

Keeping some length on top gives you many options when it comes to styling. This look is styled forward with lots of texture and definition.

The Raphael Short Style with Side PartImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Apply a lightweight texture product to dry hair.
  2. Detail the style with fingers.

Recommended Products:

Spray Wax is basically wax in an aerosol can. Its delivery allows for an even and controlled distribution of wax in the hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Triangular face shapes with hair that is medium in density will look great with this style.

#12 The Anthony

Written by Shannel Mariano

Here’s another haircut with length left on top. This one is brushed to the side with texture instead of being slicked.

The Anthony Short Swept Back StyleImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Apply a product with little hold to dry hair.
  2. Part the hair to the side.
  3. Using your fingers like a comb, style the hair on top to the side.
  4. Flatten the sides backwards.
  5. Use hairspray to keep your style in place throughout the day.

Recommended Products:

Clean cut is a styling cream with a semi-matte finish. It gives a natural finish and subtle texture without looking overdone.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will suit any face shape and any hair type.

#13 The Sebastian

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Sebastian is the same exact haircut as The Anthony except here the top is styled upwards and back and the sides are slicked to the back.

The Sebastian Short Classic LookImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Using a round brush, blow dry sections of the hair on top upwards and back.
  2. Blow dry the sides with a regular brush backwards and flat against the head.
  3. Evenly distribute a small amount of styling product to the hair.
  4. With a regular brush, slick the hair on top toward the center.
  5. Slick the hair on the sides backward.
  6. Detail with a comb.
  7. Use hairspray for extra hold.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Finishing Spray will definitely hold a pompadour in place all day and give it some shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle will make wider face shapes appear narrower, and long face even longer. Hair that is medium to coarse in texture and medium to high in density will style best with this look.

#14 The Nathaniel

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Nathaniel is a lohawk on top, but transitions into a mohawk in the back.

the-nathaniel-retro-style-for-a-manImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Blow dry wet hair upwards and to the center.
  2. Apply a styling product and style the hair upwards and to the center with fingers.
  3. Pinch pieces of hair to add more texture.

Recommended Products:

Reformer is a exturizer with a matte finish. It gives powerful hold and also bulks up fine or thin hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heads that are pointy on top should avoid this hairstyle. It will emphasize its pointiness even more. Long faces will look longer with a mohawk. An oval face shape with hair that is medium to coarse in texture and medium to high in density will look best with this style.

Tip:

So what is a mohawk, fauxhawk, lohawk and a frohawk? A hair is cut into a mohawk when there is a clear disconnection between the section of the hair that is left long and the sides.

A fauxhawk isn’t a haircut. It is a style. Any haircut is styled into a fauxhawk when the top is styled to the center. It is basically a fake (faux) mohawk.

A lohawk is similar to a mohawk except it gradually transitions and connects to the sides. There is no clear distinction or disconnection of the shortest length and the longest.

A frohawk is a lohawk with hair texture that is really curly.

#15 The Alistair

Written by Shannel Mariano

This is a classic, tapered style with volume and a lot of texture.

The Alistair Classic Tapered StyleImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Power dry the hair lifting the hair in front upwards.
  2. Evenly distribute the product to the hair.
  3. Style the front upwards and slightly to the side with fingers.
  4. Flatten the sides downward with fingers.
  5. Detail the hair with fingers.

Recommended Products:

Construction Paste is a flexible, webby mesh styler with that is perfect for messy, undone styles.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square face shapes will look best in this hairstyle. Longer face shapes could appear longer due to the height on top of the head.

Wider face shapes can look wider due to the thickness on the sides of the head. Hair that is medium to coarse in texture and medium to high in density will look best in this style.

#16 The Sean

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Sean is cut with sides short and the top noticeably longer. It is styled up and slightly to the side without a defined part.

The Sean Short Sides Long TopImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Begin with wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair on top upwards with your fingers or a brush.
  3. Apply a styling product to hair.
  4. Style the hair on top upwards, back, and slightly to the side with fingers.
  5. Style the hair on the sides downward and flat against the head shape.

Recommended Products:

Reformer is a strong hold styling product that gives texture and a matte finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will look good on any face shape with hair that is medium in texture and density.

#17 The Hector

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Hector features length on top, short sides, a blunt perimeter and a tapered back. It is styled with some height and texture in the front.

The Hector Short Dramatic Style for a ManImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to hair.
  2. Style the top forward and up.
  3. Detail the hair with fingers.
  4. Use a hairspray to hold the style in place.

Recommended Products:

Construction paste is a flexible mesh styler with fibers that add texture to hair without it looking over styled.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium to high in density with medium texture will work best with this style.

#18 The Dylan

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Dylan has short sides and a really long top. The top is styled with volume, texture and bend. The sides are styled slicked to the back.

The Dylan Wild Look for a Man Short StyleImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Blow dry sections hair on top with a round brush upwards and back.
  2. Blow dry the sides and back with fingers.
  3. Evenly distribute a small amount of product in hair.
  4. Comb the hair backwards with fingers and detail.
  5. Use hairspray for extra hold.

Recommended Products:

Construction Paste is a flexible webby, mesh styler with that is perfect for messy, undone styles.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes except for triangular and longer shapes will look good in this style. The hair must be medium in texture and medium to high in density for it to look best in this style.

#19 The Jordan

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Jordan is short all over and has the top gradually get longer as it reaches the front. The top is styled forward and transitions upward as it reaches the front.

The Jordan Short All Over StyleImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Apply product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a comb lifting the pieces in front upward.

Recommended Products:

Tea Tree Shaping Cream is a styling product with strong flexible texture with a matte finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face and head shapes except for egg-shaped heads will look good in this style. All hair types will be able to be easily styled into this look.

#20 The Orlando

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Orlando is a high pompadour with a high shine finish.

The Orlando High Pompadour with Shiny FinishImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Blow dry sections of hair backward with a round brush.
  2. Blow dry the sides backwards and flat against the head.
  3. Evenly distribute a small amount of product to the hair.
  4. Brush the hair backwards and detail.
  5. Once you have achieved your desired shape and style, use hairspray to hold it in place.

Recommended Products:

If Extra-Body Finishing Spray is strong enough to hold women’s updos, it for sure is strong enough to hold a men’s pompadour.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

An egg-shaped head will be balanced with this style and cut. Longer faces will appear longer due to the height created on top of the head. Hair that is medium to coarse in texture and medium to high in density will style best with this look.

#21 The Marcus

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Marcus is a tousled-looking pompadour.

The Marcus Upswept Style for a ManImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Blow dry sections of hair backward with a round brush.
  2. Blow dry the sides backwards and flat against the head.
  3. Evenly distribute a small amount of product to the hair.
  4. Brush the hair backwards and slightly to the side.
  5. Detail the hair.
  6. Once you have achieved your desired shape and style, use hairspray to hold it in place.

Recommended Products:

Construction paste is a flexible, mesh styler with fibers that add texture to hair giving it a messy, undone look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes except for longer ones will look good with this hairstyle. Hair that is medium to coarse in texture and medium to high in density will look best in this style.

#22 The Jason

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Jason is a haircut with short sides and a noticeably long top. It is styled into a fauxhawk.

The Jason Longer on Top Cropped LookImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Evenly apply a small amount of styling product to the hair.
  2. Style the hair on top upwards and detail it to add some texture.
  3. Flatten the sides and the back down against the head shape.

Recommended Products:

Reformer is a texturizer with a matte finish. It gives powerful hold and also bulks up fine or thin hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Egg-shaped heads should avoid this style as it could make the top of the head appear pointier. Longer face shapes may appear longer depending on the height created on top.

All other face and head shapes should look great in this hairstyle. To be easily styled, the hair must be medium to coarse in texture and medium to high in density.

#23 The Mark

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Mark is a pompadour styled slightly to the side. It doesn’t seem very structured and has an airy, flexible finish.

The Mark Pompadour Styled to SideImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Apply a volumizing product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair on top upwards and back.
  3. Blow dry the sides and back down and flat against the head shape.
  4. Evenly apply a styling product to the hair.
  5. Brush the hair on top backwards.
  6. Mist hair spray on the style once you have achieved the shape you like.

Recommended Products:

Construction Paste is a flexible, webby mesh styler with that will allow your pomp to have an airy, flexible finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face and head shapes should look good in this style. Long face shapes may appear longer due to the height on top of the head. Hair texture that is medium to coarse and density that is medium to high will easily be styled into this look.

#24 The Steve

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Steve is parted to the side with natural volume on top and the sides slicked back.

The Steve Parted to the Side Look for Straight HairImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Apply product to dry hair.
  2. Part hair to the side with a comb.
  3. Comb the hair on the sides backwards.

Recommended Products:

Clean Cut is a medium hold styling cream with a natural, semi-matte finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Most head and face shapes will look good in this hairstyle. This style will not be able to balance out a round face shape. The thickness on the sides and the lack of volume on top will only emphasize roundness. Any hair density and texture will look good in this style.

#25 The Adam

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Adam is the epitome of texture. It also features some highlighted pieces that help the hair look even more textured.

The Adam Texturized Style for a ManImage credit: shutterstock.com

How to Style:

  1. Evenly apply a styling product to dry hair.
  2. Spike hair upwards with fingers.
  3. Detail the hair by piecing it out, twisting and pinching pieces together.

Recommended Products:

ESP, which stands for Elastic Shaping Paste, creates bendable texture. You can spike, twist, bend, separate or define your hair without the very structured crunchy and hard finish look and feel.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Most head and face shapes will look good in this style. This style will not be able to balance out a triangular shaped face.

The volume on the sides and top will make the top portion of the head and make the bottom part of the face seem even narrower. Hair that is medium to coarse in texture and medium to high in density will look good in this style.

#26 The Leo

Written by Shannel Mariano

The Leo is a classic businessman haircut with a Mad Men-inspired style.

Men's short hairstylesImage credit: PRPhotos.com

How to Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Part the hair to the side with a comb while keeping the very front slightly lifted.
  3. Comb the sides backward and flat against the head shape.
  4. Air dry.

Recommended Products:

Barber’s Classic is a high shine pomade with moderate hold that is perfect for curls and waves.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes and square face shapes will look red carpet ready with this hairstyle. To be easily styled, the hair density and texture should be medium.

One of Paul Mitchell’s slogans is so true: “Style isn’t born, it is groomed.”

If you want incredible, head-turning hair, you need to put some thought and work into it. Next time you get a haircut, make sure to pay attention to how your hair is styled and don’t be afraid to ask questions.