49 Best Short Haircuts for Men in 2018

Popular short haircuts for men in 2018 are focused on taking classic cuts and giving them a modern edge. If you have short hair, then you’re in the right place. Below, you’ll find photos of the coolest new haircuts this year from the best barbers around the world. You’ll see men’s short haircuts with fresh skin fades, undercuts, quiffs, hard parts, textured layers, unique designs and more. Get ready to be inspired and find your next cut or style!

Long on Top Drop Fade

Picture of men's short haircut that's long on top with a drop fadeInstagram @barber.josh.o.p

This men’s haircut has short sides with long top peicey texture.

Short Fade Surgical Line

A picture of a mens short fade haircut with a surgical lineInstagram @conortaaffehair

This is a well executed mens short fade haircut with a long surgical line that wraps around that creates a unique disconnected undercut.

Wavy Hard Part

Men's short and wavy hard part hairstyleInstagram @joemcbarber

This cut is a great inspiration for hairstyles for short hair men with naturally wavy hair.

Caesar Cut

Men's short caesar cutInstagram @rm_barber

Mens short hairstyles are now merging some classic looks like this Caesar cut mixed with an old school low fade.

Modern Classic Side Part

Instagram @jim_jimthetrim_williams / Photo by @caphotography

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.

Modern Flat Top

A picture of a men's short flat top haircutInstagram @nikolay_generalov

The clean bald fade gives a modern twist to the classic flat top.

Burr Cut Fade

Picture of a men's short burr cut fadeInstagram @criztofferson

There are mens short haircuts that never go out of style and this brush cut (or butch cut) is one of them.

French Crop Fade

Instagram @mtominay

This is also referred to as a men’s blunt cut.

Texture Cut

A short textured cut for menInstagram @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 that perfect for men with short wavy hair.

Short Blunt Crop

Short military style cut for menInstagram @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. Or, if you’re in the military, such as the Army, and looking for something a little edgy. 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.

Pointed Drop Fade

Mid Bald Fade

Layered Cut for Thick Hair

A mens layered cut for thick hairInstagram @patman_barber

Swept Up Fade Taper

Low Fade

Picture of a low fade men's shortInstagram @mattjbarbers

Crew Cut

Picture of a crew cut men's short hairInstagram @agusdeasis

Brushed Up for Thin Hair

Picture of a short men's brushed up hairInstagram @menco_bbr

This is a great example of clean & modern short guy haircuts with its clean lines and sharp fade. It’s a great example of trendy short haircuts for men with thin hair.

Q&A with style creator, Menco Aleksandr
Barber @ OldBoy Barbershop in Moscow, Russia

How would you describe this look?

I like this style and appearance because of the rigor!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look depends on the person’s facial features and hair texture. So for a client with this hairstyle, I advise applying grease or classic wax.

Hipster Quiff

Picture of a short men's hipster quiffInstagram @grave.dave

Q&A with style creator, Dave Brown
Barber @ Spearhead Barber & Supply in Waterloo, ON


How would you describe this look?

This is a high and tight skin fade, with a pomped top and added hard part. The fade is kept high using the round of the head along the parietal ridge to complete most of the fade. The shortest length is baby smooth skin completed with a foil shaver.

I like that this suits my client Tim (@timhutchison). It’s super clean which keeps it professional. But the bald fade and hard part add some edginess.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The biggest thing to consider is the shaved on the hard part. That’s a commitment. Are they going to be in your chair at least every two weeks for upkeep? And are they willing to commit to the regrowth or buzz cut when they want to change styles?

If a client never wears product, then this cut is not for them. I don’t mind this cut styled tight or loose, matte or shine, water-based or oil. This does work on a variety of hair types, but it does add to the morning routine for upkeep.

As for professionalism, I believe if the foundation of a quality haircut is there and maintained, no style or cut is too edgy within reason (mohawks, mullets, etc. are usually out of the picture).

The most important thing for any client in my chair is suitability. What are they wearing and what is their character like? This cut and style communicate confidence while being fashion forward with a hint of creative edge. That, to me, is a very brief, but true description of Tim.

Short Whitewalls

Picture of a short whitewalls men's shortInstagram @slimfadey__

Q&A with style creator, Slim Fadey
Barber @ Mr Barbers in Cambridge, UK


How would you describe this look?

This look features two contrasting factors within the haircut.

The first being the textured crop through the top panel. I achieved this by razoring and point cutting to create versatility in the shape and style, enabling my client to wear his hair in numerous ways.

Secondly, we created a high skin fade into our weight line, creating a seamless transition from skin to hair.

My favorite thing with this particular client’s hair and the cut we had chosen, is the color tone. It’s great to fade as the warm tones come alive when fading the hair down to the skin, it really captures the eye!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is one of the most current trends at the moment, as it’s low maintenance, yet sharp and easily suited to any hair type.

Products are a big part of pulling this look off, depending on how you want to wear it.

For a messy crop, volumizing powder is a must, alongside some very dry clay.

For a more polished look, an oil-based pomade will keep it in place all day and night.

Very Short High & Tight

Q&A with style creator, Kristen Claire
Cosmetology Student @ Empire Beauty Schools of New Hampshire in Portsmouth, NH


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a simple high and tight. My favorite thing about it would be how low maintenance it is and how it works for men of most ages.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The great part about this look is that it doesn’t require any products at all. Ask your hairdresser or barber for a high and tight and you’re pretty much guaranteed an almost identical look every time.

This haircut is pretty generic which means it would fit most men. As mentioned before, this is a low maintenance look which makes it perfect for men who don’t want to spend any time on their hair or want a more clean look.

Clean Blended High Fade

A great cut for the sporty guy.

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Kurdian
Senior Hair Artist @ Emaya Salon in Melbourne, VIC


How would you describe this look?

This is a clean cut fade. My favorite thing about it is the nice blended fade I created using my clippers and cutthroat.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The key to creating this style is tools! After shampooing and conditioning, I like to use the Cricket Static-Free Volumizer brush. Brush your hair as you are blow drying so you can manipulate the hair to sit in the style you want.

By doing this, you actually don’t need much hair product to make the hair go into position. When you apply your product (I like to use Kevin Murphy Free.Hold), less is always more! You can always add more product to your styling if you need to, but you can’t take it away.

This hairstyle can always be slightly tweaked to suit any hair type whether it’s fine, thick or medium hair texture. This look will makeover any man who wants to have a sharp but trendy look.

Mid Skin Fade with Combed Forward

Mid Skin Fade with Textured Top hairstyleInstagram @matt_rumrazor

Q&A with style creator, Matt Smith
Barber @ Rum Razor Barber Shop in Durham, UK


How would you describe this look?

It’s a mid skin fade with a short textured top. I like low and mid fades because you can really see the graduation of the fade.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I used Hairbond Mattifier to style this cut. It has a great hold but doesn’t set so you can adjust it through the day if needed.

Anyone can have this cut. It’s a nice, low maintenance cut that takes no time to style.

Hispanic Mid-Bald Fade

Mid-Bald Fade hairstyleInstagram @kyngjesse

Q&A with style creator, Jesse Lopez
Barber @ The Speak Easy Barber Lounge in Pomona, CA


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

The look I gave my client is called a mid-bald fade. I left the fade right below the temple. My favorite part about the fade would be how well blended it is from top to bottom.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Because of how short the style, is I would recommend it to be natural with no product. My client, however, likes to put in a little gel to give it that spiked look. I recommend any gel that doesn’t contain alcohol and is flake-free.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style can be a look for all hair types that want to go short as a #2 or shorter. It looks the best on oval shaped heads. I believe this look gives off a grown and mature look on men because of the length.

Low Fade

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 a longer period of time than a squared back.

Whitewalls Short Back and Sides

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 for Older Men

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.

Medium to Short Shag

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

This style features a fringe that covers part of the forehead, which is perfect for guys with a receding hairline.

The Matt

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

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

Thick Pompadour

The James Super Stylish Mens StyleImage credit: shutterstock.com

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

Short Rocker

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

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 and looks great on a round face.

Brushed to The Side

The Anthony Short Swept Back StyleImage credit: shutterstock.com

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

The Sebastian

The Sebastian Short Classic LookImage credit: shutterstock.com

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. 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.

Short Faux Hawk

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

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.

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.

The Alistair

The Alistair Classic Tapered StyleImage credit: shutterstock.com

 

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

Brushed Up

The Sean Short Sides Long TopImage credit: shutterstock.com

The cut with sides short and the top noticeably longer. It is styled up and slightly to the side without a defined part.#17 The Hector

Short Layered Look

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

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

Curly Quiff

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

This look 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.

Ivy League

The Jordan Short All Over StyleImage credit: shutterstock.com

The guys crew cut 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 Orlando

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

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

The Marcus

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

The Marcus is a tousled-looking pompadour with medium length.

Side Swept Layers

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

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

The Mark

The Mark Pompadour Styled to SideImage credit: shutterstock.com

The Mark is a pompadour styled slightly to the side and one of the more popular hairdos right now. It doesn’t seem very structured and has an airy, flexible finish.

Classic for Business

The Steve Parted to the Side Look for Straight Hair

This cut is parted to the side with a natural volume on top and the sides slicked back. Perfect for the business environment.

Spiky Messy Look

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

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

The Leo

Men's short hairstylesImage credit: PRPhotos.com

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