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26 Easy Men’s Short 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!

#1 The Brody

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This crisply parted hairstyle is combed down slick and blends into the sideburns seamlessly. Facial hair is still a strong trend in cities around the globe, and this neatly groomed look creates the complete package.

Sleek Slicked Back Hairstyle for Men

Style by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Apply a light hold gel to strands and comb through.
  2. Use a comb to create a crisp side part and comb strands back and away from the face.

Recommended Products:

Redken’s 22 Shape Factor is a tacky gel that will work well with this texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square shaped faces will be softened by this slicked back hairstyle. Thick, straight hair is the ideal hair type.

Tip:

Be a true James Dean and carry a comb in your back pocket to touch up throughout the day.

#2 The Don

Written by Shannel Mariano

This amazing haircut is so classic, it will never go out of style!

Classic Short Hairstyle for Men

Style by Alyssa Shatek, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

Classic Short Hairstyle for Men Side

Style by Alyssa Shatek, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

How To Style:

  1. Begin with damp hair that’s parted to one side.
  2. Apply a strong hold pomade or matte finish gel using your hands, then use a comb to define your part further and to help all of your hair to lay flat.

Recommended Products:

Try Paul Mitchell’s Grooming Cream for this style. It’s heavy enough to hold your hair in place, but won’t feel overly sticky.

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

If you have coarse or curly hair, this haircut could be a great option for you. It allows you to keep your hair short enough so you don’t have to worry too much about it! Any face shape would be complemented by this look.

Tip:

If you want a part that’s further defined, ask your hairstylist to shave one in.

#3 The Evan

Written by Shannel Mariano

Here’s a modern, classy take on the timeless pompadour haircut!

Modern Short Hairstyle for Men

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

Modern Short Hairstyle for Men Side

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

How To Style:

  1. Begin with dry hair that has been blown dry going back away from your face.
  2. Apply a bit of light grooming cream to your hair to add some shine and texture.
  3. Spray everything with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Unless you have very frizzy hair, you really don’t want a product that is super heavy. Try Bumble and Bumble’s Grooming Cream. It’s super light and easy to work with!

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

If you have wavy hair that is medium to thick, this look would be ideal for you. A heart or oval shaped face would complement this style.

#4 The Chris

Written by Shannel Mariano

If you have hair that is a bit curly or wavy and seems to have a mind of its own, this haircut is a great option for you.

Short Wavy Hairstyle for Men

Style by Ben White, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

Short Wavy Hairstyle for Men SIde

Style by Ben White, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Begin with damp hair.
  2. Apply a light curl enhancing cream to the longer, top section of your hair.

Recommended Products:

I love Davines Curl Enhancing Cream. It helps control frizz as well!

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

If your hair is a bit wavy and you don’t want to have to worry about it much, this is a great option for you! The sides are kept short and the top is a bit longer, allowing your natural curl to be enhanced. A square face shape could be complemented by this look.

#5 The Charlie

Written by Shannel Mariano

This style is a great option for those who want to have a trendy, stylish cut without having to do a lot of work.

Mens Short Hairstyles

Style by Haylee Moore, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

Stylish Short Hairstyle for Men Side

Style by Haylee Moore, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a strong hold gel or pomade to the top, longer section of your hair and push both sides towards the middle.
  2. If a stronger hold is desired, spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

If you want to be assured that your hair isn’t going anywhere all day long, try Gellac by Bumble and Bumble.

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

If your hair is curly, thick, frizzy or coarse and you don’t want to have to think about it, then this look is a perfect option for you. The sides are super short and the top barely has any length which makes it easy to deal with. Any face shape could be complemented by this haircut.

#6 The Johnny

Written by Shannel Mariano

This longer on the top, shorter on the sides look is a great option for almost anyone!

Short Hairstyle for Men

Style by Vanessa, Beauty by Shali, Las Vegas, NV

How To Style:

  1. Begin with dry hair that’s parted to one side.
  2. Apply a pomade or gel to your hair using your hands, then use a comb to smooth it further.

Recommended Products:

Kevin Murphy’s Sticky Business is a great product option for this style! Start with a little bit and then apply more as needed.

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

I love this look if you have fine hair that is fairly straight. An oval shaped face would be complemented by this look.

#7 The Beckham

Written by Shannel Mariano

This is a classic, business man cut styled with a lot of volume on top.

The Beckham Breitling Men's Short Hairstyles

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How To Style:

  1. Apply your favorite styling product to wet hair.
  2. With a comb, part your hair to the side.
  3. Style your hair on top of your head with your fingers, moving it upwards, back, then slightly to the side.
  4. Flatten your sides to your head and push them backwards.
  5. Air dry.

Recommended Products:

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

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

This hairstyle will look good on any face and head shape except for a triangular face shape. All hair types are suitable to this style.

#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 Man

Image 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 & 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 Matt

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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 & 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 Style

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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 & 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 Part

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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 & 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 Style

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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 & 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 Look

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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 & 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-man

Image 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 & 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 Style

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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 & 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 Top

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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 & 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 Man

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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 & 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 Style

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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 & 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 Style

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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 & 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 Finish

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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 & 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 Man

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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 & 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 Look

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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 & 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 Side

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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 & 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 Hair

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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 & 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 Man

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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 & 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 hairstyles

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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 & 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.