28 Cute Boys Haircuts Cool and School Ready

Little boys are full of spunk, so how about giving them haircuts that match their fun personalities? There are tons of cute and chic haircuts for boys. From short spiky strands to long layers, fades, texture, hard parts and line designs, this year’s most popular boys hairstyles and haircut photos will be on the inspiration you need for your young boy’s next haircut.

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School Ready Cool Boys Haircuts

School ready boys haircut
Instagram @chanthebarber

If you’re looking for school-ready cool boys haircuts, short hairstyles are a smart choice. Short hairstyles look good even after a long day, and they are easy to wash and style. A clipper cut fade is a cool hairstyle for little gentlemen.

Long, Side Swept Hairstyle

Long side swept hairstyle for boys
Instagram @ian.g.martinez

A long side-swept hairstyle is the perfect long haircut for boys. Longer hair is more unique for boys but is usually easy to style and doesn’t need to be cut as often as a buzz cut. A longer side-swept cut is a great transition for a boy trying to grow out his hair.

Cute Curly High Top

A curly high top
Instagram @scammellsbarbershop

High top meets curly hair, kids version. Although it probably won’t last long, haircuts are designed for special occasions. Classic meets cute, well worth it in the end. The curls provide that extra touch needed for this look.

Perfectly Patterned Waves

Instagram @alan_beak

Q&A with style creator, Alan Beak
Barber @ Ruger Barber in Tameside, UK

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

Boys want cool hairstyles for school, and this layered hairstyle is very fashion forward. The best way to describe this look would be the emphasis on texture and separation. With a lot of my work, I like to focus on contrast. This guy’s hair has amazing natural tones in it, so creating separation and enhancing the natural texture only makes it stand out.

It was important for this hair and head shape that we retain length around the crown, and this is my favorite part of the overall haircut. There is something so aesthetically pleasing about a crown that has been left longer to appreciate its natural form.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The looks that I tend to create are a lot more natural, and that goes so well with our brand RUGER. When it comes to styling the crown which can be quite troublesome, I do tend to over blow dry the area flat to keep it flat to the head, overdirecting the movement toward the front of the face.

Applying sea salt spray before drying allows me to pre-style the hair and give me extra hold before I dress the hair with a soft, water-based matte clay. Here I used RUGER Essential, which is our best selling product.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

With a particularly round head, this style was perfect him. To maintain a square and masculine shape, I made sure to retain weight around the corners of the head, intruding a square layer and keeping my clipper work quite low. I used a 1.5 guard around the back and side, blending it using clipper over comb. This allowed me to have more to work with on top. Parents looking for school haircuts will find this one perfect for class pictures.

Enhancing the natural texture of the hair means the style isn’t to be forced and can be worn that way any day and for any occasion. For kids haircuts, going to a salon and stylist who has experience cutting kids hair will give them a enjoyable time.

Stylish Surgical Lines Buzz

stylish surgical lines buzz cut for little boys
Instagram @jaf_barbers

Being a kid allows for freedom so don’t be afraid of choosing these bold cuts for the little ones. If anything it will expose him to what it means to have style and that will work wonders through the years.

As always you can adjust for visual impact by choosing between with or without the surgical lines on the sides. The buzz cut around the side and back complement the longer hair on top.

The Classic Pompadour

The classic pompadour for kids
Instagram @bastardoldschool

The classic pompadour is a great choice for kids with thick and slightly wavy hair. Products such as gel and hairspray will definitely be needed to make the hair stay put in this classic haircut. If your child’s hair is super straight this cut might not be as suitable.

Classic French Crop With a Twist

Classic french crop with a twist for boys
Instagram @chanthebarber

A classic french crop with a twist for toddlers is quite cool. It is easy to style for mornings before school. The cut is sharp with more length on top for added texture. It doesn’t need to be slicked into place. So, even if the hair gets messy from playing with other kids on the playground, it will still look stylish.

Classic Combover

Classic combover haircut for kids
Instagram @silwaya.barber.shop

A classic combover will always be on-trend to give more volume to a boy’s haircut. The length can be nicely tapered on the sides while leaving more length on top to comb up and over. Try using a medium-hold hairspray to hold in the style all day long.

Slicked Back Side Part

Slicked back side part cut
Instagram @naira_olqinyan

A slicked back side-part haircut on a young boy is distinguished and classic. A tight fade with a long top is easy to manage and also gives a put-together appearance for any young boy.

Happy Comb Over

Comb over for boys
Instagram @js_the_barberx

A boy’s short comb-over is a sophisticated hairstyle and gives a young boy a grown-up feel. With a comb-over, styling is important so before making the cut, make sure it is age-appropriate and that the little guy will be able or willing to style the hair almost daily.

Mohawk Man

Mohawk Man hairstyle
Instagram @sailingbarber

Q&A with style creator, Raymond DeCandia
Licensed Barber/Pirate @ Male Ego Barber Cafe in Tempe, AZ


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

I like to call this a “gremlin’s mohawk”. If you remember the movie “Gremlins”, there was a bad gremlin who had a little mohawk. Note that we didn’t take the sides down to the skin, so there is still some hair on the sides of his head. The hair spikes neatly up from the sides.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I actually just used a little of the Reuzel fiber pomade and some grooming tonic to get it to punk up. I tend to use matte products for haircuts like this.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

ANYONE! If you get guys or girls in your chair who is bold enough to wear a mohawk, do it! It’s fun! Kids hairstyles do not always have to be safe and plain.

Ivy League Cut with Tapered Sides

Ivy league cut with tapered sides
Instagram @salon_bergler

Try an Ivy League cut with tapered sides for a sharp and sleek appearance. This modern-day crew cut leaves a little more length on top, allowing the hair to be parted to the side, leaving a clean, groomed finish. This style is best held in place with a little gel or wax. Whether they’re playing sports or in the playground, it stays in place all day long.

Modern Pomp Line Up

A modern pomp line up haircut with a line
Instagram @javipthecfbarber

Q&A with style creator, Javier Perales
Master Barber @ Changing Faces Barbershop in Lockhart, TX


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

I would describe this haircut as a vintage look with a modern twist because the hard part to enhance the sharp lines. My favorite thing about this haircut would be the last step where I style the hair for the desired signature pomp look.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To style these haircuts, I used a locally made product called Aqua 512 Pomade. After I style the hair, I top it off with some hair sheen to give it that glossy wet look. It helps lock everything in place to give it that WOW factor.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I wouldn’t recommend this hairstyle for a boy with curly or very coarse hair. It usually suits those with straight textured hair best.

Frohawk with Burst Fade

A frohawk with burst fade is a cool and edgy haircut that matches a fun personality. Barber and stylist Gerred Curwick of Arizona says it’s perfect for natural curls.

Curwick always considers the head shape and the hair texture when working on a frohawk. “I use a lot of raking while doing my fades and setting in good guidelines on both sides. I then start blending in order to keep both sides symmetrical,” he notes.

Trendsetter High Fade With Lines

A trendsetter high fade haircut with lines on the side
Instagram @sarahdoesdooz

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Taylor
Manager @ Impressions Salon in Mequon, WI


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

I call haircuts like this a fade. My favorite thing about this style is the design that goes into it. Fade lines can be specific to the head shape or the person’s desire. Some people want their fade high and tight, while others want a fade line with longer hair as it goes up. It is highly personalized and each client can put their own personality into it. This young man requested that I put a design on the side to make it more fun, and I love that!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

As far as products go, I would use some sort of a firm hold pomade or paste to keep the top up. In addition, use hairspray to hold it in place all day through the active lifestyle of young kids. I personally love Redken Outplay or Workhard followed by Forceful hairspray for high hold haircuts.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

These haircuts are definitely for the trendsetter. Faded haircuts can work awesome on people that are willing to put in a little bit of time and feel comfortable styling. The young man that I did this on styles his own hair every day, so I knew it would work.

Personally, I think that a fade can look good on most face shapes with the exception of oblong. The look creates height, so if the face is long it is not ideal. It is also a bit more difficult to pull off this hairstyle if the hair is stick straight.

Black Retro High Top

A retro high top fade for young black boys
Instagram @f4fade

Q&A with style creator, F4Fade
Barber @ F4Fade Hair Designs in London, U.K.


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

This is a high top/flat top that has a very retro feel.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I recommend an afro comb, sheen spray to keep the shine, and possibly have your hair blow dried before cutting. I also recommend a curl sponge if you prefer the rough look or advanced sculpting gel for a softer curly look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

These haircuts are ideal for the slim type kids, but can really work on most anyone. It is perfect for those with a bubbly personality.

Tapered Hard Part Spikes

Q&A with style creator, Nic Alexander
Licensed Barber @ The Chop Shop in Milford, MA


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

This hairstyle has taken over your basic “boys regular”, really turning these young men into a gentleman. This look features a 1/4-inch fade up to the part and blended on the other side, as well as a crisp line up around ears and back. This top is cut to the desired length, then combed to the side with a froth quiff. The part is also razored in.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

For this hairstyle, I recommend using a pomade. I like to use water-soluble pomades because they have a nice shine and great hold. Also, throughout the day it can be easily reactivated to restyle the haircut with a just little bit a water and a comb. Unlike traditional pomades, water solubles wash out of the hair with ease.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hairstyle is great for anyone with straight hair, but honestly, with the right product, anything is possible! This is the type of haircut that needs to be styled, so you need to keep that in mind when deciding to take on this look. This haircut will not look the same without hair products and styling. Whether you’re just doing your day to day activities or have a special event, this hairstyle never fails to make you look sharp and classy.

High Skin Fade Twists

A high skin fade haircut with twists for little black boys
Instagram @dogpatchbarber

Q&A with style creator, Christopher Eliares
Owner and Master Barber @ The Dogpatch Barber and Shave in San Francisco, CA


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

This is a high skin fade with a sharp line up and natural top. My favorite thing about these haircuts is that it is simple yet stylish. It is easy to do as a stylist, and easy to maintain for the parent as well as the child. It is also a very trendy and cool look for the current times.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

As for the actual cutting of this look, I’d recommend the Wahl Magic Clip cordless clipper, the Wahl 5 Star shaver, and the Andis Slimline Pro trimmer. As for styling the hair, to achieve the natural twist look, I’d recommend any twist styling product such as the Twist Sponge. You may use the Sponge on dry hair, or you can apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner, gel or cream prior to applying the Sponge. You can top it off with a holding spray to really lock it in.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The natural twist look will only work on African American textured hair. It is the only texture that the Sponge will grab onto. As for the high skin fade and ton top, I’d recommend these hairstyles to someone with more of a square shaped facial structure. The height of the hair and shape of the cut will complement their face shape.

This is a very summertime look and, depending on where someone works, it may or may not work appropriate. Haircuts like this are very popular amongst the modern generation, and is popularized in hip hop culture and professional sports.

Toddler Textured

Textured haircut for toddler boy
Instagram @switch_barbershop_nobe

A toddler textured haircut is a fun style. Kiddos in the classroom will comment on your child ‘s new cut. Ask your stylist to cut the sides and back short and to cut into the top with scissors to create this style. Gel should be used to get that spikey top. Children’s hair grows fast, so you will need to get a trim every 4-5 weeks to keep it looking fresh.

Clean Disconnected

Clean disconnected cut for boys
Instagram @kartikhairsalon

A clean disconnected haircut is adorable and the perfect hairstyle for young lads. Adding a fade and letting a boy choose a design in the back lets them show their creativity and style.

Active Style

cute bowl cut for active little boys
Instagram @masterlook_89

Opt for a cute bowl cut if your little guy is active. Haircuts like this are versatile.

It’s the perfect haircut for any active boy who wants to look stylish, but doesn’t want to spend time having his hair fussed with.

Preppy Faux Hawk

A preppy Faux Hawk haircut for younger boy
Instagram @snipinto

Q&A with style creator, Julia Crowley
Hairstylists @ Snip Into in Manly Vale, NSW


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

I call this look a Preppy Faux Hawk. The best thing about these haircuts is that it can be combed into place and look neat and tidy, or roughed up to get the faux hawk haircuts style.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For the faux hawk haircuts, I recommend Eleven Australia’s Dry Powder Volume Paste because it works well for a dry textured look that is still pliable. For the more preppy combover look, I love Schwarzkopf Osis Damped because it gives a slightly wet look with good hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

These haircuts work well on kids who want a look that they can change up. It can be customised to work on fine or thick hair. It is easy to style and looks great even with no styling.

Modern Mohawk

Modern mohawk for kids
Instagram @hairbyjessmitch

Try a modern mohawk if your child wants to add character to their style. The shaved sides are clipper cut and the top is left longer, so a strong hold extreme gel will probably be needed to defy gravity. As long as product is used this cut will work on any hair type.

Cool Disconnected Undercut

Cool disconnected undercut for boys
Instagram @theblack__barbeer

A cool disconnected undercut is well-suited for boys and or men wanting a clean, sleek cut. Having straight hair compliments this cut well. It gives the appearance of a parting with a blended fade. This cut does not need loads of product for the shape to stay.

Surfer Shag

Surfer shag haircut for kids
Instagram @veromacnamara

A surfer shag is a cute cut especially if you just can’t bring yourself to cut your kiddos hair short. A longer look is also beneficial because it grows out less noticeably. So you can stretch cuts to 6-8 weeks.

Textured Crew Cut

Q&A with style creator, Joy Joanne Say
Stylist @ The Joy of Hair in London, Uk


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

This is a pared down version of skin fade haircuts with a short, texturized top. I love the level of graduation, the sharpness of it, that it’s very current, and a hell of a lot of cool. This crew cut style can work on younger and older guys alike.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For finishing haircuts like this one, I used a pomade to give it a nice, glossy and groomed appearance. A pomade also works well with the texturized top and highlighting some definition.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

These haircuts lend themselves really well to those with a rounder face as the length on top elongates the face, giving it more structure. It also suits those with a lot of thick hair. It is ideal for the gentleman with a busy life who wants a current hairstyle, but not the high maintenance home care.

Stand Up Hard Lines

Fresh Combover hairstyle
Instagram @baileybeauty_bykrista

Q&A with style creator, Krista Flores
Cosmetologistt @ Rock Paper Scissors Salon in Nampa Idaho


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

These cuts are a fresh take on the popular combover style trending now. The extra hard part and hair tattoo add uniqueness and extra style.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For this style, I recommend a hard hold pomade or gel applied to dry hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

These cuts are great for guys of all ages. It can be changed little by little for each individual client to make it work for them perfectly.

Low Taper Fade with Long Surgical Line

A low fade haircut that's tapered for
Instagram @angie_trezza

Q&A with style creator, Angela Siciliano
Senior Stylist @ Smartstyle in Reading, PA


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

The taper fade haircuts (or long-top fades) are trendy and versatile, which makes them a great cut for guys of all ages. That’s what I love about it! These cuts can be achieved using different types of fades (mid, temp, skin or bald) depending on personal preference.

Similarly, the taper fade can be combined with a variety of styles (usually a combover, mohawk, or blowout) to create any classic or modern boys cut. In this instance, I chose a combover for easy maintenance.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain and recreate these cuts, I recommend a professional texturizing or styling clay. I used Designline’s Interrupt because it works great to keep the style in place. Sexy Hair’s “Frenzy” is also a great product to use because it has a firm hold with some level of shine, but any firm hold clay will do the trick! Just add a dime-sized amount of the product to wet or dry hair and comb as desired. Easy peasy!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

In my opinion, the long top fade looks best with hair that is normal to thick. With fine hair, I find the style doesn’t come out quite as defined. In this instance, I was working with very thick hair. This haircut also compliments oval, round or square face shapes. Since the style is tight on the sides and longer on top, it adds height to the overall appearance of the face, lengthening rounder faces and softening square ones. So if you have a long and narrow face shape, this might not be the cut for you.

If you’re looking for trendy, versatile and easy to take care of cuts, then the taper fade haircut is definitely the way to go!