15 Modern Comb Over Haircuts for Men

A comb over haircut is when you have long hair on top of your head that is brushed from one of your head to the other. It usually has shorter hair around the back and sides that is often faded. It’s a classic men’s haircut that is getting a modern twist this year.

Brush it up and give it its most voluminous form or go for tapered, faded sides for that contrasted look. An all-time favorite men’s hairstyle, the comb over is popular for its versatility and flexibility, partnered with various hair length, color, and texture. The comb over hairstyle has evolved over time but still remains a classic.

How to style a comb over haircut:

  1. Start with dry or damp hair.
  2. Add a product like a high-quality pomade.
  3. Grab your standard comb and brush your hair forward.
  4. Find your hair’s natural part that’s typically just above the outside of your eyebrow (either side of the head is fine).
  5. Use your comb to create the part by combing your hair to one side of the part, and then comb the hair down on the other side.
  6. Brush your hair up in the front if you have long hair for a natural wave. If you have shorter hair, you can leave your hair down.

A must try for all ages – look sleek and suave with this hairstyle! Go on and be your most dapper with these popular photos of comb over haircuts for your next inspiration!

Long Comb Over with Undercut

Long Comb Over with Undercut
Instagram @fadealist

Warm brown hair styled in a cool cut – this look is perfect for a formal event or when you want to impress someone.

Hipster Comb Over with Beard

Hipster Comb Over with Beard
Instagram @efyourbarber

This classic look will introduce you to the world of hipsters! Keep it tapered with a fade on a sharp black hair.

High Fade

High Fade
Instagram @barberlily05

Keep a cut perfect for a fresh everyday look with this easy styling. It’s neat and definitely says who the man is. This comb over haircut is distinguished by the high fade.

Mid Fade

Mid Fade
Instagram @kaazbarber

Show that precision cut in a well sleeked back with a clean hard part which will definitely show everyone that you are the boss.

Medium Side Part

Side Part
Instagram @cutbyjake

Finding the sharpest look for men? This neat comb over hairstyle brushed to the sides is one of the most perfect and easiest groomed look you can get.

Drop Fade

Drop Fade
Instagram @barber_hache

Sleek hair faded from the temples down to the nape completes this perfect beard-style for a real gentleman look.

Low Fade

Low Fade
Instagram @silver_cutz

Show off your clean sides with striking black hair and achieve that dapper tapered look.

Bald Fade

Bald Fade
Instagram @hosea_the_barber

Stop crowds with sharp dark hair paired with neat sides. Anyone would look bolder and sleeker with this look.

Classic Comb Over Fade

Classic Comb Over Fade
Instagram @rusthemaster

This impressive style can accommodate any guy who has the class and awesomeness to wear it. Use a fade to transition neatly into a handsome beard. This classic comb over haircut can be worn by anyone.

Short Cut

Short Cut
Instagram @jds_barber89

Q&A with style creator, Jonathan Shaeffer
Student Barber @ in Colorado Springs, CO

How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a versatile one! I love hairstyles that leave options. You can really slick it back and over for a formal event or just loosely style it for a more everyday relaxed look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To anyone receiving this haircut I would say to make sure you don’t focus all your styling product in the front. That tends to be what people do. However, this look (regardless of the level of formality desired) can be easily achieved regardless of hair type with the proper styling tips:

1. Use a pre-styling product. When your hair is damp, use a small amount of styling cream or paste and spread it throughout your hair evenly.

2. Blow drying. Use medium heat and medium strength on a blow dryer and lift the hair off the scalp for volume. Then set to cool mode for cold air and direct the hair where you want it. This will lock in the style for an all-day hold.

3. Finally, apply a styling product. This is whatever styling product you prefer whether pomade, texture material, etc. take about a dime amount and warm it up by rubbing between your palms and spread it throughout your hair. Then use a comb and/or your hands to direct the hair the way you want it. Hairspray after is optional.

Comb Over with Hard Part

Comb Over with Hard Part
Instagram @xhrisdavis

Q&A with style creator, Chris Davis
Barber @ Bishops Cuts/Color in Bellevue, WA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a tapered comb over with a hard part, and the best thing would have to be the tapered nape and temple tapering. I like a sharp clean look all around with some soft blends in those focal point areas.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To successfully pull off this haircut, I would recommend a pomade for styling either with a nice shine finish or a natural matte look. This style isn’t too hard to maintain but in order to upkeep the hair, you have to comb/brush and use blow dryer combo with a product to do it correctly.

I want to say any hair type can pull this comb over hairstyle off. I personally like the dark more coarse hair, for that skin to hair contrast makes it more noticeable. This haircut can be club ready for Friday night or business orientated for meetings Monday morning. Clean, cut, and suave.

Skin Fade

Skin Fade
Instagram @trevyoo_

Q&A with style creator, Tre’ Allen
Barber @ Designer’s Original Barbershop in Navarre, FL


How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a mid skin comb over fade, and my favorite thing about this particular cut is how traditional and trendy it still is!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consider your daily lifestyle regimen, products, and styling, as well as your hair type. This comb over style is typically achievable with most hair types, but some may need the assistance of hair products. Pomades, soft or hard gels, and specific hairsprays like spritz or holding sprays are all great products to use to achieve this style!

If you are pursuing this comb over haircut but prefer to have more volume to it, you will need a strong wide tooth comb and a blow dryer to assist that desired look. But what I believe the most important factor is your daily lifestyle. This style could possibly use more maintenance throughout your day, depending on your activity load. Physical work or activity, humidity, or wetness could all affectively ruin the style, so keep that in mind! Otherwise, I recommend everyone give this haircut style a try.

Men’s Undercut

Q&A with style creator, Oscar Jarvis
Barber / Owner @ VIB Barbershop in Jacksonville, FL


How would you describe this look?

This look is a bald fade comb over with a hard part and faded beard. The greatest thing about this haircut is that the client has coarse hair, so you can see the definition of the fade.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend this comb over haircut to clients with straight hair, and to maintain this style you must use a strong holding product.

Taper Fade

Q&A with style creator, Shawn Warren
Master Barber @ Kreative Cuts & Styles in Dallas, TX


How would you describe this look?

This is a modern, professional everyday comb over haircut that can be worn in the office and a night out on the town. What I like about this comb over hairstyle is that you may also wear this spiked on top for a more edgy look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Keep this cut clean. Styling mousse can be used for upkeep. Pretty much any face shape can be worn with this as long as you have the personality to show and prove.

Disconnected Undercut

Disconnected Undercut
Instagram @el_barbero_

Q&A with style creator, Franky Abundes
Owner @ The Silent Room: A Men’s Grooming Studio in Bluffton, SC


How would you describe this look?

I love this comb over haircut because it embodies my method of barbering, which is to scatter different styles and compress them together to create a modern type of Rockabilly-style haircut. The quiff is a nod to Euro-chic men’s hairstyles. I proceed to take inspiration from my own Latin heritage in the precise razor work and skin-tight blending.

The haircut starts as a medium, bald fade, and ends in a “V” in the back, silhouetting a mohawk in the darker areas of the hair. I finished the cut with a simple design flourish to enhance the look, but not detract attention from the bald fade or disconnected quiff.

The coolest part of the haircut is the little details that were put into it. I overthink things a lot creatively, and when I create styles like this, my graffiti background takes control and shoves my ideas into a single cut. In the side profile especially, you can see the way the hard part and shadow of the fade create a wedge/triangular shape.

The hard part also runs pretty parallel to the simple design I slashed into the side, which is ironically also halfway between the beginning of the hard part and the end of the “V” fade. Needless to say, there’s a lot going on!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Styling this hair is simple, but takes time (10-15 minutes). For starters, I apply grooming tonic to wet hair. I then use a paddle brush to blow the hair against the grain until 70% dry to create volume. Then, I finish drying it with the grain to the direction I want it to flow. I continue styling by adding a volumizing powder to assist with lift. Lastly, I use the cushions of my fingertips (never smeared on with palms) to lightly apply a matte paste to hold in any fly-away hairs and a wide-toothed comb to put it into place.

This comb over haircut is definitely meant for someone who has time to do their hair. I wouldn’t necessarily deem it appropriate for the office, but perfect for any profession that allows a bit more artistic freedom. It’s a style that definitely speaks for you. It says you care about your appearance, but still have a youthful spirit.