The comb over haircut is a style where the hair is parted on one side and combed over to the year. Similar to the classic side part, the haircut typically has longer hair on top and more volume. This haircut usually has shorter hair around the back and sides that are often faded. It’s a classic men’s haircut 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 lengths, colors, and textures. Comb overs have evolved but remain a classic.
How to style a comb over haircut:
- Start with dry or damp hair.
- Add a product like a high-quality pomade.
- Grab your standard comb and brush your hair forward.
- Find your hair’s natural part that’s typically just above the outside of your eyebrow (either side of the head is fine).
- Use your comb to create the part by combing your hair to one side of the part and then combing the hair down on the other.
- 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.
Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of this year’s most popular comb over haircuts.
#1: Old School Combover
The old-school combover is a style that will remain classic and always be on trend. This style suits men with a strong hairline and will also create height in the fringe to compliment your rounder face shape. However, please remember that avoiding the height in the fringe is recommended if you have a long face shape. You can avoid elongating your face by keeping the comb flatter and closer to your scalp.
#2: Silver Fox Comb Over
Choose the silver fox comb-over for a timeless, low-maintenance hairstyle. Its popularity rests in its flexibility. You may opt for varying shorter lengths at the sides and a top that’s just slightly longer to create contrast. If you prefer, add more texture to the top with an edgy point cut, or maintain the classic comb-over look with a blunt cut. If your hair is fine, use matte clay for styling. For coarse hair, use pomade to add shine, provide hold, and hydrate your hair.
#3: Bold Combover for Long Hair
Men with long hair who want to make a bold statement should consider the stylish bold combover. This hairstyle features a sharp contrast between longer hair on top and shorter sides, which conveys confidence. Guys with thick hair can best carry off the bold combover because this hairstyle relies on hair volume and structure. To achieve this style, ask your stylist for a fade that gradually transitions from the sides to longer hair on top. The longer hair on top sets the stage for distinctive styling. Brushing your hair to one side gives you a classy yet fearless look. This style is a good option if you need to keep your hair off your face.
#4: Combed Over and Back with a Hard Part
A hairstyle that combines a combed-over look and a hard part offers a modern twist on a classic style. This adaptable style showcases a sleek, smoothly combed-over side that maintains a polished finish. A hard part adds definition and sharpness to the look, creating a clean and precise appearance. This hairstyle works best for men with medium to long hair lengths, as it requires enough length to be styled and swept back. Remember to book another appointment with your barber 4-6 weeks in advance to keep this style fresh.
#5: Handsome Comb Over for Older Men with Glasses
The classics never die. This handsome comb-over for older men with glasses is that of the old-school pompadour. The back and sides have been taken short and blended into the top. Plenty of length has been left for the voluminous comb over. You will need to spend time styling this and use some decent product so ask for advice from your barber.
#6: Classic Comb Over with a Beard Fade
Ask about this classic comb-over with a beard fade for a style that provides versatility and a sharp look. Keeping the hair on top long and combing it over to one side adds volume and texture to the hair. The shorter sides and back fade into the beard for a seamless transition. This style works best for those with thick hair. It allows for better control and definition with the longer length on top. For added texture, ask your stylist to point cut and use a matte hair product to hold the style in place. Matte paste still allows for movement. A beard fade adds dimension to the overall look if you have facial hair. It also helps to elongate a round face with slimmer sides.
#7: Casual Comb Over for Young Men
For young men looking for a polished yet relaxed haircut, a casual comb-over is perfect. This style features longer hair on top, swept back and to the side, creating a clean and refined look. The shorter sides provide a contrast and can be tailored to your preference, whether with a low, mid, or high fade. A casual comb-over works well for those with straight or wavy hair and can help elongate the face. If you don’t mind adding texture and volume, ask your stylist to point-cut the hair on top. To style, apply a small amount of pomade or wax through the hair and use a comb to sweep back gently.
#8: Laid Back Combover Cut
Office, date night, or a daily go-to, this laid-back combover cut has what you need. And you can get it at just about any of your local barbershops. If you’ve never been to a barbershop before, I suggest asking your barber for a half faded into a 2 with a combover on top. Your barber should be able to give you a recommendation on a length on top that is suitable for your texture.
#9: Sexy Gentlemen Combover
The sexy gentlemen’s combover is a classic and easy-to-maintain style. They are generally faded quite high, leaving a bit of weight for the parting. If you want a parting shaved in, then ask because only some barbers will do it as part of the cut. Enough length is then left for the combover. You want it to be shorter; otherwise, it tends to flop. I suggest using a strong pomade for hold and a glossy finish.
#10: Sharp Disconnected Comb Over
Hair enhancements are becoming widely popular, as can be seen in this sharp disconnected comb-over, and with the evolving techniques, you can wear your hair to perfection. The parting and the hairline edges have been razored in with a cutthroat. The top has been blown over and set with hairspray. The way to create the texture is to use a wide-tooth comb. Some barbers will use a dark spray tint on the edges to enhance the sharpness. This will wash out easily, so you must maintain this at home.
#11: Slicked Back with a Beard Fade
If you’re looking for a new hairstyle, one of the best men’s comb-over haircuts is slicked back with a beard fade. The best part about this cut is that you can wear it to work or a night out on the town, as it’s always classic and attractive.
#12: Brown Comb Over with Short Sides
The comb over with short sides is a classic, tidy style to suit nearly any man in any walk of life. This is the most asked-for style and the easiest to maintain. The sides have been taken down to a grade one and blended into the top. The style will hold longer if you blow-dry the fringe, but it’s unnecessary. Any product can be used. It’s all down to the wearer’s preference.
#13: Stylish Long Comb Over with Undercut
Warm brown hair styled in a cool long comb over cut – this look is perfect for a formal event or when you want to impress someone. Such length is also ideal when hiding a bald spot.
#14: Short Combover with a Beard Fade
This short combover with a beard fade has faded to the skin around the ears and neck, then transitioned very tightly into the scissor work. The top is cut in a uniform layer graduating into the back. No texturizing has been used here, as the top has been left heavy. The beard has faded tightly from the hair to the chin; this compliments the skin fade nicely. Some maintenance will be required for this one as the style will stand out better, keeping the fade fresh, so a visit every 2-3 weeks will be needed. The top will be held in place with a heavy pomade, creating the shine and hold.
#15: Comb Over for Thick Hair
A comb over for thick hair is great when wanting a longer hairstyle for thick hair. Thick hair can be hard to manage at times, but when grown to the right length, a comb over is very eye-catching with thicker hair. Styling could get a little lengthy because of the thickness, but, all worth it.
#16: Receding Hairline with Comb Over
A receding hairline with a comb over makes a great haircut for men suffering from this problem. Finding a style to hide it is hard with a receding hairline. Look no further; men’s combover can do just that. Remember, do not go too high with the fade on the side. The last thing you want is a high fade that protrudes the corners of your receding hairline.
#17: Comb Over for Thinning Hair
A comb over for thinning hair is the ideal style for this issue. With thin hair, we can’t choose what area goes first so a combover can cover all those problem areas. Remember not to go past two finger lengths on top for the combover. Anything longer can result in thinner-appearing hair.
#18: Spiky Comb Over Style
The spiky comb over style suits men with thick hair wanting texture on the crown area. It faded to the skin around the ears, leaving some length on the top. Use a volumizing spray and styling powder to enhance the shape of the haircut and hold the style a little longer.
#19: Comb Over Pompadour
This classic comb over pompadour has aged well and remains one of the best timeless haircuts. To recreate this look, ask your stylist to use scissors in cutting and taper the edges with a trimmer clipper. This cut suits men with a rounded face shape as the height of the cut elongates your face. Adding a glossy pomade will create a polished finish that holds the style longer.
#20: Comb Over to Hide a Bald Spot
A comb over to hide a bald spot is perfect for men with thinning hair. It covers any thinning spots on the head. To recreate this look, ask your stylist to use scissors in cutting while following a graduated layer technique. Partition the hair wisely to create the right amount of coverage on the thinning areas. Adding a small amount of hairspray would hold the style throughout the day.
#21: Messy and Curly Comb Over Hair
A messy and curly comb over hair highlights your natural curls. While many hairstyles thrive on creating a messy look, the curly comb over tames the curls with a luxe finish appropriate for working environments. The curly comb over is a perfect solution for thinning or finer-textured hair since the curls naturally add extra volume and camouflage thinner hair densities.
#22: Wavy Comb Over
A wavy come over hair cut short is the best hairstyle for men with thick wavy hair. A fade and taper around the sides is ideal for a wavy comb-over. It removes the annoying thick hair hanging over the ears and the nape area. Thinning shears to a tad bit of thinning will help manage wavy hair on top when wanting to style daily. This short comb over fade is the most versatile hairstyle for men across all age range given any hairstyle. It’s a classic style for hard-to-manage hair.
#23: Hipster Comb Over with Beard
This classic combover haircut will introduce you to the world of hipsters! Keep it tapered with a fade on sharp black hair.
#24: Comb Over with a High Fade
Keep a cut perfect for a fresh everyday look with this easy-styling comb over a high fade haircut.
#25: Mid Fade Comb Over
Show that precision cut in a sleek comb over with a mid fade jazzed up with a shaved hard part to complete the style. Facial hair is sure to complement the style of this medium fade comb over, too.
#26: Medium Side Part Combover
Are you looking for the sharpest hairstyle for men? This neat side-parted hairstyle brushed to the sides is one of the most perfect and easiest groomed looks you can get.
#27: Drop Fade with a Comb Over Style
Sleek hair faded from the temples down to the nape completes this perfect beard-style comb over for a real gentleman look. This shows how comb over cuts and drop fades go well together!
#28: Comb Over with Low Fade
Show off your clean sides with striking black hair and achieve that dapper comb over with a low fade cut.
#29: Comb-Over + Bald Fade
Stop crowds with sharp dark hair, neat sides, and a comb-over cut. Any dude would look bolder and sleeker with this look!
#30: Classic Comb Over Fade
Most dudes can wear this classic and short comb over haircut. This impressive style can accommodate any guy with the class and awesomeness wearing it. Use a fade to transition neatly into a handsome beard.
#31: Short Comb Over Haircut
Comb over hairstyles are versatile. You can slick it back and over for a formal event or loosely style it for a more everyday relaxed look. To anyone receiving this stylish haircut, my advice is to ensure you focus only on some of your styling products in the front. This look can be easily achieved regardless of the level of formality desired and regardless of hair type with these proper styling tips.
#32: Tapered Comb Over with a Hard Part
This look is a tapered comb over with a hard part. The best thing about this would have to be the tapered nape and temple tapering. I like a sharp, clean look with soft blends in those focal point areas. Any hair type can pull this hard part comb over hairstyle off. I like the dark, more coarse hair because the contrast is more noticeable.
#33: Skin Fade Comb Over
This haircut is a mid skin fade comb over and was created by barber Tre’ Allen of Florida.
“This 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! If you’re pursuing this haircut but prefer more volume, you will need a strong wide-tooth comb and a blow dryer to assist that desired look.”
“Physical work or activity, humidity, or wetness could all effectively ruin the style, so keep that in mind! Otherwise, I recommend everyone try this haircut style,” Allen adds.
#34: Men’s Undercut Comb Over with a Line
This haircut is an undercut bald fade comb over with a line and a faded beard. It was created by barber Oscar Jarvis of Florida.
“I would recommend an undercut comb over to men with straight hair, and to maintain this style, you must use a strong holding product,” Jarvis points out.
#35: Comb Over with Taper Fade
Here’s a modern, professional everyday comb over haircut with tapered sides. “What I like about a neat comb over hairstyle is that you may also wear this spiked-on top for a more edgy look,” says the style creator from Texas, Shawn Warren.
Warren’s #1 tip is to keep this cut clean. Styling mousse can be used for upkeep. Any face shape can be worn with this cut.
#36: Disconnected Comb Over Undercut
This disconnected undercut comb-over haircut embodies the method of barbering. “The quiff is a nod to Euro-chic men’s hairstyles. I take inspiration from my Latin heritage in the precise razor work and skin-tight blending,” stylist Franky Abundes of Bluffton, SC, explains.
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. Abundes 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 this combover hair is the little details that were put into it. Abundes notes, “In the side profile especially, you can see how the hard part and shadow of the fade create a wedge or triangular shape.”
The hard part also runs pretty parallel to the simple design slashed into the side, ironically halfway between the beginning of the hard part and the end of the “V” fade.