Haircuts with short sides and a long top are what every modern man is sporting today, mostly because of their edge in giving men’s hair amazing lift and so much versatility in styling options. Brush your hair back, go for polished pomp, or rock a hipster undercut – you name it! With just a bit of wax or gel, you can tame and flaunt your straight, wavy, or curly strands prominently.
Shaved or faded sides let you add some real stark contrast and modern laid-back touch to your appearance while your top hair runs free. A clean-sides hairstyle doesn’t just allow your strong facial features to stand out for a cool masculine vibe, but it also lessens the maintenance and barber visits needed.
If you desire a hairstyle that is all about volume, length, and supremacy, you better keep on scrolling down.
Before your next haircut, check out these popular pictures of haircuts with short sides and a long top that men love.
#1: Hard Part with High Taper Fade
A generally low-maintenance cut, this taper fade with a hard side part is a classic favorite for its vintage vibe. Such short hair is perfect for guys who want a professional clean cut!
#2: Quiff with Low Skin Fade
Getting a low skin fade with a quiff will bring you all the attention you want. This brushed-back thick and handsome hair makes a cool style if you have long hair that you want to control. Adding light facial hair would complete the style, too.
#3: Tapered Mohawk and Side Designs
Tapered mohawk and side designs are a fun variation to a mohawk. Skin taper over the ears while keeping the top of the blend dark into the mohawk creates the perfect blend. Adding several simple lines to this haircut makes all the difference, transforming this haircut into a head-turner piece.
#4: Curly Mess on Top with Tapered Sides
Opt for a curly mess on top with tapered sides if you are blessed with curls and prefer to keep the length. The sides are tapered down tight to the skin, leaving a weighty blend line into the top, complementing the curly mess on top. This cut will need some maintenance. A scrunch dry with volume spray and pomade will make the curls bounce all day long.
#5: Long on Top with Short Sides for Older Men
The long on top with short sides for older men is a stylish cut and suits many hair and face types. The style has been taken down to skin and graduated tightly into the top, leaving length for men to play with. This cut can create a variety of styles keeping men looking stylish at all times.
#6: Messy Textured French Crop with Mid Fade Haircut
A messy textured french crop and mid fade haircut suits men with thin hair and a high hairline as it takes the attention away from it. This mid fade is a perfect transition into the layered length on top to focus on the style. A little bit of work will be needed on the top. For best results, dry in some sea salt spray and finish off with texture dust.
#7: Short Sides Long Top Fade for Men’s Hair
Balance is key to achieving this crisp and cool cut. A little bit of mess and texture on top plus a sharp disconnection equals a dapper gent look.
#8: Long Man Bun with Dreads and Mid Temp Fade
A hot style with dreads is one of the top haircuts that offer the best hipster look you can try. Men’s short sides with a long top haircut can be paired with a beard for a rugged gent look.
#9: Spiky Hair with High Fade
Leave your hair on top with epic upward spikes. When wearing a textured top and high fade haircut like this, make sure to use your best stylist-approved hair gel or wax for maximum hold!
#10: Longer Haircut with High Drop Fade
A well-textured on-trend short sides long on top haircut like this will definitely take you places. It’s a fusion of a drop fade and wavy top that creates a groomed and punk finish and gives lots of versatility for styling.
#11: Side-Swept Hair Long on Top
One style you can create with an undercut is a combover to one side, creating a sleek side-swept top with short sides. This undercut hairstyle especially works on long hair regardless of texture.
#12: Surgical Line with High Bald Fade
Stand out from the other guys with a bold haircut like this. It’s shorter hair that features a high textured top, disconnected by a hard part and transitioned neatly to the skin with a bald fade cut.
#13: Comb Over with Skin Low Fade
These neat shaved-to-the-skin sides work well with a comb over style of top because of the high contrast they provide. Such low fade haircuts allow you to create a super cool hairstyle plus a rocking beard!
#14: High Pompadour with Bald Fade and Sharp Hairline
The play of texture in this super impressive pompadour with faded sides is trendsetting! The sharp hairline plus the long beard and smooth top equals a look that will take you places.
#15: Short Sides Long Top Haircut with Low Drop Fade
Look like a legend with this classic pompadour that stands out flawlessly! A men’s short sides long top style like this is perfect for mid to long hair.
#16: Medium-Length Faux Hawk with Drop Fade
Take the bore away from your hair when getting a short sides medium top haircut, and style it like this medium-length faux hawk! Add your best holding product for a really cool and impressive output.
#17: Short Hair with Long Front Strands on Top
A classic style complements textured wavy hair superbly as it gives the whole look a stylish neat finish.
#18: Textured Hair with Taper Fade
Refresh your look with this iconic textured top with taper. This short hairstyle gives way to your longer hair on top and allows you to style it any way you want! Plus those very clean sides accentuate a cool beard and mustache nicely.
#19: Brushed Back Hair with Mid Skin Fade
Nothing’s more stand-out when you do classic pomp with a modern mid-skin fade! The style of this brush back and faded undercut can still be improved with a neatly shaped beard.
#20: Mid-Length Haircut and Beard with Mid Taper Fade
Men’s hairstyles that feature a mid-length cut with taper fade and beard definitely create a funky cool guy look! Add a little wave up to the front for a thicker hair illusion that can be emphasized more with a nice mid fade.
#21: Thick Hair with Burst Fade
A sharp burst fade and medium crop plus a thick surgical line can create a modern brushed-up style! This line style looks smooth, especially for boys with dense hair.
#22: Slicked Back Hair with Mid Drop Fade
A simple and smart style – this slicked back hair with neat shaved sides is one of the most classic looks! Clean each side of the head and slick back the hair, so the top will look dimensional.
#23: Disconnected Undercut with Mid Bald Fade
This men’s haircut is what you would call a disconnected undercut with long front strands as the fringe. It’s one of the California-based stylist Cynthia Torrence’s favorite looks for men’s straight hair!
“This is a haircut that has a very sharp contrast between the very short sides and the combination of longer hair on top and the bangs. It’s a very clean cut but having the length on top allows for total versatility! You can style the hair forward for a little mystery, slick it back for more of a suave a-la-Johnny Depp look, or go wild playing with texture,” Torrence mentions.
This high contrast sculpture is unique and memorable and would be recommended to a wearer who wants a classy, refined look. To style, depending on your hair type and density, a good gel or a pomade would be recommended.
#24: Long Pomp with High Skin Fade
A long pompadour with curly hair ends and high skin fade is a rugged look, cut by Peter Nuñez, a barber from Suffolk, UK.
Nuñez’s advice for gents who want to try this cut is to have enough length to get the desired style. “For hair products, I would use a matte clay to have a hold for the desired style. I used powder to give some volume as the hair was lacking volume. And to finish it off, I put hairspray to hold it in place,” he adds.
#25: Undercut with Shaved Sides
Short sides long top hairstyles that looks like this undercut are a mix between old school and new school. According to barber Daniel Holmes of Australia, “That’s the exact reason I fell in love with barbering because of the school styles and ways of doing things, and to put my modern look into an old school combover pomp.”
Hairstyles for men like this work best on thick hair. With thick hair, it’s a lot easier to style and hold into shape with a product. As for a product, Holmes would use Hanz De Fuko Gravity paste to give a medium hold with a matte finish.
#26: Man Bun for Shoulder-Length Hair with High Temp Fade
Draw attention to a perfectly sleek and high man bun or top knot, placed on top of the head, with a strong high fade. You would surely be the life of the party with long hairstyles like this!