The most popular short hair styles for men are focused on taking classic cuts and giving them a modern edge. If you’re a guy with short hair, then you’re in the right place.
Below, you’ll find photos of the coolest new short haircuts for men this year from the best barbers around the world. You’ll see short fresh skin fades, undercuts, quiffs, hard parts, textured layers, unique designs, buzz cuts, and more.
Before your next haircut, get inspired by these pictures of short hair styles for men.
Fresh Buzz Cut
This is an awesome short buzz cut with a mid bald fade. Ask your barber for a line-up to add a clean finish to this short haircut that’s very masculine.
Men’s Short Haircut with Long Bangs
A men’s short haircut with long bangs is a powerful way to diminish long foreheads or long, angular face shapes. By clippering a high fade, the shorter areas diminish the stark lines while the shadowed thicker areas fill in the temple. Fringe or bangs falling forward across the face lessens the prominence of a high forehead. Brushing fringe to the side softens the right angularness of rectangular face shapes. Stubble or a beard on triangular face shapes can also help soften sharp jaw and chin lines.
The slicked-back undercut is characterized by short, clippered sides with the top section left medium to long and styled back. The cut has reached popularity in recent years because of its versatility in styling and grooming. This classic undercut is perfect for square and diamond face shapes. Different variations have been made to offer balance to other face shapes.
Short Fade with Surgical Line Undercut
This is a stylish men’s short fade haircut with a long surgical line that wraps around to create a unique disconnected undercut.
Long on Top with Drop Fade
This men’s short haircut trend has short sides that clear a clean shave with a long top peice-y texture.
Short Wavy Hair with a Hard Part
This short style with hard part is a great option and inspiration for men who have a naturally wavy hair texture.
Caesar Cut with Shaved Sides
Classic Short Side Part with Short Sides
This short cut with a short side part is professional, classic, and masculine.
Short Modern Flat Top
The clean bald fade gives a modern twist to the classic short flat top with bangs that are straight up. It’s a rugged look that impresses.
Burr Cut Fade
There are men’s short haircuts that never go out of style and this brush cut (or butch cut) is one of them.
Men’s Messy French Crop + Fade
This messy French crop, also referred to as a men’s shorter blunt cut, is an excellent choice for guys going for a more youthful look.
Texture Crop on Short Hair
A short haircut that could portray a friendly, slow-moving, soft snowed avalanche. Keeping the hair short and having it move in the same pattern creates a feeling of order and calm.
Short Military Buzz Cut Fade
If you’re looking to go under the radar, not leave a mark, and just be neutral, this short buzz cut is for you. It’s also a nice option if you’re in the military and looking for something a little edgy. Short hair for men will always be trendy and modern.
Texture Cut with Pointed Drop Fade
This pointed drop fade is eye-catching and starting to become a more popular short cut for guys. With all the texture, apply a pomade for an awesome-looking short hairstyle that works great for men with short hair.
Mid Bald Fade on Shorter Hair
A mid bald fade is one of those hairstyles for men with short hair that give a wholesome but suave look. That skin fade is sure to show off confidence.
Layered Cut for Thick Short Hair
Opt for a short layered cut for thick short hair to display fullness and texture. Pair it with a sharp skin fade to build contrast in your look.
Swept-Up Fade Taper Haircut
This swept-up fade taper makes a neat and exciting short hairstyle for younger gents. It works so much better if the hair has a natural soft wave pattern, too.
Low Fade and Short Comb Over
Messy Crew Cut for Men’s Short Hair
This modern crew cut is one of the most popular short hairstyles for men right now. The combination of the classic crew and the texture creates a modern and handsome finish.
Hard Side Part for Thinning Hair
The search for a gentleman’s short haircut is over. Neat and smart-looking, this one features a hard side part for thinning hair. Such style is what makes your black hair look denser.
Skin Fade Cut for Short Curly Hair
This short cut is very clean, fashionable, and common. Since the majority of men want a skin fade haircut to allow their hair to last a long time and to also show confidence in themselves, barber Marquieta White of Florida suggests this one.
Pay attention to the details of head structure, the pattern of the hair growth, and the cleanliness of the hair.
White explains, “These play a major part in styling because it would affect how the hair lays. Try not to use too much pomade or gels, as the build will not allow the hair to look its best with lots of product. If you were to use a product, Lay Rite or Sweet Jamila are guaranteed winners. Brushing would be best to style with this texture which is thick and coarse.”
Brushed Up Style for Short Thin Hair
This is a great example of clean and modern short guy haircuts with its clean lines and sharp fade. It’s also a great example of trendy hair for men with thin hair, which is designed by barber Menco Aleksandr from Russia.
“I like this style and appearance because of the rigor,” Aleksandr points out. He adds, “This look depends on the guy’s facial features and hair texture. So for a gent with this hairstyle, I advise applying grease or classic wax.”
Short Haircut with Hipster Quiff Style and Surgical Line
This is a high and tight skin fade, with a quiff top and added hard part by Dave Brown, a barber from Waterloo, ON.
Brown explains, “the fade is kept high using the roundness of the head along the parietal ridge to complete most of the fade. The shortest length is baby smooth skin completed with a foil shaver.”
The biggest thing to consider before adopting this cut is the shave on the hard part. Brown continues, “That’s a commitment. Are they going to be in your chair at least every two weeks for upkeep? And are they willing to commit to the regrowth or buzz cut when they want to change styles?”
Brown believes short hair styles for men like this are best styled tight or loose, and with matte or shine, water-based or oil products. This cut does work on a variety of hair types, but, it adds to the morning routine for upkeep.
Short Hair with Textured Crop
This short style features two contrasting factors within the haircut.
The first being the textured crop through the top panel. UK-based barber Slim Fadey achieved this by razoring and point cutting to create versatility in the shape and style, enabling men to wear this cropped cut in numerous ways.
Secondly, Fadey created a high skin fade into the weight line, creating a seamless transition from skin to hair.
This haircut is one of the most current trends at the moment, as it’s low-maintenance, yet sharp and easily suited to any hair type.
According to Fadey, products are a big part of pulling this look off, depending on how you want to wear it.
“For a messy crop, a volumizing powder is a must, alongside some very dry clay. For a more polished look, an oil-based pomade will keep it in place all day and night,” Fadey notes.
Very Short High and Tight
This very short high and tight hair is low-maintenance. With its neater and shorter cut, you’ll feel that fresher aura. Also, no effort is needed when styling—perfect for get-up-and-go guys.
Short Clean Cut for Men Over 50
This is a short, clean cut fade that’s great for men over 50. “It has a nice blended fade I created using my clippers and cutthroat,” says hair artist Michelle Kurdian of Melbourne, VIC.
The key to creating this style is tools! Kurdian explains, “After shampooing and conditioning, I like to use the Cricket Static-Free Volumizer brush. Brush your hair as you blowdry so you can manipulate the hair to sit in the style you want.”
By doing this, you actually don’t need much hair product to make the hair go into position. When you apply your product, less is always more! “You can always add more product to your styling if you need to, but you can’t take it away,” she explains.
This hairstyle can always be slightly tweaked to suit any hair type whether it’s fine, thick, or a medium hair texture. This look will makeover any man who wants to have a sharp but trendy look.
Mid-Skin Fade Combed Forward for Guys Over 40
It’s a mid-skin fade with a short textured top that’s combed forward. This was cut by barber Matt Smith from Durham, UK. “I like low and mid fades because you can really see the graduation of the fade,” says Smith.
Hispanic Mid-Bald Fade with Line Up
This sharp short haircut is called a buzz cut with a mid-bald fade. Barber Jesse Lopez of California left the fade right below the temple. “The best part about the fade would be how well blended it is from top to bottom,” says Lopez.
This style can be a look for all hair types that want to go short as a #2 or shorter. Lopez adds, “I believe this look gives off a grown and mature look on men because of the length.”
The Short Disconnected Undercut
Go for the short disconnected undercut to get that fine and edgy hairstyle. This short style works best on men with straight, fuller hair. For a shinier finish, use gel when styling.
Short Back and Sides Hairstyle
This mid-fade is a traditional short haircut for men. According to stylist Esteban Pineda from California, it’s simple, clean, and a very common hairstyle.
“I transitioned the hair from a light to dark effect, while giving it a light drop toward the back of the head. This shows more of a symmetric feel,” states Pineda.
Short and Slicked Back Pompadour with Taper Fade
This short and slicked back cut is a pompadour, only it’s been modernized with the technology of clippers and a modern fade. This hair idea is created by Australia-based stylist Khaled. “Its side profile is sharp and clean. The bold line is low and taken up to suit the head. This cut is customized to your face,” he notes.
When it comes to stylish haircuts that males love, this short and slicked back is at the top of the list. It takes a few minutes of styling, and you’ll be getting a smart-looking edge that’s ideal for formal events.
Khaled emphasizes that there’s no limit when it comes to short hair styles for men, and hair products such as matt clay, gel or a light hold pomade. “Seek the advice of a professional barber who understands your head shape and the limits of your hair,” he adds.
The Short Mohawk with Shaved Design
Here’s the short mohawk for short, curly-haired men. It features shaved lines on the side for an edgier touch.
Short Blowout with Tapered Sides
This short blowout with tapered sides appears neater and softer on dark blonde hair. Use your fave texturizing product to give it extra volume and fullness.
Mid-Fade Combover for Short Fine Hair
Featuring a mid-fade comb over for short fine hair! If matched with black color, this chop can give a thicker impression to your fine, thin density hair. Fashionable short hair styles for men like this isn’t complete without a neat, faded beard.
Tapered Razor Cut for Older Men
This is a tapered razor cut for older men with short hair. Stylist Jess Herold of Iowa states, “it requires effortless styling for men because of the textured length. It shows both a tailored business side and a casual carefree side of a man.”
When it comes to short hair styles for men, this one is very versatile. “It works best for gentlemen that have medium to thick hair texture. It works on most face shapes, although it can elongate a rounder face because it adds height on top,” Herold notes.
The Short Shag with Bangs for Guys
This short shag features a fringe that covers part of the forehead, which is perfect for guys with a receding hairline.
Classic Pompadour for Short Thick Hair
This shorter classic pompadour is slightly styled to the side without a defined part. 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.
The Short Faux Hawk + Top Fade
Here’s a short faux hawk top fade that every dude should go for! The neat sides make the cut look fresher. The top hair is long enough to be versatile for most short hair styles for men. To achieve the same piece-y effect, pinch sections of hair and secure the shape with clay or wax.
Messy and Short Brush Up
Display your ‘cool dude’ image as you wear this messy and short brush up hair. A cut with sides short and longer at the top—this is a medium to high skin fade, made by a barber from North Carolina, Sean Sarikaya.
“It’s a simple messy cut, but it shows that you care how your hair looks. A textured powder or even a clay-based pomade works best on short hair styles for men like this,” Sarikaya suggests. Additionally, feel free to style it with a sea salt foam to boost the texture and enhance the shape.
Curly and Textured Quiff
This haircut has short sides and a really long top to achieve a curly quiff. The top is styled with a lot of volume, texture and bend. The sides are styled slicked to the back to put emphasis to the hair on top.
The Short Ivy League Cut
Ivy League cuts are short all over and have the top gradually get longer as it reaches the front. The top is styled forward and transitions upward as it reaches the front.
Men’s Short Side-Swept Layers
The men’s haircut with short sides and a noticeably long top. It’s styled into a side-swept faux hawk.
Short Spiky Hair with Faded Sides
Short and spiked—short hair styles for men like this have edginess, for sure! Be bold and try this short spiky hair with a skin fade cut that gives you a clean yet versatile result.