41 Fresh Short Haircuts and Hairstyles for Men

The best ideas for men’s Short hairstyles & haircuts

The most popular short haircuts 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 haircuts 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. Get ready to be inspired by these pictures of short hairstyles for men and find your next look!

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Fresh Buzz Cut

Mens short buzz cut

This is an awesome short buzz cut with a mid blad fade. Ask your barber for a line-up to add a clean finish to this short haircut that’s very masculine.

Short Fade Surgical Line Undercut Haircut

A picture of a mens short fade haircut with a surgical line
Instagram @conortaaffehair

This is a stylish men’s short fade haircut with a long surgical line that wraps around that creates a unique disconnected undercut.

Long on Top Drop Fade

Picture of men's short haircut that's long on top with a drop fade
Instagram @barber.josh.o.p

This men’s short haircut trend has short sides that clear a clean shave with long top peicey texture.

Short Wavy Hair with a Hard Part

Men's short and wavy hard part hairstyle
Instagram @joemcbarber

This option is a great inspiration for hairstyles for men with short hair that’s naturally wavy.

Caesar Cut with Shaved Sides

Men's short caesar cut with shaved sides
Instagram @rm_barber

Men’s short hairstyles are now merging some classic looks like this Caesar cut mixed with an old school low fade.

Classic Side Part with Short Sides

Modern classic with short side part
Instagram @jim_jimthetrim_williams / Photo by @caphotography

Old school cool. This short cut with a short side part would be sported by James Dean’s son if he existed. Some simple classic sides provide the silent stage for a bold and theatrical middle section. A cut to be worn with the matching attitude.

Modern Flat Top

Men's short flat top haircut with straight up bangs
Instagram @nikolay_generalov

The clean bald fade gives a modern twist to the classic flat top with bangs that are straight up. It’s a rugged look that impresses.

Burr Cut Fade

Picture of a men's short burr cut fade
Instagram @criztofferson

There are men’s short haircuts that never go out of style and this brush cut (or butch cut) is one of them.

Messy French Crop + Fade

French crop fade
Instagram @mtominay

This french crop also referred to as a men’s blunt cut and it’s an excellent choice for guys going for a more youthful look.

Texture Crop on Short Hair

A short textured cut for men
Instagram @alan_beak

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 Buzz Cut Fade

Short military style cut for men
Instagram @aaron_hardgrind

If you’re looking to go under the radar, not leave a mark and just be neutral, this is the cut for you. Or, if you’re in the military, such as the Army, and looking for something a little edgy. Give it a second thought and see that none of the above are offensive, sometimes these are required and suited for certain stages of your life. Short hair for men will always have a place.

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

Layered Cut for Thick Short Hair

A mens layered cut for thick hair
Instagram @patman_barber

Swept Up Fade Taper

Low Fade Short Comb Over

Picture of a low fade men's short
Instagram @mattjbarbers

Messy Crew Cut

Picture of a crew cut men's short hair
Instagram @agusdeasis

This modern crew cut is one of the most popular short hairstyles right now. The combination of the classic crew and the texture creates a modern and handsome finish.

Hard Side Part for Thinning Hair

hard side part for thinning hair
Instagram @rebel.barbershop

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.

Awesome Cut for Short Curly Hair

Short Cut for Curly Hair
Instagram @qkutta09

Q&A with creator, Marquieta White
Licensed Barber @ Golden Touch Cuts in Miami, FL

How would you describe this look?

This short cut to me is very clean, fashionable, and common. Typically, the majority of the clients who want this hair cut (skin fade) are looking to allow their haircut to last a long time and to also show confidence in themselves.

The greatest thing about this haircut is the transition of the blend.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Pay attention to the details of head structure, the pattern of the hair growth, and the cleanliness of the hair. Those 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 it’s best with so much product. If you were to use a product, Lay Rite is a guaranteed winner or Sweet Jamila.  Brushing would be best to style with this texture which is thick and coarse.

Brushed Up for Short Thin Hair

Picture of a short men's brushed up hair
Instagram @menco_bbr

This is a great example of clean & modern short guy haircuts with its clean lines and sharp fade. It’s a great example of trendy hair for men with thin hair.

Q&A with creator, Menco Aleksandr
Barber @ OldBoy Barbershop in Moscow, Russia


How would you describe this look?

I like this style and appearance because of the rigor!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look depends on the person’s facial features and hair texture. So for a client with this hairstyle, I advise applying grease or classic wax.

Hipster Quiff with Surgical Line

Picture of a short men's hipster quiff
Instagram @grave.dave

Q&A with creator, Dave Brown
Barber @ Spearhead Barber & Supply in Waterloo, ON


How would you describe this look?

This is a high and tight skin fade, with a quiff top and added hard part. The fade is kept high using the round 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.

I like that this suits my client Tim (@timhutchison). It’s super clean which keeps it professional. But the bald fade and hard part add some edginess.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The biggest thing to consider is the shaved on the hard part. 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?

If a client never wears product, then this cut is not for them. I don’t mind this cut styled tight or loose, matte or shine, water-based or oil. This does work on a variety of hair types, but it does add to the morning routine for upkeep.

As for professionalism, I believe if the foundation of a quality haircut is there and maintained, no style or cut is too edgy within reason (mohawks, mullets, etc. are usually out of the picture).

The most important thing for any client in my chair is suitability. What are they wearing and what is their character like? This cut and style communicate confidence while being fashion forward with a hint of creative edge. That, to me, is a very brief, but true description of Tim.

Short Hair with Textured Crop

Short hair with textured crop
Instagram @slimfadey__

Q&A with creator, Slim Fadey
Barber @ Mr Barbers in Cambridge, UK


How would you describe this look?

This short style features two contrasting factors within the haircut.

The first being the textured crop through the top panel. I achieved this by razoring and point cutting to create versatility in the shape and style, enabling my client to wear this cropped cut in numerous ways.

Secondly, we created a high skin fade into our weight line, creating a seamless transition from skin to hair.

My favorite thing with this particular client’s hair and the cut we had chosen, is the color tone. It’s great to fade as the warm tones come alive when fading the hair down to the skin, it really captures the eye!

Any advice for someone considering it?

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.

Products are a big part of pulling this look off, depending on how you want to wear it.

For a messy crop, 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.

Very Short High and Tight

very short high and tight hair
Instagram @hn.barber1

No effort needed when styling—how can you not love that idea? This very short high and tight hair is low-maintenance. And with its neater and shorter cut, you’ll feel that fresher aura.

Short Clean Cut for Men Over 50

A great cut for the sporty guy.

Q&A with creator, Michelle Kurdian
Senior Hair Artist @ Emaya Salon in Melbourne, VIC


How would you describe this look?

This is a short, clean cut fade. My favorite thing about it is the nice blended fade I created using my clippers and cutthroat.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The key to creating this style is tools! After shampooing and conditioning, I like to use the Cricket Static-Free Volumizer brush. Brush your hair as you are blow drying 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 (I like to use Kevin Murphy Free.Hold), less is always more! You can always add more product to your styling if you need to, but you can’t take it away.

This hairstyle can always be slightly tweaked to suit any hair type whether it’s fine, thick or 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

Mid Skin Fade with Textured Top hairstyle
Instagram @matt_rumrazor

Q&A with creator, Matt Smith
Barber @ Rum Razor Barber Shop in Durham, UK


How would you describe this look?

It’s a mid skin fade with a short textured top that’s combed forward. I like low and mid fades because you can really see the graduation of the fade.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I used Hairbond Mattifier to style this cut. It has a great hold but doesn’t set so you can adjust it through the day if needed.

Anyone can have this cut. It’s a nice, low maintenance cut that takes no time to style.

Hispanic Mid-Bald Fade with Line Up

Mid-Bald Fade hairstyle
Instagram @kyngjesse

Q&A with creator, Jesse Lopez
Barber @ The Speak Easy Barber Lounge in Pomona, CA


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

The look I gave my client is called a buzz cut with a mid-bald fade. I left the fade right below the temple. My favorite part about the fade would be how well blended it is from top to bottom.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Because of how short the style, is I would recommend it to be natural with no product. My client, however, likes to put in a little gel to give it that spiked look. I recommend any gel that doesn’t contain alcohol and is flake-free.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style can be a look for all hair types that want to go short as a #2 or shorter. It looks the best on oval shaped heads. I believe this look gives off a grown and mature look on men because of the length.

The Short Disconnected Undercut

Q&A with creator, Erik Zaiatz
Owner @ Bostonian Barber Shop in Boston, MA


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

This is a short style with a tapered neck.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

No products are needed to recreate this look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Some clients prefer this look squared in the back. The tapered cut looks good for a longer period of time than a squared back.

Short Back and Sides

Q&A with creator, Esteban Pineda
Barber @ Lifestyle Studio in Yuba City, CA


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

This mid-fade is a traditional short haircut for men. It has came a long way for many years. It’s simple, clean, and a very common hairstyle. My favorite thing about this haircut is how I transition the hair from a light to dark effect. I give it a light drop toward the back of the head to show more of a symmetric feel.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I use an Andis Supra cordless machine to cut the top down with a #3 blade. Balding out the bottom, I start with the Andis M3 trimmers and finish it with the Andis shaver to give it the smooth look. To finish off, I fade the entire haircut with my Andis Masters, which are one of my favorite clippers.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?%0D%0A

Any guy can get this short haircut. It’s an original haircut that has been around for quite a while. I recommend it on someone that has thick, dark hair because it will show the transition better than it would on light colored hair.

Short and Slicked Back

When it comes to stylish haircuts that males love, a 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. Choose a light hold pomade when prepping to achieve a sleeker, shinier finish.

Q&A with style creator, Khaled
Barber @ Bada Bing Barbershop in Cronulla, NSW


How would you describe this?

This short and slicked back cut is a pompadour. Only it&rsquos been modernized with the technology of clippers and a modern fade. 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.

What’s your best advice?

There&rsquos no limit when it comes to styles and hair products such as matt clay or gel. Seek the advice of a professional barber who understands your head shape and the limits of your hair.

The Short Mohawk

short mohawk haircut
Instagram @stylez_king

Here’s the short mohawk for short, curly-haired men. It features shaved lines on the side for an edgier touch. No need to color the hair with any added shade as this style still looks great on a black one.

Short Blowout with Tapered Sides

short blowout with tapered sides
Instagram @davidvetter

A fresh, smart-looking style that most gentlemen can pull off! 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

mid fade combover for short fine hair
Instagram @reypowerbarber

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. A fashionable short hairstyle like this isn’t complete without a neat, faded beard.

Tapered Razor Cut for Older Men

Tapered Razor Cut hairstyle
Instagram @jessherolds.chair

Q&A with creator, Jess Herold
Master Hairstylist/Session Artist/Colorist @ Jess Herold’s Chair in Marion, IA


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

This is a tapered razor cut for older men with short hair. The longer texture gives it more movement. My favorite thing about this look is that it is effortless styling for men because of the textured length. It shows both a tailored business side and a casual carefree side of a man.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I styled with V76 Control Balm when wet and finished with Liquid Dust spray by Unite. Control Balm has a nice hold factor and a fibrous creamy consistency, yet is easy for the gentleman to apply. The Unite Liquid Dust is a spritz that shows off the texture and definition of the cut. It is also easy to apply. Less product is more with the male clients.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a very versatile hairstyle. It works best for the clients 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. This can be a great cut for for anyone from the business professional to the guy going out on the town.

The Short Shag

Sideswept Short Style for a Man
Image credit: shutterstock.com

This short shag features a fringe that covers part of the forehead, which is perfect for guys with a receding hairline.

The Pompadour for Short Thick Hair

The pompadour haircut
Image credit: shutterstock.com

This shorter 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

short faux hawk top fade
Instagram @jeffthebarber

Here’s a short faux hawk top fade that every gent should go for! The neat sides make the cut look fresher. The top hair is long enough to be versatile for most hairstyles. To achieve the same piece-y effect, pinch sections of hair and secure the shape with clay or wax.

Messy and Short Brush Up

messy and short brush up
Instagram @sean_ofthe_head

A cut with sides short and longer at the top. Display your ‘cool dude’ image as you wear this messy and short brush up hair. Style it with a sea salt foam to boost the texture and enhance the shape.

Q&A with style creator, Sean Sarikaya
Barber @ Locals Barber Co. in Wilmington, NC


How would you describe this?

This is a medium to high skin fade. Messy and textured with a razor on top with a short brush up.

What&rsquos your best advice?

This is a universal type of style that any guy can pull off if using hair product. It&rsquos a simple messy cut, but it shows that you care how your hair looks. A textured powder or even a clay-based pomade would do the trick.

Curly Quiff

curly quiff
Image credit: shutterstock.com

This look has short sides and a really long top. The top is styled with volume, texture and bend. The sides are styled slicked to the back.

The Short Ivy League Cut

The Short Ivy League Cut
Image credit: shutterstock.com

Ivy League cuts are short all over and has the top gradually get longer as it reaches the front. The top is styled forward and transitions upward as it reaches the front.

Side Swept Layers

Side swept layers
Image credit: shutterstock.com

The Jason is a haircut with short sides and a noticeably long top. It is styled into a side-swept faux hawk.

Short Spiky Hair with Faded Sides

Short Spiky Hair with Faded Sides
Instagram @pendarbakhtyari

Be bold and try this short spiky hair with a skin fade cut that gives you a clean yet versatile result.