The 37 Best Haircuts for Teenage Boys for 2022

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Teen boy haircuts range from long to short, contemporary to classic, and punk to preppy. Your hairstyle is an expression of your individuality, so it demands to be spontaneous and full of character. Think about your lifestyle, hobbies, and your preferences because these factors will easily determine what type of haircut and styling techniques you should go for.

If you have a taste in boys’ hairstyles like spikes, slicked-backs, and pompadours then holding products like gels, waxes, and pomades should be your best friend. On the other hand, opting for a natural, wild, and rugged appearance only requires confidence to rock it.

Your teenage years won’t be there forever, so you should live it to the fullest while owning a modish look!

Here are pictures of the coolest haircuts for teenage boys for your inspiration:

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Clean Fade with a Textured Top
Instagram @egi_the_barber

#1: Clean Fade with a Textured Top

A clean fade with a textured top is great for teens that don’t want to have to do much styling in the mornings. In my experience, it’s best to go to a barber for a very close buzz, they will even use a straight razor to get clean edges. You need to trim every 3 to 4 weeks, every 2 weeks if you want to keep it extremely tight to the head. You can style with a pomade for a shiny look or a gel if you want more of a hold.

Awesome Curly Mohawk for Teenage Boys
Instagram @cobarber88

#2: Awesome Curly Mohawk

In my experience, an awesome curly mohawk can be achieved with little effort. As long as the length is kept proportional to the top and back. I highly recommend you maintain this haircut every 4-6 weeks to stay out of mullet territory.

Mid-Length Shaggy Cut for Teen Boys
Instagram @enzoiclong

#3: Mid-Length Shaggy Cut

Bald Fade with Thick Waves on Top for Teens
Instagram @graceymayfirth

#4: Bald Fade with Thick Waves on Top

Messy Thick Curly Hair with a Mid Fade for Teens
Instagram @gfpeluqueros

#5: Messy Thick Curly Hair with a Mid Fade

#6: V-Shaped Fade for Teens

A v-shaped fade for teens is a popular way to add some flair to a buzz cut. We love the way the v-shape fades into the back and goes with the curve of the head and the hairline. Make sure to go to an experienced barber or stylist if you are looking for a good fade, especially if you are looking to add a design. Be prepared to need frequent haircuts as the fade grows out quickly, typically every 3 to 4 weeks is best.

#7: Dapper Slicked-Back Fade

Slicked-back faded cuts will never get old. This is a classic haircut suitable for any face shape. Make sure to specify how high and short you want your face to be. This style here would be considered a low taper fade. You will want to invest in some product to get the finished look. A pomade would be your best option and you can choose between matte or shiny.

Razored Mid Fade with Bangs for Teen Boys
Instagram @antonio.nap

#8: Razored Mid Fade with Bangs

Another one of the most popular cuts for teen boys is the razored mid-fade paired with bangs. Not only is it stylable for any event, the grow out is also incredibly manageable. If your teen is interested in this cut, just remember to avoid it if they have ultra thick lengths as the grow out might not be as easy.

Brunette Thick Curls with Bangs for Teen Boys
Instagram @stansbarber

#9: Brunette Thick Curls with Bangs

Brunette thick curls when paired with bangs are one of the best cuts you can get for teen boys. This super on-trend crop will have your son feeling confident and fashion-forward at school and with his friends.

Fade for Thick Wavy Hair
Instagram @ali_urk_kapper

#10: Fade for Thick Wavy Hair

Try a fade if you’re wanting a more stylish look for your thick, wavy hair. Thick hair is perfect for a fade as you can really see the details of the faded look.

Bold Undercut with a Long Top for Teen Boys
Instagram @angeonthedge

#11: Bold Undercut with a Long Top

A bold undercut with a long top is trending among teen boys! My best advice is to go with a natural part on top so your hair sits nicely on top. I recommend getting a strong hold styling paste to ensure your style stays all day long.

Spiky Hair with a Skin Fade for Teen Boys
Instagram @pure_.jenny

#12: Spiky Hair with a Skin Fade

Rock spiky hair if you can’t decide between a fade and a disconnected haircut. This haircut is the perfect balance as it’s skin-tight on the sides and back, leaving a good amount of length on top that is not connected to the shaved sides. The longer length on top will lay over the shaved sides a bit and you can style with so many different product options. Good starter options would be a pomade, clay, or gel depending if you like a more dry or wet style.

Mid Taper Fade with a Long Top for Teenage Boys
Instagram @bk_barber_

#13: Mid Taper Fade with a Long Top

A mid taper fade with a long top is a great disconnected haircut if you’re a guy who likes having a little bit of length to style and play with on the top but you also like the shortness of a fade on your sides. Remember to specify with your stylist or barber how short you want your fade to be and where you want it to end and the longer top to begin. Consider the shape of your head and how far up you want the fade to be. Make sure to specify if you want your hair on top to be all one length or blended from short to long.

Forward textured for wavy hair
Instagram @z_ramsey

#14: Forward Textured for Wavy Hair

If you have naturally wavy hair, try a trendy forward brushed style. Ask your barber for extra texture to boost your hair’s volume and movement.

#15: Short Quiff

A short quiff will still require you to grow out your hair a bit on the top. For a modern quiff, your stylist or barber will do a tight fade with clippers from a very short length gradually to longer. The top can be connected or disconnected if you are wanting more length on top. Ask your stylist or barber for tips on styling, sometimes a blow dryer just used on the top in the front will be advised if you need to train your hair after a big cut.

Faux Hawk with a Burst Fade
Instagram @frant_bryansk

#16: Faux Hawk with a Burst Fade

Stylist Michael owned this cut, emphasizing the gradient fade with a triple slash. The faux hawk was the star of this cut with a hard line to define from the fade. What’s great about this fun style is it suits guys with long faces and is low-maintenance.

The ivy league haircut
Instagram @salonaugust_to

#17: The Ivy League Haircut

This Ivy League cut with long layers is suitable for teen boys. The best about it is the smooth flow from top to bottom giving it the natural look.

You need to be aware of the natural direction of your hair and that blow drying may be essential to create this look.

A matte finish hair product is used to finish the look with the use of fingers to create texture as a pose to a sleek finish. The haircut suits all lifestyles as it has a very classic look and there is nothing too extreme about this cut.

Pompadour with a Low Fade
Instagram @joshlamonaca

#18: Pompadour with a Low Fade

Puff up that pompadour and give it a nice, contrasted low fade for one of the coolest teen boy’s haircuts.

Mid Fade for Short Curly Hair
Instagram @brianbarber_

#19: Mid Fade for Short Curly Hair

A mid fade creates a balanced cut that gives short curly hair a real polished look. The faded sides offer versatility to style the strands at the crown. The shaved line is added for extra drama, which also gives an illusion of a caesar cut or a french crop with subtle bangs. When styling, use hairspray to maximize the curly texture.

Surfer Shag haircut on a teen boy
Instagram @cellardoorhair

#20: Surfer Shag

A surfer shag that serves both “well-groomed” and “dude!” at the same time makes a cut you have to try. This wavy shag allows for extra length in the front, keeping that rock n’ roll edge while chopping up the back for an easier grow-out.

#21: The High and Tight

For that shower-and-go look, try this cut that will take no time to style but will still keep straight hair looking tight. When it comes to teen boys haircuts, the high and tight cut is very popular for its simplicity and ease of styling. Active teen boys will find the short hair great for sports activities as well.

#22: Short Afro with Bald Fade

Hairstylist Carlos crafted this fun and funky top for boys with afro hair. A handsome look for a fun-filled Friday night with other teenagers.

Faux Hawk with a Burst Fade
Instagram @freddy_cuttz

#23: Faux Hawk with a Burst Fade

Sport this edgy and eye-catching style with a real cool fade work to complement the bold styling. A short cut and a burst fade are great compliments for each other.

#24: Boys Crew Cut with a High Fade

A fresh and dapper-looking hairstyle that is perfect to start the school year with. Keep it neat with an inviting dark brown hair color. Adventurous boys who want short hair often go with the simple crew cut but the spiky hairstyle makes a huge difference.

Quiff with a Hard Part
Instagram @welbertbarber

#25: Quiff with a Hard Part

Jazz up your sleek hair with a long quiff and a hard part. The subtle chestnut brown on the tips and clean sides are sure to complete your signature everyday look for class. Since the style creates extra height, this suits a young man with a round face shape.

The Man Bun / Top Knot
Instagram @taylorcutz1

#26: The Man Bun / Long Hair Top Knot

Tired of the typical butch cut? Keep your hair looking fresh, and this ultra hipster top knot will never let you down. Long hair is kept at the top in a man bun and can be styled uniquely as well.

Short Waves for Black Guys
Instagram @smashthalegend

#27: Short Waves for Black Guys

Waves are back for African-American young men! Keeping it dapper with natural hair color to let those strands splash through. This cool style works best with a neat line-up and a gradual taper fade cut, ideal for both round and oval faces.

Instagram @cindyhstyles

#28: Undercut for Teen Boys

Cut it like Beckham! A cleanly shaved skin fade will definitely complete that sporty and cool look. You can grab a few strands from the longer hair length at the top to form as the straight fringe. The cut looks great with most hair types—both thick and fine hair.

Short Haircut with Skin Fade
Instagram @urechepaul

#29: Short Haircut with Skin Fade

The perfect schoolboy look – this short haircut with a skin fade is straightforward and neat. It’s the perfect classic cut for coarse hair, allowing you to style the top any way you want. This shows that a burr cut or induction cut isn’t the only short style that boys must try.

The Modern Short Mohawk
Instagram @hmsalonformen

#30: The Modern Short Mohawk

A stand-out haircut that’s playful and exciting – this punk mohawk hair complements those young men who are not afraid of anything.

#31: Short Sides

Go suave and hip with this double-lined clean cut. Those sharp angles are sure to make your image way more masculine. Apply a pomade when styling to achieve a slick finish.

#32: Disconnected Undercut

Accentuate your textured top hair with shaved sides and an etched part. A fresh disconnected undercut is suitable for teens with thick hair to remove unwanted bulk and make it more manageable!

Twisted Curls for Black Guys
Instagram @locs_by_tee

#33: Twisted Curls for Black Guys

This interesting pattern of twisted curls will turn you into a natural gem. Perfect if you are looking for a change in your look.

Low Top with Designs for Black Guys
Instagram @valiantbarbers

#34: Low Top with Designs for Black Guys

Keep it natural on top but intriguing at the back. If you want a dapper teen boy’s hairstyle, then this will be suitable for you.

Dreads for Black Guys
Instagram @_vonunique

#35: Dreads for Black Guys

Embrace your natural texture and start your dreadlocks early to achieve the perfect dreads-life look. Partnered with a tapered hairline this look will surely be the talk of the town.

#36: The Side Part Combover

This teen boy’s side part combover is a classic style that’s ideal for all ages. Thanks to the products of today, you can give a natural look for every day, and for something more formal you can use ointment and hair dryer, which keep its essence classic-elegant but at the same time modern.

I like this type of cut because it is very gentle to all face shapes. It is recommended to make the hair more manageable with light products. If the hair is rebellious, there are different types of products from a hair gel with extra strong fixation or heavy ointment to achieve a stiff effect. That depends on the client’s need and their hair type.

The products that I personally use and recommend are from the Gentlemen Republic because they have ointments of various types from soft to heavy natural shine and matte high fixing gel. That’s why I like them because they have for each need of different people.

Cornrows for Black Guys
Instagram @curlzofglory

#37: Cornrows for Black Guys

Cornrows make a protective hairstyle that not only saves you time in the morning but also turns heads. The coolest thing about this teen guys haircut is the angle of the parts. It gives the braids a unique style that makes them stand out.

To ensure that this braided hairstyle lasts a week, I will suggest that the client wears a du-rag to sleep and prevents the braids from getting wet while showering. This will prevent the hair from becoming frizzy quickly. I will also suggest that the client oil his scalp every two days or whenever it starts to itch. Constant scratching of the scalp can not only frizz up the hairstyle, but can also irritate the scalp.

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