The 38 Best Haircuts for Teenage Boys for 2023

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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 preferences because these factors will easily determine what type of haircut and styling techniques you should use.

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 last forever, so you should live them fully 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 who don’t want 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. If you want to keep it extremely tight to the head, you need to trim every 3 to 4 weeks, every two weeks. To prep hairstyles for teenage boys, choose a pomade for a shiny look or a gel if you want more of a hold.

High Fade with a Messy Long Top for Teen Boys with Low Bald Fade
Instagram @vbodnarr

#2: High Fade with a Messy Long Top

The high fade with a messy long top is the way to go for teenage boys who want an edgy look. Tell your barber you’re looking for a low bald fade on the sides and back, keeping the length at the top. This cut works best with thick hair types but can also be styled on fine, thinning hair.

To style a teenage boy haircut, use a lightweight product. Use your hands while blow drying, then a medium to strong hold product. Try a pomade, wax, or clay to create the desired shape and texture in the top section. Please do this before adding a spritz of hairspray to help it stay put all day. These teen haircuts will make features pop for face shapes like round and oval!

Awesome Curly Mohawk for Teenage Boys
Instagram @cobarber88

#3: Awesome Curly Mohawk

In my experience, an awesome curly mohawk can be achieved with little effort as long as the length is proportional to the top and back. I highly recommend maintaining these cool haircuts for boys every 4-6 weeks to stay out of mullet territory.

Mid-Length Shaggy Cut for Teen Boys
Instagram @enzoiclong

#4: Mid-Length Shaggy Cut

If you want a masculine haircut that’s easy to style with a more casual vibe, ask for a cut with length at the edges. The length will give you softness and shorter layering in the interior. For boy hairstyles like this, use a light to medium hold product for separation and texture.

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

#5: Bald Fade with Thick Waves on Top

A fade is one of the best types of haircuts for teens that will be forever trending. If you want something super clean and tight, ask for a bald fade. The shortest part of the fade can be just a small portion, like a low taper, or a large portion, like the picture above. This would be a medium to high fade. All of this depends on your preference as well as your head shape. Ask your barber for advice on what teenage haircuts look best for your features and likes.

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

#6: Messy Thick Curly Hair with a Mid Fade

If you have thick wavy hair but want to keep it easy on the styling at home, ask for a mid fade. This makes the awesome and best hairstyle for boys. You may also ask for a blended transition to the top with long bangs. Teenage boy haircuts look even cooler if worn with the bangs styled to one side or just down on your forehead.

#7: V-Shaped Fade for Teens

A V-shaped fade for teens is a popular way to add flair to a buzz cut. We love how 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 want to add a design. Such hairstyles for boys need frequent trims as the fade grows out quickly. Typically every 3 to 4 weeks is best.

#8: Dapper Slicked-Back Fade

Are you looking for teen boy hairstyles? Slicked-back faded cuts will always be around. 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 boy hairstyle here would be considered a low taper fade. You will want to invest in some products 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

#9: 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, but the grow-out is also incredibly manageable. If you’re into these teenage boys’ haircuts, it would be best to have thinner hair since the grow-out may be challenging for ultra-thick lengths.

Brunette Thick Curls with Bangs for Teen Boys
Instagram @stansbarber

#10: Brunette Thick Curls with Bangs

When paired with bangs, thick brunette curls are one of the best cuts you can get for teen boys. This super on-trend crop will make your son feel confident and fashion-forward at school and with friends.

Fade for Thick Wavy Hair
Instagram @ali_urk_kapper

#11: Fade for Thick Wavy Hair

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

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

#12: Bold Undercut with a Long Top

A bold undercut with a long top is trending among teen boys! My best advice is to use a natural part on top so your hair sits nicely. 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

#13: 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, and you can style it with many different product options. Good starter options will be a pomade, clay, or gel, depending on if you like a more dry or wet style.

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

#14: 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 length to style and plays with on the top but 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, 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

#15: Forward Textured for Wavy Hair

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

#16: 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 want more length. Ask your stylist or barber for styling tips. 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

#17: 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

#18: 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 a 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 using 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

#19: 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_

#20: Mid Fade for Short Curly Hair

A mid fade creates a balanced cut, giving short curly hair a polished look. The faded sides offer versatility to style the strands at the crown. The shaved line is added for extra drama, giving 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

#21: 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.

#22: The High and Tight

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

#23: 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

#24: Faux Hawk with a Burst Fade

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

#25: 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 inviting dark brown men’s hair color ideas. 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

#26: 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 will 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

#27: The Man Bun / Long Hair Top Knot

Are you tired of the typical butch cut? Keep your hair fresh; this ultra-hipster top knot will never disappoint you. Long hair is kept at the top in a man bun and can be styled uniquely.

Short Waves for Black Guys
Instagram @smashthalegend

#28: 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

#29: Undercut for Teen Boys

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

Short Haircut with Skin Fade
Instagram @urechepaul

#30: 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 or induction cut isn’t the only short style boys must try.

The Modern Short Mohawk
Instagram @hmsalonformen

#31: The Modern Short Mohawk

A stand-out, playful, exciting haircut – this punk mohawk hair complements young men who are not afraid of anything. The best haircut for boys who love edgy fashion is right here!

#32: 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.

#33: 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

#34: Twisted Curls for Black Guys

This interesting pattern of twisted curls will turn you into a natural gem. This is the perfect best hair style for boys if they want to change their look.

Low Top with Designs for Black Guys
Instagram @valiantbarbers

#35: 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, this will suit you.

Dreads for Black Guys
Instagram @_vonunique

#36: 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 hairstyle for boys will surely be the talk of the town.

#37: The Side Part Combover

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

I like this type of teenage haircut because it is 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 I use and recommend for a boys’ hairstyle 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 need different people.

Cornrows for Black Guys
Instagram @curlzofglory

#38: Cornrows for Black Guys

Cornrows make a protective hairstyle that saves you time in the morning and 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 suggest that the client wear a du-rag to sleep, preventing the braids from getting wet while showering. This will prevent the hair from becoming frizzy quickly. I also suggest that the client oil his scalp every two days or whenever it starts to itch. Constant scratching of the scalp can frizz up a teenage hairstyle and irritate the scalp.

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