Short hair men

In this guide, you will learn everything about short men's hairstyles, including valuable tips and inspiration, and discover whether a short style is for you.



Whether you’re young or mature, have thin or thick hair, are balding or not, there’s a high chance that you’re one of the many men looking for a hairstyle that gives you confidence.

There’s no denying that it’s difficult to find a new hairstyle that suits you. Fortunately, there are plenty of options you can experiment with.

The short hairstyles we’ll introduce in this article are meant for men of all ages and offer so much variety. We will discuss hairstyles with a hair length between 2 and 10 centimeters.

Short haircuts for men are very popular nowadays: easy to maintain (depending on the hairstyle you choose), and they’re versatile.

You’ll also be able to go in various directions: business, casual or sexy. Do this by using some gel or wax, or by combing your hair to one side of your head for instance.

But your hands are often enough to create a slightly messy look.

Short haircuts are also stress-free. With long hair, you’ll often be disturbed by hair near your ears or on your face.

Long hair requires a little more care. Trimmed hair is not for everyone though. Regular visits to the hairdresser (sometimes every three to four weeks) are needed for maintenance and there is very little model that can be used in short hair.

A disadvantage of short hair is that you have to go to the hairdresser a little more often than if you had long hair — but less often than with shaved hair.

Another disadvantage is that you might have to take a comb with you every time you leave the house. You may need to re-shape your hair because they are prone to get messed up by external factors.

Inspiration & lookbook for short hairstyles

Short fringe looks

Short bangs are the perfect hairstyle if you’re looking to try something different, but don’t want to undergo a complete transformation.

Bangs can be cut to various lengths, from short to medium, and also suits every face type.

Bangs are also one of the few short hairstyles that you can use to accentuate certain parts of your face, camouflage certain facial features, or draw attention away from them.

There are three types of bangs: the short, medium, long version, and the angled version. Angled bangs and short bangs both fall under the short hairstyle umbrella and are perfect for men with an elongated, oval, or round face.

In addition, you can create as much volume as you want with bangs. You can choose to keep the hair close to your forehead or style it high into a kind of crest.

You can also get a tousled or a messy but sleek-looking out-of-bed look. With short bangs, you can go in any direction you want; no look is too crazy or too conventional.

Bangs are great for work, or you can also create a sexy or sporty look with a little wax or gel.

Bangs are a style in which the hair is mainly combed forward, with the hair partly covering the forehead. With short bangs, the hair will not fall below the eyebrows.

A big advantage of short bangs is that you don’t have to stand in front of the mirror long in the morning to get your hair in shape: you can be done in just a few minutes.

→ Read more: A comprehensive guide with tips and inspiration for the men’s bangs haircut

Side part

Although we haven’t seen the side part on men for a long time, it is now completely hip again.

Hairstyles with a side part are ideal for any occasion, whether you’re headed to the office or out for a night.

Where the parting lies, there is a clearly visible line on the head, where both sides of the hair are separated from each other. The hair falls to the left and to the right on the head respectively. Diagonal parts are rare.

The side part is a short and trendy hairstyle that can be quickly styled. The part is also called the comb-over, business haircut, or parting and is one of the classic men’s hairstyles that have made a comeback of late.

This hairstyle suits men and boys of all ages. Did you know that the side part can also be combined with long hair?

The side part is especially good for men with a square, oval or diamond-shaped face type, but it basically suits any face shape. A short side part style is achieved with hair that’s about 5 to 10 centimeters long.

When the hair is cut shorter, spikes are more likely to form. When the hair is longer than 10 centimeters, a lot of pomade or wax will be needed to style and keep the hair in place.

Often the side part is also shaved from the neck with clippers, using settings 3 to 6.

→ Read more: A comprehensive guide with tips and inspiration for the side part men’s haircut

Crest looks

The crest is one of the most iconic hairstyles of all time and is also called brush up or quiff and is best known as Elvis’ trademark.

The crest has changed somewhat since the 1950s but has never truly gone out of style. The crest is therefore also a classic and timeless hairstyle that exudes elegance, refinement, and a touch of virility.

There are several types of crest: the modern, short crest, the classic crest, the undercut crest, and the side part in combination with the crest.

The modern crest gives you a retro look, while the classic crest works best on slightly longer hair. The side part in combination with a crest is a bit daring, but it is sure to make you stand out.

Or you could consider the undercut quiff, where the rest of the hair is shaved or cut very short.

The crest is best for men with an oval, heart-shaped, triangular, or rectangular face.

If you have or want to have a short haircut, the crest is great for short hair. This brush-up is less striking and is a very suitable hairstyle for work or other formal occasions.

Also, this crest is very easy — it takes just minutes to style.

→ Read more: A comprehensive guide with tips and inspiration for the crested men’s haircut

Ivy League

The Ivy League is a variation on the buzz cut and is best described as clean and smooth. The Ivy League is therefore very suitable for a business look, while also being a great one for leisure or parties.

This hairstyle gives you an elegant look and can be styled in various ways. The Ivy League is therefore more versatile than the other versions of the buzz cut.

For example, you can style the hair on the front of the head, near the forehead, into a small pompadour, while the hair is cut shorter on the rest of the head.

The pompadour is similar to a small crest, measuring 1 to 2 inches long at most. The rest of the haircut is short, almost shaved, so there are no spikes or a prominent crest. The side part is also part of this hairstyle.

→ Read more: A comprehensive guide with tips and inspiration for the Buzz cut men’s haircut

French crop

The French crop is a short men’s haircut that is very practical but still not often seen in the Netherlands. as this hairstyle is much more popular in other countries.

This short men’s hairstyle is also called a French cut, and you can look good with little effort. The French crop is a short haircut that is suitable for men and boys of all ages.

To create this style, the hair on top of the head is longer than the hair on the sides. The hair on top is 2 to 3 centimeters long and on the sides a maximum of one centimeter.

The point of the French cut is that the longer part of the hair is styled straight forward or slightly to one side. Often a comb or hands are used for it.

The comb creates a finer, neater look, while hands and fingers create a tousled, sexy look.

→ Read more: A comprehensive guide with tips and inspiration for the French crop men’s haircut

Caesar cut

The Caesar cut is a short, easy, and very special haircut for men. It is a classic men’s hairstyle that has been around for thousands of years and can be worn by boys and men of all ages.

Although the Caesar cut is similar to the French cut, these hairstyles are not the same. Where in the French crop the hair on top of the head is longer than on the sides, the hair in the Caesar cut has the same length all over the head.

The Caesar cut takes its name from Julius Caesar, the famous Roman general. Caesar combed his hair forward, creating short bangs.

The sides and top of the hair were cut to the same length. More and more male celebrities have been spotted wearing a Caesar cut haircut recently. Famous people with this hairstyle include Antonio Banderas, George Clooney, and Gerard Butler.

This gorgeous short haircut for men is especially suited to men with an oval, elongated, or diamond-shaped face. Caesar cuts come in a variety of lengths, ranging from 1 to 8 inches. This hairstyle requires little styling time.

A comb is often enough and you can use some wax or cream if necessary. When using a product, apply a little bit of it to the still damp hair before styling.

→ Read more: A comprehensive guide with tips and inspiration for the Caesar cut men’s haircut

Spiky hair

Another well-known haircut for men and boys is the spiky look. This hairstyle can come in different lengths, but often the hair is cut to a length of 1 to 4 or 5 centimeters.

When the hair is longer, you will have to spend much more time styling the hair.

Spikes are mainly worn by boys and somewhat younger men. Older men are rarely seen with spiky hair. Whoever wears this hairstyle, the hair is styled on top of the head in an upwards motion, creating spikes.

Often a wax or a cream is used for this, but for slightly longer hair, gel in combination with hairspray can be a better option.

This hairstyle is especially suitable for going out, but less suitable for work — especially when it comes to an office job that involves interacting with clients.

To create a better and more striking look with spikes, you can also ask the hairdresser to put highlights in your hair. Some strands of hair are dyed a lighter shade, which will make the spikes stand out more.

If you want to be even more rebellious in the streets, you can also have the spikes painted in a separate color. Think of green, red, purple, or black.

These bold colors are often chosen by high school students and young adults who like to be different from their peers or who simply like to be in the spotlight and stand out.

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