The 60 Best Short Hairstyles for Men

Men’s hair has gone through much transformation over the years. Although the powdered wigs of Louis IVX are a thing of the past (boo), the short, clean cuts of today’s modern male leave little to be desired.

There’s nothing that says ‘a guy has cleaned himself up’ like a short haircut. If you want your appearance to be on-point to get a good job, attend a wedding, take a girl on a date, etc., then having a clean cut is the answer, but there’s a lot of room for variation in there.

Your Short Style is Unique

Essentially, having a short cut is all about expressing yourself. You are unique, and your crop should definitely express that to the world. That does not mean just going to your local barber and telling him to cut it all off. Really examine what it is you want your hair to look and feel like, and if you do your homework, you can discover a cut that is just right for you.

There is a recent trend towards longer, shaggier hair and beards for men. Who didn’t like the Curt Cobain look in the 1990s? But, even though there are still a few men holding on, the preferred look is the short look because it’s cleaner and easier to maintain.

Best Men’s Short Hairstyles

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Embrace the Modern Look

Remember the old term ‘short back and sides’? This was something that you would yell at your barber, which we’ve already established, is not something that you’re going to do. Think about all those cookie-cutter hairstyles of the 1950s and 1960s. These days, it’s more important than ever to have an honest conversation with your stylist so that you can really lay out how you want your hair to stand apart from the rest.

The shortest of the short haircuts is the buzzcut. This was first made popular in the military, of course, but plenty of non-soldier guys like the look and feel of this cut as well. No, you may not look like Bruce Willis in Die Hard, but you’re still going to be pretty bad @ss in most peoples’ estimation. When choosing this look, either select induction cut (the shortest version of this style) or a brush cut, which is similar to a crew cut.

When in doubt, go Roman. The Caesar cut is a classic for many reasons, thanks to its fringe and sides that give off a masculine look and feel. This is the cut of choice for men who are dealing with a receding hairline, because it helps to mask it.

The options that you choose are going to make your cut unique. Perhaps you want a nice fade, or some banging texture. Throw some color or highlights in there; men are allowed to do that, after all.

Styling Tips

Did you get the short haircut of your dreams yet? Well once you have it, you want to hold onto it. With a change in temperature comes a change in your hair, and that’s why the way that you set it can make all the difference in the world. We’re going to highlight some of the top products to use on your short hair. Perhaps you’ve never heard of some of these before.

  • Hair Serums: Hair serums can be used to reign in those stray hairs while also protecting and conditioning the strands. If you have curly hair, serums can be used to straighten it.
  • Mousse: Mousse is designed to add shine to your hair, as well as volume. It doesn’t have great hold, but it won’t give you helmet hair, either.
  • Hair Clay: You can create some amazing shapes and styles with hair clay. If you’re going out for a fun night on the town and you don’t want your hair to move, then hair clay is definitely for you.
  • Hair Gel: This is a staple in any man’s grooming arsenal. Hair gel comes in a number of different hold strengths, so you can choose what works best for you. This is the stuff that the professionals use.
  • Hair Glue: That’s right, there is such a thing as hair glue. Some call it ‘Mohawk Glue,’ and it’s used to get that rocker look that no other product can attain. It’s hard to wash this stuff out, but the results are pretty amazing.