Cropped Top Haircut Ideas for Men

Looking for new ways to sport a short haircut for men? Try the cropped top haircut. Here are some pegs to inspire you to get this 'do.

A cropped top haircut (also often called “crop top haircut”) consists of a blunt fringe and faded sides and back. The fringe can be brushed up or combed down to cover a portion of your forehead. What’s great about this haircut for men is that it works both on thick and thin hair. In fact, it can even help disguise a receding hairline when the fringe is combed down.

The cropped top haircut was popular in the ’90s, but it has been around even before a name was coined for it. It also looks similar to the bowl cut, although the latter is often worn with little to no texture.

If you’ve always worn a barber’s cut or a crew cut your whole life, now is the perfect time to try a new ‘do. And if you’re ready to give cropped top haircut a try, here are some pegs for you.

1. Caesar Cut

Asian man with a cropped top haircut
Faded sides make the Caesar cut modern and trendy. Credit: Jessica Radanavong from Unsplash

This version of a cropped top haircut features a short blunt fringe and shaved or faded sides. It is named after the famous Roman general and statesman, who is often depicted in sculptures and artwork as sporting this short haircut.

Editor’s tip: Rock this short haircut by making sure your scalp is free from flakes. Use CLEAR Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men every day. It has Triple Anti-Dandruff Technology which helps in removing, resisting, and preventing dandruff. It even has mint to leave your scalp with a cool and fresh sensation. 

2. Messy French Crop

Asian man with a textured cropped top haircut
Work in style, whether you’re at home or in an office, with this ‘do. Credit: Ba Phi from Pexels

Compared with a Caesar cut, a French crop has a slightly longer fringe, but the sides are also kept short. Make it a trendy, everyday hairstyle by scooping a small amount of hair putty, rubbing your palms together, and finger-combing through your hair to apply the product. Scrunch your hair as you do so to create a messy look.

Editor’s tip: Enjoy experimenting with different hairstyles for men, especially when you have strong hair. Use Dove Men + Care Strengthening Shampoo, which has caffeine and Trichazole Actives that fortify your strands. This way, your hair grows uninterrupted by breakage and hair fall. 

3. Cropped Top Haircut With Low Fade

Asian man with a low fade cropped top haircut
With a low fade, your cropped top haircut gets to have a little more hair. Credit: Luigi Estuye Lucreative from Unsplash

With a low fade, the fading starts a little closer to your ear. You can go for this type of tapering if you don’t want your cropped top haircut to look too bare.

4. Cropped Top Haircut With Beard

Man with short hair and a chin strap beard
A chin strap beard along with a short haircut helps give balance to round and square face shapes. Credit: Madvortex from Pexels

Exude a mysterious and brooding vibe by pairing your cropped ‘do with a beard. Just trim and groom your beard regularly so your overall look remains youthful and fresh.

5. Short Curly Hair

Man with short curly hair smiling
Apply hair wax to your curls to keep them in good shape. Credit: Eduardo Dutra from Pexels

Does the cropped top haircut work on curly hair? Of course, it does! A bit of layering can give it a subtle fade while helping to distribute your hair’s natural volume.

6. Brushed-Back Long Fringe

Asian man with brush back hair holding a laptop
This hairstyle makes for a great office ‘do. Credit:

On days when you want to keep hair off your face, you can comb your fringe back and keep it in place by applying a bit of hair pomade. Style your cropped top haircut this way if you’re gunning for a sleek and smart (but still hip) look.

Editor’s tip: Keep your brushed-back fringe in place by applying Axe Ice Chill Pomade to your hair. It is a hard-hold, water-based pomade that provides maximum control and shine, helping your hairstyle last. It is easy to wash off, so you don’t need to worry about having sticky residue on your hair at the end of the day. 

7. Temple Undercut

Asian man with a short haircut with undercut
Finger-comb your hair towards the sides so it won’t look flat and limp. Credit: Joshua Loh from Unsplash

This haircut has short hair near the temples and longer hair at the back. This is a great option if you want to see if haircuts with shaved sides are for you.

8. Textured Fringe

Asian man with a cropped top haircut with a textured fringe
A textured hairstyle can help add body to thin hair. Credit: Ba Phi from Pexels

Not a fan of messy hairstyles? Just keep your fringe textured by creating small C-shapes. To do that, get a round brush and blow-dry your hair as you roll sections of your fringe downwards with your brush. Apply a little bit of hair putty, and you’re done!

Now, which of these is your favorite? Bookmark this page and show your pick to your barber the next time you get a haircut.

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