Getting your haircut right partly lies in how you communicate what you want to your barber. If you’re not hair-savvy, that could be quite a challenge. With a lot of haircuts and trends, it’s hard to remember what each style is called or even understand the difference between all of them. To help you widen your hairstyle vocabulary and make sure you know what you’re asking for the next time you get a haircut, we put together a list of all the popular styles for men. Check it out below!
Your Ultimate Guide to Popular Hairstyles for Men
The pompadour is originally a woman’s haircut named after Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV (monarchy drama, let’s leave it at that). Enter Elvis who stole the hairstyle and owned it, and well, the rest is literally history. The pomp is characterized by short sides and a long top, which is swept up and back over the head. It’s super stylish and sophisticated but it’s also high maintenance—you need regular trims and you can’t just shower and go, it has to be styled. If you don’t mind allotting some time to style your hair in the morning, this ‘do is an excellent choice.
Editor’s tip: Nail your pompadour hairstyle with the help of VO5 Gel Wax. It lets you shape your hair while giving it a firm hold. It has the benefits of gel and wax in one!
The quiff is quite similar to a pompadour hairstyle. It’s actually a combination of the pomp, the flat-top and the Mohawk. It features short sides and back and longer hair on top that ‘s brought upward and backward. It’s different from the pompadour in that it can be styled messy and tousled or worn straight and neatly brushed back, while the pompadour is usually really glossy and very precise. You can also tone down on the volume if you want to make your quiff more updated.
Editor’s tip: Create a stylish quiff with TONI&GUY Mattifying Putty for Men. It gives your style a matte finish and a long-lasting hold.
The fade is one of the trendy hairstyles for men that start off long at the top and gets shorter on the sides and the lower back. The hair creates a seamless blend as it goes from one length to the other.
Featuring sides and back that are shaved close to the head and a top section of hair that is longer in length, the undercut is a very versatile and stylish cut which you can style in different ways. You can style the longer top section slicked back, side-parted, in a ponytail or up in a man bun.
Editor’s tip: Don’t let dandruff ruin your style. With super short hair on the sides, it’s easy to see white flakes sticking on your scalp. Make sure your hair is dandruff-free with CLEAR Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men.
5. Buzz Cut
For a no-fuss, effortless hairstyle, you’ve got the classic buzz cut. Buzz cut is a super short style which requires for all of your hair to be closely shaven (think Channing Tatum in Step Up). It’s literally a wash-and-wear style because you don’t have to do anything with your hair other than wash it, so if you don’t have the patience to even pick up a comb, this is perfect for you.
6. Crew Cut
The crew cut is one of the classic short hairstyles for men. It’s tapered on the back and the sides, with the top about an inch long. It’s also a very short haircut that doesn’t require a lot of styling, making it a perfect cut for men-on-the-go.
7. Ivy League
The Ivy League haircut is a smart and sophisticated look for men. It’s basically a combination of the crew cut and a side-part hairstyle, where the sides are kept short while the front is left long enough for you to brush it to the side. This versatile squeaky clean cut can take you from workdays to weekends. It’s clean and smart but also has a fresh, youthful vibe to it.
8. Long Top
There are so many hairstyles for men to choose from now and people continue to experiment with newer ones. Why not try this long top hairstyle and ask your barber to make your sides a little thinner? And when styling it, comb the top part of your hair toward your forehead to emphasize its length.
Editor’s tip: To keep your long top in place all day, apply some VO5 Rough It Up Putty to add a relaxed texture to your hair. It doesn’t feel greasy so you won’t have to worry about it being there.
9. Easy Comb Over
Look smart and dapper with this hairstyle. The easy comb over is simple and easy to achieve. Just comb your hair over to one side, style with wax or putty, and you’re all set.
10. Korean Wavy Hairstyle
You know how K-pop has invaded the Philippines and almost everyone is going ga-ga over the Korean hairstyles, including men! Well, you too can achieve this Korean wavy hairstyle, especially if your hair is long or medium-length.
11. Messy Side Part
Even men can wear a messy hairstyle. To achieve this ‘do, you can simply scrunch and style your hair with your fingers. It’s a great way to look stylish on weekends when you want a break from super polished hairstyles.
12. Curtain Hairstyle
This hairstyle was popular in the ’90s (also known as the kachupoy hairstyle), but it doesn’t mean you can’t bring it back. If your hair has a natural center part, just go with it when sporting this ‘do. Then, play up the volume on your roots by scrunching your hair or blow-drying it.
Editor’s tip: With long and thick hair, dirt and excess oil can easily get trapped on your scalp. Wash your hair with CLEAR Deep Cleanse Anti-Dandruff Shampoo to get rid of particles that can clog your pores and cause dandruff.
13. Long and Flat Top
If you’re looking for a clean haircut that isn’t really short, then, this long and flat top hair is all you need. It is long enough to still style but with sides that are thin and clean. You can even style the long top part into a quiff on your off days to exude a relaxed vibe.
Editor’s tip: Enjoy styling your hair with a little help from VO5 Rework Putty. You simply spread it on your hair and style it the way you like. And if in the middle of the day you feel the urge to change your hairstyle, you can do so without having to wash your hair or reapply the putty.
14. Samurai Bun
More and more men like growing their hair long not just for a change but to also style them in different ways. That’s not vanity but learning to go with trends and styles. If your hair is long enough to put up in a bun, then, you should try the samurai bun which exudes masculinity from every angle. It’s simple to do and works best when styled the messy way. Best of all, you don’t have to be Japanese to wear this hairstyle!
15. Sleek Man Bun
Aside from the Samurai Bun, we also highly recommend this sleek man bun which is a more ‘formal’ hairstyle for men with long hair. It’s sleek, so your hair is well-kept and looks clean. Unlike the samurai bun, this hair is basically an undercut with long top hair. And to achieve the sleek finish, you can add a few drops of hair serum. Otherwise, you can also keep it matte for a more unique finish.
16. Messy with a Deep Side-part
This hairstyle is highly recommended if you’re trying to grow out your short hair which tends to be messy and flies in all directions. You can keep that discreet by actually styling it the messy way! Part it deep at the side and bring all of your hair to one side. Enjoy looking younger and more like your favorite K-pop oppas.
Now that you know exactly what the different haircuts for men are called, we hope there’ll be no more failed barber trips. But in any case, bring a photo to show your barber, too, just to be safe!