Ready for a new look? Here are short hairstyles for men to inspire your next cut

Men, take note! Here’s how you can get a new hairstyle by giving your short haircut a stylish upgrade.

Short hairstyles are a man’s go-to style. They’re easy to style, low maintenance, and appropriate for everyday life — taking you from school or work to a night out. But if you’re looking to up your style-game and rock a new hairstyle, all you may need is a little extra snip here and there to give your short haircut a stylish upgrade.  So give yourself a new look with one of these short hairstyles for men!

Short hairstyle ideas for men

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Slick side part. Credit:

Slicked side part

Side parts are key to fully transforming your face. Depending on the depth of the part, it can drastically change your look — taking you from school-boy to street edge. But to keep the look neat through the day, ask your barber to give your sides a close trim while still leaving enough hair at the front to slick to the side. To style it, simply part your hair and slick your hair back with gel.

Editor’s Tip: Applying gel every day can weigh your hair down and leave residue over time. So keep your hair fresh with Clear Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men. It helps refresh scalp and hair for the ultimate cooling sensation to stay fresh through the day.

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Crew cut with waves. Credit: Shutterstock.

Crew cut with waves

A take on the classic cut, this style is the perfect gentleman’s haircut. To give it a stylish upgrade, let your natural hair type be the main focal point of the cut. So don’t try to hide your waves or curls by getting a close trim. Instead, ask your barber to trim the top of your hair to a length that highlights your hair’s natural waves. Then style with wax (try to give your waves dimension and body.

We recommend: TONI&GUY Mattifying Putty for Men. It provides texture with long-lasting hold, perfect for a casual, cool look.

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Slicked back hair. Credit:

Slicked back hair

For that straight-to-the-board-room look reminiscent of Harvey Specter from Suits, you’d want to fully slick your hair back. For this, ask your barber to give you a slight undercut while keeping the rest of your hair at medium-length. Anything shorter than that may not work for this as look as you need a bit of length to get that full slicked back effect.

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Textured and messy quiff with slight fade. Credit: Shutterstock.

Textured and messy quiff with slight fade

For a modern take on the classic quiff, go for a textured quiff with a slight fade on the sides. This will give the tops of your quiff more body and dimension. To give your hair the texture it needs to stay up and quiff-ed, we recommend using TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray.

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Fringe with trimmed sides. Credit:

Fringe with trimmed sides

If you’re into the long fringe hairstyle that sweeps across your forehead, ask your barber to give it a style update by rocking it with shorter sides and a lightly layered fringe cut. This gives the the haircut a bit more body and allows you to texturize it for that easy lived-in look.

Still not sure what to do with your hair? Next time you head to the barber, request for a new hairstyle by asking them to simply modify your current style — either through a different style of trimming or a new hair color. Barbers are great at understanding men’s hair, so have them suggest cuts that will complement the style that already works for you.