Many men find it difficult to find the best hairstyle or haircut that suits them. It can all depend on your face shape, hair type and hair products used. These are 65 of the most popular men’s haircuts to make life easier for you.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of fade haircuts, quiffs, long hairstyles, undercuts, the pompadour, buzz cuts or Mohawk hairstyles – we have something for everyone. We even have styles for those of you with thick, full locks and naturally fine or thin hair, as well as expert styling tips and tricks and product recommendations. Check out our round-up of the best male haircuts for 2021, below.
1. Fade Haircut with Beard
This trending haircut is exactly what you need to try in 2021. It features a cool textured top, a subtle fade haircut with a rugged shaped beard.
2. Slick Pompadour
3. The French Crop
Neat, masculine and timeless, the French crop boasts several benefits and is great for those who want to keep it short, but relatively stylised.
Editor’s tip: To build up the texture for this look, opt for a styling product that has a natural matt finish, such as the iconic VO5 Matt Clay.
4. Short Razored Cut
Razor cutting is a technique that involves slicing and texturising the hair with the use of knife-like razors. For men with thin or fine hair, try keeping the top fairly short with shorter back and sides.
Editor’s tip: To work this ‘do like a pro, reach for the VO5 Thickening Paste to help create texture and the illusion of thicker-looking locks.
5. Semi-long and Slicked Back
For a more dapper look with some retro vibes, keep the top about medium length and the sides only a tad shorter.
Style tip: Go for a classic wet-look using pomade or hold it in place with some hairspray, it’s all up to you!
6. Minimalist Quiff
First of all, a quiff can work for men of all ages, and while being perfect for making a statement, it doesn’t have to be a big one. How extreme you go is entirely up to how large your personality is.
7. Textured Top
If you’ve got thin hair, choosing a textured cut with lots of angles and definition creates plenty of interest and can give the illusion of thicker tresses. Credit: @barberinspirations
8. Skin Fade
9. Classic Short Hair
This classic and stylish short hairdo is perfect for fellas who like the more preppy look. This is a great one, if you want to keep you hairstyle on the smarter side. Credit: @fellowbarber
10. Short Sides and Combover
Keep the sides of your hair neatly buzzed, and rock a longer length on top. Sweep the longer section back, for an incredibly suave look, that will make your hair look full and thick. Credit: @alexanderludwig
11. Striking and Messy
12. Short Fade and Side Sweep
Give your look plenty of edge with this striking style, that will have people thinking about your stylish ‘do, rather than thin hair! Credit: @barbertownworc
13. Spiky Hair
14. Mini Pompadour
When you’ve got thin hair, you might think that you’re not able to pull of some of the edgier styles, such as the pompadour, but we’re here to tell you – you can get on board!
While you might not have the volume or height, you can still create a mini quiff, that will give height and texture to your hair.
15. Brushed up Spikes
As we’ve said before, spiky hair is your friend and brushed-up spikes are even better, as they add tonnes of volume to your look Credit: @morrismotley
16. The Receding Hairline Haircut
This style is all about making the most out of your striking widow’s peak by creating contrast through your lengths. Either build up the volume in the top or keep it smooth. It’s classic, sleek and an easy way to make peace with thinning hair. Credit: @jimmisimpson
17. Ivy League Haircut
Editor’s tip: To shape this neat cut, reach for VO5 Styling Wax to help give your hair the hold and control it needs.
18. The Buzz Cut
19. The Messy haircut
The messy texture on top will give the appearance of a fuller style, while keeping the back and sides short will conceal the true fineness of your hair! Credit: @charliejamesmodel
20. The High and Tight
The classic high and tight look is ideal for those with thinning hair due to the sides being closely shaved, giving enough hair on top to play with and the illusion of more hair on the head. Credit: @kevinluchmun
21. The Male Pixie Cut
22. Faded Quiff
Quiffs works in a similar way to the messy-on-top haircut by tricking the eye into thinking that your hair is thicker than it really is. Credit: @menpeluqueros
Editor’s tip: This stylish cut is timeless, flattering for every face type, and perfect for finer hair.
A top tip is to avoid hair gels when styling as they will clump your hair together and highlight your thin hair. Instead, focus on hair products with matt finishes, like the TONI&GUY Men’s Moulding Clay.
23. Side Comb Fade
24. Fade Haircut
Team a full beard with a sharp-looking faded haircut for an on-trend look. Credit: @hayden_cassidy
Editor’s tip: Keep your beard hair soft and groomed with the TIGI Bed Head Grooming Lion Tamer Beard and Hair Balm. This lightweight and nourishing balm smooths and controls facial hair while also keeping the skin underneath conditioned.
25. Textured Cut
This messy, Hollywood-approved style is one of our favourite hairstyles for men as it’s got length and dimension, as well as being ultra-flattering.
26. The Messy Quiff
This ‘do is all about drawing attention to the shape of your hairstyle, instead of your thin hair. Just keep plenty of texture in your quiff to create the illusion of thicker tresses and no one will be any the wiser.
Editor’s tip: We suggest using a hair mousse and a hairdryer to create volume. Then, if necessary, apply some TONI&GUY Mens Mattifying Putty for extra control and lift.
27. Short Comb Over Haircut
The classic comb over is one of the easiest styles to rock and has almost zero styling time required. With slightly shorter sides, sweep the longest part of your hair over to one side. And that’s it!
28. Longer Ivy League Haircut
Have you considered the modern Ivy League-inspired style? This suave style is one to keep on your radar if you like a more classic look.
29. Slicked Back Undercut
Much like rocking a beard, a neatly trimmed goatee and moustache will bring the focus to your face and complement a slicked-back hairstyle perfectly. Credit: @giovanni_savillsbarbers
30. Hard Part Haircut
The hard part haircut involves a shaved line creating a more exaggerated parting and is great for distracting from any places you may be balding. Credit: @pinupbarbershop
31. 360 Waves
Any barber will tell you that the best way to boost the look of finer hair is by adding texture. 360 waves are a popular way of styling black hair as the close cut and cool ripped effect make thinning less noticeable.
32. Asian Man Bun
Asian men are known for having typically straight hair, which can be an issue if you’ve also got thinning to contend with. Fine hair can look even thinner when it’s super straight, so a tied back style like the Asian man bun can help make your hair look fuller. Credit: @asianmanbun
33. Bald Fade
A more extreme version of the classic fade, the difference between a regular fade and a bald fade (or skin fade as it’s also called) is that the hair is cut all the way down to skin level, creating a more dramatic contrast. Credit: @shortjackandsides
34. Bald Taper Fade
Having short hair doesn’t mean you can’t still look sharp. Contrast a graduated bald taper fade with angular lines by getting your barber to focus on your edges to create a fresh hairline. Credit: @supremekutzbarbershop1
35. Caesar Haircut
Styles like the Caesar haircut are the definition of low-key. The modern way to wear it is with a short back and sides all the way around, using the longer top layers to create a textured fringe effect.
36. Curtains Hairstyle
The ’90s are a big trend right now, which means yep, you guessed it, the curtains hairstyle is back! With the hair parted down the middle and styled into a wavy curtain look, it’s a clever way of concealing a receding hairline by covering up those areas of hair loss.
37. Footballer Hairstyles
Lost on where to look for inspiration? There are plenty of footballer hairstyles that you can take style tips from, just look at the Harry Kane haircut.
38. Hairstyle for Men Over 40
We get that a man in his forties might not want a super trendy cut like a guy in his twenties but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. If you’re looking at hairstyles for men over 40, Josh Duhamel’s side-swept haircut is youthful and fresh and still looks really stylish.
39. Best Hairstyle for Men Over 50
For ideas for hairstyles for men over 50, look no further. Combining a neat comb over with short facial hair, George Clooney is the ultimate silver fox with this exquisite groomed style. He’s also a great example of embracing going grey in style!
40. High Top Fade
The high top fade is a common go-to style for black men. It originally rose to fame in the ’80s and ’90s (think Will Smith in The Fresh Prince) but it can be made more wearable by keeping it shorter and less boxy.
41. Hipster Haircut
For the trend-focused gent looking for more experimental men’s hairstyles, consider a hipster haircut. Comprising of an undercut on the back and sides with fuller hair on top, it allows you to play around with various textures and finishes.
42. Man Bun
Over the past few years, few hairstyles have garnered as much popularity as the man bun. If your hair is long enough and you’re tempted to give it a try, follow our tutorial below.
43. Man Bun and Beard
44. Man Bun Fade
45. Man Perm
Curly hairstyles for men are becoming increasingly popular and with that comes the (rather unexpected) return of the man perm! Depending on how defined or loose you want your curls to be, you’ll be able to tailor the tightness of your curls for the most natural-looking result.
46. Mohawk Hairstyle
Forget what you think you know about the mohawk hairstyle. Mohawks might traditionally be associated with daring punk styles, but keeping it short can make it a really flattering and wearable style, especially for afro hair. Credit: @dreasvision
47. Pompadour Fade
Tired of feeling scruffy at work but feel like your thin hair is limiting your grooming potential? Make a good impression at work or for an interview with this Ryan Reynolds approved hairstyle.
49. Shadow Taper
A shadow taper, which features a more gradual transition from long to short, creating a shadowed effect is ideal for men with thin hair.
Shadow fades can be long, mid-length or short so can be worked into almost any men’s hairstyles for thin hair. Credit: @q.thebarber.7
50. Short Sides and Long Top
Styling short sides and long top cut is so easy you won’t even need a mirror, just ruffle through with your fingers and you’re done.
51. Short Undercut
Ditch the conventional styles and let your personality shine through with a short undercut like this modern take on the bowl cut. As a bonus, it’ll also help boost ultra fine locks and add more shape to your look. Credit: @bluetitlondon
52. Slick Hair
For the man who always wants to look his best, nail the suave look with slick hair. Some wet-look gel and a fine-toothed comb are all you need to recreate this timeless style.
53. Side Swept Undercut
54. South of France Haircut
Similar to a mohawk or ‘frohawk, the South of France haircut was originally made popular by Usher. Anyone who has considered a mohawk but been too scared should give this more toned-down variant a go. Credit: @ericlloyd26
55. Surfer Hair
Timothée Chalamet’s surfer hair feels like it’s practically made for summer with its beachy texture and piecey waves.
Editor’s tip: Who needs the beach? All you need is a lightweight mousse like the VO5 Thickening Foam Mousse to add air-light volume and messy texture to your strands.
56. Taper Comb Over Haircut
57. Top Knot for Men
58. The Peaky Blinders Hairstyle
If Thomas Shelby is your hair inspiration, this severe undercut will be right up your street. Credit: @salonexte
59. Undercut Fade
This undercut fade has a simple yet cool edgy style to it and pairs well with a classic crew cut.
60. Undercut on Long Hair
61. 50 Shades of Grey
Grey strands have dominated men’s hairstyles in the last few years, with more and more of Hollywood’s leading men taking the colour plunge. So, if you’re after a new colour, try opting for a striking (yet handsomely subtle!) grey hue. Credit: @james_s_welsh
62. The Textured Top
63. Extreme Hair Fade
While many men may dream of thick hair, it can, in fact, be overwhelming. Take some of the weight out of your hair by shaving the sides. Credit: @alexsudati
64. High Fade Haircut
This high fade haircut is perfect for anyone who is looking for a style that will help them stand out from the crowd. The modern, slicked-back finish to this ‘do makes it a hot-to-trot style for the year ahead, and is actually super easy to maintain! Credit: @romario_designer
65. Shadow Hair Fade
This hairstyle is a step away from those we’ve previously seen that rely on long or thick hair for contrast, and can be rocked by anyone of any hair type! Credit: @kaisbarbershop