Professional men’s hairstyles: Boardroom-approved styles you need to consider

Are you looking for professional men's haircuts? Then you're in luck, as we have rounded up some top-notch styles just for you!  

Now we know that finding the right balance between an on-trend look and one that’s appropriate for the office isn’t an easy task. But that’s where we come in. For those looking for professional men’s hairstyles (that aren’t as dull as a door nail), come take a browse through our exclusive selection.

Whether you’re after a classic ‘do, something sophisticated, or one that’s got a bit more personality, know that there’s something suitable for your needs and your morning meeting!

These professional men’s hairstyles will ensure you look the part


Ryan Reynolds light brown hair in taper cut on red carpet
Ryan Reynolds knows how to wear his taper cut in true style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Short taper

Loved by: Ryan Reynolds, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck.

taper cut has long been one of the most popular men’s professional hairstyles, and with celebrity fans like Ryan Reynolds (above) and George Clooney regularly spotted with the style, we can certainly see why.

And if that wasn’t enough of a reason to make the taper cut your next look, perhaps the fact that it’s low maintenance and hugely versatile will appeals to you.

Leonardo DiCaprio wet look slicked back hair
Leonardo DiCaprio went for a slicked back do recently. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Slicked back side part

Loved by: Leonardo Dicaprio and Jon Hamm (AKA Don Draper).

When it comes to business hairstyles, men needn’t look any further than the timeless slicked-back side part. Leonardo DiCaprio is a lover of the style (both on and off screen), plus its the same style ad exec. Don Draper sported in Mad Men, so you know it’s a style suitable for the office.

Editor’s tip: Go from smart to casual and back to smart with the TONI&GUY Styling Gum. Not only is it great for creating definition with a workable hold, but its high-shine finish makes it a winning product for this slick style.

Zac Efron brown hair in pompador style
Zac Efron has become the poster boy for pompadour styles. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock


Loved by: Zac Efron, Zayn Malik, and Bruno Mars.

Gone are the days of Elvis and Danny Zuko-inspired pompadour styles (as lovely are they were), however, that is not to say that the more modern version should be ruled out, too!

When it comes to looking for professional haircuts for men, take a cue from modern-day heartthrobs Zac Efron and Bruno Mars, and give a textured pompadour a try.

Colin Farrell swept back taper haircut on brown hair
Colin Farrell has tried many styles, but we think this swept back taper cut may be the best look yet. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Swept back taper

Loved by: Collin Farrell and David Beckham.

Can’t decide between rocking a slicked-back look or a pompadour? Well, luckily for you, there is a solution to this styling dilemma: the swept-back taper.

Perfect for all hair types, especially men with thick hair, the swept back taper offers the neatness of a slick ‘do (without the shine) and the smart casualness of a pompadour (without too much height), making it the ideal look for indecisive guys the world over.

Jake Gyllenhaal brown hair in classic ivy league style
Jake Gyllenhaal nails the ivy league look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Ivy League

Loved by: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Gosling.

Fan of the crew cut but want something more professional looking? Then we suggest trying the Ivy League. What is an Ivy League haircut, you ask? Simply put, it’s a type of crew cut that is long enough to be styled in a side parting.

For short Ivy League inspiration look to Jake Gyllenhaal (above) and for a longer styles, Ryan Gosling is the man to turn to. Keep it neat Monday to Friday, and on the weekends this no-hassle cut can be left product free.

David Gandy brown hair in tousled messy quiff style
David Gandy with his signature messy quiff style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Messy quiff

Loved by: David Gandy and Harry Styles.

We’ve reached the final of our round up of men’s professional hairstyles, but we may have just left the best for last. We know that those with slightly longer hair may find it a struggle keeping it in check; so instead of working to try and tame your strands, work with them to create a more undone quiff.

Just like David Gandy and Harry Styles (two big fans of the style), the key to this relaxed quiff is to look like you haven’t tried. And don’t worry about the messiness of it, that’s all part of its appeal!

Editor’s tip: Make crafting this messy quiff a whole lot easier by using the VO5 Matt Clay. For added texture and definition, this easy-to-wash-out product is a must!


We hoped you enjoyed our round up of professional haircuts for men, but if you’re on the hunt for even more business hairstyles, men needn’t worry. Head on over to our Men’s Short Hairstyles page for bucket loads of celebrity looks and runway styles to try your hand at.