8 laid-back surfer hair looks to see you through summer 2018

Beth | 18 April 2018

Grab your board and hit the surf with these surfer haircut styles 🏄


As far as men’s hairstyle trends go, surfer hair is one that’s popular all over the world – even if you live nowhere near a beach. Whether you’re an actual surfing enthusiast is irrelevant because it’s not the activity itself that’s so appealing, it’s the post-surf, perfectly-windswept hair that we’re all after.

Combining undone texture with grown-out lengths, these beachy styles exude year-round summer vibes and just look utterly cool on everyone! Want the style for yourself? Read on and ponder our edit of the best men’s surfer hair looks from stars like Dylan Sprouse, plus find out how to nail the look of the season.


Men’s surfer hair looks to try out over the summer months – no beach needed


mcfly's dougie poynter on the red carpet with blonde medium length hair swept over to one side
Keep it windswept and interesting. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Swept over side part

What makes men’s surfer hair so great is it’s weathered finish, so the key to emulating this effect at home is to make it look like you’ve been caught in a breeze.

Give yourself a deep side parting like McFly’s Dougie Poynter by sweeping all of your hair over to one side with your fingers. This is a quick trick to make it look like you’ve been riding the waves all day, even if you’ve not moved from the sofa.

game of thrones actor jason momoa with long wild dark hair and heavy facial hair
Channel your inner Khal Drogo and let your locks run wild. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Wild and free

You may want to fool everyone into thinking you’re far too busy living that Baywatch life to bother with your hair but there’s more to this tousled look than meets the eye. Jason Momoa’s surfer haircut is the epitome of effortless “oh, it grew like this” vibes but still in a controlled and non-straggly way, thanks to its full-bodied look.

His intense facial hair also helps to tie the whole look together really well, so why not consider retiring your razor for a while?

TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray
TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray

Editor’s tip: It’s the salt in the sea and air that gives this beachy look that gritty, wavy appeal, but you can get the same effect at home using the TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray. This is our best-kept secret for adding in texture, while still maintaining a matt, uber-natural look.

actor dylan sprouse with shoulder length layered dark blonde surfer hair
Layers are key when growing out your length. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Layered locks

If you’re attempting to grow out your hair, layers are an absolute must for maintaining shape.

Hair that’s all one length can look unkempt but by adding in some layers (particularly around the front, like Dylan Sprouse, here), you’ll have a look that’s totally tailored to you and you’ll always look well groomed.

actor Timothée Chalamet with his signature dark textured medium hair
It’s called pretty boy hair for a reason people! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Pretty boy hair

Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird actor Timothée Chalamet is absolutely everywhere right now and that’s probably got quite a lot to do with his envy-inducing head of hair.

Whether it’s the retro length or the there-but-not-quite-there curls, all we know is we want to steal his style pronto.

david beckham on the red carpet in a tux with slick long hair
After something more put together? Use product like a wax or gel to get a sleeker finish. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Slick back surfer

Not all surfer hair looks are laid-back, they can work for more formal situations, too. This slicked back hairdo from David Beckham is all about the ’90s Kurt Cobain-esque long hair vibes, but in a sleek, shiny finish.

If you’re worried about how you’d wear longer hair for work, this is a great way to smarten it up.

VO5 Styling Wax
VO5 Styling Wax

Editor’s tip: To neaten up your style and add that high-shine finish, pick yourself up a wax like the VO5 Styling Wax. This shaping wax offers long hold to keep your look in place but doesn’t have that crunchy feeling you can sometimes experience with gels.

australian singer/songwriter vance joy with his short curly light brown hair
Let those curls do the talking with this beachy crop. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Curly crop

Most surfer styles are all about the texture, so if you’ve got naturally curly hair you’re already off to a good start!

Aussie singer-songwriter Vance Joy has quite a short cut compared to some of its counterpart surfer styles but what he lacks in length he more than makes up for with his beachy, coiled locks.

twilight actor booboo stewart on the red carpet with his long wavy dark hair wearing a pink shirt and mustard blazer
Go long! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Luscious lengths

A lot of guys consider anything longer than a crew cut ‘long’ so it’s all relative, but if you’ve already got mid to jaw-length hair, why not go all the way and really push your lengths to the limits?

Twilight star Booboo Stewart’s chest-length look certainly makes a statement, but the low-key wavy texture and simple centre part keep it balanced and wearable.

VO5 Rework Texture Foam
VO5 Rework Texture Foam

Editor’s tip: With longer looks you risk looking weighed down (especially if your hair is naturally more oily) so prepare for styling with something like the VO5 Rework Texture Foam.

This light, aerated foam is great for adding lift at the roots and adds texture to strands. You can also use it together with your blow dryer to really amp up the volume.

justin bieber with platinum blonde short hair with swooping face-framing layers
Justin’s floppy ‘do is a must try if your hair is on the shorter side. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Short surfer style

While we tend to think of a surfer hairstyle as being a predominantly longer look, you can still nod to the trend even if your hair is shorter – just look at Justin! Bieber’s floppy front layers give him an undeniably skater/surfer aura that’s just classically cool without being too daring.


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