The Ryan Gosling haircut: 9 of his best looks

Beth | 30 April 2019

Learn how to pull off the Ryan Gosling haircut like the main man himself.

Ryan Gosling is one of the most stylish men in Hollywood. Starring in cult films like Drive and Blade Runner, he’s become known for his effortlessly cool style both on and off-screen. And it’s not just his clothes that men everywhere are trying to copy – it’s his hair, too. He’s sparked a trend in men asking their barbers for the “Ryan Gosling” haircut, inspired by his signature side parting and beard combo.

A relaxed and simple style, it’s no wonder so many guys wish to emulate his hair, especially as it works well on different lengths. Read on and see how to get a Ryan Gosling haircut for yourself and discover everything you need to know about styling it at home.

1. Classic comb over

Ryan Gosling haircut: Ryan Gosling with a comb over haircut and facial hair, wearing a green suit
The famous comb over. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If there’s one look that defines the Ryan Gosling haircut, it’s a comb over. Proving that this classic vintage style is still just as on-trend today, Ryan wears his to the side with relaxed styling.

Next read: More popular comb over fade haircuts to consider

2. Textured crew cut

Ryan Gosling haircut: Ryan Gosling with a spiked-up crew cut haircut, wearing a red patterned top and a denim jacket
Crew cuts come Ryan Gosling approved. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

When he’s not rocking the comb over, Ryan Gosling is also partial to a shorter crew cut. As you can see, while he’s kept it short he’s still got just enough length to be able to add a spiky texture to the look to give it some personality and movement.

Next read: 50+ best short hairstyles for men

3. Brush back

Ryan Gosling haircut: Ryan Gosling with a smart brushed back hairstyle, with short facial hair and wearing a suit and tie
Looking suave with a slicked back style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Looking for an all-occasions haircut that you can dress up or down? Ryan’s red carpet brush back looks smart and polished without looking overstyled.

VO5 Gel Wax

Editor’s tip: Recreate this dapper by working the VO5 Gel Wax through your hair for shine and control. This hybrid product is great as it shapes like a wax but has the lasting power of a gel – minus the crustiness.

4. Tapered sides

Ryan Gosling haircut: Ryan Gosling with a mid-length combover with short tapered sides, wearing a blue shirt
Thick hair? Try a taper fade. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Why not pair your side-parted strands with a taper fade? This style is great for those with thick hair, as it will take away some of the bulk from the sides and lighten the load.

Next read: A complete guide to the fade haircut

5. Buzz cut

Ryan Gosling haircut: Ryan Gosling with a short dark blonde buzz cut
Make it a buzz cut. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Who else remembers when Ryan Gosling had a buzz cut back in 2005? Buzz cuts aren’t for the faint of heart but they’re hugely on trend right now and if anyone can convince you to go for it, it’s this guy.

Next read: The male celebs bringing back the buzz cut hair trend

6. Ivy League haircut

Ryan Gosling haircut: Ryan Gosling with an Ivy League haircut, wearing a suit
You don’t need a college degree to pull off an Ivy League haircut. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Also named the Harvard or Princeton after the US colleges where it first became popular, the Ivy League haircut is a type of crew cut which has enough length that it’s able to be parted to one side.

TONI&GUY Softening Premium Stubble Oil

Editor’s tip: Planning on growing a beard like Ryan’s? To care for your facial hair and the delicate skin underneath, add a beard oil into your routine. We recommend the TONI&GUY Softening Premium Stubble Oil, which conditions, soothes and aids with shaving.

7. Medium textured cut

Ryan Gosling haircut: Ryan Gosling with a mid-length floppy textured haircut
Texture is everything. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Prefer a longer style? Heartthrob hair meets bedhead with this floppy, mid-length textured cut.

8. Short crew cut

Ryan Gosling haircut: Ryan Gosling with a short classic crew cut with facial hair, wearing a patterned shirt and brown blazer
There’s a reason that the crew cut is so popular. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you’ve noticed your hair starting to thin on the sides of your head, talk to your barber about trying a short crew cut. It will take away the focus from the thinning areas and bring attention to the hair on the top of your head, where it’s fullest.

Next read: The best hairstyles for a receding hairline

9. Side part

Ryan Gosling haircut: Ryan Gosling with brown hair in a side parting
Sweep it to the side for instant thickness. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

One major benefit to rocking a side parting is that it will instantly give the illusion of a fuller head of hair. If you don’t have a natural side part, you can use a comb to divide your hair to one side but note that you may need to use some hairspray while you’re training it to stay in place.


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