7 on-trend short hairstyles for men to upgrade your look

Considering the chop? Here are 7 short cuts to help you take it up a notch.  

With the fashionable length for men’s hair gradually shifting further and further downwards, there seems to be a lot of talk about medium and long hairstyles as of late. No wonder gents with shorter cuts feel left out. But fear not, there are many styling choices for short hair, too. If you’re looking for inspiring men’s short hairstyles, read ahead to see what’s in store.

From short quiffs and classic fades, to low hawks, the options are endless. All you need is a clever guide to help narrow down all the best ones. So, if you’re thinking about changing it up and chopping off your hair, see below our eight favourite looks for everyone and anyone.

man with blonde hair worn in a messy quiff on the runway
Try a short quiff for a dapper ‘do. Credit: Indigtialimages.com

1. Short quiff

Hair hero: Jensen Ackles

We’re sure you’re familiar with the quiff, especially with ambassadors like the poster boys Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys and Bruno Mars.

But contrary to popular belief, you don’t need medium length hair to rock this look; there’s actually so much you can do even with short hair. Still not convinced? Check out our article about 4 ways to style your quiff now.

man with dark hair worn in a buzz cut backstage at a fashion show
The buzz cut is this year’s hottest look. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

2. Buzz cut

Hair hero: Aaron Paul

Looking for a really low-maintenance look? The buzz cut is your answer. This short classic is ideal for guys that need a no-fuss haircut that doesn’t require lots of styling time. Work it with a clean-shaven face like Colton Haynes and Channing Tatum, or more casual and stubble, à la Aaron Paul.

man on the runway with dark hair worn in a classic fade haircut in a three piece suit
A classic fade with never fail you. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

3. Classic fade

Hair hero: George Clooney

Understated and sophisticated, this style is often associated with statement-making looks. A more classic, pared-down fade, is actually a great cut for short hair and suitable for men of all ages and personalities. George Clooney is a case in point of how to perfectly execute this short hairstyle.

black man on the runway with a high fade hairstyle wearing dark clothing
Got natural hair? A high top fade is for you. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

4. High fade

Hair hero: Zayn Malik

Closely related to the undercut, the high fade is great for the more experimental men. What makes the difference is the fact that it is more gradual and connected, but be warned: if you’re not keen to show too much skin, you might want to consider another cut.

Editor’s tip: use the Lynx Natural Look Flexible Control Cream on curly and afro hair textures with a hair sponge – this will really help define your hair.

asian man on the runway with dark hair worn in a ceaser cut
When in doubt, get a Ceaser cut. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

5. Flat top

Hair hero: Stephen Amell

Worried that you’ll look like G.I. Joe if you get a flat top? Don’t be. The modern version has more subtle edges, so you’ll look cool and contemporary, and not like an army wannabe.

If you’re feeling more daring, you might be interested in something taller and more directional, like a hi-top fade.

man with dark brown hair worn textured and in soft spikes
Low hawk: a subtle version of the mohawk, perfect for short hair

6. Low hawk

Hair hero: Mark Salling

Before you dismiss this cut, hear us out. Because of its low height, this version of the mohawk is much less of a statement. It’s also a close cousin of the South of France hairstyle made popular by Usher.

man on the runway with light brown blonde curls
Show off your curls with a TWA. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

7. TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro)

Hair hero: Michael Ealy

If you have natural hair, this teeny-weeny afro is a great style to consider. It can be freeing to just wear it short without fighting its natural texture, and you’ll be surprised about how easy it is to maintain!

Editor’s tip: if you find that you’re still battling against your curls and frizz, then apply a small amount of VO5 Extreme Style Casual Control Fluff Tamer to your strands to help tame them.