7 Cool Short Comb Over Ideas to Try Out

Sleek comb overs to wear now.

Sleek, slicked-back hair is always a good idea. And if you have a short comb over, you’ll be amazed at the amount of options you have to create a style that’s modern and on-trend. Oh, and our favorite: they are super easy to create. To inspire you to try out a new short comb-over hairstyle, we are sharing seven trendy ways to rock this look.

Read on to get inspired by some of our favorite looks:


1. Combed Down

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Tip the angle slightly backwards for a more masculine feel. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Nothing beats the combed down look when you can still see the comb lines. This classic look has stuck around for so long because it never fails to look handsome and put together. Get this combed down look by using a gel and a fine-tooth comb. Apply a bit of the Dove Men+Care Control Gel to your hair and work it through with your fingers. Then, while the gel is still wet, comb your hair into place. Don’t touch your hair until it’s totally dry to keep the lines intact.

2. Tousled & Wavy

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A wavy comb over is quite the dapper look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Having a short comb over doesn’t mean you have to fight your natural hair texture. We say if you have naturally wavy hair, show it off. Best part is you don’t even need to do anything special! Just wash your hair and let it air-dry. When it’s dry, use your fingers to make sure your hair stays styled to one side and you’re golden.

3. Defined Waves

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Lose the stuffy connotations by keeping your comb over short. Photo credit: Dvora

So let’s say that you don’t love your wavy texture. If you don’t want to leave it as is (we get that) try subtly defining your waves instead. Use the Axe Clean Cut Look: Classic Pomade to define your waves. The classic pomade texture works best for wavy hair because it isn’t too shiny. Too shiny will make your laid-back waves look almost fake.

4. Subtle Shine

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A molten, subtly shiny look-as opposed to a wet– is the goal. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Not into the super shiny look? It can be a bit much for wearing every single day. To get a subtle shine without using any product you’ll need to style your hair while it is wet and let it air-dry. This technique works best for fine and straight hair textures. Just comb your hair the way you like it styled and let your natural subtly shiny hair do its own magic.

5. Comb Over Undercut

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Comb over undercuts are best when shiny, but not greasy.

Make your short comb over a little different this holiday season by adding in an undercut. This cut only takes an extra minute in the barbers, or you can even do it at home. All you need is a good set of clippers and someone to help you get a nice clean line.

6. Comb Over Quiff

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Sleek styles look controlled and polished.

Add even more vintage appeal to your short comb over by styling your hair into a quiff. The only difference you’ll make while styling your hair is instead of combing straight over to the side, you’ll comb the front part back at an angle. This gives the quiff effect without losing your comb over.

7. Slicked Down & Shiny

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Use slick-shine pomade for a truly gleamy comb over. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

For the ultimate slick short comb over look, you’ll need to use a shiny pomade. Pomade, as opposed to gel will give your hair shine but won’t be stiff or uncomfortable. Use the Bed Head For Men By TIGI Slick Trick Firm Hold Pomade, working a dime-sized amount of the product throughout your hair until you achieve the right amount of sleekness.