The flat top haircut is one of those trends that came into the men’s hairstyle scene with a bang and has consistently stuck around since. This style first made an appearance in the 1950s in a military-inspired form, wherein the sides were shaved and the top stood straight up in a short, clean, and uniform style. It’s no surprise that this eye-catching look quickly gained popularity and has remained a hairstyle staple since its inception.
While there are a few variations and slightly different ways to wear the flat top haircut, the key characteristics include shaved sides and the straight-up style flat top.
The Flat Top Haircut
Flat top hairstyles may have started as military cuts, but they are worn widely among men today. Keep reading for some flat top haircut inspiration and some ways to wear this look.
1. A Modern Take
Skip the hair products and use your fingers to comb your flat top off to the side and away from your face. This modern variation on the classic flat top haircut allows you to rock the trend without going overboard on hair products.
If you’re feeling up to experimenting with a little bit of hair product but don’t want to go overboard, try AXE Messy Look: Matte Gel. This product will help guide your hair into that classic flat top gravity-defying style without looking too greasy. The matte finish will give you a clean look that doesn’t look too over-the-top.
3. Slicked Back
Run your comb under the faucet and slick your hair back by combing it straight back. This is a great alternative style for those days when you’re looking for something sleeker.
To keep your sleek style in place, use a pomade, like Dove Men + Care Polishing Pomade. We love this product because it offers a medium hold while adding shine to your look.
4. Mini Flat Top
Opt for a mini flat top and keep your style centered on your head. We love this option because it allows you to sport that clean, professional look while still keeping your strands short if that’s more your style, versus the longer flat top looks.
5. Natural Hair
Show off your natural curls with a classic flat top haircut. This style is perfect for anyone who wants to show off a little bit of length and volume but doesn’t want the upkeep or maintenance of a long style. Plus, it instantly gives you a professional look with minimal effort.
6. Volume Up
Amp up the volume on your natural curls by brushing through them for maximum volume and drama. Brushing your curls is such an easy and quick way to achieve added volume if you don’t want to use any products.
Alternatively, leave your curls closely cropped and coiled for a slightly more understated look. This short flat top haircut is low maintenance, making it perfect for anyone on the go.
8. The Elongated Flat Top
Grow your curls out and keep them hydrated with Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil and wear them out for an on-trend and modern elongated flat top.
9. All Gelled Up
Spike up your flat top with a generous dollop of Dove Men+Care Control Gel combed through your strands. If you’re looking to add an extra boost of volume to your style, this is the perfect trick.
10. Flat Top + Beard
Let your beard grow in a little for the ideal on-trend balance to your brand new flat top haircut.
11. Tall Flat Top Haircut
Do you want your flat top haircut to stand out? Keep your hair growing and pt for an extra tall style. This variation of the flat top.
No matter what flat top variation you choose, this 1950s-inspired cut will instantly give you a put-together look that’s perfect for any occasion.