15 Ways to Wear the Super Cool Flat Top Haircut

Take it back to the '50s when the flat top haircut made its first appearance. 

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.

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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 Flat Top Haircut

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A modern take on the classic 50s flat top haircut.

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.

2. Spiked Flat Top Haircut

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This hack will help you style your hair without going overboard.

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

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Slick your hair back on days when you want something sleeker.

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 Haircut

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Keep the style centered.

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 Flat Top Haircut

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Show off your natural hair with a flat top haircut.

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

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Go for the volume.

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.

7. Understated Flat Top Haircut

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Take the same approach down a notch or two.

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

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Grow your curls for a statement-making 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 Flat Top Haircut

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Style your flat top with one of our favorite hair gels.

Spike up your flat top with a generous Dove Men+Care Control Gel dollop 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

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Pair your flat top haircut with a closely-shaven 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

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Opt for a tall look!

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.

12. Frohawk Flat Top:

A combination of a flat top and a mohawk creates a bold and edgy look. Go the extra mile and ask for some crazy design on the sides like in the picture.

13. Textured Flat Top:

This textured and slightly messy flat top haircut is great for a modern, casual spin on this look. Works for any season and it’s quite low-maintenance, you’ll only need a good pomade like SheaMoisture Men Argan Oil & Shea Butter Waves Pomade to achieve a cool faux-messy look.

14. Pompadour Flat Top:

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It’s a classic for a reason.

The pompadour flat top combines these two classic haircuts into an edgy style. The top of your hair is long and puffy while the sides are shorter or often shaved. Style your pompadour in a bold way with a gel-like Dove Men + Care Well Defined Taming Gel, that will give your slicked look a shiny finish.


15. Hard Part Flat Top:

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A high flat top with a defining line.

Add dimension and depth to your flat top haircut by asking your stylist to draw a tapered line between the top and the fade. It’s mostly accomplished with a line that goes from side to center but you can ask a different design if you’re feeling bold.


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.

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