25 Side-Shaven Looks to Spiff You Up This Year

Eunice Lucero | 12 March 2019
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Clean up your look this year.

All year round, we see two kinds of guys: On one hand, we have the cozy man bun camp, where things are warm and fuzzy and where hair is allowed to grow in and get a bit long and wild during hibernation. Then we have those who are fans of the crisp, über-groomed fade, who also see the colder months as a time for sharp, no-nonsense style, seen in shave sides hairstyles mens looks.

When it comes to shaved sides hairstyles, men’s hairdos, like fades and undercuts, still reign supreme, and with good reason: They’re trendy and versatile, easily switching from daytime corporate to nighttime dapper with a few swipes of gel, if that. Scroll on and get ready to screenshot away:

1. Barber Fade

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Ask for a razored-in hard part for easier styling.

Shaved sides hairstyles mens looks like this well-groomed look entails a high fade on the sides, a hard part via a razor and a glorious beard to balance it all out below.

2. High and Dyed

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Ice-blue is on-point for winter!

A short hairdo isn’t an excuse for boring color. Dye aficionados can pick up a wash-out shade for some low-commitment fun.

3. Softly Buzzed

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This look has an all-around uniform feel. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Natural notches (the angles formed at the temples) and a gradual fading make this both a clean and stylish haircut.

4. Classic Fade

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Facial hair optional!

With shaved sides hairstyles, mens haircuts like this classic medium fade remain the most adaptable to all face shapes.

5. Clean High and Tight

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Shaved Sides Hairstyles Mens Edition: We’re fans of this military-inspired buzz.

This high and tight fade is almost completely shaven on the sides, making it a crisp, no-nonsense look.

 6. Clipped

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Ask your barber to shave in some subtle clippings near the temple.

Add some visual interest to your hairstyle—even at a really, really short length—with a couple of minimalist clippings near the temple. Subtle but stylish!

7. Cornrows

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Create an inverted Dutch braid stitch on both sides of the head to recreate this look. Photo credit: Dvora

Play up your super-short sides with some neat texture play up top.

8. Wavy Fade

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Scrunch product through your hair in an upwards motion. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A texturizing paste, like AXE Urban Messy Look: Flexible Paste, helps give you a stylish wavy look with some control.

AXE URBAN MESSY LOOK: FLEXIBLE PASTE

9. Hard-Parted

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Show off the two sides to your personality with this funky-fresh hairstyle. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Make your one-sided undercut a cinch to style by asking your barber to shave in a side part.

10. Low-Key Undercut

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Part in the middle for more grunge power. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Keep it relatively thick and long on the sides to make the contrast between your top not too jarring. Tip: Why not try out a cool color for the season too, like an ashy gray?

11. High Quiff

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Blowdrying in an upwards direction helps keep it full and fluffy.

For the men who don’t shy away from styling in the a.m., a volumized quiff with shaved sides offers up serious drama. A styler like, like Bed Head for Men Press Up Styling Foam applied before blow-drying, helps get you there.

BED HEAD FOR MEN PRESS UP BODY BUILDING STYLING FOAM

12. High and Tight, Slicked

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A small amount of pomade gives you shine and hold.

A dime-sized amount of pomade, like Bed Head for Men by TIGI Slick Trick, helps achieve that trendy wet look without the grease factor.

BED HEAD FOR MEN BY TIGI SLICK TRICK FIRM HOLD POMADE

13. Modern High Top

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Understated, with a bit of a retro kick. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A more compact shape and blended sides make the classic high-top fade even more wearable.

14. Brushed Back

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A full beard can also help cozy up this look.

Brushing longer tops of the hair back is a work-appropriate way to wear an undercut.

15. Bald Sides

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High upkeep, but also high impact. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Fully shaven sides give a funky contrast to a long, straight undercut.

16. Low Fade

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Almost a perfectly symmetrical cut, this look is best for straight to wavy types. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another modern classic, this well-blended low fade sees an almost even length all around. Save a few inches extra on the top for styling purposes.

17. Man Bun

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Shaved sides hairstyles mens: A bit of pomade helps smoothen that ponytail down.

Can’t decide between long or short hair? You’re welcome.

18. Square Part

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Brush hair back at an angle for maximum dapper levels.

The angles created by this haircut are great for guys with rounder, more youthful faces.

19. Rainbow

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Varying textures give this hairstyle a LOT of look. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Just another one of the many ways you can play with a fade haircut!

20. Short Dreads

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Slightly throwback-y, in the best way possible. Photo credit: Dvora

We’re digging how this fade meets some ’90s-inspired boho dreads for a look that combines the best of both worlds.

21. Hard-Parted, Slicked

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A tiny rat-tailed comb helps give you the precision finish you want.

Another razor part is styled to perfection in this slicked-back rendition. Use a fine-toothed comb to comb back the top of your hair at an angle.

22. Bare-Walled

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A high undercut requires constant upkeep, but the payoff is awesome.

Keep it nearly fully shaven, with only the front area left to style. Comb it back like above or switch it up with a side combover style.

23. Spiky

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Spiked-up hair has a more casual vibe. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another 1990s-inspired look is this allover spiky version, which also works well from day to night.

24. Volumized Pomp

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This fun, playful hairstyle is guaranteed to turn heads. Photo credit: Dvora

We like to call this look the “weekend pomp” for its fun, bodacious lift (that also only takes seconds with a blow-dryer).

25. Wet Undercut

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Shaved Sides Hairstyles Mens Edition: Keep your look sharp for the season (at least before winter rolls around) with a wet finish. Photo credit: Dvora

A fine-toothed comb raked from the forehead to the back of the head gets you that super-smooth, refined look after applying gel.

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