Making It Modern: How to Texturize Men’s Short Hair

Create that messy look without making a mess.

If there’s one thing we love when it comes to men’s styles, it’s mixing the old with the new. We’ve already covered some of our favorite modernized haircuts like the undercut fade. But today, we’re going to tell you exactly how to texturize men’s short hair. Because—newsflash!—short and sleek can read a bit old-school when styled incorrectly. We love texturized styles for men because they make classic cuts more casual.

Read on to learn how we style texture into men’s short hair:

Learn how to texturize men's short hair with some tousle
A little extra length never hurt anyone. Photo credit:

1. Start off clean.

As with any other style, we suggest starting with freshly washed hair; it just looks better and helps you style your hair appropriately for this look. We suggest you use Suave Men 2-In-1 Ocean Charge Shampoo + Conditioner when going for the texturized look. The oceanic scent alone will get you ready for some windswept feels. The added moisture also helps keep your hair soft when using hair products.

2. Prep your style.

For the short-but-textured look, we suggest drying your hair angled forward, towards your face. This goes for both super-short hair and hair that’s a few inches long. Using a hair dryer is optional, but will also get you ready much faster. You want your hair to dry in a forward direction so that when you add the texturizing product, you’ve got more contrast. Trust us, it’s totally worth it.

3. Explore your product options.

We have two favorite products to choose from to texturize men’s short hair; they both create the same look but have different textures depending on your preference. For a creamy, wax-like product use Bed Head For Men By TIGI Pure Texture Molding Paste. It gives that rough, textured look, but stays soft, and you can change the look throughout the day.

Another option is AXE Messy Look: Matte Gel. It’s a non-shiny gel obviously, so you aren’t going to get that quintessential high-sheen, gelled up look. But as a gel, once it dries, that’s it: Your style is locked in place, for better or worse. We suggest using the gel if you have very short hair, as longer hair can feel too stiff.

4. Practice correct product application.

The trick to making the texture stand out on this style is applying product on dry hair. You really only want to use a very small amount of product, around a dime-sized amount. The smaller the better really, so make sure you aren’t applying too much. You can always add more!

5. Tousle it out!

Just rake that product in and shake your hand throughout the tops of your hair. After the product is applied, you can pick and choose individual sections that you may want to add a little more product to for a piecey effect. If you are using gel, make sure you’re happy with the result before you let it dry.