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14 Classic Men's Hairstyles That Always Work

07 February 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

Contrary to popular belief, men have lots of options when it comes to styling their hair. But, with so many options, it can be hard to determine whether a style will suit you or if it’s just on-trend at the moment. If you’re looking for a style that will stand the test of time, we’ve rounded up 14 classic mens hairstyles that always work no matter what.

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Buzz Cut

This is the perfect cut for the man who likes to keep his look as low maintenance as possible. Ask your barber to cut your mane close to your scalp leaving just about 15mm-16mm of hair left.

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Side Part

This is an elegant style any man with a bit of length can pull off. Simply give yourself a deep part on the right or left side of your head. To keep your look in place, apply a medium hold clay pomade to your hair and comb it through.

If you’d like to make your side part a permanent fixture, ask your barber to for a hard part. Your barber will use their clippers to shave an actual part into your hair.

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French Crop

A French crop is a perfect mix between a fade and a Caesar. For this look, your barber will cut the sides and back of your hair very low and leave the top just long enough for a brushed-forward fringe.

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Slicked Back

If you’ve got medium to long hair and are looking for a simple and sophisticated style, look no further than a slicked-back ‘do. To achieve this look, simply apply a medium hold gel throughout your locks and comb your hair straight back.

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Afro’s have been a staple for men with textured hair for decades. This look is so simple to pull off because all it requires is for you to grow out your hair.

Pro tip: Pick up a hair pick to help your afro achieve maximum volume.

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A pompadour is perfect for the man whose style is as flashy as it is classic. For this look, your barber will cut the sides and the back of your hair down low and leave the top anywhere from 3-6 inches long. To style your pompadour at home, work a strong hold pomade through your damp locks and blow dry your hair up and away from your face. Once you’ve molded the pompadour to your liking, set your style with a medium hold hairspray.

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If you love the classic look of a pompadour but prefer a style that is less work, consider a quiff. A quiff is like the pompadour’s carefree little brother and looks great when worn slightly undone. To style, blow dry your hair away from your face for volume and then use a cream pomade to shape and add dimension. For a more structured look, style using a fine-tooth comb.

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Lumberjack Cut

For some men, a good haircut is nothing without a killer beard to go with it. This manly look is similar to a high fade in that it’s cut low on the sides and left longer on top, but no lumberjack look is complete without a big, bushy beard.

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Clean Shaven

Many men are apprehensive about shaving off all of their hair fearing they don’t have the right head shape for the style. This is when it is super important to have a barber you know and trust. The barber you go to regularly should know your lifestyle, be familiar with your head shape, and be able to determine if it’s the right cut for you.

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Curly Fade

We think men with curly hair should completely embrace their gorgeous natural texture. One of the most stylish ways to put your curls on display is a curly fade. Ask your barber to cut the sides and back of your hair down low, while allowing the curls on top to remain about 2-3 inches long.

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High Top Fade

This blast from the past style looks just as good now as it did back in the ‘80s. If you’re looking to recreate this retro style, let your high top reach sky-high heights. If you want to give this style a modern twist, keep your high top on the shorter side (1-2 inches).

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Shoulder Length Shag

If you like to keep your hair long, consider a shoulder-length shag. The length is long enough to show off your magnificent locks but short enough that your hair is easy to manage.

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Classic Taper

Much like a fade, your barber or stylist will crop your hair close to the scalp, cutting it much shorter at the nape of the neck. As far as the hair on top of your head, feel free to keep it as long or as short as your heart desires.

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Disconnected Undercut

The name disconnected undercut sounds more complicated than the style actually is. All it means is your barber will use two different techniques to cut your hair low on the sides and back, while giving you customized style on top.

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