From the lads in London to the men in Milan, European gents sure know their way around style. While we already look to them for plenty of outfit inspiration, we should also be taking their cue when it comes to grooming. Whether it’s dapper undercuts, slicked-back styles or innovative reinterpretations of classic looks, European barbers sure know their stuff. Here are the coolest European haircuts to inspire your next trip to the barber.
1. Slicked Back
The classic slicked back is a hairstyle that gents have been rocking for years, and with good reason! Stylish, clean, and featuring a slight edge, this cut ticks all the boxes.
While the term “comb-over” may cause you to think of an older gentleman attempting to disguise a hair loss issue, think again. The reinvented haircut appears even better with a full head of hair and is simple enough to style with a blow-dryer, some product, and a comb.
3. Low Fade
The low fade looks great with both short and medium lengths of hair on top. If you do opt for a medium length, you should consider a slicked back hairstyle to complete your look.
The Pompadour has been one of the biggest styles of the year. This side-parted version maintains the vintage charm of a classic pomp while keeping the overall look decidedly contemporary.
5. Mid Fade
The mid fade haircut starts at the point above the ears, making it distinctive yet still adaptable to different styling approaches. Complementary to short, straight hairstyles, it is a trendier interpretation of this cut. To ensure your styling of this cut is neat and under control, secure it with a firm-hold mousse or gel.
The man bun continues to dominate as a popular style throughout Europe and the rest of the world. This polished, half-bun version takes the trend to the next level, leaving the bottom half of hair loose. Gents with curly hair will find that this style appears relaxed on them while those with straight hair will be in for a sleeker look.
7. Tight Waves
This tight wave haircut is a polished style that’s perfect for dapper gents. Featuring an all-over short length with some slight volume and bounce added to the top, this look is ideal for businessmen and the like.
8. Disconnect Undercut
This awesome disconnected undercut is a great option for gents with naturally thick and curly hair. By keeping the sides shaved down, the look maintains a neat and polished appearance. The addition of the small hard part, however, creates a modern edge.
9. Preppy Cut
This preppy cut is the ideal new hairstyle for the polished modern man. Stylish and clean-cut with the slightest relaxed touch, this look is perfect for every occasion.
10. Middle Part
As with everything ‘90s, the middle part haircut has returned to popularity. This “curtain” style cut was unbelievably popular 20 years ago, and now you can rock it again! Just be sure to keep your outfit modern to avoid looking like you’re dying to relive the decade.
11. High Top
High top haircuts were popular back in the ’80s and are now popular again. Featuring short sides (either undercut or fade) and a sky-high top section (often secured with product), this style is quirky cool. It’s up to you how long you take the top, but be sure you have plenty of volume in order to pull off longer lengths.
12. Wavy Curls
Channel your inner bohemian with this cool wavy hairstyle. Based on the classic “mushroom” hairstyles of the 60’s, this look stays modern with plenty of texture.
13. Blonde Afro
While close shaves and braids are both perennially stylish choices, this medium-length Afro beats them both. Cool with a rock and roll edge, this natural style with blonde colouring pairs perfectly with a bohemian wardrobe.
14. Textured Waves
Short hair needn’t be boring. This European gent proves that point with this stylishly modern cut. By styling it using a small amount of pomade, he defines his natural waves to create plenty of texture and interest.
15. 70’s Redux
This 70’s “redux” style has all the characteristics of a cool, grown-out, bowl-cut. The retro, full-volume style features long lengths that curl in at the ends and a full, front fringe.
16. Long Curls
While many styles will undoubtedly feature an undercut, longer lengths will ultimately reign supreme for gents. This curled style is just one example and a stylish one at that!
17. Light Layers
A light, layered haircut can be a fresh look, particularly in the summer months. If you already have a slight wave to your hair, this easy cut will be perfect for you.
18. Long Layers with Side Part
The Europeans sure know how to pull off looking stylish without trying. This long, layered cut proves just as much and is sure to be your new go-to style for relaxed occasions. Just remember to keep it textured with plenty of movement, and to conceal your part with loose strands.
19. Slicked Back with Undercut
This cool style features a long, slicked-back top with contrasting shaved sides. To keep the look from appearing flat and lifeless, blow-dry hair using a round brush to pull roots upwards before applying pomade.
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