The feathered cut was first popular in the 70s and 80s and is often cut to create a V-shaped effect on the hair with fine layers. This hairstyle is incredibly flattering and can be added to hair of various lengths and will complement a range of hairstyles. The appeal of a feathered cut is that it creates volume without taking off the length. This is ideal for thin and fine hair as it will make it seem fuller and thicker, while on thick hair, it works to remove bulk and weight. Not sure about this technique? Well, keep reading to become inspired by these effortlessly cool feathered hair looks that will complement men of all ages.
1. Short Feathered Hair
Short hair is neat, masculine, and effortlessly cool. There are many cuts to choose from and ways to personalize your look to complement your hair texture. Feathered hair is an excellent way to add volume and movement to the hair, creating a modern and cool hairstyle that has texture. This is especially appealing for men with straight hair. It is also ideal for thin or thick hair. For thin hair, it can create the illusion of fullness and for thick hair, it can remove bulk and weight.
2. Long Feathered Hair
Long hair for men can be incredibly sexy and gives you versatility with the styles you choose. If you are wanting to grow your hair out and want to add volume and movement without sacrificing the length, then feathered haircuts are an excellent option. The difference between feathered cuts and layers is that they focus on the ends of the hair, giving you all the benefits that layers would without removing length.
3. 80’s Feathered Hair
The feathered hairstyle technique was first popularized in the 70s and 80s. It was created to give hair volume and movement. The hair has fine layers cut into a V-shape, the appearance of the layers is similar to that of a bird’s feathers, hence the name. In the 80s it was often worn with a side or middle parting and was best suited to straight hair to help create texture.
4. Medium Length Feathered Hair
Medium length hair is a great option because it gives you versatility with styling and lets you experiment with multiple hairstyles, but is not as much maintenance as long hair. Feathered hair will look great on your medium-length cut, and can create movement and volume. It can be added to most haircuts and adapted to suit all hair textures. However, the technique is best suited to those with straight hair.
5. Feathered Shag
The shag haircut is one of the most effortlessly cool and expressive hairstyles for men. It is defined by the heavy layers, with volume at the crown and thinning toward the ends. This is an excellent look for a man who wants a deliberately messy and unstructured appearance and can be incredibly flattering and will suit all hair textures. Instead of opting for choppy layers, you can ask your stylist for a feathered cut instead for a softer finish.
6. Feathered Crew Cut
The crew cut is a low-maintenance haircut and effortless to style. The back and sides are cut slightly shorter than the hair on top, which creates a contrast and the illusion of fuller, thicker hair. The hair on top is often kept to an inch and the hair on the back and sides around a quarter inch. It is not a hairstyle that can typically benefit from layers. However, you could add a feathered finish to the longer section of the hair to create volume.
7. Messy Feathered Hair Men
There are few looks as sexy and effortlessly cool as messy hair. Messy hair is deliberately unstructured and creates a laidback aesthetic. This is easiest to achieve on naturally textured hair, but feathered hair will allow you to create a look full of bounce and movement, even on straight hair. You can also work with your stylist to create a look that will frame your face, with the fine layers drawing attention to your features.
8. Wavy Feathered Hair
Wavy hair is naturally textured, which makes it one of the most sought-after hair textures, creating natural movement and volume. However, adding a feathered cut to wavy hair can help enhance the effect and create a look that appears slightly windswept and bouncy. This cut can work with short or long hair, as long as you leave length on the top. Pair your cut with a fade or undercut to create contrast and structure for a more polished finish.
9. Feathered Brushed Forward Hair
Feathered haircuts are typically achieved by cutting the hair in a V shape and will create a textured finish. It is a great option for men who want to add texture to straight hair or enhance the movement and volume of naturally curly locks. There are several ways you can style your feathered look, including the brushed forward hairstyle. This is an excellent option for men who want to make their hair look fuller and thicker.
10. Feathered French Crop
Adding fine layers to the hair is ideal for creating volume and texture. The feathered haircut, which is typically cut with a razor and in a V-shape, will do just this. It is a cut that can be added to various hairstyles, including something simple and low maintenance like the French crop. This cut is defined by the hair is short at the back and the sides and is paired with a slight fringe. It can be worn with all hair textures and often looks great when styled to look messy and tousled.
11. Feathered Asymmetrical Fringe
There are many different types of fringed hairstyles to try, letting you find one that best complements your face shape. The asymmetrical fringe is one of the more daring and noticeable options, with the hair being slightly longer on one side of the face than on the other. This is an excellent option for balancing the face and can also soften sharp features.
12. Feathered Fringe
A feathered fringe is a wonderful way to try out the hair technique and will add volume to the front of your hair. This can be incredibly flattering, creating the illusion of fuller, thicker hair. Fringes are incredibly flattering and can be used to draw attention to the face and complement the features. They can also hide signs of aging, like fine lines and forehead wrinkles, and will give you a youthful appearance.
13. Feathered Fringe with Taper Fade
A taper fade gradually shortens the hair on the back and sides, while keeping length on the top of the hair. This is an excellent way to create structure, giving you a neat and polished finish. With a fade, the hair on the top of the head is kept longer, and the difference in length can create the illusion of fuller, thicker hair. This can be enhanced with fine feathered layers to add volume and create movement.
14. Feathered Mop
The mop hairstyle is a youthful and flattering look that is great for younger men. The cut was first popularized in the 60s but remains popular because it is a low-maintenance hairstyle. It is best suited to naturally textured hair, which is why feathering makes it an appealing option for everyone. The fine-layered technique will add texture, volume, and movement to the hair. This is the ideal look for someone who wants a deliberately messy appearance.
15. Feathered Hair for Grey Hair
Grey hair for men can be incredibly sexy, and it is a great way to embrace aging gracefully. Many men choose to cut their hair shorter after a certain age because the hair’s natural growth rate tends to slow. A feathered cut will ensure that the hair is full of volume and movement and can be very flattering. For the best results, work with your stylist to find a look that also enhances your facial features and your natural texture.
Feathered Hair FAQs
What is a feathered haircut for men?
A feathered haircut is created by adding fine layers to the hair to create volume and movement. These are usually added using a razor and the hair is typically cut in a V-shape. This is a great way to give your hair texture and it is relatively low-maintenance.
What is the difference between feathered and layered hair?
Feathered hair could be considered a type of layering as it features very thin, fine layers added to the hair. It is created to form a V-shape and the feathered finish is often focused toward the ends of the hair while layered haircuts can be cut at various lengths throughout the hair.
Is feathered hair back in style?
Feathered cuts were first popular in the 70s and 80s, but they are back in style because they help to create movement and volume. It can be cut on any hair length.
Is feathered hair high maintenance?
Feathered hair is typically less maintenance than standard layering techniques because it is focused on the ends of the hair. It takes the weight off the end of the hair, which can help create movement and bounce. With thick hair, it can remove bulk, and with thin hair, it will create the illusion of thicker, fuller locks. The shorter your hair, the less maintenance.
Cailyn Cox holds a degree in journalism and has been working with The Trend Spotter as a writer for over ten years. She has worked with some of the most prestigious women’s and men's lifestyle publications. For her, writing is not just a job; it’s a passion, which is why each article she writes is approached with such enthusiasm and dedication. She has extensive knowledge of hairstyles, tattoos, and beauty and has made a career out of creating informative articles that appeal to women and men of all ages.
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