A great haircut can make you look and feel great, and it is never too early to find the right style. There are many boys’ haircuts that are stylish and cool, with varying levels of maintenance. Some are fuss-free and create a relaxed aesthetic, while others appeal to a little gentleman and look polished and neat. Boys do not need to opt for the same standard cut that doesn’t allow them to express their personality or highlight the natural texture of their hair. Some looks can be adapted to suit any face shape, hair type, length and texture, and age. If you are looking for a stylish boy’s haircut, keep reading to become inspired.
1. Faux Hawk
If you are a young man who doesn’t like traditional short haircuts and wants something edgier, then a faux hawk is a great choice. Although not quite as dramatic as the conventional mohawk, the faux hawk is kept short on the sides and longer at the top, leaving hair in a strip. There is a slight distinction in length, which makes the cut more wearable and lets you play around with the texture of your hair. If you have naturally textured or curly hair, this can help enhance the proportions even more. Although there may be some reluctance to use too much product on younger men’s hair, this style often needs some styling products, like pomades, to keep it in place.
The shag haircut is unstructured and fuss-free. The look is defined by the choppy layers, long back and sides, and fuller crown, creating volume and movement. The great thing about this 70s favorite is that it is very versatile and can be changed up to suit your hair texture. It also does not require much styling time, has a youthful appearance, and is great for young boys.
3. Drop Fade with Quiff
For the stylish young men out there, a drop fade with a quiff is the perfect look. The great thing about the pairing of these two looks is that they can look good on boys, regardless of their age, hair type, and texture. The quiff creates volume and has an old-school vibe, while the drop fade adds a modern element to the look. The drop fade drops below the ear and is more subtle and natural-looking than many other fades. The pairing is fashionable and cool and perfect for a variety of occasions, including more formal settings.
4. Side Swept Fringe
Fringes are a great addition to any hairstyle because they can highlight your features. That said, the side-swept fringe is undoubtedly one of the most flattering because of the way it sweeps across the face. It can be created on various hair textures and lengths, from curly to straight and long to short. You can opt for a comb over style for a more practical approach and keep the hair out of the eyes. Or embrace high fashion by letting it fall naturally. It is a great idea to pair this fringe with shorter sides, which will play up the proportions.
5. Surfer Boy Haircut
Surfer haircuts are unstructured and laid-back. The hairstyle was made popular by surfers in the 50s, whose locks were sun-kissed and tousled, creating an effortlessly cool appearance. Regardless of your hair color, length, or texture, this is a lovely option for a boy who doesn’t want anything too complicated or high-maintenance. The slightly windswept appearance works best with curly or wavy hair but can also be achieved on straight hair. Play around with different options for the parting, and find the hair length that suits best.
6. Ivy League
The ivy league haircut is one of the most timeless and classic men’s hairstyles. It has been popular for decades and is still relevant today because it creates a polished and cool appearance. It is defined by the neatly tapered sides and a slightly longer top, usually at least half an inch and with the most length at the front. The cut can be adapted to suit a wide variety of styles, for example, paired with a side parting. For most boys, this is a hairstyle that is appropriate for school but still allows them to express themselves.
7. Afro with Line Up and Temple Fade
For boys who want to rock their natural hair, then an afro with a line-up and temple fade is an ultra-cool combination. The volume of the afro makes for an interesting contrast when paired with the sharpness of the line-up and the temple fade. A line-up is created by cutting a distinct line with sharp angles into your hair, which can draw attention to your eyes. a temple fade enhances the hairline and makes it even more visible. It is a look that requires some upkeep, but it is also a bold and fun way to express yourself.
8. Crew Cut
One of the most effortless styles to pull off is the crew cut. It is a timeless classic, known for being practical and offering minimal fuss. The cut is short, sharp, and exceptionally easy to maintain, requiring no grooming time or products. Boys of various hair textures can wear it, but the point is to keep it short and out of your face. This is an excellent look for sporting activities or school and can be adapted slightly.
9. Undercut with Hard Part
An undercut with a hard part is an excellent look for any boy. The combination makes for an edgy and cool style, as the undercut fade features short sides and back, with longer length on the top. This makes it a versatile option, which can be paired with several styles, from slicked-back hair to a quiff. The great thing about the hard part, which has a distinct shaved line along the scalp, is that it is bold and draws the eyes to the hair. It also creates definition and a more polished appearance.
10. Scissor Cut
Many men’s hairstyles are created using a razor or clipper, but a scissor cut is more traditional. It also makes a more natural appearance and is a fantastic look for a young boy who wants to keep his hair as fuss-free and straightforward as possible. The scissor cut is cool, without trying too hard, and looks great when kept short on the back and sides and slightly longer on top. It works best on textured hair but can be done on straight or curly hair too.
11. Side Part with Quiff and Taper Fade
The side part is versatile and timeless and can be styled in a variety of ways. It can suit most hair textures and lengths and can create a smart and stylish appearance. You can opt for a side part with a quiff for boys who like looks with volume and want to keep some length on the top. A quiff is brushed upwards and backward and can be done on long or short hair, depending on how dramatic you want it to be. When paired with a side part, it creates a more professional appearance but is still trendy. The taper fade haircut gives an edge and makes it appear youthful.
12. Blowout with Taper Fade
A blowout haircut with a taper fade is a very dapper look for a young man. A blowout can help create volume but can be styled in several ways for a messy and unstructured appearance or something sleeker. The taper fade haircut has a sleek and polished look, with hair on the back and sides gradually decreasing in length from the top of the head downwards. For a more subtle approach, opt for a low taper fade which creates less contrast.
The mop is a hairstyle that The Beatles member Paul McCartney popularized in the 60s. It is now enjoying a resurgence of popularity. Stars like Justin Bieber (in his younger years) have sported a mop, and it looks great when it has a disheveled or messy appearance. To try out this look, you need medium-length hair around 3 to 5 inches covering the forehead and the ears. There is also a fringe on the forehead, which can be parted. The overall look is laidback and carefree, yet incredibly attractive.
14. Burst Fade
The burst fade is a popular addition to many hairstyles because it is incredibly versatile. It can be worn on hair of various lengths, styles, and textures and paired with classic cuts like the Caesar or edgy looks like a mohawk or faux hawk. The fade is defined by its semi-circular appearance, as it tapers around the ear and the back of the head. It is left longer at the neck. It is easy to wear and modern.
15. Mohawk with Skin Fade
A mohawk is undoubtedly one of the most daring haircuts for boys. It is bold, demands attention, and is probably not school-approved, but does that matter? No. it is the perfect option for the summer holidays, or if you want to express yourself. There is a reason this is a look that has been around for decades. Pairing it with a skin fade makes it even more noticeable because the hair is faded on the sides of the head down to the skin, leaving just a long strip of hair in the middle.
16. Line Up with Skin Fade
Some looks are laid-back, and then there are the statement makers like a line-up with a skin fade. Skin fades and line-ups can be paired with most hairstyles and face shapes and create an edgy and cool appearance. The line-up is defined by the straight line or sharp angles shaved on the hairline, temples, or parting. The skin fade is a fade that works all the way down to the skin, hence the name. Together, it creates a distinctive appearance, is an excellent addition to any cut, and works with multiple hair textures.
17. Medium Length Textured Hair
Medium-length textured hair can be styled in many ways, or you can keep it long and loose for a carefree approach. The great thing about textured hair is that it makes even the most straightforward styles interesting, and medium-length hair is versatile and can lend itself well to many different looks. You can opt for fades or undercuts for a more sharp and neat appearance and part the hair to keep it from your face. Or style with a fringe for a look that draws attention to the face and softens the features.
18. Faux Hawk with Skin Fade
The faux hawk is not as dramatic as the standard mohawk, but it still has a rebellious feel, especially when paired with a skin fade. The combination is all about contrast and makes for an edgy and cool look that keeps hair longer on the top and shorter on the sides, with hair gradually faded down to the skin. The hair is blended more than opting to shave it off but still takes some serious confidence to pull off. Keep the hair on top short or medium length to make it easier to style.
19. Comb Back with Skin Fade
Pairing a comb back with a skin fade creates the perfect balance between a modern and classic look. The comb back has a very sophisticated and traditional appearance and can be combed back in the front or combed back at the sides and parted down the head. It can suit multiple face shapes and boys of all ages. Deciding to add a skin fade creates a slight contrast but also makes the look more polished. It can be done on multiple hair textures and lengths, but opting to keep the hair relatively short will make the overall cut less dramatic and therefore easier to wear, lending itself well to a variety of different settings.
20. Slick Back with Taper Fade
The slick back and taper fade is a pairing that goes well together. It creates an edgy yet sophisticated appearance and is excellent for style-conscious boys. The great thing about the slick back is that it can be done with different hair types and lengths, and it is surprisingly versatile. That said, deciding to wear it with a taper fade adds a modern twist to a classic style. The fade keeps the sides and back short, with length on top. The shorter the hair is on the top of the head, the less dramatic the contrast will be. For a more blended look, this is a much better option.
21. Bro Flow
The bro flow is the perfect hairstyle for boys with medium to long hair and is one of the most effortless styles to pull off. It is all about a fuss-free and relaxed aesthetic, as the cut doesn’t require much grooming and looks natural. It is achieved by brushing it back, away from the eyes, and then leaving the hair to fall in its natural shape. This is an incredibly appealing option, especially for younger boys who do not have the time or grooming knowledge for more complicated styles. The bro flow can be worn on hair of various textures, including wavy and straight.
22. Curly Caesar
The Caesar haircut is so simple yet so versatile. The look is defined by having the same hair length around the head and a blunt fringe, but this can be changed to suit your preference. This is a highly adaptable cut; opt for more length or a choppy fringe to experimenting with various hair textures. The curly Caesar is fantastic because the cut benefits from texture, but it also tames curls. You could leave the curls longer and make them the focus of your appearance.
23. Medium Length Parted Hair
The fantastic thing about medium-length hair is its versatility, and there are countless ways to style it. For a more natural approach, choosing a part creates a stylish yet laid-back look that is easy to wear and style. Part it in the direction that the hair naturally grows and let the hair sweep across the face. This requires no products and only needs to be brushed, making it a perfect look for young gentlemen.
24. Choppy Caesar Cut
The Caesar haircut is a great style for men of all ages. It is a short haircut that is typically the same length all around the head and has a blunt fringe. That said, the look can be changed slightly to suit your hair type and preference, and opting for a more textured approach is a great decision, especially if your hair has a natural wave pattern. A choppy Caesar can be created in many ways, including choosing a more messy and layered section on the top or choosing a choppy fringe instead of a horizontal one.
25. Hard Part with High Fade
The hard part features a clean line shaved into the hair, and it is a smart option for boys and men who want an on-trend look. The appeal of it is that it can be paired with a wide variety of hair textures and styles but at the same time has a neat appearance. The hard part, which is shaved down to the scalp with a trimmer or razor, adds an edginess to the overall look, and it pairs well with a high fade. The high fade features shaved sides and back that will start around the temples. This helps achieve a look that is contemporary and polished.
26. Hard Part with Quiff and Skin Fade
The hard part with a quiff and skin fade is a look that is seriously stylish and cool. A hard part refers to a shaved section in the hair, which creates a clean line down to the scalp. It can be worn to the side and adapted to suit a wide range of hair textures and types and various styles. The quiff is all about volume, while the skin fade creates a more neat and polished appearance. Combining these three elements produces a timeless, manly hairstyle and has an old-school feel to it.
27. Short Textured Bangs
For a simple and fuss-free look, short textured bangs are a great option. Short hair is easy to manage and requires almost no style time, but it can still be interesting. Bangs are an excellent choice for boys because they can be cute and messy, but they can also draw attention to the face. The cut has layering and looks more natural than other fringe options, for example, blunt bangs or an asymmetrical style.
28. Faux Hawk with Drop Fade
The faux hawk has become a trendy style for young men of all ages. It is not as dramatic as the traditional mohawk and much easier to wear but still has an edgy vibe. There are many variations of this look, allowing you to tailor it to suit your personality, but for a fresh, modern feel, try wearing a faux hawk with a drop fade. A drop fade will create a slight contrast and maximize the proportions of the haircut without being too in-your-face. This makes it easier to wear and will lend itself well to a variety of different settings.
29. Long Wavy Hair with Middle Part
Boys don’t need short haircuts, and longer hair has become a popular option because it creates a relaxed aesthetic and doesn’t need regular trips to the barber for touch-ups. Long hair looks great on all textures, but long wavy hair with a middle part is appealing because the texture makes even the most basic cut interesting. At the same time, the middle part keeps the hair out of the eyes and draws attention to the face.
30. High and Tight
A boy’s hairstyle that is fuss-free and requires almost no style time is the high and tight. Inspired by the military, this cut is short and neat, often faded or entirely shaved at the sides with more length on the top of the head. There are several variations of the look, but the classic approach creates a neat and masculine appearance that is perfect for various occasions and will likely be considered appropriate for school and sporting activities.
31. High Fade with Quiff
A look that is going to get attention is the high fade with quiff hairstyle. You will need to brush the hair upwards and away from the forehead to achieve a quiff, which will help create volume. It can be adapted to suit many lengths and hair textures, but opting to keep it relatively short makes the style much more wearable. It will also seamlessly blend with the high fade, rather than creating a sharp contrast. The high fade shaves along the sides and back of the head and will achieve a more polished appearance and give the hair a fresh update.
32. Brush Up Hair with Skin Fade
Not one to blend in with the crowd? Well, then a brush-up hair with skin fade is the choice for you. The great thing about the brush-up is that it is incredibly versatile and can be paired with a wide range of fades or an undercut, which leaves hair longer at the top and shaved close to the skin on the sides and back. This creates a polished appearance but can also play up the proportions. For example, if you have textured hair and create a messy, spiky look, it will contrast nicely with the skin fade. Contemporary and cool, this hairstyle will make a statement.
33. Long Hair with Side Part
In modern times, it has become more common for boys to have long hair. It is a great way to show off the natural texture of your locks, it creates a carefree and relaxed aesthetic, and it is incredibly versatile. If you want to mix it up, then opt for long hair with a side part. The fantastic thing about the parting is it can help keep the hair away from the eyes while at the same time framing the face. Plus, it will also add volume.
34. Messy Spikes
Spiky hair is a look that has been popular since the 90s, but the great thing about it is that there are so many ways to try it out. Depending on your hair length and texture, it can be changed up, and there is an option to suit every preference. The traditional approach featured very noticeable spikes that were defined, but a messy approach is a much more wearable. The way these messy spikes are styled makes them more natural-looking, and they blend into the rest of the hair. It helps if you have naturally textured and thicker hair, but if not, the right grooming products will help create the hold that is needed.
35. Messy Fringe
There is something incredibly appealing about messy hairstyles for boys. Many young men do not desire to spend a long time styling their hair, so this is an excellent option because it creates a choppy and unruly appearance, which is still cool. A fringe is a fantastic addition to any cut because it can frame the face, bring out your eyes and add texture. This is the perfect choice for someone who wants a low-maintenance haircut that can work with various hair lengths and types.
36. Regulation Cut
A regulation cut is clean and simple. Inspired by the army, it is a practical and easy-to-wear style defined by its neat appearance and side parting. It is a little longer than other military haircuts, with the sides and back kept short but enough length on the top to be brushed to the side with a comb. It may require some product to keep the look in place, but the overall effect is incredibly stylish and fabulous for more formal occasions.
37. Skin Fade with Buzz Cut
The buzz cut is a very short haircut that is clipped close to the head. It creates a formal appearance and is timeless for men’s hairstyles because it is so low-maintenance and manly. That said, the buzz cut can be adapted to suit your personal preference, and those who want to give it a modern update may be tempted to pair it with a skin fade. The great thing about skin fades is they work with hair of all lengths and are minimalistic and cool. The pairing of a skin fade with a buzz cut is subtle, whereas it would create a more dramatic contrast if there were more length on top.
38. Short Straight Hair with Middle Part
If you have short hair and are looking for an interesting way to wear it, consider pairing it with a middle parting. The central part is enjoying a moment in the limelight because it looks cool, but it is also practical, keeping the hair out of the face and highlighting your features. It can also complement the symmetry of your face. In addition, this is one of the simplest looks to wear and will suit boys of all ages, require little styling, and there are no worries about the hair getting in your eyes or causing irritations.
39. Short Back and Sides with Quiff
A lot of good things can be said about the quiff. It was a favorite in the 50s but remains relevant today because of its adaptability. It allows you to play around with proportions and determine how dramatic you want your look to be. There should be a short back and sides with the quiff, leaving length on top. This lets you sweep the front up, creating a voluminous look. For a more modern and neater approach, keep the hair short, creating less contrast. It can also be smoothed or left messy for a more laid-back appearance.
40. Caesar with Taper Fade
The Caesar cut traditionally features the same length all over, but it is versatile that can be tailored to suit your style. A popular option would be to pair it with a taper fade, which gives a classic look a modern update. The sides are kept short, gradually shortening from the top of the head downwards. The top has more length, allowing for a textured appearance. The pairing is fresh and cool but also easy to wear.
41. Spiky Hair
Spiky hair was a favorite in the 90s. Loved for its grunge aesthetic, it has been adapted to suit various hair lengths and textures in modern times. It is also slightly less dramatic, with boys opting to create the look on shorter hair, making it much more wearable. This is also much easier to achieve because the longer the hair, the more difficult it is to style and requires grooming products such as pomade or strong-hold wax. You can opt for defined spikes or keep them more messy and textured; the choice is yours!
42. Textured Crop with Angular Fringe
There are many ways to wear a crop haircut, and the great thing about it is that you can adjust it to suit your hair type and personal style. A textured crop with angular fringe is a more daring approach to this cut. Instead of opting for subtle blunt bangs, this fringe will get noticed. It will draw attention to the eyes and forehead. Textured hair has different layers within it, creating more volume and dimension. Combined with a fringe cut at an angle, you have yourself a modern hairstyle that is perfect for a boy who wants to have some fun with his hair.
43. Undercut with Brushed Back Hair
The undercut with brushed back hair is a masculine and dapper look for a young gentleman. The undercut contrasts the top of the hair with the sides and back; these are kept short. It has a youthful appearance and can be styled in multiple ways, making it a popular addition to any cut. It is also less maintenance than a full head of hair and, therefore, a practical option. Plus, it works with various hair textures and types. As the name would suggest, brushed-back hair requires you to brush the front of your hair backward. This creates volume.
44. Faux Hawk with Hair Design
One of the easiest ways to let your personality show is with a faux hawk and hair design. This is a bold combination for a boy who likes to stand out of the crowd and has a lot of attitude and confidence. Hair design is an opportunity to have fun with your hair, allowing you to choose something daring or simple. Popular choices include geometric shapes, zig zags, lines, and more complicated options like a bird or diamond. The faux hawk is not as bold as a mohawk but still daring and cool. The proportions are highlighted even more when paired with a hair design.
45. French Crop
The French crop is a simple look with a slight fringe and is clipped at the back and sides. It has relatively the same length throughout, making the proportions balanced and creating a subtle contrast between the top of the head and the sides. This is one of the most effortless looks to wear because it doesn’t require much style time and lends itself well to various settings. It looks excellent on textured hair but can be just as cool on straight hair.
46. Low Fade with Forward Combed Hair
A low fade with forward combed hair is cool but not too daring. It is the perfect balance between a modern take on a hairstyle that is also dapper and smart. A low fade looks good with short and medium-length hair, and it can be slicked back or combed forward for a sleek and subtle appearance. Combing the hair forward is also better and creates a more natural appearance. The important aspect here is for the hair not to be too long on the top, or it could get in the eyes and have to be touched up regularly.
47. Short Natural Curls
What is not to love about naturally curly hair? The fantastic thing about this texture is that it is incredibly interesting, but it can also be adapted to suit various hairstyles and worn in different lengths. That said, keeping short natural curls is one of the easier ways to wear them because it tames the locks. Curly hair can be challenging to maintain and can get tangled easily, so this option is a wonderful alternative and reduces style time and fuss.
48. Pompadour with High Fade
Few looks can say ‘I’m a cool boy’ more than a pompadour with a high fade hairstyle. This cut takes confidence to pull off, requires grooming time and maintenance, and makes a statement. The pompadour is all about volume and features longer hair in the front, which is brushed upwards. The cut is excellent when paired with faded sides because it adds structure and neatness to the look. It also makes it appear more modern and plays up the proportion. The high fade is shaved close to the skin across the sides and back of the head, starting around the temples and graduated downwards.
49. Textured Crop
A crop haircut is a short style that is textured. It often is paired with a blunt fringe and short sides. It is versatile and straightforward, can be worn with various hair types, and paired with other cuts to create a modern or fresh approach. For example, a fade on the sides and back will highlight the texture on top and make a neater and more edgy appearance. It works best with natural texture hair, but with the right grooming products can be adapted to suit straight hair.
50. Soccer Haircut for Boys
Soccer players aren’t just known for their skills on the field but also their cool hairstyles. The looks of some of the world’s top players have inspired hairstyles around the globe. From longer styles require headbands or thin elastic bands to shorter types like the slick back, spiky hair, or Christiano Ronaldo’s razor cut with faux top. The great thing is there are many options to choose from, depending on your personality, hair texture, and length. Bring in a photo of your top player and ask your barber to create the look for you.
Boy Haircuts & Hairstyles FAQs
What is the most popular boy haircut?
Many boy haircuts are popular and modern. A few favorites include the comb over and low taper fade, a French crop, and short textured bangs. There are also more daring options for the boys who want to stand out from the crowd. These include hair design, pompadour with high fade, and line up and skin fade.
What types of haircuts are there for boys?
Boys' haircuts can be incredibly diverse and suit a wide range of face types and hair textures, and lengths. The decision can be based on whether they want edgy and modern hair or simple and low maintenance. Another factor to consider should be age, as some styles need grooming. A few good haircuts for boys include short crop hair, long hair with a middle parting, a Caesar cut, and textured fringes.
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