Bad haircuts happen to all of us. But if for someone, it may be just a reason to laugh at oneself, for others, it may turn out a total disaster. When picking out a perfect haircut for you, it is important to take into account your face shape, hair texture and personal style. However, there are still certain men haircuts and hairstyles that are generally considered bad. If you are not sure what they are, then feel free to check out our guide.

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Short Bowl Cut

A bowl haircut has become quite popular lately and not for nothing. It may look nice and trendy, yet with certain conditions. It should be pretty long to cover or at least reach your brows and the top needs to be texturized. If it is short and plain, it becomes one of those bad mens haircuts that you could be mocked for.


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Reverse Mohawk

A mohawk haircut is cool and badass but a reverse mohawk is a whole other story. On some guys, it looks as if you started shaving your head from the middle and just forgot about the sides, which is why it is among the most terrible haircuts for men.

Baby Bang

A baby bang may look okay on men. Though we do not know any living examples. But, more often than not, it is a haircut that you want to steer clear of. When the bang is cut too short, it looks like you just chopped too much.


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Yellow Hair

Women are not the only ones who have to deal with yellow or brassy hair. This usually happens when you try to go blond or if your hair was dyed and the initial color faded. Either way, you want to avoid this hair shade, as it looks utterly unflattering.

Two Braids

Men with braids are thought to give off a warrior vibe. Well, not always. This only works for guys with a full head of hair. In case your locks are rather thin, you will end up with a somewhat pathetic look instead of stately.

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Baldness Top Of The Head

Folically challenged men should not be ashamed of their hair condition. Otherwise, it may not look good. If you have a receding hairline or a burgeoning bald spot on the top of your head, do not try to hide it or work it into a hairstyle. It is better to embrace it and wear your bald scalp proudly.

Liberty Spikes

If you are not a member of the punk subculture, then liberty spikes may look out of place on you. While it is not one of the worst male haircuts, it still seems appropriate only when it is accompanied by a punk outfit and if you wear it in a certain ambiance.

Emo Hair

Emo hair looks trendy on emo boys, who are no longer a thing. They were replaced by eBoys with their modern interpretation of an emo hairstyle. So, if you decide to give a second chance to your teenage haircut, you may end up with one of the worst haircuts for guys.

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Skullet

Those who want to get on the list of people with bad haircuts can never go wrong with a skullet. A signature hair look of true rebels requires quite a lot of bravery and confidence to pull it off. If you are unsure whether you are daring enough, then you are risking getting one of the worst mens haircuts.

Rat Tail

Arguably all bad hair styles were once considered trendy and a rat tail is no exception. There was a period in the hairstyle fashion when it was at the peak of its popularity but it is gone now. So, growing it is just a waste of time and effort.

Skittles Hair

When you look at skittles hair, it creates an impression that you were just playing with your kids and they used your scalp to practice their drawing skills. If it is not what it was meant to be, then this is one of those bad haircuts men should stay away from.


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Angular Flat Top

It goes without saying that flat tops are stylish and fashionable. Yet, it is quite easy to transform them into one of the bad haircuts by simply making the hair on top angular. In this way, it does not always look as if it was intentional. So, the result is really questionable.


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Awkward Undercut

There are many bad celebrity haircuts so it is not always a good idea to just copy a hair look of your favorite actor or singer. Besides, what suits them may look awful on you, like this awkward undercut. So, it is essential to find a haircut that would match your personal preferences.

Bad Celebrities Haircuts That Do Not Do

Bad haircuts can happen to anybody, even celebrities. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that those who have an army of stylists, image makers and barbers to take care of the way they look can literally have bad hair days. But, we’re all mortals after all. Dying to see the biggest hair failures of the most popular men on the planet? We’ve collected all of them here. So, enjoy your time and remember, don’t try this at home.

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Brad Pitt


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It’s actually quite difficult to recognize Brad Pitt behind all that fur. An inexplicit ugly haircut and grizzled goatee are doing him no favors. Luckily, this nightmare didn’t last long, and Brad put himself together. And now, he flaunts a classy and neat hairstyle paired with a fine stubble of facial hair, which together make him look elegant and dapper.

Jonah Hill


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As Jonah Hill used to play comedian characters, we can excuse him all of his stupid haircuts. Because once he began to star in some really serious movies, Jonah upgraded his style to look more respectable and decent. Not only did his hairstyle morph from crazy curls to elegant comb over, but also his beard finally started to look complimentary and apt.

Justin Timberlake


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Gone those days of ugly hair noodles and geek spectacles, which Justin Timberlake persistently pulled on. And we can’t express how happy we are about it, as the sophisticated and mature style that he’s embraced lately looks much flattering for him.

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Shia LaBeouf


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If there was a prize for the worst haircuts, Shia LaBeouf has all the chances to win one. His naturally curly shoulder-length thatch enhanced with a full mustache and a coarse beard made him look at least twice older. Thank goodness now is a completely different story. Shia’s tamed his locks by going for a brushed back short side long top hairstyle. As for the facial hair, he decided to leave only a scruff for added masculinity.

David Beckham


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Yes, even style gods make mistakes and wear bad hair cuts. Apparently, David Beckham had some hard times back then, which made him grow his hair that long and don it with a central part. Otherwise, we have no other explanation. If that is the case, then he’s doing great now, as his elegant slicked back hairstyle speaks for itself.

Ryan Gosling


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It’s not that Ryan Gosling had the worst hair cut ever, but his brushed up thinning hair raises questions. First and foremost, why? A messy hairstyle makes him look unkempt and sloppy instead of relaxed and careless. When Ryan opted for a neat comb over, we say it was a very wise choice, as it instantly added a swanky and nifty flair to his appearance.

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Cristiano Ronaldo


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Although Ronaldo is admired not only for his feats on the football patch but also for being a men’s hairstyles trendsetter, some of his choices may call his reputation into question. Obviously, the soccer star tried to combine the trendiest hairstyles to customize his very own look but overdid it a bit. A spiked up top with highlights, faded sides and a hard part are a bit too much even for such a fashion savvy guy as CR7. A low-key comb over is a lot better solution though.

Johnny Depp


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Even though it may seem that there’s no such a hairstyle that wouldn’t flatter Johnny Depp, he managed to find one and even flaunt it on the Red Carpet. It looked like he either cut and styled his own hair or a hater did his hairstyle. One way or another, when Johnny styles his locks in a free-falling way, it suits him much better.

Colin Farrell


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A mullet is considered one of the worst hairstyles nowadays, as it hardly flatters anybody. Colin Farrell is no exception. Although he tried to style it in a more contemporary way, all his efforts were vain. In contrast, a slick back hairstyle accentuates his attractive masculine features and alluring eyes.

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Robert Pattison


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Robert Pattison’s most remarkable character Edward Cullen was even called the Hair in the Twilight Saga for his mesmerizing hairstyle. However, the actor himself can’t brag about the all-time perfect choices, thus bad hairstyles happen to him too. It appears that this fuzzy something is just what his hair looks like when simply left intact. Thankfully, he paid a visit to his hairstylist and now his hair gives breezy and carefree vibes again.

Jared Leto


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None of Jared Leto’s hairstyles has gone unnoticed. Though, not all of them we’d call apposite. When Jared tried to pull off a mullet and added bleach highlights to it, which only worsen the situation, it looked like a hog in armor. Good news is it didn’t last long and now we have a great opportunity to enjoy his elegant and smart slicked back hairstyle complemented with a full beard.

Ben Affleck


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Evidently, Ben Affleck’s effort to pull off a bedhead failed, as it seemed way too authentic and ended up looking like a very bad hair cut. Without a doubt, a shorter messy hairstyle suits him a lot better even when accompanied with a rugged beard.

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Joaquin Phoenix


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Joaquin Phoenix is an object lesson of how a terrible haircut can easily ruin your whole look. The floppy thinning hair looks miserable and disheartening, and even his clean-shaved face doesn’t save the day. On the contrary, when Joaquin had his hair trimmed with short sides and a couple of inches longer top, even a beard doesn’t make him appear shaggy instead adding a stylish touch to the look.

Matthew McConaughey


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Although we love Matthew McConaughey’s natural curls, when he decides to grow them out it results in nothing but a horrible haircut. His locks, rather than being bouncy and ample, look floppy and lifeless. Instead, when Matthew chopped them off, his hairstyle gained boldness and flair.

Bradley Cooper


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Well, we cannot say that Bradley looks particularly awful with his regrown locks, however, they do not flatter him as well. Although his hairstyle is quite neat and groomed, it still somehow makes Bradley look sloppy and definitely much older than he really is. What makes things worse is his unkempt full beard with obvious signs of aging. Luckily, now he looks completely different. A stylish long top short sides cut with a spiked up front and a short stubble of facial hair make Cooper look not only youthful but also extremely hot.

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Chris Hemsworth


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A quick way to add several years and pounds for Chris Hemsworth is to go for a messy bedhead hairstyle, which reveals his thinning locks, and a coarse beard, which makes his face rounder and erases the sharp jawline. When Chris switched it to a stylish side swept hairstyle with a one-day scruff, it made everybody sigh with relief.

Tom Cruise


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It’s not that this messy hairstyle is a complete failure but it is not a success either. Tom and messy hair are probably not the best combo. At least, when it looks like he styled it himself. Fortunately, this inexplicit hairstyle did not last long and Tom appeared in front of cameras with a much more dapper and thus flattering look.

John Travolta


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There are plenty of ways to disguise a receding hairline but John seemed to choose the least flattering for him. Not only did this crew cut accompanied by sideburns revealed his diminishing locks but it also knocked face proportions off, making it overly rounded. And the hybrid of a soul patch and a goatee only made things worse. To our great relief, he reconsidered his hair and beard look and went for a much longer hairstyle paired with light stubble.

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Keanu Reeves


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It seems that Keanu understood a “bedhead” hairstyle too literally. Not that messy hair does not look good on the actor, instead, it adds a ruffian touch to his style, but in the left photo, he obviously went too far with disheveling his locks. Luckily, the John Wick star seemed to master how to style his locks so that they only would look like he had just woken up.

How To Deal With A Bad Haircut

No one is safe from ugly haircuts, so if you happen to get one, here’s what you can do to improve the situation:

  1. Let the barber know about your discontent right away.
  2. Identify what exactly is wrong with your haircut.
  3. Try out different styling.
  4. Get another haircut.
  5. Hide bad haircuts under a cap or hat.
  6. Go bald.
  7. Grow the hair out.

As you can tell, even when you have access to the best hairstylists on the planet, you still can encounter bad haircuts. While you shouldn’t look up to celebrities when they sport failure hairstyles, the way they pretend as nothing has happened is worthy of admiration. Still, we hope our photo gallery will keep you away from making the same mistakes.

FAQs

What’s the worst haircut for a guy?

There are many bad haircuts for men but the worst ones are those that do not suit you personally. This could be a side swept fringe, a bowl cut or any other edgy hair look that is not that easy to nail. Also, bolder men styles that feature flamboyant colors or unconventional cuts may be unflattering for most guys.

Why do my haircuts always look bad?

If every time when you have a fresh haircut it looks bad to you, this does not necessarily mean that the cut is actually bad. You may just need time to get used to your new look. If you still do not like it after a while, then maybe next time try to find some inspiring ideas online and discuss with your barber whether the chosen cut is going to suit you. What you should consider when deciding on the look is the shape of your head, the type of your hair and its texture as well as how long the haircut should be.

What do I do with a bad haircut?

First and foremost, you should let your barber know that you are unhappy with the cut. They will most likely be able to improve the situation. Also, it is important to determine what exactly you do not like about your hair look. Then, it is a good idea to try a different approach to styling your locks. If nothing works, then you have no other option but to try a new cut next time you visit a hair salon. However, if this is your hairstylist who is to blame for the wrong haircut, maybe, you should go to another one. Yet, if your locks are not long enough to be given a fresh trim, you have two options: either disguise the bad haircut under the baseball cap or shave all of your hair off and wait until it grows out fully.

How do you know if you have a bad haircut?

To get a perfect haircut, you should pay attention to its shape, blending and finish. When choosing the shape and length of the cut, a barber needs to make sure that it flatters your facial traits, meaning boosts attractive features and diminishes potential flaws. Also, the transition from shorter hair to longer should be smooth and gradual: no harsh lines should be present between the sections unless it is intended to be so.

Finally, it is important to give your haircut a finishing touch to make it look complete. By finishing touch, we mean that your haircut should closely trace your hairline. Besides, the hair on top of the head should not stick up. And last but not least, no matter if you apply a hair styling product, you cut should look great regardless.

How do you hide a bad short haircut?

If your personal style allows for it, incorporate a headband into your look to cover as much of the hair as possible. Then, try to style your locks differently, adding or setting aside various styling products and tools. If you like to go to extremes, you can simply shave it all off. Finally, you can hide your bad short haircut under a hat or a cap.

How do guys deal with a bad haircut?

The first thing guys do when given a bad cut is they address the problem immediately. They tell their hairstylist what is wrong to get the problem fixed. What else helps them to deal with the issue is identifying what is wrong with their cut. This makes fixing the cut a lot easier. Yet, if the hairstylist can do nothing with it at the current stage, men stock up on patience and wait for their thatch to grow out. Until then, they may try to disguise the failed cut by styling it differently or turning into a shorter cut. When their locks are finally long enough for a new haircut, they do not book an appointment with their old barber straight away. They assume that if the hairstylist gives them bad haircuts, it pays to look for a new one.

What do you do when you get a bad haircut?

If you are unhappy with the haircut and you are still in the barber’s chair, it pays to tell them about it. But take care to be polite. No need to get angry or shout. There could be miscommunication and the hairstylist did not understand clearly what you wanted. Oftentimes, the cut can be adjusted and improved. Yet, in some cases, growing the hair out is the only way to deal with bad male haircuts.

Can hairdressers fix a bad haircut?

Sometimes, it is possible to fix bad men haircuts or make some adjustments so it looks better. But you may need to ask a different barber to do that for you.

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