The Best Guide To Short Haircuts For Men You'll Ever Read

Short haircuts for men are very trendy right now. More guys than ever are opting for 1 to two inches of length up top and buzzing the hair close to the skin on the sides of the head. These styles are easy to maintain, take mere minutes to style, and give short hair a clean-cut feeling.


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Maybe you’re searching for your next perfect cut, or you’re a mom or loving significant other who is wondering, what short haircut should I get men? To choose the perfect fade haircut, focus on the time willing to be spent on daily styling, the preferred go-to length, and if any facial hair is involved.

Some guys still rock the long hair, man bun look, but the high and tight trend that incorporates details like an undercut, or buzz cut, is clearly here. Still wondering what is the best haircut for short hair? Below are 10 cool and trendy styles that will answer your question- and then some!

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Buzz Cut

Buzz cuts are the most popular mens 2020 haircuts who want a cut that is short and is of low maintenance. This look is well-known as the military style haircut but is also very well-liked by both athletes and businessmen. Men’s buzz cuts are extremely versatile and require no maintenance as they are simply “wash and go.”

This buzz cut fade is trending this season with the faded back and sides with all the length on the top. The best thing about this style is that it is appropriate for any age or lifestyle and is considered very masculine and sexy.

What is the shortest haircut? The shortest haircut is 0 in buzzed cuts. No clippers are used for this haircut.

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Military Short Haircuts For Men

A military haircut will probably never come out of style. These short hairstyles for men have become the preferred choice of many guys thanks to their low maintenance and broad versatility. Of course, today’s grooming world has made a lot of changes in classic military hairstyles modernizing them and adapting to current trends. They’ve become a bit longer here and there and are often enhanced with different elements like a hard part, a fade or a line up.

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Crew Cut

Crew Cuts have been the style of choice for men in the professional field for years. Men’s crew cuts are shorter in the back and on the sides but longer and tapered or faded on the top. The sides and back can be either very short or buzzed, normally to a taper fade.

If you like crew cut hair, this crew cut fade is a great choice as it is very versatile. The top is cut so that it can either be brushed back or styled to the side for a more textured look. It requires very little product and looks great with or without facial hair.

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Ivy League Haircut

Men’s Ivy league haircut is also known as the Princeton or Harvard cut. The Ivy League cut is a sophisticated version of a crew cut with the short style and a side-swept, slick side part. It is the perfect choice for men who want a modern yet classy cut.

This spiky Ivy League cut has a ton of volume on the top with its “shape up,” which is another name for styling the hair upwards and slightly toward one side for spiky, textured effect. This look is great for those with square-shaped faces.

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High And Tight Haircut

High and tight haircuts are a military style cuts that center on maintaining a short style without giving the impression of a bland look. They typically consist of short sides that fade to an extremely short length with a longer patch on the top. It is one of the most popular short 2020 men haircuts.

This high and tight fade is great if you want a trendy style that is also sleek and professional. It takes very little time to style so it is great for those who are always on the go and will work well with any hair texture.

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Flat Top Short Haircuts For Men

Obviously, a flat top haircut is one that has been styled or cut so that it is leveled and flat on the top of the head. This style is usually shorter in the back and on the sides so that it elongates the face.

This flat top fade resembles a pompadour in the front and has a ton of volume. It is cut short in the back, but what makes this cut stand out is the trendy hair tattoo on the side. Hair tattoos are very trendy, and there is no limit to the designs you can choose from.

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Modern Caesar Haircut

A Caesar Cut, named of course after the Roman emperor, Julius Caesar. It is are short haircuts for men with straight horizontal fringe that is usually cut in layers of 1-2 inches, and the bangs are styled forward.

This light to dark Caesar haircut with salt and pepper hair is a modern take on the classic Caesar cut and looks even more stylish with a well-groomed salt and pepper beard. This look made a huge comeback in the 1990s and is still going strong today.

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Fade Haircut

It’s hard to image modern mens 2020 hair styles without a fade. This simple yet versatile haircut can bring a welcome change to basically any hairstyle. Such popularity of these short hairstyles for men is not for nothing. There are many types of fade to match basically any preferences as well as face shape and hair type.

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To embellish your pestered hairstyle, you can choose from high, mid or low fade. Moreover, if you feel like going really edgy, you can opt for a skin fade. On top of that, if the fade seems too plain for you, you can go with a taper. As you can see, the possibilities are almost endless.

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High Fade Haircut

A high fade is a perfect choice for those guys who would rather play around with the hair on top making it a focal point. Because there’s so little hair on the sides and back of the head, nothing will distract onlookers from your textured top or luxurious pompadour or whatever bold hairstyle you choose to rock on top. Besides, this clean and neat cut is perfect for balancing really long or messy short hairstyles for men.

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Mid Fade Haircut

If you gravitate to a middle ground in life, you should take a closer look at a mid skin fade. Chances are it’s going to become the 2020 men’s haircuts of your choice for many years to come. What’s cool about it is that it’s balanced itself, as it involves a sufficient amount of hair yet exposes quite a lot of bald skin. A mid fade allows you to sport your hair on top whatever style you like. For the most contrasty look, pair your black hair on the sides and back with the bleached curly top. To add edginess to the cut, define your hairline with a line-up.

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Low Fade

A low fade haircut is a right fit for those guys who aren’t after revealing too much of naked skin. It delivers the smoothest and the most gradual transition from longer top to shorter side hair among all three types of fade. A line-up and a smattering of facial hair will work as a perfect enhancement to the look.

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Bald Fade Men’s Short Haircut

What is a zero fade haircut? If you’re aiming for a really bold and daring look, a bald fade will surely give it to you. There’s only a small strip of faded hair around the head, while the rest of the hair is shaved off. As the cut is so clean, you can team it with a really ample top. A pompadour is a perfect choice for this case. A line up and a perfectly trimmed facial hair ooze the sharpness of the style.

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Undercut Mens Hairstyles 2020

Undercut hair style is one of the most significant looks this season. And undercut men styles are taking the world by storm with some of the trendiest cuts around. Undercut hair is basically any style that has a length on the top and while the sides or back are either faded, completely buzzed or very closely cropped.

This undercut fade is very masculine with its side shave and asymmetrical cut that is drastically longer and styled to one side. What makes it even cooler is the long, textured beard that gives this look some more attitude.

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Disconnected Undercut

If you want an undercut, but want a look that’s suitable for the office, why not get a disconnected undercut fade? This look is known for its shorter sides with more length on top. However, unlike other undercuts, the sides do not blend with the hair on top. Instead, there is a dramatic transition which forms a disconnection, hence the name.

This men’s disconnected undercut fade is very stylish if you need a more polished look. The closely shaved beard is very sleek and nicely blends with the shaved sides. The length on top forms a messy pompadour that adds volume and a look that’s professional and classy.

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Undercut Fade

If you are looking for a fade haircut that is a bit edgier, you should go for a faded undercut like the one pictured here.  Thanks to the high contrast it creates, you don’t have to resort to overly elaborate styling. The back is shaved closely while the length on top is voluminous and messy to give it more of a bold edge. This is one of those short haircuts for men that help you create a sharp and prominent appearance without additional effort.

Men undercut fade styles are super trendy, as they are cool and edgy for those who are looking for a daring look. They also pair nicely with luxuriant facial hair, so a coarse beard will become a perfect accompaniment for such a ‘do.

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Short Comb Over

If you are looking for a cut that is office ready yet still stylish, a comb over haircut it is. Comb-overs have gotten a bad rap over the years but today’s comb-over styles are debunking that myth. The contemporary comb-over is stylish with its classy side part that styles the hair over to one side. This style only takes 5 minutes of your time and is ideal for any hair texture and will flatter any face shape.

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Short Taper Haircut

What is a men’s tapered haircut? If you ask your barber for a tapered haircut, you can expect them to shorten your hair curving your ear about 1 cm higher and drop toward your nape. When the top features longer hair, then you got a men’s tapered haircut. A taper haircut differs from a fade in the manner the gradient is formed. It goes from the longer hair on the top to the shorter hair as it approaches the hairline. Most of the short hairstyles for men use tapering in some way, especially closer to the base. A taper makes the hairstyle easy manageable and symmetrical. Because it allows leaving more hair on top of the head, tapering pays a tribute to modern trend on long hair.

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Faux Hawk Haircut

A faux hawk isn’t as daring as the traditional mohawk. Still, it delivers the same amount of stylishness and boldness. With the amount of hair left on the sides, it allows embellishing them with different hair designs. Also, its moderate intensity makes a faux mohawk an appropriate choice for all kinds of men. By simply styling your hair on top in a different way, you can receive a hairstyle that suits almost any occasion.

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French Crop Short Haircuts For Men

Such timeless short hair cuts as a French crop will always find their followers’ thanks to the low maintenance and a clean-cut look they deliver. A French crop features a faded or undercut sides and a relatively short hair on top. Though, unlike many other short sides long top haircuts, it involves quite a prominent fringe. The main advantage of such a mens haircut 2020 is that it creates the illusion of luxuriant hair on the head, thus being very beneficial for guys with a receding hairline.

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Short Sides Long Top

Short sides long top hairstyles need no introduction, as they’ve been on a roll lately. Roughly speaking, they are the foundation for a huge number of modern hairstyles for men. Their versatility along with low maintenance is what made them so popular. You can easily play around with the length either on the sides or on the top or both. Also, you can opt for a fade or taper on the sides as well as go for a fringe, faux hawk or pompadour on the top.

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Mohawk Haircut

For men who aren’t afraid to show off their inner (or maybe outer as well) punk, a Mohawk is the staple men haircuts 2020. It’s so edgy and contrasty that all eyes will be guaranteed on you. As this style doesn’t contain any hair on the sides, you’re welcome to pair it with some facial hair. A chin strap beard will work just fine.

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Hard Part Short Haircuts For Men

For real gents who pay respect to classic short hairstyles for men, a hard part is the number one choice. This shaved line dapper and elegant, it doesn’t look overly preppy or boring. You can enhance the look with a comb over and a line up, which will add edginess, while a mid fade will bring some dimension and smoothness to balance the look.

This hard part with comb over fade is very modern and can smoothly go from work to the gym to date night with little to no maintenance. A well-groomed beard as a bonus will make the ladies swoon!

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To accentuate the nape of your neck, you can ask your barber for a V-shape hawk with a skin fade on the sides. This hairstyle looks contrasty and defined thanks to sharp lines and noticeable contrast in length. However, to keep it looking so sharp, you need to remember to pay regular visits to your hairstylist.

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Pomp + Skin Fade

Give a classic pompadour a modern twist by complementing it with a skin fade on the sides and back. If you want to make it look less harsh, opt for a low skin fade. In case you are after an edgier look, feel free to go for a high skin fade.

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Quiff + Line Up

A quiff is a hairstyle that can be enhanced in many different ways. A line up is one of the best options though, as it instantly makes your hair look more defined and prominent. Also, it allows you to keep the focus on the quiff itself. So, you will not need to be exceptionally innovative when it comes to its styling. Just brush the front section of your hair up and you are good to go.

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360 Waves + Fade

A 360 waves hairstyle looks elaborate and eye-catching itself. However, you can make it even more prominent by complementing with a fade. What type to choose is for you to decide. Take into account such factors as your personal style, preferences and time you can allocate for its maintenance.

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Mullet Short Haircuts For Men

A modern mullet has nothing to do with an old-fashioned geeky style. It looks classy and fashionable, Yet, its main principle, namely all business in the front, and all party in the back, is respected. The rest of the adjustments is up to you. We like how defined this mullet in the photo looks with a hard part and bald fade on the sides.

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Crop Top Short Men’s Haircut

High fades are all the rage for men’s short haircuts 2020. This look concentrates short hair on the top of the head. Subtle layers up top make it the perfect short crop for thick hair. Baby bangs aren’t for everyone, but this rounded shape is very suitable for strong and angular cheekbones.

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Textured Taper Fade Short Haircut

High and tight styles give the overall illusion of short hair while allowing for longer length up top. Tapered fades are ideal men’s short haircuts. Clean up the cut around the ears while maintaining gorgeous locks up top so nothing gets messy. If you prefer length and especially facial hair, try this textured top with high taper fade and beard style.

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Brushed Up Fringe With Bald Fade

One of the most popular men’s short hairstyles 2020 is the brushed up fringe with high bald fade undercut. This makes a polished effect possible even as guys rock a few inches up top. A slightly faux hawk fringe frames the face while a line up separates the length and the bald fade for a modern approach.

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Textured Quiff With Fade

Thick, voluminous hair and an even thicker beard looks cleaned up and elegant on a low fade and textured quiff. Buzz hair close to the scalp right in front of the tops of ears for the perfect prune on all that hair. It lets the gorgeous quiff up top do all of the talking.

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Spiked Textured Top Men’s Short Haircuts

We see a lot of round and soft lines on men’s short haircuts today. However, short spiky hair for men looks dynamic with high, bald fades and even faint beards. If your hair is straight but you desire texture, cut short, choppy layers for a spiked effect.

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High and Tight With An Undercut Fade

Undercut fades are a defining characteristic of current short men’s haircuts. They are perfect for guys who love wearing hair very short, but want noticeable texture up top. High fades are ideal on ultra-cropped hair for a high and tight haircut. The round shape on these short bangs provides good balance for strong, square jaws.

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Buzz Cut With Skin Fade and Line Up

Probably the trending mens hairstyles 2020 is the buzz cut with skin fade and line up style. Also called an edge up, this bald line separates the top of the hair from the fade underneath. This can be done on a variety of styles and works well with a fade beard, too.

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Curly Hair With Bald Fade

Don’t let these sleek, short hair men styles fool you, hair with lots of texture and curls can handle an edgy cut. In fact, a curly hair with mid bald fade cut looks awesome and unique. The bald fade highlights curls while tidying up your overall look.

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Short Blonde Curls

Creating a short haircut men will love is easy if your natural texture is tight, springy ringlets. Keep those curls cut close to the head and tapered it off at the top of the temple with a high fade on the sides. You can’t go wrong with this curly fade haircut.

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Pompadour Fade Short Haircuts For Men

When looking for men’s hairstyles, short lengths can be hard if you have beautiful hair that you like keeping 3-4 inches long. However, fades make hair tidy without having to sacrifice your gorgeous locks. A high skin fade with pompadour provides a polished effect that is undoubtedly modern, too.

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We hope you have found inspiration in our guide to cool short haircuts for men.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best haircut for guys?

Undoubtedly, any short haircut can be considered the best option for a guy. No matter what style you will choose, you can rest assured that you will look bold and daring. Just look for the style that flatters your facial features, enhancing the most attractive ones and disguising any potential imperfections.

What is a regular men’s haircut?

To be considered regular, your haircut should feature a long top, which you would be able to comb, and a prominent side part. As for the sides, your hair can be anything from medium, semi-short and short to long and even extra-long.

What are the different hairstyles for men?

Every now and then, barbers invent new and fresh takes on a regular men’s haircut. They add trendy features and apply modern techniques so that your hairstyle follows the latest fashion. Thus, different hairstyles emerge all over the world.

This cut is a variation of a shaved haircut that is closely shaved on the top and shaved completely on the sides. It is the hairstyle choice of many athletes as it requires no maintenance and you can easily trim it yourself at home.


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