When going to the barber it’s important to know men’s haircut names so you can get the haircut you want. Better yet, it’s important that you bring a photo of the haircut you want since there are so many interpretations and variations of men’s haircuts.
Here we have gathered a variety of men’s haircut styles with descriptions and photo examples.
Men’s Haircut Names
English actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) with a bowl haircut.
What Is a Bowl Haircut?
The bowl haircut or mushroom top is a style of haircut that is cut to one uniform length around the circumference of the head. The length is usually just above the ears and the entire haircut creates a “bowl” shape around the head’s circumference. It’s a popular cut for little boys.
American actor Brad Pitt (Troy) with a buzz cut.
What Is a Buzz Cut?
A buzz cut features hair that is shaved with clippers to one very short uniform length.
Classic Combover Haircuts, Side Parts
American actor Armie Hammer (The Man from U.N.C.L.E) with a classic combover haircut.
What Is a Combover?
Also called the side part, the classic combover features hair that is very short on the sides. The long hair on the top is all brushed to one side creating a deep side part.
Combover Fade – The hair on the sides is cut with clippers to gradually cut the hair shorter to nearly shaved or completely shaved. This creates the appearance of a very long top layer.
Classic Side Part – The classic side part features a short haircut with tapered sides and back and a longer top that is parted to one side.
American actor Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die) with a crew cut.
What Is a Crew Cut?
A crew cut features hair that is cut very short on the sides. The top is also cut very short but will taper in length from the longest portion in the front graduating to the shortest hair at the crown.
Short Crew Cut or Butch – A short crew cut or butch is a variation of the classic crew cut where the top of the hair is cut a uniform length rather than graduating from longer to shorter.
Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood (Double Jeopardy) with a curtain haircut.
What Is a Curtain Haircut?
This haircut can be long or short in overall length but the hair must be long enough to be parted in the center and brushed to each side like “curtains”.
Canadian singer Justin Bieber with short dreadlocks.
What Are Dreadlocks?
Dreadlocks are created on longer hair that involves braiding or twisting the hair to form tight spiral hair sections all over the head.
Flat Top Haircuts
American actor Kurt Russell (Overboard) with a flat top.
What Is a Flat Top?
A flat top is very similar to a crew cut where the hair on the sides of the head is cut very short. With a flat top, the hair on the top of the head is cut uniformly to cause the hairs to stand upright causing a flat appearance.
American actor Ashton Kutcher (What Happens in Vegas) with a French crop.
What Is a French Crop?
A French crop features hair that is very short on the sides with short top hair that is tousled with forehead fringe.
American actor Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible) with a fringe haircut.
What Is a fringe haircut?
A fringe haircut is a men’s regular but with fringe or bangs over the forehead.
American singer Nick Jonas with a hi-top haircut.
What Is a Hi-Top Haircut?
A hi-top haircut features sides that are shaved or very short while the hair on the top of the head is long and standing upright.
High and Tight Haircut
American actor Justin Timberlake (In Time) with a high and tight haircut.
What Is a High and Tight Haircut?
Similar to a crew cut, the hair is cut very short with a high and tight haircut but rather than the sides and back cut short they are shaved off. This is a common style for military personnel. Also called the “walker”.
Ivy League Haircuts, Princeton Haircuts, Harvard Clips
American actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain) with a classic Ivy League Haircut.
What Is an Ivy League Haircut?
Also called the Princeton and the Harvard Clip, the Ivy League haircut is a longer version of the crew cut. With a crew cut, the sides of the hair are cut very short or shaved and the top is left slightly longer creating a flat appearance. In the case of the Ivy League haircut, the top hair is left long enough to part.
Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo with a lineup.
What Is a lineup?
The lineup, edge up, or shape up is a style of haircut that features altering the natural hairline to create prominent defined lines.
American actor Jason Momoa (Aquaman) with a man bun.
What Is a Man Bun?
A man bun is the male version of the woman’s hairstyle that is pulled back and tied into a bun.
Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo with a mohawk.
What Is a Mohawk Haircut?
A mohawk haircut features hair the is shaved on the sides and portions of the back of the head leaving the top and center of the back long.
American singer Adam Lambert with a pompadour.
What Is a Pompadour?
A pompadour features hair that is longer on top and worn high over the forehead. Nostalgically, the hair on the sides of the head were longer and slicked back often to a duck-tail in the back where the two sides meet to create a vertical line. Today’s variations are generally cut short on the sides with volume on top.
American singer Adam Lambert with a quiff.
What Is a Quiff?
The quiff haircut features hair that is short on the sides. The top is longer than the sides with the longest hair in the front graduating to shorter hair towards the crown. The top is brushed forward and the front is then styled to come forward and stand upright over the forehead.
American actor Ian Somerhalder (Lost) with a shag haircut.
What Is a Shag Haircut?
The shag haircut was popularized in the 1970s by celebrities such as David Cassidy and Mick Jagger. The cut features layered hair feathered at the top and sides with wispy bottom pieces.
Short Layered Haircut
American actor Bruce Boxleitner (Scarecrow and Mrs. King) with a short layered haircut.
What Is a Short Layered Haircut?
The short layered haircut can have many different looks but the overall feature of the cut is that several layers of different lengths are cut into the hair. In the past, the style was called “feathered”.
Slicked Back Hairstyles
American actor Chris Pine (Star Trek) with a slicked-back hairstyle.
What Is a Slicked Back Hairstyle?
Also known as a ducktail, the slicked back hairstyle popular in the 1950s employed the use of an oil-based styling product to “slick back” the hair on all sides creating a vertical line in the back of the head from the crown to the nape of the neck. (Men who sported this style were often called “greasers”)
Today the term is used more loosely to define any haircut that is slicked back away from the face with a styling product that creates a “wet” look.
Irish actor Colin Farrell (Alexander) with a spiky hairstyle.
What Is a Spiky Haircut?
Just as it sounds, the spiky haircut features hair on the top that is styled to stand upright.
American actor Zac Efron (Baywatch) with a temple fade.
What Is a Temple Fade?
Also known as the Brooklyn fade or low fade, the temple fade features hair that is shaved at the temples leaving the hair above the temple line longer.
American actor Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) with an undercut.
What Is an Undercut?
With an undercut the hair on the top is left long while the sides and back are shaved.