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10 Trending Ways to Style Men’s Short Hair

Written by: Piers Le Moignan



Time to read 6 min

Short hair is a popular choice with men for a reason. But if you've been in the short hair club for a while, you might be feeling a bit fed up with your go-to short back and sides.

That doesn't need to be the case, though. In fact, there are plenty of easy and stylish ways to change up your regular ‘do. And you don't need to be a grooming expert to achieve them. Many just require a bit of product, some basic styling techniques, and a willingness to try something new.

So, with that in mind, we've scoured our socials and the interwebs to bring you 10 trending ways to style men's short hair and thrown in some tips to help you nail the look.

#1 The Outgrown Buzz

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Buzzcuts are a classic short hairstyle for men, but the outgrown buzz is becoming a more popular spin on the look.

It's essentially how it sounds – letting your buzzcut grow out a bit, creating a slightly more textured and relaxed look.

You can use a styling compound to run through the short strands and give them a bit of hold and rougher texture.

Our Hybrid Hair compound is actually a great product for doing this, as the formula is lightweight and won't make your hair appear greasy, unlike many other heavier compounds. Plus, the incredible natural ingredients in this formula will nourish and care for your hair.

#2 Short Textured Quiff

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Adding a bit of texture to your short hair is an easy way to elevate its style.

For a textured quiff, you'll want to focus on adding volume at the front and using a texturising product to create definition throughout. Working with wet or damp hair will give you the best results, and you can define the curls much easier while they're damp.

Finger-curling your hair at the front is a great way to create a piecey look. Use a styling clay or compound – like Hybrid Hair – and work it through your hair, applying more product to small sections at the front and wrapping them around your finger to create a curl.

Using a diffuser to dry and 'set' the style can also help give it that extra bit of hold.

#3 Scruffy Bedhead

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If you're short on time or you're having one of those days where you don't want to put much effort into your hair, the scruffy bedhead style is perfect.

Take a small amount of compound, warm it between your palms, and run it through your hair from front to back. Use your fingers to tousle and lift the hair, creating 'I woke up like this' messy hair.

Alternatively, you can also use a dry shampoo to add texture and create that third-day hair feel.

#4 Short Tapered Afro

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Tapered sides and a short afro on top is a great look for men with curly or coily hair. You can maintain your natural curl pattern while keeping the sides and back short for modern spin.

Speak with your barber about the best taper or fade to suit your face shape, as this will help balance out your overall look.

#5 Skin Fade Buzzcut

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A skin fade buzz cut is another way to bring some edginess and modernity to the classic.

Instead of using the same grade all over, you'll want to ask your barber for a skin fade or taper on the back and sides. The result is a clean, sharp look that keeps a bit of length on top, adding shape and balancing out more square or angular face shapes.

#6 Fluffy Curls

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Curly hair doesn't just work for medium-length hairstyles – you can also play around with your short curls to create a fluffy, voluminous look.

Use a curl enhancing product while your hair is wet or damp, and scrunch it in as you dry your hair. You can also use a diffuser to help maintain and define the curls.

Our Marine Mist sea salt spray is a must-have product for curly hair, as it enhances the natural curl pattern and adds texture without weighing down the strands. But it also works on straight hair, too, to create a 'beachy' textured look.

#7 Skinhead Cut

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If you want to go very short with your hairstyle, a skinhead haircut is an obvious choice. Go for a low grade all over, either a 1 or 0, and embrace the clean-shaven look.

This is a easy hairstyle to maintain too, or you can let it grow out a bit for that outgrown buzz we mentioned earlier.

#8 Ceaser Mod Haircut

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A Liam Gallagher-esque Ceaser mod haircut can add a bit of personality to your short hair.

This look involves adding choppy layers throughout and using a texturising product to create a tousled, laid-back vibe.

#9 Side-Swept Deep Part

A side-swept deep parting is a great one for if you're headed to a formal event or you want to try out the trending old money look.

You'll want to part your hair in line with your eyebrow arch and use a styling hold product to sweep the hair over. The product will help hold the hair in place and tame any stray strands.

#10 High Skin Fade

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We know it's a given, but sometimes, the classics are the best. A skin fade or high fade is a simple yet stylish way to wear your short hair. It's versatile, easy to maintain, and works for pretty much any hair type.

You can use a little product on top to hold the style in place, or you can also embrace a more unkempt look. Either way, this is a timeless hairstyle that will always be on-trend.

Summary: Nailing Your Short Hairstyles

If anyone tells you that short hair is boring and limiting, you can now confidently prove them wrong. With these 10 trending ways to style men's short hair, there's no reason not to switch up your look and experiment with different styles.

Remember, the key to achieving a great hairstyle is using good-quality products that work for your hair type and having a barber you can bounce ideas off and trust to create the perfect cut for you.

For more men's hairstyle inspiration, tips, and hacks, head over to the rest of our blog.


How Can I Make My Short Hair Look Good Men?

The key is to choose a style that works with your face shape and hair type. For square or angular faces, adding texture and volume can help balance out the angles. For rounder faces, a shorter cut with defined edges can create a more chiselled look.

How Do I Style Very Short Hair?

Adding some messy texture with a product like Hybrid Hair is a great way to style very short hair. Simply warm the compound between your palms and run it through your hair from front to back, using your fingers to create a tousled look.

What Head Shape is Best for Short Hair?

Square face shapes usually suit short hairstyles best, as the angles can be softened with some hair on top. Oval and diamond-shaped faces can also pull off shorter styles, too.

How Do You Style a Short Haircut for Boys?

For boys, a shorter haircut can be kept simple with a little bit of product to hold it in place. A skin fade or taper on the sides and back can add some edge to the look, while a textured or curly top can keep it playful.

Piers Le Moignan

Piers Le Moignan is the founder and CEO of Salt Grooming, an award-winning British luxury men’s haircare and styling brand. 

Founded in 2018, Piers has quickly grown the company into a global brand that has distributed to 43 countries and counting.

Headquartered in London, Piers leads an agile workforce of 10 employees and consultants, including the company’s formulation team which features some of the UK’s leading cosmetic scientists. Piers is responsible for overseeing logistics, supply chain, and performance marketing, and is the driving force behind Salt’s product innovation and brand/creative direction. 

Previous to foundership, Piers spent a decade at some of London’s leading creative agencies, developing global brands and communications for the likes of Adidas, Jaguar Land Rover, British Airways, and more.

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