Best Short Haircuts For Men in 2020
Welcome to the golden era of short haircuts! Stylish men are taking their locks back from the cultural authorities, and the results are decadently dashing. Here’s what’s up with today’s manly hairstyles.
Back in the day, all short haircuts were practically the same, because they were institutionalized by the government. The infamous military buzz cut sheared all personality off of a man’s head. Soon, even men who weren’t on Active Duty felt compelled to show solidarity by getting the nearly bald look.
This eventually left hippies as the only males with manes, and they had far too much. For the longest time, there was absolutely no middle ground in the hair-length wars.
This is why today’s flexible fashion trends are a godsend for men who like to look good, especially when it comes to their hair. A neat and tidy ensemble up top can still carry tons of attitude. There is also a shocking level of variety available while still keeping the haircut short. For example, you can go with spikes, miniature mohawks and shaved patterns!
The ideal short haircut is one that handsomely frames your jawline. Your customization options will be most prevalent where your ‘do meets the beard. Sideburns can quickly turn into mutton chops. Whether or not this is preferable may ultimately be up to your discretion, but just make sure you own your choices. Being confident can sell any look, but reluctance will negate even the hottest guy’s game! To show you what we mean, here are some thrilling short haircuts for the modern gent:
This classic haircut continues to be the go-to style for men everywhere! It has withstood decades of changes in society, from what’s hip, to what’s cool, to who’s got swag, and feeling savage. But as many hairstyles left the building, this pompadour stays.
It is as classic as Elvis, but as modern as you. Many current celebrities continue to style their hair like this and feel confident doing so. All it takes is a comb and some pomade (and a blow-dryer if you feel like adding in extra time).
The way to make this look is to keep the sides of your hair trim. Allowing only the top to have about three inches or longer of hair length to style. Then, to style, you will add a dime size amount of pomade in your hands and rub them together to warm it up.
You then run your fingers through the top of your hair to get the pomade product well set to keep the pompadour together.
Finally, you can use a comb to brush your hair back nicely or use a blow-dryer to add extra volume as you comb it if you have time.
If you decided to keep about an inch length of hair on your sides, you can also put the pomade there and comb the side hair back to have your hair look like it’s all going in the same direction. Once you get that nice curvature style you want, you have created the pompadour.
The faux-hawk has been on trend since David Beckham choose this style in 2005. And now in the year 2020, it is still visible in every fashion and celebrity magazine out there.
It has become the people’s go-to when they do not want to fully commit to a “shave to see the scalp” mohawk. But regardless of the “no-shave” sides, this style still amazes everyone with its message of slight rebellion but not complete anarchy.
To begin this haircut, much like the pompadour, you must keep the sides trim while keeping at least two to three inches of length on the top and texturizing with scissors.
However, unlike the pompadour, you do not have the option of shaving the sides! Otherwise the style would be considered a mohawk, therefore the sides must stay trimmed not shaved.
You can use a number four clipper-guard, or even go down to a number three clipper-guard, but please avoid the zero clipper-guard so you do not create a mohawk instead.
Once you have figured out how trim you want your sides, it is now time to style the top. You will begin by putting a dime size amount of pomade in your hands and rubbing your hands together to create some warmth for the pomade product to better activate.
Then you will rub your hands on your hair in an upward motion to create the effect of the hair “standing up”.
This is easier if you clasp your hair in between both of your hands and pull your hands up and repeat until your hair is sticking up without drooping over. If you need more product you can add more.
Another trick in case you do not have pomade is using strong/intense hold hairspray and a blow-dryer to keep the hair dry. That way, the hair is standing dry instead of staying wet, droopy, and sticky. This look does not necessarily need a comb, which is why it is considered low maintenance.
3. Buzz Cut
The buzz cut has made our list, not for the sake of style (as there is not enough hair to actually style), but instead, for the sake of simplicity. It can be done easily, quickly and stays low maintenance.
This is not a cut that you have to put any effort in every morning. Instead, with this look, you can walk right out the door, no pomade or hairspray necessary.
This cut has now become the go-to look for any action-star or tough-guy out there. All it takes is a machine with a clipper-guard number of two and a half, or three and have that machine “buzz” all over the head.
This is usually done by a barber, but can actually be done by you at home. All you have to make certain of, is that you cut the entire hair all over, and have left no patches of hair left.
So, once you make sure you have evenly cut all around, you have created the buzz cut! Easy right?
4. Crew Cut
The crew cut has been around for many generations. It can be seen in any movie dating back to the sixties and earlier. It has many versions of itself, including “the military crew cut”, “the modern crew cut” and “the flat top”.
But here we pay respect to the original as it has created many variations in its timelessness. Society’s reasoning for keeping it around is not due to the coolness factor, but rather, its’ tough as nails portrayal.
It starts with the high and tight fade, using a zero clipper on bottom, and a number four clipper-guard on the top.
Of course, the top can vary in the number of clipper-guard you decide to use for your liking. However, the sides should stay a zero that is well blended to best create that high and tight fade.
Using scissors is not necessary for this look, instead a machine will be all you will need. Once you have trimmed and blended it all, you have achieved the crew cut.
5. Ivy League
The Ivy League, correctly named since many ivy league students had their hair cut and styled in this manner on their way to class at Harvard or Yale.
This haircut has now branched away from just ivy league universities and has continued with celebrities such as Matt Damon and George Clooney, and then on to the public.
To achieve this style, one has to use a number three clipper-guard on bottom and sides, as you do not want a clipper that is lower than that as it doesn’t give the same preppy form.
Then to continue, you will need scissors texturizing the top. Once you have done that, a very small amount of gel, pomade, or hairspray on the top front tips will help as you use your fingers to grasp the front tips and pull them in an upward motion.
This will allow the front of the hair to stay up so that it does not lay on the forehead. Once you have done that, you have achieved Ivy League status.
6. Slicked Back
This haircut has made the top ten due to its uniqueness with its lack of Wahl machines. Instead, this is one that will only need scissors all over!
Many men tend to achieve this look because of its ability to make any man look extremely handsome and mysterious. So, to begin, it is best to have a good amount of length of hair that you can brush back.
Otherwise, this look will not work with only two inches or less of hair. Next, you will need scissors to make the hair layered, and begin texturizing. Once you have done that, specifically on the ends, you then will begin to style.
You can add pomade, gel, or hairspray to help slick your hair back so that you don’t get any “cowlicks” or don’t have the hair parting in the middle like Nick Carter in the 90’s.
Whichever product you use, will instead keep your hair slick back and intact. If you would like to have a bit of shine, we recommend using a few drops of baby oil or coconut oil in your hair and using a comb to brush it evenly through your entire hair.
Be sure not to use a lot of oil as it will start to drip all over and leave your hair looking too wet rather than just having a touch of shine.
Once you get the finished shine you want, you’ve can now walk out your home proudly with your hair slicked back. It is that quick and easy!