Learning about the different haircut names for men is the best way to ensure you get a good haircut every time you visit the barbershop. We’ve all been there – you’re talking to your barber and have no idea what to call the haircut you want, so you offer a bad description and the barber seems to understand what type of haircut you want. Unfortunately, not knowing barber terminology and the names of haircuts is the most common way to get a bad cut, and it’s an issue we plan to fix today!
In this guide, we will describe and provide examples of the different haircuts and hairstyles for men, including low and high fades, undercuts, pompadours, comb overs, and faux hawks. In the process of learning these haircut terms and names, we hope you’ll find new styles to try.
Types of Haircuts
There are so many different types of haircuts for men that choosing the best hairstyle can sometimes require a little research. To help guys find the coolest men’s short hairstyles, here’s a list of the most popular styles of 2016. If you see something you like, be sure to save the page so you can show your barber the look you want – this is often the easiest way to communicate your preference.
Fade and Taper
Often interchangeable with the term “taper”, a fade simply means you want the hair on the side of your head to gradually get shorter from top to bottom. The process of fading from one length to another is generally achieved using hair clippers. Because the fade comes in a variety of styles, it is important to tell your barber the type of fade haircut you need.
One determining factor is where your fade begins. For example, you can request your barber give you a low, mid or high fade. Furthermore, you can decide how short your fade becomes by asking for a skin (bald) fade or any other length (e.g. 1/8 inch). Just remember, you don’t even have to get a faded haircut – maybe you prefer your hair to be all the same length on the sides.
The undercut hairstyle is a very popular modern haircut where the sides and back are clipped short or shaved. The undercut is not faded and the hair on top is left much longer. The hair on top can then be styled in a number of ways, such as combed over, swept to the side, slicked back, brushed up, or made into a pompadour or quiff. Ultimately, the undercut is one of the coolest “short on the sides, long on the top” haircuts you can have these days.
The pompadour is a type of undercut hairstyle that continues to have short sides and a long top. However, the pompadour is unique because a large volume of hair is swept upwards in the front to create a “pomp”. The hair just above the forehead is the highest point and gradually falls towards the back of your head.
The disconnected pompadour specifically refers to a hard part in the hair from the side to the top.
The quiff is similar to the pompadour, but instead of the hair brushing back, the quiff styles the hair forward. Typically coupled with a fade on the sides, the quiff haircut is versatile and can be left messy if desired.
Hopefully with these men’s haircut names and terminologies in mind, you’ll never have to suffer through another bad hair day again!