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.
- 1 Types of Haircuts
- 2 Fade and Taper
- 3 Undercut
- 4 Pompadour
- 5 Quiff
- 6 Comb Over
- 7 Slicked Back
- 8 Buzz Cut
- 9 Crew Cut
- 10 Faux Hawk
- 11 Fringe
- 12 Side Part
- 13 Spiky
- 14 Top Knot
- 15 Man Bun
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 2018. 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.
Undercut Comb Over Pomp
Messy Textured Top + Undercut Fade + Full Beard
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.
Modern Pomp + Mid Skin Fade + Hard Part
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.
Textured Modern Quiff
Spiky Quiff + Short Sides
Here are more examples of comb over fade haircuts.
The slicked back style remains one of the hottest modern men’s hairstyles of the decade.
For a very short, yet stylish way to cut your hair, check out the buzz cut.
For a low-maintenance and easy cut with a bit more length than a buzzed top, the crew cut is the way to go.
The faux hawk, also known as the fohawk, is a trendy favorite for guys who want to style a unique look.
The textured fringe hairstyle has quickly become one of the best cuts of the year.
The side part haircut is a classic look that is timeless and professional.
Spiky hair became huge in the 90’s, but the modern style uses pomade or wax rather than gel for a textured finished.
The top knot was a craze a few years ago, and some guys still sport the look.
Hopefully with these men’s haircut names and terminologies in mind, you’ll never have to suffer through another bad hair day again!