Looking for the best men’s spiky hairstyles? Spiky hair emerged onto the scene in the 90’s and instantly became one of the most popular haircuts for guys. Nowadays, spiked hair is trendy again, and men are looking for the hottest ways to to style a spiky haircut. From short spiky hair to medium length and long styles to messy textured versions, we’ll show you how to get a spiked hairstyle for the modern gentleman.
And while not long ago, spiked hair meant using copious amounts of hair gel to clump strands together into thick spikes, the latest hairstyles tend to have a more natural, textured look. This means men are foregoing strong-hold hair gels in favor of styling products like pomade, wax or clay.
To inspire you with ideas, we’ve compiled a list of the best spiky hairstyles for men. From long to short hair, explore these cool spiked styles to find the perfect cut for your needs.
Best Spiky Hairstyles For Men
With so many variations of spiky haircuts and styles, it can be tricky deciding which look to get. For starters, almost all of these cuts have short hair on the sides. Whether you choose a spiky hair fade or undercut depends on your personal preference, but the “short sides, long top” trend provides a stylish contrasting finish.
How you should spike your hair really depends on how much length you have to work with and your hair type. Different styles will work with different textures and determine how strong of a pomade or wax to buy. Obviously, straight thick hair is the easiest to work with and allows guys to get a variety of popular haircut styles.
Whether you like short spiked hair or long hair with spikes on top, there are various types of spiky hairstyles. Explore these trendy ways to wear men’s spiked hair to get haircut ideas for your next trip to the barbershop.
Spiked Up Front Hair
Hair spiked in the front is the traditional look. Guys with the spiky front used to frost or highlight their tips. While you can still spike your bangs up, we recommend a more textured, natural finish.
Short Spiky Hair
Short spiky hairstyles are always easier to manage and style, especially if you have wavy or curly hair. Combined with a fade or undercut on the sides, guys can keep the look simple and neat or messy and complex. As one of the best short hairstyles to get right now, we highly recommend guys try the spiky hair fade.
Spiked Faux Hawk
The faux hawk has become one of the coolest haircuts for men. Because of its edgy and rebellious style, the spiked faux hawk is definitely a barbershop favorite. Use a good hair product to keep your strands standing up as you direct it all towards the middle to achieve the style.
Long Spiky Hair
Men’s medium and long spiky hairstyles are gaining popularity as longer lengths and tapered sides come back in vogue.
Spiky Hair Fade
The spiky hair fade is the most versatile version of the cut. With faded sides that require no styling, this hairstyle really serves as the basis of all other modern spiky fade haircuts.
How To Spike Your Hair
Spiking your hair well requires a good styling product, comb, and blow dryer. The best products to spike hair are strong pomades, gels or waxes that won’t create stiff hard hair that breaks and flakes.
To spike your hair, you’ll want to follow these instructions:
- Wash your hair to remove any previous product and start with a clean head of hair. Towel dry, but leave it slightly damp to make it easier to work with. If you have curly or wavy hair, use a comb to straighten your strands and work out any knots or tangles.
- Styling short spiky hair is a little easier since your hair has less weight to it. For short spiky hairstyles, scoop up some styling product with your fingers and work it in, continuously going front to back. For messy spiky hair, use a lighter styling wax or pomade instead of gel or glue. Make sure the product doesn’t clump in any one spot and is evenly distributed throughout.
- Now grab handfuls of your hair and start pulling them up to create the spike. You can direct and hold each in place for 5 to 10 seconds.
- For long spiky hair, repeat the same steps, but use a firm hold pomade and possibly blow dry your hair to ensure the hold.
- Finally, for extra hold, you can even apply some hairspray to keep wavy or frizzy hair in place.
Just remember that, if you’re looking to style messy spiky hair, feel free to have the spikes going in different directions or run your hands through your hair for a less structured, more tousled hairstyle.
Cool Spiked Hair For Guys
The spiked up hairstyle can be achieved with a variety of different types of hair and lengths, just check out some of the long and short spiky haircuts we’ve found below!
Undercut + Thick Textured Spiked Top
Low Fade + Medium Length Spikes
High Fade + Line Up + Messy Textured Spiky Hair
Tapered Sides + Messy Spiky Front
Spiked Faux Hawk + High Burst Fade
Classic Short Spiky Hair
High Fade + Long Thick Spikes
Short Spiky Hair Fade + Beard
Spiky Side Part + Low Skin Fade + Beard
Long Spiky Hair with Fringe
Spiky Modern Quiff + High Bald Fade
Short Spiked Hair + High Taper Fade
Shaved Sides + Short Spiky Hair in Front
Messy Spiked Hair Fade
Thick Spiky Hair + High Fade
Spiky Hair on Top + Short Sides
Spiky Faux Hawk Fade
Messy Spikes + Long Fringe
Short Spiked Faux Hawk + High Bald Fade
Gelled Spiky Hair + Tapered Sides
Spiky Hair Undercut
Spiked Comb Over + Hard Part + High Fade
For more dapper cuts and styles, see our complete guide to the best new men’s haircuts!