8 Classic Men’s Hairstyles That Will Never Go Out Of Style

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Some hairstyles simply transcend time and style guidelines, easily slotting into any decade’s prevailing taste. Looking for something classic, timeless and easy to achieve? We’ve compiled a list of 8 of these classic hairstyles that have been around for decades now – showing no sign of disappearing anytime soon.

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#1: Short Back and Sides

You may consider the short, back and sides to be a dated look but I can assure you that it’s anything but. After updating its name to something more slick and modern (The Faded Cut) it’s now something that you wouldn’t mind sporting. This men’s fade haircut continues to stay short on the back and sides but keeping the weight in the top. You can play around with the length on this style by simply slicking it back.

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How to Maintain This Style

When it comes to maintaining this classic short hairstyle for men you only really need a decent comb and some quality hair clay. With the middle being long enough to play around with you can add some texture with the wax to achieve a bold, voluminous look, or comb it down for a sleek, classic style.

Best Face Shape

The greatest thing about this hairstyle is that it suits many face shapes and hair types, but it’s especially good for men with round faces. If you’re not happy with the boyish roundness of your face, then the short back and sides is a great cut for you, as it’ll elongate your face and help emphasise your jawline, giving it more definition and a more of a square look.

Best Hair Type

As this is such a versatile hairstyle it really suits a range of hair types, allowing the everyone from the thick haired to the thin haired men to pull it off. Even if you have unruly hair, this will work wonders as it’ll keep everything neat and tidy. The secret is to work with what you have, so if you’ve been blessed with curly locks or thick hair then use this to your advantage.

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 #2: French Crop

Similar to the most traditional look we have (the short, back and sides) it’s the greatest alternative for those wanting to stay both short and long. The French Crop means you can stay short on the side and backs but really play around the length on top. The ultimate goal is to keep everything balanced. Take the back and sides as short as possible, while not making the top too short. You can update this look by adding texture and giving it the messy effect.

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How to Maintain This Style

With the french crop having a more dramatic edge to it than the short back and sides, a little more maintenance is required to keep it looking its best. Keep the middle sleek by blow drying it forward and applying a good pomade. If you want more texture, use a volumizing shampoo and use a firm clay or gel to add some height. Just like that, you’ll be able to pull off one of the best modern men’s hairstyles.

Best Face Shape

Despite the striking look, this is a haircut that really does suit almost every face shape, with its characteristic look helping to exaggerate the jawline of rounder faces and show off the strong angles of more defined shapes.

Best Hair Type

This is a great hairstyle to go for if you’re dealing with thick or curly hair, as it will easily crop your mane and enable you to style it in a way that embraces your waves or tames them. If you already have fairly short hair, the French crop is still great at enhancing your cut and creating a more solid shape.

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#3: Quiff Hairstyles

Once influenced by the iconic James Dean, this old style is coming back and bigger than ever before. When it comes to smart hairstyles, this one is a must. The Quiff is all about the top, but the best thing is that you can choose your own level of volume. You can also make it neat or slightly messy by using some product. As the summer is near, we love the messy kind and it’ll look great with your beach shorts!

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How to Maintain This Style

The quiff is a bold hairstyle that adds instant style and class, but the downside is that it can be a bugger to maintain. Investing in a good quality strong wax is a key, and if you’re going for a raised, swept back look, a little hairspray isn’t a bad idea either. Grab yourself a good comb as well as it’s easy to slip into your bag or pocket and will help maintain and smooth down your quiff when you’re out and about.

Best Face Shape

This is another one that’s great for round faces, as the voluminous middle helps elongate the face, giving more definition to the overall shape. However if you’ve got more of an angled face you can still rock a quiff, and with so many varieties and ways to style it you can easily change it up to suit your style.

Best Hair Type

If you’re cursed with flat thin hair then you’ll be happy to know that a good quiff can still work for you. All you need to do is ensure that it’s a short style one so you can style it without drawing attention to your lack of volume. Despite it working well with thinner hair, thick hair is really the best hair type for this style as it has the right mass to create a clean and bold finish. If you’ve got a lot of curls, make sure your barber keeps the middle on the longer side so you have more to play with.

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#4: Classic Pompadour

The Pompadour is a classic hairstyle and one that has remained timeless despite its historic origin. We have seen The Pompadour develop over the years and even the most iconic people have adopted it too. Plus, this is possibly one of the most old-fashioned men’s hairstyles out there. Ever heard of Elvis Presley? With its extreme top and super short sides, this hairstyle isn’t for the quiet ones. If you’re committed to regular styling then I think this is your new look.

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How to Maintain This Style

If you’re wondering how to get the pompadour hairstyle, it’s really not that difficult. The pompadour, much like the quiff, does require a little bit of styling to ensure it stays looking slick and perfectly maintained. A comb is vital to keeping your hair in place and can help smooth the middle of your hair to create a clean, sleek look. In order to keep flyaways and unmanageable frizz at bay, keep your hair hydrated with a good conditioner, and avoid blow drying it if you can.

Best Face Shape

Naturally, we now have a plethora of versions of the pompadour so most face shapes will suit this classic look. Although, you do need to consider the length of your beard. This style is eye-catching; so if you want to keep things subtle you should avoid having a long beard, as this can make the overall look seem a little too intense.

Best Hair Type

The pompadour requires a fair bit of hair to play around with, so it’s best to avoid this cut if you’re dealing thinning hair. Curly, textured hair can give a unique twist to the classic cut, especially if you embrace your curls and make a display of them. So if you’re looking for men’s wavy hairstyles with a statement edge, then this could be the cut for you.

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#5: The Buzz Cut or The Number 5 Haircut

The Buzz Cut/Number 5 is all about minimal style and one that you don’t actually need a barber or stylist for (even though I’d always advise you to choose one). Instead of using your #1 or #2 attachments on your razor, you will choose the #5. This will leave roughly around 15mm-16mm of hair left, leaving you not quite a skinhead but not far off!

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How to Maintain This Style

The best thing about the number 5 hair cut is that requires little to no styling. However, this doesn’t mean you should take care of what little hair remains, and using a good shampoo is vital in ensuring healthy hair and scalp. You can also use a light weight wax or clay to give a small amount of texture to the look.

Best Face Shape

If you’ve got a square or oval face shape then a buzz cut is an ideal hairstyle for you, as it helps accentuate your strong jaw and cheekbones. Those with a round face should avoid this cut, as it’ll just follow the curve of your face and make the shape look even rounder. This look is also best avoided if you’ve got a super long beard as it will only throw your entire look out of proportion.

Best Hair Type

As you’re essentially shaving most of your hair off there’s no type that will work better or worse with the cut, but it’s a good, yet drastic, cut to go for if you’re suffering from thinning hair. Thick hair will obviously work just as well and give you a neat textured look.

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#6: Side Part

Worn by our Fathers, Grandfathers and even Great Grandfathers, The Side Part was the bees knees and it’s now making a huge comeback. You may know it more as ‘The Comb Over’ but that’s been brushed to the kerb and we now just call it, a side parting. Today we make this look either neat (like they did back in the day) or messy, so you can use your products to style it exactly how you wish. No wrong sides to this one!

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How to Maintain This Style

The main feature of the side part is the clean parting and sleek sweep of hair. This gives a striking and stylish look, but also requires a fair bit of styling to maintain. Make sure you’re adequately conditioning your hair to leave you with a smooth, frizz-free mane, then invest in a strong matt clay to keep your hair in place, and a quality comb to help keep everything in place.

Best Face Shape

The men’s side part hairstyle or comb over hairstyles are great for guys with oval and square face shapes, helping to soften the angles create a smooth look. It’s also handy if you’ve got a rounder face as the hair sweeping back from the face helps to create a sharper look. As your ultimate goal is to keep hair off your forehead, you can use a side parting to help create texture while also keeping things secure.

Best Hair Type

As the best side parts have a smooth, elegant look, it’s best to style if you’ve got naturally straight hair. Anything too curly is going to be tricky to pin down, and won’t give the sleek finish you’re looking for.

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#7: Curly Top

How can you uncurl a curl? Unless you use a copious amount of heat (which isn’t advised) it’s quite difficult, especially if you’re naturally curly. However, having curly locks doesn’t mean you’re unable to achieve any style. Why not try a Curly Top? Keep the sides shorter and have your curls sitting on top. If you’re looking for a blended haircut, this is it. You no longer have to hide behind your curls.

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How to Maintain This Look

If you’ve got naturally curly hair then all you really need to do is use a good wax or gel to define them and keep them in place throughout the day. If you’re dealing with wavy hair then try using a diffuser when you’re blow drying your hair to create tighter curls.

Best Face Shape

As this cut creates a noticeable soft top, it best suits guys with a strong, defined jaw to balance the look. A round face with these soft curls can come across as a little too boyish, so it’s best to avoid if you’re working with more of a baby face.

Best Hair Type

As you’ve probably guessed this hairstyle is best suited to guys with natural curls or waves. Unless you’re happy to curl your hair on a daily basis, then guys with naturally straight hair really won’t be able to maintain this look.

#8 Messy Fringe

The Messy Fringe. The greatest way to look stylish and hide all those angry zits at the same time. By using texture and avoiding any structure, you can easily achieve a Messy Fringe. Unlike its tidier counterparts,  you needn’t worry about the rain, hail or snow ruining your masterpiece! A men’s textured fringe is now an all-time classic.

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How to Maintain This Look

A messy fringe is what it says on the tin, and when you’re dealing with a hairstyle that’s whole aim is to be untamed, then you’re free to experiment a little. Use a texturizing gel to keep your fringe in place, but other than that, spike it, bunch it up, do whatever you want to achieve that messy finish.

Best Face Shape

This really is a great look for any face shape, as the clean, textured fringe adds some extra dimension to your face. For round shapes, it helps balances it out while softening out an angular face shape.

Best Hair Type

Wavy or straight hair is ideal for this cut, as they can easily be texturized to give a messy finish. However, coarse and frizzy hair might be difficult to incorporate into the look and might end up adding the wrong kind of volume to the cut.

Classic Men’s Hairstyles

As it always goes, it’s crucial to think of your face shape when choosing a hairstyle. If you have a round face you don’t want to accentuate, try a clean, short back and sides cut. A French crop is great for managing curly, wild hair and will suit most face shapes while quiffs work well for round faces to help elongate the shape, and can be altered to suit various hair types. However, pompadours and messy fringes are always a safe bet as they suit most face shapes.

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On That Note

Hair and hairstyles are glorious. No matter what age, gender or hairstyle you prefer, you will always find something to suit you. Especially as everything is creeping back and appearing more fashionable than before. Having good hair is all down to caring for your locks and making sure that you have the right hairstyle for you and your face shape. If you’re still unsure on what will work, then don’t hesitate to visit your barber or stylist and ask for their advice.

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