Different Mens Hairstyle Names And Haircut Terms

Here's a list of mens hairstyle names to take the confusion out of knowing the difference between one hair style from another one.

Many hair styles are similar in cuts and the way the hair will naturally flow. Then there is the different hair style terms.

Put it all together and you can be very confused, at times. This is why a glossary of names of men's haircuts and hair style terms will come into play.

They can help you to pick out which haircut styles suits you best, especially if they have corresponding pictures to go along with each hair style.

Below is a glossary of each man's haircut and many of the hair style terms that will be covered in this section.

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By knowing the hair style terms, you can learn how to better take care of your new hairstyle and you can learn more options you may have.

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Afros

The Afro is a popular hairstyle for the African American man. It has been a fashion statement for many decades starting in the 1970's.

Sometimes this hairstyle is also called a Fro or Natural. For some African Americans this isn't really a hairstyle, but the way their hair just grows naturally. (thus the nickname, the Natural).

Now both men and women can be seen proudly wearing this hairstyle. In this hairstyle the hair extends out from the head in a cloud or halo shape, in a tightly coiled or spiraling type curl.

This hairstyle is perfect for one who has curly hair, especially natural curly hair.

Bald

Bald is the absence of any hair. Sometimes this look comes about because of genetic hair loss and other times the look comes about intentionally through the shaving of the head.

Many men look quite distinguished with this look. The Bald look is very popular with both entertainers and athletes alike.

Bangs

When one has bangs, the hair has been deliberately cut (with scissors) in a way that causes the hair to cover the forehead.

Bangs comes in many different styles of their own from the thick look, to the feathery and even to the wispy. Bangs are also a great way to hide flaws (those little lines) or scars.

Bantu Knot - Braids

This is a popular look with African Americans males, especially those who are celebrities (entertainers and athletes). This hairstyle combines the use of twisted plaits and knots.

The knots which are called Bantu Knots are made by dividing the hair into small plaits. Then beginning at the top of the head these plaits are then knotted.

Bowl Cut

This cut was originated by actually placing a bowl on top of one's head and then cutting off the length of hair around it.

The shape that is left is several of inches of hair on top of one's head, with a shorter length all the way around one's head.

To create this look, the hair is cut short on the sides and back. Yet, the top is allowed to grow longer. This create a look as if someone placed a bowl on top of one's head while cutting.

This cut first became popular back in the years of the Depression. Many mothers could not afford to keep taking their sons to the barbershop and found this way of cutting their hair to be the easiest.

The techniques when cutting this hairstyle has improved since the age of the Depression.

But the look has remained basically the same. The Under Cut and the Mushroom cut are similar to the Bowl cut.

Braids

Braids are most popular with many Black men. (Yes, many African American women and girls love the look of braids, as well).

Braids are achieved by separating the hair into sections and weaving them together. To achieve this look, the hair can be long or short.

Braids can come in a variety of different styles. They can be woven tightly, they can be woven close to the scalp and they can even be woven into different ways to create designs.

The number of braids that are worn may be different according to which hairstyle chosen.

A man may prefer to wear one single long or short braid in back, or will sport one on each side (think Willie Nelson) or will wear many thin ones depending on the hairstyle he has chosen.

Brush Cuts

The Brush Cut is an easy wash and wear cut. In this cut the sides and back are cut short and tapered. The back is generally cut at the same length, following the shape of one's head.

The top is styled in an upward direction, thus resembling the bristles of a brush (hence the name). If this reminds you of a Crew cut, it is similar, but has a little bit more edge to it.

Burr Cuts

The Burr cut is also known as the Jarhead cut or the Induction cut. In this cut the hair is almost completely shaved off, leaving a slight stumble on one's head.

This look was made popular because of the United States Armed Services. When a male recruits joins he is given this hair cut.

The Armed Services in other countries, varies about hair style regulations. The cut is performed with the use of an electric clipper. No guard attachment is used on the clipper.

Burr With Bumper

This is a Burr where the sides and back are cut really short or almost totally off, yet there is a slight bump left at top of the head (longer hairs) which makes the top hairs stand straight upward.

This hairstyle is sometimes also referred to as a Horseshoe Flattop. Many United States Marines liked this hair cut back in the 1960's.

This is the shortest haircut you can get without going with the full Burr haircut. This cut is performed with the use of an electric clipper.

Business Man's Cut

A Business man's haircut is sometimes referred to as a Professional haircut. A man who is considered a Professional and a conservative would be the type of man you would picture wearing this type of haircut.

He would also be the type of man who likes to make a great impression, wherever he goes. This is a short haircut, yet not extremely short.

The cut allows the hair to be parted, whether it is parted on the side or even brushed completely back, instead. The back and sides are slightly longer.

The cut is always over the ears, though. The look gives the wearer the image of being clean cut, yet also Professional looking (thus its name).

Butch Haircuts

A Butch haircut is very close to a Burr cut. It is styled by the use of a clipper. The hair on top of the head is cut all the same length, usually about 1/4 of an inch, but this isn't an exact length.

It can be tapered around the ears and neckline, but it doesn't have to be tapered to be considered a Butch haircut. This is just up to the individual.

The main difference between the Butch haircut and the Burr cut is the length. The Burr cut is a bit shorter (generally about 1/8 inch shorter).

Buzz Or Buzz Cuts

The Buzz cut is a very short cut (similar to the Butch). It is cut by the use of a pair of electric clippers. The clippers make a buzzing like sound.

This is where the cut got its name originally. This cut can range from 1/4 inch in length to a mere stumble on one's head.

Caesar Cut Or Casar Cuts

This cut was inspired by none other than Julius Caesar (thus the name). It is a layered cut, featuring layers of hair ranging from 1 to 2 inches all over. The hair is then brushed forward a bit.

This creates a small fringe like bang look. There is another form of this cut that goes by the term French Crop.

The difference in the two is that the bangs are longer in the French Crop. The Caesar haircut is perfect for the man who is in the first stages of baldness.

College Cut

This cut is similar to another cut known as the Ivy League Cut. In this cut the back is cut with a clipper. It is clipped in the back past the crown and the length increases up until the bangs.

The bangs are then cut from one to three inches. They can be worn straight down, parted in the middle or brushed to either side. Some people also refer to it as a slightly longer Crew cut.

Crew Cuts

A Crew cut is a very short hair cut. It is very similar to the Butch haircut.

Some believe that it name came from the hairstyle that was favored by men of Harvard who took part in rowing activities and competitions as far back as the 1890's.

Many US military men during World War I came to favor this look. It again became popular in the 1950's. In the US, this cut is generally tapered at the back and sides, allowing for about one inch on top.

The other variation of this hair cut (especially in Europe) refers to all over short cut (about 1/4 inch), as well as being tapered a little at the back and sides.

Cornrows

This is a traditional hairstyle that many African men wear. They consist of a row of braids that are usually braided straight or at an angle.

The braids sit close to the scalp. To create this look, one must make both over hand and upper hand movements. This allows the braids to sit upright on the scalp.

One may leave these braids in for weeks at a time and take special care when washing (If possible use a special stocking cap or netting.

Oil should also be applied to the skin to help prevent dryness. This look has been popular for over a hundred of years.

Cupcake Cut

This is a form of a Bowl cut. In this cut, the hair is cut high on the crown. This achieves what appears to look like a Cupcake when ones looks at the cut from the side.

Dipped Mushroom Cut Or Dipped Bowl Cut

This is another form of a Bowl cut. The difference in the Dipped Mushroom cut or sometimes called the Dipped Bowl cut is that the back is cut to follow the natural curve of the head around the ears.

Then it dips from one to two inches lower at that back part of the head.

Dreadlocks

This hairstyle is sometimes referred to as Dreads. The look consists of interlocked coils of hair. Sometimes these coils are also considered knotted or matted strands of hair.

It can be worn at many lengths from mid length to long. Yet, the idea behind the Dreadlock is to not cut the hair or not have it look as if you ever maintain it.

For this reason, once a man takes on this hairstyle he must not cut it. Dreadlocks can be created naturally by not combing or cutting the hair allowing the hair to become matted or knotted for a period of time.

It also can be created professional. Many people from the Rastafarian and African culture choose to wear Dreadlocks, as do many from other cultures because of their culture and religious beliefs.

Many of these men do perform regular maintenance to their hair including washing. Then they re-knot their hair.

Fade Or Temple Fade

This is a type of short tapered hair cut. This cut is sometimes called a Brooklyn Fade, Low Fade, Blow Out or plain Fade cut.

In this cut the back as well as the sides of the hair are smoothly tapered from no length at all to about half an inch.

The length of the hair on the crown of the head may be longer, up to 2 to 3 inches. The top may also be layered. A pair of clippers is used to help create this look.

Flat Tops

The Flat Top can range in many different styles. But the overall distinguishing feature is the top of the hair is cut is in a way that allows the hair to lie flat.

The sides are generally cut very short. One can wear this style at many different lengths. To achieve the Flat Top look, one can use his choice of styling gels or pomade to help hold the hair in its flat state.

The surface of the head appears rounder because of the way the hair is cut. The hair is always cut shorter in the central front part of the head than it is at the front or the top sides.

For this reason, the wearer of a short Flat Top will actually have his front central are of his head visible for all to see. Another variation of the flat top is called the landing strip.

In this Flat Top cut, the hair is left longer on the top. This means that the front and uppers sides will also require more styling to hold it into place.

If a man would like a Flat Top with little maintenance he may prefer the White Walls version. In this version, the back and sides are completely clean (generally shaved off with a razor).

French Crop

This haircut is very similar to the above Caesar style. The difference is that it is worn a little longer and may be feathered near the front, if the wearer chooses. To learn more about the Caesar cut refer to the above definition.

Fringe

This is another term for bangs, which is a British or European term. When one has a Fringe, the hair has been deliberately cut (with scissors) in a way that causes the hair to cover the forehead.

Bangs comes in many different styles of their own from the thick look, to the feathery and even to the wispy.

Faux Hawk

This is a mock or fake version of a Mohawk (see definition below). Some traditional Mohawk wearers also refer to these as Chicken Hawkers. There has been several versions of the Faux Hawk.

One version, has a center strip of hair that snakes down the center of ones head. This center strip is styled in such a way that allows it to be sculptured stiff.

The remaining hair on top of the head is cut close to the head about 1/4 to 1/2 inches. The sides of the hair merges into the center strip and may extend off the head from 2 to 4 inches.

In another version, the center hair is worn softer and less spiky. Sometimes this is also called the Messy Hawk.


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High And Tight

This is a standard cut that is worn by many in the United States Marine Corps. There are many variations of this style.

Yet, the one common denominator in each style is the fact that the sides and the back of the head is cut very close.

In this cut, the back and sides are cut in a stubble using a pair of clippers, with no guard, or is completely shaved off with a razor.

The hair on top is cut short generally around 1/4 inch or it can be cut into a short flattop. In the 1980's, many African American men began wearing this look. Then it slowly began to spread among many different types of men.

Oster Clippers

These clippers are not found in your every day barbershops. Generally, they are used by barbers in the military.

They are also different from other clippers because they are powered by an actual motor instead of a vibrating electric device.

This motor allows them to stay cooler longer and will allow them to be used for a prolonged amount of time.

High And Tight Recon

This is another version of the High and Tight. The difference is that this version is shorter. The sides of the hair are cut higher and are tapered close on top.

In the middle a strip or runway goes all the way back in a horseshoe like shape. It looks a bit like a Mohawk. It gets its name because Recon Marines tend to favor this look.

Horseshoe Flat Tops

The Horseshoe Flat Top is a extremely short version of a Flat Top. It name comes from the fact that hair on the head resembles a horseshoe type shape.

The center area of the hair, which lies flat, is bigger than most Flat Tops. This cut is sometimes also referred to as a Burr with a bumper. The front of the cut is 1/4 inch. The sides of the actually flat part of the hair is about 1/8 inch.

You can't get any shorter without going into a full Burr or Induction cut. This cut is usually created by using a TH clipper. The TH clipper is a type of clipper known for cutting the hair close to the scalp.

This is one reason why some people also refer to the Horseshoe Flat Top as the TH Flat Top.

This cut was popular in the 1960's with the Marine Corp. Some men who are beginning to loose their hair tend to favor this look.

Induction Cuts

The Induction Cut is also referred to as a Burr Cut or a Jarhead Cut and is one of the Military mens hairstyle names. In this cut the hair is almost completely shaved off, leaving a slight stumble on one's head.

This look was made popular because of the United States Armed Services. When a male recruits joins he is given this hair cut.

The Armed Services in other countries, varies about hair style regulations. The cut is performed with the use of an electric clipper. No guard attachment is used on the clipper.

Ivy Leagues

The Ivy League hair cut is similar to a Crew cut. But it is longer in the front. The back and sides are cut short and tailored across the crown.

Gradually, as the hair extends toward the front the hair length becomes longer and fuller, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. But as the lengths become closer to the hairline they may extend out as far as 2 inches long.

This gives the Ivy League hairstyle many different variations in styles of wearing. When styling this haircut, the front is usually brushed in an upward motion.

Styling gels and pomade can be used to keep the hair in this position. The classic Ivy League is cut allowing the hair to be worn parted, either downward or to the side (either side or the middle).

The use of styling products can help keep the part in place. Contemporary Ivy League cuts allows for styling upward and forward in the front.

Yet, the cut still follows the shape of the head. Another choice is to wear the sides longer or to have them buzzed in a tight looking manner. As for the top, it may be layered to create a messy look.

Landing Strips

The Landing Strip refers to the middle part of the scalp that is visible in the flat area when one wears their hair in a very short Flat Top haircut style.

Layered Cuts

The layered cut may be the most basic, yet most popular hair cut in history. It is a type of cut that may frame any type of face shape, but especially those with longer faces.

When cutting the hair in this style, the hair is actually cut in what appears to be layers.

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The hair is cut at different lengths and then blended together in a way that doesn't allow you to see where one layer began and where one ended.

This is a great cut for men who have thick and heavy hair. Many cuts will allow for layering on the top and then the use of styling gels and pomade to hold the look in place.

Yet, if you choose to have a short hairstyle that is considered a little on the long side, you can have a uniform layered cut.

This means the hair would be trimmed approximately the same length on all over your head (instead of longer in the center and shorter at the edges).

If your hair is considered very long and you wish to have a layered cut, make sure your hairstylist is trained in longer men's cuts. There is both uniform layering and graduated layering.

Low And Tight

The Low and Tight cuts are similar to the High and Tights. The hair on the back and the higher side is clipped short. The hair on top of the skin may be clipped short, as well, or worn in a Flat Top style.

Mohawks

A Mohawk may also be referred to as a Roosters Comb or Cocks Comb. In this look, the hair is completely shaved off by the use of razor blades or a clipper, expect for one center strip.

This center strip extends from the front of the head down to the nape of the neck. The hair that is left is spiked several inches off of the head. (Liberty Spikes).

The width of this center strip is generally from 2 to 4 inches wide. It can extend upwards from the crown from 6 to 12 inches.

Styling gel is used to help hold the center of the Mohawk straight upwards. In 20001 and 2002, the Mohawk look was modified into what has become known as the Faux Hawk (which became popular with both male and female celebrities).

Mullets

In this hairstyle, the hair is short in the front and sides. Yet, the back is allowed to grow into one long section. This section may be worn to the shoulder or even longer.

This hairstyle may look like many others depending on what angle it is presented. The mullet can be worn with or without bangs.

The Mullet is one of the more Retro mens hairstyle names. This look first became popular in the 1970's by men.

Later, in the 1980's, some women were also sporting this look. Some people also refer to this in a derogatory manner, questioning the wearer's lack of fashion and taste.


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Pageboys

The Pageboy was made popular in the 1950's. It was first seen historically by English pageboys (thus the name). In this hairstyle, the overall length of the hair is the same from top to bottom.

The hair is also curled under from the bottom. The hair can then be worn parted in either the center or at the sides. The length usually falls from the shoulders or longer.

Pompadours

The Pompadour hairstyle is also known as the Quiff. This is also a generic type term. It describes how the hair is brushed up and back from the forehead. In this hairstyle, the hair can be worn very short on top or long.

The hair is generally not parted at all. It is just simply brushed straight back. Styling products such as pomade can be used to help keep the hair brushed back as the wearer likes.

Picture Elvis Presley. He wore his hair in many different Pompadour styles (both short and long) during his lifetime.

Porky Cuts

The Porky Cut is another name for the Induction cut, which is also referred to as the Jarhead cut and the Burr cut.

In this cut the hair is almost completely shaved off, leaving a slight stumble on one's head. This look was made popular because of the United States Armed Services.

When a male recruits joins he is given this hair cut. The Armed Services in other countries, varies about hair style regulations. The cut is performed with the use of an electric clipper. No guard attachment is used on the clipper.

The Princeton - Harvard Cut

This is another name for the Ivy League cut.

The reason it is referred to a Princeton/Harvard Cut is because these two universities Princeton University and Harvard University are known as competitors.

This hair cut is similar to a Crew cut. But it is longer in the front. The back and sides are cut short and tailored across the crown.

Gradually, as the hair extends toward the front the hair length becomes longer and fuller, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. But as the lengths become closer to the hairline they may extend out as far as 2 inches long.

This gives the Ivy League hairstyle many different variations in styles of wearing. When styling this haircut, the front is usually brushed in an upward motion.

Styling gels and pomade can be used to keep the hair in this position. The classic Ivy league or Princeton/Harvard cut allows the hair to be worn parted, either downward or to the side (either side or the middle).

The use of styling products can help keep the part in place. The contemporary Ivy League or Princeton/Harvard cut allows for styling upward and forward in the front.

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Yet, the cut still follows the shape of the head. Another choice is to wear the sides longer or to have them buzzed in a tight looking manner. As for the top, it may be layered to create a messy look.

Pudding Basin Haircut

The Pudding Basin haircut is another form of the Bowl hair cut. Sometimes this haircut is referred to as a Bowl Cut, Bowl Crop, Basin Cut and Basin Crop as well.

This is not one of the mens hairstyle names or hairstyle terms that is used very much today and is generally considered old fashioned. It comes from the action of putting a pudding basin over one's head.

Then one begins cutting off the hair that sets below the rim, all the way around the head. This was a hairstyle that was worn hundreds of years by poor, especially rural families.

They found it an easy haircut to perform when they couldn't afford to take the male members of the household to the barbershop.

Regulation Haircuts

This is a very short haircut where the hair is tapered. The back and sides are generally cut short and clipped all the way to the scalp.

The top is left just long enough to comb. The length that is clipped can vary slightly, depending on the wearer or the barber. This also refers to the few and slightly different military type haircuts.

Razor Cuts

When one is cutting the hair in what is called a Razor Cut, one is actually cutting the hair with the blade of a razor, instead of using normal pair of cutting scissors or even hair clippers.

Of course, great care has to be taken when making this type of cut. The stylist can easily cut him/herself as well as the client.

Shaved

When the hair is shaved, it is cut all the way to the skin of the scalp. This can be done in a couple of different ways.

One can achieve this look by using a razor blade and shaving cream (to keep the skin from becoming irritated) or one may want to take a much simpler route and use an electric razor (making sure the skin is dry, to prevent burning)

An electric razor is different than a pair of clippers in that it actually has what appears to be a covered blade.

Make sure you understand exactly what the shaved look is before asking for it.

A Crew Cut or a Buzz Cut is created by the use of a pair of clippers, not a razor. If you are in doubt, try to find a picture of the look you want.

Short Back And Sides

This is a term that means a short tapered cut. This cut generally allows for 1/8th inch of hair on the back and sides. The edges are then tapered.

The top can be brushed back, flatten or parted, whichever the wear prefers. This hair style require routine maintenance every 2 to 3 weeks, to keep it this short on the back and sides.

This cut was very popular in New Zealand back in the 1960's. The term is still widely used in New Zealand and Australia.

Spikes

Spike are generally the top part of the hair that stands upwards. These can be either long or short. To keep their upward motion, they are usually styled with a gel or pomade.

Spikes are not the same term that describes a Mohawk. A Mohawk is a centerpiece that covers only the center part of the head, which contains hairs that are spiked. Spikes themselves can cover any part or the whole part of the head or scalp.

Square Back

The Square Back is known as a hairstyle in which the back, at the bottom level, is cut as a defining straight line. The hair is full and the sides are not tapered.

This style can range in a number of different styles, including a Crew Cut, an Ivy League or a Flat Top.


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The Taper

Taper Cuts are considered a simple cut. The sides and back are cut shorter down the neck and then blended throughout.

The top of the hair is also tapered. The length on top can be short or long enough to be parted, depending on the preference of the wearer.

If he chooses to go with the longer look, he can use styling gel or pomade to help keep the part in place.

Tapering is generally done with a pair of electric clippers. Almost all short cuts have some tapering involved in them.

Teddy Boy Cut

This is an old hairstyle. It was really popular in England as far back as the late 1950's and 1960's. In this cut, the hair was cut long and then brushed back. It was then styled with a heavy form of grease. See Mens Layered Bob Hairstyles for modern variations of this cut.

Temple Fades

A Temple Fade can also be referred to as the Fade hairstyle. This is a type of short tapered hair cut. This cut is sometimes called a Brooklyn Fade, Low Fade, Blow Out or plain Fade cut.

In this cut the back as well as the sides of the hair are smoothly tapered from no length at all to about half an inch. The length of the hair on the crown of the head may be longer, up to 2 to 3 inches.

The top may also be layered. A pair of clippers is used to help create this look.

TH Flat Tops And TH Clipper Cuts

TH Flat Top and TH Clipper are also terms that refer to as the Horseshoe Flat top. This is an extremely short version of a flat top. It name comes from the fact that a TH clipper is used to create the look.

A TH clipper is a type of clipper known for cutting the hair close to the scalp. It also resembles a horseshoe type shape. The center area of the hair, which lies flat, is bigger than most flat tops.

This cut is sometimes also referred to as a burr with a bumper. The front of the cut is 1/4 inch. The sides of the actually flat part of the hair is about 1/8 inch.

You can't get any shorter without going into a full burr or induction cut. This cut was popular in the 1960's with the Marine Corp. Some men who are beginning to loose their hair tend to favor this look.

Thinning Shears

Thinning shears are a special type of scissors. They are used to thin out the hair. Regular scissors have two blades.

Thinning shears have what appears to look like matching sets of teeth with gaps between them.

When using to cut, some of the hair will get caught up into the teeth of the shears and will be cut off.

Yet, most of the hair, will fall into the gaps between the teeth and will remain as it is.

This will allow some of the hair to become short, while most of the remaining hair remains at its current length. The end process will be a thinning of the hair.

Under Cuts

The Under Cut is another cut that is similar to the Bowl Cut, except the cut is made differently. On a bowl cut the cutting ends at the ridge of a bowl.

On an Under Cut, the bowl would be lifted and then the hair is cut further up the side possibly as much as one to two inches. The sides can either be completely shaved off or cut to 1/8 inch length.

The bottom part of the back can then either be faded or square cut. Some prefer this look rather than the basic Bowl Cut because they believe it retains the shape better, during movement of the head.

Wedge Cuts

This another cut similar to the Bowl Cut. The difference is that the hair is tapered instead of being one length. The taper can be small. It doesn't even have to be very clean cut. It could even allow for the hair to cover the top of the ears.

Whiffle Cuts

The Whiffle Cut is another name for the Induction cut. This cut is also referred to as a Burr Cut or a Jarhead Cut. In this cut the hair is almost completely shaved off, leaving a slight stumble on one's head.

White Walls

This is a form of the Flat Top haircut. A Flattop hairstyle is one in which the hair is cut in a way that allows the hair to lie flat.

To achieve the flat top look, one can use his choice of styling gels or pomade to help hold the hair in its flat state.

The surface of the head appears rounder because of the way the hair is cut.

In this variation, the hair on back and sides of the head are shaved completely off or clipped very close, in a way that allows the skin of the scalp to actually be seen.

If the wearer chooses to go with the shave look, he generally will prefer to use a razor and shaving cream on the area. Yet, an electric razor could be used as well. This is a popular look for the military.


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