A Guide to the Top Barbershop Hairstyles for Men

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Mens Haircuts: Barbershop Inspired Hairstyles For Men

When I was about 16 years old, I started cutting my own hair. I can’t even tell you where this interest originated from, but I was drawn to it. Months later, I was giving my family and friends cool haircuts. This led me on an adventurous path to where I am now — working for one of the most popular shops in North America, Notorious Barbershop.

Oftentimes clients come to the barber shop in search of stylish cuts to transform their look. It goes without saying that getting the right cut gives them a boost of confidence. If you are wondering what you can do differently with your hair, we can help. At Notorious, we are constantly working with hip and urban guys looking for the most current cut. Because of this, we’re always one step ahead of the trend forecast. This helped us compile a list of the top hairstyles for men — one of which is sure to fit your personality.

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When you are ready to take plunge it is always important to describe the hairstyle to your barber before they pick up the scissors. Use the right lingo and have an honest conversation about the new look. Keep in mind that you can make small alterations to it to suit your face and overall look.  Each of the looks have a special name with directions on how to cut and style. Your barber will have no trouble replicating these trending looks, and with the right hair products, neither will you—so take notes.

Justin Timberlake

The Dapper

Justin Timberlake with the dapper hairstyle.Getty Images

The Cut: The Dapper features tapered sides and back with a textured top and is styled so the top portion of the hair gradually gets longer from the back (crown) to the front. The goal is to have all the hair in the front styled up to add shape and volume, while the back can be laid flat or messed around. Note: a beard adds serious flavor to this type of look.

How to Style:

Blow-dry your hair completely in the direction of your hairstyle.

Warm up a dime size of pomade in your palm and then apply it to the hair on top. Feel free to run your fingers through the hair for a more natural look, or use a comb for a more defined look.

The Beard: The length of the beard can vary; it can be as short as a 5 o’clock shadow and as long as, well, there’s no limit. The most important thing is to keep the beard clean and trimmed so you are able to eat without a side of whiskers.

Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino

Pompadour with Side Part

Mike Sorrentino with a pompadour hairstyle.Getty Images

The Cut: The pompadour with a side part calls for a scissor cut all around the top, keeping the sides no shorter than a 3 guard. For a more noticeable part to divide the hair on the top, ask your barber to slightly shave in the part (line). This is the modern, cool comb over.

How to Style:

Apply pomade while the hair is still a little damp for a smooth flow. Use a fine tooth comb and comb it away from the part and slightly to the back.

Will Smith

Line Up

Will Smith with a line up haircut.Getty Images

The Cut: The line-up haircut doesn’t necessarily need to be too short. It can vary from 3 1/2 clipper guard all around to a skin fade on the sides and back. For a seriously sharp look, you can ask your barber to define your hairline (lineup). 

How to Style: The buzz cut allows for easy maintenance, which is great for guys who prefer to simply get up and go in the morning. While your side of the styling process is maintenance free, you should still get your hair cut about every two weeks, while visiting your barber in between for lineups.

Brad Pitt 

The Fury (a.k.a. The Slickback)

Brad Pitt with the fury (The Slickback) hairstyle.Getty Images

The Cut: For this look, keep the top long enough for it to fall back. The sides should be completely disconnected from the top. For thick hair, texturizing would be best to style the hair with ease. The Fury, which is also known as the slickback can be completely combed to the back or can be styled with your finger to achieve a more natural look.

How to Style:

Towel Dry and apply pomade for a wet look. You can also comb your hair back for a slicker look. If you don’t want a wet look you can blow dry your hair and apply pomade.

The Beard: Can be any length, even as short as a 5 o’clock shadow. Again, keep the beard clean so you are able to talk and eat without whiskers.

Adam Lambert 

The Pompadour

Adam Lambert with a pompadour hairstyle.Getty Images

The Cut: The Pompadour is when the hair is swept upwards from the face and worn high over the forehead, sometimes upswept around the sides. The old fashion way would be to slick the sides back but fading the sides and the back is what’s trending now. The goal is to make sure that the hair in the front is a lot longer than the back of the head.

How to Style:

For the Classic Pompadour, apply pomade with a thick teeth comb.

For a dry look, completely blow dry your hair with a vent brush to lift and bend the front for volume. Then apply pomade and style for the desired look.

The Beard: You can keep your beard for this look and it can be short or long. Cleanliness is most important if you have a beard.

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Chase Crawford

Low-Cut fringe

Chace Crawford with a low-cut fringe hairstyle.Getty Images

The Cut: Fade the sides really short or keep it at a 2 guard all the way around. The goal for the top of the hair is to have a lot of texture and to do this. The barber needs to use scissors to show the choppiness to this cut; the trick to the cut is to style your hair like you’re not trying too hard to show perfection. 
 

How to Style:

Completely blow-dry the hair because to get the full effect it needs to be styled with a dry paste. Use your fingers and play around with the hair to get the messy look.

Quincy Combs

Top Knot

Quincy Combs with a top knot hairstyle.Getty Images

The Cut: The Samurai—which is known for most as the Top Knot—is basically an undercut that can be styled in various ways. We’re talking anything from a messy shaggy to a slick back. To achieve this look, the hair on top has to be pulled back from the forehead and tied up in the center back. The sides are usually very short and the hair on top has to be at least 6 inches.

How to Style:

Tie your hair in a bun, then apply grooming paste to keep your hair together nicely. Comb your hair back and use a hair band to tie up the knot. Avoid high tension on the follicles because it can damage your hair.

Bryshere Gray

High-Top Fade

Bryshere Gray with a high top fade hairstyleGetty Images

The Cut: The high top fade is extremely popular and can be achieved by fading the sides high, right to the top. The top of the hair is then sculpted into a slightly boxy silhouette. This look is great when the hairline is sharply defined to give the complete look. 

Note: The High Top Fade can turn into a totally different hairstyle when a curl sponge is used. This is used to separate the hair into small chunks of curls.

How to Style:

Keep your hair nice and fresh by visiting your barber on a regular base and use a hairspray like Argan Oil to keep the top from losing its shape.

For a different look, you can gently rub your hair with a curl sponge in a slight circular motion to make the curls stand out. 

Keanu Reeves

The Bro Flow

Keanu Reeves with the bro flow hairstyle.Getty Images

The Cut: To achieve, this hairdo, simply grow your hair out to just above shoulder length and ask your barber to add layers. Once you reach the desired length, this can be a low maintenance haircut and looks great with a light beard.

How to Style:

Keep your hair clean and visit your barber every eight weeks for a light trim.

Rome Flynn

Curly Hair Fade

Rome Flynn with a curly hair fade.Getty Images

The Cut:  The curly hair fade  works best for men with more loose curls. Simply cut the sides down to finger length (about 1 inch). The top of the hair should be left much longer than the sides.

How to Style:

Towel dry, because blow-drying the hair will lose elasticity of the curls and could cause frizziness.

Rub a dime size of water based pomade and scrunch it into the curls. Leave hair to dry and the curls will be defined throughout the day. After drying, you can run your fingers through the top and mess it up if you want. This is a very fun and versatile style to do if you are blessed with curls.

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