If you’re a dude with straight hair, rejoice! You’ve hit the hair jackpot. Straight hair is the most low-maintenance hair type there is. Just wash, blow-dry, style and you’re out the door in minutes.
But alas, no hair type is perfect, and straight hair is no exception. This hair type has a tendency to look dull, flat and lifeless on occasion. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best haircuts for men with straight hair. These ‘dos will maximize the volume of your fine locks and flatter your straight strands.
1. Textured Fringe
Fringe haircuts are insanely popular and for good reason. They look good on everyone, regardless of hair type. The key is to choose a fringe haircut that suits your hair type and face shape. For dudes with straight hair, we recommend getting a fringe haircut with loads of varying texture to add more life to your hair. You can also use a sea salt spray for men to pump up the volume and emphasize the texture of your fringe.
2. Short Quiff
Guys with straight hair often struggle to pull off the dramatic look of a full pompadour or a long quiff. That doesn’t mean those ‘dos need to be off the table altogether. A shorter quiff haircut is super flattering on dudes with straight and fine hair. It’s also much easier to care for and requires little styling. Just wash your hair and blow-dry it while pushing the front of your hair up. Then, finish with a matte hair styling clay to add volume, thickness and the perfect amount of hold.
3. Slick Back Undercut
What do you get when you combine the rough-and-tumble undercut from Peaky Blinders with the sophisticated slick back hair from Mad Men? Answer: the slick back undercut. This ‘do is a popular men’s haircut that strikes a cool balance between modern and classic. It’s an amazing haircut for men with straight hair because straight strands are relatively easy to slick back. Style it with a medium-shine hair paste or a pomade if your straight hair is on the thicker side.
4. Hard Part
Also known as a razor part, a hard part is simply a shaved part that is typically worn on one side of the head. It’s edgy, modern, manly and an all-around cool way to add character and detail to a shorter ‘do. Spotted on tastemakers such as Zayn Malik and Cristiano Ronaldo, the hard part is usually paired with a fade. Be careful, you’ll need a badass barber for this one. A good barber will collaborate with you to find the best combination of fad and hard part for your head.
5. Medium-Length Taper
What do David Beckham, Ryan Gosling and Jake Gyllenhaal have in common? They’re all big fans of tapered hairstyles. And who can blame them? It’s hard to go wrong with a tapered cut. Classic yet modern, this timeless cut manages to suit a wide range of hair types.
The tapered cut is particularly flattering on straight strands, but only if you choose the right variation. We recommend going for a medium-length taper that will help make hair look full and thick.
6. Buzz Cut
If your hair is straight and starting to thin, you might want to cut your losses now and embrace what you have left. Jason Statham shows us that a buzzcut can look totally masculine and badass, especially when paired with some sexy stubble. Not to mention, they’re super low maintenance and easy to do yourself—no barber necessary. Just repeat your buzz every two weeks or so and you’ll be good to go.
7. Disconnected High Fade
In terms of maintenance, the disconnected high fade is the complete opposite of the buzzcut. It requires a lot of upkeep. But don’t let that scare you off from getting the Gordon Hayward haircut—aka, the poster boy for the disconnected high fade. If you have a decent amount of straight hair, you can easily pull off the Gordon cut and look damn good doing it. Ask your barber to leave at least 3 inches on top, which is just enough to push back while retaining volume.
8. Short Faux Hawk
This brings us to our last haircut for men with straight hair: the short faux hawk. You remember the mohawk from the early 2000s, don’t you? The short faux is a far cry from that spiky disaster.
Versatile and less dramatic, the short faux hawk features a short back and short sides with slightly longer hair on top. The hair is often strategically tousled in the front, usually with the help of a powerful hair gel or high-hold pomade. Go easy on the product! Too much will leave you with sharp spikes rather than an artfully messed-up ‘do.
Like any other hair type, straight hair has its pros and cons. If you’re still struggling to pump up your thin strands, check out tips on how men can add more volume to their hair. With the right products and a better blow dryer, you might be surprised at how much lift your hair can get.
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