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 those straight strands. But first, let's start with some quick tips.
Quick Tips For Cutting and Styling Straight Hair
Leave Length Up Top With Shorter Sides: Leaving your hair a bit longer on top while the sides are a little shorter allows for many styling options for straight hair. These types of cuts work amazing for straight hair, and are also very low maintenance.
Stick To A Regular Shampoo Schedule: Straight hair types tend to get oil build up fast! It's important for those of us with straight hair to use a great shampoo daily, or at least every other day, to avoid oil build up that will weigh your hair down.
Get The Right Brush: For straight hair a classic comb and brush set is a must for easy styling and maintenance. The rows of pins and the width between them is perfect for detangling straight hair, even more so if it's a bit on the longer side.
Quick Tips For Every Man's Hair (Not Just Straight Hair)
Now on to the cuts...
1. The 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.
How To Style:After towel drying your hair, apply some Texture Powder to the roots of your hair and “swoop” whichever direction you would like your hair to lay.
2. The 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.
How To Style: Apply a few sprays of Protect to wet hair and blow dry. Once dry add Sea Salt Spray to dampen and add volume . Emulsify the putty and work evenly throughout hair with your hands. Comb to finish for a nice, clean look.
3. The 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.
How To Style: Apply a few sprays of Salt to damp hair, then apply a light coat of Protect. Emulsify a dime size amount of Putty and run your hands through your hair working from front to back. A quick blow dry will add volume and help achieve your hair is moving in the proper direction. Finish with a few sprays of Freeze to ensure it holds all day.
4. The Mid 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.
How To Style: Apply Sea Salt spray to damp hair and style with comb. Apply Protect and blow dry to increase volume. Once dry, emulsify a dime size amount of clay and apply evenly. Comb again working from the part out on both sides. Ensure all hairs stay on their respective side of the part.
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5. The 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.
How To Style: This is an easy one, wake up and you're ready to go! We do recommend a Military Brush though when the hair starts to get slightly longer to add shape.
6. The 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.
How To Style: Apply salt to damp hair and let air dry. Apply emulsified Putty to top hair only working from the root up, and shape into place.
7. The 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.
The slick back is a style that is viewed as powerful and masculine, and it can be paired with any number of other styles to create a unique and personalized look. While defined by longer hair brushed backward away from the forehead, it can be paired with various other styles – like a skin fade or a taper fade – to create a look that is as unique as you are. If you have long hair, you can even slick it back on top to add some masculine sex appeal and a fresh-from-the-shower look.
How To Style: Apply Sea Salt spray to damp hair and comb hair front to back.Apply Power Pomade and comb hair a second time to finish.
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. Go easy on the product! Too much will leave you with sharp spikes rather than an artfully messed-up ‘do.
How To Style: Apply salt to damp hair and let air dry. Apply emulsified Putty to top hair only working from the root up. Apply a few sprays of Freeze to lock in place if needed.
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