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How to Style Short Hair for Men

A man's short hairstyle can be versatile and flattering, no matter the hair type. Learn which products to use to keep your style in tip-top shape.


  • Step 1: Find a good stylist Find a skilled stylist who knows how to work with your hair type. Your stylist should be able to recommend an appropriate cut for your facial structure and hair type, as well as suitable styling products. Be sure to ask how to replicate the style at home.
  • TIP: Avoid crunchy hair. Even short hair should have some body and not be frozen in shape thanks to overzealous product application.
  • Step 2: Use the right shampoo and conditioner Use the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. Curly or frizzy hair requires extra conditioning, while straight, normal hair can stand lighter products.
  • Step 3: Try messy layers Ask your stylist for short, messy layers. This style works best on straight, thick hair with razored ends. Towel dry your hair after shampooing and then apply a dollop of styling wax. Finger comb your layers into shape.
  • Step 4: Tousle your curls Let your natural waves shine through. Ask your stylist for a cut with tapered sides and a little bit of length in the back. Pull your hair towards your forehead and tousle gently with pomade or balm. Sweep your bangs to the side.
  • Step 5: Slick it back Use a small amount of wax or pomade to slick your hair back for a tailored, business-friendly look. Don't go overboard on the grooming products or you'll end up with a greasy appearance. Aim for old-school Hollywood flair.
  • Step 6: Wake up with bedhead Apply hair products before you go to bed. When you wake up, you'll have perfectly tousled bedhead. Tame unruly strands with water and a dab of wax. Be sure to keep your hair dry if you opt for a morning shower.
  • FACT: In 16th-century Britain, women often dyed their wigs red to honor Queen Elizabeth's natural red hair.

You Will Need

  • Good stylist
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Pomade
  • wax
  • or balm

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