7 Short Haircuts for Men That are Both Stylish and Low Maintenance

by Harsh Kushwah

7 short haircuts for men that are both stylish and low maintenance Short Haircuts for Men,low maintenance haircuts men,easiest haircut to maintain for guys,men short haircuts

I have always looked forward to summer because it’s an excuse to cut off my hair and feel lighter and somehow more ‘free.’

Short haircuts for men are like a man’s suit – neat, practical and serve a purpose. And like a formal suit, very stylish and sophisticated.

There is a huge variety of short haircuts available for guys, so don’t think it is just a boring ‘short back and sides’  you have sport around town these days.

Table of contents

  1. Buzz  Cut
  2. Butch Cut
  3. Fade Haircuts
  4. French Cut
  5. High & Tight
  6. Brush Up
  7. Ivy League
  8. Maintenance Tips for Short Haircuts
  9. Essential Short Haircuts for Men FAQs

Short, low-maintenance cuts for guys are trending (look at the recent Football World Cup), but not that always matters. Choosing a haircut that suits your hair type, lifestyle, face shape, and overall image is the better place to start.

Short haircuts are also a perfect option for guys who struggle with their hair texture or are not great at styling their manes.

Here are my thoughts on the best low-maintenance haircuts for men, some tips, FAQs and style inspiration. I hope this guide helps for your next trip to the barber – when you feel brave and want most of your hair gone! (Don’t worry, guys, it grows back in a month or two).

Buzz Cut

Okay, let’s begin with the most basic style you can get – short all over with the clippers. 

Talk about low maintenance. It’s the ultra-simple, no-fuss way to style your hair. No products, no grooming, just regular cuts.

Although known as a “military” look, plenty of stylish guys wear a Buzz cut these days for ease and a crisp, clean, simple look.

It’s traditionally been considered masculine. However, others have rocked this look – remember Natalie Portman and Jada Pinkett Smith?

The low-maintenance Buzz cut projects a certain power. It can be quite the statement.

It portrays a level of confidence – “I have a little hair, but it’s not my whole life, and I’m busy with other things.”  (Or it could mean you are completely lazy and no longer care!).

Variations on the Buzz cut include the Induction (almost bald – the shortest clipper blade length).

━━━━ continue after the ad ━━━━


The Burr Cut is another take on the buzz and allows a little more length, so it may suit certain face types better.

If a buzz cut suits your facial features and lifestyle, it may be your best hair decision. Simplify your hair and simplify your life.

Butch Cut

low maintenance mens haircuts Short Haircuts for Men,low maintenance haircuts men,easiest haircut to maintain for guys,men short haircuts

For those who always wanted a Buzz cut but find it’s a little too short, a  Butch cut might be a style to try first.

The clippers in this haircut are set to a medium length. Therefore your hair will look short but not necessarily as severe as the Buzz, Induction or Burr cuts.

As far as short haircuts for men go, this is very simple, low maintenance and can even be tried at home for those who don’t mind some DIY hair projects.

easiest haircut to maintain for guys

(Similar looks to the Butch but done without the uniform ‘clipper’ look, including the Caesar or Crew cuts, which have a little more length all over).

Fade Haircuts

Short Haircuts for Men

The’ fade’ style is a trendy short haircut for men right now but has always been a classic style found in barbershops or salons.

The variations are what is making the style more popular at the moment.

Essentially these cuts look like the hair fades into the skin at some point, like a tapered style but more pronounced.

It’s another fresh, low-maintenance style with more going on than the Buzz cut.

There are variations of the fade hairstyles, most of which relate to the height of the fade or where it starts on the head  –  low, medium or high.

In addition, there are also cool-sounding variations like temple, skin, burst, and drop fades.

The benefit of a fade hairstyle over a buzz cut is flexibility. With more hair to play with comes some versatility in styling. It’s still very low-maintenance yet offers more interest for the wearer and the viewer.

━━━━ continue after the ad ━━━━


It’s modern and short – so it will work for many guys looking for more from their haircut than just practicality.

French Cut
low maintenance haircuts men

The French haircut is modern and trendy. Like other short haircuts for men, it comes in various style options. 

Essentially it is a crop-like haircut with short sides, a short back, and a blunt fringe with a longer top that can be styled in several ways.

Whether it’s an undercut, curly top, comb over or other variation, the French cuts are low maintenance and practical too.

For some guys, the short haircuts in this article may mean exposing a receding hairline or thinning on top. But the French cut can offer a solution to hide the hairline with a bit of length or curls and also thicking the texture on top.

The overall effect should be that the hair on top is not too long or different from the sides and back.

French cuts are very much wash and wear, however, depending on your hair texture, a good gel or wax can help control and styling.

french crop cut

This short haircut is a little less severe than the buzz cut. Still, it offers an easy-to-maintain style with a relaxed but confident attitude.

High and Tight

Like the Buzz cut, the High and Tight haircut for men is often described as a ‘military’ look. 

You might need a low-maintenance style when busy in the armed forces. If you’re busy in civilian life, you might also need this style too!

As it sounds, the style involves very short or shaved, ‘tight’ sides and back with a longer top, making it appear ‘high.’

This style looks like you mean business. It’s a definite style choice (whereas sometimes the shorter styles for men can look like low-maintenance is the only criterion).

It can be a more noticeable style than others, so consideration of whether it suits your face shape, head shape, overall facial features, and personality is required.

high and tight.jpg

high and tight2.jpg

Brush Up

If you’re starting to think short hairstyles might not suit your face shape, think about the Brush Up cut.

BrushUps are a little less structured than the styles mentioned so far.  

As the name suggests,   the hair on the top is ‘brushed’ upwards in an unstructured, free-form way, like the popular Quiff cuts, except all of the hair on the top is swept up. The sides are short and consistent, with an overall ‘short’ look to the style.

It’s not a military look – it’s more ‘undone’ but still retains a neatness due to the length. 

These haircuts are great for guys who want a neat style but leave little room for a not-so-perfect look.

Brush Up cuts also leave room for styling mistakes (no, it’s okay, it’s meant to look like that!)

Because the sides are relatively short and neat, it leaves room for a little more length on top. You can have the feel or a shorter style but the versatility of a medium haircut.

The Brush Up length on top can be pretty short or longer, depending on how much effort you want to make keeping the hair brushed up! (and the texture of your hair).

brush up.jpg

brush up2.jpg

Ivy League


If you cannot attend an Ivy League school, you can always try an Ivy League haircut (at least you can look like you went!).

According to Wikipedia, the Ivy League haircut is known as ‘The Princeton’ or ‘Harvard.’

This conjures up a somewhat conservative ‘preppy’ style image.

It’s actually a very classic, flattering look on a lot of guys, and it is often seen in Hollywood (think Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Matt Damon, Ryan Reynolds, Zac Effron).

french cut.jpg

The style is essentially a Crew cut with a longer top part at the front (not the crown), which can be parted sideways if desired.

The Ivy League style may also be more versatile and suit more people, particularly those men with rounder faces who cannot pull off the very short Crew cut or Buzz cut looks.

━━━━ continue after the ad ━━━━


Maintenance Tips for Short Haircuts

  1. SUN PROTECTION – If wearing a super short style – consider sun protection. A hat or sunscreen may be required for those with frequent sun exposure through their job, sports, vacations etc.
  2. HAIRDRYERS – if your short haircut is still random and your hair is trying to go off in its own direction, you can use a hairdryer to make it behave!
  3. SCALP HEALTH. Try to not wash it every day (observe your particular hair and natural oils to determine the washing frequency for your hair)
  4. SCHEDULE REGULAR TRIMS  – If you wish to maintain your cool, short-haired  look, regular trims are essential (a grown-out Buzz cut can look like a toilet brush pretty quickly!!)
  5. RESEARCH YOUR SHAMPOO – understand ingredients that may suit your hair (and skin) type. You might accidentally be drying out your hair and scalp.
  6. ENJOY SCALP TREATMENTS – A nice, soothing treatment for guys with short hair is a scalp scrub. With your hair kept short, a good head massage and scalp treatment can be one benefit of shorter hair, as you can really feel the pressure on the scalp.
  7. STYLE DAMP HAIR – For those with bangs/fringes or a textured cut that needs styling, try applying your hair products and styling when the hair is damp (not dripping wet or already dry).
  8. HAIR PRODUCT APPLICATION  – Less is more. You can always add more, but try removing too much five minutes before you need to leave for work! You can rub a small amount between your hands to warm the product to ensure even distribution. Clumps of visible hair products are not as sexy as you may think.

FAQs on Short Haircuts for Men


    Here is a basic summary of some hair products and what they do –
    Gel – Coats hair, shapes and holds; shiny look

    Cream – Slight hold, shaping, light feel, moisturises dry hair

    Pomade – Good for hold. Boosts shine (slick look)

    Clay  – Good for hold – Matte finish, add texture, choppy or messy  appearance

    Salt Sprays  – Add texture and light-weight hold; thicken fine/thin hair

    Hairspray  – Holds style (light, medium, strong)

    Wax – Add texture and hold


    Good news! There is a short haircut to suit most face shapes.

    Those lucky enough to sport an Oval face shape have the most versatility. Almost every haircut will suit these guys due to the balanced facial proportions.

    A good example of this is Chris Hemworth’s face shape. It’s oval and symmetrical and he can wear almost any hairstyle.

    In Avengers as Thor, he wears both long and short styles, but we think his shorter style was a hit!

    Square face shapes are similar, and will usually look good sporting shorter hairstyles. This combination can create a masculine look with the strong jaw emphasized.

    Rectangle or oblong face shapes also work well with short hair. The short hair length does not add more height to an already long face.

    Circle or round face shapes might need to select a short hairstyle with a little added height, to prevent the ‘cue ball’ look.

    And always consider how your facial hair changes the proportions of your face when choosing a short hairstyle (ie. a long beard may elongate your proportions).


    Two words – George Clooney.

    Okay, that’s an annoying example,  I know. 

    If you have a full head of grey, it’s easier in some ways. If the greys are just starting to appear and you are transitioning into grey, that can cause a few more problems.

    Consider a Buzz cut or variation, as it’s much harder to see hair colour at all when it’s extremely short.

    Fade haircuts can blend the grey into the skin. 
    Wear a longer top section or bangs/fringe if this is where the greys are prominent.
    Dye your hair
    For those who like their greys, consider this – A study showed that 72% of women surveyed found men with grey hair more attractive.

    That begs the following question…


    Short hair on men has traditionally been seen as ‘masculine’.  

    And despite what many men think, lots and lots of women are attracted to bald men.

    Time and time again, women say it’s confidence that is attractive.
    A short haircut projects confidence.

    (Are you hiding behind your long hair? Not always. Of course, many women like the long hair look, too.).

    And Remember – Individual women like different things! If someone doesn’t like you only because of your hair, then perhaps you don’t want them around!


    The simplest and easiest short haircut for guys to maintain would be the Buzz cut! It’s the one-length all over, done with clippers.

    Also consider variations of the Buzz such as the Butch, Burr etc.

    There is little need to wash this style as frequently as longer styles. Care and maintenance of the length of the hair is not required, so it’s a super affordable cut too, with no need for expensive products etc.

    However, scalp health is important, no matter the haircut.

    Added bonus – no wasting time styling in the mornings!


    The simplest haircuts are usually done with clippers. You don’t have to be an expert to set the clippers to a low number and shave it all (mostly) off!

    Of course, if you can afford a hairstylist it’s probably a good move. But a simple, affordable haircut for anyone is a basic Buzz cut.

    It’s low maintenance, fast and efficient and very wearable. It shows a certain confidence that you are more than just your hair. These haircuts are also good for the summer months.


    Short haircuts are always in style for guys. They are professional, neat and low maintenance.

    They suit most face shapes.

    From the armed forces to the sporting field to the office, you will see low-maintenance short haircuts that are masculine and stylish looks for guys.

    If you are still not convinced, look up Pinterest or follow your favourite celebs and observe that there is always a short haircut in style at any given time.

Scroll to Top