Calling all Indian guys––here are 9 dapper hairstyles of various lengths that you should consider trying this year.
If you’re an Indian man, chances are you’ve struggled to find good lists of hairstyles that fit your hair. Of course, Indian guys can rock most Asian hairstyles, but it’s still pretty tricky to find hair advice for specifically Indian hair.
That’s where this article comes in. We’ve handpicked 9 of the best hairstyles for Indian men that are all fashionable yet practical. Most of these looks are versatile and can be worn in both casual and formal situations.
We’ve got a little bit of everything, from classic styles to the latest trends, so let’s get started! For convenience, we’ve broken down this list into shorter and longer styles.
Short Hairstyles for Indian Men
If you want a fresh cut that’s short, try one of these.
#1: Indian Fringe
Let’s kick off this list with a simple, low-maintenance hairstyle that’s all about the fringe. This is a haircut suitable for guys with thick hair that has at least a gentle curl to it. That curl facilitates the forward direction of the hair and also adds texture to the fringe.
All things considered, this is a basic yet stylish look. The hair is layered on top, and the fringe falls right below the eyebrow line. The sides have a longer taper (about a #4 or #5 clipper setting) and are kept thicker to ensure the hair looks full all over.
#2: Side Swept
Brushing your hair to the side is a simple yet impactful way to instantly achieve style. This hairstyle is almost exactly just that––the hair is swept to the side and gently tousled for extra texture. The rest of the hair on the back and sides is kept relatively short, with the sides very gradually faded.
This hairstyle is best for straighter Indian hair that’s thick and fluffy. You can pull this off with curlier hair, but your result will look different, so keep that in mind. You might also need to use a bit of a product like a pomade to keep the side-swept hair in place, but that will depend on your hair type and behavior.
#3: Short Quiff
Many hairstyles for Indian men involve a quiff in some form. The one shown here is a short, dense quiff that’s slightly brushed sideways to add a bit of motion to the look. The hair’s natural texture and behavior is doing most of the work here, and that’s one of the benefits of having Indian hair.
There’s a simple low fade that blends into the top to keep everything looking neat and full. While the quiff is brushed backward, the rest of the hair on top is brushed forward for added texture.
#4: Side Part
That’s right––it’s our old friend the side part! The side part tends to show up in every list we do and for good reason. It’s one of the few hairstyles that looks great on virtually every guy.
The side part works well with thick hair, so it’s an ideal match for Indian men. The thickness of the hair takes care of the texture, and the part adds a lot of tidiness.
While the style shown here doesn’t have a fade, you can ask for a fade for a more high-contrast style. Generally speaking, the more extreme the fade, the newer or “younger” your hairstyle will look.
Without a fade, the side part has a classy traditional vibe. Either way, you’ll get a modest yet fashionable look that can be worn in casual and formal environments alike.
#5: Tall Quiff
Now let’s look at the tall quiff that so many Indian guys are known for pulling off so well. Thick Indian hair can reach some crazy heights, but the average quiff is about 3 inches tall or so.
Generally, the top is slightly brushed back, though it can also be brushed straight up for an edgier look. Top it all off with a side part, and you’ve got yourself a trendy quiff.
Any quiff will require some hair product to achieve. A pomade or a clay works well for thicker hair. Start by applying a small amount to the hair and add more as you need it.
The quiff should be blow dried into place. To get those big waves, finish off by combing your hair with your fingers. Conversely, for a neater style, use a comb to brush the hair into place.
#6: Textured Brush Up
We’ve established that Indian hair is great for texture, so it’s no surprise that you can get multiple textures out of one style. One such style is this textured brush up that features three distinct textures.
There’s the almost spiky part on the left, the swooped part on the right, and the fuzzy taper on the sides. Each part has a texture of its own, and together, they create a unique vibe.
It’s rather unusual to see a hairstyle with so many textures, and as a result, this easily sets itself apart from the crowd. You could get even more texture by implementing a higher fade that essentially splits the sides into two different textures.
This one will require some styling to look just right, but the results are definitely worth the few minutes you’ll have to spend in front of the mirror.
Long Hairstyles for Indian Men
If you’re looking for a cool, long hairstyle, here are some good options.
#7: Asymmetrical Side Swept
If you like the side swept look shown above but want something a little longer and even more stylish, this is the haircut for you. There’s a good 6-7 inches of hair on top that’s brushed to the side so that it cascades down to the cheek.
As with many of these hairstyles, it’s the hair’s texture that does a lot of the hard work here. The mid fade on the sides keeps everything tidy and adds a bit more visual variation.
Even though the hair is the focus here, I can’t not talk about that majestic beard. This full, luscious beard with curled moustache is another style that many Indian men can easily achieve thanks to their genetics.
By regularly trimming and moisturizing your facial hair, you’ll be able to get this style with a little bit of moustache wax.
#8: Indian Curls
On top of having thick hair, many Indian men also have extremely curly hair. There are many great curly hairstyles for Indian men, and this is just one of them. It’s a simple mop top look where the hair is loosely sculpted into almost an afro.
The hair is kept fairly long all around for an evenly thick appearance that really brings out the hair’s natural texture.
This style also pairs nicely with facial hair. Generally, it’ll look best with shorter facial hair, as that will contrast against the huge mop.
#9: Man Bun
When we’re talking long hairstyles for Indian men, we absolutely have to mention the man bun. Indian guys can pull off the man bun extremely well. And when you pair the bun with a full beard, the results are nothing short of dapper.
The man bun is also advantageous because it gives you a unique style while also allowing you to take your hair down and wear it long if you want to. But even if you just wear a man bun all the time, it’s still a formidable look that’s surprisingly versatile.
That wraps up our list of 9 of the best hairstyles for Indian men. Hopefully this lookbook has given you some inspiration for your next cut.
Of course, these are just a few great Indian hairstyles, so be sure to let us know your favorites in the comments below!