Having great hair doesn’t need to mean spending half an hour in front of the mirror every morning. Here are 11 low maintenance men’s haircuts that provide lots of style without any of the fuss.
In the world of men’s hair, it’s common to see towering quiffs and carefully styled undercuts. But there’s a problem––many of these styles aren’t practical for many men.
Now, don’t get me wrong. If you’re willing to put in the effort to pull off those trendy styles, you’ll be rewarded.
But on the other hand, some guys just need a hairstyle that looks great without needing to be styled. And if you’re one of those guys, we’ve got your back with these 11 low maintenance men’s haircuts.
The 11 Best Low Maintenance Men’s Hairstyles for 2021
Here we go, from shortest to longest…
#1: Buzzed Hard Part
When you think of a buzz cut, you probably think of either five-year-olds or military recruits. However, a buzzed look can be extremely stylish, as this style single-handedly proves.
The cut itself is incredibly clean and even, with a slight fade on the sides for a bit of visual texture, but it’s the hard part that steals the show. It’s a creative way of adding definition to a super short style (which is often tricky to do). It also helps the style look more fashionable.
#2: Short Fade
This might be the ultimate low maintenance hairstyle for men. It’s extremely short, but it still has a ton of texture and class. Best of all, it’ll work with just about any hair type, so even if you’ve got extremely kinky hair, you can pull this off.
The recipe is simple: a uniform length for the top and a slight fade on the sides. The fade is actually somewhat aggressive since it’s not particularly gradual, but this helps to create some contrast between the super short top and the sides.
The only downside of this hairstyle is the upkeep. Like many of the low maintenance short haircuts on this list, it’ll look best if you regularly pay visits to your barber or stylist.
While you can afford to let it grow out a little bit, you don’t want to go too long between haircuts. Aside from that, this is probably the best of all the low maintenance men’s short haircuts.
#3: Medium Length Shag
The shag haircut is commonly associated with the 60s and 70s, and it’s easy to see why. Its carefree nature makes it a cool vintage choice for a low maintenance hairstyle.
A shag style works with most hair types, but it’s especially suited to wavy or curly hair. Since the hair is cropped close to the head, wavy or curly hair will add some nice texture while still remaining relatively flat. (The inverse of this is that the shag isn’t the best choice for thin or fine hair.)
Shags are meant to be messier, so there’s not much styling involved. As long as you don’t have any frizz, you’re good to go. (Of course, you can style it as much as you’d like.)
#4: Side Swept Undercut
While this style isn’t a typical undercut, it borrows a lot of elements from the popular style.
With most undercuts, the sides are buzzed extremely short and often faded. Here, the sides aren’t quite that short, and there’s no fade. The result is a clean cut that does a great job of mixing traditional and contemporary elements.
You also have some flexibility on how you can style the top. You can simply brush it to the side, style it into a quiff, or even slick it back. It’s a great option for guys who want a lot of flexibility.
#5: Short and Spiked
The term “spiked hair” usually evokes images of huge gelled spikes from the nineties, but there are many ways to style a spiked look. If you have thick or coarse hair, one way you can approach it is by using your hair’s natural texture to create a micro-spiked look that’s full of texture.
And that’s exactly why this hairstyle is low maintenance––your hair’s natural texture is doing most of the work for you. If you really care about neatness, you may want to use a small amount of pomade or clay, but even that should only take about a minute or two.
This style works best with thick hair. If you have thin hair, you can achieve a similar look by getting your hair cut a little shorter than shown here (and using a light amount of product if necessary).
#6: Windswept Texture
This breezy style is a nice option for something more casual. While most hairstyles take the hair backward, this look styles the hair forward, creating choppy waves.
The sides are pretty long to create a sense of fullness all over the head. For best results, use a quick dollop of hair product to add in a bit of lift and texture.
This style can be dressed up, but only to a certain extent; it’s definitely a casual style. As a bonus, since the hair is brushed forward, this style is a good choice if you want to hide a receding hairline or a widow’s peak.
Overall, if you’re a fan of beach-inspired hairstyles, then this cut is one you should consider.
#7: Short Coils
Kinky or coiled hair can be tougher to tame at shorter lengths, so it’s best to choose a style that allows the hair to do its own thing, like this short coiled look.
The careful shaping of the hair is what allows this style to bring out a lot of texture. The neat line up in the front is a dapper touch that also provides some definition to the hair.
This kind of style also works well with extremely curly hair. In addition, you can play around with the length on the sides––the shorter the sides, the more you’ll emphasize the top.
#8: Medium Length w/Side Part
This hairstyle is a versatile medium length cut that’s great for both casual and formal occasions.
The side part pulls a lot of the weight here, separating the top and the sides with a timeless flair. A prominent part will make this hairstyle look more modern while a subtle part will make it look more classic.
If you want to get really fashion-forward, you can ask your barber for a hard part, or a part line shaved into the hair.
Like many of the styles on this list, you can use a bit of hair product to add volume and texture. Again, it won’t take very long to style.
#9: Loose Side Swept
I know, I know, you’re probably thinking “this hairstyle doesn’t look low maintenance!” But that’s the beauty of it. This is one of the best low maintenance medium length haircuts for men because of its stylish appearance.
If your hair is thick, it probably looks like this naturally when grown out, so you might be able to get this style without much hassle. In many cases, however, you will need to spend about two minutes to apply some clay or pomade and blow dry it in.
However, all things considered, that’s pretty low maintenance for a hairstyle that looks like this.
While you can brush it into place, this style is meant to be loose and semi-formal. Having some locks of hair breaking free or some messy spots is all part of the charm.
#10: Long & Wavy
Not all low maintenance men’s haircuts are super short. If you prefer to have some length to your hair, try out this long and wavy style.
This is a great laid-back look that brings your hair’s natural textures to the forefront. You can completely forego adding product if you want, making this a truly low maintenance hairstyle.
If your hair is naturally wavy, you’ll get even more mileage out of this style (but your hair doesn’t need to be wavy for this to look good). Since this style relies on length instead of volume, it’s one of our top low maintenance hairstyles for thin hair.
#11: Man Bun
An article about low maintenance men’s haircuts wouldn’t be complete without the man bun. It’s not a look every guy can rock, but it’s a stylish way of going low maintenance.
This might be the lowest maintenance hairstyle on this list. After all, it doesn’t get much simpler than tying your hair into a bun. It’s also surprisingly versatile. While it’s not ideal for formal events, it’s great for just about everything else.
Hopefully this list has proven that low maintenance men’s haircuts can be every bit as stylish as the coiffures you see on Instagram.
What’s your favorite style from this list? Did I miss any good low maintenance hairstyles? Let me know in the comments!