Are you a full-time employee? Are you a parent? Or, are you, maybe, just plain lazy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re probably the type of guy who’s in desperate need of a low-maintenance hairdo that doesn’t require too much attention. After all, we all could use a little extra time in the morning to tend to more important matters. Ahead are five short hairstyles that require little to no upkeep, but don’t make any compromises in terms of hotness.
1) The Buzzcut
Let’s just start with the most glaringly obvious option, shall we? You were thinking it anyway. A buzzcut is the quintessential “no muss, no fuss” hairstyle. Historically, men who joined the military had to get a buzzcut not only because of its low-maintenance appeal, but also because it kept them cool. Depending on how fast your hair grows, you’d probably need to get re-cut every five to six weeks. But for convenience, you could always invest in your own pair of clippers and learn how to do it yourself. It’ll probably save you more money in the long run.
How to style it: The whole point of getting a buzzcut is that you don’t have to worry about style or products. But we do have a little bit of advice: Guys with rounder faces should probably avoid this cut because your hair will just follow the curve of your face, which will make you appear even rounder. Also, it’s best not to grow a heavy-duty beard if you’re sporting a buzzcut—it’ll make you look disproportionate.
2) The Crew Cut
The crew cut is a step above the buzzcut. It’s all about the upright hair on top, with longer hair in the front and a shorter cut in the back. Just like the buzzcut, the crew cut was born in the military, making it a no-nonsense style that’ll suit every guy who doesn’t care to spend longer than two minutes on his locks. It’s simple, but effectively makes a statement.
How to style it: You can add a little wax up top, but it isn’t necessary. Because this cut is short, it’s essential that your barber is meticulous about getting the edges of your hair super straight; uneven edges are so visible with crew cut. Make sure the end result is clean and structured. That said, it’s best that you not attempt to do this yourself!
3) The Classic Taper Cut
Like the crew cut, the taper cut requires the hair to be longer up top, but this time, with tapered sides. The hair should be cut close to the head in tapered style using different clipper guards in the lower half of your head, as well as the nape area. More important, the hair should gradually increase in length from the bottom of the head to the top.
How to style it: You could level up this hairstyle with a comb over. But a little gel or wax could also do the trick. While this cut works on every type of hair, guys with wavy hair fair slightly better because the waviness adds volume on top. Still, men with straight hair should definitely give it a try!
4) The Taper Fade
The taper fade is a smart-looking cut. With a taper fade hairstyle, leave the hair longer on top with a gradual trim that creates a fading effect from top to bottom, until it seemingly blends with your skin. Like the buzzcut and the crew cut, this style is really neat—there are no uneven edges. Remember: You can tell your barber how gradual you want the taper to be.
How to style it: The taper fade is for men who don’t want to commit to growing their hair too long, but still want to be able to style it into a quaff or pompadour whenever they have the time, patience, or energy. Or, you know, style into a side part if you’re going for a more current look.
5) The Short Side Part
If you don’t know it yet, let us tell you: The side part style is timeless. Why? Because it’s so versatile! It works for a casual hangout as well as a formal gathering. You can sport it neat or messy. It’s all about the clean parting, and how well you sweep your hair. Unfortunately, men with straight hair have better luck when it comes to the side part look because it’s easier to pin down. Curly hair just doesn’t look as sleek in a side part. Before you leave the barbershop, ask your go-to guy to for a hard part, so you won’t have a difficult time styling your new ‘do.
How to style it: The side part hairstyle requires a lot of conditioning. After all, your hair needs to be smooth and frizz-free. You can also rely on wax to hold it in place. And of course, don’t step out of your house without a comb.