Boys don't usually have as many options as girls do when it comes to new hairstyles, especially if your kids attend a school where boys' short hairstyles are mandatory. If your little man is fashion conscious, though, then you could be wondering about what the latest looks are for boys' hair. The long, brushed forward look that Justin Bieber popularized is going out of style. These days, even Bieber himself is attempting to distance himself from his signature heavy bangs. These days, short hairstyles are making a comeback.
Buzz cuts that are a little longer on top and completely shaved on the sides, just like guys in the Marines wear, are making a big comeback with little boys. These buzz cuts have been coming and going in and out of style since the mid twentieth century. The cuts are a great choice for parents who want their kids to have very low maintenance hair. They don't require combing, product, or really even daily washing in order to look sharp. Plus, most parents can probably give their boys flat top cuts at home with dad's electric razor.
High & Tight
This haircut is the hottest thing going amongst older boys and young men. To get this look, shave the side and back of your boy's head, but let the hair on top grow three or more inches long. Slick the top hair back, either with mousse if you want a more streamlined look or wax if you are going for a more tousled, textured look. This cut was popularized by German soldiers during World War II, so it definitely went out of style for a long, long time but these days it's making a comeback without any political associations.
Retro haircuts are very in right now, for both boys and girls. If you are looking for a short, dapper look for your young man, give him a haircut like Don Draper from AMC's Mad Men. Draper wears his hair short with a deep part and slicked to his head with gel. This haircut looks cute on both grown men and toddlers, but might look a little bit too formal for most middle or high schoolers.
If your son has soft curls, don't shave them all off. Let him grow the curls out an inch or so all over his head. Keep the curls a uniform length to get this style right. Cutting the sides and back shorter will make your son look like he belongs in a 1990s boy band, and keeping the top short and the back long will result in an afro mullet hybrid. But short curls all over your boy's head will look well kept and modern. Just make sure that your boy washes his hair daily, as curls can look greasy faster than straight hair.
Short & Tousled
If your son wants to look like he stepped out of the pages of Vogue Enfants, give him a short, tousled look. To achieve this look, cut his hair about an inch long on the top and about a quarter to half an inch long on the sides. Muss the hair on the top of his head, and rub in a molding wax if you want it to look perfectly effortless. This cut is great for boys who are tired of their flat tops. Grow the flat top out and it will become this cut in two months.
Short but shaggy hair hasn't gone completely out of style, but it has evolved. Instead of Justin Bieber's carefully coiffed, helmet like hair, think of surfer boy hair that was popular in the 1970s. This cut works best on boys who have wavy hair to begin with. Let your boy grow his hair down to his ears. The hair should be slightly layered, so that it doesn't look like a bowl cut. Keep some pieces around his face a bit shorter so that they frame him and he doesn't have to tuck his hair behind his ears.
Spikey styles will never go out of fashion for boys who have very thick, straight hair. There really isn't much else you can do with this type of hair, besides shaving it off or growing it very long. For this look, shave your boy's hair on the sides and in back and grow the top hair about an inch long. Using gel, spike your boy's hair strait up. You can expect some locks to jut off at an angle, and these imperfect locks will make the cut look kind of punk rather than militaristic.