A Look at the Top 18 Boys Haircuts in 2022
We can all agree:
Nowadays, when it comes to boys haircuts there is always room for endless creativity.
Am I right?
Of course, yes.
Kids’ hairstyles, today, can range from simple and fun to complex and unique.
If you are here, it means you are looking for a stylish, nice, and low-maintenance haircut for your adorable little boy.
So, in this post, I have compiled a list of my top 18 haircuts for boys – with pictures – as well as some tips on how to cut a little boy’s hair.
If so, let’s get started…
WiseBarber’s Best Haircuts for Boys and Teenagers
1) The Undercut
The undercut’s coolness and popularity cannot be disputed.
What’s an “undercut?”
This haircut features a sharp contrast between the client’s shaved or faded sides/back and the top that’s usually filled with long, slicked-back hair.
To do an undercut:
- Simply tie up the top hair with clips or bands and start trimming the sides to get a high fade.
- Create a sharp contrasting line in between the top and shaved/faded sides and back.
- Once you’re satisfied with the outcome, you can let the hair fall naturally or style it to your liking.
Although you can do this haircut at home, I’d advise you to take your kid to the barber for better results.
2) Kids Pompadour
Talk about a retro style with a modern spin – the pomp hairstyle always looks dapper and classy.
The modern pompadour features a taper fade on the sides and back which emphasizes the styling at the top.
Here’s how to get a pomp…
- Start with dried hair.
- Using clips or bands, separate the top part of the hair and start trimming the sides and back to get a tapered fade.
- Then, slick back the hair – but not too tight – using a comb and some pomade gel to get a “puffed” appearance at the front.
- You might also need to use a little hairspray.
If you are going to do it at home, it will take some trial and error to achieve the best outcome.
Practice makes perfect, right?
This style especially looks great on kids with thick, straight hair.
3) The Quiff
Now get this:
While slowly gaining popularity, the Quiff is a great choice for parents and boys who want a classy appearance with effortless styling.
Quiffs combine elements of the flat top, pompadour, and at times the Mohawk.
To get it, you’ll have to:
- Follow the same process as the pompadour.
- But, instead of the puffed pomp appearance at the front, brush the hair to the back or sides.
To get the best Quiff, do some research and watch some YouTube tutorials so that you can learn how to do it properly.
Or, you can take your kid to a skilled barber or stylist.
There are a couple of ways to wear the Quiff, the most popular being either subtle or bold.
For a bold look, I recommend longer or messy hair at the top; or you can keep short hair for a subtle appearance.
4) The Taper Fade
For a low-maintenance, trendy, and elegant look, I highly recommend the taper fade for boys.
This hairstyle features shorter hair on the sides and gets progressively shorter as you go down giving a clean and versatile appearance for any occasion.
To get a taper fade:
- Simply leave longer hair at the top and…
- Then gradually shorten it as you move down the back and sides.
Your kid will have several options to choose from; low, mid, high, and skin fade tapers.
The taper fade works great with both short and long hair.
5) The Mohawk
The Mohawk was named after a Native American tribe whose warriors sported this hairstyle to intimidate their enemies.
And in my opinion, this hairstyle is undeniably adorable and cute on little boys.
It features shaved or faded sides and a strip of long hair in the middle – from the top to the back.
How to get it:
- The Mohawk can be easily achieved by any barber or stylist but you can also do it at home.
- Depending on preference, you can have a bald shave or fade on the sides leaving a strip of hair running from the front to the back of the head.
The strip at the center can be short or long and styled in different ways including upward spikes.
6) The Comb-Over
As a boy’s haircut, the comb-over is one of the most stylish and versatile haircuts around.
This cut features short hair on the sides and back and longer hair on top that is combed to one side.
To get this look:
- Start with fading the sides and back. Here you can choose a low, high, or medium fade.
- Then, using a comb or brush, part the hair to one side and apply pomade or wax.
- For a textured finish, you can use a matte product.
This haircut has greatly evolved gaining a lot of variation and popularity.
The Comb-Over hairstyle can be modified into a Faux-hawk, Quiff, or Pompadour.
7) The Buzz Cut
It’s a fact:
Buzz cuts have been around for a long time.
The main reason for this is that they are not only simple to cut but also easy to maintain; i.e. buzz cuts don’t need constant styling.
This hairstyle features short hair – but not too short – all around the head.
How to get it:
- Use a #1 or #1 1/2 attachment comb to cut an evenly-sized haircut all-around your kid’s head.
- Or simply ask your kids barber for a buzz cut.
If you plan on doing this yourself at home, the size of the guard comb used will depend on how long or short you want the cut to be.
You can combine your buzz cuts with fades to achieve an even more stylish haircut.
8) The Faux Hawk
For a fun and stylish yet rebellious look, the Faux Hawk is a great choice.
This hairstyle is often confused for a Mohawk due to the similarities between the two.
Unlike the Mohawk, the Faux Hawk features long spiky hair on top with an optional fade on the sides.
How to achieve it:
- First, tie up the hairs at the top using clips or bands to get them out of the way.
- Then proceed to style the sides and back by making the hair shorter as you go from the bottom to the top.
- Once done, use a styling product to create thick, upward-facing spikes.
You can modify the Faux Hawk into a Quiff or Comb-Over.
And while the faux hawk is simple enough to execute at home, you should consider taking your kid to an experienced barber or stylist for the best result.
9) Blow Out Temple Fade
The Temple Fade – a type of taper fade – is a popular option for both men and kids as it integrates a line up around the temples.
With several variations, this haircut is immensely popular with black hair due to its ability to work with short and long hair.
It is easy to make.
- Start by making a fade around the boy’s temples.
- Make the hair shorter as you move downwards.
- Your top hairstyling options are completely dependent on one’s preferences.
This hairstyle works great with curls or an afro but you can always experiment with different hair designs.
10) The Crew Cut
Looking for a timeless hairstyle?
The crew cut is an old barbershop staple making it one of the best hairstyles for boys today.
It is much like a buzz cut.
Unlike a buzz, the crew cut features long hair on top with the back and sides tapered giving kids an athletic look.
How to do a crew cut?
- First, use a #1 or #2 guard comb on the top part of the head.
- After that, choose a smaller guard (lower than the size number used to trim the top) to taper the side and back. Make sure the hair gets shorter as you go down
- Thereafter, you can style the hair as preferred.
To get a more stylish look, I would recommend using pomade to spike up the front top part.
11) Side Part with Smooth Fade
For a more stylish hairstyle, try this one; it’s a combination of a side part and smooth fade.
This hairstyle is not only stylish but also versatile.
To get a Side Part with Smooth Fade:
- Start by parting the hair off to one side of the head and tying it up with clips or bands.
- Then, you’ll want to start fading the sides and back gradually making the hair shorter as you progress downward.
- Next, apply some pomade on the top part of the hair and use a comb or brush to arc the hair off to one side.
And you’re done. Easy, right?
12) Textured Curly Hair
If you are looking for the best haircut for kids with curly hair, this is one of them.
Basically, this hairstyle which features taper fade with curly hair at the top.
Very simple and straightforward, right?
So, here’s what you can do to achieve this:
- Do taper fade first by tying the top portion of the hair and making a high fade on the sides.
- Then define the hair on top with a curl cream – enough to last the whole day.
- And finish off the look with some scrunching.
Although you can tackle this as a DIY, I highly advise taking your kid to a professional barber or stylist for the best results.
This hairstyle is a great choice as a boy’s haircut as it emphasizes the high-contrast hairstyle trend.
13) Mohawk with Burst Fade
For kids looking for the ultimate summer look:
The Burst Fade Mohawk (also South of France fade) offers a clean and classy alternative to the usually spiky Mohawk.
This hairstyle features faded sides with a wide faux hawk in the middle.
How do you get it?
- Well, you’ll have to start with a burst fade.
- If you are not familiar with it, a burst fade is a type of taper fade that follows the arc of the ear – with the hair getting shorter as you get close to the ear – with an outward burst as the hair is fading into the neckline.
- You can also pair it with a line up around the temples.
The Burst Fade Mohawk is one of the more complicated hairstyles to do; I recommend going to a professional barbershop.
14) Disconnected Undercut
Looking for something more trendy and modern?
Well, the disconnected undercut combines the elegance of the Quiff and the boldness of the Pompadour.
This haircut features longer, brushed-back hair on the top and short hair on the sides.
To get this hairstyle:
- You’ll need to have a good length of hair on the top – 2 inches and above – and the sides and back should be shaved with a short clipper guard number.
- Thereafter, brush back the hair at the top.
- To get the “disconnect” the transition from long to short hair shouldn’t be gradual but rather there should be a defined point where the short hair ends and the long hair immediately begins.
It’s a bit complicated, right?
That’s why if you find it difficult to do, take your kid to a professional barber for better quality.
15) Textured French Crop
If you are looking for a more dapper and stylish haircut…
One that isn’t high-maintenance like a pompadour or Quiff, the textured French Crop is a great choice.
Most people often confuse the French crop to a Caesar cut, but unlike the Caesar cut the French crop features a longer fringe.
To get this style:
- All you have to do is to clip the sides and back of the head.
- If you want a contemporary look, you can clip the sides and back shorter to give it more contrast with the top.
- As for the hair on top, you’ll have to style it forward and use some styling product – like pomade, wax, or gel – and make a textured crop.
16) Textured Crop With Temple Fade
The Textured crop with Temple Fade hairstyle is extremely versatile and goes very well with pretty much any hair type.
Plus, getting this hairstyle is pretty much easy.
Here how to get it:
- You’ll have to start with a temple fade – like the one I mentioned earlier in this post – while keeping the hair on the back fairly short.
- The hair on top should be noticeably long and you can style it using pomade or gel and mold it into a textured crop.
17) Disconnected Pompadour
As a variation of the pompadour, this hairstyle has a slick and stylish ring to it; the Disconnected Pompadour features a combination of the pompadour and the disconnected undercut.
As you already know, the pompadour is not a low-maintenance hairstyle.
It’s still a great choice for boys who want a clean-cut look.
To get this look:
- You’ll want short hair on the sides and back head with much longer hair at the top.
- Then, just like the disconnected undercut, the transition from long to short hair shouldn’t be gradual but rather abrupt and dramatic.
- The only difference here is that you don’t have to create a contrasting line in between the different layers of hair length.
Preferably, consult a professional barber to ensure the final result is pleasing.
18) Loose Pomp with High Fade
If you are looking for a hairstyle that will turn heads, this one might just be it.
The Loose Pomp with High Fade hairstyle combines the elegance and boldness of a pompadour and the stylishness of a high fade.
How is it done?
- You’ll need to get short hair on the sides and back of the head while leaving a lot of hair on the top.
- Once you are done with the sides, you can proceed to style the remaining top hair into a pomp.
- But keep in mind this is a loose pomp; so, the hair on top shouldn’t be too tight against the head.
Combining a pompadour and a fade gives a high-contrast design which is quite stylish for a boy’s haircut and will leave your kid looking elegant and trendy.
And that’s a wrap…
These are just some of the many types of stylish, good-looking, and universal boys’ haircuts out there.
Before I end this post, here are a few tips that may come in handy for my fellow barbers; as well as any DIY home barber…
How to Cut a Little Boy’s Hair (Cutting, Layering, and Blending)
We can all agree:
Cutting a little boy’s hair at home can be a daunting task.
That’s because they tend to move a lot, often have soft/curly hair and extremely soft skin that can easily get cuts if you use sharp hair clippers.
On the plus side, home barbers can always take boys to the barbershop and get bad haircuts fixed.
It can be quite the hassle styling a kid’s hair.
Fear not; I’ve got you covered.
Here are a few tips to make the process easier.
1) Hair Cutting Tips
- When cutting hair at the top of their head, use a pair of scissors and hold up the hair to get a softer cut. This also helps you determine the cutting length using your fingertips.
- To cut the sides and back, just follow the natural hairline. Comb the hair downwards while cutting the sideburns and make sure to fold the ear while cutting behind it.
- If you are new to this, you can always cut small portions at a time making sure you have an equal cut all around.
- To cut the bangs, comb the hair forward and give it all an equal length.
2) How to Do Proper Layering
- When it comes to layering, first determine the type of layers you want to be consistent with your cuts. Then start by holding the hair up and cutting it.
- Here you can use a hacking technique so that the hair gets trimmed into different sizes – thinning shears are perfect for this. You should also apply this technique while cutting bangs.
3) Quick Blending Tips
- Clipper guards and blade sizes should be used to blend different hair lengths – usually between the top and sides. Blending is a great way to create a smooth transition between different layers.
- To blend hair, place the clipper on the neckline and holding it 90 degrees – from the head – move it upwards.
- Make sure you create smooth and even cuts – this is where a quality clipper comes in handy.
- Once you get to the longer hair (above 2 inches in length), use the clipper-on-comb technique to trim the borders and make the two areas blend.
Blending is always dependent on size adjustability.
Therefore, make sure your clipper has a taper lever or a blade adjusting system and a good number of attachment combs.
And that’s just about everything you need to know about the best and most stylish boys haircuts.
I hope you have gained some helpful insights.
There is always room for creativity when it comes to choosing the right haircut for boys and teens.
If you have any questions or would like to add some insights to the topic, please leave them in the comments section below and I’ll get back to you.
Until next time… #StaySafe