The umbrella term of “short sides long top hairstyles” represents haircuts that are incredibly versatile partly thanks to the hair on top which can be fashioned into an array of different styles, layers, and colors. Basically, there is a very high number of options to make them completely yours!
Also, since the base of these haircuts is still short, these looks can be perfect for both professional and casual environments. Check out all our choices below and then take another look (there’s a video recap at the end of the article to help with that)!
1. Straight Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
To get the look, all you need to do is let the hair on top grow longer – around medium-length – and keep the sides short. This medium-length hair should ideally either be naturally straight or you can straighten it with a flat iron. Moreover, give it a lift with some hair gel or hair mousse.
2. Curly Faux Hawk Short Sides Long Top Style
To get texture, volume, and a whole lot of character, let your mid to long curls run free on top of your head but keep the sides tame and short U part style. This provides a handsome contrast that will serve to make you look stylish in absolutely any occasion.
3. The Modern Bowl Haircut
Don’t shy away from the bowl cut or more exactly, its modern versions. To be more specific, cut some longer frontal bangs that taper gradually back to a shorter cut behind the head. For brilliant contrast, add a buzzed undercut.
4. Slicked Back Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
All you need if you want to give the long top a more business makeover is the addition of a little bit of hair gel. Simply run gel through it and push it back to give it the desired texture and bounce. Alternatively, you can lay it all low for a totally slicked back style.
5. Side-Parted Pompadour Style
The side-parted pomp features a neatly gelled and styled pompadour haircut that has been slicked over to one side. Consequently, the pomp part of the hairstyle is very prominent and you can even buzz it for a sharper effect. A subtle fade runs through the short sides and beneath the pomp.
6. Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles with Bangs
A fringe is an excellent way to make a face seem more proportionate. No matter the length on top, pick one of the many types of bangs so that you’ll have a little extra length hanging over your forehead. Cut the bangs into layers, a tapered angle, or leave them straight for a more edgy appeal.
7. Casual Side-Swept Part Hairstyles
The casual side-swept part is a nice look for any man looking for a more casual appearance. Your short sides play against the length of the hair on top and all it takes to give your hair that side-swept look is a little gel and some hairspray to keep it in place.
8. Disconnected Undercut Hairstyles
Any short sides long top hairstyles will look all the edgier and more interesting with an undercut. This can help create a sharp contrast between the long locks atop your head and the short and buzzed sides. The example below is a skin fade, but you can go for a longer option too.
9. Tapered Pompadour Hairstyles
With longer strands of hair in the front and tapered shorter ones in the back, it is all the easier to create a great pompadour that cascades effortlessly down the top of your head. There is a bit of volume up front that will prove very flattering and accentuate the different elements of this style.
10. Brushed Over Short Sides Long Top Haircuts for Men
The brushed over style will look good with all types of hair, be it straight or curly hair. To get the look, simply add a bit of gel, take a comb, and bring all of the hair from one side of the head over to the other. The hair gel will help keep things in place.
11. Clean Cut Hairstyles
The clean-cut look is another disconnected undercut look that is constructed on short sides and long top styles. The top has been gelled over to the back (but you can gel it to the side for a similar effect). Hair products will keep the hair in place and give you a tidy and professional appearance.
12. Messy Side Part Men’s Hairstyles
It is easy to get a messy look – no matter the type of hair. To get the look below, simply part the hair on the preferred side, no hair product needed – simply let your locks do what they want. However, by adding a little hair gel, you can create some texture on the side with the part.
13. Unformed Pomp Hairstyles
The unformed pomp is similar in style to the traditional pompadour – except it has not been smoothly styled into a single shape. Instead, this pomp has a tousled look to it. To get the look, straighten the hair on top and then gel it into pieces. On the other hand, if you have naturally straight hair, just let it do its own thing.
14. Flat Pomp with Side Part Hairstyles
The flat pompadour with a side part is exactly what you would expect it to be: a pomp that sacrifices a little of its volume and lays flat across the head as it was parted over to the side. You will need some hair products to get the look and you can also play around a bit and add facial hair (like below).
15. Heavily Gelled Back-Brushed Hairstyles
The heavily gelled and back-brushed look will give its wearer a hip style while also maintaining a classy style. It has been brushed back from the front and required quite a lot of gel to achieve a hairstyle that is both textured and clean-cut all at once.
16. Angled Pomp Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
The angled pomp gives a contemporary twist to the classic pompadour. This hairstyle offers a lot of volume but only requires a little bit of mousse. One side of the pomp has been pushed over at an angle to meet the other side of the hair and give it a distinct point.
17. Shaved Sides Messy Pomp Hairstyles
The sides of the head are shaved down a bit to add contrast to the top – which is a large, voluminous work of art. The hair is pushed back into a loose pomp, but its locks fall naturally into place as opposed to being held in place by gel.
18. Greaser Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
Take a classic greaser hairstyle and give it a modern upgrade by styling it into a messy fashion. This hair style features short sides and a long top, the latter being in different layers. It falls over the face to form that greaser look, but the lack of gel gives it the messy appeal.
19. Faux Hawk with Tip Hairstyles
The faux hawk with a tip is a great everyday style. It features a short back that gradually tapers up to the front of the head. At the front, it ends into a tip that stands tall over the rest of the hair and adds a definite dimension to the look.
20. Piecey Flat Hairstyles
Great for men with angular faces, the piecey but flat look features short sides that rest beneath long strands of straight hair. The hair has been cut into layers and lightly tousled with mousse to give it a textured look. The hair can also be brushed forward to act as bangs.
21. Military-Inspired Haircuts
This hairstyle is modeled after the more casual military haircuts. The difference is that, instead of the top of the hair being as short as military standards require, the hair was kept a few inches long to provide some contrast and shape to the skin fade and closely shaved sides.
22. Piecey Bedhead Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
The piecey bedhead look is one of the easiest short sides long top hairstyles you can go for. All you have to do is climb out of bed and that is it. For a more styled look, you can always form the strands into pieces that stick out among the rest for an intentionally sleepy look.
23. Hairstyles with Pushed Up Bangs
Admire this short or shaved sides, short back, long front, and pushed up bangs look. The hair from the back gets pushed forward into the front (where the bangs are). You have to use gel to push back the bangs so they’ll stay almost upright.
24. Sleepy Faux Hawk Hairstyles
The classic faux hawk has short sides and a long top pushed into the shape of a mohawk. However, the sleepy faux hawk has no gel bringing it to a point. Hence, your natural hair falls free and does what it wants as a bedhead style might.
25. Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles with Voluminous Top
Men with thick hair that is full of volume should play up their natural hair texture by choosing to go with a voluminous top. This features sides cut short and thick and long hair up top that can be styled a number of ways.
26. Gelled Side Part Hairstyles
To get a gelled side part hairstyle, part the hair to the side in either one direction or another and then gel it down to lie mostly flat against the crown of the head. The more gel, the more textured the look. Also, wear it with either a buzzed or a natural part.
27. Undercut with Spikes Hairstyles
The faux hawk, as you can possibly tell by now, is one of the most commonly worn and versatile long top short sides top. Push together the top of the hair – at a slight angle – to give it a bit of a point – similar to a real mohawk.
28. Side Fringe with Hard Part Faux Hawk
This faux hawk is similar to the classic style. The difference between them lies in the way that this faux hawk is not as uniform as the original. This faux hawk will require mousse instead of gel to shape it up – this will also let the natural texture of the hair shine through.
29. Windblown Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
This windblown hair style has a natural look to it that you can get without trying too hard. Just use a little mousse or gel to sweep the hair back and to the side a bit and give it a breezy, windblown appearance.
30. Textured Hairstyles with Bangs
You can easily frame your face by adding the appropriate type of bangs. Also, consider going for a textured haircut to add some extra volume and definition to the hair.
31. Spiked Up Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
Similar to a faux hawk, the spiked up look has short hair on the sides and much more hair present on the top. The difference here is that instead of a point, the hair is spiked up in pieces with some help from a strong hold gel. Make the spikes as subtle or dramatic as you want.
32. Textured Quiff Hairstyles
The term ‘quiff’ can be used to describe almost any style of hair that has been pushed back and away from the face, but this textured quiff deserves an entry of its own. Wearing this type of quiff will give you dimension and volume and keep the hair from lying flat. Just see how well David Beckham is wearing this style.
33. Gelled Back Pompadours
With this look, you can look dapper and professional while still being well suited for a night out in town. It features a long top that has been pushed back like a quiff but gelled into place in the shape of a classic pompadour with textured pieces throughout it.
34. Wild Side Part Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
Let the longer hair on the top of your head overtake some of the short hair beneath it with this dramatic part. This look is achieved by parting your hair to one side and bringing most of it there. It basically exposes most of one section while covering the other.
35. Subtle Faux Hawk Hairstyles
This subtle faux hawk is one of the most versatile styles you can wear to any formal or informal events alike. The look showcases short sides that rise up to the longer top where the hair gets pushed together to form a slight faux hawk.
36. Wavy Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
Here is another variation of the disconnected undercut style. You can shave down the sides to almost nothing and allow the top to be loose and free. It will look great on men with wavy hair or with loose curls. The back is longer and brushed forward to reach the shorter locks at the top.
37. Flow Top Hairstyles
Similar to the wavy top, this flow look gets its name from the way the quiff slides so smoothly across the crown of the head. It starts off piecey and short and gets longer as it goes, flowing effortlessly from one layer of hair to the other.
38. Messy and Untouched Hairstyles
Perhaps the easiest way to style your hair is by not styling it at all. The messy and untouched look is exactly what it sounds like. To get it, just trim the sides short, let the top grow, and give it a little tousle with your hand in the morning to style it for the day.
39. Prominent Man Bun with Shaved Sides
A striking combination of very long and very short intersects here with a prominent man bun and shaved sides look. Here, the high fade and shaved sides perfectly connect to both the top that was left free to grow long and the full bushy beard. Tied into a messy bun at the top, the contrast between lengths and textures is as striking as it is handsome.
40. Side Pomp with Edge Hairstyles
The side pomp with an edge is a look that consists of a typical pomp, but one that was pushed off to either one side or the other. The short hair on the opposite side will have an edge cut into it that gives it a sharp indication of where the short hair ends and the long part begins.
41. Voluminous Top with Skin Shaves and Undercuts
You can also try this hairstyle with very closely shaven sides and long, voluptuous hair on the top of the head. The hair can be worn flipped over one side or parted down the middle to give hidden depth and dimension. Straight or wavy hair will work best with this voluminous undercut.
42. Platinum Blond Short and Long Hairstyles
For a bold and daring way to bring some life to your hair, give it the platinum blonde upgrade. Cut the top into layers and then style it with gel to add extra texture. This will make for a striking and interesting contrast between the two parts of the haircut – especially if the short sides are left in their natural color.
43. Gelled Up Hair Flip Styles
Observe how because the sides are almost completely shaved down, this leaves plenty of room for the long top to take over and swirl around the head. This style features a brushed-to-the-side look that uses gel to keep it in place and give it texture with a bit of a dip throughout.
44. Wave Hairstyles for Straight Hair
The wave is similar to a hair flip – but it is a hairstyle better suited for straight hair. Flip one side of the long top over and let it cascade down the shaved sides of the head in the same way a wave moves as it rolls and crashes. This look will also look very well on layered haircuts.
45. Business Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
Parted to the side, this look features a sizable amount of hair on the top of the head but one that was gelled over to form a small mound. The other side is somewhat long and tapers down to very little hair on either side of the head. Chris Pine added a beard to the look, but it can also be worn without one and even in a business environment.
46. Half Pomp Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
Alternatively, this long top look features shaved sides and a top that was cut to accommodate a pompadour. Instead of gelling it completely back to give it that true pomp shape, it was just slightly gelled and a few pieces were allowed to fall away free from the mold.
47. Shaved Designs Hairstyles
Accentuate that little bit of length on top and create a contrast to the short sides by cutting in some shaved designs. This can make for a very fun and creative look as you can pick not only the number of designs but also the exact ornate designs you will be adding (as expected, for that matter).
48. Simple Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
This simple hairstyle doesn’t ask for much – basically, it doesn’t make a big fuss out of the hair as it is a very practical hairstyle. It doesn’t feature a lot of length on top – just enough to gradually taper down in a fade until it reaches a skin fade. All in all, it is a neat and tidy look that will require little daily maintenance but more frequent trips to the barbershop.
49. Layered Pomp Fade Haircuts
The layered pomp fade emphasizes the two layers of thick hair, one of which eventually dissipates into nothing (thanks to the fade effect). As a result, the top of the hair forms into a neatly formed pompadour. It might even turn into a loose quiff – depending on the hair type.
50. Quiff Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles for Thick Hair
For gents with long, thick hair up top, a long quiff may be the best choice. Thanks to the natural volume of the hair, brushing it up along the length will give it height and make a statement while also contrasting against the short sides. For extra effect, go for a fade or a sharp edge part.
51. Short on Sides Medium on Top Hairstyles
If you’re searching for practical short sides long top hairstyles, you should definitely consider the cleanly-cut look below. It is a look we especially recommend for guys with straight hair as they will find it easier to style.
52. Temple Fade Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles
Are you out of ideas for making your hairstyle stand out? You can always count on a temple fade to get the job done. Also known as a box fade, the temple fade will shape the hairline into a rectangular shape. This detail goes a long way for hairstyles with long tops and shorter sides.
53. Top Knot Hairstyles
Not all men can or want to sport a man bun. So, for a sleek approach to the rugged man bun, consider going for a top knot. You can also do additional research on samurai buns for top knot inspiration or go for a faded transition as below.
54. Hairstyles with Side Slicked Bangs
You know by now that bangs can play a major role in any hairstyles, not just ones with short sides and long tops. But what if you decided to slick yours to the side? It can result in a great business casual haircut.
55. Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles with V-Shaped Back
Our final short sides long top haircut is indeed a very creative one. Add an artsy touch to your appearance by also shaving a V-shape onto the back of your head. This way, you’ll get a cool hair tattoo that complements the main silhouette of the hair and accentuates the long top.
In summary, with so many styling options available, it’s simple to see why one would go for a short sides long top hairstyle. No matter the hair type, texture, or its general length, you’ll always have something to do with it, formal hairstyles or casual ones alike.
All you have to do is decide on the specific length for the top part and start experimenting with hairstyles to make the haircut stand out. Which ones are you planning to try out?