Wear It Long & Short with These 55 Cool Short Sides, Long Top Hairstyles for Men! - Men Hairstyles World

Wear It Long & Short with These 55 Cool Short Sides, Long Top Hairstyles for Men!

The umbrella term of “short sides long top hairstyles” represents haircuts that are incredibly versatile and which you can make your own in various ways. Don’t believe us? Then check out the list below and get inspired! (and take a look at the video too!)

1. Short Sides Long Top Straight Hairstyles

To achieve this look, all you need is medium-length hair on top and shortened hair on the sides. This medium-length hair should either be naturally straight, or it can be straightened using a flat iron. Moreover, you can give it a lift with a little gel or mousse.

Neat short and straight hair - quiff hairstyle for men


2. Curly Faux Hawk Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles

To get texture, volume, and a whole lot of character, let your long to medium-length curls run free on top of your head while keeping the sides tamed and short. This provides a handsome contrast that will serve to make you look stylish in absolutely anything you wear.

Luxurious curly faux hawk for men with stubble beard


3. Modern Bowl Haircuts

Don’t shy away from a bowl cut! This style looks exceptional on men with defined facial features. To be more specific, you should use bangs in the front that taper gradually back to a shorter cut behind the head. At the same time, allow all of the hair to hang over a buzzed undercut for some brilliant contrast.

Edgy subtle bowl style


4. Slicked Back Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles

All you need to give your long hair on top a professional makeover is the addition of a little bit of gel. This style is versatile, as it can lay as flat over your head as you’d like. Simply run gel through it and push it back to give it the desired texture.

Slicked Back Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles


5. Side-Parted Pompadours

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 can even be buzzed in to give a sharper effect. Beneath the pomp is a subtle fade through the short sides.

Stylish side parted pompadour + full beard


6. Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles with Bangs

Bangs are an excellent way to let a face look more proportionate. No matter the length on top, you can get this look by allowing a little extra length to hang over your forehead. Cut the bangs into layers, a tapered angle, or leave them straight for a more edgy appeal.

Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles with Bangs


7. Casual Side Swept Part Hairstyles

The casual side swept part is a nice look for those who want 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 and you are ready to go!

Casual sideswept part hairstyle for men


8. Disconnected Undercut Hairstyles

Undercut hairstyles have been gaining popularity in recent years, and they’re far from stopping. Add some sharp contrast between your long and short hair some with buzzed sides and light, soft locks atop your head.

Edgy disconnected undercut


9. Tapered Pompadours

With longer strands of hair in the front and shorter ones in the back, you can create a beautiful pomp that cascades effortlessly down the top of your head. There is a bit of volume up front that flatters your features as the pomp travels away from the face.

Classic tapered pompadour haircut


10. Brushed Over Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles

The brushed over style looks good with straight, wavy, or curly hair. To achieve this look, simply take a comb with a bit of gel and bring all of the hair on one side of the head over to the other, using the gel to keep it in its place.

Brushed Over Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles


11. Clean Cut Hairstyles

The clean cut look is another disconnected undercut style that features short sides and a long top. The top has been gelled over to the back, although you can gel it to the side for a similar effect. Product keeps the hair in place for a tidy and professional appearance.

Clean and neatly manicured hair style for asian men


12. Messy Side Part Hairstyles

You can easily get a messy side part, no matter your hair texture. Part it to the side without product; simply let your hair do what it wants. With a little gel, however, you can make it so that the hair parted features some texture to it.

Casual messy side part


13. Unformed Pomp Hairstyles

The unformed pomp displays a style similar to the traditional pompadour, except it has not been smoothly styled into a single shape. Instead, this pomp has a tousled look to it. 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 thing.

Informal pompadour with undercut and clean shave


14. Flat Pomp with Side Part Hairstyles

The flat pomp with a side part is just that: a pomp that sacrifices a little of its volume and lays flat across the head while being parted over to the side. Use gel to achieve this look. This adds a modern touch to a classic hairstyle that is absolutely timeless.

Classy flat pomp with side part


15. Heavily Gelled Back Brush Hairstyles

The heavily gelled and back brushed look will give its wearer an air of hip style while also reaching back into fashions of old. It has been brushed back from the front and uses a lot of gel to achieve a look that is both textured and clean cut all at once.

Hipster gelled backbrush hairstyle for men - business casual hairstyle


16. Angled Pomp Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles

The angled pomp gives a contemporary twist to the pompadour that began decades ago. This hairstyle features a lot of volume and a little 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.

Sharp and Angled Pomp Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles


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 there by gel.

Tousled messy pomp + shaved sides + short beard


18. Greaser Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles

Take a classic greaser hairstyle and give it a bit of a modern upgrade by messing it up. This hairstyle shows 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.

Greaser Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles


19. Faux Hawk with Tip Hairstyles

The faux hawk with 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 collides into a tip that stands tall over the rest of the hair and adds definite dimension to the look.

Everyday faux hawk with quiff


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 effect. The hair is then brushed forward and serves as bangs.

Edgy flat top


21. Long Military-Inspired Haircuts

This hairstyle is modeled after some common military haircuts that we see everywhere. The difference is that, instead of the top of the hair being as short as military standards, the hair has been kept a few inches long to provide some contrast and shape to the closely shaved sides.

Traditional military inspired


22. Piecey Bedhead Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles

You may also want to consider the piecey bedhead for easier short sides long top hairstyles. All you have to do is climb out of bed and go! If you want a more styled look, you can always form the strands into pieces that stick out among the rest for an intentionally sleepy look.

Piecey Bedhead Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles


23. Hairstyles with Pushed Up Bangs

With pushed up bangs, what you are going for is short or shaved sides, a short back, and a long front. The hair from the back gets pushed forward into the front where the bangs are. Afterward, using gel, the bangs are pushed to stand almost upright.

Soft pushed up bangs - classic hairstyle for men


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 wishes, as a bedhead style might.

Tousled sleepy faux hawk


25. Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles with Voluminous Top

For you gents with thick hair that is full of volume, play up your natural hair by choosing to go with a voluminous top. This features sides cut short and thick, long hair up top that can be styled a number of ways. Pushing it into a loose pomp also makes it look great.

Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles with Voluminous Top


26. Gelled Side Part Hairstyles

To be worn with either a buzzed part or a natural one, the gelled side part shows hair that has been parted to the side in one form or another and gelled down to lie mostly flat against the crown of the head. The more gel, the more textured the look.

Classy side part with fade undercut


27. Undercut with Spikes Hairstyles

One of the most commonly worn and versatile looks is the faux hawk. It involves short sides and a long or medium-length top. The top of the hair is pushed together at a slight angle in order to give it a bit of a point, similar to a real mohawk.

Undercut with Spikes Hairstyles


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 its originator. This faux hawk uses mousse instead of gel to give it a bit of shape while also letting it retain the natural texture of your hair.

Textured Side Fringe with Hard Part Hairstyles


29. Windblown Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles

This windblown hairstyle has a natural look to it. Without trying too hard, you can get this look with a little mousse or gel. The hair is swept back and to the side a bit to give it a breezy appearance as if the wind has styled your hair for you.

Windblown Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles


30. Textured Hairstyles with Bangs

No matter what your hair type is, you can have a textured appearance and bangs to frame your face. All you have to do is cut your hair in layers or add gel. This hairstyle features a long top with bangs that can be cut in any number of ways to get the desired look.

casual texture with bangs


31. Spiked Up Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles

Similar to a faux hawk, the spiked up look has short hair on the sides with much more hair present on the top. The difference here is that instead of a point, the hair is spiked up in pieces using a strong hold gel. You can make these spikes as subtle or dramatic as you wish.

edgy spiked hair with short blonde beard


32. Textured Quiff Hairstyles

A quiff is any style of hair that has been pushed back and away from the face, but the textured quiff keeps it from lying flat. Wearing this type of quiff gives you some dimension and volume and becomes just as much of a fashion statement as your outfit.

classic textured quiff - david beckham hairstyles for men


33. Gelled Back Pompadours

You can look dapper and professional while still being well suited for a night on the town with this look. Do so with 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.

professional gelled back pomp


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 for a more dramatic part. Get this Chris Hemsworth look by parting your hair to one side and bringing most of the hair to a side, exposing most of one section while covering the other.

long fringe hairstyles for men - chris hemsworth hairstyle


35. Subtle Faux Hawk Hairstyles

One of the most versatile styles you can wear to any formal or informal event is a subtle faux hawk. This look features short sides that rise up to its longer top where the hair gets pushed together to form just a slight faux hawk.

understated faux hawk


36. Wavy Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles

Here is another variation of the disconnected style. You can shave down the sides to almost nothing and allow the top to be loose and free. It looks great with wavy hair and on men with loose curls. The back is longer and is brushed forward to reach the shorter locks at the top.

Wavy Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles + Undercut


37. Flowy Top Hairstyles

Similar to the wavy top, this flow look gets its name from the way the quiff flows 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.

Casual flowy top


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 you’d expect it to be. To obtain these results, there is no product needed. Trim the sides short, let the top grow and give it a little tousle with your hand in the morning before you step out the door.

tousled untouched hair


39. Prominent Man Buns with Shaved Sides

A striking combination of very long and very short intersects here with the prominent man bun and shaved sides look. Here, the sides are shaved away down to nearly nothing while the top is encouraged to grow long.

man bun with undercut and long blonde beard


40. Side Pomp with Edge Hairstyles

The side pomp with an edge is a look that consists of a typical pomp, but one that has been pushed off to one side or the other. On the remaining side, the short hair there has an edge cut into it to give a sharp indication of where the short hair ends and the long begins.

clean side pomp with edge


41. Voluminous 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 when appropriate. Straight or wavy hair works best for this voluminous undercut.

bold volume side fringe with undercut


42. Platinum Blond Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles

For a bold and daring way to bring some life to your hair, give it the platinum upgrade. It is eye-catching and alluring. Furthermore, coupled with the texture of the top of your hair, it provides a striking combination. The top is cut into layers and then styled with gel to achieve texture.

vivid blond piecey cut


43. Gelled Up Hair Flip Styles

Because the sides are almost completely shaved down, this leaves plenty of room for the long top to take over and swirl around your head. This style features a brushed-to-the-side look with gel to keep it in place and give it texture with a bit of a dip throughout.

wavy gelled up hair flip


44. Wave Hairstyles for Straight Hair

The wave is similar to a hair flip but it is better suited for straight hair. Flip one side of your long top over and let it cascade down the shaved sides of your head, the same way a wave moves as it curls and crashes. The look is better suited for hair with layers.

straight hair wave


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 that is 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.

tight and neat formal hair - chris pine hairstyles for men


46. Half-Pomp, Short Sides, Long Top Hairstyles

Alternatively, this long-top look features shaved sides and a top that has been cut to accommodate a pompadour. Instead of gelling it completely back to give it that true pomp shape, it has been slightly gelled and a few pieces are left to fall away free from the mold.

messy pomp with loose strangs


47. Decorative Sides Hairstyles

With a bit of length on top, no matter how long, you can accent it with some designs cut into the shaved portion of your head. This one is fun because you can choose not only how long you want the top, but also the exact designs you’d like on your sides.

alternative edgy sides


48. Simple Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles

The simple man doesn’t ask for much. Basically, he doesn’t make a big fuss out of his hair and all he’s looking for is a practical hairstyle. This style features length on top that gradually tapers down in a fade until there is nothing left, creating a neat and tidy look.

temple fade undercut


49. Layered Pomp Fade Haircuts

The layered pomp fade features 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 remains in a neatly formed pompadour.

edgy layered pomp fade


50. Quiff Short Sides, Long Top Hairstyles for Thick Hair

For the gents with long, thick hair up top, a long quiff may suit you best. Brushing back the length with the volume you possess gives it height and makes a statement while also contrasting against the short sides. For extra effect, go for a fade or a sharp edge part.

thick quiff


51. Short on Sides Medium on Top Hairstyles

For some guys, the best hairstyles are neatly-cropped and natural-looking. If you’re searching for practical short sides long top hairstyles, you should consider the clean cut look below. We especially recommend it for guys with straight hair.

Short on Sides Medium on Top Hairstyles


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 shapes your hairline into a rectangular shape. The detail goes a long way for hairstyles with longer tops and shorter sides.

Temple Fade Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles


53. Top Knot Hairstyles

Not all of us can pull off a man bun. In fact, not everyone may want to either. If you want a sleek approach to the rugged man bun, go for a top knot. You can also do additional research on samurai buns for top knot inspiration.

Top Knot Hairstyles - Man Bun + 360 fade


54. Hairstyles with Side-slicked Bangs

You know by now that bangs play a major role in hairstyles with short sides and long tops. But what if you decided to slick yours to the side? The result is a business casual haircut that’s even fit for a black-tie event.

Hairstyles with Side-slicked Bangs


55. Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles with V-Shaped Back

Our final short sides long top haircut is one that can get very creative. You can add an artsy touch to your appearance by also shaving a V-shape onto the back of your head. In the end, you’ll get a cool hair tattoo that complements your main silhouette.

Short Sides Long Top Hairstyles with V-shaped Back



In summary, with so many options available for styling, it’s simple to see why one would go for the catch-all short sides long top haircut.

The hair on the top can be fashioned into an array of different textures, layers, colors, and styles to suit any facial shape. Since it is still short, these looks can be perfect for both professional and casual environments.

No matter the hair type, texture, or general length, you’ll always have something to do with this haircut! Just check out the video below for some instant inspiration and a recap of what you’ve seen.

Lastly, 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!

Good luck and tell us which one of these you ended up choosing!

This article was last updated in July 2019.

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Jeffery R. Hamilton

Jeffery R. Hamilton

Jeffery worked as a barber throughout the East Coast before moving to sunny California. He currently resides in San Francisco and works at a local barbershop. He loves his job and he's always up to speed when it comes to the latest trends regarding men's hairstyles.

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