9 Mens Haircuts and Hairstyles That Will Never Go Out Of Style

Trends come and go. These cuts last forever.

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What do the mullet, the ponytail and the bowl cut have in common? For a while, some men decided they looked good. And they were wrong even then.

What do the following looks have in common? They are cool hairstyles for men, and they always will.

There comes a time in every man's life when he needs to keep things classic, particularly when it comes to his hair. Presenting the cuts that will never go out of style, with notes from the team at Ruffians Covent Gardens, on how to get them right.

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The Buzz Cut

The buzz cut is very low maintenance, but you do need to visit your barber regularly (every 3 or 4 weeks) for tidy-ups in order to keep the sharpness. It has been popularised by military revivals in both fashion and film.

What to ask for

This should be done with electric clippers. To make it a bit more interesting, rather than just one-grade all over, you can ask for a fade on the back and sides, or have one grade above on the top.

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How to style it

Evidently not much styling needed here, but if you have a dry scalp it's good to use a moisturiser or hair oil on your skin to keep it conditioned. You can even use a matt clay to take away some of the fluffiness.

Who it suits This is great if you have thinning hair – you can embrace a decent haircut now! Perhaps also grow some light stubble to compliment the look.

The Side Sweep

A look born in the early 50s when being smart and well presented was general protocol, the side-sweep is synonymous with rebellion. It's a low maintenance haircut that doesn't require much post-production.

What to ask for

Again, a completely scissored haircut, this time with plenty of texture and choppiness. It's not too short on the back and sides, but rests just above the ears. It's a loose and free haircut, intentionally looking low-maintenance.

How to style it

Add a paste into damp hair and use your fingers to scrunch dry for volume and texture. This will enhance the waviness and keep it looking tousled.

Who it suits

This is a good style for thicker, curly/wavy hair. It's not great for straight hair, as straight hair looks better with tight and neat styles.

The Long Cut

This is a low maintenance cut which really makes the most out of a thick and full head of hair. It grows out nicely, and means you don't need to take too many trips to the barber.

What to ask for

This is completely scissor cut, heavy on top but also soft and textured. For best results, ask for it slightly shorter on the crown and keep much longer on the front, so sweeping it back doesn't create an unwanted bump.

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How to style it

Apply a paste into damp hair and blow-dry in with a brush or hands for hold and volume. You can scrunch dry for more curls/waves. Finish with a salt spray or hair powder to set.

Who is suits

This is perfect for thick and voluminous, naturally wavy or curly hair.

The Crop

This works particularly well for older gents and for guys who don't want to spend too much time on their hair. It can either be smart and smooth for work, or tousled and messy on the weekend.

What to ask for

The crop is fully scissor cut, and can feature a gradual taper on the back and sides to keep tight and close to the head. Texture remains on top.

How to style it

Add a clay for a matt look, as this will enhance the choppy texture. Rub into dry hair with your hands – no need to use a blow-dryer or a brush here.

Who it suits Anyone with fine hair who wants to create thickness, or with short, thick hair who wants to remove weight. The crop is pretty versatile, as is an easy-to-style, low-maintenance haircut.

The Slick Back

This cut has been sported by public figures, business moguls and Hollywood stars from the 1920s all the way through to present day; it can also suit young boys and older men, so is pretty versatile as well as being able to compliment most face shapes.

What to ask for Scissored all over. It's essentially a classic short back and sides with an accentuated side parting. The top is longer and styled into a quiff.

How to style it Apply a paste into wet hair and dry back with a wide tooth comb to achieve the line effects, and to smooth the areas on the back and sides. For a wet finish, apply an aqua-based pomade for shine and sleekness; for a matt look, add some more paste and set with hairspray.

Who it suits This cut is good for most hair types, but works particularly well with finer hair. For curly hair you would need to apply much more product – maybe a heavier cream – which isn't ideal.

The Side Parting

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What is it?

The side parting earns its celebrity from pretty much all of the films Leonardo di Caprio has ever been in, mainly The Great Gatsby, Wolf of Wall Street and Django Unchained. It's a look synonymous with the 1920s but actually has its roots steeped far earlier in hair history, going back to military cuts in the 1800s.

What to ask for?

Ask for a short back and sides. The top should be kept pretty long, so that it can be combed back easily.

How to style it?

Dry your hair, but while it's still damp, apply a water based pomade throughout. Form a parting with a comb, where your hairline begins to recede, and comb diagonally backwards to make the part.

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Who it suits?

This works for people with straight hair and for those with quite a straight brow. You don't want to be doing this if you have curly hair, as it won't have the same smooth effect; nor if you have an emerging widow's peak, as that will only accentuate the receding hairline.

The Caesar Cut

What is it?

The Caesar cut you'll have seen on stone busts of the famous emperor. It's a short and choppy cut which brings the fringe forward ever so slightly in order to frame the face. It's also a good trick for those with a receding hairline as it can conceal the finer patches of hair.

What to ask for?

Ask for an all scissored cut, slightly shorter on the back and sides, to add some contrast. The top should be choppy and textured.

How to style it?

There's not a whole lot you can do here, but a good option if you have finer hair would be to apply a clay. The particles will attach to the hair's shaft, giving the illusion of thicker hair, so this helps to add texture.

Who it suits?

This is best for those with finer/thinning hair and receding hairlines, as it helps to draw attention away from the things which make people feel less comfortable.

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The Quiff

What is it?

Derived from pompadours in the 18th century, and subsequently other idols such as Elvis Presley and Danny Zucko, a quiff is when the front section of the hair is raised high above the brow, giving height to a look.

What to ask for?

Keep the length on top of the hair – the back and sides can be short and tapered up, or they can be longer and scissor cut depending on what you want.

How to style it?

To get a good amount of height and hold, spray a salt spray into wet hair and blowdry backwards and upwards from the forehead, using a brush to distribute the product. Once pretty much dried, use a paste or cream, and apply with your hands. Use a hairspray to set the look.

Who it suits?

This is better for those who don't have long faces; if you have a long face, giving extra height further elongates and puts the proportions out of balance.

The Skin Fade

What is it?

A skin fade focuses on the back and sides of a haircut. The hair length gradually fades from short to long, starting at a clean 0 grade by the ears, and working up gradually to whatever desired length towards the top section. Though popularised in 2014 alongside big bearded looks, the skin fade has actually been far more prominent over the years in afro barbering.

What do you ask for?

The barber has got to have a good set of electric clippers on them, and an eye for detail and precision. Ask for a low fade or a high fade, depending on where you want the shortest part of the hair and decide how you want it to interact with the top section.

How do you style it?

If you've gone for a 0 fade, make sure you moisturise the back and sides as they can get quite dry. Apply a high SPF sun cream in the summer – this skin is sensitive and could easily burn!

Who does it suit?

Ideal for those with square/round faces as it keeps the sides tight over the ears. Also good for those who like visiting the barber (!) as you ought to get this topped up every 2-3 weeks.