6 Awesome Hipster Haircuts

by Jamie Wilson
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Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA

Hipster haircuts are one of those things that you either hate or pretend to hate but secretly kind of like. Where do you truly stand? Despite the occasional contempt for them, hipsters and their haircuts should be recognised for their bold and unique style. In this guide, we’ll go through some of the best hipster hairstyles and haircuts that you can try out, whether you’re a fan of the intellectual coffee drinker look or not. 

6 Popular Men’s Hipster Hairstyles

#1: The Man Bun

The Man Bun
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The man bun haircut, while…technically not a haircut, is something that can’t be separated from hipster guys. Like stylish beards and organic coffee beans, it seems to be part of their identity. While it’s got a decent amount of hate, especially the man bun fade (which is essentially a small top knot with shaved sides), when it’s done right the man bun can actually look pretty good.

Although there aren’t any set rules on how to pull off a man bun, there’s a general idea that anything too neat won’t provide the best result. You want to look like you’ve put no effort into this look, embracing the textured, controlled messy style that still provides the right amount of hold. If you’ve got thin or straight hair, use a light wax to add some dimension, and if you want to create a more striking look, add in a subtle undercut at the back of your head.

#2: Long Tousled Hair

This is both the easiest and the hardest of men’s hipster haircuts to pull off. In terms of styling, you literally just let your hair hang down, but to have it looking its best – there’s still a bit of work required. If you’ve got naturally wavy or straight hair that doesn’t frizz and is fairly well behaved, then you don’t have much to worry about, but if you’re a hipster with curly hair that likes to do its own thing, the right products are vital.

Long Tousled Hair
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#3: Long and Short Dreads

While hipster men clearly didn’t invent dreads, and the hairstyle is popular regardless, it’s something that some hipsters have adopted as one of their own regardless. However, it’s one of those cool hair cuts for men that can look terrible if you get it wrong. There’s the controlled approach, which involves dread wax, a residue free shampoo, a comb and hair ties, and there’s the neglected approach, where you simply leave your hair to fester until it curls itself into dreaded knots…which you then don’t wash. Can you handle it and give it a go?

Long and Short Dreads
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#4: The Pompadour

For a classic 1950s haircut that’s got a whole load of modern variations, why not try our much-loved pompadour? This hipster fade haircuts keeps things simple at the sides and adds volume in the middle, leaving you with a cut that’s both sleek and modern. If you’ve got thick hair and prefer simple styling, try a modern pompadour with neat faded sides – want something a little more defined? Opt for an undercut pompadour for sharper definition. This is a great hairstyle for guys with short hair who don’t want to go for anything too extreme but still want a stylish edge to their cut.

The Pompadour
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#5: The Stylishly Dishevelled

So we’ve shown you some haircuts that require a fair amount of smoothing, styling, and moisturising. It’s a good thing that not all male hipsters want to spend hours sorting out their hair, and they’ve found a way to make the messy look work. Now, we’d be lying to you if we said that there’s no styling required at all, but compared to most men’s hipster hairstyles, it’s a walk in the park. Swept back and set in place, it can always look trendy.

The Stylishly Dishevelled
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#6: The Undercut with Fringe

An undercut is a common enough cut, but add in some hipster bangs and you’ve got yourself a hairstyle that’s a little more unique. It’s one of the short hipster haircuts that’s transcended styles, and although it seems fairly rigid, it’s actually a cut that can be personalised a fair amount. You can opt for a straight blunt fringe that contrasts heavily against closely shaved sides, or grow out your fringe and try a textured, messy look.

The Undercut with Fringe
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6 Hipster Haircuts

  • The Man Bun – Don’t make it too neat. Embrace the textured look.
  • Long Tousled Hair – Add in a light wax to add dimension to fine hair.
  • Long and Short Dreads – Never create through the neglect method
  • The Pompadour – Smooth out with a good wax.
  • The Stylishly Dishevelled – Use a pomade to keep things messy
  • The Undercut with Fringe – Make the fringe the main focus.
The Undercut with Fringe
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1. How Do You Cut A Hipster Haircut?

Do you naturally have long hair and thick voluminous hair? Do you fancy following trends? The truth is that your messy curls can easily be transformed into a hipster cut. If you want to give it a go with a hipster haircut, make sure that you:

  • Go for a side part and a long top
  • Use a razor to get defined edges and cut your hair every 4-5 weeks
  • Try out different beard styles till you find the one that suits you
  • Consider adding some wavy locks to give that modern twist to your look

2. Can Anyone Go For A Hipster Haircut?

Trends change quite often as people love to experiment with their hairdos. Time goes by, and new looks often pop out online. Hipster hairdos have just come back in fashion, and they are a bit emo/edgy for you to consider. In most cases, a hipster cut will suit younger guys and men in their 20s-30s. Hipster styles are all about proper texture, skin fade, and a full beard. If you wish to look young, you enjoy a stubble hipster beard + you want to try out something different – why not go with this look? There are no rules or regulations when it comes to your creativity!

3. What Products To Use For A Hipster Look?

Not too sure how to style or do your hair? The truth is that medium length hair can be tricky to style. The key is in booking the best barbers and going for someone with experience. Before you cut your hair, make sure that you ask yourself: what is the current state of your locks? Once ready for cutting or styling, apply some of these tips:

  • Try out classic hairstyles if you enjoy practicality. Add volume with a pomp, and set your hairdo with matte clay.
  • Go for a mohawk detail if you want versatility. Try out a durable hair gel as your hair product for keeping your spikes in place.
  • High fades with a quiff will look a lot more glamorous and formal. Guys who can handle their maintenance should book this haircut every 3 weeks to maintain its short sides.

On That Note

So there you have it, some of the top hairstyles hipster men have perfected over the years. Are you ready for a new fade haircut with some waves or braids? We’ve avoided the ducktail hairstyles and matted dreads, and stuck to the things the stylish men have got right. If you’ve been wondering how to get hipster hair that suits you best, hopefully, some of these styles have given you a few ideas. Are you ready to rock some of these ideas?

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