6 Short Haircuts to Know Right Now

Published 21st Jul 2023 by Sian Jones
Short haircuts can be more versatile than you think with multiple styles to choose from. Whether it's a low maintenance buzzcut, a sleek quiff or the popular taper fade, no client request (or hair type!) is the same. We spoke to the experts to breakdown the most popular cuts of the moment and their top tips to take into the shop...


"A buzzcut is a variety of short haircuts, where the length of hair is the same on all parts of the head. Buzz cuts became increasingly popular in the 1990’s and have never ceased," says Janene Hawkins-Bush, owner of Sir & Co. Barbers. There are many modern variations of the buzzcut due to its versatility says Ollie Foster, OSMO Ambassador, "The style allows for a lot of creativity because you can shave different

patterns into the hair. This style is also perfect for men with thinning or receding hairlines as it is very low maintenance and adds definition to the face."

Crew Cut

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"This is usually very short on the sides, slightly longer on the top and typically with a longer fringe (which could then be considered a small pompadour)," says Keri Blue, founder of Human First UK and short hair artist. "This cut can be used on any hair types and textures, and it doesn’t need any particular shape face to still look very trendy," they add.


French Crop

Also known as the Caesar cut the french crop leaves the hair longer on top with a blunt fringe and short back and sides. "This is one of the most popular haircuts that we see with our younger clients. It's a short fade on the sides, with enough length on top to push forward with a fringe," says Miles Wood-Smith, Master Barber at Murdock London. "We usually use Murdock Sea Salt Spray to create texture and hold in the hair, whilst keeping it looking natural"

Taper Fade

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The taper fade has become one of the most requested haircuts in the barbershop in recent years, not to be confused with a skin fade, Miles tells us: "The taper fade is a great way of achieving the look of a skin fade without having to fully commit to it."

Keri goes on to say, "A taper fade or blowout is perfect for people who don’t want to expose too much of their head with a complete fade but want to keep it smart. It can be used on any textured hair but looks particularly good paired with a curly top."


"The quiff combines the 1950s pompadour hairstyle, a shape that never fails, with the a Mohawk - it’s a classic," says Janene. This popular hairstyle involves leaving the front section of the hair longer and the hair gets shorter as you graduate further says Ollie, "To create the perfect quiff it's best to fully blow-dry the hair. I like to spray a small amount of OSMO Matte Salt Spray into the hair as a base an then blow-
dry through."

Short Pompadour

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"A slicked back style that’s adds volume and height. A variation of heights can be achieved with this short, slicked-back style with extra volume on top," says Janene Hawkins-Bush.The short pompadour is a perfect short haircut for clients who want a 'pomp' without too much volume, and works for all hair types and textures.

Thinking of adding colour services to your short haircuts? Read on to find out how to price colour services.
Sian Jones

Sian Jones

Published 21st Jul 2023

Sian is Editor Modern Barber and Deputy Editor Hairdressers Journal International. She has over ten years’ experience writing for print publications covering Youth & Children, TV & Entertainment and Lifestyle. Sian graduated with a degree in journalism, and whilst studying was nominated for the Guardian Digital Journalist of the Year award in 2011.

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