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21 of the Coolest Haircuts and Hairstyles for Boys

March 06, 2020

While it’s easy to think that little girls corner the market on super cute hairstyles, there are quite a few sweet boys haircuts that your little man can rock. As a mom, you want your tot to have fun with his look and make a stylish statement. And we’re here to tell you that the possibilities for little boy haircuts are endless. From curly afros to baby buns to spiky hair and everything in between, get ready to jump into the world of cool hairstyles for boys. Below, we’re sharing 21 cuts and styles for boys that will get your kid ready for his close-up!


Looking to keep things classic and practical in the hair department? The crew cut will fall right in line. This look flaunts short hair at the sides with a longer length on the top, which is great for allowing your little man to show off his growing length! We also dig that he can flaunt his natural texture and make the look all his own.  


If an edgy look comes to mind for your tot, look no further than a faux hawk cut. This little boy haircut blurs the lines between edginess and modern styling for a look that won’t go unnoticed. Sporting buzzed sides with spiky strands in the center of the head, this super cool style will be a hit! All you need to do is add a touch of a hair pomade or paste like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty to the length of his hair to hold those strands in place.


Speaking of edgy styles, the mini faux hawk is also a crowd-pleaser. A variation on the faux hawk cut, this mini version comes right in handy for little boys with shorter lengths. Simply add a touch of hair putty to his mane to emulate the rocker look perfectly.


Ready to add some life to your tot’s straight strands? You may want to give a fringe hairstyle a try. Taking cues from the popular mushroom cut, this hairstyle boasts a short, layered length with a textured finish. Not to mention, this style frames the face perfectly for an adorable touch.


Who says you can’t show your little boy’s textured strands some love? One of the easiest ways to enhance his natural texture is to style his mane into an afro. Versatile and super easy to style, this look will allow him to show off his length without having to spend too much time in the styling chair. Start by washing his hair with a moisturizing hair care duo like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Once complete, add an egg-sized amount of hair mousse like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Mousse to damp strands, scrunch, and you’re all set.


Another way to experiment with natural textures is to give a short dreadlock hairstyle a go. Perfect for little boys with thick hair, this hairstyle works wonders to keep hair nice and neat. It also helps keep hair out of the face. Set the stage by parting hair into one-inch wide sections. Add a small amount of hair gel to the strand and twist the hair until you reach the ends. Repeat until he has a full mane of short dreadlocks.


One of our favorite little boy hairstyles? The baby bun! A kiddie spin on the man bun style, this look will give your child a carefree and stylish vibe. It also takes minutes to pull together, making it one of the best looks to try when you’re on the go. Simply gather strands into a ponytail and secure with a hair tie. Wrap the length of the ponytail around its base and secure with another hair tie. Voila!


While pompadours are mostly seen on men, that doesn’t mean that your little one can’t give this style a try. Versatile and stylish, this popular look adds personality to your child’s mane for a truly unforgettable look. Complete with low cut sides and a heightened top, this cut is a great way to step outside of the box.


Pompadours are all the rage, but a textured pompadour easily ups the ante. This head-turning ‘do is an excellent pick for little boys since they often play rough and may ruin a sculpted hairstyle. All you need to style this option is a touch of hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel, for locking strands in place.


A short crop top with a tapered fade will rise to the occasion if you’re on the hunt for cool short haircuts for boys. Featuring low cut sides that gradually fade and a bit of length at the top, your little one will love this trendy ‘do. To achieve the desired style, we recommend booking an appointment with a barber.


If your son is not a fan of parting with their hair, there is a way to get around it. A comb-over taper works wonders to maintain length without cutting off too much hair. The tapered sides also provide a clean and polished finish for a balanced hairstyle. Simply create a deep side part and comb the strands over on either side to complete the look.


Let’s stick with lengthy strands for a moment. Nothing is more adorable than layered strands on a little boy. Effortlessly stylish, this hairstyle adds texture and movement to strands for a winning look. Ask the hairstylist to cut hair in medium-length layers to make this style a reality.


Sitting in the styling chair for too long not an option? Opt for a quick and easy hairstyle that doesn’t skimp on style like a short spiked ‘do. A great way to add edge and shape to strands, this super cool look will become his favorite in no time. Simply add a touch of gel throughout hair and shape in an upward motion to create spikes.


Looking to add a bit more shape to spiky hair? Spikes with tapered sides will certainly do the trick. The short sides naturally make the spiky detailing the star of the show while adding a bit of structure to his haircut for a polished look.


In the spirit of keeping your little boy’s haircut on the traditional side, a buzz cut will never steer you wrong. Perfect for keeping hair short and neat, this clean-cut look can easily go the distance. An excellent pick for those who prefer little to no styling, the buzz cut checks all the right boxes.


eBoy hair may have started as a trend for teenage boys, but this shaggy cut can look super cool on kids, too. Really, it’s just a revival of the curtain haircut that was super popular back in the ‘90s!


Gone are the days of braids being touted as reserved for girls! Cornrows are a great way to add a stylish touch to your little lad’s mane, all the while helping to promote hair growth. A popular protective style, cornrows work wonders to preserve the health of natural textures.


Ready to take braid styling to the next level? Feast your eyes on a gorgeous set of box braids. An excellent choice for boys who can get fussy when it comes to styling hair, a simple box braid set can stay in place for weeks and weeks. Head on over to our article, How to Create Box Braids, for all the deets.


If you’re like us, then you can’t stop swooning over classic hairstyles on little boys. The side part is one classic style in particular that combines simple styling with traditional detailing for a retro finish. Great for those with naturally thin hair, this hairstyle provides a perfectly put-together look sans the frizz. Simply create a deep part, apply a dime-sized amount of hair gel, and brush each side.


While we all love curly hair, sometimes it’s easy for strands to get tangled, and pulling out knots can be an absolute nightmare. To keep curls defined and knot-free, switch things up with short curls. This look works to highlight curly strands and keeps hair nice and manageable. A cool look for boys, this hairstyle trend will also make a stylish statement.


We couldn’t create a list of cool little boy hairstyles without including the mop top. One of the most popular hairstyles for little boys who like messy hairstyles, the mop top may be your son’s perfect match. Complete with a tapered cut around the neck and sides with long layers of hair, this look creates a shaggy, carefree aesthetic that you’ll love.

Next: The Best Medium Length Hairstyles for Men and Boys

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