A large number of men spend more time and money on their wardrobe than their hair in an effort to look good. This has led to a rapid growth in the popularity of short spikey hairstyles. One of the primary reasons for this is that these styles are much easier to create and maintain than many of neater, more groomed looking styles. There is also a certain edginess to spiked styles that seems to attract women.
When it comes to choosing spikey hairstyles for men, there are many different options available. Some require that the hair be cut in a particular fashion while others can be created from virtually any cut of minimal length.
One example for the latter is the Tyler Durden style worn by Brad Pitt in the movie, “Fight Club”. Here, the hair was cut in a conservative short style that could be manipulated in many different ways. One option would have been to part the hair on one side and comb it over to the other. However, instead of doing that, Pitt applied a bit of gel to his hands and ran them through the hair. He then pulled up random spikes all over the top of his head in a fashion that has come to be called “porcupine” spikes because of their resemblance to the way a porcupine’s quills stand out from its body.
Taeyang mohawk haircut.
A Mohawk can be a short style with spikes. The sides of your head should be buzzed or shaved completely, leaving a strip of hair between one and two inches wide down the center of your head. This strip can be quite long, but it can also be kept short, usually less than three inches. From this basic cut, one can either pull all the hair up and away from the head in a fan style or he can create Liberty spikes by separating hair into individual spikes with broad bases that come to a thin point.
For those who do not wish to go to that extreme, there is also the option of a faux hawk. For this style, the sides of the head are not shaved. Instead, they are cut shorter than the center stripe. This opens up the option of spiking the sides of your hair as well as the center stripe.
Crew Cut and Flat-Top Haircut
Dolph Lundgren hairstyle.
Another example of a specific cut that is modified to create a short spikey haircut is the flat top worn by Dolph Lundgren in the movie, “Rocky IV”. This cut is based on the crew cut, which is a type of buzz cut created using only clippers. The difference is that the flat top is created by leaving the hair in front and at the crown a touch longer so that the top of the hair creates a flat surface on top of the head. The hair in the middle of the top is cut much shorter.
The hairstyle left the top a lot longer than the sides making this one of the more unique short hairstyles for men. Gel was applied to the hair, which was still short enough to want to stand out from the head without any special effort. This assured the creation of spikes that stood straight up, maintaining the flat top style, only the surface was farther from the scalp.