Best Hairstyles for Men: Spikes

While there are many men’s hairstyle trends, some of the most popular and universally flattering guys hairstyles just don’t go out of style. One of those looks is spiky hair. It’s easy to see why spiky hair sticks around. Spikes are one of the best hairstyles for men because they are easy to style, work for all hair types and look great on everybody.

While spiky hairstyles are one of the consistent go-to looks for guys, they are still subject to trends. The current looks have evolved from the GI Joe-inspired gel-styled spikes. Updated spikes are all about texture, one of this year’s hottest trends, extra volume at the forehead and adding a fade or hair design.

Check out these pictures for 17 fresh ways to wear spiky hair.

1. Classic Spikes

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Kamo Barber

Classic spikes with a hint of tousle. Hair is mostly vertical with some defined segments.

2. Vertical Spikes

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Chris John Millington

Bearded model Chris John Millington has been featured here many times for his enviable hair. Last year he was sporting the slick combover but for CJM, 2016 is all about working thick hair straight up into spikes.

3. Matte Finish

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Ryan Uppal

Believe it or not, model Ryan Uppal has curly hair. Whatever your hair type, a few minutes training hair up with the blow dryer will give hair more volume and hold, even before applying product. This was styled with Layrite Cement for high hold and a matte finish.

4. Long on Top, Short Sides and Back


Ross Mathieson

Most spiky hairstyles are cut longer on top with short sides and back. In addition to these cool spikes, hair can be worn loose, messy or slick.

5. Spiky Hair + Fade

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Javi the Barber

Very short hair at the sides emphasize the height of any hairstyle, especially spikes. This taper fade keeps sides ultra cropped and clean cut.

6. Short Hair + Texture

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New World Barbers

One of the cool things about spikes is they can be styled with anything longer than a buzz. This cool cut features spikey texture all over.

7. Cool Hairstyles for Coarse Hair

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Pat Regan

Some guys have hair that tends to stick up. Spiky styles work with this hair type, especially with the right cut like this cool look with a rounded profile and temple fade.

8. Guys Hairstyles for Fine Hair

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Jaye to the Kaye

For guys looking to beef up the appearance of fine or thin hair, spikes are just the thing. Try a product like the strongest hold Gatsby Moving Rubber Hair Wax, easy to use American Crew Firm Hold Styling Gel or versatile Redken Maneuver Work Wax.

9. Long Spikes


Viroga’s Barber

With plenty of length at the front, this versatile haircut creates dramatic spikes.

10. Longer Spikes

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MENSPIRE Male Image & Grooming

And even more length plus a pop of color sets this gravity-defying style apart from the crowd.

11. Spiky Texture

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Many of 2016’s trending hairstyles for men feature texture on top. This cool look takes those textured crops to the next level with more length and volume.

12. Messy Texturerafa_underground_cool messy texture skin fade

Underground Veria

For guys looking to take a break from the combover, style hair up instead. The tousled texture just adds to the cool factor.

13. Spiked Front

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Nathan Emery

This fresh take on spiky hair works hair up just behind the hairline.

14. Wide Mohawk

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Antonio Mateo

This mohawk-inspired style features hair cut in a wide strip on top and styled into textured spikes that meet in the middle.

15. Messy Spiky Hair

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Conor Taaffe

Not all spiky styles are short around the sides. This cool look features spikes along the forehead and messy texture all over.

16. Spikes + Hard Part



This on trend style accents spikes with a high-low fade and extended hairline.

17. Fade + Hair Design


Darryn Pitman

Textured spikes get boost from a skin fade with a shaved X.