There are a lot of reasons you might want a haircut that takes little-to-no maintenance. Even if you wear a hat, all these styles need is a quick run-through with the fingers or five minutes with a curl sponge if you have coily textured hair. Cropped cuts can work for many different face shapes. Just be sure to talk with your stylist about your lifestyle and hair concerns before opting for a short do.
Here are 10 effortless examples of cropped cuts to share with your stylist at your next appointment.
Short Textured Style
This particular style is a great option for someone looking for style with almost no work. The hair is cropped short all over the head, but a bit of extra length is left on top. Just apply a dab of pomade and simply run it side to side over the top of the head, to add texture and separation—15 seconds and you're done.
Cut with a number three blade all over the head, this classic crewcut is super easy. A bit of pomade adds shine but isn't necessary for the look. This is a great style for people like Asia Kate Dillon who want almost no maintenance, or for those who don't leave home without a hat in tow.
Classic Short Style
When you're looking for a low-maintenance style, short is almost always the best way to go. For this simple short Caesar, the hair is cut using a two finger's length on top. Just a bit of pomade adds shine and separation. For those who need to wear a hat or knit cap, this style works well as the short sides minimize the "hat head," while the top stays flat.
Short Sides and a Longer Top
For this cut, the hair is about three-fourths of an inch on the sides and back with about 3 inches of length on top. To achieve any kind of slept in look, apply a bit of texture cream or finishing cream to dry hair and toss it around a bit with the fingers. This "out of the bed" style may just make someone want to hop in the bed with you.
Justin Timberlake wears a classic tapered haircut well. The hair is clipped short on the sides and back and tapered to zero on the neckline. The hair is left about 2-1/2 inches long on top and can be worn casually swept back with the fingers (as he's wearing it in the photo above) or neatly parted and combed for a formal look.
Tapered Cut with a '90s Flair
Lupita Nyong'o can rock any style without hesitation. Her cropped look can work on a variety of hair textures and will require a bi-weekly shape-up to keep the look crisp. If you have natural hair, you're in luck. You may not be able to say goodbye to washday entirely, since keeping coily hair washed and conditioned to maintain moisture is a must. But, our guess is, you'll be able to cut your dedicated styling day in half.