5 High Maintenance Men's Hairstyles Newbies Should Steer Clear Of and Their Low Maintenance Alternatives

Published on Oct 16, 2019

How many times have you walked out of the salon looking and feeling like a superstar, only to curse and swear at the hairstyle days afterwards?

Well, you're not the only one!

Even though you might have liked the hairstyle in the salon, some high-maintenance hairstyles can start to look untidy really quickly if you do not know how to manage it back at home. 

If you don't have the time or finesse to style your hair frequently, here are 5 low-maintenance alternatives that will make you look almost as good as trending men's haircuts based on our previous article.

High Maintenance Hairstyle #1: Undercut / Side Shave


Undercut or side shave is a popular style because you can wear your hair up or down and to make it look casual or formal. While it looks suave when you step out of the salon, you'll start to see the growing sides after just a week. Men's hair is known to grow fast and require trims every month or so, but a short cut like this will require even more maintenance.

High Maintenance Men's Undercut by Flamingo Hair Studio

Flamingo Hair Studio @ Tanjong Pagar

Shaving the sides of your head does make it easier for styling and washing, but it requires quite a bit of upkeep. The shaved areas may grow back in patches or unevenly, making you look like you lost in a fight with a lawnmower. 

Low Maintenance Alternative #1: Layered Side Cut


The gradation creates a more even and natural look that requires fewer trims. Yay to saving time and money! When you're really stretched and can't make it to the salon for a monthly trim, the layers will make the hair grow out naturally, reducing the chances of you having weird patches of longer hair or an uneven hair shape.

Low Maintenance Men's Layered Side Cut by Kenaris Salon

Kenaris Salon @ Wheelock Place

High Maintenance Hairstyle #2: Comma Fringe


Men's Korean Comma Fringe by Pro Trim

Pro Trim @ Ngee Ann City

The side comma fringe swept through Korean dramas and celebrities a few years ago. Since then, it has been a rising trend because it's a new and chic fringe style. It looks cute, sexy and professional at the same time. 

Men's Comma Fringe by Style NA

Style NA Korean Salon @ Parkway Parade

If it sounds too good to be true, it's because it is. In order to achieve the above look, the hair has to be of a certain length to qualify as the benchmark comma fringe. That's not all, the seemingly effortless hairstyle actually requires a lot of styling.

Men's Comma Fringe by Style NA

Style NA Korean Salon @ Parkway Parade

Hair products have to be used to create the comma shape and hold it in place. You also have to make sure your whole head has some texture to match your fringe. And let's not forget the regular trims to keep it just the right length...

High Maintenance Men's Comma Fringe

Low Maintenance Alternative #2: Side Swept Fringe 


Low Maintenance Men's Haircut with Side Swept Fringe at Picasso Hair Studio

Picasso Hair Studio @ Bugis

A side fringe is far easier to maintain and you can achieve a similar look. By playing with length and layers, your hairstylist will be able to make it a natural and fuss-free hairstyle. A warning: It may feel hot if you keep it too long and thick. So, be sure to ask for a thinner or lighter fringe.

Low Maintenance Men's Haircut with Side Swept Fringe at COVO

COVO Japanese Hair Salon @ Keong Saik Rd

Alternatively, a short Spikey hairstyle can work just as well. You do need to style it upwards but at least you don't have to worry about it needing to be in the shape of a comma at all times!

Low Maintenance Men's Haircut with Spikey Fringe at SAD Hair Design

S.A.D's Hair Design @ River Valley

High Maintenance Hairstyle #3: Hair Tattoo


High Maintenance Men's Hair Tattoo by Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine @ Orchard Central

Hair tattoos look super cool. Not only do you get a short and breezy haircut, but you are also able to express yourself (and your sense of humour). Although many might think that it's easy to maintain because it is similar to a buzzcut, it's actually incredibly high maintenance.

When your hair starts to grow, the hair design will start looking messy really quickly. You will have to go for weekly or biweekly trims before you get too tired of it, then you'll have to suffer with the awkward in-between hair length!

Low Maintenance Alternative #3: One-Line Shave


This is not exactly low-maintenance but at least this doesn't require touch ups as frequently as a complex hair tattoo.

Low Maintenance Men's Haircut with One Line Hair Tattoo at 99 Percent Hair Studio

The simple line will create a contrast that makes the design clear. Even when your hair grows, it won't look as uneven or patchy as a hair tattoo.

Low Maintenance Men's Haircut with Simple Line Hair Tattoo at 99 Percent Hair Studio

99 Percent Hair Studio @ Bedok Point / Orchard Central / Haji Lane

High Maintenance Hairstyle #4: Textured Downwards Fringe


High Maintenance Textured Downwards Fringe Perm

The voluminous and highly-texturised fringe looks so good because of daily styling that creates its shape. Some people also opt for perms to give it more texture. However, all this means that you'll have to add mouse and hairspray to your hair on the daily if not it'll just look flat and out of shape.

Low Maintenance Alternative #4: Textured Upwards Styling


Even if you get a perm, you'll find that the textured fringe is really hard to achieve. Instead, style it upwards and you'll look a lot more professional and alert all at the same time.  

Low Maintenance Textured Upward Fringe by Kenaris Salon

Kenaris Salon @ Wheelock Place

Just get some hair wax or gel and quickly comb your fingers through your fringe upwards for a stylish textured look.

Textured Upward Fringe by Do My Hair

Do My Hair @ Orchard Central

High Maintenance Hairstyle #5: Full Head Hair Colours


On Beauty Undercover, we're advocates of having fun with your hairstyle and hair colour. This means we're all for bleaching and colouring your hair.

High Maintenance Men's Pink Hair Colour at Finder by COVO

Finder by COVO @ Tanjong Pagar

But we must say that bleaching can be tricky. Although it is less damaging because of the shorter length, it can be harder to keep up with because hair regrowth looks obvious. 

Men's Grey Hair Colour by Be Salon

Be Salon @ Millenia Walk

Those who've tried bleaching to the roots will also know how painful that can be; the bleach can actually be quite damaging to the scalp and even cause hair loss issues in the future. 

Low Maintenance Alternative #5: Ombre Colours / Block Colours / Highlights


As with all dyed hair, it's always easier to maintain the colour when it's darker. Bright colours can actually last longer with coloured shampoo and reduced washing but dark colours require less TLC. There are plenty of brown shades to go for so you can still have fun experimenting and trying out different looks.

Men's Brown Highlights by Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine @ Orchard Central

If you're keen to try more daring colours, you can consider asking for ombre hair colours to make regrowth a lot less obvious.

Men's Grey Ombre by Mane Made

You can also choose to go for block colours that do not extend all the way to the scalp. 

Men's Block Hair Colour by The Urban Aesthetics

Hair Illustrated @ Raffles City

This way, you protect your scalp from hair loss problems... and the eventual colour actually looks pretty loud due to the contrast!

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