7 Urban Hairstyles For Men in Their 30s to 40s to Balance Modernity and Maturity

Published on Jun 08, 2020

Some things never change - but your haircut doesn't have to be one of them. As a man enters his 30s or 40s, he may find that his new maturity and charm isn't being best served by his current cut. That doesn't mean you have to look stuffy and boring though - here are 8 different hairstyles for men past their twenties that still balance funk with function. 

1. Itaewon Class Haircut (French Crop)


Park Seo Joon - Park Saeroyi Itaewon Class Haircut

If you have a partner obsessed about K-drama, she might seriously approve of this cut that waso modelled by Park Seo-Joon in the hit series Itaewon Class. The HOTTEST Men's Haircut now is possibly the French Crop, otherwise known as the Itaewon Cut. 

The French Crop - with hair cut very short on the back and sides, but maintaining some length on the top -  is a men's cut that has acquired classic status, not least because of its versatilty. This masculine hairstyle looks awesome particularly if your hair is beginning to thin around the crown and the hairline; it helps to minimize the appearance of receding hairline or widow’s peak by drawing attention back to your face.

Itaewon Class Haircut For Mature Men by Ann's Studio

Ann's Studio @ The Adelphi

You can chose to keep it clean and close-cut as a modern, masculine frame for your features - like Park in the series  - or wear it lightly longer and more textured like the model above, possibly even with a side-parting for a more rumpled, rugged vibe.

Bonus for the budget-friendly: This cut requires minimal upkeep, since it retains the approximately the same shape even as it grows out, meaning a trim every five to eight weeks is enough to keep it looking perfect.

2. Faux Hawk


Who says that you can't rock a faux hawk in your 30s/40s?

Faux Hawk Men Hairstyle

Whether you are 20, 40 or 60, the Faux Hawk is the perfect haircut to turn on the heat and adds a youthful edge to your greying locks. 

With a short back and sides but with longer than usual hair on the top – not as much length as a pompadour, but long enough that the hair can be spiked up, the faux hawk is less dramatic than a mohawk but has a sleek, urban sophistication to it that makes it far more wearable. 

Men Faux Hawk Haircut by Fluxus House

Fluxus House @ Outram Park

3. Kakiage Gentleman Style


If you're among those gents whose intense gaze sometimes wanders into intimidating, consider mellowing out your image with the stylish and whimsically-named Kakiage Gentleman Style, pictured above. While might know Kakiage as the delicious Japanese delicacy with tossed tempura morsels, here 'kakiage' refers to the tousled volume at the top of your crown, softening your features and making you look friendlier and more approachable. A bonus benefit of this style: Many Asian men have a head shape that is flatter at the top and back, and the extra volume helps fill out these areas flatteringly. And if you want a style that helps you look more svelte, just tell your stylist to keep your hair longer at the sides for this style to also create a slim silhouette.

Kakiage Gentleman Hairstyle by Shun Sakurai

Shun Sakurai Hair & Beauty @ Chijmes

4. High Fade Slicked Back


Brad Pitt High Fade Slicked Back Hairstyle

A modern take on the wet look popular in the 1960s and replicated in shows like Mad Men, this complex, charm-charged look combines the stark, modern impact of the high fade with classic slicked-back sophistication. 

Men High Fade Haircut by Koinonia Salon
Men High Fade Haircut by Koinonia Salon

Koinonia Salon @ Tiong Bahru

This style is perfect for men in their 30s and 40s as it draws attention away from your receding hairline and back to your intense gaze.

It does however take some effort at home, but our tip would be to simply blowdry your hair while using a brush to get the shape right, and apply some matte pomade to set that sizzling, heartbreaking style for the entire day and even night.

5. Two Block


Gong Yoo Men Two Block Haircut

The Two Block style features hair at the sides and lower back that's either shaved or trimmed short, while the crown is kept longer and lusher. The fusion of textures is ultra-modern and the top length creates lots of styling possibilities, explaining why it's the favourite of Korean stars such as Jungkook from BTS, and Astro’s Cha Eun-Woo.

Two Block Style by Oscar from Chez Vous Hideaway

While it's generally a gently tousled, youthful look that brings attention to the brightness of your eyes and knocks a few years off your age, it can be pomaded slick for formal occasions, or gelled up for badass impact.

The possibilities mean that this haircut is customisable to various face shapes, body types and lifestyles. If you feel your hair is increasingly short on volume, consider adding some subtle waves to your mane to maximise the mileage of your hair as well as set it in a fine full shape, which will drastically reduce styling time plus take some years (and pounds) off your face.

Two Block Men Haircut by Ravissant Hair Salon
Two Block Men Haircut by Ravissant Hair Salon

Ravissant Hair Salon @ Tras Street Tanjong Pagar

If you ask for a fade on the sides of your hair, you'll be able to maintain this cut for a good, long time.

Korean Two Block Men Haircut by Style NA

Style NA Korean Salon @ Parkway Parade

Don't forget about colour!

A splash of chestnut brown can add some interesting contrast and cool to your look as well. 

6. Medium Taper


Taper Men Haircut by COVO Japanese Salon

Finder by COVO Japanese Hair Salon @ Tanjong Pagar

The mid-tapered fade shortens your hair length from just above your ear to the nape of your neck, but uses scissors instead of the clippers that are deployed for the tapered fade, giving you a more natural, lower maintenance look.

Men Colour and Taper Cut (Min) by Pro Trim

Pro Trim @ Causeway Point

A medium taper refers to which point your taper starts - instead of a high taper which starts just below the forehead or the low taper which starts just below the ear, a medium tapered cut starts somewhere in between to neatly navigate the balance between badassery and boardroom-readiness.

Men Taper Haircut by Kenaris Salon

Kenaris Salon @ Wheelock Place

The tapered cut is especially good for curls, since using scissors instead of clippers makes them a fun, attractive part of the grow-out phase rather than something that needs immediate damage-control. You can also help this style show off your enviable waves with with a sea-salt hairspray for a beachy look that maximizes volume and flow, or a curl cream/curl gel on the days where you need to tighten and manage them.

Men Taper Haircut by Be Salon

Be Salon @ Millenia Walk

For those of you keen to distinguish yourself from the conventional crowd, you can combine this with a higher-contrast colour such as ash-violet for a structural, ultra-modern style. This look works particularly well for men with facial hair, which helps to emphasise the difference in hair shades. 

7. The Fade Combover


Professional Fade Men Haircut (Aya) by Threes Japanese Hair Salon

Threes Japanese Hair Salon @ The Central

Here is a classic look that has stood the test of time. The sides are faded, while the top part is shorn for a clean look, then swept over to one side.

Fade Men Haircut by Shun Sakurai

Shun Sakurai Hair & Beauty @ Chijmes

This fills out the receding hairline, while the facial hair complements the look by balancing the cut.

Remember, moving into manly maturity doesn't mean having to settle for stodgy styles.

We're looking forward to seeing your evolution as you enter what may be the handsomest years of your life.

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