Short sides long top
Short sides, long top.
The short sides, long top style is smart but edgy. The sides are slicked back, but the long hair on top gets plenty of volume and texture to create some real juxtaposition.
Pulled straight out of the history books, you’ve probably seen your favourite actor, band or DJ sport this look on screen or on stage. The short sides long top’s been around for a while, but owes its huge popularity nowadays to its bold and choppy contrasts and versatility.
Style it by keeping it messy at the front, or have the top slicked to the side. Either way, you’re going to look awesome.
How it began
Working class men in 1900s Britain couldn’t afford a barber to properly blend their sides in. But the angular look caught on with young people and the short sides, long top was born. The rest, as they say, is history.
So versatile, it can combine with a lot of different styles. You could easily wear this as a topknot or quiff.
Kieron Webb - The London Barber
Learn the fundamentals
Dampen your hair. Blow-dry up top. Brush it upwards and back with a round brush.
Blow-dry the sides, making sure to rake them back with your fingers as you go.
Rub Axe Messy Look: Flexible Paste in your palms. Rake backwards for a smooth look.
Finger-comb your hair backwards for the texture up top. Now you’re good to go.