Feathered back hairstyles for men

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Feathered back hairstyles for men
Feathered hairstyles come in all lengths and shapes. (man image by UBE from Fotolia.com)

Feathered men's haircuts are soft and wispy, sometimes wavy and other times straight. Feathered cuts come in many different lengths and can be done in hair that stays above the ears or reaches toward the chin or neck. Some styles are tapered back into a business cut, while others are left long and are more suited to artists and musicians who use their style to define their character. Men of almost any age can wear a feathered-back hairstyle.

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Feathered Layers

Appropriate for medium-length hair, the feathered cut begins with a subtle side part and is layered down toward the back of the head at the longest point. A few top pieces can be draped or swooped over the ears, while the back layers are shorter and less defined.

This cut can be a good fit for men with larger foreheads, as some of the hair is left falling in the front, thus obscuring some of the bone structure. For younger men, feathered fringe can be swept across the forehead for a trendy look.

Feathered Short Cuts

A shorter variation of the typical layered cut, a feathered short haircut mixes a crew cut in the back with chunkier feathered layers on top. Any front pieces might curl around the temples if hair is parted to foster this look; otherwise, layers can be blended into the back so that the length differences from the long feathered hair in the front is not as visible.

Wavy and straight hair are some of the most popular candidates for short feathered cuts. Curly or coarse hair is not necessarily given to this type of style.

Shaggy Feathered Cuts

Teens and young adult men often opt for shaggy feathered haircuts, which feature long shaggy fringe swept to one side in front and edgy, skateboarder-style layers and flips in the back. Some guys choose to keep hair close-cropped with this cut, while others let it grow chin-length or longer.

To achieve this style, hair usually must be blow-dried to make it fluffy before adding grit wax or gel to put each section of hair into place.

To feather this hairstyle backward, leave the fringe in front and use the grit wax or gel to gently form the feathers across the top and back of the head. This will help keep hair in place and prevent it from falling forward.

Retro Feathered-Back Styles

Whether your goal is to look like an 80s rock star or a modern-day celebrity, you'll fit right in with a retro feathered-back hairstyle. Mullets are often the first style that come to mind when thinking of a retro feathered cut, but you'll find modern mullets are more stylish.

Your hair doesn't even have to be long in the back. You can create a feathered mullet by shoving layers of hair from both sides of your head in an upward and back direction, creating a rounded tip on the top, centre and back parts of your head.

Men who want longer hair in the back can leave the short feathered portions on top, and feather back the sides of the hair to make long layers in the back. This style can be sleek or funky, especially if the hair is dyed or highlighted.

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