The flat top refers to two types of hairstyles: a short, military-inspired, flat top for straight hair, and a longer, fade-out for tight curls and black hair. Both are retro styles, represented in the popular culture of the 90s by Ivan Drago of Rocky IV and Kid of Kid ‘n Play. This geometric cut always stands out from the crowd, whether it signals military origins or hip-hop roots.
The flat top hairstyle lives up to its name. The hair is trimmed and arranged so that it stands upright and forms a flat waist in a straight line. The platform can be horizontal, inclined upwards or downwards, or have a step with two levels. A flat tabletop can have straight sides, beveled sides and even rounded edges.
The original flat top is a military-inspired short haircut that was popular in the 1950s. There is also a hi-top fade, commonly referred to as a flat top or flattop for black men. Technically, it’s a military cut variation with short sides and long or very long hair on top. Hi-top was a trend in hip hop’s golden age in the 80’s and early 90’s, but it never completely went out of style.
Whichever way you wear it, it’s a classic yet timeless cut that always looks good. Check out these flat top hairstyles photos from today.