The Best Jake Gyllenhaal Hair Moments

Written By Bakes

Avid writer on Men's Hair, Grooming, and Lifestyle!

3 decades in the business, over 60 feature films with blockbuster hits has meant we have seen various Jake Gyllenhaal Hair styles in support of movie roles to sell his character.

Some of these hairstyles have included the following,

  • Buzz Cut
  • Crew Cut
  • Quiff
  • Medium Length
  • Slicked Back
  • Shoulder Length

Actors continue to receive praise in the realm of fitness when a role calls for them to get in shape or put on weight, however, we believe hairstyles are equally as important for character portrayal. 

Our editorial covers his trademark look as well as hairstyles hes had in support of movie characters.

Here are the Best Jake Gyllenhaal Hair Moments

Buzz Cut

Our editorial includes various examples of Jake’s hair being buzz down relatively low and most will remember this look in the 2012 movie End of Watch.

Jake Gyllenhaal Hair in a buzz cut

The portrayal of a young police officer would need to be believable and this meant having a masculine look and demeanour.

Outside of this hairstyle being in support of a movie role we have seen the buzz cut on the red carpet and outside of film life, why? Because its suitable for most occasions.

Taking a closer look we are also able to see his faded sides. Whilst the front and crown are buzzed down, his sides are even shorter.

 Crew Cut

In the months leading up to the movie Southpaw photos began to surface of a ripped Gyllenhaal as he would portray a discipline boxer in his crew cut.

Jake Gyllenhaal Hair in a crew cut

Now why is hair so important in movies? Well let’s put it this way, its not common amongst male athletes in boxing to have long hair.

It is usually short and we seen Jake’s hair in the crew cut which also features a drop fade to compliment the overall look.

The transition between the buzz cut and crew look is seamless as its only a matter of time when we see new hair growth, add a fade and your good to go!


One of the best Jake Gyllenhaal hair styles is his modern quiff which we seem him in both on and off camera.

Jake Gyllenhaal Hair in a quiff

The best thing about this is the ability to style it, left, right or leave it messy. A hairstyle which in itself allows you multiple options is one worth trying.

In the example image above we can see Jake’s hair in a messy quiff and Oscar Issacs hair at medium length styled backwards!

You may need some mousse and a blow dryer to create your desired volume!

Medium Length

The beauty around his medium length haircuts is that we get to see Jakes true texture which is thick wavy hair.

We usually see the actor alternate between having a medium-cut taper-fade to Accenture it or having the entire hair slicked down.

You have the option to increase its volume by spraying with a good sea-salt spray and running a coin-sized amount of gel through to emphasize a messier, trendy cut.

We predict his hair rages between 2A and 2B, which is identifiable by his loose waves. His hair begins to wave from the midpoint towards the ends.

Slicked Back

In real time we have seen the perception of slick back hair change, what was once known has the 80s stock trader look is today a modern man’s 1st choice.

Once out the shower it’s a simple case of using the right products on towel dried hair. We are also able to conclude he pulls off the look effortless due to his beard.

In addition to this we have also seen Jake have his head shaved on the sides which creates the undercut look and leaves hair longer on top.

Inspired by the look and wanting something similar? GQ have put together instructions as well as a how to slick back your hair guide.

Shoulder Length

The options with shoulder length hair is abundantly clear as we see Jake Gyllenhaal hair styled in pony tails and man buns.

Back in 2014 we had paparazzi snap various photos of the actor in his manbun on the set of the movie Nightcrawlers which received mix hair reviews, we loved it.

The long hair phase is something we advise most men to experience for the simple fact that it provides you options!

Ok we’ll be honest the look does require more maintenance and product; however the finished product is undeniable.

Extended Gallery

We have included an additional 3 images of other Jake Gyllenhaal Hair styles which we have seen the actor alternate between.

Key Take Away: Don’t be scared to try New Styles

Its proven to be more difficult for an actor to have a signature style since movie roles require different looks.

What can we take away from that? Try different hairstyles to determine the one that compliments you best.

  • A/B test your Hairstyles
    Find 2 to 3 hairstyles from our list above and begin to test those out. We have seen Jake style everything from the buzz cut to shoulder length hair.

  • Select the Best Products
    Product selection comes down to ensuring what you use is best for your hair type. If you’re unsure ask your barber or hairstylist.

  • Be Consistent
    Once you’ve gone through the trouble of growing your hair for months, testing what works and what doesn’t becomes a game of trial and error.

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