A new year calls for a new look, whether it’s upping your grooming game, a restyle or a total style upheaval. Here are some options that will make heads turn this 2019.
The Buzz Cut
Hollywood’s pretty boys, like Zayn Malik and Brooklyn Beckham, have taken a razor to their hair. This minimalist look places more emphasis on your wardrobe and sharp jawline. For those brave souls amongst you, follow in the footsteps of Jaden Smith or Frank Ocean and crown your buzz cut with bright hair dye. There’s not a single color we haven’t seen, from bold blue to neon orange.
When talking to a professional stylist, ask for the top of the hair to be taken to a grade 2.0 or 3.0. After that, you may want to ask for a low grade 1.0 for the back and side. This will taper the hairline and create a gradual fade effect from tips to hairline. Requesting this will make the buzz cut look cleaner.
The past year has seen guys once again embracing longer hair. The ‘90s layered mid-length cut is the coolest thing around, gracing red carpets on the likes of Timothy Chalamet and Milo Ventimiglia.
Ask for the length to remain in the front so it is long enough to tuck behind your ears while the back is layered, keeping the weight on the top. Keep it at jaw length for maximum coolness. This look suits guys with thicker, textured hair, but those qualities can be achieved using products.
Add layers for a boyish and romantic update of the Notting Hill look. This look can also become vintage and very edgy if towel dried and pushed back with a product and a diffuser for that Sons of Anarchy biker bob-quiff hybrid. Stylists recommend using moisturizing cream or styling mousse for lightweight control and texture.
The Peaky Blinder
Rarely has a period drama been as influential on men’s coiffures as Peaky Blinders. Set in post-World War I England, it stars Cillian Murphy as a Birmingham gangster. Murphy’s crop with the severe disconnection from the top, back and sides can be seen on Tom Hardy and Charlie Hunnam.
Traditionally the hair is shaved on the sides with all the weight kept on the top, but to keep it modern ask for a slick skin fade. The high-maintenance look works better if the sides are cut every few weeks. Style it with texturizing spray on wet hair before drying with a vent brush. If you want more texture and flow, add clay.
The Updated Custains
This updated version of the late ‘90s-early 2000s hairstyle became increasingly popular at the end of 2017, and we expect to see it throughout 2018. It’s a versatile cut that can be worn messy or smart, making it perfect for the office as well as rock ‘n roll. Think young Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt.
Ensure the back and sides are kept shorter for the full effect and ask for an undercut for a fashion-forward take and a strong foundation. Dry the hair forward using a flat brush before sweeping the hair back. This will create lift at the center part. Hairspray will give the most-desired effect. Just spray it in your hands and then rub them together before pushing the dried product through the hair, sweeping it away from your face. Pomade, wax or hair cream will also create the desired effect, depending on how wet or textured you want it to look.
Made popular by office workers in the city, this is a textured update on the traditional quiff haircut. Tell your barber you intend to wear the quiff loose so he can remove some weight and cut down the length. The sides can be worn at any length, from clean-cut and shaven for an update on the peaky blinder cut to long so it can be tucked behind your ear.
Blow-dry your hair backward in a clean sweep with a round brush. This will create a strong foundation. Rub styling paste between your hands before you run it through your quiff front to back. Wiggle your fingers for the appropriate texture and looseness.
The cropped blunt fringe is perfect for men who want to be fashion forward yet still have a versatile style. Striking on square facial shapes, this style suits tight and faded sides and is perfect for men who have flat or lifeless hair. If you have bouncy locks, try applying styling paste when wet, then blow dry forward for sharp, controlled hair.
The classic undercut had buzzed sides with a long top slicked back. The modern approach is far more versatile: slicked back, combed over, naturally curly. The undercut can be worn in almost infinite ways.
The two cuts to this versatile do create a bold contrast between the shaved sections with skin fades and the subtler modernized dandy haircut. This look relies on gradual layers at the nape and temples that will create a sophisticated yet straightforward transition between the two lengths. If you want the vintage David Beckham look, use a wet hair product, but for the more modern option, try a matte hair mousse for texture.
The disconnected undercut is the newest and edgiest take on this classic trend. The hair on the top of the head is disconnected from the sides with a striking part that forms a distinct line between the two cuts.
Long hairstyles have gone from awkward to high fashion, appearing on runways and red carpets. Take down that man bun, invest in conditioner and let your hair flow. This style will work better for those with wavy or textured hair — think Jared Leto at the Academy Awards — and keep the cut mid cheek to jaw length.
At first, this haircut will seem high-maintenance, as the ends will need to be trimmed on a regular basis while they grow out. Without regular trims, thick, textured hair will bunch up at the sides and make you look less like Jon Snow and more like Brian May.
Steer clear of products with high alcohol content as it dries out the follicles; also avoid cheap mousses as they will leave your hair looking crunchy. If you’re worried your hair is looking too dry to grow it out, invest in a good moisturizing conditioner that will prevent the hair from becoming frizzy and hard to manage. Choose creams, salt sprays and leave-in
conditioners over gels and wax, unless you want a slick wet look.