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.
Formal Top with Sleek Fade
Some styles can bridge the gap between casual and formal, and this hairstyle does that very nicely. It has a mostly formal appearance, but the sides are faded for a trendy touch.
Simple Texture with Low Volume
If you like your hair to have a lot of texture, check out this simple cropped style. This will work well for all hair types as it focuses on texture instead of volume.
Blonde Rough Texture
Here’s a long and dramatic style that will seriously make you stand out! This cut is best with wavy hair that’s quite long.
Classic Pompadour with Drop Fade
The pompadour may have risen to popularity in the 1950s, but it’s still popular today. We like this style that features a matte finish instead of the typical shiny, glossy look.
Zac Efron's Scissor cut
Scissor cuts are timeless and always fashionable. Zac Efron’s scissor cut here is highly textured for a windswept look that’s great for a day out.
Irregular Fringe Cut
This haircut uses an asymmetrical fringe and a messy top to create a striking look. Great if you want to change up your hairstyle with something a little different.
Casual Hand Brush Up
This loose brush up look can be styled using just your hands, which makes it an ideal choice for busier guys who still want an eye-catching haircut.
Fringes with French Cropped Side Fade
A minimal twist on a classic, this French crop features a high fade and a tousled top. If you have a beard, this haircut will help draw more attention to it.
Quiffs can be worn with a variety of styles and outfits. This quiff is spiked a bit for a more street-ready look.
Rusty Brown Loose Strands
If you like having the “messy on purpose” look, then you’ll love this style. Full of motion, this hairstyle works best with thicker hair.
Layered Push Back with Temple Fade
For a simpler, more clean-cut appearance, try out this style. The hair on top is neatly pushed back, and the sides are gradually faded to round out the cut.
Flowy Side Part with Faded Undercut
Wavy hair tends to look best when its natural properties are allowed to shine. This undercut takes full advantage of wavy hair and uses a prominent side part for emphasis.
Brush Up with Skin Faded Sides
Shorter hair can be worn many different ways. Here, it’s brushed up in the front and tapers as it goes back for a clean, even result.
Medium Brush Up
Here’s a longer take on the brushed up style that utilizes the texture of thick hair to create a full, lush look.
Mike Vogel's Natural Part with Medium Fringe
This hairstyle is proof that your natural part can give you a great hairstyle. You can learn where your hair naturally parts and build a style around that as Mike Vogel has done here.
Twin Side Brush Back
This double brushed back look is a unique twist on a brushed up hairstyle. It adds a very cool sense of motion that will set your hair apart from everyone else’s.
Ed Westwick's Ear Tucked Businessman Cut
Business haircuts are usually shorter, but this is a great example of how a professional cut can be on the longer side.
Disconnected Top with Line Up
This close-cropped style is extremely attention-grabbing due to the two different lengths of hair. This is a good choice if you want a low maintenance style that’s unique and fashionable.
Almost Mid Part Brushed Back
Asymmetry, if used well, can make a haircut stand out. This cut combines an asymmetrical part with brushed back hair for a confident and distinctive look.
Wavy Textured Messy Top
If you have extremely curly hair, here’s a good option to consider. This textured hairstyle layers the hair, creating a thick, full appearance.
Brushed Back with Long Top
For guys who like high volume hairstyles, this tall brushed back style will deliver. It results in an interesting mix of a brushed back look and a quiff.
Side Hard Part
Hard parts are more popular than ever, and this style is a textbook example of how to use a hard part well.
Flowy Wavy Blowout
Here’s a long style that’s perfect for wavy hair. A blowout look is created by brushing the hair back and tousling it.
Chris Pine's Buzz Cut
Buzz cuts are super easy to work with and ideal for guys who like really short hair. We like how Chris Pine’s stubble complements the buzz cut here.
Ashton Kutcher's Short Wings Haircut
When hair gets long, it can often develop “wings,” or hair that sticks out. When styled correctly, as Ashton Kutcher has done in this photo, they can add a fun, youthful flair.
Jake Gyllenhaal's Business Cut
This business-style cut features a small brush up that swoops to the side, putting a casual twist on a professional look.
Frizzled Strands with Subtle Part
Another messy and laid-back style, this frizzled look uses a very subtle part to add some visual interest and depth.
Rock The Fohawk
This simple fo-hawk/faux hawk stays true to the style. If you’ve never had a fohawk before, this is an excellent starting point.
Tapered Undercut and Curly Quiff
While most quiffs are usually styled straight up, they can also be teased as shown here for a windswept look.
Confident Slicked Back Puff
This slicked back style is a very classy look. The hair on top is slightly pushed back, creating something in between a quiff and a brush up.
Brad Pitt's Messy Quiff
Brad Pitt is well known for his very trendy hairstyles, and this messy quiff is one of his most unique.
Blonde Push Back
Here’s another cut that best suited for wavy hair. The hair is kept thick and long to create texture and movement.
This subtle variation of a man bun keeps the knot tidy and out of the way. From the front, a clean combed back look is seen, while the knot is visible from the sides.
Neck Length Layered Hair
If you like your hair to be extremely long, here’s a style for you. The hair is kept long all over and allowed to hang freely.
KJ Apa's Business Push-Back with Eat-Tuck
Another simple and professional hairstyle, this business cut is an excellent multi-purpose choice for work, school, or just hanging out.
Thick Elephant Trunk and Medium Fade
This straightforward fade is accentuated by a small asymmetrical fringe that hangs down, giving this style the so-called “elephant trunk.”
Cole Sprouse's Scissor Cut with Side Swept Fringe
Here’s a more artsy type of haircut that features a large side swept fringe. A scissor cut is used here to provide balance.
Joe Alwyn's Classic Medium Business Crop
This loose and flowy hairstyle is smart yet easygoing, which makes it great for a variety of situations. The swooping hair in front is key to this classy look.
Elephant Trunk and Side Hardline Design
If you’re going for something fun and trendy, this is a style you should consider. The single lock hanging down in the front forms the so-called elephant trunk, and a shaved line adds an extra point of interest.
Side Swept with Classic Scissors Crop
This voluminous side part is a great style for young, fashionable guys who want a haircut that matches their personality and wardrobe.
Front Faux Fro
If you’ve got curly hair that’s naturally messy, this is a great, unique style to opt for. The hair is brushed to the front and tousled to create a faux afro.
Blowout with Hardline Designs
Stylish yet not dramatic, this blowout cut is clean all over. A small shaved design near the back of the head adds a designer touch.
High Fade and Side Combed Top
Here’s a simple, low maintenance hairstyle that’s quite interesting. It uses a super high fade and a unique side comb technique to create an angular texture.
Casual Brush Up with Taper Fade
For a casual, neat style, try this out. It’s a straightforward brush up look that keeps the hair shorter all around.
Wavy Messy Top with Hard Parted Sides
This eye-catching haircut has a lot going on. Curly waves, a short swooping fringe, and a hard part make up this undeniable style.
Undercut with Wavy Top
A simple and timeless look, this casual undercut features a wavy top that elegantly distinguishes it from the classic undercut.
Subtle Widow Peak with Tapered Sides
With classy spiked hair and a matte finish, this style is a great choice if you have a widow’s peak and aren’t afraid to rock it.
Trendy Long Top Short Sides with Fade
This dapper style is full of retro vibes. The hair is slicked back and to the side for a greaser look without all the grease.
Gentle Layering on Top with Mid Fade
This wavy, layered cut is all about the motion of the hair. The hair flows forward and maintains a nice, satisfying texture throughout.
High Volume Mid Part Blow Out
If you like your hair to have volume, you might like this blow out look. A subtle mid part adds extra movement to an already flowy style.
Scissor Cut All-Out Pompadour
Need even more volume? Try this incredibly voluminous scissor cut. While this will take some styling to pull off, the bold result is well worth it.
Brush Up and Taper
This 80s-inspired look is surprisingly simple to achieve. Thick, even hair is styled into a neat flat top, and an even taper rounds out the cut.
Drop Fade and Pompadour
This style proves that a windswept pompadour and a graceful drop fade are a great match. This is a good option if you’re looking for a hairstyle that’s suitable for work or school.
Styled Side Swept and Undercut
If you’re after a super cool style, check out this dramatic side swept look. The hair swoops forcefully to the side, creating a sharp wave that easily stands out in a crowd.
Puffed Strands with Push Back Texture
Here’s a simple look that has a big effect. Take a longer French crop and add some texture, and you’ve got this fun, slick style.
Textured French Crop with Mid Fade
The Ivy League and the regulation cut are two men’s hairstyle classics. Combine them for a sophisticated, timeless style.
Blonde Ivy and Regulation Mix
This just might be the ultimate beach-inspired hairstyle. Not only is it casual and full of texture, but the styled hair actually resembles an ocean wave!
Beard and Fade make a Good Couple
A beard as finely shaped and a good skin fade can be a tremendous pairing. The beard enhances the definition of the jawline for those with a rounder visage, while the textured widow’s peak fringe adds a nice symmetry to the look.
Regulated Slight Waved Strands
Not quite a full-on blowout, this looser, more relaxed style makes use of a simple, easygoing taper with lots of length left on top. Plenty of wavy strands for that rebellious elephant ‘s trunk.
Casual Brush Up with Mid Taper
A subtle variation of the brush-up, this style uses the mid fade to accentuate your temple points and allows for well-defined edges. Pointed sideburns offset from an equally sharp beard edge are especially drippy. An unruly cowlick can actually compliment the wild texture of the top.
Thick Strands and Taper Fade
Depending on your willingness to self-coif, this pleated look may be fleeting, but will certainly turn some heads. A simple tapered fade directs attention those eye-catching unique waves up top.
Pocky Brush Up with Shaved Hairline
While the cowlick-neutralizing brush up here is indeed low maintenance, the shaved hairline and impeccable skin fade are anything but. Make sure your barber is up to the task, as this slick look requires the utmost precision.
Declining High Fade with Wavy Top
This high-ish fade drops to just above the base of the crown and puts some lightly textured length to good, wavy use up top. This casual look doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s not trying to. Sometimes subtlety is key.
Tapered Sides with Free Top
Not quite as extreme as the Peaky Blinders’ boys’ bald faded mops, this old fashioned flowy style still harkens back to the days of dimly lit prohibition-era speakeasies and thugs with tommy guns. Leave your considerable length on top loosely pushed back to achieve this laid back, late-night look.
Chopped Strands with Mid to Low Fade
A mid to low skin fade defines the temples’ edges, while tapering up nicely to a lightly textured fringe chop that would make Caesar himself proud.
Classic Volumized Side-Brush
Skip the severe skin fade and go for this smooth taper with clean edges and an elegantly shaped side brush for an ever so dapper look. Paired with an equally as trimmed short beard, this distinguished style is fairly low maintenance and ideal for men with thick, dark hair.
Finely Combed Push Back
The go-to cut for grease-monkeys everywhere. Not as ostentatious as its fully peacocky pompadour cousin, this neat push back tapers nicely into a tidy bald fade. Whether your face is cleanly shorn or full-on Zakk Wylde, this is always a slick style.
Finely Skin Faded with Casual Top
Add an understated shaved design for some asymmetrical flavor, the skin fade here is the star of the show as it blends smoothly into the casually cropped top which itself needs little maintenance to look ship-shape.
Side-Swept Low Knot
Thor Odinson moonlighting as a New England lobster fisherman is a look not many men have the luscious locks to pull off. If you are follically blessed by the old Norse Gods’ and have their ironclad resolve to grow it out, this style is the ultimate in feral cool. The beard alone nets the wearer an immediate after-lifetime pass to Valhalla. Skål.
Strandy Layers with Subtle Taper Fade
This elegant mid fade leaves enough hair in front to allow for cleanly defined temple edges and tapers up to a middle length crop on top with lightly styled layers of waves. If able to be grown, a jawline-defining beard is a good way to add angular shape to a rounder face.
Drop Fade with Slit with Pompadour with Duck Tail
Sometimes personal style is a gradual evolution. Sometimes it’s a massive leap forward. Well, there it is, a massive leap. This radically audacious head-turner has it all – a dramatic pompadour blowout that flows back into a deep ducktail, and down into reasonable taper with cleanly defined temples and edges that are suddenly separated from a clean mid fade by a flamboyant, unusually oriented shaved split. Grandiose is an understatement for this style that requires as much chutzpah from you as it does from your barber and their A-game. It’s novel. It’s futuristic. If too bold, it can be treated as an exciting intermediate stage when going from long to short hair. Most of all, it’s only hair. It can be cut and it (usually) grows back. Sometimes you have to go BIG.
Dramatic Informal Mohawk with Tapered Sides
This tapered, brushed up faux-hawk gives the appearance of a relaxed, minimally styled look and adds a bit of an artsy fringe to the textured top. Allows for quick and easy self-prep in the morning.
Surf's Up Side Part and Undercut
While sporting this whimsical take on a side-parted pompadour with tapered mid fade, the only waves you’ll want to come into contact with are those swelling atop your head. It may look like a laid back surfer’s dream come to life, but this highly styled undercut is going to take some serious product as well as a barber with serious skill.
Ryan Kwanten's Simple Brush Back
Sometimes we need to recognize when not to mess with a good thing. If you’ve got the volume and laudable coloring, a gentle brush back can be just as satisfying as more elaborate coiffures.
Textured Medium Crop with Fringe 2
Everyone wants to look their best without appearing to be trying to look their best, therein lies the formula for casual fashion. For those with natural waves, this textured crop with relaxed fringe can be an ideal way to achieve that balance.
Thick Pompadoured Puff with Mid-Fade
The more traditional fine-combed push back doesn’t quite capture the intricacies of your rebellious alleycat spirit? This mid fade, blowout pompadour won’t quite get you confused with a certain feral feline-themed rockabilly band leader, but it’s got more swagger than your traditional 50s quiff.
Messy Side Brush and Undercut
An undercut doesn’t always have to pair with a skin fade. A clean taper compliments this dressed-down side-brush just as well. The length up top is just long enough to alternate between casually unkempt and a more respectable tidy-up.
Natural Side-Swept and Low Fade
If your hair is very fair, or even thinning a bit, too high a fade and it can look transparent enough to make it look bald, so go for a lower, not-quite-to-the-skin alternative. Gentle side sweeping length on top adds movement for a versatile, easygoing style.
Textured Style and Undercut
This high fade undercut tapers up to an artsy rough chop with a long devil lock fringe full of texture. Justin Bieber if he was in the Misfits. Pairs well with all black everything all the time.
Red Highlights and Hardline Design
Whoever said color highlights is for the fairer sex only? When fashioning your own unique style, all tools are available. With darker hair, the hue is subtle, even if the shaved hairline is not. Combined with clean edges and a tight skin fade that drops in the back, this style looks superb on those endowed with the gift of beard.
Medium Fade and Hardline Design on Curly Hair
Not having straight hair is no reason to deprive yourself of the classic pompadour. Especially if your curls and kinks are acquiescent to styling, a clean medium fade and a little product can give you the results you’re after. Have your barber “sign” his work with some shaved lines or notches to add personality to an already unorthodox alternative to a vintage cut.
Get a jump on summer 2219 with this futuristic disconnected fade that sports more edges than a 5th-dimensional tesseract. Obviously, there’s a lot going on here, as the textured pompadour and high fade are the least conspicuous features in the look. It’s a style that is sure to garner attention. Fortune favors the bold…and a barber with unwavering hands.
Short Crop with Low Fade
This look is subtle, safe even. The fade is low and gradual and the crop is not going to ignite any controversy, even with the subtle side-swept fringe. This is a tried and true look for those beginning to dip their toes into the primordial waters of stylistic evolution.
Classic Undercut and Brush-Up
The biceps come with hard work and determination, the hair cut comes with a decent barber. Not all undercuts need a skin fade to work, especially when they move their way aloft into a simple brush up. This trendy standard is a cinch to achieve with the help of your girlfriend’s blowdryer. Struggling like the poor buttons on this shirt is no way to start the morning every day.
Pompadour with Long and Thin Sideburns
Embrace the eccentric with these sideburns straight out of the spiral-ly imagination of Tim Burton. The real hero here is the blowout pompadour sweep that blends smoothly into a graceful taper with a hard edge at the nape.
Low Fade and Medium Crop
It’s a safe bet that this simple fade will compliment your look, no matter what you look like. The textured medium crop comes down a little further than normal onto the sides of the head and can make use of an unruly cowlick by adding bristle to the semi-tamed strands.
Messy and Wavy Brush Up
Want to keep it tidy and casual, while also keeping a little more of that hard-earned and versatile length on top? If your hair has the body to accommodate this wavy brush up, give it a go next time your barber asks for directions.
Regulation Inspired Medium Crop
What more is there to do or say about the military-inspired regulation cut? It’s one of the most iconic looks in western hair styling. Add some length all over, and bit of texture to the top, and you have the makings of your own particular variation. A more-arced-than-usual part situated higher on the dome adds a subtle flair.