With the new year, we are ready to help you decide your 2021 look. This year the trend seems to be towards longer hairstyles with a focus on fades on the sides. Tapered sides have always been a flowing trend but now it feels like fades taking slowly over.

Not to mention, the curls will always have a special niche with tapered sides and slightly longer strands making it a very neat and cool look altogether. Topping it with a beard makes it a pitch-perfect way to style in 2021.

Styling in 2021 is very diverse due to long and medium hairstyles emerging out of nowhere, especially with thicker hair texture is perfect. All of that but the classics always remain in places like various French Crops, Buzz Cuts, and Pompadours.

What style are you rocking this year?

Mohawk Brush Up with Cross Shave
@ virgiltb
1/50

Mohawk Brush Up with Cross Shave

New year means a new statement and this hairstyle exactly does that. The mohawk-y flavor with a brush-up tinge makes it very trendy. Not only that but the clean mid fade with the cross shave on the lineup is something we haven’t seen in a while.

Slicked Back Pompadour with Mid Faded Shave
@ virgiltb
2/50

Slicked Back Pompadour with Mid Fade Shave

The best part about thick hair is that you can have a short length and still looks quite girthy. But that is not it, the top is a pompadour with a slicked-back texture. The sides are mid faded with a drop shave followed by a cheeky taper fade. See that chin beard? That is the chaser in here.

Rugged Ends Dyed Side Brush
@hair_bello
3/50

Rugged Ends Dyed Side Brush

Doesn’t he look like Zayn Malik? He sure does but that is not the point, the point is, this cool side brush texture with sides being tapered slightly makes it so much cooler. Not to mention the dye work here is just extraordinary, the ends are highlighted with a beard coming to rescue for that face balance.

Younger Thin Hair Brad Pitt
@hair_bello
4/50

Younger Thin Hair Brad Pitt

Look at those side brushed layers of goodness on top with a cheeky quiffed feeling and that’s what I talking about when we speak about thin hair doing wonders. The sides are tapered with a subtle part. Not to mention, he does look like Brad Pitt in his younger days minus the eye-brow slit.

Royal Pushed Back Pompadour
@menshairuk
5/50

Royal Pushed Back Pompadour

This can be called a very classy french hairstyle with all that neat pompadoured push back, you only see that in French opera. The sides are very well blended with the top and that gives enough room for a neat low fade. Not to mention, the lineup is very sharp with that eye for detail.

Drake Inspired Bigger Buzz Cut
@menshairuk
6/50

Drake Inspired Bigger Buzz Cut

Who doesn’t love to be like Drake especially if this cut makes you look so clean. The top is buzz cut with size 2 clippers and a very blended top gives it a very wholesome look with no side part. The taper fade is gradual giving enough room for the temple to vanish.

Braided Afro Muscle Panache
@ cutjunkies
7/50

Braided Afro Muscle Panache

Your hair grew long? Well, definitely you are not alone. The best part of that being you can braid it with such panache. I mean just look at the overall design here. The sides are tapered and braided altogether with a sharp lineup and a temple fade for a smooth beard blend.

Long Top Strands with Clean Sides
@patty_cuts
8/50

Long Top Strands with Clean Sides

Who said little tweaking to longer hair won’t make it a masterpiece. The top is slightly curled with a longer length. The top in spite of being long is brushed up with a side brush as well. The sides are tapered and mid faded with a drop feel to it. Don’t forget the beard that balances the look.

Braided Top with Faded SIdes
@patty_cuts
9/50

Dreadlocked Top with Faded SIdes

Best part about long hair is that it can be tweaked in a million ways and can always be trimmed but this one triumphs them all. This one takes a step further with the sides being taper faded but just the cleanliness of this bad boy is just mesmerizing.

Rock the Curls with Faded Sides
@ virgiltb
10/50

Rock the Curls with Faded Sides

We are seeing a pattern in longer hair strands and we all know why is it for but the best part is we can tweak it in so many ways. The top is slightly curled with a usually tossed texture. The sides are undercut with shaved sides and those help with the fade at the neckline.

Brush Up and Beard Brush Down
@henlo_
11/50

Brush Up and Beard Brush Down

Thin hair does so much justice when done right and this is the prime example of it. The top of it brushed up with no parting but a taper near the temple. The beard however adds the main flavor by balancing the face and making it look all rugged yet clean altogether.

Side Parted Long hair
@jasonheightman
12/50

Side Parted Long hair

Who doesn’t love long hair? Especially when it is done right so it looks long and yet not out of control at the same time. The sides here are slightly tapered which perfectly sets the tone for a new look in 2021. The mustache goes well with the look and makes the face look fuller.

Worth the High Maintenance
@jason_dutch
13/50

Worth the High Maintenance

Nothing wrong with letting those hair grow as long as they want to grow. The best part being these are thin and slightly curled too, so when that happens, it adds extra fluff to it making it so much lively.

Mid Part with Cheeky Dye
@area_studio_
14/50

Mid Part with Cheeky Dye

There are no limits to what thin hair can achieve and this is another example. The top is mid parted with a thin hair texture. The best part about the whole look is the frosty dye that pops out quite well. Plus the cleaner look uplifts the whole face making it much better overall.

Tattooed Slicked Back
@tailorfade
15/50

Tattooed Slicked Back

Do you notice the pattern here? A lot of the hairstyles that are trendy have longer hair strands for the obvious reasons. 2021 is going to be a year of long hair styles and this proves it. A sleek yet puffed pompadour with a taper fade on the sides just to make way for those colorful tattoes.

Thick Dreads with Highlights
@ iameugenejordan
16/50

Thick Dreads with Highlights

Since one would end up with long hair due to staying indoors for a while, why not make the most out of it. And what is best than some cool dreadlocks? I’ll tell you what is cooler, some highlighted ends with blonde dye makes it a million times cooler. Not to mention, the beard balances the face quite well.

Bright Ginger Balance Cut
@tailorfade
17/50

Bright Ginger Balance Cut

Having long hair doesn’t necessarily mean you need it. This is a prime example of that especially with undercut brush up with sides being taper faded makes it so much fun. The sides are designed with shaved lines that make it even better with a cheeky temple fade that blends beard in quite well.

Symmetrical Side Brushed Long Hair
@jimboem
18/50

Symmetrical Side Brushed Long Hair

Even long hair needs time to time brushing up. This one is so well kept that it is quite symmetrical. Not only that but the sheer side brush of it makes it so much fun. Moreover, the beard balances the lower part of the face with a similar volume. All in all, this one feels quite rugged!

Dense Top with Short Curls
@kolt_cutz
19/50

Dense Top with Short Curls

Thick curls always do the magic but short and dense curls have their own charm. This one is so well kept especially since the use of cream makes the curls even bouncier. The undercut comes in handy and the sides are classic taper faded with a neat beard blend. Beard however holds the lower floor quite well.

Wavy Short Hair with Winged Shave
@levis_barbershop
20/50

Wavy Short Hair with Winged Shave

We all longed for some short hair mastery done and here it is in its glory. The top is almost a buzz cut with the equal volume all around the head. The sides however hint a slight drop fade with a cheeky beard blend that comes to the rescue. The winged shave brings out the trendier side of things.

Slicked Back Dreads
@londonschoolofbarbering
21/50

Slicked Back Dreads

This is a variety of haircuts all pooled together for the maximum style quotient. The top, although has thinner hair strands, is quite a jewel of a dreadlock which is also slicked back. The sides are taper faded with mid drop fade that supports the whole minimal look while bringing attention to the dreads.

Brushed Up Pompadour
@rtgtmiami
22/50

Brushed Up Pompadour

The best part about rocking thin hair is that if done right, it can look pitch-perfect. Not only that but the brushed up pompadour on the top looks so fuller and richer. It definitely needs maintenance but it is totally worth it. The sides are tapered and blended into the beard to balance the face.

Frizzy Long Hair
@rtgtmiami
23/50

Frizzy Long Hair

Got frizzy long hair? We got you fam. This one is so subtle yet filled with different styles to make it look like this. The top is slightly side brushed while the sides are kept longer to keep the volume equal. The short curls are popping sometimes for that chill look with that mustache that makes everything quite retro.

Pocky Short French Crop
@thecommodoreatl
24/50

Pocky Short French Crop

“Density” is what comes to my mind while looking at this hairstyle. The thick beard is surely pulling the attention but the french crop on top is no less of a masterpiece. The sides are very neatly faded with a cheeky blend into the beard. That being said, the top is slightly frizzy yet has a short length.

Silky Smooth Side Sweep
@lxbarbers
25/50

Silky Smooth Side Sweep

The return of the classic clean-cut, introducing a neat side sweep with a subtle side part. The undercut here makes way for the taper fade to follow along with a very cleaner undertone. This look goes well on formal occasions, especially the fluff makes it more lively.

Asian Mid Part with Sharky Temple
@thecommodoreatl
26/50

Asian Mid Part with Sharky Temple

No wonder mid parts are fancy but this is one step ahead, that temple just made it fancier. The top is thin-haired while it is kept decently long with a small fluff on the part. The temple here is the show stealer with sharky shape and longer neckline hairline hair makes it poppy.

Thick Elephant Trunk with Beard
@lxbarbers
27/50

Thick Elephant Trunk with Beard

Who says shorter sides means very longer tops. The straight texture makes a lot of difference here with hair falling on the forehead. This works perfectly on casual occasions especially since the beard is a balancer with that thick hair strands, upon that the mustache is a strong bike handle shape.

Thick Side Parted with Taper
@lxbarbers
28/50

Thick Side Parted with Taper

Thick hair gas its own advantage and one of them is right here. The side sweep looks so dense here with a part on the side to make the undercut look obvious. The sides are tapered with a slim fade for beard blend and the thick beard makes perfect justice for balancing the face.

Buzz Cut with Buzz Beard
@lxbarbers
29/50

Buzz Cut with Buzz Beard

There is so much similarity between this and military haircuts, especially the top is slightly longer than a buzz cut. The sides are however quite short with that extremely high fade with a cheeky beard blend at the temple. That brings beard in the game with quite a dense texture.

Thin Neck Length Hair
@ bestofmenhair
30/50

Thin Neck Length Hair

This is a classic example of how ear tucked hair can be maintained. The sides are slightly trimmed with the top being the longest as usual. The mid-part texture on the top is slightly side brushed as well to tuck it at the back. A well-maintained beard goes very well with this.

Masked Braids with Fade
@did_by_kid
31/50

Masked Braids with Fade

Masks first but then you see the braids look immensely cool. Not only they are very sharp but the sheer symmetry makes it eye candy. The sharp mid part which also happens to be a hard part is so much fun of a hairstyle. The undercut side part on both sides makes this a very clean and almost perfect hairstyle.

Sharky Side Part
@domthebarberian
32/50

Sharky Side Part

Would you just look at the side part? Just the style in itself is so charming, it is a simple side part with side sweep but the sharky side part adds a fringe tinge to it. Not only that but the thin hard part is a subtle part making it cleaner plus the fade on the side gives a clean outlook overall.

Blonde Hat Dye with Fade
@domthebarberian
33/50

Blonde Hat Dye with Fade

The top is quite simple but is not simple at the same time. The blonde flat dye makes it a fun one, whilst everything is not dyed. The High fade is darkened and the goes all cleaner as we go down. That being said the clean shave perfectly compliments the look here.

Icy Cold French Crop
@donnyblends
34/50

Icy Cold French Crop

What is better than a cheeky french crop with some nice dye, and to top it off with some clean fade on the sides is just a work of art. The key is to keep the volume on top while descending on the sides for a cleaner look. The chin strap beard keeps the look whole and adds that twin color flare to the face.

Shiny Gold Curls
@donnyblends
35/50

Shiny Gold Curls

Are you a goldmine dude? This certainly looks like this especially with that shiny gold dye and to make it one step better there are curls that bring fluff and volume. The sides are mid faded with a temple fade to make way for a dense and thick beard which also has a blonde element to it.

Layers, Highlights and Panache
@londonschoolofbarbering
36/50

Layers, Highlights and Panache

How does one even come across such creative styles? I mean literally, the layers are very obvious but the longer strands are well under control without being frizzy. The best part being the thin yet dense texture and the highlights certainly make the fun ten times more.

Brush Up and Frizz it
@tomsimmonshair
37/50

Brush Up and Frizz it

This is what symmetry does to you if pulled off right, especially the weight here is equally distributed with the top being brushed up pompadour and yes low dropped fade which bring beard into the game and that is chin focused so that pulls down the weight too.

Mo-Hawky Tossed Brush Up
@this_barber_chris
38/50

Mo-Hawky Tossed Brush Up

Who doesn’t love a mix of two or more varieties? Here’s a mo-hawk undertoned top with a tossed brush up that goes with it. The sides are tapered and there is a slight widow’s peak that looks like almost a fringe. The sharky temple strands are just adding more life to this funky hairstyle.

Pumpkin Spiced Curls
@this_barber_chris
39/50

Pumpkin Spiced Curls

Just have a look at the sleek wavy curl especially with that thick volume it just sits lavishly on top. That is not it, the dye is very winter seasoned as it is rusty, reddish-golden colored. The top is all pushed back and the sides are slightly trimmed to tuck behind the ear and that’s all it takes.

Drop Mid Fade with Blowback
@egobarbers
40/50

Drop Mid Fade with Blowback

We might have seen quite a few mid fades but this one sits right between mid fade and low fade. Not to mention, the drop texture makes it so much cleaner all the way back towards the neckline. The top is pushed back even on the sides especially that undercut makes way for the taper, all in all, a very clean look.

No One Said Not to be Hippie
@egobarbers
41/50

No One Said Not to be Hippie

Where do we start? The French crop that is massively fringed or the top that is long yet massively tossed but still regains brush up vibes? Certainly, this is a big bowl of panache especially with sides being tapered and not faded to keep that long hair strand look even!

Coned Brush Up with Undercut Beard
@fabrizioaldobelfiore
42/50

Coned Brush Up with Undercut Beard

Thin hair does wonder if done right and this is a prime example of what drying hair after washing it can do. Styling becomes much more easier and natural, here the brush up looks bouncier while the back is all laid down. The sides are tapered for an even look while the beard has an undercut of its own.

Some Retro Suave, Why Not
@figarosbarbershoplisboa
43/50

Some Retro Suave, Why Not

Not having longer hair strands won’t be a problem anyway so why not rock some long hair look this year? And what best is it than to rock some retro hairstyle from the ’80s? The top is curved and pompadoured with sides slightly tapered to push back and all of it is dyed to a shiny golden shade.

Curved James Bond Pompadour
@figarosbarbershoplisboa
44/50

Curved James Bond Pompadour

How can we miss the classic suave retro pompadour which is very close to what James Bond rocked back in the day? The top is combed pompadour with sides combed to push back. All of that and no fade which shows that this is the classic style and no tinge of hippie undertone.

Slicked Back Top with Chin Strapped
@ggsoaress
45/50

Slicked Back Top with Chin Strapped

Is it a slicked-back or just a very slim profile pompadour? Well, one thing for sure is that it is mid faded sides with temple blend to make way for that cheeky chin strap Downey inspired beard. The overall look is cleaner with attention to detail in the lineup.

Top Dyed Sharky Brush Up
@hailwormatron
46/50

Top Dyed Sharky Brush Up

Who said it has to be all set and laid down? This brush-up is all over the place with its frizzy nature. The sides are undercut with a neat taper fade that goes hand in hand. The blonde dye makes all the difference and the sharp line up shows the attention to the details.

Fluffy Slicked Back
@electricbarbering
47/50

Fluffy Slicked Back

You see a dime of hair wax or pomade does such a wonderful job in holding that fluff strong and in place. This is not just another slicked back, it is slightly pushed back with some pompadour vibes to it. The sides are taper faded with that chin focused beard, so cool!

Why Not a Top Knot
@ javi_thebarber_
48/50

Why Not a Top Knot

The key here is to play with length and hair texture. Strands being longer than usual makes it easy to pull off a top knot with that small knot up there. If you look closely the sides are very clean taper faded with a temple fade. That continues all the way down to a chin dense beard.

Pocky Fringe with Hard Part
@ hardgrind_aberdeen
49/50

Pocky Fringe with Hard Part

Blue tinge is always quite trendy for dyeing but this blue is poppy and very fresh. Plus the pocky fringe on top makes it very modern and hipsterish. The side has an offset hard part which can be a subtle side part, just a little lower than usual, but again who is to say it is not a style statement?

Rusty French Crop
@hayden_cassidy
50/50

Rusty French Crop

Playing with volume is always fun and this quite a twister, the top is front heavy with less density towards the back. The sides are classic high faded for maximum attention to the top and also to bring out the tattoos. The top being rusty red dyed is another attention grabber, cannot go wrong with this.