Recent years were wonderful and controversial for men’s hair. We witnessed the reign of the undercut. We experienced the resurgence of retro hairstyles. We saw the roller-coaster-like rise and fall of the man bun. Trends came and went; some stuck around while others went the way of the mullet.
More and more guys are pushing the boundaries of men’s hairstyles and taking them to new heights (sometimes literally). And more and more guys are willing to experiment with their hair. Fashionable styles are just for male models anymore, and men realize that now.
But the same question is always asked at the end of each year: Which hairstyles will be trending in the new year? To answer that, we’ve taken a look back on the successes of the last year and peeked into the future by seeing what’s currently fashionable. We’ve pinned down a few styles that resemble the best of 2018 and the near future of men’s hair. We’re excited to see what men’s hairstyles will bring, and we think you should be, too!
And what better time than the new year to reinvent your hair? All it takes is a trip to the barbershop and an idea. So if you’re looking for men’s hairstyles in the new year, look no further. We’ve got your bases covered.
We’ve compiled a list of the top 50 essential men’s hairstyles. Read on, and you just might find a new style to sport:
While the skin fade has been popular for a while now, it’s finding its way into more hairstyles. A skin fade simply means that the hair is faded down to the skin. As the hair moves toward the neck, there’s less and less until it’s just your skin.
The skin fade gives you a clean, polished look. It’s ideal if you want to tap into the fashion power of your hair and give it a makeover. Skin fades work best with straight or wavy hair.
Combining a skin fade with a part is an easy way to get a great, trendy hairstyle. You can also pair a skin fade with other styles (check out the next style).
One of the most popular men’s hairstyles int the past years was the pompadour, and as a result, it’s getting more attention. More variations are thought of, so it’s likely 2017 will see quite a few pomp-based styles.
This pompadour with a skin fade is a newer take on the classic style, and it’s undoubtedly dapper. You can make the pompadour more or less dramatic depending on your style, and both work for different situations.
If you like the ultra-short look, ask your barber or stylist to use a #2 or #3 on the sides and fade from there. Anything longer won’t give you this look. There should still be some length on top, but the amount is up to you. We think 2 to 3 inches is a good benchmark.
As always, bring in a picture to your barber or stylist. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the hair world, it’s worth ten thousand.
The quiff has been the hairstyle of choice for many a fashionable man, but in the past year, it was somewhat dwarfed by undercuts and pompadours. In 2017, the quiff will reemerge as a trendy style, but this time around, it’s all about the texture.
The idea is that the textured quiff looks lusher and fuller than a regular quiff. You can get some serious volume, or you can keep it short and styled.
Another key to the 2017 quiff is the super short cut on the sides and back. We expect to see quiffs paired with skin fades to create a contemporary, high-contrast look that will soon be popping up on male heads everywhere.
If you’re going for the quiff, it’s crucial to get the right product and have the right length. Your hair will need to be 2 to 4 inches to get a good quiff going, and you’ll need to take your time styling it. Look out for a guide to the textured quiff in the coming months.
Of all the men’s hairstyles, the natural textured look is one of the most surprising. This is sort of an anti-hairstyle; while it requires a stellar cut by a knowledgeable barber or stylist, it doesn’t require too much styling, and it looks like a tidier, flatter version of the “rolled out of bed” look.
The idea here is to get layers in order to get the most natural volume and texture out of your hair. To style, spray your hair with blow dry spray and then blow dry it flat. You can finish up with a light oil spray, being careful not to disturb the natural layout of your hair.
The result is a look that’s a far cry from towering pompadours but still fashionable. It’s also easy to style quickly, so if you’re often pressed for time, this could be your new favorite style.
The man bob is one of 2018’s most elusive men’s hairstyles. We’re not exactly sure when it will take over, but our sources say that it’s going to be the 2018 version of the man bun. It’s a controversial yet popular style that’s gaining traction.
In the man bob, the hair is worn long, usually long enough so it reaches the chin. This creates a long hairstyle, but it’s not so long that it becomes difficult to deal with. Kurt Cobain famously sported the style, and it’s suitable for similarly straight-haired dudes.
If you’re thinking about getting the man bob, you’ll need some patience. If you have shorter hair, it could be well into 2017 before you get the necessary length. However, if your hair is on the longer side, have it trimmed at chin level.
Curly-headed gents haven’t always gotten their fair share of the hair limelight. However, that’s been gradually changing, and we expect to see quite a few curly men’s hairstyles in the future.
There’s a variety of ways to style your curls, from subtle, gentle curls to curly-fry locks. You can pair your curls with an undercut or a skin fade for a look that will stand out from the rest for its uniqueness.
If you have curly hair, get your hands on some high-quality styling products and get ready for the new year. Whether you go short and defined or long and loose, you’ll be part of a new wave of men’s hairstyles for this year and beyond.
Even though this might be an obvious choice, we decided to include it because of its versatility and the eternal spot in the men’s hair hall of fame. This classic style is still as fashionable as ever––in fact, it’s probably more fashionable than ever before.
The side part is especially wonderful because it goes with so many hairstyles. Rock a pompadour? Add a side part. Prefer an undercut? A side part goes great with that, too. If you want a super trendy look, combine a skin fade with a side part and a short pompadour.
Don’t overlook this basic styling technique as we move through 2017. It’s an easy way to make many men’s hairstyles stand out, and there’s likely to be new applications that will pop up throughout the year.
Slicked men’s hairstyles (like the slicked back undercut) were prevalent in the past years, and they show no signs of stopping. In 2017, we forecast a high-shine look taking center stage, which means lots of pomade.
Like a side part, slicked hair is a versatile technique that can be paired with other styles. It’s appropriate for both short and long hair, but curly-haired fellows may not be able to achieve the look.
To get the most slick, you’ll want a pomade with high shine. Apply a generous amount to damp hair and style to your liking. Whether you’re going for a pompadour or a skin fade, adding some slick will give it an extra touch of style.
That’s right––in 2017, hairstyles aren’t just about the hair on your head. The hair on your face will play an important role. Facial hair can complement and balance hairstyles when the two work together in harmony. While the hipster beard may have gone (somewhat) out of style, we expect to see lots of facial hair in 2017.
Whether you’re capable of growing only a bit of stubble or a full beard, you’ll find endless ways to incorporate your facial hair into your hairstyles. It’s not about how much you can grow––it’s about synchronizing your head hair and facial hair to add another dimension to your hairstyle.
Lots of men’s hairstyles for 2017 are focussing on the fringe. This is an element that hasn’t been in play for a while––styles like quiffs and pompadours have no fringe. However, we’re seeing lots of shorter to medium-length cuts that all feature a fringe.
In particular, the messy and styled fringe is making a comeback. With the help of some spray (like a sea salt spray) and a light mousse or paste, you can easily create a vibrant fringe to pair with a cut of your choosing.
Nothing is as simultaneously edgy and classy as an undercut with a pomp. The pomp is a classic style, but the undercut makes the look fresh and modern.
A taper haircut goes from shorter to longer hair, following the shape of the head. Try slicking it back for a classic look, or spiking it up if you want be more modern.
Go bold with a mid skin fade. Instead of having it extend lower on your head, have the fade end above your ears for a truly arresting look.
The ivy league haircut is similar to a crew cut, but leaves the hair on top long enough to be parted. This style helps frame the face and modern adaptations may be styled with curls or a comb over instead of being flicked back.
Faux hawks are the ideal hairstyle for men who want a hip, edgy look. Shave the sides of your head, but leave your hair long in the center so it can be spiked upward.
Comb overs are a classic style, and fades are one of the most popular styles today. Mixing the old with the new is an unexpected, eye-catching twist on two favored looks.
A messy man bun is the best of both worlds. Not only does it keep your hair back and out of your face, it is also a low-maintenance and relaxed style that you can wear even if your hair is dirty.
Growing your hair out long is not for the faint of heart. Long hair may look simple, but it often involves much more maintenance and styling time than a short style. However, it’s worth the effort; long hair is a universally flattering look that anyone can pull off.
Add some variety to the typical fade style by incorporating a taper and some layers to your ‘do. It’s unexpected, but still trendy and stylish.
Currently, disconnected undercuts are one of the trendiest male hairstyles. They make a statement but can still be modified to suit your personality. To start, shave the sides and back of your head, but keep your hair very long on top.
Ivy league haircuts aren’t always as long as Robert Downey’s is, but having extra length is a few, easy way to make the look more contemporary. Add some texturizing product to help things stay in place and to add more dimension to your ‘do.
An elephant trunk is a classic, refined look from days past. To rock it in the modern era, you must cut most of your curls off, except for one or two in the front. Use your preferred holding product to style the curls and keep them in place.
The modern undercut is often extremely short, with much longer hair on top. However, Jeremy Renner’s undercut is subtler and more refined. Don’t cut your hair too short on the sides or let it get too long on top, and spike up the top of your hair to achieve this style.