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.

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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.

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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!

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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:
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Skin Fade with Part

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).

Skin Fade with Pompadour

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.

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Textured Quiff

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.

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Natural Texture

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.

Men’s Hairstyles – Man Bob
Man Bob

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.

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Styled Curls

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.

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Side Part

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.

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David Beckham’s slicked back undercut + facial hair combo
Slicked Hair

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.

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Mullet with beard

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.

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Ed Westwick’s Angular fringe
Angular Fringe

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.

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Slicked Back Pompadour with Glasses
Undercut with Stylish Pomp

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.

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Colin Farrel's Slicked Back

Slicked back hair is a timeless look that suits virtually all face shapes. It’s a simple way to look professional without much effort.

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Chord Overstreet’s Mop Top

A mop-top is a relaxed look that is perfect for any casual occasion. However, it can take some time and product to ensure each hair falls into place.

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Garrett Hedlund’s Quiff
Garrett Hedlund's Neat Quiff

Let Garret Hedlund inspire you before your next job interview or a big night out. His neat coif is put together without looking too formal.

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Garrett Hedlund’s Ear Tucked Hairstyle
Ear Tucked Part

A deep side part is one of the most universally flattering hairstyles, regardless of face shape or even gender. After parting your hair, tuck it behind your ear for a youthful appearance.

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George Clooney’s Slicked Back Side Part
Always Classy Slicked Back with a Part

This style is a sophisticated favorite of many men. To achieve it, simply part your hair and then slick it back with your favorite pomade or gel.

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Justin Bieber’s Side Swept Dyed Fringe
Edgy Side Swept Fringe

Buzz or shave the sides of your head but leave plenty of fringe on top to sweep to the side. You may have to use some product to keep the fringe in place.

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Bryan Cranston’s Induction Cut
Bryan Cranston's Induction Cut

Induction cuts are simple and easy to maintain. This haircut is perfect for those who prefer a clean look but don’t want to spend a lot of time on styling.

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Drake’s Burr Cut with Line Up
Drake's Burr Cut

Similar to an induction cut, a burr cut is a low-maintenance ‘do. To add some personal flair, consider adding a funky cutout like Drake.

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Nick Jonas’s Buzz Cut
Nick Jonas's Buzz Cut

If you like the idea of an induction or burr cut, but still want some length, go for a buzz cut like Nick Jonas’s. You can still have the simplicity of that style of cut without fully shaving your head.

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Drastic Undercut

An undercut is an attention-getting hairstyle, but if you want to be sure that all eyes are on you, opt for one that’s more drastic. You can still keep the fringe on top and style it depending on your mood.

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Classic Taper

A tapered 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 to be more modern.

Mid Skin Fade

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.

Patrick Dempsey’s Classic Brush Up
Patrick Dempsey's Classic Brush Up

A classic brush up works best for those with short to medium length hair. You will need to use your favorite product for this style, but don’t use so much that your hair becomes stiff.

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Liam Payne’s Ivy League Hairstyle
Liam Payne's Ivy League Hairstyle

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.

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Faux Hawk with Trendy Glasses and Tuxedos
Classic Faux Hawk

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 Over Taper Fade
Comb Over Taper Fade

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.

Nick Jonas’s Slicked Back
Nick Jonas's Slicked Back

Slicked back ‘dos aren’t just for guys with short or medium length hair. Even if your hair is long, like Nick Jonas’s, you can still slick it back and enjoy this hairstyle.

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Messy Man Bun and Beard
Messy Man Bun

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.

Dane Cook’s Flat Top
Dane Cook's Flat Top

Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to a classic style like a flat top! Dane Cook’s ‘do is slightly uneven and spiky, making it unique, but it’s still characteristic of the popular hairstyle.

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Modern Caesar
Modern Caesar

Typically, Caesar haircuts have short and straight bangs. For a modern update, try spiking your bangs up or tousling your hair so it’s messier than a traditional Caesar cut.

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Brad Pitt’s Long Blonde Hair
Brad's Pitt Long Hairstyle

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.

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Layered Taper Fade
Layered Taper Fade

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.

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Samurai Haircut (aka. Top Knot)

Top knots are similar to man buns, but instead of growing all of your hair out, you shave most of your head and leave a lot of length on the top. This is an adventurous hairstyle that works best in casual situations.

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Donald Glover’s Afro
Donald Glover's Afro

Unless you have naturally coarse hair, growing an afro is difficult. However, more people, such as Donald Glover, are choosing to embrace their natural hair by sporting afros, even to formal events.

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David Beckham's Modern Mullet

Many people associate the mullet with the 1980s, but they are easily adaptable to modern times. A short mullet is a youthful, fun haircut that’s perfect for men who like a messy look.

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Classic Taper with Part
Classic Taper with Part

Few hairstyles are as classy as a taper with a deep side part. For a modern twist, add volume to your bangs for a small pomp.

Barrett Foa’s Curly Angular Fringe
Barrett Foa's Curly Angular Fringe

Men with curly hair can rock a fringe too! Trim or shave the sides of your hair, but leave your curls on top. Style them at an angle to create a fringe.

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Liam Payne’s Comb Over Hairstyle
Liam Payne's Comb Over Hairstyle

Comb overs are tried and true hairstyles that generations of men have worn. To create the comb-over effect with a full head of hair, slick your hair away from your part and comb it over. Use your favorite product to hold it in place.

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Nick Jonas’s Clean Undercut
Nick Jonas's Clean Undercut

For an unexpected spin on an undercut, try making it soft and clean. Leave your hair longer on top, but be sure not to style it too much. Keep things simple and gentle, with no harsh lines.

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Adam Levine’s Disconnected Undercut
Adam Levine's Disconnected Undercut

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.

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Chris Pine’s Longer Buzz Cut
Chris Pine's Longer Buzz Cut

Buzz cuts can be intimidating, but you can still wear one without shaving your head. Get an even, short cut all over your head but keep your hair at a medium length.

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Ashton Kutcher’s Straight Fringe
Ashton Kutcher's Shaggy Fringe

For a hairstyle that makes you look youthful and carefree, consider a shaggy fringe look. Let your hair grow out, then style it back to accomplish the perfect messy ‘do.

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Liam Payne’s Mop Top
Liam Payne's Mop Top

While mop tops were especially popular in the 1960s and 70s, they are still trendy today. Add some texture to your hair with your favorite mousse or texturizing spray to give it a more modern feel.

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Nolan Funk’s Messy Brushed Up
Nolan Funk's Messy Brushed Up

Unkempt haircuts are some of the most stylish today. For this look, cut the sides of your hair short, and leave a full head of hair on the top. Proceed to style as messily as desired.

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Josh Duhamel’s Wind Swept Undercut with Widow’s Peak
Josh Duhamel's Wind Swept Undercut

This ‘do is almost like a blend between a comb-over and spikes. To achieve it, use your favorite product to spike your hair up, but also over, to make it look like the wind blew it into position.

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Nick Jonas’s Tousled Curls
Nick Jonas's Tousled Curls

Curls can be chaotic, but with a little product to enhance their bounce, they can be controlled. For something out of the ordinary, you can even show off a deep side part, which contrasts nicely with the curls.

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Ryan Gosling’s Side Part-3-4
Ryan Gosling's Classic Side Part

Short, straight hair with a side part is classy, understated, and popular for a reason. Take a page from Ryan Gosling’s book and brush your hair both up and to the side to add a modern edge.

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Robert Downey’s Ivy League Haircut with Glasses
Robert Downey's Ivy League Haircut

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.

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Henry Cavill’s Elephant Trunk Hairstyle
Henry Cavill's Elephant Trunk

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.

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Jeremy Renner’s Spiky Undercut
Jeremy Renner's Spiky Undercut

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.

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Fancy Taper Fade with Shaved Neckline
Fancy Taper Fade with Shaved Neckline
Thin Hair Brush Up and Mid Fade, Perfect Combination
Thin Hair Brush Up and Mid Fade, Perfect Combination
Fancy Thin Hair Pompadour
Fancy Thin Hair Pompadour
Elegant Quiff
Elegant Quiff
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Natural and Scissor Taper
Natural and Scissor Taper
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Breezy Brush Back with Step Ladder Design
Gentleman’s Slicked Back with Taper
Gentleman's Slicked Back with Taper
Thin Hair Swiveled Groove
Thin Hair Swiveled Groove
Thick Spikes and Undercut
Thick Spikes and Undercut
Brushed-Back Scissor Crop
Brushed-Back Scissor Crop
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Volumized Brush-Up
Volumized Brush-Up
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Curly Medium Crop
Curly Medium Crop
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Icy Cold Young French Crop with Highlights
Icy Cold Young French Crop with Highlights
High Volume Surf Top with Shaved Hairline
High Volume Surf Top with Shaved Hairline
Sharp Side Combed Undercut
Sharp Side Combed Undercut
Neat Side Part with Temple Fade
Neat Side Part with Temple Fade
Swirvy Top with Tapered Sides
Swirvy Top with Tapered Sides
Diagonal Fade with High Volume
Diagonal Fade with High Volume
Matt Lanter’s Classic Scissor Crop and Side Part
Matt Lanter's Classic Scissor Crop and Side Part
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Undercut Brush Back
Undercut Brush Back
Tapered Curls
Tapered Curls
Classic Medium Crop and Side Part
Classic Medium Crop and Side Part
Low Fade and Curly Quiff
Low Fade and Curly Quiff
Textured Top and Shaved Undercut
Textured Top and Shaved Undercut
Arch Fringe and Scissor Taper
Arch Fringe and Scissor Taper
Short Crop and Low Undercut
Short Crop and Low Undercut
Mountain Top Hair
Mountain Top Hair
Auburn Wavy Blowout
Auburn Wavy Blowout