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). 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 in the past years was the pompadour, and as a result, it’s getting more attention. More variations are thought of, so it’s likely we 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 enough so it reaches the chin, creating a practical long hairstyle. Kurt Cobain famously sported the look, and it’s suitable for similarly straight-haired dudes. If you’re thinking about getting the man bob, you’ll need some patience.
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. It’s an easy way to make many men’s hairstyles stand out.
Slicked men’s hairstyles (like the slicked back undercut) were prevalent in the past years, and they show no signs of stopping.
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 slickest finish, 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––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 on the trends. 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 recent men’s hairstyles 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.
Slicked back hair is a timeless look that suits virtually all face shapes. It’s a simple way to look professional without much effort.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A great no-fuss summer look! This gives you a clean look that can be slicked back for the professional or tousled for that night out!
Have thin hair? You are not alone. Try this brushed up look coupled with a strong mid-fade. This puts a fresh spin on the classic hairstyle!
The pompadour has made its way back to the 21st century! Named for King Louis XV’s mistress, this is not the look to be sleeping on. Made popular by the King himself, Elvis broke hearts with his pompadour. Go for this simple one, with close-cut sides.