What do you say when you sit in the barber’s chair? If it’s ‘the usual’ then it might be time to have a rethink and be a little braver. Because there is no faster, cheaper or easier way to completely refresh your look than with a brand new haircut!
When it comes to hair trends, 2017 was dominated by the floppy crop: hair that was cut closely at the back and sides only to be left longer and looser on top, or pulled back into a retro-inspired quiff thanks to patience and strong hold mousse.
2017’s hottest hair trend for men required commitment, product, and regular trips to the barbers. We liked it. But if you prefer a more low-key morning hair and beauty routine then we have good news: 2018’s hottest hair trends are definitely much less high maintenance!
Here are some of this year’s hottest hair trends for men, and how you can achieve them:
Punky: Let it Grow
The preppy short back and sides look favoured by everyone from Hollywood actors to sports stars and even rock and rollers over the past couple of years is set to be replaced.
If you’ve ever wondered what you’d look like if you just let your hair grow, now is the time to find out!
That doesn’t mean that you can swerve the barber’s chair: this is a look that still needs to be cut into style. Ask your hairdresser to keep your hair short at the nape and sides, and then work with the natural texture of the rest of your hair. Ensure everything is kept to one length on top and don’t focus too much on precision when styling.
Don’t worry if the style looks a little untidy: it’s supposed to! This longer crop is designed to be an homage to the halcyon days of Punk, where no one went to see a hairdresser and everyone cut their hair at home with a kitchen knife instead. Embrace the chaos.
This is a look that was pioneered decades ago by punk icon Johnny Rotten. In terms of celebrity, your modern hair inspiration is Robert Pattinson during his post-Twillight years.
If your hair is limp or thin and won’t hold this kind of shape without some serious support then invest in some matt hair putty. Work this roughly through your hair to add texture and hold without anyone even knowing it’s there:
The best thing about this look is just how versatile it is. If you work in a formal environment where a Sex Pistols-style swagger simply won’t impress your clients then you can simply sweep your long hair back into a Michael Douglas in Wall Street, money-making ‘do!
Hold it in place with a high strength pomade, and no one will ever know about your new-found hair rebellion at the weekends! Here are some of my favorite pomades to aid your disguise:
Embrace Wind Swept Hair
In another victory for the men that like to wear their hair long, the second hot trend to embrace for 2018 is mid-length hair that has been pulled back away from the face. Imagine that you stood in front of a wind machine, and then slick your hair permanently into that position!
Don’t be too prescriptive with the length you choose here: a modern mid-length cut can fall anywhere from the middle of the eye to the shoulder. Ask your hairdresser or barber for advise before you settle on a length, taking into consideration the condition of your hair and your face shape.
If you have a wide or round face then a longer length would be more flattering: stopping your hair at the eye or cheek (the widest part of the face) will only make it look wider.
If your hair is long and thin, meanwhile, the cutting your hair to cheek level will add volume to that area of your face. If in doubt, ask your stylist to cut your hair longer rather than shorter: you can always have an extra cm or two cut off, but you can’t put it back on once it’s been chopped!
Whenever I think of mid-length men’s hair I think of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain (the ultimate mid-length icon) but your modern hair inspiration for this look should be Brad Pitt. On Brad, it a look that is distinguished and elegant whilst also looking effortless and like he hasn’t tried too hard.
We wouldn’t advise pairing the style with a dodgy goatee like Brad’s though: it’s a look that even the most handsome man in the world can’t pull off!
Whilst pomade is certainly a good choice to help you hold this style in place (especially if you already have a jar in your bathroom) if you want to achieve the straight from the beach surfer look that Brad is sporting then a combination of sea salt spray to add texture, and a small dollop of wet look gel for hold would create a more authentic look.
Bleach and Crop
Colouring your hair isn’t something that is often associated with men, but 2018 could finally be the year to change that!
Former One Directioner Zane Malik has been championing bleach blonde hair for the past twelve months and it looks like the trend has finally caught on. Taking this extreme look one step further, his once long and foppish blonde pompadour has now been cropped, and we like it!
This is a much more wearable way to experiment with blonde hair without causing too much damage to your ‘do, and is something that almost every confident man can pull off.
Bleach blonde hair suits almost any skin tone, although if you are very pale you should approach this look with caution unless you want to risk looking washed out and slightly ghostly. (Although let’s face it, it’s a look that worked for Eminem)
We like the idea of experimenting with color, although this is an incredibly high maintenance look that will see you visit the salon at least once every 6 weeks.
Note: if you do decide to bleach your hair like Zane then we strongly recommend that you make an appointment at the salon. Whilst you can buy home dye kits to do the job, the end results are rarely the same as they look on the box, and you could end up damaging the texture of your hair.
It is much safer to employ an experienced professional who will be able to take care of your hair and protect it; ensuring it isn’t dried out by the process. This is particularly important if you will keep processing your hair and want to maintain the blonde bombshell look for as long as possible.
We’ve all seen those girls strutting their stuff with blonde hair gone yellow and, let’s face it, it’s not a good look! Avoid this happening to you by shampooing your hair with purple shampoo at least once a week.
The purple will immediately neutralize any brassiness in your hair, leaving you with a permanently platinum style that looks luxe and expensive:
Join the Crew
If the thought of all that growing out, bleaching, product application, and preening seem like just too much work, and you like to keep your hair as low maintenance as possible then you’re going to be delighted to hear that the GI-style military crew cut is back.
This is one style that it is definitely OK to experiment with at home. Invest in a high-quality pair of hair clippers and be bold. Whether you’re creating the style yourself or asking your stylist to create it for you, the simple formula to pull this look off is to opt for number one clippers at the back and sides and a looser number six on top if you want to recreate the GI style.
Does even this sound more complicated than you’re looking for? Then opt for a number one cut all over for a look that is as simple and no-nonsense as possible.
This look may be stripped back and simple but that doesn’t stop it being edgy. This is a haircut just perfect for pairing with ripped jeans, your favorite leather jacket, and a couldn’t care less attitude.
By stopping your hair being the focal point, when you opt for a buzz cut your outfit can be left to do all the talking: the ideal of you’re a clothes horse with a keen sense of style that you love to show off.
Beware before you opt for a buzz cut and ask yourself how well you really know your scalp: if you know that hidden under your hair are any unsightly moles, birthmarks or lumps and bumps then putting them on the show might not be the best option.
You should also think carefully about this style if you have around or particularly square head and face shape, as the style will only emphasize these features.
One of the best things about this simple low key style is just how versatile it is: it works hard when you’re at the grind of your 9-5 but it is also stylish and fashion-forward enough to wow during your extracurricular activities.
It doesn’t matter whether you intend to cut this style yourself or ask your barber to do it for you, make the time to get your style trimmed and updated at least once every two-four weeks if you want those sharp lines to remain as precise as possible.
The thing we love about this look is that it’s masculine, easy to wear, and perfect for men that want their hairstyle to be as low key as possible. There’s something incredibly sexy about a man who is so confident that he can completely shave his head and still look hot.
The Moustache is Back!
Finally, we can’t talk about 2018’s hottest hair trends without talking about facial hair. For too long the beard has dominated the facial hair arena. Big, bushy, bear-like, everyone whose everyone has experimented with a full beard in 2017.
For 2018 though we can finally say goodbye to the beard because the naked chin is back in vogue, and the moustache is back in fashion when it comes to facial furniture!
Let the ultimate mustachioed man, Tom Selleck be your inspiration here. Noone can sport a ‘tache like he can! Thick, luxurious and incredibly masculine, Selleck’s moustache is a fashion focus and key talking point without dominating his whole face.
If you like your inspiration a little more modern (and a little less ’80s) then there are a host of male fashion bloggers, fashionistas and style icons who are also experimenting with the mustache. Actors George Clooney, Christian Bale and Brad Pitt have also experimented with the look.
The Selleck mustache is the neatest and most straightforward mustache to try, although growing something so thick and full will take time and commitment. If you would prefer to really make a statement with something a little more flamboyant then why not try a horseshoe or handlebar mustache instead?
Just as the beard trend grew more and more elaborate as time passed, I predict that the mustache trend will also explode with men competing to outdo each other with their facial hair growing prowess. Growing your mustache now will give you a head start.
Generally, moustaches also require much less maintenance than full beards, although they will still need to be trimmed and moisturized regularly. The look to aim for here is luxurious gentlemen, rather than dodgy seventies porn star.
And as Selleck himself reminds us during his stellar cameo in Friends (I can’t be the only one still watching reruns) the one accessory every mustachioed man needs to have in his back pocket at all times is the mustache comb. Have you got yours?
There is no quicker or easier way to update your look and leave yourself feeling fashion-forward and refreshed than making an appointment with your hairdresser.
One of the most important things every man should have in his style armory is a good hairdresser. The right stylist will be able to advise you on the cut and color that will best suit your lifestyle, your face and body shape, and that you will be able to maintain.
Be bold. Be brave. And make that all-important new season hair appointment today.