In the last few years, hairstyle trends for men have risen to allow men to try out new and creative options. The market for male-specific grooming products is growing quickly, and in metropolitan areas, you might see a new barbershop every week. Long gone are the days of the “bedhead,” and you can try something new, sleek, and modern.
Here are a few trends to keep your eye on, as well as different styles that might work for different people.
The pompadour has been on trend for a while now, tracing its origins back to Madame Pompadour, an 18th-century mistress of King Louis XV. The raised wave of hair is swept up and back from the forehead, although you might choose to make it more or less pronounced depending on your preferences.
The more theatrically-high pomp is mostly associated with “greaser” and “rockabilly” subcultures from the 1950s, and you’re likely to see it referred to as a vintage style. It’s a simple and stylish look, and it’s easy to maintain with just a bit of product every morning.
The Caesar hairstyle was extremely popular for some time in the mid-to-late 2000s, allowing you to spike your hair with a crew cut and potentially bleach your tips for a rockstar feel. However, it quickly fell out of fashion as it started to look a bit comical. This more relaxed and mature version is better for anyone.
In this style, you mostly leave the hair untouched and use minimal product, simply sweeping the bangs to the side. It’s a clean, simple look that has nothing to do with the comically “extreme” Caesar of the past.
The comfortable man-bun shares a lot with the lazy bun that you might see in women’s fashion, and it’s highly likely that its origins simply lie in men wanting that same casual appearance. Many male celebrities with longer hair have worn this style, like Jake Gyllenhaal and Bradley Cooper.
This style is incredibly easy to pull off, and that “lived-in” look that arises when you’ve skipped a shower is in fact one of the best ways to create it. You can find plenty of YouTube videos showcasing how to get this style for beginners.
How to Choose Your Hairstyle
Start by recognizing your face shape to choose a hairstyle that flatters it. Snap a pic of yourself with your phone, and make sure you’re not smiling so that you can see your facial muscles’ natural resting position. Here are some of the options:
- If your face is as wide as it is long, you’re a square or a circle. Try out a longer, angular hairstyle, as this will give your hair more edge and structure.
- If your face is longer than it is wide, you’re an oval. Oval facial shapes often work well with any style, though shorter cuts are usually best.
- If your chin is angular and squared off, you’re likely a square. Long styles tend to work best, although short styles that don’t have too much height can also look great.
- If your chin comes to a point, you’re triangular. Hairstyles that have a little bulk up top will work well with triangular face shapes.
The best haircut is always whichever one you can pull off with confidence. Most men don’t have extremely long hair, so you’re always able to experiment. After all, your hair will grow back, and it likely will only take a few months.