Nowadays it’s a lot harder to point towards one or two trends that will really take over.
With so much inspiration available to all of us through Instagram and other social media channels, we’re inspired by a larger pool of gents than ever before.
But in summer 2018 the biggest common trend we can point towards are textured, more natural haircuts.
So expect to see less men with slicked heavy hold looks and more natural cuts styled with matte finish products.
Here’s 9 hairstyles that we expect to be big in 2018.
Textured crop haircut
The crop has been a haircut that’s been bouncing around now for over a year, but was much more popular amongst barbers than the general public.
We expect to see the crop be a bigger haircut in 2018 with more men taking the leap for something slightly different. The important part about the crop is getting textured added through, especially for those with thick, straight hair. Decide whether you want a blunt fringe (cut straight across) or something more choppy and textured.
Pre style with texture dust and then finish for the ultimate crop hairstyle!
Perhaps the suprise reemergence of 2018 is the buzz cut!
The slight difference with the 2018 buzz cut is it’s less likely to be a traditional one with the same grade all over. The 2018 buzz cut will see more men going buzzed on top with a grade between a 2-5 and then adding a short fade / skin fade on the back & sides to add some variation to the cut.
The buzz cut is perfect for those of you who want to have a few weeks without needing to worry about styling your hair!
Expect to see a lot of cuts in between the buzz and crop too, e.g. caesar cuts and crew cuts.
Short Textured quiff haircut
David Beckham recently switched his long locks for a shorter textured quiff haircut and many men are likely to follow suit.
It’s the perfect summer in between haircut for men who don’t want to go too short, but who also don’t want too much styling to do in the morning. Just like the crop this haircut is all about texture being added through the top to give you that messy, unstructured look. Ask your barber to add texture and they will likely either do this through point cutting or texturising scissors.
The short textured quiff is all about blow drying when you do decide to style it. Pre style with a salt spray and then finish with the or paste.
Haircuts by: Top left – @benvowles, Top Right – @anthonythebarber916,
Bottom Left – @evelyngtw30, Bottom Right – @benvowles
Long textured quiff haircut
Pretty much the same as the short textured quiff haircut just longer.
The long textured quiff will be slightly different in that it will still require some styling in the morning, but for those of you who do have longer hair and don’t fancy anything too short then this could be the one for you!
Use the same styling process as the short textured quiff but finish with some hairspray to give you added hold. Blow drying is going to be vital for this hairstyle to give you real volume through the quiff, so learn how to use your hair dryer properly!
Classic short back & sides haircut
A great haircut for those of you that work in an office and can’t go too harsh. The classic short back & sides is one which will never go out of fashion and we’ve seen it pop up recently in Dunkirk with Harry Styles rocking it.
This would have likely been styled with a heavy grease or oil based product back when it was orginally popular in the 30s-40s but in 2018 it’s once again about keeping the haircut looking natural, so use a matte product to finish like a clay or paste.
If you want to switch it up slightly then you can also add a low fade or taper around the back & sides to give it a nice modern look.
Natural side parting haircut
The classic side parting redefined slightly.
The natural side parting incorporates the classic slicked parting and brings it in line with the other more natural, textured, matte cuts that we’re seeing today. It’s the perfect smart haircut for summer. The last thing you want in summer is a slicked heavy haircut that drips oil when you get it wet and it’s also less effort as it doesn’t have to be as perfect as if it was slicked.
Great for guys who want a smart look, but still want to keep things natural.
Use a medium-strong hold matte paste to finish.
Haircuts by: Top left – @zeke_the_barber, Top Right – @stephenj.barber,
Bottom Left – @hayden_cassidy, Bottom Right – @cal_newsome.
Long and wavy hair
The fades of early 2017 started to turn into longer locks through the winter months. And now with summer approaching, men are looking for a way to make those locks more summery.
Like we saw above a lot of men are looking to go full buzz or crop it down, but if you do want a way to slightly switch it up without taking off much length then look no further than the wavy tousled look.
Use a sea salt spray to pre style to help you get those beach ready locks and if you want some added hold then use a hair spray to finish.
The mod haircut
This is one that we’re glad to see back and certainly isn’t one for everybody! But if you do want to switch up your style then the mod really is back!
Often sported by the likes of Liam Gallagher and Paul Weller, the mod haircut is a great casual look. Summer is festival season and you can’t get anymore festival ready than the mod look.
style and finish with hair spray to keep it in place.
The soft undercut
The undercut is a haircut that was at the top of its game in 2016 with haircuts like the Brad Pitt Fury cut being popular especially when paired with a long beard, but it seemed to disappear for a while as high & tight fades came back in. However, they are now back with softer less harsh shapes and a more natural finish on top.
Keep the fade clean on the back & sides and don’t go as harsh as say a Peaky Blinders style undercut for a smart casual look that can be rocked in the office or on the beach on holiday.
Use a salt spray to pre style and then finish with a matte clay or paste.
But no matter who, or which style you choose to have, a cool hair cut style can only look cool if it’s the right one for you. It all depends on your facial shape, hair color – which is a huge factor is defining which is cool and which is not –, and confidence. An excellent tip is to bring a picture of the style you want to your hairdresser and ask him if it fits your or which fits you.