The best men’s haircuts to get in 2018 range from short and textured to long and messy. While new hairstyles for men are constantly appearing in barbershops as skilled barbers continually push stylistic boundaries to create the hottest modern cuts and styles, it obviously helps guys to know what is trending right now. And with so many cool haircuts to try this year, if you’re looking to experiment with the latest hair trends, this is the time to do it. Below, we’ll discuss the top popular haircuts, how to style each cut, and the right styling products to use.
For example, short haircuts will always be popular for men, but medium length and long hairstyles have been a favorite as well in recent years. In fact, guys can style a comb over, quiff, slick back, or faux hawk with short and medium hair, adding to the versatility of letting your hair grow out and leaving some length on top.
Nevertheless, the textured crop, fringe, fade, undercut, brush back, and other classic styles that fit in with “short sides, long top” hairstyles have remained some of the top looks. The best part is that most of these cuts work for all hair types, textures, and lengths. Specifically, guys with thick, wavy and curly hair won’t have trouble finding a stylish hairstyle to wear.
Now let’s look at the top 49 best haircuts for men to try in 2018.
Choosing a good long, medium-length or short haircut can make all the difference in your personal style. While these examples of cool short men’s haircuts are easy to maintain and style – just run some product through your hair if you need a professional look for work – the longer styles are just as trendy and sexy.
While we highly recommend a fade or undercut on the sides, some guys are opting for scissor cuts for a tapered finish. Whatever your preference is, here’s a look at some of the freshest, most dapper haircut styles for every hair length and type.
The fade haircut is a modern look that continues to rise in popularity. The defining characteristic of the taper fade is a gradual taper in hair length. Towards the bottom of the head, the hair gets progressively shorter and can even be faded into the skin. There are many variations to fade haircuts for men, which include some confusing terminology.
To clarify, here are some of the common types of fades and what they mean.
The high fade haircut is an edgy, high-contrast cut. It begins high on the sides and back, and the hair gradually tapers down the neck. On the other hand, the low fade starts at the edges of your cut and hairline, right above your ears and neckline. The taper is barely noticeable in some low fades.
Often, the low fade is a more conservative cut that’s safe for professionals, whereas a high fade shows off more scalp. Guys can even combine different kinds of fades, such as a low skin fade or high bald fade. If you’re considering whether to get a high or low fade and aren’t sure which works better with your desired hairstyle, ask your barber for his advice.
The skin fade haircut is a style that more extreme and aggressive. Instead of tapering and ending your cut with very short hair, the bald fade involves your barber blending into your skin. This kind of fade looks really cool when paired with short to medium hairstyles on top and possibly thick facial hair. Otherwise, a buzz cut on top with a skin fade on the sides is very much a military style that doesn’t offer much versatility.
The undercut involves short hair on the sides of the head and around the back. Unlike the fade, the undercut hairstyle is generally cut all one-length (except in the case of the undercut fade) and starts very high on the sides. Like the name states, the undercut haircut essentially under cuts the hair on top to provide a strong contrast between the longer top and short sides.
The most common version of the undercut hairstyle is the slicked back undercut. However, guys can combine the cut with any number of styles on top, including the quiff, pompadour, comb over, and messy, textured hair. What started off as a hipster haircut for men has become a hit in barbershops around the world.
If you’re tired of a fade, then change it up with an undercut – they both work for most of the same looks.
Fringes go through cycles in terms of men’s fashion – one year they’re in, and the next year they’re out. For 2018, textured fringe hairstyles seem to be very trendy for guys with curly hair. This is because wavy and curly hairstyles can be hard to manage, but the curly fringe just seems to work.
Otherwise, adding a short fringe to your look can be an easy way to change your cut. Whether you want an angled fringe to showcase your hair’s texture or color, or a blunt fringe to frame your face, this hairstyle can suit any guy’s look.
The crop is a twist on the classic Caesar haircut. Short and convenient to wear, the French crop features short hair with a straight fringe at the hairline in the front. While the fringe adds an element of fashion to your haircut, the short length is very low-maintenance and easy to style in the mornings. Many guys combine the crop with a fade on the sides or an undercut in order to keep the style fresh and on point.
The quiff continues to be one of the coolest hairstyles for men. While a relatively high-maintenance look that requires a good men’s styling product to pull off, the quiff hairstyle is worth the extra effort.
The modern quiff only needs 3 inches of hair on the top of the head and guys can use a pomade for a sleek finish or a wax for a textured, natural look. Either way, apply your hair product of choice, brush back your hair, and blow dry to get a stylish quiff.
The comb over needs no introduction; although the modern comb over fade looks nothing like the traditional cut. A faded comb over is achieved with some type of taper on the sides and some length on top. Because of its versatility, guys can opt for a long or short comb over. The longer hair on top can then be used to change up your look on occasion, allowing you the flexibility to style a slick back, pompadour, or quiff when you get bored.
To do a comb over, simply apply your hair styling product evenly throughout. Then find your natural part to split and brush your hair. The comb over hairstyle can be brushed to the side or diagonally back. Ultimately, the comb over is an understated yet sexy look that can work for any situation or hair type.
The slicked back hairstyle is another classic haircut that works for all face shapes and hair textures. Although the slick back undercut is the most modern version of the style, guys can easily get the greaser variation with some high-shine pomade. Nevertheless, recent trends have been geared towards naturally textured looks.
To style a slick back, simply apply a little product and comb your hair back from your face. The slicked back haircut for guys looks classy and professional, with minimal effort required.
The faux hawk, also known as the fohawk, is like the mohawk but with more mainstream appeal. With longer hair down the middle of the head and tapered sides, the cut is perfect for guys who want a short hairstyle that still looks edgy and interesting. By leaving a few inches of length on the top, the faux hawk fade gives you some hair to style but is still short enough to be practical and easy.
To style a faux hawk, all you have to do is use some pomade, wax, clay or hair cream, depending on the hold you want, and push all your hair towards the middle. For a more messy finish, feel free to leave your hair looking disheveled and pointing in different directions.
Getting a modern men’s hairstyle for 2018 is a choice you won’t regret. These top haircuts for guys are trending strong and easy to wear to work and social events. While short hairstyles are often easier to manage and work well with active lifestyles by cutting out styling time, guys should also consider some of the sexy medium haircuts below. They’re convenient, trendy, and flattering so keep your hair a little longer on top and give yourself the ability to style a number of different styles.
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