It’s time for you to get acquainted with the new black men’s haircuts everyone’s talking about

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Every new year brings in new, stylish black men’s haircuts that serve to revamp your look for the months ahead. But with so many looks to choose from, we understand that knowing which ‘dos should be on your radar isn’t an easy task! So if you’re eager to up your grooming game, you’ve come to the right place.

Read on to discover the dapper looks you should be paying attention to this year, plus how to style them, in our must-read black men’s style guide. You might just find a ‘do worth trying…

6 stylish and trendy black men’s haircuts to look out for in 2018

close up shot of black man with blonde high and tight, with subtle low fade, wearing blue on the juilen david runway ss18
According to the men’s runway, this is the hottest shade to try. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The blonde crop

Forget playing on the safe side this season, because it’s all about making your hair look like a work of art (with the help of a dye job, of course). The most swagalicious shade around? Platinum blonde. But, if that’s too been-there-done-that for you, Frank Ocean and Jaden Smith will gladly show you which other technicolor hues you can rock.

Whether you pair your striking shade with a buzz cut or a box fade haircut, like this male model and you’ll be at the top of the mane charts in no time.

close up shot of a man with a side part afro hairstyle, backstage, wearing ties and green shirt
Side-part afro hairstyles will be everywhere in 2018. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The side-part afro

This year, the classic side-part hairstyle isn’t solely reserved for gents with sleeker strands. Need proof? Just take a look at how this model rocks it with his ‘fro and then you’ll understand what we mean — pretty suave, eh?

Now, if you don’t have the lengths required to pull of this stylish ‘do, you can easily get a razored side-part incorporated into your short black haircut. It will still give the same effect, but with the convenience of being cut in!

Editor’s tip: Since the focus on this black men’s hairstyle is all about making the most of your natural coils, while also keeping its shape intact, you’ll need the Lynx Natural Look Flexible Control Cream. Evenly apply it throughout your mane and you’ll be good to go.

close up shot of black man with a short afro hairstyle, wearing glasses and denim shirt
Because the boyz ‘n’ the hood mane game is always good. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The Eazy-E

Ready to pay homage to N.W.A? Easily evoke ’90s gangster vibes with this dapper, fluffed-out T.W.A (that’s a mini afro hairstyle, FYI).

Psst… To really nail this throwback look, why not work it with a goatee beard and some small sunglasses? Let’s just say, we’ll be waiting to hear your latest track.

close up shot of black man with a high top skin fade hairstyle, wearing pink top and pink trousers on the general idea runway
Go bald or go home. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The curly top + bald fade

The curly high top is one of those styles that has been going strong for decades, meaning you can’t go wrong with trying it out. However, if you really want to give it a 2018 twist, we suggest you play with your fade variations.

Just by going a little bolder and getting a bald fade, you can make this old school ‘do feel totally fresh again. So, how sharp will you go?

close up shot of black man with half up dreadlocks hairstyle, wearing white shirt and grey shirts on the grungy gentleman runway
Whether you get faux dreadlocks or the real thing, you’ll be a hair god in no time. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock


Another style to look out for in 2018? Dreadlocks, of course! From Fetty Wap to Offset, dreadlock hairstyles are the ‘do leading musicians are pulling off (and so can you).

But the best thing about them? Not only will they keep you looking fly 24-7, but they are also easy to style, and this half-up look proves just that.

close up shot of black man with rounded power afro, wearing striped shirt and checked trousers on the AMI ss18 runway
Bring on the afro revolution. Credit:

The power afro

Nothing gives an old wardrobe a new lease on life like a power afro. So if you’ve already got a ‘fro, shaping it up to resemble the iconic styles from the ’70s will positively make your ‘do the talk of town!

Editor’s tip: Afro hair looks its best when it’s properly taken care of, so, even if you don’t need to spend much time on styling it on the daily, investing in a good quality leave-in conditioner, like the TONI&GUY Prep Leave-In Conditioner, to keep your locks in tip-top condition will definitely pay off.


The best black men’s haircuts from 2017 and 2016

Want even more inspo for your natural mane? Then check out what looks were trending in 2017 and 2016 – who knows, you might just find a look that’s still hot-to-trot!

model on the runway with a curly high top fade haircut

You can’t go wrong with this dapper look. Credit:

Curly top with faded sides

The combination of thick, natural curls and clean, faded sides creates a really great juxtaposition, making this look one of the freshest black men’s haircuts around. To get the perfect style, opt for a high fade that comes close to the scalp, keeping the lines as sharp and clean as possible. And remember to keep your curls well-nourished to really enhance your natural hair.

close up shot of a male model with mini afro hairstyle, wearing jacket on the runway
Now that’s what we call a cool afro.

Mini afro

Even though the mini afro is a low-maintenance hairstyle, it still packs a punch. To get the look, keep your hair fairly short, but long enough to show off its natural texture.

close up shot of a black male model with a buzz cut hairstyle, wearing jacket and scarf, backstage
You’ll be buzzing to try this. Credit:

Buzz cut

A timeless look, this clean, short haircut is the perfect choice if you’re after a style that looks impeccably polished and requires minimal effort. Whether you have a hectic lifestyle or simply don’t want to use too many grooming products, a buzz cut is definitely a great option, and works really well for virtually all face shapes and for gents of all ages, making it a universal cut that never gets old.

close up shot of man with mini twisted afro, wearing red jacket and checked top on the runway
It’s time to get twisted. Credit:


In search of a hairstyle for black men that gives a stylish personality and has a groomed finish? Then try the classic twists! They are brilliant, and definitely one of the most on-trend looks around right now. Just remember that to get the perfect style, you’ll need to have slightly longer hair!

close up shot of a black male model on the runway with south of france haircut, wearing white top
Who wouldn’t want to go to the South of France? Credit:

High-top mohawk

For a haircut that’ll make an impact, pair a bold mohawk with a mid-fade cut. It’s a great choice if you want to stand out while exploring a more experimental and trendy hairstyle. Try styling the top with the Lynx Natural Look Flexible Control Cream and a hair sponge to help define your hair texture, or add braids if you want a more unconventional look!

close up shot of male model on runway with tapered afro hairstyle, wearing smart outfit
Shape up that afro and you’ll be feeling fly in no time. Credit:

Tapered afro

If you’re trying to grow your hair out, but want to keep a groomed appearance while you do so, a tapered cut is a great way to style your natural hair without removing too much length. While you won’t need to do much to your locks, it’s definitely worth treating them with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum to keep the longer parts evenly moisturised.

Which of these contemporary black men’s haircuts are you keen to try out?


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