Cool guide: Top hairstyles & best haircuts for men

Get to know the all of the top hairstyles and best haircuts for men, right now.

Some of the best men’s hairstyles are born on the runway, so where better to turn to for hair inspiration than fashion week? With the street stylers out in full force, head to toe in all the latest trends, there is no better time to style watch.

Bringing you all the need-to-know hair trends from the men’s collections, our roundup of popular hairstyles feature a look for everyone. So, if you’re thinking of trying something new this year or simply need a seasonal update, scroll on to discover all the best haircuts for men.

best haircuts for men: Two men captured in street style pictures with short brown hair styled in a faded cut in outside locations.
Faded haircuts will instantly freshen up your look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Fades

But what is a fade haircut you ask? A classic fade cut usually maintains length on top, which is gradually tapered down the sides and back, resulting in a fresher finish.

So it’s no surprise when looking for the best haircuts for men, faded styles always rank highly. Ideal as a subtle style update for short hair, fades can be as faint or as bold as you like meaning there is a faded style to suit pretty much everyone.

best haircuts for men: Two males on runway with short to medium hair styled in a combover.
Sleek and stylish, this classic cut is back and better than ever. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Contemporary comb overs

Yes, this popular men’s hairstyle is back and it’s looking as slick as ever. Traditionally, comb overs bring to mind hairstyles worn to disguise bald patches, but they have evolved into one of the most iconic and stylish hairstyles for gents. You need only look at the likes of Justin Timberlake and George Clooney to see how they champion the style in a more contemporary way.

Want to nail the look? Essentially, a comb over hairstyle is where the hair is parted down one side and combed across the head. Easy, right?

best haircuts for men: two males on runway with long hair styled in side parting combover
The classic style has had a modern update. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Long comb overs

Believe it or not, a longer version of the comb over is also now trending. This look would be great for those with long hair that are in need of a style for formal occasions or the office.

For hair inspiration, look at Yoshio Kubo and Dior Homme, we saw lots of modern and sleek finishes with the hair stylishly tucked behind the ear.

best haircuts for men: Two men on runway with short French crop hairstyles on brown and blonde hair.
There’s nothing compliqué about this French crop hairstyle. Credit: indigitalimages.com

French crops

When it comes to popular hairstyles for men, the French crop has little competition, especially if you are looking for a zero-free hairstyle that’s also fashionable.

The French crop consists of hair that is cut short on the back and sides and kept slightly longer through the top – much like a Caesar haircut. But the French crop is usually combed forward over the forehead or if slightly longer, pushed to the side – think Gary Barlow and Dermot O’Leary.

best haircuts for men: Two males on runway with short hair styled in textured crops wearing smart casual clothing in orange and grey
Play with your hair texture for an effortless finish. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Textured crops

Textured crops are all about minimal effort and maximum style. We saw the classic French crop, now it’s time for the textured version.

Whether you have poker straight strands or a head of curls, playing with your natural texture is the key to perfecting this catwalk haircut.

Next read: Create the textured crop in 4 easy steps, here!

best haircuts for men: two men on runway with long straight hair styled naturally
The wash and go relaxed style was a hit on the runway. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Long curtains

We think this look is one of the most popular men’s hairstyles about and if anything, this new version of the ’90s heartthrob hairstyle might just be even better than the first time around!

Curtains were most commonly worn on shorter hair (think Leonardo DiCaprio and David Beckham back in the day), however, we have seen the runway awash with longer alternatives, meaning guys with longer hair can get on board with the curtains trend too.

The first and most crucial step to nailing this look is wearing your hair parted down the centre (trust us, side-partings won’t really work here). Then depending on your hair texture, you might be able to just simply wash your hair, part it down the centre and allow your hair to air-dry.

However, if you have naturally wavy or curly hair, you may wish to give your hair a quick blow dry to smooth the texture. This is a great trick if you don’t usually wear your hair down the centre as it will make it easier to style your hair into this ’90s-inspired look.

Editor’s tip: Before using any heated styling tools on your hair, be sure to use a heat protectant spray like the TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist, to protect your hair and give you that smooth finish you need for this look.

best haircuts for men: Two males in outside street style photos with short hair shaved with an undercut design wearing casual sports clothing at fashion week
Undercuts will add an edge to your hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Undercuts

Undercuts have seen a resurgence over the last few years, thanks to like the likes of Brad Pitt, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo who are all huge fans.

The undercut was hugely popular during the 1920s-1940s, which is why you might’ve noticed it’s a signature look for the Shelby brothers in the BBC drama Peaky Blinders. Typically characterised by closely shaved back and sides with the top section retaining length.

While many people used to style the longer top section slicked back or combed over in a side/middle parting, we have seen the style become more popular with natural and curly hair types. Probably due to its high-profile fans England footballers Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli.

best haircuts for men: two men on runway with hair styled in locs
The style that keeps on giving. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Locs

Over the last few seasons, there has been a steady flow of models wearing this history-rich hairstyle on the runway (Louis Vuitton, Yohji Yamamoto and What We Wear to name a few), so there’s no denying the style’s growing (albeit tad controversial) popularity.

Think that having locs might limit your styling? Worry not, thankfully, once they are formed, there are a whole host of ways you can rock this look – ponytails, buns or braids, the choice is yours. Just remember that they will probably require some careful consideration, time and commitment.

best haircuts for men: two males on runway with long hair styled in a half-up, half-down finish
Half and half hair is here. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Half-up hair

We all know how popular man bun hairstyles are, but it was a refreshing break to see that the SS19 collections evolved the man bun into a relaxed half-up, half-down style.

Ideal for medium to long hair, creating this look is a doddle. All you need is a hair tie and a few seconds to spare.

best haircuts for men: Two males on runway with shaved buzzcut hair wearing light coloured and patterned jumpers
Dare to bare with a buzz cut this year. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Buzz cuts

When it comes to the popular haircuts for men in 2018, the buzz cut might just be one of the boldest. With the catwalks, street style elite and A-listers all reaching for their clippers, the buzz cut has fast become one of the hottest haircuts to be spotted wearing.

So, if you are really looking for a style overhaul, this closed shaved haircut will be sure to do the job. Besides, if Prince William can do it, so can you!

best haircuts for men: Two males on runway with natural hair styled in high top fades wearing casual clothing at SS19 shows
How high will you go? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

High top fade

This haircut was originally born out of the golden age of hip-hop in the ’80s but became a household hairstyle when Will Smith made it his signature look during the ’90s in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Love the look but worried you might look a little too ‘retro’? Find the perfect balance by turning to modern high-top fans Chadwick Boseman (AKA Black Panther) and John Boyega for pointers on how to subtly tap into the trend.

best haircuts for men: two males on runway with brown medium hair styled with a fringe
Give a nod to the rock era of the ’90s with a fringed style. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Fringes

When it comes to popular haircuts, adding a new fringe is a great way to refresh your current cut without totally ditching your regular style.

Never tried a fringe hairstyle before? Your barber will be able to recommend a style that best suits your face shape and talk to you about hair maintenance.

But as a guide, long eyebrow skimming or curtain fringes tend to suit those with shoulder-length hair (think contemporary shag haircut). For those with curls, rounded styles are the most flattering, while experimental guys might want to draw inspiration from the Mods by teaming their medium to long hair with a micro fringe.

best haircuts for men: two males on runway with brown naturally curly hair
It’s time to embrace your curly side. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Curls

Gone are the days of men keeping their curly hair short, well, at least according to the Dries Van Noten and Diesel Black Gold. Models were fully embracing their curly strands with a range of stylish looks, so, try not to limit your curly hair potential by wearing it super short.

Turn to the likes of Kit Harrington, James Franco, and Jay-Z if you natural/afro hair, for hair inspiration when growing out your hair. Just remember to visit your barber for trims every 8-10 weeks (depending on your hair) to mantain the shape of your hair.

Editor’s tip: Worried about managing your curls? Then simply stock up on some few curly hair essentials like a nourishing hair oil and a frizz-taming product. We are big fans of the VO5 Fluff Tamer.

Ideal for creating relaxed styles, the V05 Fluff Tamer can be used on dry or damp hair and is the perfect hair product for controlling rebellious, frizzy hair.

best haircuts for men: Two males on runway with retro Grease '50s style hair wearing light coloured jackets and shirts at Paul Smith SS19
Retro classics are back in fashion, you heard it here first! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Retro classic quiffs

It was all rockin’ and rollin’ on the runway this season with Danny Zuko style quiffs making a striking comeback.

For those with short to medium length hair, get the look by first blow drying the front section of your hair forward for added volume. Then rub a small amount of hair paste between your palms before evenly raking it through your hair to create hold for your quiff.

Editor’s tip: For effortless and bold texture, reach for TIGI Bed Head Rockaholic Headliner Styling Paste. Providing reworkable hold and a natural finish, enhance the definition and texture of your hair with this hair must-have.

best haircuts for men: two males on the catwalk with long hair styled in braids
Time to brush up on your braiding technique guys. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Man braids

Man braids have been bubbling up for years on the music scene, especially with artists like A$AP Rocky, Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar championing the trend. Now, the trend has reached peak status with looks filtering onto the runway.

Whether you already have long hair or are in the process of growing out a cropped look, braids make for a great protective hairstyle for natural/black hair as they require very little upkeep and help reduce manipulation.

Don’t forget there are so many different types of braids and lot of looks you can style your braids into – so, you’re completely free to play around!