Emmy Awards 2018: The best men’s styles

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For the actors, directors and crew involved, the Emmys are one of the biggest industry events of the year. And with so many stars in attendance, it’s also one of the best places to scout out the latest in grooming inspiration.

So, if you’re looking for a dose of hair inspiration for a special occasion or simply like to keep up with all the latest hair trends for men, click through for the best men’s hair from the red carpet.

Get Out actor Lakeith Stanfield at the Emmy Awards 2018 with
Because there’s nothing fresher than a good shape-up. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Lakeith Stanfield’s short afro

Atlanta and Get Out star Lakeith Stanfield scrubbed up like a boss with his short, fluffy afro and freshly shaped hairline.

Paired with his defined beard/‘tache and crisp white suit, he really does look the part.

Stranger Things actor Joe Keery at the Emmy Awards 2018 with long golden brown highlighted mullet hair
Billy Ray Cyrus is quaking in his boots. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Joe Keery’s golden mullet

Joe Keery‘s hair is one of the most talked about things on social media, and the Stranger Things star’s marvellous mullet is only getting better.

Now almost at shoulder length, lighter highlights give the look a golden, sunkissed ’70s look that’s totally unique.

Editor’s tip: If you have long hair like Joe, we’d suggest using a hairspray to style your mane instead of a wax. We rate the VO5 Mega Hold Hairspray, it’s great for giving hold without weighing down your hair or leaving a tacky residue, so your hair will still look ‘soft’ not sticky.

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness at the 2018 Emmy Awards with a sleek low bun hairstyle and facial hair
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Jonathan Van Ness’ epic low bun

Jonathan Van Ness just gave the red carpet the Fab Five treatment! The Queer Eye favourite has become known for pushing the boundaries with his red carpet looks and the Emmys were just another chance for his star to shine.

Styling his enviable hair in a slick low bun (complete with a jazzy metallic bun cuff), he’s proof that anyone can rock an updo.

Next: Read our how-to to perfect your man bun.

American Crime Story actor Darren Criss at the 2018 Emmy Awards with dark curly hair
A winning actor deserves a winning style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Darren Criss’ curly crop

Have naturally curly hair but usually straighten it? You might want to put down the straighteners…

Glee alumni Darren Criss, who bagged an award at the event for his role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story looked dapper with curly cropped locks and we wouldn’t be surprised if he’d just started a new curl trend.

Not blessed with natural coils? No worries, our how to get curly hair for men tutorial can help show you how to achieve them.

Gilmore Girls and This Is Us actor Milo Ventimiglia at the Emmy Awards 2018 with slick gelled hair wearing a white suit and black bow tie
Gunning to be the next 007, Milo? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Milo Ventimiglia’s slick back hair

New hair trends come and go but smart gelled-back hair will always be a winner. This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia was giving off major Bond vibes with his glossy, jet black locks, which he wore swooped to one side with a neat and refined finish.

Editor’s tip: If you’re thinking of giving Milo’s glossy gelled hairstyle a try, we suggest using the VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel. Giving a long-lasting hold, even in the humid conditions, this gel will make creating a slick style a doddle.


See how the stars styled it out at last year’s awards, below…

Emmy Awards 2017: Joel Kinnaman with wet look slicked back brown hair
House of Cards star Joel Kinnaman looked suave at the Emmy Awards. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Joel Kinnaman’s wet-look hair

The House of Cards and Suicide Squad actor went for a wet-look finish at the Emmy Awards last night. Combing his blonde hair backwards, this sleek and sauve ‘do is the perfect men’s hairstyle for any red carpet.

Emmy Awards 2017: Jermaine Fowler with mid length afro hair
Jermaine Fowler grabed our attention with this eye-catching hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Jermaine Fowler’s Basquiat-inspired afro

American actor/comedian Jermaine Fowler showed off his black afro hairstyle in a fun and quirky style, which reminded us of the avant-garde Jean-Michel Basquiat. We also thought Jermaine’s golden-brown hue on the tips of his hair was a nice finishing touch to his au naturel look.

Editor’s tip: If your afro hairstyle is in need of extra control, we love the Lynx Natural Look Flexible Control Cream for helping to define and tame afro hair textures.

Emmy Awards 2017: Joseph Finnes with dark brown hair smoothed back
The Handmaid’s Tale star commanded our attention. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Joseph Fiennes’ swept back hair

The Handmaid’s Tale actor Joseph Fiennes won big at the Emmys this year and we don’t just mean with this fab hairstyle.

Joseph, who plays the role of Commander Fred in the hit TV drama, went for a natural swept-back style for his dark brown strands, giving a soft and smart contrast to his rugged facial hair.

Emmy Awards 2017: Donald Glover with short black afro hairstyle with a side parting
Donald Glover looks great with this parted afro hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Donald Glover’s side-parted afro

Do you already have a fab afro but want to try out a new style? Why not take inspiration from Donald Glover. The actor, director and rapper (who scooped two awards for his work on comedy series Atlanta)finished his afro hairstyle with a cool, angular side-part.

Matt Smith Emmy Awards 2017 brown hair smart comb over
Matt Smith went for a modern comb over. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Matt Smith’s modern comb over

While there may have been one or two remarks directed at a certain person with a comb over throughout the night, we are happy to see Dr. Who actor Matt Smith showing the world just how great a comb over hairstyle can be when done correctly.

Styling his brown hair in the classic style, Matt looks like he has just stepped off the runway with this modern comb over.

Editor’s tip: Get Matt Smith’s comb over by using the VO5 Groomed Extreme Style Grooming PomadeThis nifty product is great for creating vintage styles by simply working the product through your hair from root to tip.