London Fashion Week Men’s is renowned for pushing the boundaries with avant-garde styles and chic dressing, but for us at All Things Hair, it’s the note-worthy hairstyles that we obsess over.
Helping you kick-start the new year, we’ve pulled together an edit of the best looks straight from the catwalk, just for you. After all, if these are the looks we’re all going to be rocking come autumn, it’s never too early to start prepping.
LFWM AW19: Hair edit
We don’t know about you, but this comb over style seen at Xander Zhou is serving up some serious 007 vibes. From the dapper outfit to the suave hairstyle, you’ll be surviving young Sean Connery if you make this your next style.
Side fringes are set to be huge in 2019, according to Cottweiler. Last year we saw the striking man fringe hit the runway and now it’s the turn of the side fringe.
The key to this look is creating a deep side parting and allowing your hair to fall casually across your face. To start you may need a hair stylist to cut and shape the style.
Looking for a fun new way to style your medium length hair in 2019? Then say hello to the catwalk approved side braid.
Spotted on the Christopher Raeburn runway, models wore their medium-length hair with a noticeable cornrow braid down one side while the other side was smoothed down with a wet look gel.
Editor’s tip: If you’re thinking of trying this men’s hairstyle in 2019, arm yourself with VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel. With 24 hours steady control, this wet look gel is a styling essential.
Making a strong statement on the runway was the buzzcut. The short cropped shaved hairstyle is always a favourite on and off the runway and we think this Matrix-esque look might just be the look for 2019. Will you try it?
Okay, not exactly a hairstyle but we couldn’t miss the opportunity to talk about this surprise new trend and well it does sit on your hair so we’re running with it.
We’ve seen bucket hats and flat caps on the catwalk for a few seasons now, which is why when we spotted this eye-catching fedora hat on the Astrid Anderson runway we had to give it an honourable mention.
The 5 key hair trends to take away from LFWM AW18
For most people, curtain hair conjures up images of Peter Andre dancing around in that infamous Mysterious Girl video. As a look, it’s definitely fallen by the wayside since its heyday in the ’90s but it looks like it might be on the way back.
Spotted on the runway at British menswear brand Blood Brother, this brunette model wore his man bob in a defined centre parting, tucked back behind the ears.
Whether you love it or hate it, with hair god David Beckham recently showing his support for the style, there’s no stopping it. You know what they say: if you can’t beat them, join them!
Editor’s tip: If frizz and flyaways are at risk of ruining your centre parting, don’t let that put you off trying the syle. The VO5 Fluff Tamer is great for combating unruly strands and you don’t have to worry about it leaving your hair greasy.
Okay, so we know locs aren’t anything new but they cropped up so many times on the runway this season that they’re worthy of a special mention. Thanks to rappers like Fetty Wap and PartyNextDoor, shoulder length dreads are everywhere RN and they pair perfectly with the casual street style trend.
The man fringe
Fringes have, in the past, been generally thought of as a feminine hair cut, so the concept of a man fringe is refreshing. If you’ve got poker-straight, fine hair like this model, fringes can be a great way to add shape to limp locks and they’ve got an undeniably high fashion air about them, too.
Flat caps & baker boy hats
Baker boy hats totally blew up towards the end of last year thanks to female fashion bloggers, but if Oliver Spencer’s AW18 show was anything to go by, come autumn the guys will be taking back this one.
This heritage trend is rooted in traditional British style and it’s the perfect way to channel the Peaky Blinders era in a cool way, without looking like you’ve just raided your grandad’s wardrobe.
Modern textured fringe
If we had to pick the most wearable look from this season’s shows, this modern take on the French crop would definitely take pole position.
Compared to some of the wackier runway trends we’ve seen, we can actually see a lot of guys with different face shapes being able to rock this one. The tousled, wavy finish has the added bonus of making it great for everyday wear, whether that’s for work or play.
Editor’s tip: This look is all about the texture, so neatness is a no no here. Don’t worry if you’re lacking in texture though, just scoop out a small amount of the VO5 Rough It Up Putty, warm between your hands and use it to rough up your look for a cooler finish.
London Fashion Week Men's: The SS18 looks you need to know
Before we start wishing the year away, let’s take a moment to rewind back to the SS18 shows and see which hairstyles are set to be big in the next few months, shall we?
Amongst all the acrobatics and cartwheeling, Vivienne Westwood was throwing it back to the 1970s with this nostalgic hairstyle. Models with long hair had just the right amount of cool waves added to their lengthy locks to give off a surfer dude vibe.
Editor’s tip: To recreate this look, we suggest keeping the hair parted down the centre and spritzing your mane with the VO5 Dry Texture Spray, which is perfect for creating undone styles like this one.
Spiky box parts
Known for pushing boundaries and showcasing bold, eccentric styles, it’s no wonder that the models at Bobby Abley’s show hit the catwalk with some avant-garde looks. But kooky get-ups aside, the designer actually hit the nail on the head with a set of spiky box parts!
Ideal if you’re already rocking a cool undercut style, and want to jazz up your look for a festival or lads holiday, this unique style may just be for you.
Curls, curls, curls
For this catwalk look, it’s all about embracing your natural curls and playing around with which cut will highlight your curly mane to the max.
We suggest growing it just long enough so that you have a few eye-grazing ringlets falling forward, just like this model at the Cottweiler’s show.
But don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you straight-haired guys. You can learn how to create soft body curls by following our how-to get curly hair guide, right here.
Wait, are we in a time capsule right now, because this look is serving up plenty of ’80s sentiments? The shag haircut was super popular back in the 1980s and has slowly been resurfacing – which we’re super stoked about, by the way.
Editor’s tip: The shag haircut is all about working with your natural hair texture and shaping it into your desired finish. Utilise a good sea salt spray, like TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray, to boost your natural texture and add movement, for the perfect lived-in look.
Update your locks
When we think of deadlock styles, we almost certainly don’t think of double high pigtails – but clearly designer Kate Eary does, because she sent models down the runway with that exact style.
So, if you’re bored of tying your dreads back into a single ponytail, take a cue from this male model by spicing up your style with some quirky pigtails and colourful hairbands.
Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Is this the real life Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons? Either way, we seriously love this afro hairstyle, which ticks all the right style boxes.
Updating an already fantastic hairstyle is not always easy, but this afro has hit the mark. It is full of texture and movement, and best of all can be tailored to suit your individual style.
Editor’s tip: To construct this spikey afro, we suggest using the VO5 Matt Styling Paste, which is great for mid-length separated styles.
So, which of these runway approved looks will you be trying next?