Milan Fashion Week Men’s came and went in a flash. And while next autumn/winter might still seem a while off, there’s already some clear hair trends coming through for the season ahead.
From the return of heartthrob hair to actual leopard print hair, here are the standout men’s styles to keep on your radar.
6 AW19 hair trends from Milan Fashion Week Men's
The trend: Leopard print hair
Leopard, snakeskin, cow – the animal print trend is just unavoidable at this stage. Naturally, Versace opted to take it one step further, sending one of their models down the catwalk with actual leopard print hair.
Seen where: Versace
The model’s platinum blonde short hair was painted with brown and black splodges to tie in the look with a statement leopard coat. It has to be said, while we’re not convinced this look will hit the mainstream, it definitely broke the internet.
The trend: Buzz cuts
Buzz cuts have been going around for a while now and come autumn/winter they’ll be the cut to covet. The appeal of this low-maintenance style is obvious, but adding colour like this frosted blue (matching the look perfectly), shows you can still make an impact with a short cut.
Seen where: Numero 00
Seen both on the runway and on stars as wide-ranging as Idris Elba and Nick Jonas, if you’re afraid of going all in, gradually going shorter is a less intimidating way to work up to it.
The trend: Wet look curls
If MFW Men’s has taught us anything, it’s that it’s time to stop being so scared of using product. While natural, matte look products have their place, wet-look gels were a runway favourite this season.
Seen where: MSGM
Proving slick hair isn’t strictly for evening wear, MSGM paired gelled curls with a buttoned-up white shirt and borg denim jacket for a smart-casual feel.
Editor’s tip: Naturally curly hair? Use the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel to twist small pieces of hair for more defined curls.
The trend: Twists
Inspired by rappers like ASAP Rocky and Travis Scott, bob-length braids are a really coveted look and twists are another fashion-approved variation.
Seen where: Marni
Compared to demanding cornrows, twists are easier to do yourself and maintain at home – just make sure you protect them at night with a silk cap to keep them looking fresh.
The trend: Heartthrob hair
You might not have heard of ‘heartthrob hair’ before, but it’s about to be everywhere. Exhibit A: the Fendi AW19 runway.
Seen where: Fendi
What’s heartthrob hair you ask? Picture a style that’s half Timothée Chalamet’s tousled curls and half Hugh Grant’s floppy curtains in the Notting Hill era, then you’ve got a pretty good idea.
Editor’s tip: Lighter than a classic mousse, the VO5 Rework Texture Foam is great for adding lift and texture to mid-long length hair without weighing it down.
The trend: Fedoras
Following on from their surprise appearance at London Fashion Week Men’s, fedora hats also made their mark in the Italian capital – on the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk, no less.
Seen where: Dolce & Gabbana
Complementing the vintage 1940s feel of D&G’s Eleganza collection, the fedoras added a touch of elegance to the classic and timeless tailoring.
The hair trends from Milan Fashion Week AW18
The trend: Guylights
If you’re looking to update your hair with a seasonal colour, you can’t go wrong by adding some guylights. Male models were spotted with platinum hues on the ends of their hair – much like the frosted tips of the ’90s and ’00s!
Seen where: Dolce & Gabbana
Proving that highlights are back for 2018, Gary Barlow has recently been wearing this revived style, giving the look an update with some undone texture, rather than sharp spikes. Mark our words: it will become the main male hair trends for the festival season.
The trend: Curls
We’re glad to see that natural hair textures are still being embraced on the AW18 catwalks. Starting its upward ascent to popularity at the SS18 shows, curly-haired gents can rejoice in the fact that their manes are still going to be trending throughout the year.
Seen where: MSGM & Neil Barret
From tightly coiled styles seen at MSGM to side-parted glossy curls at Neil Barrett (above), no matter what curl pattern you have, it’s all about growing them out this year.
Editor’s tip: Keep your curls frizz free and under control with the VO5 Fluff Tamer. Use a small amount on dry or damp hair for natural control and hold that isn’t greasy!
The trend: Lengthy locks
If you’ve been growing out your hair since the rise of the man bun, and have finally got to the point where your hair has grown enough to rival even the likes of Jared Leto, we can only imagine how relieved you must feel to know that long hair is still reigning supreme on the catwalks.
Seen where: Sartorial Monk, Daks & Dsquared2
From sleek, straight styles at Sartorial Monk (above) to wind-swept looks at Dsqaured2, the catwalk was awash with long hair *breathes a sigh of relief*.
The trend: Platinum hues
Seen where: Versace & Dolce & Gabbana
Honestly, never has a hair trend been more obvious. From Versace’s buzzcut (above) to Dolce & Gabbana’s shaggy styles, platinum hair was the stand out hair colour from Milan Fashion Week without a shadow of a doubt.
Editor’s tip: If you’re thinking of colouring your hair a new shade this year, be sure to use a wash and care system formulated with coloured tresses in mind. We suggest trying the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner for keeping your colour looking vibrant and on trend.
The trend: Modern combover
The classic men’s hairstyle is back (did it ever leave?) and we are loving the modern take on the timeless style. Great for men with thin and unruly hair, everyone can work the combover trend (as long as you have the length ofc!).
Seen where: Daks
Also spotted on numerous red carpets, the look was given the runway treatment over at the Daks AW18 show, pairing the look with a retro-meets-modern collection, featuring vintage hues on classic garments with updated cuts.
Editor’s tip: Keep your combover product free for a soft finish as seen on the Daks runway or, for a suave finish (a la Don Draper), add a small amount of VO5 Gel Wax to achieve hold and a natural shine to your hair.
The trend: Bucket hats
It may be all berets and baker boy hats for the ladies this season, but for the boys, another bygone accessory has resurfaced: the bucket hat. Maybe not traditionally seen as a fashionable addition, the humble bucket hat gives a certain nonchalant charm to a more styled outfit.
Seen where: Prada
From flat caps at London Fashion Week Men’s to bucket hats in Milan, no outfit will be complete this year without a hat or two in your arsenal. Needless to say, everyone can jump on board with this trend, so what are you waiting for?