Trendy men’s haircuts inspired by the catwalk + how to get them

Discover our round-up of trendy men’s haircuts inspired by the SS16 runways.  

Looking for new trendy men’s haircuts to inspire your next barber visit? Then where better to turn to than the spring/summer 2016 runways for the latest hairstyles that have been pre-approved by designers and the ever critical fashion set?

Whether you’re after a cool long ’do or a respectable short cut, there are plenty of fresh, exciting options to suit all tastebuds and hair textures. Read ahead for our curated roundup of five trendy men’s haircuts from the catwalk you should try this season.

male model on the runway wearing an orange tshirt and a green jacket with his blonde hair styled in a textured fringe
Textured bangs at Berluti spring/summer 2016 Credit: indigitalimages.com

Textured bangs

Seen at: Dries Van Noten, James Long, Margaret Howell, Berluti, Craig Green.

The lowdown: Fringes have been making somewhat of a comeback on the men’s hairstyle scene as of late, which, we think you’ll agree, is great news for those with larger (or steadily growing!) foreheads.

But while last season was all about harsh, blunt bangs that tend to be quite unforgiving for those with less defined bone structures, this spring/summer is all about a relaxed and altogether more flattering look. We’re talking textured, piecey fringes that ooze a certain nonchalant charm, while still delivering a playfully punchy effect.

Get the look: For this style to work, it’s crucial that you keep the top longer so that you can comb it forward and craft into a fringe. You can take the back and sides much shorter, but the key is to request for scissors – rather than clippers – to maintain a softer effect.

Editor’s tip: Very little product should be needed for everyday styling if your barber’s done a decent job on the cut. Try the TONI&GUY Mens Styling Clay for structured, yet effortlessly tousled results.

male model on the runway wearing a navy blazer and a navy tshirt with his dark brown hair styled into a sleek parting
Sleek side-sweep at Calvin Klein spring/summer 2016 Credit: indigitalimages.com

Slick side parts

Seen at: Louis Vuitton, Paul smith, Ermenegildo Zegna, Oliver Spencer, Canali.

The lowdown: Favoured by 9-5 businessmen past and present, a neat and dapper side-part is a haircut that will never go out of style. But with so many designers adopting the look to pair with handsome two-pieces, as well as more casual separates, proof is in the pudding that an updated version of this slick hairdo boasts more versatility than ever before.

For those of you who have a distinguished parting, take advantage and work with it, but remember there’s freedom to be a little more experimental, too, so don’t be afraid to change it up.

Get the look: This cut works particularly well on those with thick, straight or slightly wavy locks, but it’s certainly not out of bounds if you’re starting to thin. In fact, if cut correctly, a bit of clever styling can help conceal thinning hair, too.

While the top must be kept longer, in order to allow it to be combed over to one side, you have the choice of keeping some length at back and sides for a cool retro-inspired outcome, or taking them shorter (try tapered or with an undercut) for a more dramatic, youthful look.

Editor’s tip: A hairdryer and a good stronghold product like the VO5 Grooming Pomade can help achieve the results you want.

male model on the runway wearing a blue tshirt under a khaki coloured leather jacket and wearing sunglasses with his medium brunette hair worn in a relaxed quiff
Touchable quiff at Katie Eary Spring/summer 2016. Credit indigitalimages.com

Touchable quiffs

Seen at: Burberry, Belstaff, Katie Eary, Christophe Lemaire.

The lowdown: It’s probably fair to say that we’ve seen countless variations of the quiff over the years, so there’s certainly a timelessness about them.

But while it’ll essentially always be about height with this hairstyle, the more modern interpretations – and one which we’ve been seeing a lot of on the catwalks lately – promote depth and volume without looking too structured.

A perfect adaptation of this cut for summer, this season’s highly textured and intentionally haphazard quiffs definitely feel more relaxed and look more touchable – which will please the ladies, too, we think.

Get the look: To be able to replicate this look with success, the most important thing is to have a good base cut, so really communicate to your barber what exactly you want. A longer top part is essential for creating the quiff, but how he/she cuts your hair will have a direct impact on what it’ll look like after styling.

For a more casual, natural-looking style (which is what we’re after here) it’s imperative to have soft layers built in, otherwise your quiff will err on the stiff side once product has been applied. To add volume and amplify texture, try the VO5 Extreme Style Texture Rework Spray.

male model on the runway wearing a black and white outfit with his dark medium length hair worn in undone curls
Natural textures at Dries Van Noten spring/summer 2016 Credit: indigitalimages.com

Natural curls

Seen at: Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Paul Smith, Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, MSGM.

The lowdown: Echoing the au naturel hair trend that was all the rage at the SS16 womenswear shows, wild, natural-looking curls were also big news on the menswear runways.

Designed to really showcase those big, bouncy locks some of you gents have naturally been blessed with, this trending look is perfect for those with very curly to coily and even afro textures. Finally, it’s time to embrace those curls and turn up the volume for maximum impact. Best paired with a clean shaven complexion for the most handsome results.

Get the look: If you’re the proud owner of a super curly mane, you may well have experienced some (or a lot of) resistance in the past when attempting to tame it. Well, consider it a problem solved, because it’s all about letting your hair run wild this season.

Determine the type of curls you have and consult your barber on what might be the best cut in terms of making the most of those wonderful textures and ease of maintenance. After that, a good curl-defining product (like the TONI&GUY Prep Curl Defining Oil) should be all you need.

male model on the runway wearing a grey tshirt and a necklace with his longer medium brunette hair worn down
The man bob at Damir Doma spring/summer 2016 Credit: indigitalimages.com

The mob (man-bob)

Seen at: Hermès, Etro, Damir Doma, Dior Homme, Saint Laurent.

The lowdown: Still loving life in the long lane? Gents, meet: the mob, A.K.A. man bob. While 2015 was all about longer lengths and the various updo options that came with, spring/summer 2016 is all about a slighter shorter style – think anywhere from just below the chin to shoulder-length – with plenty of soft layers built in for a neater, ’70s-inspired look.

Touted as the new man bun, this haircut is great for men looking to grow out their hair, or those desperate for a lower maintenance version of their existing long cut.

Get the look: Good news: this trendy new length couldn’t be easier to maintain and style on a day to day basis. And it’s one that works to complement – rather than against – most hair textures, too.

So whether, you have straight, wavy or curly locks, the man bob can be for you. Remember to ask your barber to build in short, soft layers to amp up the texture and remove excess weight.