Our prediction is that many of the best men’s hairstyles of 2016 will carry over to 2017, meaning that the fade, undercut, pompadour, and even man bun will continue to be cool hairstyles for men. Below is a complete guide for the most popular hairstyles and haircuts for men.
Fade haircuts and hairstyles have been very popular among men for many years. The fade has generally been the basis for most hairstyles and comes in multiple forms, including a classic, low, mid, and high cut.
However, the fade has also become part of the pompadour and undercut hairstyles, both of which feature long hair on top and fades on the sides. Ultimately, the fade offers something for everyone.
How To Get A Fade
To get a classic men’s fade haircut, ask your barber to cut the back and sides short with clippers. How short you cut depends on your personal preference, but most fades start with shaved sides and taper toward the top of your hair. Fade hairstyles allow you to style the hair on top of your head any way you want.
The undercut can be characterized as a “short on the sides, long on the top” hairstyle that offers men styling flexibility and haircut options. Whether you have straight, wavy, or curly hair, there is an undercut hairstyle for you, including slicking your hair back, combing it over, or leaving it loose and natural.
How To Get An Undercut
There are two main types of undercuts – disconnected and faded. The differentiation is determined by whether or not you blend the shorter hair on the sides into your hair on top.
The undercut fade tapers gradually until you reach the top, whereas the disconnected undercut leaves your hair on the sides one length, resulting in a sharp contrast with your hair on top, hence the “disconnect”.
The rest of the undercut depends on how you want to style the hair on top and what length you should ask your barber to cut it.
The pompadour is another hairstyle that features short hair on the back and sides with long hair on top. However, what makes the pompadour unique is the large volume of hair in the front (the “pomp”) that gradually recedes towards the back.
The pompadour became a popular new hairstyle for men after the King of Rock, Elvis Presley, made it famous in the 1950s. Soon thereafter, other celebrities like James Dean, Desi Arnaz, and Little Richard followed suit, cementing the pompadour as one of the top hairstyle trends of the last 50 years.
How To Get A Pompadour
How to cut a pompadour depends on how you want to style the sides. For short tapered sides, you can tell your barber to give you a low, medium, or high fade that is blended into the top. If you want to slick back your sides, leave the hair longer – around one to two inches.
To create the pomp effect on top, you will want to leave your hair in front long enough to flow back, gradually trimming the hair in the middle and back. Determining the top length is a matter of how much height you want.
An extreme pompadour requires hair that is 6 inches long, but we recommend you keep the haircut between 3 and 6 inches.
The side part hairstyle is a timeless classic that offers a clean, professional look. Modern variations exist, but the side part, in general, is perfect for men with thick, straight hair and is more difficult to achieve for men with curly or thin hair. The side part is a great choice for the workplace as well as all occasions.
How To Style A Side Part
The classic side part requires some sort of taper on the sides with longer hair on top. For a conservative look, ask for a low fade. You will also need a decent amount of volume and length on the top – at least a couple inches in the front – in order to sweep your hair to the side.
Keep in mind that side part differs from the hard part in that the hard part involves a high fade on the sides and immediately transitions to a longer length on top. Mention the “side part” to your barber and he will understand the type of haircut you want.
In 2015, the man bun exploded onto the fashion scene. While the reception has been mixed, deciding to sport a man bun really comes down to whether or not you can pull it off. Although we strongly support expressing yourself through a unique hairstyle, we also highly recommend you ask family or friends if you’re right for the look.
How To Get A Man Bun
Not to be confused with the top knot, which features faded sides, the man bun style requires long hair all around. This gives you the ability to pull all of your hair to the back of your head and tie it up in a bun. This style may seem simple and straight-forward to achieve, but the challenge is growing out your hair and keeping it healthy.