The best haircuts for men are constantly changing. And with so many new cool men’s hairstyles to get in 2018, deciding which cuts and styles are good for you can be tough. There are popular hair trends that are updates on classic styles, and then there are barbers coming up with stylish modern cuts. Fortunately, these haircut styles range from fades to tapers, crops to faux hawks, quiffs to mohawks – so every guy has an option.
So whether you have thin or fine hair, straight or curly locks, or just thick hair you need to cut and style easily, we’ve got the freshest looks of the year. Your hairstyle is a fashion statement that can make or break your personal style for the year, so check out our guide for the coolest hairstyles for men to try.
Table of Contents
- Popular Hairstyles For Men
- Textured Crops
- Mohawk and Faux Hawk
- Comb Over
- Ivy League
- Tapered Haircuts
- Crew Cut
- Angular Fringe
- Slick Back
- Dyed Hair
- Wavy Hair
- Curly Hair
- Spiky Hair
- Short Sides with Long Top and Beard
- Best Hair Products For Men
- Hot New Hairstyles For Men in 2018
- 18.1 Long Crop + High Bald Fade + Full Beard
- 18.2 Messy Wavy Hair Cut Short + High Fade
- 18.3 Thick Brushed Back Hair + Low Taper Fade
- 18.4 Textured Hair + Low Bald Fade
- 18.5 Messy Short Hair + Low Burst Fade + V-Shape Neckline
- 18.6 Hard Side Part + Low Taper Fade + Beard
- 18.7 Textured Crop Top + Line in Hair + Skin Fade
- 18.8 Slicked Back Undercut + Line Up
- 18.9 Short Curly Hair + Low Fade
- 18.10 Wavy Comb Over + Hard Part + Low Bald Fade + Beard
- 18.11 Curly Mohawk + High Burst Fade + Edge Up
- 18.12 Thick Messy Hair + Fade + Beard
- 18.13 Textured Modern Spikes + Low Taper Fade
- 18.14 High Fade + Side Swept Fringe + Short Hair
- 18.15 Short Quiff + Drop Fade + Thick Beard
- 18.16 Classic Side Part + Tapered Sides + Beard
- 18.17 High and Tight Buzz Cut
- 18.18 Burst Fade Mohawk + Line Up + Fresh Beard Design
- 18.19 Shaved Sides + Sweep Back
- 18.20 Long Textured Slick Back + Undercut + Short Beard
Popular Hairstyles For Men
The textured crop is shaping up to be one of the hottest looks of the year. Guys can wear it short or long, textured and styled or just messy. In fact, the textured look has become popular in almost all hairstyles, from the quiff to the comb over. All it takes is a good pomade or hair wax to style the look you want.
With that said, short to medium length hair on top with a fade or undercut continues to be the dominant trend. No one can deny that a faded comb over, slicked back undercut, or pomp fade still looks awesome.
Below, you’ll find a sexy fresh haircut for every hair length and type.
The crop has been gaining momentum in barbershops around the world. First seen in Europe, the resurgence has spread to the United States and Australia, where many young men appreciate the short haircut for its simplicity and quick styling. The shorter hair on top is then combined with a fade on the sides, and styled with a matte pomade or wax.
To get the French Crop haircut, the faded sides are naturally trimmed with a hair clipper while the cropped top is cut with scissors. To style your cropped hair, we recommend keeping your hairstyle flat for a look similar to a crew cut but with a small fringe.
The quiff – in all of its classic, voluminous glory – remains a fashionable, sleek hairstyle choice for any style-savvy guy. With extra length on the top and short faded sides, the main challenges of the modern quiff haircut come from the intensive styling requirements. Although the final look of this trendy medium-length style is worth the effort, a lot of men simply don’t have the time or energy to style their hair every morning.
Nevertheless, to do a quiff, we recommend you start with clean, towel-dried hair. Styling a quiff will require a blow dryer on high-heat and a pomade, wax or putty with strong hold. For a messy look, apply your styling product evenly throughout and then simultaneously brush back and blow dry. Afterwards, use your fingers or comb your hairs into place as desired.
As the sleeker, more neat and sophisticated cousin of the quiff, the pompadour has continued to be a popular men’s fashion decision. The pompadour haircut itself is remarkably similar to the quiff, with short sides and long hair on top being the two main features of the style. Furthermore, the modern pompadour for men is frequently combined with an undercut to give an edgier look without disrupting the lines of this vintage style.
To style the pompadour, you’ll need a strong hair product, blow dryer, and comb. Start by applying your wax or pomade. Then comb all your hair back, slowly providing some lift and volume. Once you get the general shape of your pomp, blow dry to apply heat and keep the shape you’ve styled.
Mohawk and Faux Hawk
The mohawk and faux hawk (aka fohawk) are rebellious hairstyles that reminds most guys of their favorite punk rockers. For 2018, an updated version of the style is set to become popular as a low-maintenance but trendy look. The modern mohawk and faux hawk fade involve more gradual transitions between the long hair on top and shaved or faded sides, but still includes the distinctive strip of longer hair running down the middle of the head.
For a more conservative haircut that can be worn everywhere and everyday, we recommend you get the fohawk. Similarly, the burst fade mohawk looks super fresh and hot on black guys. These cuts can accommodate a variety of different types of fades with different lengths on top.
Whether you want a classic or modern look, the comb over haircut remains a cool option. Versatile yet easy to get and style, the comb over fade practically styles itself along the part in your hair. Nevertheless, guys can find many ways to wear the look uniquely. From a low fade to an undercut on the sides to a short or medium length cut with hard part on top, this parted hairstyle offers something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a 2018 hairstyle for men that is flattering for just about every face shape and hair type, comb overs and side parts should be one of your top picks for the year.
Vintage and traditional, the Ivy League haircut is another go-to style that any guy can pull off without complicated instructions or an army of styling products. The distinctive features of this cut include short hair parted to the side with faded sides. For a more conservative finish, choose a low taper fade; otherwise, a high skin fade can offer tons of contrast.
For a classic men’s haircut that is bound to impress in professional business settings or social events, the Ivy League is a good choice. Just ask your barber for 2 to 3 inches on top with some type of fades on the sides, and style your hair naturally.
The tapered cut is both versatile and trendy. What makes tapered hair unique is that your sides are not buzzed with clippers, like a fade, but instead scissor cut for a longer look.
While the look still gets gradually shorter towards the bottom of the head, a tapered haircut doesn’t provide the same contrast as a fade. As some guys start to prefer longer styles, this cut is set to be one of the most popular of 2018.
Known for the military “short back and sides” look it creates, the crew cut is a stylish yet enduring hairstyle for the modern man. While the standard crew cut may not be flattering for all face shapes, asking your barber to add small variations to the cut can make the look better-suited for your face.
For example, if you have a rounder face, try slightly longer hair on top. For a big forehead, add a fringe or side sweep your bangs. Then get a high skin fade on the sides for a more contrasting look. Whatever your preference, crew cut styles are easy to get and simple to style.
Over summer, the angular fringe haircut rose in prominence and this hairstyle will continue to increase in popularity throughout 2018. By choosing a shaped messy or straight fringe, men get longer hair that is styled naturally at an angle.
The top can then be paired with an undercut or high fade and line up. This look is also a great way to show off highlights. If you’re ever bored styling your quiff, you can take the same hair and do an angular fringe.
The slick back is a classic, iconic hairstyle that looks good on most guys. For hipster Millennials, the slicked back undercut has been a mainstay. If you’re searching for a high contrast way to wear your thick hair, slicked back styles work well in all circumstances.
The best part is that slicking your hair back is literally the easiest look to pull off. All you need to achieve this look is at least 3 inches of hair on top, an undercut or fade on the sides, some high shine pomade, and a comb. Simply comb your pomade through your hair for a sleek, professional look.
If you’re really looking for a change this new year, dying your hair could be the perfect way to express yourself. A lot of men don’t consider bleached hair a realistic option, but it can be the best way to get a fresh start and add something extra.
In fact, platinum blonde, white, and grey hair seems to be super stylish with the right hairstyle and look. Whatever your natural hair color or texture, choosing the best new color for you will create a whole different look and complement your haircut.
Men with wavy hair know that they need a special cut to work with their unruly, hard-to-manage locks. But instead of fighting your hair’s natural waves, we recommend you embrace them. In 2018, the coolest wavy hairstyles were the ones that showed off this natural texture. Ever seen a sweet wavy comb over or fringe?
Wavy hair provides some flair you can’t get with other types. But just to make your life a little simpler, we recommend cutting your hair very short on the sides. For example, try a bald fade or undercut which leaves manageable length on the top of the head, but still showcases your hair’s natural texture.
As with wavy hair, men with curly hair have a naturally fashionable texture as well. Choosing a style that leaves enough length on the top of your head to let your hair expand naturally will give you a trendy, urban look that includes a lot of versatility. Imagine a curly fringe or crop, or short tight curls with faded sides.
If you’re worried about your hair being frizzy in a longer style, some top-rated hair wax or pomade will help control and tame any flyaway hairs for a sleek finish. Remember, guys with cool curly hairstyles can be the hottest studs, so don’t curse your curls till you’ve tried these looks.
Spiky hairstyles may remind you of the 90s, but modern spiky hair is completely different and provides a cool way to style short hair. By adding texture with a small amount of hair product to seeing your scalp, you can pull off this edgy haircut for young guys.
As you can see from the example above, a fresh low skin fade and line up go a long way towards shaping the spikes on top. And as trends move more to messy looks, spiky haircuts will continue to be common and barbershop favorites.
Short Sides with Long Top and Beard
Cool beards and hairstyles go together. In fact, some of the best men’s haircuts look even better with a full beard. Whether you combine short or long hair on top with a beard and faded sides, this look achieves the perfect balance of facial hair and head hair without making you look unkempt or messy.
For a classy look, try a classy slick back or quiff hairstyle with a thick, rugged beard for a masculine style that screams “alpha male”. Just remember to take care of your facial hair with beard oil, balm and wax.
Best Hair Products For Men
We often get asked about the best pomades and hair products for men. The truth is, styling products are the tools used to achieve these awesome looks, and without them, guys will have a tough time keeping their hair looking good all day. However, the challenge is finding good products and brands at an affordable price for your hair type and length.
Here are some of the best men’s hair and beard products we recommend you try.
- Pomade – one of the most popular hair products for the modern-day gentleman, pomade helps keep your hair in place while avoiding the flakiness or stickiness of gel.
- Hair Wax – like pomade, hair wax is the other very common styling product for guys. Hair wax is recommended for a natural, textured finished.
- Shampoo – using a gentle, organic shampoo for your hair and beard can stimulate growth, minimize hair loss, and keep your locks healthy.
- Conditioner – the right organic conditioner will keep your hair soft, moisturized, and looking better than ever.
- Beard Oil – using a high-quality beard oil is essential to maintaining a healthy, conditioned beard. To avoid dryness or aid in grooming, apply your beard oil daily after showering.
- Beard Balm – like beard oil but with butter, beard balm can soften and strengthen your facial hair while providing the hold necessary to keep it straight and styled all day.
- Beard Wax – beard wax is similar to beard balm but with beeswax, allowing for more control and styling for unruly, long facial hair styles.
Hot New Hairstyles For Men in 2018
Deciding on the best men’s hairstyle for you in 2018 is easier than you think. While your sense of style doesn’t have to be the latest, boundary-pushing look to make a splash, these cuts offer the perfect example of trendy looks that have stood the test of time. Check out the pictures below for the hottest haircut styles of the year.