New haircuts for men



While the list of haircuts and hairstyles above is dedicated to leading men’s hair trends, they’re not the only ones setting the tone. As always with men’s hairstyles, there are variations on themes and altogether different looks that, while mainstream, aren’t fresh, or which specifically appeal to men with a particular taste. We sat down with Melbourne hair stylist Annika to put together all the how to and styling information that you’ll need for each of the hairstyles. This is them:

Short waves / short curls

Over the past few seasons we may have been slowly introduced to a completely fresh decade, but its real exploration it’s only about to begin. If the last decade was all about buzz terms prefixed by man and metro (think manscaping and metrosexual), now we are all about exploring the masculine edge. Sure it’s refined, but there have been only a few periods in recent history where true masculinity didn’t come with a polished edge. Thus we leave behind a time when men and boy bands alike head to a hairstylist for the latest fandangled chemical straightening techniques and instead, for those of them with curly hair, the option of keeping things au naturel is making itself known. Natural, but never less stylish.

And natural is, effectively, where the short and curly hairstyle currently sits. Entangled, interlocked, and messy, it’s a hairstyle that not only connotes a relaxed lifestyle but it is relaxed itself.


Long, curly hair with short sides on the Dolce & Gabbana men’s spring 2012 catwalk

Of course, the nature of curls is that they come in all degrees of severity, some tight and compact, others softer but no less prone to doing whatever the hell they like no matter how much product you seem to put in your hair. The dominant men’s curly hairstyle is based upon a look that captures some of what the quiff has to offer, but with far less height and with little effort pointed towards relaxing or straightening the curls.


Wavy hair with short sides on the Dolce & Gabbana men’s spring 2012 catwalk

Who it is for

  • A natural hairstyle for those naturally curly, or at least those with a head of seriously wavy hair. Don’t try and fake curls – this is a hairstyle that will work with natural, curly hair only.

How it’ll be cut

  • Like most of the ongoing men’s hair trends, the hair will be cut shorter on the sides and longer on the top. The length will all come down to what suits you best, however.
  • If you have tight curls and you are pursuing something that is easy to manage, ask your hairdresser to use clipper 1 and chop off your curls really close to the scalp. This would be easier to manage.
  • Other option is to preserve the length, as this would give each hair strand its curly bend.

How to style it

  • Styling is of the essence here. Curly hair is most prone to frizzy ends, especially during the summer months. To prevent this, apply a curl controller cream to wet hair and run your fingers through it.
  • While other hairstyles make great use of it, stay away from hardening gels with this particular hairstyle as they’ll solidify and make the curls look brittle.


Short curls hairstyle with short sides on the Dolce & Gabbana men’s spring 2012 catwalk

Slicked hair with a side part

The slicked back undercut isn’t the only evolving men’s hairstyle that is built upon the revival of a classic haircut. Nor is it the only hairstyle that requires a sumptuous amount of product to achieve its slick look.


Straight hair, slicked to the side with a defined parting but no volume at Iceberg fall 2013

The men’s slicked hairstyle with side part enjoyed its major revival back in 2009 when Mad Men first impacted upon the global psyche. Courtesy of the man’s man connotations that Don Draper gave the style, it soon became the go-to hairstyle of many a man, the likes of actor George Clooney included. But where it was once for the older, stylish gent, the side parted, slicked hairstyle has morphed into a look for the young as well. As such, it was quickly approached by many designers for the styling of their catwalks. You won’t be hard pressed to find it worn, somewhat knowingly, by style conscious chaps on the streets.


The same men’s hairstyle from a front-on angle

Who it is for

  • This is a hairstyle ideal for men with relatively straight hair as the hair is more likely to sit flat on the head complementing the hairstyle’s ‘slick’ shape.
  • Those with curly hair can straighten or give it a straight blow-dry before commencing styling.
  • If you have a receding hairline or fine hair and are self conscious of either, then discuss this with your hairdresser before getting your hair cut. This is a hairstyle that can highlight areas where men recede – though that’s not a problem for everyone.

How it’ll be cut

  • This style is all about the cut. If it’s not cut so that it can be styled neat and tidy, the classic overtones of the hairstyle will fade away.
  • The thumb-rule to this look is having a clean side part, with shorter sides and relatively longer hair towards the center.
  • Your hairdresser must cut the fine hair around the ears, above the neck and around the hairline. There’s no scope for casual untidiness. When you’re checking your haircut before paying, double check these areas – they must be cleanly cut.
  • A razor can be used to trim the hair at the base of your head for an even more refined and tailored look.
  • Book a follow-up appointment with the hairdresser, six-weeks after the first cut.
  • If you have straight hair: stick to a longer cut on top.
  • If you have wavy hair: opt for a short length of hair on top, perhaps a few inches in length depending on the strength of your wave.

How to style it

  • Keep the parting straight.
  • For a wet slicked look: apply hair gel before parting the hair and then work the product with a comb all through the hair strands.
  • For a natural matte finish look: Part the hair first, spray some hairspray on a brush and gently comb through the top layers of the hair. This will resist flyaway strands.
  • If you’re after the classic finish to the look popular in both the 1930s and again courtesy of Mad Men, then your product of choice will be Brylcreem.


A wavy version of the side part with more volume and elements of the quiff.

Curly mop top

Not tight enough to be an afro and with the mop top being a hairstyle more akin to evoke the Brit-rock rather than anything else, it’s hard to give this hairstyle a name that connotes exactly what it is. So, despite the naff sound to it, please forgive us: we’re labeling the evolution of this particular men’s hair trend as the curly mop top.


Long, curly hairstyle from Umit Benan’s spring / summer 2012 look book

This is the curly kind of hairstyle that you’d wear to an indie gig or to a Bohemian festival. Scrap that. This is the curly hairstyle that you’d wear with bucket loads of confidence. But it’s not just confidence that’s required, but also the ability to style what is known as one of the trickiest hairstyles. The challenge here is to maintain the out-of-control curls, so it doesn’t look like you’ve just spent 18-months on a deserted island. Nailing the 1970s revival vibe, Gucci perfected the look choosing to concentrate on the front and present the hairstyle with both short and long curly hair.

Who is it for

  • This curly men’s hairstyle works best for those with natural curls and plenty of length. As with all curly hair styles, we don’t recommend that anyone endures a treatment just to make their hair curly.

How it’ll be cut

  • When at the hairdresser, ask for a blunt cut without compromising the length; you’re aiming to get a clear shape. It works better if the cut is uniformed and hair has the same length all throughout.

How to style it

  • Before styling, ensure your hair is clean. An oily scalp won’t give you perfect results.
  • Use a curl cream or sea salt spray to create texture in the hair. But remember to always apply these before running a hair dryer through the hair.
  • Attach a diffuser to the hairdryer for best results. It won’t distort the curls.
  • Once hair is dry, use a product that sticks on without ruining the texture or becoming too greasy. We recommend fibre wax, as that has a spiderweb like texture. Massage the product in the hair, concentrating in the scalp area.
  • For additional curls, invest in a small curling iron. Or go the natural way and twist the hair around your fingers. Do the latter when hair is semi-wet.

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