Male hair trends 2021

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Which men’s hairstyles and trends defined and which celebrities did everyone want to look like? Here are a few hairstyles that were extremely popular over the past year, all inspired by a celebrity.

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Men Hairstyles French Crop

French Crop

It’s related to the quiff, but it’s significantly lower maintenance. Likely as a confluence of these factors, this haircut featuring a short length, a fade on the sides, and some fringe on top surged in popularity over the past year. Attesting to its adaptability, it delivers texture and that just-slightly-messy look with ease, and stays out of the way throughout the day.

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Crew Cut

If you could sum up with one hairstyle trend, it’s this: The classics are returning. While the quiff received most of the attention, the crew cut came in second, perhaps due to its light relationship with the French crop. Rather than keep it short all over, go for a modern update with faded sides and a bit more length on top.

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Men's Hairstyles undercut


The undercut has proved to be one of the more versatile and adventurous cuts out there, and its grip didn’t let up throughout In general, while the undercut can sport short to long hair on top, its definitive factor is the length distinction between both portions, and this leaves room for styling a quiff or adding fringe.

Men's Hairstyles fade

Low, Mid, and High Fades

If it’s short on the sides, your hair is generally good to go. Fades have also dominated men’s haircut trends throughout , and they can be divided into three types. Low fades go for a nearly uniform length throughout, while a mid-fade adds a bit more body and length around the temples. A high fade approaches French crop territory, with a longer length that quickly tapers into a short length around the ears.

Taking this to extremes, the formal top fade offers enough length for styling – yet, it doesn’t approach an 80s flat-top fade – and keeps things short and cropped on the sides.

Men's Hairstyles buzz cut

Buzz Cut

Just take it all off. Zayn Malik, Frank Ocean, and other celebs did just that over the past year, perhaps adding a smattering of hair dye for some variation. It’s the original no-maintenance cut, and is likely a reaction to the past few years of pompadours, quiffs, and longer locks.

Men's Hairstyles Caesar

Caesar Cut

Let’s take a trip back to – but don’t frost those tips just yet. A Caesar’s essentially the midpoint between fringe and fade, and keeps things simple in the styling and maintenance departments. And, as the 90s and early aughts fashion trends are back in full swing, it seems like the right time to bring back this quintessentially lates do.

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Men's Hairstyles quiff


Of course, this one will be right on top. There’s no one right way to do a quiff, but its popularity is built on two principles: It’s a lazy-man’s pompadour (without making you look like you can’t be bothered), and there’s a version that flatters every face shape. And, maintenance varies, from the simple French quiff to the ducktail-like teddy boy. The sides are faded – but aren’t quite an undercut – and most of the work goes into the front.

Men's Hairstyles faux hawk

Faux Hawk

Speaking of early aughts looks making a return, this thing’s back, but in a messier, less half-hearted form. Essentially an undercut taken to extremes, the modern faux hawk adds more length on top, brings the fade a little higher, and adds a ton of volume.

Men's Hairstyles peaky blinder

The Peaky Blinder

Who knew that a period piece – and its leading man’s hair – would become so popular in the menswear circuit? Yet, Cillian Murphy’s hair – in spite of the early 20th-century setting – ends up being quite modern with its long, slightly disheveled top and nearly shaved sides.

Men's Hairstyles curtains


Curtains is the 90s bowl cut by its proper name, and today, it’s basically an undercut with more length on top and less volume. For a modern update, avoid any hard edges, yet keep it neat and textured – like rock icon hair without the all-night partying.

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Men's Hairstyles fringe


Amongst short- and medium-length cuts, fringe – or pieced bangs, to be more direct – was everywhere this year. At times, it appeared blunt, with a single uniform length all the way across, or it offered a secondary textural dimension through irregular lengths. Either way, we don’t see fringe going away any time soon.

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Side Parts

Comb it in or have it shaved, if you’re being extra edgy. In all cases, side parts were one of the year’s ubiquitous hairstyling trends. And, as it adds some definition to an even all-over mussed-up look, it’s fairly versatile across short, medium, and long lengths.

Men's Hairstyles waves


Don’t even think about using a curling iron – instead, you’ve got to let your hair grow out naturally. From there, embrace its naturally wavy character by highlighting it with a texturing paste for that just-out-out-of-the-ocean surfer-esque effortlessness.

Men's Hairstyles pompadour


Consider it the formal quiff with plenty of retro underpinnings. Although your barber needs to cut your hair in advance, the styling’s up to you. These days, it’s one way to style long hair without going the modern Grunge rocker route, and offers a more office-appropriate solution if you’re looking to experiment with length.

Men's Hairstyles Slick back

Slicked Back

Or, rather than go through all the styling involved in upkeeping a pompadour, you can just slick it back. The key, here, is you need at least medium-length hair and have to pare down the amount of product used. Otherwise, by the time 3 p.m. rolls around, you’re left with a flat, oily slick moving down toward your nape.

Men's Hairstyles blowout


It’s how women with medium- and longer-length hair have styled their locks for years, so now, it’s a prime opportunity for men to add volume and keep their shoulder-length -˜dos on point. You don’t have to make bi-weekly appointments at the hairdresser’s though; instead, learn to finagle a blow-dryer and round brush for the perfect windblown-yet-straight combination.

Men's Hairstyles comb over

Comb Over

Due to the current political climate, this hairstyle has gotten a bit of flack in recent years. Yet, at the simplest level, it’s a strong, exaggerated side part that creates an asymmetrical illusion – just make sure you have enough hair on both sides.

Trend Forecast by Experts

Fades On Point

“Most of the shorter men’s hairstyles for involve some kind of fade on the sides and back. I don’t mean really long hair cut on the sides like Boy George in the 80s. But if your hair is long enough for a pompadour on the top, the faded look on the sides is just right for you.

You’ll see any length shorter than that worn all kinds of ways – but still with that tight fade on the sides and back. From a tousled top to a crew cut, there’s a lot of room this year to do what you want with your hair, while still being on trend.”

– Ghanima Abdullah | Hair Expert |

The Anything Goes

“Gone are the days of just a few hairstyles for men. Nowadays, there are so many trends for men to select from and will be its epitome. It seems as if it’s going to be ‘anything goes’ this year with men’s cuts. 

We are seeing awesome buzz cuts that initially rose to prominence with the advent of manual hair clippers. Equally trending is the afro fade. Box braids and twist fades that range from high to low.

Long layers are another prime choice this season along with the slicked-back hair quiff. The quiff is best known for combining the s pompadour hairstyle with the s flattop, and sometimes a mohawk.

Another look taking the stage will be disconnected styles. Think of a disconnected hairstyle as two different hair cuts in one. The name is due to the varying lengths that aren’t blended together in any way. This style tends to offer a lot of texture, and responds well to a messy, bold look, especially when the right products are used.

Finally, let’s not forget hard parts and designs because they are here to stay for the foreseeable future. The great thing is that anything goes, it’s no longer a one size fits all approach. Think lots of texture in !”

Gina Rivera | Hair Artist & CEO | Phenix Salon Suites

Texture Is In

“We are seeing a looser, more grown-out texture when it comes to men’s cuts. They aren’t going into the office as much and are feeling like they can express themselves through their hair working with more of their natural texture.

As far as shorter cleaner styles, we are dropping the weight distribution lower on head and face shapes and working the movement away from their face. They are also playing with some lighter interest pieces on color through where they have longer lengths.

A lot of the younger male clients are bringing in inspiration photos of women shag cuts from the late 70s.”

Holly Dear | Hair Artist & CEO | Dear Clark Hair Studio

Best Celebrity Men’s Hairstyles

Mens Hairstyles

Blake Shelton

Good for Most Hair Types 

Blake’s hair has seen it all. He’s rocked a mullet, curls, and longer hair. Most recently, his polished look features shorter cropped sides, while the top is left longer to be swept back with molding hair paste.

This cut is very flattering on most, works well from day to night, and is very easy to maintain.

bradley cooper hairstyle

Bradley Cooper

Good for Medium to Thick Hair  

Bradley’s natural wave is ideal for medium-thick hair. Its uniformed layers add a natural kink and is also easy to maintain. Learn about how he groomed for the Academy Awards.

kumail nanjiani hairstyle

Kumail Nanjiani

Good for Most Hair Types 

Kumail short cut is a classic. The back is cut short, while the top features several layers to give the swept to the side look.

luis fonsi hairstyle

Luis Fonsi

Good for Most Hair Types (Including Thinning Hair)

This look is on-trend right now. Men seem to be going back to pushing their hair forward and up vs. the hard part and brush to the side. It’s a cool look and even great for thinner hair.

The back and sides are cropped short, with top layers created for blending. All you need is a little hair paste for the front tips. This cut requires a trim every 4 weeks to maintain.

Jason momoa hairstyle

Jason Momoa

Good for Medium to Thick Hair  

Jason has the right hair for a longer cut. Be sure to check with your stylist to see if your mane can handle the length. Just remember, the coarser the hair, the bigger and bushier it will grow out. Also, a longer cut will draw attention to receding hairlines. 

Trimming is crucial if you want to grow your hair out. Also, you’ll need to invest in a sulfate-free leave-in conditioner*.

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Joanna Klubek

Joanna Klubek Pereira is the salon manager and lead stylist at 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon (Morristown, NJ). With more than a decade of industry experience, Joanna is known for her expansive experience in hair cutting, men’s color correcting and barbering. 

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Each year brings changes into the landscape of men’s hair. Will be the year that the popularity of The Fade fades and guys embrace longer, more carefree haircuts?

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Can we retire our pomade for texture spray? What cuts are in and what are out? We asked celebrity hairstylist Paul Labrecque, for his insights into the hair trends we’ll see in

What Hair Trends Are Out For ?

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1. Disconnections

As for hair, in , disconnections will be headed out. By this I mean hair that’s shaved on the sides with some exaggerated length on top.

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This style had easily helped some guys wear man buns and sport ponytails, but I think we’ve seen enough of this for a while.

2. Overdone Barber Styles

Overly-coiffed barber looks that require heavy pomades to place on top because your hair is too heavy to muster any style on its own will also be over.

3. Just Out of Bed

Any “just out of bed” look doesn’t really go well with a suit. I believe we’ll see more polish and care from guys overall this year.

What Hair Trends Are In For

Men’s Hair Styles and Trends for

1. Tidying Up and Balancing

Maybe this starts with a tidy up, giving your hair layers and textures to help provide a more fluid silhouette.

Balance is key when it comes to the top and sides, and some scruff is great as long as we keep it manicured and sexy. Think of your partner or date…

They don’t want to taste yesterday’s meal on you! Give your style some texture with a great gel, and you’ll be good to go all day.

2. Keep Connected 

Perhaps you really love your short sides and want to keep them. If this is the case then do, but know that being able to see a shadow of hair is key.

Basically, this only requires the skill of a 0 guard clipper cut — it’s lazy-approved! The newer looks and trends fade much better when created with a scissor over comb, and grow out this way without such a prickly edge.

Keep in mind the connection between your top and bottom is key.

3. Create Texture

When I want a lengthier look on top, texture is crucial, as is a layer that actually provides the movement for your strands.  

If we leave the top only one-length, a man bun is the only way heavy hair will stay out of your face. But when we layer a heavier top and add internal texture, we create fantastic style.

Men’s Hair Styles and Trends for

3. Strong Hair

I do think that strong hair is coming back in a big way and will be in fashion this upcoming year.

To me always looks good on a clean shaven face. I believe that men who like to wear strong looks will really go the extra mile and do an exaggerated change, shearing off the long top and creating a forceful profile with the Cesar Cut.  

To wear this look you need strong features — good ears and a square jawline. Hair trends for men also often follows movies. With the release of the upcoming ‘Top Gun’ sequel, I think we will all revisit 80’s style with stronger, squarer tops cropped to the sides, and clean well-shaved faces that put the military back in our daily step.

If you want to add facial hair to this look, keep it clean, keep it trimmed, and you will be looking fresh and fashion-forward. It is possible to do both the Cesar andTop Gun’ look, it’s all about how your hair is cut and pushed up, whether that’s with a gel or forward with a light separating pomade.

Switching up your product can give you different looks at different times.  None of us always like to look the same, so embrace change!

Expert Opinions

Eras Make a Comeback

“Today’s men’s hair trends are taking their cues from many different decades, and thus will definitely continue.

sees the s “Mad Men”  hairstyle popular, with its tight sculpted lines and extreme precise part.

Younger men are embracing their curly hair! And will continue embracing the 70s decade with loose fluffy Afro curls, even with a surfer vibe. 

Also trending up is the 80s mullet. Watch a country music awards show and you will see how this hairstyle executed in a much more modern way has gained popularity in today’s youth.  

Word on the street is that the perm is back for guys also, much to many hairdressers chagrin… for those who don’t have those natural 70s curls. 

The good news is that men more than ever are paying attention to their looks, and will continue to be more adventurous than ever!”

Frank Fuina | Owner | Guilty Indulgence Salon

Shake and Go

“In the salon, low maintenance looks remain the order of the day. Today’s male guest is looking for haircuts that can run the distance – so longer, brush-back styles are in top demand.  Men are looking for an “eight-weeker” or cuts that have room to grow in overtime.

Super-tight fades are now controlled tapers, with looser perimeters and necklines.

More and more guys are getting educated on using a blow dryer to recreate their longer looks. At the chair, each stylist should be teaching their men how to style their hair.

Having said that, a lot of men are simply “letting it go,” and long shapes are hitting hard in hair trends. From mild surfer boy to straight-up Point Break, these designs require strong knowledge in texturizing techniques.”

Jesse Linares | Master Stylist | Lunatic Fringe

Nature Boy

“Popular hair trends for men in will continue to be short to medium length and textured for a natural look. We’ll see the low and mid taper fade on the sides and back with a crop top, longer crew cut, comb-over, and messy quiff.

Many guys have experimented with cutting their own hair during the pandemic, meaning you saw plenty of buzz cuts and crew cuts with tapered sides on Zoom calls. However, when the economy opens up, most of these professional men will be excited to get fresh barbershop haircuts once again.”

Chris | Master Barber | Men’s Hairstyles Now

A Synopsis of Style

Hair Trends in :

  • Short textured top with varying lengths in the back – the modernized mullet.
  • Scissor cuts vs tight fades, keeping the hair longer over the ear and collar.
  • Lots of texture. Also, longer and square layered cuts.
  • A lot of waves and curls. Leaving length on top to be able to perm but still having tight sides.
  • Burst fade V shape mohawks with disconnected curly tops, that are permed or natural.
  • Longer lengths in the back and short on the sides, resulting in the Modern Day Mullet.

Celebrity Influencers for Hair:

  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Odell Beckham Jr
  • David Dobrik
  • Harry Styles

TikTok Influencers:

  • Short sides with a slightly disconnected top and a very long front to cover the eyes.

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Men’s Hair Styles and Trends for

Now this brings me to longer locks and looks… some of us just look better with a fuller side and top. This can be quite dashing and allows us to have a little more to play with, not to mention it also gives your lover more to run their fingers through!

I’m a sucker for long hair that cascades over one eye and is slicked rather than shaved back.  Not only is this look worn by some of the world’s most handsome men, but it is also forgiving of larger ears and noses because it gives us somewhere else to focus our eyes.

The runway is where I get lots of inspiration, and yes, we are seeing more hair less-shaved sides, bringing back more sophistication, which I think will be a huge focus for folks in

Lastly, if you have little hair or you just like the freedom of having a shaved look, know that this is here to stay. Bald is sexy, not combovers!

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Here we stand, on the precipice of a third lockdown, staring into the abyss of what some more optimistic souls (fools!) thought would be a brave new year with brave new prospects.

And though the outlook may seem totally gloomy, there are a few bright spots on the horizon: the vaccination programme currently being rolled out being one, the fact that we’ve got a couple of months, at least, to mess around with our hair at home again being another.

When in the first lockdown we all took rookie steps in growing our locks out longer than ever before and in the second we took to the clippers to give ourselves (inevitably dodgy) buzzcuts, for the prospects are looking a little more, well, creative.

So here, to help you get a head start on your new ’do in what is already a very strange year, is my guide to the biggest hair trends you should be experimenting with right now.

1. The neo-mullet

Zac Efron is currently rocking a short version of a mullet on set in Australia, Troye Sivan – the aforementioned country’s crooner of the moment – got a bleached-out mullet at the end of last year and Rihanna has been rocking a mullet for a good few months now. It’s a potent trifecta that means the shaggy on top, long at the back, cropped at the sides look is very much back on the agenda. 

To make a mullet work, however, there are a few things you need to consider before you take the plunge. Given the slightly flyaway bogan style of the cut, for instance, it really works best on those with well-defined features (enter, Mr Efron). Furthermore, your hair should have a little natural curl and you need to be prepared to maintain it on a regular basis to avoid looking like Pat Sharp (no offence, Pat). 

“The mullet is a style that doesn’t take itself too seriously but wants to make a statement,” says Craig Meggs, expert barber at Ruffians. “Usually a hairstyle is all about blending and balance, yet the mullet actually flies in the face of convention and does the opposite of all of that: short on top, even shorter at the sides and with plenty of length at the back.”

2. Mini mohawks



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