Top Five Hairstyles for Men in 2018

A little less pronounced, the shorter quiff can be seen on athletes, rockers and office types equally.

Have you recently noticed that your current hair style just doesn’t cut it? With fall approaching, it may be a good idea to turn a new leaf and craft yourself a new look. Here, we’ll go through the updated list of the top five hairstyles of 2018 for men. Let’s kick it off with a little man bun action…

5. Post-Modern Hippie and Grunge

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This style allows for a lot of customization an variability; While loose hanging hair can accentuate a thinner face, a high bun may prevent those that wear glasses from concealing the face too much, allowing for an artsy and intellectual look.

So far in 2018, we have seen many style choices that are callbacks to the 1970’s and 1990’s. Particularly prominent hairstyles from these eras were decidedly non-conformist in that they did away with clean lines and an ordered shape. Instead, more and more men are seeing the potential of the look that’s most recently graced such stars as Chris Hemsworth in the Thor and Avengers films. The secret to this look are two qualities: patience, and somewhat fine hair. If you are transitioning from a shorter hair style, to achieve proper length for your face shape can easily take months to have locks that reach the jawline,and over a year for considerably longer. Likewise, it’s somewhat hard to achieve this style for fuller hair (or very curly hair for that matter) as it is likely to not cooperate very well with most variants. That shouldn’t discourage you from experimenting, however. For most face shapes, it’s best to have a sweeping part that either flows down the side, or against the flow and over the top of the rest of the hair. Layering done at a barber shop or tying your hair to the back in a mid-rise bun has proven to be very popular in 2018. As for products to keep the look, what’s commonly termed as “Sea Sprays” may prove useful, as will a very hydrating shampoo and conditioner combination, especially in dry environments where frizz and broken ends will be prevalent.

4. Chopped Short

This look is a classic and is unlikely to ever be unpopular.
This look is a classic and is unlikely to ever be unpopular.

If long hair isn’t quite your style, then perhaps something equally carefree in appearance but in shorter order may be a better option. For those who have thinning hair this style can give significant volume in appearance. To achieve the look, be sure to have your hair cut close to the sides, and leave a bit more length on the top (around an extra inch from the side length at least). Also, instead of combing your hair as you would for most other styles, it gives a slightly more authentic and improvised appearance if you use a small amount of styling paste and pomade and run it through your hair by tousling it about with your fingers. This will give a look that says “I woke up this way” but also will pair wonderfully with a suit. If you’d prefer a slightly less wet look that would be given from a pomade and paste combination, a texture dust used instead of pomade will give the same look but far less shiny.

3. Big and Bold

Similar to the pompadour, this look is the definition of bold.
Similar to the pompadour, this look is the definition of bold.

Are you the kind of person who admires the classic punk style, especially tinted with 50’s flavor? Then this style may be for you. While this is a time intensive style to keep (think around an hour a day, depending on conditions), it will draw attention to those who don’t mind a bit of dedication. To get this style, first ensure your hair is long enough. A decent measure is to pull a lock of hair down onto your face; If it reaches the bottom of your nose, it should be just fine. Next, have your barber shorten up the sides considerably, not buzz cut, but short enough to be distinct from the top of the hair, and have the crown trimmed with clippers for a better contrast. For personal styling, the most popular is the swept back quiff, which entails the following. First, find your natural part and use a bit of salt spray, ensuring the part stays divided. Next, apply a bit of paste to the hair after it’s been slightly dampeded. Then using a blow drier with a vented tip, blow up the hair a bit and brush, sweeping it back and away from the part so as to maximize flair and volume. This can be either smoothed out for a more modern professional look, further raised with products to make even Elvis proud, or tousled around for a more punk appeal.


2. The Conservative Quiff

A little less pronounced, the shorter quiff can be seen on athletes, rockers and office types equally.
A little less pronounced, the shorter quiff can be seen on athletes, rockers and office types equally.

For some people, a mix of bold and approachable is the best bet in terms of style. The most popular style in 2018 for these sort of individuals would be the conservative quiff, which much like the previous style does have plenty of flair, but allows allows for less maintenance. The cut is again similar, but this time ensure that the top of your hair is only about an inch to an inch and a half longer. When personally styling it out, find what works best for you. Some prefer to use a styling clay to gently matte the hair in a subdued shape, or in contrast using your fingers and a pomade to twirl your hair into a more curly and windswept style.

1. The Wet Look

The easiest style to pull, this can be done without much forethought and is great for those not looking to invest into products often.
The easiest style to pull, this can be done without much forethought and is great for those not looking to invest into products often.

In terms of mass popularity, the casual wet look is by far the best of hairstyles present in 2018. While sharply parted, “office worker” wet styles have somewhat diminished, the more broad, lightly spiked variants have been gaining as a great general style. The slightly swept style in particular, with a more volumized top by using a broader toothed comb can be achieved with almost any length of hair, and thus typically gives both barber and customer some freedom of cut, and allowing for this style to be a great designated “back up” for a busy day.




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Cody Carmichael
University graduate in Psychology, and health worker. On my off time I'm usually tinkering with tech or traveling to the ends of the globe.

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