Men’s hair: New trends and styling tips




Digital Editor’s Note: I’m pleased to welcome Jim Shaw as our Guest Writer. Jim is Director of Toni&Guy Billericay and a multi-award winning men’s hairdresser. Jim has vast experience of working with men’s hair and has very kindly offered to unpack his top tips for resetting your hair and shares his style predictions.

Jim writes: The start of a New Year is a great time to change your hair look, get a haircut and ‘reset’ your hair for the new year ahead. It’s also a time where we should be taking our haircare routine more seriously and using products that will help replenish our hair.

During the festive season we tend to over style our hair with products and heated styling tools, alongside wearing hats more often that can cause pressure and friction on our scalp and hair, leading to damage. The winter weather can also have harsh effects on our hair, where going from the outdoors to indoors with central heating can lead to our hair lacking moisture, resulting in it becoming dry and lifeless.

The start of a New Year is when we always see the rise of short, low maintenance men’s hairstyles, including the buzz cut and the crew cut, which allow men to get rid of any hair damage and split ends, reset their hair and start the year with a new cut that requires no styling and allows for healthy hair regrowth. The crew cut is a great choice for those looking for a low maintenance yet trendy hair look, and I love the clean lines that can be created with this style.

If you don’t want to go too short with your hair, the classic taper is a perfect choice. This will allow you to reset the sides and back of your hair, having these areas cut super short, and take some length of the top of your hair to create a seamless blend. This style also grows out well and continues to look great as the hair on top gets longer. Simple trims at the salon/barbershop will keep this cut looking fresh and stylish.

When it comes to treatments and haircare products for looking after your hair in the New Year and injecting as much nourishment back into your hair as possible, a scalp scrub is a great product that will help to get rid of any product build up and dandruff that may have accumulated on your scalp. A hair mask is also fantastic for helping to add hydration into your hair and scalp, alongside a nourishing shampoo and conditioner. Natural oils like coconut oil are also beneficial to add extra hydration into your hair and scalp and this can be applied as a hair mask before you wash your hair, or you can apply a small amount daily for moisture and shine.

Additional tips for getting your hair back in its best condition are to avoid over washing your hair and stripping it of its natural oils, to be careful when drying your hair (always be gentle to avoid causing friction on your hair), avoid heated styling wherever possible to avoid hair damage and to lower the temperature when you shower, this can sap the moisture out of your hair and lead it to looking dull more quickly.

Here are my predictions for the trends in men’s haircut’s which will emerge throughout 2024:

Crew Cut

The crew cut has recently become a very highly requested look in the salon. This cut is slightly longer than a buzz cut and is a timeless cut that I think will be here to stay for some time. This style looks particularly strong on those with angled features but is a great style for all face shapes, as it can be tailored to suit the individual. Another great thing about this look is that no styling is needed, just more regular trips to the hairdresser/barber to keep the cut looking fresh. It’s a great look if you want to show off your best facial features and look incredibly stylish too.

Pompadours and quiffs

These are classic styles that come back on trend time and time again. The pompadour being a style that slicks the hair back off the face and the quiff being a style where height is created towards the front of the face. However, for 2024 we will see both of these hairstyles having a contemporary update, being worn a lot softer, with height/volume in the looks being more subtle and not as dramatic. Instead of looking very ’styled’ and polished, these looks will look more undone and effortless. Matte pomades are great for helping achieve these looks, adding shape and texture to your hair with a more natural finish.

Side partings

With old money being a huge trend for 2024, we will also see side partings continuing to be on trend this year. If you do not want to opt for a dramatic hair change, you can simply experiment by styling your hair into a side parting. This is a great way to give your hair a more sophisticated appearance but also added volume and it looks great when paired with a pompadour to achieve a suave look.

Rock n’ roll inspired hair

90’s hair trends have been a dominant trend over the last year, we will see this continue into 2024 with mullets and rock n’roll inspired hair becoming more on trend for men. Mullet-like styles will be worn a lot shorter and we will also see pixie inspired cuts being on trend too with lots of texture and choppiness through the haircut. Both styles look great when paired with more effortless styling with mousses and salt sprays used to add further definition and edge to the looks.

Main Photo Credit: Josh Miller via Unsplash

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