When it comes to male grooming, the 21st-century gentleman has more of a choice than ever. Whether it’s buzz cuts and beard trims, man buns and mohawks or crew cuts and comb overs; going to the hairdressers has never been more complicated. But it doesn’t have to be; here at Central Studio, we’ve decided to simplify matters for males all over the land with this complete guide to men’s haircuts.
Some of these haircuts have risen and fallen with popular culture, whereas other more classic looks have withstood the test of time. There are a multitude of hair-cuts available to the modern man, so we’ve decided to pick some of our favourites that are bang on-trend for this year:
The blow out is a go-to look for men from far and wide in 2017, with many opting for the casual, carefree look with a wild side. This style was first popularised in the early noughties, and with ambassadors such as Jersey Shore’s Pauly D embracing a classic blow out, it’s gone from strength to strength ever since. The look can be mastered by those with straight, wavy or coiled hair of medium length, making it a flexible option for many. The look isn’t too difficult to perfect at home, but arm yourself with a blow dryer, hair brush, hairspray and gel for the ultimate blow out. Or pop into the salon so that our gents specialist Shaun can show you how it’s done!
Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that the ‘man bun’ has been making waves in men’s grooming since its comeuppance in popular culture. Often related to hipsters, the man bun is perfect for mid to long length hair that needs a bit of oomph and certainly makes a statement. This look is also well-suited with shaved sides for more of a powerful look.
Slicking your hair back is undeniably a classic look, that has been embraced in the years before us for generations. However, the way our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers went about this stylish look has certainly changed. From the traditional fade to modern pompadours; there is no right or wrong way to go about the slicked-back look, which is perhaps a big advantage for the more clueless amongst us. There’s no hair too long, short, curly or straight for a slick back, so invest in some pomade and get styling!
Some many might recoil at the thought of sporting a full-blown Mohawk; we’ve all seen questionable pictures of mums and dads rocking that punk trend, and agree it’s probably best left in the seventies. That said, there’s a new style in town, and we’re all for the faux hawk. This more subtle interpretation involves less hair gel and minimal colouring to make for a style every modern gentleman can get on board with. The style is suitable for your conservative working environment during the week, but accommodates the odd wild weekend as well. Again, Pomade is probably the best for perfecting this style and finish with your fingers to add authenticity.
The taper fade cut describes hair that is short, or in some cases bald, towards your neck at the bottom of your head and gradually fades into hair of longer lengths. There are a plethora of ways you can master this style, with the most popular being low, mid and high fades. As the names suggests, this refers to at what point the hair starts to get longer, with low being the most subtle and high being the most daring of the three.
Children of the nineties may be squirming in their seats at this throwback, but the bowl cut is back with a vengeance. The new and improved style is messier and more casual than its predecessor, and has less of a severe undercut. Celebrities and supermodels have led the way in bringing back the bowl, but many will be wary to embrace the look after some dodgy looking school photos. Are you brave enough for the bowl?
We’ll leave you on a high with a classic comb over. This iconic look consists of a large section of hair on top of the head, that is parted to one side and combed towards the other. This is an ideal option for those with less hair than they’d like, as it can make your mane look fuller and more voluminous. The style is neat, classy and perfect for any urban-dwelling gentleman who wishes to stay on trend and looks great with more formal dress.
Whatever style you set your sights on, you pop on down for a hair cut, Bristol and speak to our dedicated and talented mens hair specialist who will be able to help you make the transformation!