Posted by All-Nutrient Professional on Feb 21, 2017

From the top down, men’s hair styles are shifting from Mad Men looks and military-style precision cuts to softer, more versatile looks with length. For 2017, men’s runway styles stole at least three hot trends that women’s previously tapped: texture, versatility and a ‘90s influence.

Guys don’t care so much about the runway but barbering is blowing up again because men want more options than ever, even in the workplace. While the undercut is a mainstay, now it’s faded or blended for the Collegiate, disconnected for an edgier look or a Pompadour and paired with a fringe or not—which can move straight to a spring Caesar. The side part is shifting closer to the center, and man buns (they’re still around with a strong disconnect) are getting grown out into the newest change that younger men and runway designers are embracing: long romance-novel cover hair that’s waved, mussed and slightly disheveled. 
All these options make balance, head shape and product use top topics of conversation. After all, Fabio hair doesn’t work with a long lumberjack beard, the Pomp can elongate a face too much (even with a short beard) and the undercut was born to be adjusted individually. It’s not a wonder that online searches for men’s hairstyles are now outpacing those for women’s!



Undercuts Rule

The longer-on-top, shorter-at-the-back-and-sides style remains a favorite among all men. The sides can be blended or gradually faded for a more business-like look or totally disconnected for the strong contrast of tight, single-length sides. True personalization comes into play not only with a man’s sense of style but with his head shape, face shape and hair texture.

Classics and Collegiate looks are softer and better blended at the sides. When hair is straight, it’s either point-cut or layered through the longer top lengths. Hair that’s naturally wavy gets more subtle control with layering, while super-coily hair is embracing the texture trend with undercut naturals or short, re-shaped twists that are created in two minutes with pliable waxes and curl sponges. Even barbers are giving them a spin—pun intended because the sponges create twists when you pull hair through the holes twirl the sponges around.

On the far edge are the disconnected cuts that allow a man bun or even a real Rockabilly look, in which the sides are curved to the center instead of getting styled back for a Pomp or combed forward for a fringe effect. Given the many trend twists, guys are now asking questions like: “Where is my natural part?” and “Will I be able to style the top higher?” When going for a pomp, remember that high tops and tight sides don’t work with every face shape. Adjusting where the undercut starts can help.


Fringe Effects

Fringes are a natural part of most undercuts—just don’t call them bangs for boys. Even the in Caesar, the fringe gets personalized to hair type and texture, and can be cut for specific advantages, such as hiding a receding hairline. Naturally, there’s a niche-trend in fringes: It’s “curtains” again, with long bangs getting center-parted, then swept to the sides, in a look that references Johnny Depp in the ‘90s.


Playing The Part

With ‘90s influences back on the scene, the popular side part is shifting toward the middle but it’s rarely perfectly centered, the way it was in Leonardo DiCaprio’s look of that decade. When the top is longer, finding the natural part by wetting the hair, then pushing it forward is key. For 2017, parts aren’t perfect. The clean, hard part might still work by day but at night, it’s a rougher finger-created part that makes the style appear more casual. For super-curly hair, a strong part keeps areas separate, or the part is gone altogether. When a slicked-back style or the Pomp is in play, a heavier pomade or gel make the part vanish for max control.


Textured and Mussed

It’s texture that’s giving guy’s cuts versatility—either cut-in, created with products or often, both. To master the five-minute finish, men are turning to pomades and styling crèmes for pliability, gels for volume and texturizing sprays for “dirty” looks (hair is never super-clean for a Pompadour). Hint: Lightweight products rule for spring/summer. In Google’s most recent data report on searches, the top-searched grooming terms men looked for were “pomade,” “beard oil,” “beard balm,” “fade hairstyle,” “hair balm,” “men's anti-aging” and “men's haircare.” What they’re really looking for: education, control and versatility.

Within the texture trend is the trade-off between matte and wet, which often occurs with day-to-night changes. On the far end of the trend are long-hair looks that are wet and even oily, which puts them right on par with the wet looks women are creating with oils. Another cross-over trend: waves and curls for the guys with longer looks.


Color Cues

Switching up hair color is guy thing, too, but Justin Bieber platinum is already out—it’s just too high maintenance for most men. Even highlights are taking a less-is more approach. When it comes to gray, George Clooney’s look has encouraged guys to go for it, and even when gray is blended, leaving a little at the temples is now au courant cool. Younger guys are experimental but brighter hues are a “dash-and-a-splash” thing—not rainbow hair.


The Long Haul

Male models at Tommy Hilfiger, Thaddeus O'Neil and several other shows at Men’s Fashion Week strutted out in hair that was shoulder-length or longer and almost always wavy and textured. While many of these looks were absolutely iron-curled, albeit softly and lightly, will men themselves ever reach for that particular tool? Only time will tell, but it all gets underway with a little gel and scrunching. Already, there are ample sightings of younger men with long-haired street styles.

As men loosen up their hairstyles in age-appropriate ways, the aim will always be to look like it took no time at all to get the right style for the intended first impression. And that all comes down to the ideal cut for the man, his hair type and his lifestyle. Products add the attitude.

Topics: Styling