If you’re looking for a style that won’t make you cringe when you look back on your photos in 20 years, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you have dark brown hair or ash blonde strands, we’ve got you covered with 19 classic hairstyles for men to try in 2019.
What is a men’s regular haircut?A regular men’s haircut varies by a man’s hair type, texture, and chosen style, but there are a few staples that will happen at just about any barbershop. First, your barber will conduct a brief assessment of your hair. Taking note of your hair type, texture, length, and your daily styling routine will help your barber to determine the best haircut and style for you.
Once your barber assesses your hair, it’s time to describe the look you’re hoping to achieve. If you want your style to be as accurate as possible, we recommend bringing inspiration photos to show your barber. Then, your hair pro will tell you whether your chosen look is realistic for your hair type, texture, and daily maintenance. If your barber suggests this may not be the look for you, don’t panic—chances are good they have a few ideas to tweak the style to make it perfect for you and your lifestyle.
Once you and your barber have settled on a style, it’s time to start cutting! While you might be tempted to take every chance you get to glance in the mirror, trust your barber. Sit back, relax, and let the professional get to work.
How To Care For Men’s HairFinding the right barber is only half the battle. Once you leave the barbershop, it’s up to you to make sure your hair remains in tip-top condition between hair appointments. Lucky for you, caring for men’s hair is easy—as long as you’re equipped with the right tools.
The foundation of any hair care routine is a shampoo and conditioner system to help make your hair look (and feel!) clean and moisturized. We recommend Baxter of California’s Daily Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner. When used as a system, the shampoo and conditioner fortify hair to leave it stronger, conditioned, and nourished.
If you deal with unsightly and uncomfortable dandruff, swap out your regular conditioner for one formulated to help combat flakes. We recommend the Redken Brews Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. This dandruff-reducing shampoo is formulated with Pyrithione Zinc to help fight and control dandruff, clarify the scalp, reduce itchy scalp, and help to eliminate flakiness.
Once you have your shampoo and conditioner routine down pat, you need a styling product to help your hair look Instagram ready every day. The perfect styling product for you depends on your hair type, texture, and style, but there are two staples every man should have in his arsenal: a styling cream and a pomade. We love the Redken Brews Finishing Cream, which helps to keep hair in place while moisturizing and conditioning the strands. For pomade, we can’t get enough of the Baxter Of California Clay Pomade formula. This award-winning pomade helps separate, define, and mold hair with a firm hold and matte finish.
What are good haircuts and styles for men?
Now that you know what to expect at the barbershop and how to care for your hair at home, you’re probably wondering which hairstyle is right for you.
There’s no one-haircut-fits-all solution, but there are a few staple styles that work for just about everyone. If you’re looking for a style that will stand the test of time, we’ve rounded up 19 classic men's hairstyles that always work.
The buzz cut is the perfect cut for the man who likes to keep his look as low maintenance as possible. Ask your barber to cut your hair close to your scalp, leaving just about 15 mm to 16 mm.
This is an elegant style any man with a bit of length can pull off. Simply give yourself a deep part on the right or left side of your head. To keep your look in place, apply a medium hold clay pomade to your hair and comb it through.
If you’d like to make your side part a permanent fixture, ask your barber for a hard part haircut. Your barber will use their clippers to shave an actual part into your hair.
A French crop is a perfect mix between a fade and a Caesar. For this look, your barber will cut the sides and back of your hair very short and leave the top just long enough for a brushed-forward fringe.
If you’ve got medium-to-long hair and are looking for a simple style, look no further than a slicked-back ‘do. To achieve this look, apply a medium hold gel throughout your hair and comb it straight back.
Afros have been a staple for men with textured hair for decades. This look is simple to pull off because all it requires is for you to grow out your hair.
Pro tip: Pick up a hair pick to help your afro achieve maximum volume.
A pompadour is perfect for the man whose style is as flashy as it is classic. For this look, your barber will cut the sides and the back of your hair down low and leave the top anywhere from three to six inches long.
To style your pompadour at home, work a strong hold pomade through your damp locks and blow dry your hair up and away from your face. Once you’ve molded the pompadour to your liking, set your style with a medium hold hairspray.
If you love the classic look of a pompadour but prefer a style that is less work, consider a quiff. A quiff is like the pompadour’s carefree little brother and looks great when worn slightly undone. To style, blow dry your hair away from your face for volume and then use a cream pomade to shape and add dimension. For a more structured look, style using a fine-tooth comb.
For some men, a good haircut is nothing without a killer beard to go with it. This manly look is similar to a high fade in that it’s cut low on the sides and left longer on top, but no lumberjack look is complete without a big, bushy beard.
Many men are apprehensive about shaving off all of their hair ,fearing they don’t have the right head shape for the style. This is when it’s crucial to have a barber you know and trust. The barber you go to regularly should know your lifestyle, be familiar with your head shape, and be able to determine if it’s the right cut for you.
Men with curly hair should completely embrace their gorgeous natural texture. One of the most stylish ways to put your curls on display is a curly fade. Ask your barber to cut the sides and back of your hair down low, while allowing the curls on top to remain about two to three inches long.
High Top Fade
This blast-from-the-past style looks just as good now as it did back in the ‘80s. If you’re looking to recreate this retro cut, let your high top reach sky-high heights. For a modern twist, keep your high top on the shorter side (one to two inches).
Shoulder Length Shag
If you like to maintain long hair, consider a shoulder-length shag. The length is long enough to show off your magnificent locks but short enough that your hair is easy to manage.
Much like a fade, your barber or stylist will crop your hair close to the scalp for the classic taper, cutting it much shorter at the nape of the neck. As far as the hair on top of your head, feel free to keep it as long or as short as your heart desires.
The name disconnected undercut sounds more complicated than the style actually is. Your barber will use two different techniques to cut your hair low on the sides and back while giving you customized style on top.
If you’re looking for a hairstyle with history, look no further than locs. Locs have been around for centuries and for a good reason—they require very little day-to-day styling and look great on just about every textured hair type.
You may think buns are for women, but what’s feminine about a hairstyle that’s on-trend and functional? Get your long strands out of your face with the practical man bun.
Much like man buns, long locks are no longer just for ladies. Don’t be surprised if your down-to-there-hair causes heads to turn. It’s not every day you see a man with such a handsome head of hair.
Quiff hairstyles are often thought of as stuffy, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be roughed up a bit. If you want to take your quiff from the boardroom to happy hour, use a styling pomade like Baxter Of California’s Clay Pomade to spike your hair upwards.
Shaved DesignsShort hair doesn’t typically leave much room for originality, but that’s just because you’re looking for originality in all the wrong places. Stop counting on the length of your hair to give you more styling options and begin to look at your scalp. A skilled barber can shave just about any design into shortly shorn hair.
Whether you’re looking for a hairstyle that will never go out of style or just looking for a way to upgrade your haircut, these 19 styles are sure to inspire you and your barber.
Interested in trying out one of these classic men’s hairstyles for yourself? Use our salon locator to book a salon appointment near you.
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