2018 saw us move towards more natural, messier finishes with our hair, and we expect that trend to continue as we seek styles that are easier to style, grow out better and don't require high maintenance.
So here's all you need to know about the men's haircuts that we expect to be popular in 2019 and how you can achieve them.
The Buzz Crew
Continuing on from one of the biggest trends of the end of the Summer, the buzz crew will continue to be a popular style for men looking for a shorter trim in 2019.
It's slightly longer than a buzz cut and slightly shorter than a crew cut. You can keep the sides as short as you like, and keep the top to just about comb to finger length with added texture to give it a messy "grown out buzz" look. This haircut is not meant to look perfect and likely won't be heavily shaped up, meaning you'll get more longevity as the hair grows out.
The best thing about this style though? It needs no real styling at all. It's just short enough that you should be able to get out of bed with the hair exactly where it needs to be. If you do feel the need for styling as it grows out on top then use a really tiny bit of a matte finish product like the Regal Gentleman Matte Clay for a natural look.
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Curly / Wavy Faded Undercut
This could be our favourite haircut trend for 2019! And is one for the wavy and curly haired gents, who often don't get much attention when it comes to haircut trends.
But to rock this style, wear the curls on top natural and slightly pushed down as a fringe. Then take the sides shorter (often taken down to a skin fade, but doesn't have to be). The sides should be worn in an undercut but not dramatic like a Brad Pitt Fury style undercut, it should still be faded up to a point and left with a very slight disconnection.
To style use a pre-styler like the Regal Gentleman Salt Spray (coming soon) for added texture and then finish with a leave in conditioner or curl enhancer to give your curls the moisture they need to avoid frizzing.
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Natural Top With Low Fade On Sides
This haircut is all about letting the top of the hair do what it naturally wants to do. To achieve this style wear the top with a messy, natural texture.
Then you want to take the sides down shorter with a low or mid fade, that brings an element of style with the messier top. You don't want anything too high with the fade, to keep a natural softer look.
Don't over style this haircut, just use a tiny bit of a product like the Regal Gentleman Matte Clay or paste to add texture and hold. To achieve the more natural look, you want something that has no shine and is reworkable.
(Credit top left to bottom right: @domthebarberian, @nickbarford, @domthebarberian, @nomadbarberbln)
The Messy Pompadour
Right out of the bedhead era, the punk rock'esque style of the messy pompadour is rising in popularity again.
To rock this style, take the sides down short with around a 2-3 on the back and sides, or even scissor cut for a more personalised finish.
But, the main part of this haircut is the top. You want this to be left slightly longer around 3-4 inches minimum with heavy texture throughout (especially in the fringe) to give the messier appearance.
To style use a tiny bit of a low shine product like the Regal Gentleman Texture Paste (coming soon). And then you can finish with a tiny bit of hairspray if you want some added hold. You want the hair to not be completely matte and have some grit and texture to it.
(Credit top left to bottom right: Pinterest, @andrewdoeshair, @mattyconrad, @charlie_cullen)
The Textured Fringe
In the last year or two, the fringe has often been worn blunted or heavily cut in to, but now the fringe is back in it's more natural swept across variation.
Especially with Tommy Shelby and Peaky Blinders returning to our screens this year, expect to see a lot more fringes worn textured and pushed down.
Pair the textured fringe with a low to mid fade on the back and sides for something softer and less harsh. To style use a pre-styler like the Regal Gentleman Salt Spray (coming soon) in damp hair, blow dry through and then finish with a tiny bit of matte finish product like the Regal Gentleman Matte Clay.
(Credit top left to bottom right: @ruffians, @collinanthonyhair, @toastiestyles, Pinterest)
Soft Side Parting
The side parting is never out of fashion, and is a classic style that most men have experimented with at some point.
After being paired with a lot of high skin fades and hard parts for a while, in 2019 expect the side parting to return back to the classic shape of the 30s and 40s, but without the high shine finish.
Keep the sides longer with around a number 1-3 on the back and sides, or even scissor cut, and then leave more length in the fringe; getting shorter towards the crown. Have texture added to the hair for a more natural, less slicked finish that's easier to style and will require less maintenance. The parting won't be as clearly defined as it has been, and will just be a slight part at the natural part point of the hair.
Use a paste, like the Regal Gentleman Texture Paste (coming soon - get exclusive access now), that gives a low shine, but not a high shine finish like you'd expect with pomades. The hair doesn't have to be slicked and precise, and can be worn slightly messier. You want to still keep this haircut looking very natural, and using the natural texture of the hair.
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High and Tight Textured Crew Cut
Not too far off the "buzz crew", but the main difference being slightly more length on top, giving you that little extra to play with.
The sides will be taken ultra high & tight just like the styles Military brother, and will often be paired with a skin or zero fade. The top will be heavily textured, making the hair much easier to style in the morning.
To style use a tiny bit of a matte finish product like the Regal Gentleman Matte Clay. You want to keep this looking natural on top, for an almost unstyled look.
(Credit top left to bottom right: @barbersno1, @tuckercuts, @lukedbeaumont, @cutsandbruisesbarbershop)
Medium Length Classic Scissor Cut
With the two extremes of shorter and longer styles being popular over the past few years, and although never out of style, the classic medium length scissor cut has taken a slight step back in the minds of a lot of gents. But now medium length cuts are making a rapid comeback!
There will be no short tight fades on the back and sides with this one, and will be worn scissor cut all over to give a more natural effect. This will be all about tailoring a haircut to your face shape.
To style use a pre-styler like the Regal Gentleman Salt Spray (coming soon) in damp hair, and then finish with a low shine product like the Regal Gentleman Paste (also coming soon) for added hold. You want this style to keep a natural classic look, that is still able to be pushed back throughout the day.
(Credit top left to bottom right: @carliefirth_, @mbthechair, @ruffians, @alan_beak)
What to Expect From Men's Hairstyles in 2019?
Lower fades. Expect to see less high and harsh skin fades on the whole, and more low to mid softer fades.
More personalised haircuts. With barbers sharing more knowledge than ever before and gents starting to care more about who their barber is, expect to see a lot more personalised haircuts tailored to your hair, face shape and needs, rather than generic haircuts with a "one size fits all" approach.
Natural finishes. The trend for natural and messier finishes with an element of style versus slicked polished styles looks like it will continue for the near future, with more of us looking for something that's easy to style and doesn't look overly finished. That means more salt sprays, clays and pastes and less gels, waxes and high shine pomades for now.
Versatile styles. With a lot of us getting bored of styles quickly, expect to see styles that can be worn in more than one way, and, with an emphasis on how the style grows out, giving more variation to what we can do with our hair. As opposed to styles cut into one specific shape that can't be changed and need regular maintenance e.g. hard part side partings.
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