We can't quite put a lid on 2016 just yet but we'd venture a guess that the best mens of the year have already been established. From Lucky Blue Smith's debonaire wet-look hair to Jimmy Butler's not-too-perfect flat top, the last ten months or so have proven that men have officially boxed themselves out of cookie-cutter cuts. Here, 10 of our favorite mens haircuts for this year and next. Maybe we're being shortsighted but we just can't imagine it getting any better than this.
The Brit-Boy Fade
The has had its moment in the sun. For an updated take on the look try, a of the cut. It has the same edgy creative-guy feel but is a little less Brooklyn, a little more London in spirit. Bonus points if you trade out your brown lace-up boots for a pair of shiny black Docs.
The Gatsby Slick-Back
In today's extreme haircut world, a medium-length, tapered haircut can't just flop around as-is. That would be a little too Hugh Grant circa 1995. Instead, guys with this length are slicking their hair with high-shine pomades and gels in order to give it a bit of a '20s polish. The effect is pretty damn charming, and looks great with a nice suit.
The Rebel Curls
Got a head of curls hiding underneath your baseball cap? Follow in the footsteps of rebels like the 1975's Matthew Healy and let 'em shine with a long, shaggy cut that's meant to be worn messy. Unwashed, un-styled, and paired with your favorite leather jacket the look is more Gavin Rossdale than Shirley Temple.
A '70s-era offshoot of the skinhead subculture in Britain, suedeheads wore dressier clothes and kept their hair slightly longer than their induction-cut friends. Today, the look is just an unpretentious take on the buzz-cut which simultaneously makes you appear younger and a bit edgier too. To get the cut ask your barber to use a #2 or #3 guard, keeping the length uniform all over.
The Lazy Man’s Pompadour
Pompadours, or "quiffs" as they say in England, have been trending for several years now, but guys with full hair shouldn't give up on the look yet. To adjust the cut for right now, take a less precious approach to styling it; enhance your natural wave with soft wax or pomade instead of trying to shellack it into submission. Then, run your hands through it all day long.
The "Do You" Dreads
Basquiat-level dreads require time and commitment (it took Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. the Weeknd, several years to land on his signature 'do) but they're worth the wait. Because, like rare vintage T-shirts and Fear of God jeans, very few people will have the cut for themselves, and yet everyone will agree that it's cool. That said, feel free to leave the Cartier accessories to Jaden Smith.
The Surf Brah Undercut
If the ultra-short fade isn't for you, take things in the opposite direction but keeping the length even longer on top and bleaching it to look like Patrick Swayze's color in Point Break. That is, like a guy who surfs all day, every day. The trick to achieving this look is to keep the sides tight and make sure you condition the hell out of that processed hair on top. Only real surfers can get away with fried strands.
The Chill Afro Fade
Natural vibes on top, barbershop-fresh on bottom, this cut is the best of both worlds for black men who want something polished that's not uptight either. We especially like , which is basically a flat-top with small twists which take a little bit of the severity out of the shape.
The Handsome Dad
Find yourself shaking your head and saying "I'm too old for this shit" as you read this story? Meet the handsome dad haircut; a classic cut that's a little bit longer on top and towards the front with gentle tapering on the back and sides. As long as you keep it fresh, this cut will always be cool.
Or, screw everything—keep it real, real short and let your clothes do the talking instead of worrying about what's on top of your head. While any hair texture can pull off a induction-style buzz-cut we like it on guys with coarse hair textures who can pull off the fresh-from-the-barber line up around the hairline.
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