Popular men’s hairstyles in 2018 continue to be short undercut and fade cuts on the sides with longer parts, comb-overs, pompadours, quiffs, as well as textured hairstyles on the top. 2018 has seen many “long top, short sides” hairstyles, though longer styles worn textured and loose are also popular.
A fade refers to the way the sides and back of the hair are cut, in that it gradually shortens (fades) in length with the longest hair on top and shortest hair at the bottom. Cut with clippers, there are a variety of styles, either high, mid, low or skin/bald fades, depending on preference and where the cut starts. Fade haircuts can be cool yet professional. You can get a cool fade that blends into short haircuts, and also medium or longer hair length haircuts.
The low fade starts right above the ear to the mid (medium) fade that’s tapered in the middle to the high fade haircut that often begins at the temple and suits every man whatever the skin tone. Which short fade haircut you try depends on the type of cut and style you want.
Made popular by Justin Timberlake, Brad Pitt, and David Beckham, the main feature of the undercut style is the well-defined contrast between shaved sides and the voluminous top. It is a style best suited to men with square or diamond face shapes.
There are many variations, including the disconnected and slicked back undercut, but generally, it is buzzed sides and at least 5 centimetres of length on top. For the hair on top, it can be slicked back, brushed up and back or combed to the side in a side sweep or comb-over. Undercut hairstyles are not best suited for men with curly hair. Best results will have medium-fine hair as thick hair has a weight which can make the style look too voluminous.
A comb-over was once ridiculed for being for balding men desperately trying to hold onto their last few strands of hair. Now, it is a broader term for a variety of side-swept styles, similar to a side parting and the hair is sometimes brushed back in an angular fashion. This side parting flatters every face shape, and there is a style for every hair type. Even Trump uses the comb over hairstyle.
Modern comb over styles generally include a low, medium or high fade or undercut for something a little more daring. Up top, hair can be styled into a classic slick look, have some volume or plenty of texture. Comb-overs are the simplest to style, though high volume, highly textured styles may need some blow drying.
One of the most versatile haircuts around, the modern pompadour hairstyle is a variation of a cool classic, being longest at the front of the head at about six to 11 centimetres to give what is known as the “pomp” and gradually shortens towards the back of the head. This strange sounding haircut was made famous by Elvis, who fully embraced sideburns with the look.
There are different styles to suit any man’s hair, whether you have short, long, thick, curly, or wavy hair, for ranging from the voluminous and dramatic to a look of traditional sophistication. Some styles have very short, buzzed sides, while others have a softer look that is tapered.