Looking for a new haircut to try out the next time you pay your barber a visit? Here are our favorite trending men’s hairstyles for 2021.
There are lots of trends in the world of men’s hair (like the taper and fade). It can get downright confusing sometimes as to what’s currently in style, and that often makes it difficult for guys who are looking for a new haircut.
Our goal with this guide is to give you an idea of the best contemporary hairstyles for 2021 so you can be confident in choosing a new style that you’ll love.
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These styles are all currently trending and will be for quite some time, so you don’t run the risk of being late to the party.
But more importantly, these are all great-looking haircuts. Many of these are based on styles that have been in vogue for decades, while others are fresh ideas. Either way, you’re sure to find a style you love.
8 Best Men’s Hairstyles for 2021
In no particular order…
1. The Side Part
This one’s an easy mention because the side part has always been a go-to men’s haircut and shows no signs of going out of style.
Lots of guys are choosing this style as their default style because of how simple, reliable, and versatile it is. It can be dressed up or down, so it’s great for both casual and formal situations.
What’s currently trending now is the combination you see above: medium-length hair with longer sides that fill out the look. In the last few years, faded sides have become the norm, but we’re seeing more guys choose to more gradually taper their sides instead.
However, a side part with a fade is still a popular combo as well.
It all depends on what you prefer. Both of these side part variations are hugely popular right now, and you can’t go wrong with either of them.
2. The Undercut
Like the side part, the undercut hasn’t really ever gone out of style.
It’s the haircut that best exemplifies the tried and true formula of short on the sides and long on top, and it has a lot of variations if you want something a little more out there.
First, there’s the standard undercut that you see above. The key is the faded sides that contrast directly with the longer hair on top––this serves as the base for all undercuts. Up top, most guys usually style their hair into a quiff or pompadour, though you can also sweep it back or to the side.
Interestingly, out of the many variations of the undercut, the one we’re seeing the most this season is the undercut with grown out sides.
This style retains the essence of the undercut but lets the sides grow out a little more to create a fuller head of hair.
This is a departure from the super short skin fades that typically get used in undercuts.
The sides aren’t incredibly long, but they’re long enough to add some body and depth to the hair. On top, it’s still the same, with the hair usually styled in a quiff or swept to the side.
3. The Crop
In stark contrast to the undercut, the crop is a style that’s characterized by short and even hair.
Usually, the hair is a similar length all over the head with a flat fringe in front. While this kind of style can sometimes give you that “wet hair” look, when done right it’s a stylish option for guys who prefer shorter hair.
The crop is much more casual than the undercut or even the side part, so it’s an ideal choice if you want a more relaxed, laid-back haircut. It also works well with a range of personal styles and will suit most situations and environments.
Crops come in many shapes and sizes. You can get a messy crop that’s a little looser and more informal, or you can get a crop that follows the contours of your head and frames your face.
here are lots of possibilities here, so it’s worth looking around and seeing just what’s possible.
4. Modified Bowl Cut
You read that right–-the cut that you probably got as a seven year old is now a trending hairstyle. It gained popularity in streetwear fashion, but lately it’s been making its way onto the heads of men all over the world.
However, few guys opt for a classic bowl cut. Rather, they get a modified bowl cut that’s been modernized in some way.
Usually, this is done by giving the sides a fade to create a distinction between the top and the sides.
Often, a complete skin fade will be used so that there’s little to no hair on the sides. All of this helps to redefine the bowl cut as a legitimate style.
The modified bowl cut isn’t for everyone, but it’s surprising to see how good it can look when done right. If you want something casual and fashion-forward, it’s definitely a style to consider.
5. The Full-Bodied Taper
For our last style, we chose a haircut that’s been making a comeback lately: the simple taper. Many guys are looking for a hairstyle that’s simple, functional, and multi-purpose, and the taper checks all of those boxes.
While styles like the undercut rely on short sides and a long top, the taper is all about evenness. The hair on top is still longer than the hair on the sides but not by much. This creates a neat, full-bodied look that’s classically stylish.
You won’t be getting five-inch quiffs with this style, but you are getting an incredibly versatile haircut that almost any guy can confidently wear.
6. Medium Length Waves
Long hairstyles for men will continue to become more popular as guys decide to grow out their hair this year.
Since so many guys start with a fade or close taper (maybe even an undercut), the first step is to let the sides and back grow out. It needs to catch up to the front, which will take some time.
Once it grows out, though, you start seeing some really cool medium length hairstyles, especially for guys who have some natural curls and waves.
Grown out hairstyles take a little work to get right, but they can look really cool, and they’ll likely keep getting more popular as guys are rebounding against the precise shorter styles that have been popular for so long now.
If you’ve never tried growing your hair out, why not give it a shot this year?
7. Natural Long Hair
Finally, we’re going to see more and more guys just let their hair grow indefinitely.
Maybe it’s Jon Snow’s fault, but longer hairstyles are trending, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
If you’ve always wanted to know how you’d look with man-bun-length hair, now’s the time to give it the old college try!
The key is to let it grow for at six months without getting it cut. You’ll be tempted to get “clean ups” every couple months, but that will make it tough to get the length you need on the sides and back.
When you do get a clean up, make sure you go to someone who understands longer hair and knows you’re trying to grow it out.
Final Thoughts on 2021 Hairstyles
Navigating trends can be tricky, and it can make a lot of guys second guess themselves when they’re in the barber’s chair.
But that doesn’t have to be the case. As you’ve seen throughout this article, a lot of haircuts that are currently trending are ones that have never gone out of style. So it’s always a safe bet to choose something like the side part or undercut.
Hopefully this guide has helped you make more sense of the confusing world of men’s hair, and we hope we’ve helped you find a new style.