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Top hair trends for men

by Arun Shirishkar

From textured crop to buzz cut, there’s a style for every man this year. Check out our list of hair trends for the season.

With the constantly changing hair trends for men, it’s a challenge to put your finger on just one or two styles that are here to stay. However, hairdressers around the world would agree that 2018 is all about textured, more natural haircuts, as opposed to slicked, heavy hold looks. Here’s a list of hairstyles we expect to see go big this season.

Textured crop
The textured crop is undoubtedly the hottest look of the year. A fresh, modern look that works for most hair types, you can texture it, style it or keep it messy, depending on the occasion. Trim the faded sides with a hair clipper for a more natural look and chop the cropped top with scissors to get the French crop haircut.
Styling tip: Pre-style with a texture powder and finish off by working in a pea-sized amount of matte clay.

Buzz cut
The year saw more men going buzzed on top than ever. The buzz cut was teamed with a short fade on the back and sides for some variation. Perfect for clients who want to buzz off from all the styling. If your client is looking for a longer take though, give them a crew cut – short sides with a marginally longer top, and voilà!
Styling tip: Pair the ’do with a rough stubble or some funky hairline angles.

Short textured quiff
The short textured quiff is just what the doctor ordered to beat the October heat. Similar to the crop, this haircut is all about adding texture through the top for that out-of-bed, unstructured look. You can add the texture with texturising scissors or through point cutting – however you like it.

Styling tip: Pre-style with a salt spray and finish off with a sculpting paste for a tousled look.

Pompadour style
Short sides and long hair on top makes the pompadour one of the most versatile and stylish hairstyles around now. A hipster’s dream, it can be combined with an undercut for an edgier look. Although the style requires maintenance, you can style it long or short, with a faded or disconnected undercut.
Styling tip: Warm up the pomade or wax between your palms and work it into the hair. Brush the hair up and back with a comb, and gently blow-dry into a pomp.


We all loved Vicky Kaushal’s super cool peacock ’do in Manmarziyaan. The rebellious hairstyle takes us back to the era of punk rock. A low-maintenance but trendy look, the modern mohawk fade involves more gradual transitions between the long hair on top and ultra-short or faded sides, but still includes the strip of longer hair running from the hairline to the back of the head.
Styling tip: Spike up or dip the strip of longer hair in bright colours to grab eyeballs.

Things to remember

  • The man bun and the top knot are the long hairstyles that are doing the rounds.
  • Suggest hair colours in shades of platinum, smokey grey, ash blonde and mocha to your client depending on their skin colour.
  • Take note of your client’s personality and profession before suggesting the style.
  • Make sure to demonstrate how a particular styling product is used.
  • Prescribe the right post care products.


– Priya Chaphekar

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