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December 7, 2021

The Hottest Men’s Hair Trends For Winter 2021

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Get The How-Tos & Inspo Behind This Year’s Men’s Hair Trends

Mullets are back, buzzcuts are bleached and bangs are flowing—post-quarantine has our men’s hair ready to play. After months of bathroom DIY-jobs, this year’s trends are packed with edgy statements and retro comebacks. Be ready for bold requests and custom styles, Winter 2021 is going to be a hot one!

 

Dive into our curated list to keep up on what’s trending or hand this to your indecisive client as inspo to scroll through. Keep reading for how-tos and tips to create modern upgrades on classic styles we’re stoked to see making way to men’s trends.

 

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1. Modern Mullets

Business in the front, party—well, wherever you want it. This year’s mullet craze gained popularity after grown out quarantine-locks became the perfect base for the ’80s style to make a comeback.

 

Modern mullets are customizable and easy to tailor to client’s hair type. The different textures and lengths give the cut an intricate vibe with lots of personality. Although we can’t believe we’re saying this, mullets are back baby. (And we love it).

 

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2. Texturized Fringe

We’ll call this the “TikTok boy’s hair” hot older cousin. If you have clients looking for a change without a drastic cut, textured fringe may be your new go-to. The versatility to soften up a rugged look or add dimension with piecey texture gives stylists mega creative freedom.

 

Pro Tip: Teach your guys how to style their hair at home. A quick demo on texture maintenance using products like Victory Barber and Brand™ pomades can make sure your haircuts look great in and out of your chair. 

 

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3. E-Boy Buzz Cuts

The classic buzz cut took an alternative twist this year. Neon colors and hand-painted patterns have transformed the once formal cut into a punk-rock work of art. 

 

Frank Ocean has been sporting a neon buzz by colorist @rachel_bodt that sparked major creative inspo this season. Before trying this colorful trend, make sure you know these three pro tips before applying lightener to the scalp

 

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4. ’90s Boy Band Curtain Cut 

Looks like our teen heart throbs followed us into adulthood. This season turned shaggy hair into a chic trend with curtain bangs hitting men’s styling.

 

We’ve spotted celebs like Lil Huddy and Jaden Smith rocking the effortless cut that frames the eyes for a sultry look. The relaxed style works with any texture and is a great option for clients looking to grow their hair out. Not to mention—styling is a breeze.

 

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5. Unique Side Parts

Reminiscent of the hard-part era a few years back, men’s side partings have gotten a modern upgrade. Eye-catching and slightly contouring, the angular lines can add a personalized finish to any trendy cut.

 

When your client is looking for a twist on their signature look, try a new clipper technique to create side parts that complement their cut with a statement. 

 

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6. Classic French Crop

We may have British drama Peaky Blinders to thank for this one. The slightly disconnected, European-esque style has been spotted all over social media this season. The French Crop’s classic nature has been seen combined with fades for a wearable, trendy look.

 

Pro Tip: This cut is a great transitional style for clients growing out their hair for longer fringe. 

 

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7. Fades

Is it really a men’s trend report without it? Fades are a constant comeback that any barber or stylist should look to master. We see them nearly every season for their versatile charm that can’t be beat.

 

This year, fades are taking a technical turn with ultra airbrushed-looking blends. We have the pro tips to amp up your skillset for IG-worthy fades that may just go viral.

 

Need to freshen up your fade techniques? Check out these pro tips:

 

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8. Shorter, Structured Beards

Shorter, more structured beards have made a handsome appearance to this season’s styling trends. We’ve spotted several variations of the tailored look with strong angles and sharp silhouettes. Haven’t styled a beard in a while? No problem. Freshen up your techniques and make sure you avoid these 8 common mistakes barbers (and clients) make when it comes to beards.

 

Pro Tip: Beard shaping can be tricky, try using a blowdryer with an attachment and round brush for a polished style. 

 

Watch how @jjay_beardedbarber adds shape to a short beard while removing bulk

 
 
 
 
 
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