The men’s hair trends to know in 2024

by | Jan 31, 2024 | Education, Inspiration, Men, Self Employment

Men’s Fashion Week has set social media ablaze, but what looks will work for clients in the year ahead? We asked some barbers and men’s hair specialists to consult their crystal balls

Men's hair by James Parr

Image: James Parr

A ’90s and ’00s revival 

2023 saw a love for all things ’90s emerge, and this shows no sign of stopping in the year ahead. While the decades may be more recent in fashion history, Gen Z and Alpha have made the raw, edgier styles popular once more. “We’re going to see a lot of rock and roll inspired hair, natural textures and soft distressed edges,” shares James Parr of Nashwhite. “The ’90s and ’00s are still influencing fashion trends, so we’re going to be moving away from the clean tapered edges,” he adds. “This year we’ll moving towards that more unruly, grunge NYC skater aesthetic – think Timothée Chalamet and Jeremy Allen white.” 

As we move through 2024, STMNT ambassador Ryan Lewis predicts that a shift is on the horizon, as the fashion scene looks to embrace more of the ’00s aesthetic.”Iconic brands like Ed Hardy and Von Dutch  are making a comeback—which I love,” he states. 

“This trend isn’t limited to clothing; the hair industry is also set for a transformation. While mullets have been prominent recently, there’s a noticeable shift toward a softer and more balanced versions of the iconic style, leaning into the longer rock looks reminiscent of the 00s, think Luke Pritchard during the release of “Inside In/Inside Out.”

A sense of sophistication

While the skater aesthetic may be favoured by some, other men’s hair trends will look to embrace longer lengths and precision cuts. “I predict a resurgence of sophistication with tapered cuts boasting longer lengths but with more precision,” explains 2023 It List winner, Charles Rose. “I think the wet look is coming back strong, both in a slicked back style and in a traditional ‘curtains’ style – think ’90s Beckham vibes with a contemporary twist,” he adds.

Men's hair by Charles Rose

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Men's hair by Ryan Lewis

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Classic styles are also making a robust return in barber shops. “Timeless side parts, pompadours, and slick backs are indeed classics that never truly go out of style,” states Ryan. “Similar to their resurgence about a decade ago, possibly influenced by the widespread popularity of shows like Suits, these styles are undeniably making a comeback,” he adds. “This resurgence is likely fuelled by the growing acceptance of longer hairstyles among both barbers and clients. If you’re interested in exploring some fantastic classic styles, watching Babylon is highly recommended!”

Similarly, celebrity hairdresser Luke Benson feels that some clients will want to feel more groomed. “There will be a return to classic shapes, like strong side partings, as seen on actor Chris Evans,” he says. 

Images: Tariq Howes

The buzzcut…but not as you know it

Last year saw the classic buzzcut soar in popularity, thanks to a certain Mr.Styles. Now as 2024 gets underway, Most Wanted Men’s Hair Specialist for 2023, Chris Foster, predicts it’ll remain popular but with a slight iteration. “This enduring preference among men is evident as they often opt for consistency in their hairstyle choices,” he shares. “The 2024 variation sees the sides slightly shorter than the top, adding a subtle yet impactful dimension to the traditional buzzcut,” Chris adds. “This slight change enhances the style’s appeal, offering super short, neat, and exceptionally manageable hair that maintains a low-maintenance yet stylish look.” 

Similarly, barber Tariq Howes predicts that the buzzcut will become even more popular this year, especially going into the summer. “Recently. we’ve seen Liam Payne also rocking a low buzzcut with a line part shaved in,” he comments. “I think the David Beckham documentary has played a part in a lot of hairstyles coming back but I think this one is the favourite and suits current trends in fashion,” he adds. “Depending on head and face shape, as far as hair texture this cut suits all and is easy to maintain for the client.” 

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Time to taper

A classic that fits into various styles, the taper works for clients requesting a swept-back look, or those with a more undone, wavy or relaxed beach style. “It can also cross over for Afro and textured hair, varying from the stylish and neat wave look with the sides and back sharply tapered in,” says Tariq. “The taper is just as fitting for a longer Afro style, wether it be a hard, round shape or textured with a comb or sponge. The taper fits into so many different styles and textures,” he explains. 

Get low

For those with an Afro-textured hair, Chris suggests that the low Afro will also become a more popular style in 2024, as it’s gaining prominence for its refined and structured aesthetic. “This style, notably featured on the Balmain A/W24 runway, eschews the traditional taper, opting instead for a tightly compact and uniformly low silhouette,” he shares. “The key to its appeal lies in the precision of its shape, offering a clean, perfect contour that makes a sophisticated statement. This haircut celebrates the natural texture of Afro hair while presenting a polished look, resonating with those who favour minimalist style choices.” 

 

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