Most Popular Men’s Hair Styles for 2021
Men’s hairstyles and haircuts have changed dramatically over the years. If you look back to the 1940’s and 1950’s, you found more slicked back styles or crew cuts, which then evolved into the looser pompadour styles that we saw in the 1960’s.
The 70’s and 80’s saw the rise of longer carefree hair on men, accompanied by unruly facial hair and bountiful sideburns. It’s pretty apparent when you see a photo of someone from the 70’s, the hair was a little “out there.”
Once we moved into the 80’s, hairstyles were all over the place. Those in the “hair band” scene would grow their hair long and frizzy, while Mullets and flattops were popular amongst the working-class crowd. Then you have had the punk rockers, rockin’ a Mohawk with dyed hair of all different colors.
There are certain hairstyles that will always be associated with different points in time, so we wanted to take a look at some of the most popular hair styles right now amongst men and see if we can figure out what this era will be known for as time passes.
Some of these hairstyles may be a throwback to previous decades, but which one do you think will represent the 2020’s in the history books?
Trends in Men’s Hair in 2020/2021
1. Shaved Head / Buzz Cut
The shaved head and buzz cuts are hair styles that have been around for ages and continue to be fashionable. As men age, a lot of them tend to start losing their hair and because of this it’s harder to maintain the hairstyles you had when you were younger, unless of course you opt for a hair transplant. One of the best options to try and hide the thinning on top of your head is to cut your hair really short, or shave your head completely.
Regardless of the status of your current hair, this hair cut will continue to stand the test of time. It’s easy, it’s simple, and it works with pretty much any type of hair. We expect to see this style continue to be popular as we move through the next decade.
2. Curly Hair
We’re starting to see a lot of men embrace their curls in the last couple years. Leaving the curls to grow longer on top while fading up the sides and back creates a great look and style that is taking on a life of its own, or just letting their natural curls grow out with a slight undercut up the sides.
Curly hair can sometimes be a lot to deal with which is why a lot of men with curly hair tend to keep shorter haircuts, but trends have emerged in the last couple years were the shaggy/curly look up top is becoming extremely popular. Some men are even reverting back to the perm in order to achieve this look.
The key to making this hairstyle look good is to just be confident. Curls are in, and if you can jump on the trend, go for it!
3. Long and Slick
Slicked back hair is one of those styles that has been around for years, but recently it’s started to take on a new life. Keeping your hair longer on top, fading up the sides or having an undercut, and then slicking back your hair has become a favorite look amongst younger men.
This hairstyle can often be seen accompanied by a full beard and/or mustache to round out the look. It was often associated with the hipster movement, but its popularity has grown over the years and you’ll now find a lot of younger business-class types rocking this style of cut as well.
4. Man Bun
This is another one of the hipster hairstyles that came through like a whirlwind a few years ago and just doesn’t seem to want to go away. If you’re unaware of what a man bun is, you’ve probably seen one in action, but maybe didn’t know what to call it. This hairstyle became very popular very fast in the last couple years, and while people continue to hate on it, we don’t expect it to go away anytime soon.
Essentially it’s just longer hair that is tied up on the back or top of the head in a traditional bun fashion. The hair isn’t super long, but just long enough to be able to tie up to keep it out of the way.
With more men opting for longer hairstyles these days, the man bun is an easy way to keep their hair maintained in an easy and functional way. You don’t have to be Jason Mamoa to make a scrunchy look sexy.
5. The Mullet
Like it or not, this style has seemingly reemerged.
It’s no secret that styles from the past always seem to come back around throughout time. We’re seeing young girls wearing “Mom” jeans and parting their hair down the middle, which were popular styles in the 90’s, but one thing we didn’t think we’d ever see catch on again was the mullet.
“Short on top, party in the back”, the mullet was a very popular hair style in the late 80’s and early 90’s boosted into the public eye by none other than Miley Cyrus’ dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, and his hit song/video “Achy Breaky Heart”. So it should come as no surprise that almost 30 years after that song became popular, Miley herself can now be seen rocking the mullet hairstyle her father made so popular.
Young kids from all over the world have started to take a liking to this hair style that we all thought would die out with the 90’s, but yet here we are…
For those of us who lived through it the first time, you may not want to get behind the latest mullet craze, but we’ll let the youngsters decide the fate of their yearbook pictures for 2021 and those endless selfie posts. Along with acid-wash jeans, the mullet doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon.
What to Expect From Men’s Hairstyles
Short or long, buzzed or coifed; It seems nearly no style is off limits these days (even the mullet!) Our prediction is that that we’re at the beginning of the long-hair trend, and that we’ll continue to see the styles progress as the decade goes on.
That’s not to say that short hair is out, or not fashionable anymore, but with more men becoming more conscious of their look and style, there’s just more you can do with longer hair than you can do with a buzz cut or a shaved head.
If you’re young and thinking about growing your hair out or trying a new hairstyle, this is the time to do it. Being in the hair transplant industry, we know far too well the impact that losing your hair can have on a person, and once it starts to thin out, you may not get a chance to try that haircut you’ve always wanted unless you opt for a hair transplant.
If you’re hair is already starting to thin out and you’re looking for ways that might be able to help, please contact us at the Limmer Hair Transplant Center for more information on how we may be able to help.