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Shaved head, the man bun … a look at hair trends over the years

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There’s always a lot of fuss over the different hairstyles that have been popular over the years. However, it’s not just women’s hair that has broken fashion boundaries; believe it or not, men’s hairstyles have gone through plenty of changes. Not all of them have made it to the present day – some for good reason! – but a surprising number of styles can still work their magic in the modern day. Need some inspiration?  Looking to rock a new hair style?  Check out our list below and you’ll never be stuck for a style again!

Shaved head – Always a winner

Sometimes, the simplest hair statement is to not have any hair at all – and let’s face it, it saves a lot of time on styling and shampooing. There’s no denying that shaving your head is the ultimate step towards practical style. There’s very little that won’t go with a shaved head, because there’s nothing to distract from the outfit. Whether you’re going for the formal tuxedo, smart casual style for going out with friends, or indulging in the all-American hip jacket and jeans, a shaved head will go with pretty much every type of fashion. Maybe invest in a scarf or hat when the weather gets cold though!

Men who’ve rocked the look: Matt Damon, David Beckham, Tom Hardy and Bruce Willis.

Slicked back undercut – Millennial style

This is a modern style worn by the younger generation, although some of you will remember the wavy style undercut that a lot of 80’s singers were sporting. The slicked back undercut was originally a 1930’s trend, at a time when men’s hairstyles were very formal. Now, the slick undercut is the favored hairstyle of the modern millennial city slicker. The look is made up of a buzz cut around the sides and clipping the hair at the top of your head. When styling your uppercut, think about what look you’re going for. Do you want to grease it flat or give it height and volume with gel?

Men who’ve rocked the look:  Brad Pitt, Michael Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal and David Beckham (again).

Pompadour – Go grease lightning

Originally named after Madame de Pompadour, mistress to King Louis XV, this iconic hairstyle came to be the style for all the rebels without a cause. Elvis Presley championed the hairdo, and now it’s sneaking back into modern trends via hipster fashion. Unlike the slicked back undercut, the Pompadour is best styled without buzz cutting the sides; leave your locks intact as this softens the overall look and gives you more volume when the quiff is swept up.

Men who’ve rocked the look: Elvis Presley, Robert Pattinson, Justin Timberlake and, yes, David Beckham.

Flat top – Can’t go wrong

Anyone who was paying attention in the 90’s will recognise the hip flat top hairdo. This is a simple enough style to achieve: simply buzz cut the sides and back, and let the hair on top grow. It’s a real fashion statement because there are plenty of ways to adapt the flat top to your own tastes: how high do you want your flat top to go? Do you want it slightly to one side? How about patterns buzz cut onto the sides? Less is more with the flat top as it makes a solid impact with any outfit, and won’t look out of place in a suit or sport jersey.

Men who’ve rocked the look: Chris Evans, Channing Tatum, Jim Carrey and Simon Cowell, (not David Beckham, for a change!)

Mohawk – Go there if you dare

For better or for worse, nothing quite makes an impression the way a Mohawk does. The Mohawk was the trademark style of the punk rock era in the 80’s, and it certainly helps you to stand out! If you’re looking for a bold outlandish hairstyle – or if you’re feeling rebellious about fashion – this is the hairstyle that really makes a statement. Luckily for those of us who aren’t rock stars, Mohawks have evolved in various styles so that in most situations, you won’t end up looking ridiculous. Similar to flat tops and undercuts, buzz cutting the sides of your head and getting stuck into your uppercut with some hair gel – or even tying it in a man bun – will produce a respectable Mohawk with just the right amount of suave rebelliousness, without you having to buy a leather jacket and army boots!

Men who’ve rocked the look: Seth Green, Ricky Martin, Travis Barker and, yes, you guessed it, David Beckham.

Big hair – Big mistake?

Free love meant free hair in the 70’s – and maybe Big Hair should stay there. If you’re fortunate enough to have an angular face, Big Hair might JUST work out for you. Recently, the trend has been popular for surfer styles and indie rock fashion. If you’re taking the plunge into Big Hair, invest in a good quality hair mousse so that you can control the amount of volume you want. Alternatively, look at pictures from the 70’s or 80’s and remember why conditioner was invented.

Men who’ve rocked the look: Leif Garrett, Jon Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie and Axl Rose (David Beckham has never done Big Hair, which says it all really).

Spikey crown – For every boy band in the world

Those of us who grew up in the 90’s and early 2000’s will recognise this classic. From pop stars to school kids, nearly every man of the 90’s at some point turned to hair gel to create cool short spikes. Despite the nostalgia, this is a pretty versatile do that won’t look out of place in 2017. Not only can it look both professional and casual, depending on the outfit, it doesn’t take a lot of time out of your day. If you want a go-to every day style that won’t get in the way of your morning coffee, look no further.

Men who’ve rocked the look: Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Seth Green and Justin Timberlake (and David Beckham of course!)

Man bun – must-try

The biggest new trend for men’s hair in recent times has been the Hipster style, and the introduction of the man bun to mainstream fashion. Finally, long hair for men was not only fashionable, it was iconic! The man bun only used to be for hippies or wizards, but now it’s the staple hairstyle for any man who wants to embrace the modern vintage look. This is a hairstyle that can make an office suit look like an indie band outfit, and make a casual t-shirt and jeans look like the cover of Vogue. As a rule, make sure your locks are well looked after with good quality hair products. That way when you tie your hair up it will still look sleek and shiny, not scruffy and half-hearted.

Men who’ve rocked the look: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Hemsworth, Kit Harrington and, the man of all hair, David Beckham!

Conclusion

Whoever said that there are more hairstyles for women than for men? Over the years we’ve had hair mania for styles that have come and gone. For some, it was probably best that the style went out of fashion, but if you take a look around you next time you’re at the mall or at work, you’ll see plenty of modern interpretations of classic styles.