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Men’s hairstyles 2021: The best hairstyles for men you need to ask your barber for

Whether you’re attempting an at-home hair cut, or want to know which hairstyles for men are going to be popular in 2021, we’ve got you covered


A visit to the barbershop – you remember that right? It’s the place you go and you walk out feeling a million dollars; razor-sharp and ready for action.


Lockdown(s) may have stopped us from getting our fix quite as often as we’d like but when we have been able to leave the kids, close the laptop, and walk away from the stresses of life, it’s made the visit that bit extra special.


Plus, a visit to see the barber is more than just a haircut. It’s an all-round grooming experience with the chance to get your beard looking tip-top too. For that one hour, the barber is that all-important pal who helps to sign off on your look for the next six weeks.


We want to make sure the next time you make the trip you arrive like a pro. Here are some of the top men’s hairstyles we’re expecting to be popular in 2021 – we’ve shared the names of these styles, too, so know exactly what to ask your barber for!


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Men’s hairstyles 2021


Before we dive into our list of the best men’s hairstyles 2021, we wanted to highlight some research that has uncovered what have been the most searched-for hairstyles for men on Instagram in recent months. This shows that braids are the most on-trend with almost 18 million posts followed by undercut and mohawk with more than two million posts each.


Elsewhere, the mullet (877,000 posts) is making a comeback, followed by the fade (2.03 million posts). In fact, the top 10 hairstyles for men and women are as follows:


  1. Braids – 17,800,573 posts
  2. Undercut – 2,668,621
  3. Mohawk – 2,248,874
  4. Pixie Cut – 2,200,000
  5. Bob – 2,054,234
  6. Fade – 2,032,953
  7. Big Chop – 1,394,447
  8. Messy Bun – 1,300,000
  9. Pigtails – 1,200,000
  10. Mullet – 877,209


The most popular male celebrities when it comes to hairstyles include Justin Bieber, Lebron James, David Beckham and Vin Diesel. You can read more about these rankings at Tajmeeli.


Hairstyles for men: The Buzz Cut



If you’ve already gone far too long without a discernible look, and you’re getting desperate, there are few men’s hair styles that are as simple to manage as the Buzz Cut. It’s the ultimate hairstyle of convenience, pandemic or not. No-fuss, no-frills and it keeps effort required to a minimum. All while still looking the part.


Men can be simple creatures and this handily follows suit for those that don’t want to think too far ahead. The beauty of this men’s hair style is its simplicity and versatility. A truly one-size-suits-all. It works for a range of different hair lengths and can be adapted for any face shape.


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Hairstyles for men: The Side Part



This men’s hairstyle is a bit more intricate, granted, but it’s a timeless classic.


This is because the Side Part is the equivalent of a smart-casual dress code. It works for all occasions and has the potential to make a man look particularly distinguished. This is a really classy and clean option – but you can personalise it too. Once you’re beyond the parting, you’ve got the freedom to get a little creative with a flick, a fade, or sharply chiselled angles.


Hairstyles for men: The Undercut



If your ultimate aim is to look on-trend, this has to be up there as one of the very best men’s hairstyles in the business.


Again, it offers great flexibility. It works for all hair types and comes with the added bonus of taking years off you with its youthful, modern edge.


The Undercut is open to interpretation in terms of severity but is ultimately defined by the contrast between a heavy top and barely-there underneath.


Men’s hairstyles 2021: The Fade 



Set to reign for another year, the beauty of the Fade, also known as the Skin Fade, is that it can be incorporated into your classic style to instantly elevate your look.


The intensity of the Fade can vary in height depending on how subtle you want the effect to be – just remember to visit an experienced stylist as the higher it goes, the more noticeable any discrepancies in the gradient of length will be. You’re aiming for a smooth and seamless transition, almost with an ombre effect.


Hairstyles for men: The Caesar Cut



Named after and inspired by Julius himself, this style is not for the faint-hearted and requires full commitment to rock it.


Ask your barber for a shortcut all over, with a dense horizontal cropped fringe. Short bangs immediately exude confidence and raise the fashion stakes from average to edgy, so don’t be surprised if you’re instantly noticed.



Men’s hairstyles 2021: Slicked Back



Perfect for those who want to keep a little length. The bonus of a Slicked Back style is that an extra few inches of growth won’t kill your vibe. A simple trim every now and again will keep you looking sharp. You could even add an Undercut for extra drama.


Easy to accessorise if you’re into an Alice band, the key to nailing this men’s hairstyle is to find a great product and use it sparingly to keep the hair looking clean and groomed, rather than weighed down.


If you do opt for this style and need a band to keep the hair off your face during sport, check out our Best headband for men guide. 


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  • Gary is MBman's editor. As a qualified journalist and editor for more than 15 years, he writes on a number of topics including property, interior design, sport, and sustainability. He has a knack for getting to the heart of a story or topic quickly and produces well-researched features for his readers

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