"I wish more men liked to switch it up, but it just hasn't been in the cards," Mèche stylist Aaron King reports from L.A. But that hasn't stopped him, and many more stylists, from easing their clients into fresh lengths, shapes, and styles as we enter the new year.
Maybe you, or someone you know, needs a fresh 'do — so we checked in with the pros for a look into what 2018 holds for men who want to break out of the mold and try something different, whether that's going long, embracing their natural texture, or just trying a new neckline. (Baby steps are okay, too!)
For Sal Salcedo, a top hairstylist in L.A., this will be the year of length. He predicts that as women go shorter, men will go longer — and it will just continue from there. "A lot of my male clients are at least growing their top a little longer, if not in the process of growing out their hair altogether. I wouldn’t be surprised if a hippie movement revives, or if California surfers and skaters are the inspiration."
For those with a tighter curl pattern, cop soccer player Marouane Fellaini's look. He trusts hairstylist Shai Amiel to keep his long, bouncy curls in tip-top shape. Those on the same path should ask for a soft, rounded shape that's trimmed while dry to maintain the integrity of the cut.
"We’re starting to see men braiding their hair, more curiosity with locs, etc.," Salcedo adds. We're loving musician Jonathan Singletary's look.
Men with wavy hair will also benefit from growing out their strands. Hairstylist Melissa Hoyle suggests asking for lots of length on top and a more grown-in look on the sides.
King says he's also been making tweaks to the popular style on his L.A. clients by leaving the edges raw and untailored. "It looks more effortless and not as manufactured," he says.
Pro tip: It's "not as achievable with clippers," so make sure you go to someone who knows what they're doing — and bring an inspiration image (like this one).
Exhibit B for this look: A less structured fade that still looks modern and sharp.
Of course, not everyone will want to go long this year — and Spoke & Weal's bicoastal team says a sharp and totally symmetrical buzz cut will be just as popular. This one was crafted by Chicago-based stylist Samuel Venchus.