A new year means it’s time to consider a new ‘do. Sure, you may like the one you’re rocking right now, but why not kick-start 2016 with something different?
Since the pompadour was one of the most popular men’s hairstyles this year, some predictions for 2016 include longer hair styles with wild texturized hair on the top — with even more modernized versions of the pomp that are longer, looser, and cut to allow more movement. These styles are finished off with short sides, including high, low, and bald fades, with or without part disconnection, or simple short cuts for the most natural looking look.
Some of our picks for the newest hair styles to embrace for the new year may take a nice amount of effort and thought to style (some are more effortless than others), but trust us, they’re worth the extra effort. Here are our top four picks for new hairstyles for 2016.
1. High fade pompadour
Keeping with this year’s hottest hairstyle, 2016 will see the high fade pompadour take this trend one step further. The pompadour itself is a timeless and versatile look that can suit almost any man. The only thing you need to consider with this one is that it’s high maintenance and you need to have the time to style it daily and keep up with regular barber visits. In recent years, this classic look has been experimented with by hairstylists, coming up with extreme and interesting versions of the look, as seen on the likes of David Beckham and Justin Bieber.
This newer take on the pompadour is designed with the undercut ranging from practically buzzed to slightly longer. The hair on the top of your head is much longer in the front and gets gradually shorter as you move back toward the crown. The difference with this pompadour is that your undercut extends much longer atop your head. If you have a nice head of hair, this newer edgy style is really worth a try, especially if you have a rounder face, as it adds height and detracts from the width of the face.
2. High and tight
Also embracing longer hair on the top, this high and tight style, which is reminiscent of the 1920s and Boardwalk Empire, has an undeniable modern feel to it despite its older roots. This look is masculine yet trendy, and thanks to Tom Hardy rocking this look, it’s maintained its badass image. This hairstyle is ideal if your hair is straight and works perfectly whether your hair is fine, medium, or thick — but don’t think about it if your hair is wavy or curly. To achieve this newer style, keep the sides as short as possible, and fade the hair short toward the nape of your neck and sideburns. Make sure to leave at least an inch and a half on the top and the edges blunt. Use a gel to keep you hair in place when you slick it back — be sure to put it in when wet and again when it’s dry.
3. High fade with longer hair on top
If you have thick wavy hair you’re in luck, because the high fade with longer hair on top follows the let-it-all-grow-out trend while keeping the refined undercut to streamline your look. Starting above your ear, the hair should gradually get longer — and quickly — while the top of your head is allowed to run free and wild. Keep it wavy and loose on top and apply a little product as needed to prevent it from swaying in the wind too much.
4. Side part with a beard
Ideal for the man with any kind of hair, 2016 is sure to be the year of the hair/beard combo because there seems to be no escaping the bearded trend. The side part with longer hair is actually a late 1960s trend, and once you add the beard in, it gives it a modern-hippy vibe.