The most popular haircuts for men in the summer of 2014 include some well-known styles from last year, as well as some newcomers in 2014. The classic pompadour leads the list in most effective and popular haircuts for men this year. Coming in closely behind are slicked back hair, side parting, the undercut, and the taper fade. Let’s also not forget the importance of the beard in adding to a signature men’s hair style this year.
Though the pompadour originated as the dominant hair style in 18th century Europe, Elvis and James Dean gave it the pop over the top for men’s hair when they made the classic pompadour their signature style in the 1950’s. Today, male celebrities are rocking the pompadour hair style again, and they include Justin Timberlake, Johnny Depp, Bruno Mars, Adam Lambert, David Beckham, and Robin Thicke. The pompadour influence is also an important ingredient in other men’s hair styles such as side parting and the undercut.
The modern pompadour haircut on top should be accompanied by short back and side lengths, clipped short but not so short that the scalp is too exposed. Some tapering around the edges will reveal a stronger shape for the pompadour, as well as emphasizing the facial hair. For men with a short or long beard, this is a way to capture a rugged and masculine style. For those with longer faces, a bit more length can be kept through the sides to accentuate the shape of the face and give balance between the sides and the top. This haircut is not for the lazy. The styling time and upkeep for the pompadour hair style is significant because this style is high maintenance. Be ready to use some effort to get your daily styling just right, and you may want to go back to the stylist every few weeks to have the style cleaned up.
The retro styling of a traditional side parted haircut can be seen most prominently in the AMC TV series Mad Men. Don Draper demonstrates this classic and masculine style so effectively, as do the rest of the crew of the TV series. The side parted variation is easy to achieve for those with a slick hair cut style by adding a deep side part. This hair style is good for any setting, and it is formal enough even for a wedding. Celebrities other than Don Draper who style their hair with a side part include Zac Efron, Leonardo DiCaprio, and George Clooney.
The first few months of 2014 gave rise to a new haircut for men: the undercut. And undercut hair cut feels as cool as it looks which is perfect for the heat of summer. All you need to do to achieve this look is ask your barber to trim the side more than the length on top, avoiding cutting the hair too short in areas where you have a cowlick. To style the look for those with thin hair, simply brush it back with a blow dryer and a small-tooth comb. For those with thicker hair, you can ask the stylist to use a flat iron and pomade to smooth it down. This cut will keep you cool all summer because it eliminates all the length except on top, leaving you the option of giving the top a messy, spiky, or slick style. Celebrities showing off this new hair style include Brad Pitt, Bruno Mars, David Beckham, Johnny Depp, and Adam Levine.
The taper fade style has been popularized by celebrities like rappers Drake, Ludacris, and P. Diddy, as well as Shemar Moore. This haircut has been popular for a while now because it is one of the haircuts that can be created at home, but that is not recommended. It is true that all you need is an electric hair clipper and attachment guides that give you control over the length of the cut to achieve something like a taper fade. But if you are looking for a clean, professional cut with sharp lines, we recommend you let the barber or hair stylist give you the cut. Celebrities like Drake, Ludacris, P. Diddy, and Shemar Moore let the hair style experts do their magic, and you can see the high quality results in their cuts.
Slicked Back Hair
The slicked back hair style has been extremely popular since last year, and it appears to be continuing to go strong for men with thick, wavy, and curly hair. Men with plentiful hair benefit from the high degree of clipping, and this style is guaranteed to continue through this year as a popular hair style for men. This style is similar to the undercut style in that it features a shaved back and sides, giving it the clean modern look men want this season. Celebrities who embrace the slicked back hair style include Alec Baldwin, Adam Lambert, Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt, Ewan McGreggor, David Beckham, Ben Affleck, Tom Cruise, Elijah Wood, Jachary Quinto, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
It must be mentioned that men’s hair trends for 2014 definitely include facial hair. If your face is able to grow a thick, full beard, then we recommend you grow it. If your beard is thinner, the hair is finer, or the color is lighter, then a beard will also work for you, but in these cases you should keep your beard groomed to 1/8” or shorter. You may also want to invest in a product that softens the beard and prevents itching. Celebrities keeping the bearded style include Ryan Gosling, Seth Rogen, Jeff Bridges, Keanu Reeves, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Chris Pine, Jason Sudeikis, Matthew McConaughey, Russell Brand, Ryan Reynolds, Rob Pattinson, Lenny Kravitz, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Rudd.