29 Cool Men’s Hairstyles For 2021

Here are our predictions for the upcoming men’s hairstyles for next year. These latest trends are based on popular looks that are gaining traction, European hair trends that are making their way to North America and styles that are trending online.

Short hair that is cut and styled to enhance texture has been big lately and will keep going strong next year. In fact, texture is being added to all kinds of haircuts and styles. Taper haircuts will also keep getting more popular for short, long and curly hair. Along those lines, we are seeing more medium length hair in all kinds of styles.

With longer hair means more styling options. On the one hand, pompadour-inspired styles are huge because they look great and are easy to style. On the other side of the spectrum, messy looks are back in a big way. For a totally unexpected look, check out the newest men’s haircuts with neckline hair designs.

Picking the best trend for you depends on hair type, face shape and styling time and ability. Find your favorites and then chat with your barber about how to make it work for you. Try to find pictures of guys with a similar hair type in terms of thickness and texture. Let’s take a look at these super cool men’s hairstyles.

Short + Textured

1. Textured Crop


The textured crop is a fresh, modern look that works for most hair types. It can lighten up thick hair, bulk up fine or thin hair and is a natural fit for guys with wavy and curly hair.

2. Crop + Fringe


The textured crop can have short or longer fringe cut blunt or worn to one side. This version is the latter on both counts with angled bangs halfway down the forehead.

3. Messy Short Crop

Travis Hill

This crop cut and style works for guys with fine or thin hair or even a receding hairline. Layering, texture and messy styling add so much fullness to the allover look.

4. Short Haircut for Curly Hair

Chris Boos

The textured crop is an attractive and easy to style choice for guys with wavy and curly hair. This version with a high fade leaves plenty of wave on top while keeping the sides and back maintenance free.

5. Wavy Crop

Braid Barbers

This longer crop has all of that signature wave, texture and bangs.

Taper Haircuts

6. Side Part Hairstyle

Lxve Studios

The taper haircut trend is a reaction to the popularity of the fade. Fades aren’t out yet but if you want something different, try this classic scissor-cut style.

7. Red Hair Color + Taper

Charlie Böll Hairdresser

Many taper haircuts are styled into a slick style with side part but other options include short spikes, curls or this side-swept look. It’s a great men’s hairstyle with or without bold color.

8. Taper Haircut for Curly Hair

Raggos Barbering

This style also works for curly hair and is no more work to style than a fade.

9. Taper + Neck Fade

Sean Davies

Taper haircuts also work well for hair with some wave. The added length makes styling easier and wave adds attractive texture.

10. Short Taper Haircut

Zach Ramsey

Taper cuts can be on the shorter end of medium length. This version also features a quick fade at the neckline for an ultra clean cut finish.

11. Textured Sweep Back

Zach Ramsey

Here multiple textures combine into one hot look. It’s medium length hair cut with a taper and styled with texture.

Medium Length Hair

12. Medium Length Curls + Burst Fade

Travis Hill

Men’s hair is getting longer for all hair types, including black hair.

13. Side Part Hairstyle

Sid Sottung Academy

Hipster hair is still going strong. This year, there will be longer hair worn in looser styles.

14. Heavy Crop + Mid Fade

Jarreds Barbers

This cool cut contrasts a longer, heavier version of the crop with a mid fade to make hair appear even thicker and more textured on top.

15. Textured Bangs

Jarreds Barbers

Another stylist pendulum swing is hair worn forward in bangs instead of slicked back. This long crop with tons of texture features full on fringe at the front and a fade at the back.

16. Pink Merman Hair

Chris Wever Mirlach

Longer hairstyles can be a canvas for merman hair in any or every color of the rainbow. This loosely tousled style is cool and casual.

Messy Men’s Hairstyles

Textured + Tousled

Travis Hill

This fresh style takes texture to the next level with thick pieces worked into a tousled style that could be fresh from the beach.

17. Messy Hairstyles for Men

Taya Jade

This finger-styled look is almost spiky where hair is short with longer fringe sweeping over the forehead. A high fade keeps the sides and back neat, no matter how messy hair gets on top.

18. Textured Sweep Back + High Fade

Travis Hill

This matte sweep back is styled with thick, chunky texture for a cool, tousled look.

19. Medium Length Texture + Fade

Dean Marshall Braid

Too long for spikes, this medium length hair is styled into textured waves.

20. Textured Slick Back

Underground Veria

Slicked back styles have come a long way since the Mad Men-inspired days. Today’s slick looks are longer, higher and more textured. This hair and beard is more Stan Rizzo than Don Draper.

Pompadour Inspired Hairstyles

21. Short Pompadour

Cameron Tooyserkani

The pompadour can be styled with as little as 2″ long hair. Just work it straight up and back at the tips for that classic pomp silhouette.

22. Textured Pompadour Hairstyle

Jarreds Barbers

This cool look combines modern texture with a vintage forehead curl.

23. Sweep Back

Travis Hill

Pompadours are pushing the envelope of what a haircut can be. This swept back version is loose and matte but still has that pomp height.

24. Pomp Fade Haircut

Sharp Fade

The pomp fade is a popular and modern way to wear a pomp. This pomp haircut can also be styled up into spikes for an alternative look.

25. Pomp Hawk

Travis Hill

Mohawk haircuts are a growing trend for all hair types. This cool look starts with a pompadour and ends with a mohawk for an unexpected but symbiotic combination.

Neckline Hair Design

26. Man Bun + Mirror Image

Chris Boos

A man bun worn with a high fade is an excellent canvas for a hair design.

27. Neckline Hair Design

Adam “Fresh”

Hair designs just keep getting more creative. Sure you can go for a fade but this diamond is a really cool transition between a buzz cut and shaved skin.

28. Shaved Neckline Design

Charlie Böll Hairdresser

A simple yet effective hair design is this Aztec-inspired neckline.

29. Reverse Fade + Surgical Line

Josh O’meara-Patel

This bold look has a double neckline with a hard line and reverse fade intersected by a shave line. Up top, there is a cool textured crop.

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