A new season calls for a new cut. With the days growing longer, the weather getting warmer, and the opportunities for outdoor activities increasing exponentially, summer styles should be as cool and easy as the evening breeze. While haircuts from previous years brought in structured looks—from the tight man bun to the very particular quiff or pompadour—this season brings more relaxed styles with touches of natural texture. Ask your local barber or stylist for one of these looks, and start turning heads with your classically trendy style.
Grow out an undercut, maintain the shorter side lengths, and use some gel and a hairdryer to get this windblown ’do. The style combines the best elements of the put-together undercut and crew cut with the raw naturalism of the surfer waves, faux hawk, and fringe hairstyles. The Blowout is great because it easily transforms into a more professional look with a quick comb, requires little maintenance, and allows you to go to blow-dry bars with female friends who are already obsessed with the sensation.
The Braided Man Bun
The man-bun tradition lives on with modern updates yet maintains its classic convenience. To achieve the look, braid the bottom half of your hair close to the scalp, then incorporate the braids into an updo for a soft yet edgy twist on the hipster bun. The braids create the effect of a shaved part—staying on trend with other popular seasonal styles—while the messy bun keeps you cool and carefree on warmer days. Add extra flair with a half-up braided bun that allows you to show off your long locks but still prevents hair from flying into your face.
The Crew Cut
The classic crew cut is the one style that has endured over the decades—and men still can’t get enough. Featuring a tapered back and sides, a longer length on top, and a gradient cut with a slightly longer front, this look can be styled from day to night. Add a fade to the traditional cut for an edgier look, or opt for a longer version called the Ivy League; let the natural texture of the hair come through during the day, and use a pomade to increase the shine at night for a stylish update.
This cut is lovingly referred to as the “bro flow” and is a great transition from traditional surfer freedom to corporate-friendly sophistication. The versatile style is between collar and shoulder length and is tapered to create a piecy, textured look in the front. Slick back the top, don a deep side part, or just let it go for a whole range of looks as you grow out your locks for a man bun.
The playful elegance of the undercut has dominated the scene for the past several years and has found its staying power with contemporary modifications. Try this style with a longer top, a closely shaved back and sides, and a hard part. Or, go for a shaved line to simulate a side part for a fun yet put-together look. This cut is ultra versatile, so play around with it. Rock a salt water–sprayed surfer look one day, slick it back into a messy quiff the next, gel it into a sleek side part for some business-appropriate flair, and push the top forward for a fringed look.
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