by Paul Labrecque, Celebrity Hairstylist
Facial Hair: Overgrown Beards Are Out in 2019
Happy New Year, Dapper Men! This season remember sharing is caring, and when it comes to looks, let’s kiss that overgrown beard goodbye and embrace your handsome face as is, the one you’ve worn your entire life and will take you handsomely into the next decade.
Lumberjack Beards with the wire-like grays that can pierce your lover like needles when you’re intimate — let’s get rid of these! Keep in mind that annoying scruff that separates teenage boys from men shows little polish and style. All of us boys have had our time to be lazy, look disheveled, scruffy and a bit dirty.
Men's Hairstyle Trends for 2019
What Hairstyles Are Out For 2019:
As for hair, in 2019, disconnections will be headed out. By this I mean hair that’s shaved on the sides with some exaggerated length on top. This style had easily helped some guys wear man buns and sport ponytails, but I think we’ve seen enough of this for a while.
2. Overdone Barber Styles
Overly-coiffed barber looks that require heavy pomades to place on top because your hair is too heavy to muster any style on its own will also be over.
3. Just Out of Bed
Any “just out of bed” look doesn’t really go well with a suit. I believe we’ll see more polish and care from guys overall this year.
What Hairstyles Are In For 2019:
1. Tidying Up and Balancing
Maybe this starts with a tidy up, giving your hair layers and textures to help provide a more fluid silhouette.
Balance is key when it comes to the top and sides, and some scruff is great as long as we keep it manicured and sexy. Think of your partner or date… They don’t want to taste yesterday’s meal on you! Give you style some texture with a great gel, and you’ll be good to go all day.
2. Keep Connected
Perhaps you really love your short sides and want to keep them. If this is the case then do, but know that being able to see a shadow of hair is key. Basically this only require the skill of a 0 guard clipper cut — it’s lazy-approved! The newer looks and trends fade much better when created with a scissor over comb, and grow out this way without such a prickly edge. Keep in mind connection between your top and bottom is key.
3. Create Texture
When I want a lengthier look on top, texture is crucial, as is a layer that actually provides the movement for your strands. If we leave the top only one-length, a man bun is the only way heavy hair will stay out of your face. But when we layer a heavier top and add internal texture, we create fantastic style.
3. Strong Hair
I do think that strong hair is coming back in a big way and will be in fashion this upcoming year. To me always looks good on a clean shaven face. I believe that men who like to wear strong looks will really go the extra mile and do an exaggerated change, shearing off the long top and creating a forceful profile with the Cesar Cut. To wear this look you need strong features -- good ears and a square jawline. Hair trends for men also often follows movies. With the release of the upcoming ‘Top Gun’ sequel, I think we will all revisit 80’s style with stronger, squarer tops cropped to the sides, and clean well-shaved faces that put the military back in our daily step.
If you want to add facial hair to this look, keep it clean, keep it trimmed, and you will be looking fresh and fashion-forward. It is possible to do both the Cesar and ‘Top Gun’ look, it’s all about how your hair is cut and pushed up, whether that’s with a gel or forward with a light separating pomade. Switching up your product can give you different looks at different times. None of us always like to look the same, so embrace change!
Now this brings me to longer locks and looks… some of us just look better with a fuller side and top. This can be quite dashing and allows us to have a little more to play with, not to mention it also gives your lover more to run their fingers through! I’m a sucker for longer hair that cascades over one eye and is slicked rather than shaved back. Not only is this look worn by some of the world’s most handsome men, but it is also a forgiving of larger ears and noses because it gives us somewhere else to focus our eyes. The runway is where I get lots of inspiration, and yes, we are seeing more hair less-shaved sides, bringing back more sophistication, which I think will be a huge focus for folks in 2019.
Lastly, if you have little hair, or you just like the freedom of having a shaved look, know that this is here to stay. Bald is sexy, not comb overs!