The Men's Hair Trends Dominating 2024

Published 02nd Jul 2024 by Josie Jackson

(Ainsley Walton)

Tools of the Trade

One of the great things about new trends emerging is that it gives barbers the opportunity to flex their creative muscles. Patrick Browne, Creative Director at Menspire Ireland, shares: “I love that no two looks are the same, it really keeps me on my toes. From the precision and sharpness of an everyday fade to the super-cool mod trims we’ve been seeing. As barbers we have to be confident with all tools to be able to create a variety of looks.”

When it comes to deciding which tools to work with, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, with Ainsley explaining: “It all depends on the client and their hair type, however my most used tools are a pair of Leaf Scissors, and the Calligraphy Cut razor-like blade that cuts the hair at a 21 degree angle, helping to create more movement and curl, which is perfect for some of the trends we’ve been seeing.”

Perfecting your scissor work takes time and practice – even for the more experienced barbers. Jayson explains: “I find that even when I’ve switched to a different scissor size, I need to be careful with how I’m working, so I try to stay aware of how I’m standing, how I’m using the scissors and my motion as I’m cutting, especially if I’m cutting bottom to top.”

(Patrick Browne)

We asked some influential barbers to share their longer-length men's hair trend predictions for the remainder of 2024, and the tools they use to create them.

Discussing the shift towards longer styles, Ainsley Walton, winner of Photographic Image at the Modern Barber Awards 2023, explains: “I think everyone has been focused on precision haircuts for a while – especially skin fades and crops – however with the resurgence of classic hairdressing techniques in the barbering industry, I think we’re starting to see more undone hair, whether that’s a mullet, a shag, or even curtains.”

Jayson Cuzins agrees, adding: “I’ve been seeing a lot more wavy and curly cuts – I’ve had a lot of clients showing me pictures of Timothée Chalamet in particular. It’s giving me a 90s feel, but I’d say it’s less grungy and a little more polished.” However, while it can be great when a client comes in with a clear vision of what they’re looking to achieve, working with trends can also require barbers to manage expectations. “There are some lads who come in with poker-straight hair that tell me they love the wavy, textured trend,” Jayson says, “and I have to explain to them that unless they’re willing to use products and style their hair every day, it might not be achievable for them.”

It’s not just hair type that needs to be considered when clients come in requesting a particular cut; making sure the style suits your client’s face shape is equally important. “It’s important when creating these styles to understand the way the hair moves, and the structure of the face shape to create the perfect textured look for your client,” says Hayden Cassidy, adding that framing the face is also key when cutting longer styles: “I love combining a fully feathered razor cut with the perfect silhouette or a textured top with a skin fade.”

(Jayson Cuzins)

Finishing Touches

While longer cuts can be a great option for low maintenance clients, they also offer an abundance of possibilities, if styled well. When it comes to drying and styling, Sean Davies says: “I mainly stick to a vent brush, as the teeth on this allow you to lift the hair and dry from the root upwards, allowing you to manipulate the hair into any position you want it to flow in. A circle vent brush can also be great, as this also allows you to lift the hair and dry from the root upwards – great for hairstyles like quiffs and messy fringes.”

(Above and lead image: Hayden Cassidy)

Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 02nd Jul 2024

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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