Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Men's Hairstyles 2011

Men's Hairstyles '11

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  • What You Need To Know
  • This year's hairstyles are far less meticulous than 2010's (remember the side part?).
  • One of the biggest trends for black men is short hair with a very square shape.
  • Overall, longer lengths are emphasized for most hair types in 2011.
"You’ll be happy to know that men’s hairstyles in 2011 are about chilling out and keeping it easy. "
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Men’s hairstyles in 2010 focused on appearing as polished as possible, where nary a strand was out of place (remember the side part?). You’ll be happy to know that men’s hairstyles in 2011 are about chilling out and keeping it easy. That means you can look forward to working with any natural waves in your hair and making fewer visits to your barber. Here we detail classic, office-appropriate versions of the styles that will rock 2011 and then, for guys who lead a more trend-driven lifestyle, we fill you in on how you can take each style in an edgier direction.

men’s hairstyles: 2011

Piecey

Ryan Gosling - Credit: Getty ImagesClassic: One way to keep your hair short while transitioning out of the meticulous hairstyles of last year is to adopt a hairstyle similar to Ryan Gosling's. You’ll need to begin with a fairly conservative cut and a side part like you did in 2010. The 2011 twist, however, is that your part need not be precise and rogue strands are encouraged. To achieve this look, work in a tiny dab of hair wax or pomade through the front of your hair, using your fingers to create a piecey effect.

James Franco Hair - Credit: Getty ImagesTrendy Take: The longer your mane grows, the less tame 2011’s piecey hairstyle becomes, as it veers toward the look that James Franco has recently been sporting. Given the wilder feel of this men's hairstyle, it’s an ideal option for students or guys who work in creative fields. To achieve this look, let your hair grow out for a couple of months, then tell your barber you’re going for a bed-head style so that he can layer your hair accordingly. When styling, use wax if you have thick hair or a gel-mousse on thinner hair. Use your fingers to lift hair upward and separate strands in a variety of directions. Then, lightly mist with hairspray to ensure your style holds all day (or night).

Front wave

Mark Wahlberg - Credit: Getty ImagesClassic: The front wave, a popular style of the 1980s, is making a strong comeback in 2011. Mark Wahlberg demonstrates a classic way to wear this style, in which hair has a very natural, windswept look to it, as though you’ve driven at top speed downhill in a convertible (that'd be nice). To achieve this look, you’ll need medium-length hair. While your hair is wet, work in no more than a golf ball-size amount of mousse. Next, while blow-drying hair on a medium setting, use your fingers (or a brush with bristles) to coax the front of your hair upward and slightly over to one side. Finish by combing the hair on either side of your head backward.

Andrew Garfield - Credit: Getty ImagesTrendy Take: A trendier way to wear a front wave is to simply apply a little more hair product in order to achieve more of a wet look. This style pairs well with the dressy attire you might wear to restaurants, clubs or bars. Rather than mousse, you’ll want to use gel here, so run a squirt of it through your locks, concentrating more on the front section. Then, use a comb rather than your fingers to lift hair at the root and sweep it over to one side. Keep in mind that even if your wave doesn’t have as much height as Andrew Garfield's, you’ll still nail this men’s hairstyle for 2011.

Square

Jon Jones - Credit: Getty Images Classic: One of the biggest trends for black men in 2011 is short hair with a very square shape. This hairstyle is a throwback to the looks that dominated the 1950s, but supersharp lines and minimal volume keep everything modern. Check out Jon Jones’ cut for an example of how to do this style right, then head to your barber and request a cut of a uniform length that’s cropped quite close to your scalp, explaining that you want your hair to form a straight line across your forehead and also down the sides. An additional benefit of this cut is that it will make your face appear more masculine.

Tinie Tempah - Credit: Getty ImagesTrendy Take: Have fun with this hairstyle by personalizing it. Ask your barber to use a razor to add asymmetrical lines to the cut (the more asymmetrical, the edgier). Alternatively, take the look to the extreme by cutting it super short.

men's hairstyles 2011

Straight up

Vincent Cassel - Credit: Getty ImagesClassic: With most male celebrities growing their hair out to some degree in 2011, the question of what to do with those extra inches is inevitable. Follow Vincent Cassel’s lead and go for a look that literally makes your hair stand on end. This style works best with thicker hair that can take some product, so avoid it if your hair is fine. After working a squirt of mousse through your hair when damp, use a brush (or your hand) and a blow-dryer on a low setting to encourage your hair to remain in a vertical position. Picture a refined mad scientist, and you’ll get the idea. Once you’re satisfied, use a brush or comb to slick back the sides of your hair. Finally, spray a thin veil of hairspray over your entire head. Note, too, that as Cassel demonstrates, wearing a little gray in your hair continues to be as cool this year as it was last.

Ewan McGregor - Credit: Getty ImagesTrendy Take: A hipper version of this men's hairstyle resembles a messier version of a faux hawk. In essence, it’s a faux-faux hawk. To experiment with this style, as recently shown by Ewan McGregor, apply sculpting clay or wax to damp hair if you have short hair or use a strong-hold gel if you have medium-length hair. With the help of your hand and a blow-dryer, push all your hair toward the center of your head. Don’t worry if not all of it behaves -- the point of this style is to be imperfect. Tousle your hair lightly, then finish with a shot of hairspray to keep everything in place.

Long and natural

David Beckham - Credit: Getty ImagesClassic: In stark contrast to all the men’s hairstyles of 2010, styles this year are generally longer and much less tidy. At the same time, certain realities, namely, working in an office, require you to maintain a pulled-together appearance. As David Beckham demonstrates, however, it is possible to wear long locks in a groomed way. His secret weapon is a great cut, so start by visiting a skilled barber. Tell him you’re growing your hair out and that ultimately you’d like it to be in layers, with the longest pieces just below your ears. Once your locks start getting longer, part your hair down the middle and comb a minute amount of pomade through the front sections of your do to keep everything smooth.

Christian Bale - Credit: Getty ImagesTrendy Take: The secret to getting away with sporting hair as long as Christian Bale’s is that your mane should be in top shape. That means healthy and shiny rather than stringy and greasy. Use shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated to your hair type, and use only minimal amounts of styling products -- a little pomade can be applied, for instance, if you want to slick your hair back so that it stays off your face and out of your eyes. One word of caution: Unless you too are a movie star or at least a recluse of some kind, with hair this long, skip the bushy facial hair and opt for a clean shave.

Curly and brushed forward

Jesse Eisenberg - Credit: Getty ImagesClassic: The 2011 way to style curly hair is to wear it relatively short and brush it forward. What’s great about this style is that, apart from a good cut, all you’ll need is a little gel to help control your hair from becoming a frizzy mess and a quick brush -- that’s it. This style will let you get out the door in five minutes flat, so it’s ideal for guys with a busy schedule.

Trendy Take: As discussed, midlength and longer hair is popular for 2011, and this trend holds true for curly hair too. Take a look at Jesse Eisenberg’s long locks, which have been combed toward the front, to get a good idea of how to do this slightly disheveled style right. Once your hair is the right length, take a pea-size amount of curl-enhancing gel and simply use your fingers to move all the hair from the top of your head toward the front. Remember to visit your barber every four weeks so that your hair never gets long enough to fall into your eyes.

the final cut

As you can see, there have been some changes in men’s hairstyles from 2010 to 2011, with much longer lengths being emphasized for most hair types. And because switching up your hair is one of the fastest ways to upgrade your look, now is the time to start experimenting with your style.