With the summer months rolling in for 2017, now is a great time for people to consider new haircuts for summer weddings, busy holidays, and outdoor events. For men, this has been a very busy year for the fashion and hair industries, as more and more men are interested in their personal fashion sense and making a mark when it comes to their style.

The year 2016 was a big one for edgy haircuts and relaxed looks. Last year we saw the continuation of the pompadour and fades, as well as the highly discussed man-bun trend. Not surprisingly, many of these hairstyles are making their way into 2017 as well, with a few new contenders that might just be the perfect look for you.

If you need some ideas or inspiration for your next visit to the barber shop, consider these popular men’s haircuts for 2017:

Slicked Back Hair with Short Sides

Slicked Back Hair with Short Sides

 One of the trendiest hairstyles of 2016 required men to grow out the tops of their hair, but to leave the sides short or faded. The look was very appealing, and it gave men a lot of different options to work with when it came to their parts, the length of the hair and the products used.

This look has continued into 2017, with those who prefer to use some product often preferring this style to others. The long hair on top uses a little bit of product for stiffening in a slicked back position, while the sides remain clean cut with a short length or careful fade. The look has been widely accepted because it looks great on all kinds of face shapes and can be styled for work or pleasure.

Top Knot

Top Knot

 The top knot undercut has certainly become a staple hairstyle for men, especially for those who have had the patience to let their hair grow long enough to tie it up in a high ponytail. This look can be rugged, sophisticated, or messy, so it’s great for men of all different styles and preferences.

To achieve the look, an individual is required to grow out the top portion of their hair to a long enough length that it holds well on the top of their head. The sides are often all different lengths, from a razor fade to long enough hair that the whole head of hair can be held in the ponytail.

This has been one of the fan favorites since the look is slightly feminine but it’s made masculine by the rugged styling or slicked-back classy styling. To keep the style looking fresh, individuals should invest in some conditioning and hydrating services to ensure that the long locks remain strong and shiny.

Thick Hair on Top

There is certainly a recurring theme with the popular hairstyles of 2017, which sees a lot of different styles on the top of the head with a shorter style on the sides. This has been an ideal solution for those men that like to have some length, but who don’t like to have it sitting on their neck or bothering them during sports and activities.

The thick top hair design is a nod to celebrities like Robin Thicke, who is notorious for sporting a luscious head of hair on top and a faded design along the sides. The look is edgy and modern, yet can often be clean-cut and professional looking with a little bit of product and no time at all.

Faux Hawk

Faux Hawk

 One of the other trending themes for hairstyles this year is certainly hair maintenance. Many of the fades and cuts that have been popular in 2017 require frequent visits to the barber shop for upkeep, as well as requiring quality hair products to keep things looking sharp.

The faux hawk is a popular men’s haircut for the year 2017, and it’s certainly one of the styles that requires this higher level of maintenance and a keen eye. Ideal for men with thicker locks, the faux hawk is a full, more voluptuous hairstyle down the middle that is often accompanied by some product to keep it straight down the middle and standing tall.

Ideal for both straight and curly hair, the most popular version includes a fade up into the middle of the hair, while the actual faux hawk stays relatively the same length from front to back. When deciding on a hairstyle for 2017, it’s important to remember how face shape determines the perfect hair style for you. Longer face shapes may be elongated even more so with a faux hawk, so consider the contours of your face before deciding on the best style.


It’s no surprise that many celebrities have an impact on the current fashion and hairstyles that are trending, and it’s no different with athletes, either. Recently, the frohawk has become a very popular hairstyle with many players in the National Basketball Association playing around with their style and embracing their natural locks.

A frohawk usually consists of thin fading at the sides, while the top has more of an explosive style worn by those with natural, tight curls. Often there is some product included in this hairstyle, but the thicker the curls the easier they will stay in place on their own. This is one of the styles that requires a little less maintenance, but it certainly requires frequent visits to clean up the fade. Many males are also now highlighting or coloring their natural curls for even more of a statement style, and recently there have been a lot of golds and blondes coming out to accentuate this hairstyle.


While there are still many men who prefer bed-head or a rugged, unshaven look, lots of males are embracing their stylish side and enjoying the higher-maintenance hair trends. Certainly, the most popular aspect of male hairstyles in 2017 is the fade, while the way the hair is styled on top depends on the preference of the male, as well as his natural hair texture and thickness.

If you’re not sure which hairstyle is perfect for you, consider speaking to a professional hair salon for men about the kinds of options that would look best on you.

Sophia Jackson has been a resident of Buckhead for 10 years. When she’s not busy styling the hair of Atlanta’s elite, you can find her shopping in trendy boutiques or sipping bubbly at a concert in Chastain Park.
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