Most Popular Hairstyles for Different Hair Types

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Have you decided it's finally time for a new haircut? It isn't always easy choosing the next cut or hairstyle you want to try. Whether you like to constantly change it up or you’re just bored with your go-to style, we have a few recommendations on classic and modern hairstyles for you.
There is a wide variety of popular haircuts currently trending. To save you from hating your next haircut, we decided to share the top trends in hairstyles, who they work for best, and what kind of products you might need to keep your cut looking fresh. With a few considerations, like the type of hair you have, your lifestyle, and of course, which products you need to create and maintain it, you’ll be able to choose a haircut that works for you.


Hairstyles for Men with Thick Hair

The classic short hairstyles always appear eye-catching and attractive for men with a full head of thick hair. It's a hair type coveted by anyone who doesn't have it, but those who do can attest to it not always being the easiest to maintain. If you have thick hair, you should be grooming and keeping up with it frequently, and if you have very dense locks, you might not be able to pull off every 'do out there, which is why many tend to stick to short styles.

Popular Cut for Thick Hair: The Short Crop


The crop is currently one of the most popular and modern hairstyles for thick hair. This cut allows you to thin it out without sacrificing too much volume. With this hairstyle, the sides and back are trimmed short and close to the scalp while the top is trimmed in textured layers. Textured layers are great for thick hair as product application is much easier. Generally, untextured thick hair can easily become matted and sticky with products, reducing the issue. Another fantastic benefit of short, layered hairstyles like this is that the maintenance is effortless. Want to wash your hair and leave it to air dry? A short crop is perfect for this and can look fantastic without worrying about styling if you wish.


Other hairstyles that work for thick hair:
• Pompadour Fade
• The Leebo
• Mohawk Fade
• Loose, layered, and swept back
Products for styling and maintaining thick hair:
• Styling pomade – try using your fingers for a natural look with more volume!
• Original Cut Buddy Hair Shaping Tool and Hair Trimmer Guide or the Cut Buddy Plus
• Cut Buddy Clipper and guards – maintain the cut every three to six weeks
• Trim Buddy – clean up hairline and keep edges sharp in between cuts
• Speed Tracer Barber Pencil – for perfect edges and lines

How to Work with Thinning or Balding Hair

If you find that your hair tends to look a bit lank, floppy, or lifeless, you probably have thin, fine hair, or you may be balding. Thinning or balding hair is surprisingly common for those dealing with a receding hairline, lifestyle or environmental issues, aging, or other genetic conditions. You might lack volume and luster, but there are still some haircuts and styles that will look great for you.


Best Style for Men with Thinning or Balding Hair: The Classic Quaff
The quaff is a classic men's haircut for thinner or fine hair. Features include long hair on the top, with the longest to the front and trimmed at the back and sides. How you style this haircut is key to making thin hair look fuller with more volume. Avoid trying to place or style a quaff over your forehead, instead style it forward a touch and then up. (Think Ryan Reynolds if you need an example.)

Other haircuts that work for thinning hair:
• Messy Spike Top
• The Faux-Hawk
• Clean Taper Fade
• Classic Fade
• High and Tight
Products for styling and maintaining thinning or bald hair:
• Texturizers or Thickening Mousses – look for one designed to add volume for fuller-looking hair!
• Light hold hairspray – boost volume from the roots with lasting hold for your style
• Original Cut Buddy Hair Shaping Tool and Hair Trimmer Guide or the Cut Buddy Plus
• Cut Buddy Clipper and guards – trim the back and sides to emphasize style on top
• Trim Buddy – clean up hairline and keep edges sharp in between cuts
• Speed Tracer Barber Pencil – for perfect edges and lines

Styling Textured or Coarse Type 4a, 4b, and 4c Hair

For curly and kinky type 4 hair, it can be challenging to cut and style hair with lots of thickness, waves, and coils. Type 4 hair also has a dry texture, lack of shine, and the excellent trait of holding shape well.


The Style: 360 Waves with High Fade and Line Up
One of the most popular men's hairstyles for type 4 hair is a combination of 3 classics: the high fade, 360 waves, and a sharp, clean lineup. With this style, the side and back are closely shaved, the top is wavy, and the hairlines to the sideburns (and if there's facial hair, the beard, too) are precisely straightened.


360 Waves for Beginners
To get the waves you want, you'll need a two-sided brush with soft bristles on one side, firm on the other, or an excellent detangling brush. This style also requires a light pomade, a good wave cap, and a great trimmer for razor-sharp lines and fades.
1. Start the waving process two weeks after giving yourself your last haircut.
2. Wash and dry your hair thoroughly.
3. Apply a quarter-size dime of grease. Spread the product evenly across your head.
4. Brush evenly around your head, starting at your crown and brushing toward the grain.
5. Tie it up with your wave cap or durag. If you find your hair is very coarse and tends to curl even when sleeping with a wave cap, opt for a thicker moisturizing product.
Repeat this process at least once or twice a day for two weeks. Don't give yourself a fresh cut until you are happy with the results of your wave. Use a good set of clippers with a 1.5mm guard.

Popular Haircuts for Type 4 Hair:

• Shadow Fade with Hawk
• Low Fade with Beard and Hair Line Up
• Buzz Cut with Precision Bald Fade
• Clean Cut Tight Top
• Sponge Curls and Surgical Line Fade
• Dreads and Undercut
• Short Twists with Low Fade
• Dreadlock Braids with Disconnected Undercut
• Box Braids and Undercut
Products for styling and maintaining Type 4 hair:
• Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner
• Soft and hard bristle brush and detangle brush – try our Wash and Style Detangle Hair Brush!
• Moisturizing pomade
• Original Cut Buddy Hair Shaping Tool and Hair Trimmer Guide or the Cut Buddy Plus
• Cut Buddy Clipper and guards – trim the back and sides to emphasize style on top
• Trim Buddy – clean up hairline and keep edges sharp in between cuts
• Speed Tracer Barber Pencil – for perfect edges and lines
• Straight razor holder and straight razor blades

We hope these recommendations help you choose your next cut and style with confidence. Many of the products listed for each hair type are available from Cut Buddy. Get everything: straight razor holder, hair clipper with guards, beard trimmer, detangle brush, barber pencil, shaping tool, and more in the 35-Piece Cut Buddy Combo Kit. Finding the best haircut for your hair type can be challenging when you're doing it yourself, but with the right tools, information, and the Cut Buddy Pros, it's possible to get what you want so you look and feel your best.


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