2012 Trends in Men’s Hairstyles

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If you are a man who cares about keeping up with fashion and trends, you will need a fresh hairstyle to complete your look. Men’s hairstyles aren’t like women’s; women’s hair trends are short-lived, often lasting no more than a year. On the other hand, men’s hairstyles evolve slowly—and that’s the key to this year’s trends in men’s hair. Each and every one of them has its roots in the hairstyles that were popular in 2010 and 2011, and some of those looks have subtly evolved, while others have split into several different hairstyles.

When it comes to your appearance, looking good means getting rid of anything that’s not helping you put your best face forward—your hairstyle is no exception. 2012 is seeing some hot new looks for men and their hair. Some of these looks are from days gone by while others are fairly new. Here are ten of the hottest men’s hairstyles for 2012.


The messy bed-head cut is designed to create a just-got-out-of-bed look: it creates a messy and kind-of disheveled appearance.  A hair paste that dissolves in water works well for this hairstyle. The short bed-head works for almost any man. It is easily maintained when kept short and trimmed on the sides. A man who wants a conservative bed-head and has curly hair will be in luck this year. A good grooming cream is recommended for this style.

Younger men may want a more radical bed-head hairstyle. This is done with longer hair and hair gel; however, any gel used should be light and invisible.


Retro is one of the hottest men’s hairstyles for 2012, taking the form of either a pompadour or quaff. The top of the hair has a puffed up look to it, reminiscent of 1950s rock-and-roll legends. This is a look that embodies confidence and is for the man who wants to project a classic mindset, as well as appearance.

This short puffed-up look works well for men with hair that is 3 to 5 inches, or 7.5 to 13 centimeters, long. Hair-grooming pomade is applied, but do not lay it on thick. The hair is first combed back and then to the side.

Short Spike

The short spike hairstyle is good for looking kind of dangerous and wild. Many women appreciate this look and are attracted to it. Spiky hair can be in a variety of styles. For instance, you may wish to have a porcupine spike. This is pretty much spiked all over. Spiky hairstyles can be short or long, but short is in this year, and hairspray and styling gel are essential tools. You also will find some styles that utilize short sides and concentrate on spiking the top, reminiscent of the Mohawk.


The Mohawk is still popular these days. Keep the sides short and the top longer. This kind of hairstyle is not hard to achieve; however, you may need to let your hair grow out first. Most Mohawk hairstyles this year are not as extreme as in the past. This cut can be radical or more conservative like a fauxhawk. The fauxhawk can be achieved without cutting the sides short, and is a matter of styling. In fact, it can be created by properly styling a normal haircut.

Buzz Cut

The buzz cut simply refuses to go out of style. It gets its name from the electric clippers that “buzz” all over the head. The hair is short all over, and it is easy to cut and very easy to maintain. In fact, there is virtually no maintenance. This kind of look is great for summer, and you will not have to buy a lot of hair products. In addition, a bottle of shampoo will last a long time. If you want to concentrate on other things this summer, the buzz cut will give you some extra time.

Side Part

The side-part hairstyle could be considered retro, but since it has never left, it may just be another one of the most popular male hairstyles in 2012. If you wish to blend in with corporate America (or whatever country you are from) this is the look. It is trimmed well on the sides and back, and combed to one side of the head, but the top is combed back. There are many variations, but all of them display a neat and well-groomed appearance.


A cropped hairstyle is achieved when the hair is cut, or “cropped,” short. However, it is not actually a buzz cut, as it can be longer. The hair usually does not have a discernible part and the front is often in the form of short bangs. This style takes a little more maintaining than the buzz cut, but it can give a fresh, clean, look. At the same time, it also says that you are little out of the ordinary.

Combed Back

The combed-back look combines the retro look with the side-part. However, many combed back looks are without a part. The hair is trimmed well on the sides and combed straight back. It is usually held in place with hair cream, and some men may find that hairspray works well. You can also grow it longer until it gets to shoulder length.

Short Wave

Short, wavy hair for men is popular this year, and this works best for men with natural waves. You can incorporate this look into a spike or a bed head. In addition, it can be styled in many different ways.

Natural Curl

Naturally curly hair is popular this year. It is a bit more curly than naturally wavy, and many males are wearing this kind of hairstyle long. It looks good long because it stays close to the head and still looks neat in appearance. If your hair is very curly, this kind of look will be easy to maintain.


Men have many options this year with hair, ranging from the bed-head look all the way to the buzz cut. With these kinds of options, it will not be hard to find something that suits you. A man can easily express himself and make a statement in 2012, with his hair.

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