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The biggest men’s hair trends for 2017

As we approach the final month of 2016, it’s time to wave goodbye to this year’s styles and start considering what cuts are likely to be sitting atop our heads throughout 2017.

With fashion demanding that we pay homage to the past, and the barbering industry booming, leading British barber Mike Taylor, the male grooming expert at The Bluebeards Revenge, expects to see a combination of long hair, crew cuts, French crops, and modern twists on popular 1970s styles next year.

Here Mike gives us the low down on each style and discusses the best ways to get, and perhaps more importantly, maintain the look.

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2017 is expected to be an exciting year for men’s hair trends

Longer hair:

Recently I’ve seen lots of guys rocking longer hair; some have combined this with a seventies twist that even Mick Jagger would be proud of, while others have parted it neatly in the middle.

No matter how you want to wear your longer hair, make sure you’re using a barber that is good with their scissors and knows how to texturize – this will stop your hair looking limp and lifeless. The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Paste works nicely with these types of style too as it adds hold, but still leaves the hair looking natural.

Slicked back:

It’s been hovering around for a few years now, but this look will be massive in 2017. With longer hair styles making a comeback, it’s only natural that the slicked back look will also gain some serious traction as it allows men with medium-to-long locks to wear their hair in a neat, professional manner; whether that be for formal occasions, a first date, or a selfie in the bathroom mirror.

Yes, glue your hair and slick it back; rub some gel, or pomade (for that classic look) through your fingers and slick your hair back from the front of your head to your nape. Then, take a comb and carefully pull through the hair, making sure every last strand is where you want it.

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Mike Taylor suggests using barbershop-quality styling products from the likes of The Bluebeards Revenge

Crew cut:

Men have been wearing their hair short for a while now, and 2017 will be no different. A crew cut is great for men with thinning hair, as well as the gents with really thick untameable mops. It’s a timeless cut that will return year after year. Insist your barber adds a hair tonic for a fresh look and smell too.

French crop:

This popular 90s haircut seems be making a return, but with more of a geek chic look to it. Expect to see it texturized and on the heads of many celebs. Ideally, you want this style to look effortless and unpolished, so The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Clay works perfectly.

Mike Taylor is the founder of the British Barbers’ Association and has recently launched the Great British Barbering Academy.