Ruffians Predicts: 2024 Hair Trends
Ruffians Predicts: 2024 Hair Trends
Look, we know that there’s plenty left in the tank for 2023. As the nights draw in and the mercury starts to drop there are plenty of things to look forward to, even if it may not appear so as you stash your shorts and tees away to the dark depths of your wardrobe for another year.
There’s the cosy pub drinks in front of a roaring fire, the chance to layer up your fave cold weather garms and the countless Sunday roasts. And all of that before we start on Bonfire night and the “Big C”.
However, here at Ruffians we like to try and get organised and ahead of the game. For that reason we’ve already started to think about the likely hair trends for 2024.
These looks tend to be seen on the catwalks of New York, London and Paris some months before they start to filter down to the mainstream, very similar to the clothes that the designer’s are peddling.
So, if you are looking to stay ahead of the game, or looking for inspiration for your 2024 barnet, here are our predictions.
The Rock ’n Roller
It’s no secret that 90’s styles have been big for a while now (chunky dad trainers, curtains, big sportswear logo’s). It’s also no secret that 2023 saw a huge uplift in mullets, a style many thought was extinct in dodo-like proportions.
Styles now seem to be progressing towards the early Noughties (baggy pants, stonewashed denim) and concurrently mullets are becoming slightly less, well, mullet-y. And, the love child of these movements is the “rock ’n roller”.
If you can, throw your mind back to 2001. The dust has settled on the millennium bug panic, Shrek hit the cinemas and an American band called ‘The Strokes’ unexpectedly exploded onto the scene amid a sea of manufactured boy and girl bands.
Their look was as refreshing as their sound; denim jackets, drainpipe jeans and - you guessed it - wonderful hair. With Long lengths, soft shapes and bags of volume it had echoes of Jim Morrison in an era of Nick Carter and Justin Timberlake. Refreshing.
So, could now be the time to grow out that short back and sides, channel your inner NYC rocker and embrace a bigger, looser lid for 2024?
The Tailored Buzz
There’s been a buzz around the buzz cut (sorry) for a good while now after the trend made an unexpected return to the cool club during the lockdowns and subsequent closures of barbershops and salons.
Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that it has stuck around ever since, with people of all ages embracing the low-maintenance nature of this tight trim.
However, we’ve noticed that the style-conscious amongst us aren’t entirely happy with the uniform look of just reaching for the home clippers. Instead, they’re opting for a more defined shearing that offers a more flattering shape and a less microphone-esque growout. AKA the “tailored buzz”.
Faded on the back and sides and left slightly longer on top, with edges that can be sharply lined up or left soft, the tailored buzz is a refined take on the OG. Be warned though, although daily styling is non-existent you will need to make very regular trips to the barbers to keep this look fresh and neat.
The New Pixie
The “Pixie Cut” is a short, heavily textured, scissor cut style that has been popular in salons for many a year. However, because of the soft and round nature of this look, it’s been mainly associated with women. Cara Delevigne and Emma Watson, amongst others, have sported one.
Sharp and neat crops were a huge trend a few years back. Crisp skin fades were teamed with blunt fringes to create a look that was a barbershop staple, and still is. Well, the “New Pixie” is a combination of the two.
Scissor cut sides replace the tight fade, but still connected to the top in a square shape to be more flattering for masculine face shapes. The top is left slightly longer, but still short, cut to irregular lengths creating a loose, choppy style.
The bangs are still cropped but again in a less clinical style than previously seen, so they sit on the forehead but keeping the slightly unkempt aesthetic.
It’s a look that requires minimal styling - a spritz of salt spray or a fingertip of clay should do the trick - and less regular trips to the salon than it’s more precise predecessor. It has echoes of the French Crop style rocked by the likes of Steve McQueen in years gone by.
The Old Money
Pompadours, side parts and sweep backs are all classic cuts which never truly go out of style. However, a decade or so ago they came back to the fore with a bang, in no small part due to the huge popularity of shows such as Mad Men and The Sopranos.
Well, if catwalk shows by the likes of JW Anderson and seasonal lookbooks from Drake’s and Aimé Leon Dore are anything to go by then they’re on the way back up again.
So, stick a tub of pomade on the Christmas list and dig out that comb, as 2024 could be the time to get slick once more.
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