21 Freshest Haircuts for Black Men in 2018

Whether your hair is long, medium or short, you’re about to see some of the best haircuts for black men right now. The current trends are sharp lines, low to high fades, twisted curls, clean lineups, faux hawks, frohawks, short waves, hard parts, short flat tops and short dreds. Below, you’ll find pictures of some of the hottest haircuts coming out of the freshest barbershops around the world. Prop goes out to all the barbers out there who share their craft to inspire black guys with natural hair.

Coolest Twisted Curls

Twisted curls haircutSource / Pinterest

This awesome cut sports wild sponge twists with a low fade into the beard.

Dope Drop Fade With Surgical Line

Drop fade with surgical lineInstagram @staygold31

The drop fade with the long surgical line on this cut makes it a masterpiece. If you have thick curls like this guy, give it a shot as it’s one of the hottest black guy haircuts right now.

Cornrow Dreads with Braided Bun

Cornrow Dreads with Braided BunInstagram @natalystyles1

If you have really long hair on top and short sides and looking for something that stands out, then next time you’re at the shop, ask for some jaw-dropping braids like these.

Disconnected Undercut with Long Twists

Disconnected Undercut with Long TwistsInstagram @londonschoolofbarbering

If you have long, natural hair and want to impress the ladies, try this side swept, disconnected undercut with super cool drop fade. Also, notice the unique disconnection between the sides and the beard. It really makes this one of the most impressive cuts out there.

Burst Fade Faux Hawk

Burst Fade Faux HawkInstagram @jgarciathebarber

See how the fade grows out from the ear? That’s a burst fade and when you add the faux hawk, it makes this a dope cut for a guy with short hair. It’s definitely moving up the list of one of the most popular black men’s hairstyles this year.

Clean Crop With Temple Fade

Clean Crop With Temple FadeInstagram @shapecuts

This short, clean line up haircut has a perfect temp fade into the beard that gives it a top-notch look. It’s one of the most popular hairstyles of any black guy.

Bald High Fade Flat Top

Bald High Fade Flat TopInstagram @mr.7_t7barbershop

Classic high top. Like with all classic things, the look is well known, thus lacks the surprise factor. However, you get the “wow” from top notch execution!

High Top with Stripes

High Top with StripesInstagram @kieronthebarber

Old school meets new school. This low top cut will never truly go out of style. A facelift here or there and age through age it will remain a head-turner. It’s suited for black men who want a cut with a hip hop a feel.

Freehand Fade Hightop

A freehand fade haircut for black menInstagram @josephanthony.stylist

This clean modern cut uses the flat top technique and the freehand scissor fade cut to create a wearable look ideal for those with a soft bone structure. Just be sure to work with a pro barber who knows how to achieve this structured and balanced cut.

Tapered Waves with Beard

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Conaway
Barber in Hampton Roads, VA

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as bold with a professional edge.

My favorite thing about this cut is that it’s a perfect blend of edge and professionalism. This wave length taper requires low maintenance that doesn’t leave clients cold during the winter season.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a perfect cut for someone who desires a longer wave length on the top. The continual flow of the beard at a low length still provides a clean look.

In order for the hair to lay smoothly, the client must receive a wash after pre-cutting. Finishing the hair with a light oil will provide the client with a glossy finish without product build up.

The Waves Design

The Waves DesignInstagram @deanfreshcuts

Q&A with style creator, Dean Delon L. Perez
Barber @ Six Barber Barbershop in Calgary, AB


How would you describe this look?

I describe this look as “The Waves”. Its criss-cross pattern is symbolized as a movement of the culture of freedom and positive motivation!

I love the look because it’s unique and not like any other I’ve seen. It’s a statement style that shows expressions of authority while staying playful!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Either fully commit to this look or don’t do it at all. You cannot be indecisive. You’re in it to win it!

Anyone that has the confidence can rock this look no matter the gender or ethnic background.

High Top Fade with Disconnected Part

High Top Fade with Disconnected PartInstagram @visitme01

Q&A with style creator, Ali Sam
Barber @ Alma Beauty Salon and Spa in Edmonton, AB


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This haircut is high top fade. My favorite thing about this haircut is the side line or side part.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I like using the Wahk Senior. For guards, I used 0.5 on both sides, 1.0 and 1.5 to blend the sides, and a zero on the back. On top, I freehanded using an afro comb and scissors. I used the “T Liners” for the shape up or line up.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Most clients with a round or oval face shape can wear this look well. The ideal hair type would be coarse and medium.

Short Wave Cut

Short Wave CutInstagram @action_fades

Q&A with style creator, Deshawn Jackson
Barber Student @ Jay’s Technical School in Houston, TX


How would you describe this look?

This look is called a bald taper fade on wave length over curly textured hair.

My favorite thing about this style is that the simplicity of the cut really allows the client’s natural wave pattern to stand out. Because it is a very simple haircut, it can be done very quickly which is good for productivity in the shop.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend that the barber/stylist trying to recreate this look use a detachable blade clipper with a 1 1/2 blade, their favorite adjustable blade clipper, electric shaver/finisher, trimmer, razor blade, and shears.

For styling, I chose to go with a pomade to add shine to the hair and also lay the hair down. I recommend this hairstyle to a client with short over curly textured hair. The style is great for professionals and clients who need a low maintenance style.

Braided Man Bun with Mid Fade

Q&A with style creator, True
Barber @ True Story Tha Barber in Queen Creek, AZ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is the braided man bun with a mid skin fade. The best thing about this look is that it can be worn in a business or casual setting.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

This look is a low maintenance hairstyle, so no additional products are needed.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is recommended for the confident, modern day man who is looking for a style that’s clean but flexible, and works from business to leisure. Although this style looks best with a round and/or oval shaped face, any face shape can work.

The best result comes with a decent amount of hair density and the confidence to match.

Afro on Top to Temp Fade with Beard

Afro on Top to Temp Fade with BeardInstagram @joeybwood

Q&A with style creator, Joey Blackwood
Barber @ Da’ Spot BarberShop in Pomona, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This particular look is a high bald taper with a faded beard line up and curls on top. This a pretty common haircut, except for the faded out beard. Fading out the beard is a fairly new trend that has been become more popular in the last couple years. It gives the client a little more detailed and clean look to their beard.

The curled style on top has been around for a while but has become more popular with the release of a product called the “curl sponge” which I used to bring out the curls for this particular haircut. Instead of just shaping the hair out, now you can add a finished curled look to the top of clients with coarse hair.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

There are a lot of different products you can use throughout the service of this haircut, as well as products you can use to finish and style the client.

I recommend shaving gel to detail the beard and beard oil to finish the detailed beard. You can also use hairspray to lock in the curls on top after curling it, and of course aftershave and maybe oil sheen if you want to give the client a shiny look. Also, take note if the client has gray hairs so you can use a semi-permanent dye or an enhancement to get rid of the gray. A technique I use with the dye or enhancement is applying not just to the gray, but around the client’s hairline to create a more sharp and full look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

At this point, there is no texture of hair that I can’t handle, but if I had to choose it would be someone with a light scalp and black colored hair.

Clean Buzz Cut with Line Up to Bald Fade

Clean Buzz Cut with Line Up to Bald FadeInstagram @jakecuts.pa

This short buzz cut with a line up is a very classy look for the professional and businessman.

Q&A with style creator, Jake Boyle
Barber @ Modern Classics Barber Studio in Summit, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a skin fade blended into a 1.5 on the top. In my opinion, there’s no cut cleaner then a skin fade.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

This haircut doesn’t require too many products. I usually just use a lining spritz for the shapeup. Clippers and a razor will do the rest.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

What I like so much about a skin fade is that anyone can pull it off. You can have long hair on the top and skin fade it, or you could have a buzz cut. It works either way! I would recommend this cut for someone with a clean scalp and no dry spots/rashes on their head for the best results. These things would be much more exposed with this cut.

Bald Cut with a Faded Beard

Q&A with style creator, Donald Emery Jr.
Barber @ Presidential Grooming in Baton Rouge, LA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

What I love about this cut is that its low maintenance. It is also a great summer cut for those on the go.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

The overall style can be maintained at home, although you should seek professional advice for shave techniques and growth patterns. For the beard, a beard pick and an all-natural beard balm should be used to promote growth and add moisture to the skin underneath.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This stylish look is great for the distinguished gentleman or a man that is naturally thinning in the crown area.

Uniform Layered Cut Waves

Uniform Layered Cut WavesInstagram @cthornthebarber

You’ll look excellent with these waves and sharp connecting lines from the forehead to the beard.

Q&A with style creator, Chris Thorn
Barber @ 215 Professionals in Philadelphia, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This uniform layered cut is one of the most common haircuts for men today. It is ideal for most face shapes and hair textures. This look is also versatile as it can work in a business or casual setting. My favorite thing about this look has to be that it is very low maintenance.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I would recommend a shampoo and conditioner as needed, and suggest a product that best compliments the client’s hair texture (i.e. mousse, pomade or gel).

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

As stated previously, this look is ideal for most facial shapes and hair textures. This particular look works best for anyone simply because of its versatility and durability.

Natural Spinner Waves

Natural Spinner WavesInstagram @fresh_hov

Q&A with style creator, Jose Crespo
Barber @ Major League Barbershop in West Haven, CT


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as an urban, sporty, athletic, classy and natural look! The thing I love the most about this look would be how the waves come together so uniformly and the best this is that they are natural. Hardly any product was used!

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To achieve this look you need A LOT of time, a little bit of grease, and a 100% boar bristle brush. Apply a small amount of grease to your hair and proceed to brushing in the direction that goes with your hair’s growth pattern. You will need to do this repeatedly, over and over again until you reach the desired amount of waves. Note that natural waves will not come in one day. Getting waves is a process and requires a few days of brushing.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this style to anyone who wants a short and sharp look! It works best for clients with coarse or ethnic hair which will wave up faster than fine smooth hair.

Bold Mohawk

Bold MohawkInstagram @theburghbarber

The unique designs on the side combined with the yellow tips on these twists make this one of the baddest and boldest looks right now.

Q&A with style creator, Wendell Kinley
Barber @ theburghbarber in Pittsburgh, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

First of all, doing a hair design on the side of the head can sometimes be tricky because you don’t have a lot of room to work with. The one thing that I really enjoy doing is geometric designs that are simple and bold. If you go too small and intricate it will only last a few days at most, but if you go bolder you will have a lot of contrast between the skin and the design it will stay a lot longer.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

The product that I typically use on hair designs is Kiss Express. It is a semi-permanent color that just makes the darker areas of the design really pop.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

One who wants attention!

Low Fade With Hard Part

Low Fade With Hard PartInstagram @gthebarber21

Q&A with style creator, Guarionex Diax
Barber @ Gthebarber in Riverview, FL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this haircut as a low fade with a part. My favorite part about this haircut is the part with the fade, which makes the haircut pop out even more. The edge also brings out the haircut.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

The product I use for this haircut is called Spritz. It freezes the hair in place and makes the edge more precise. I also use oil sheen which leaves the hair shiny and silky smooth.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This type of haircut works for anyone!