5 Summer Hairstyles For Men 2022

Last updated: September 13, 2021

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the summer months mean more time outside and more reasons to socialize, even if it’s at a distance.

Quarantine has also resulted in a lot of inspiring style experimentation. That makes it the perfect time to do something different with your hair.

When you think of summer hairstyles, you probably think of cooling down. But the “fact” that you lose most of your body heat from your head is a myth.

Still, it can be refreshing to have some shorter hair on the sides, especially when you’re going to be enjoying some pool time.

With all that in mind, here are five summer hairstyles for men in 2022:

  1. Universal
  2. Bryce Hall
  3. Josh Richards
  4. TikTok Hairstyle for Guys
  5. Quarantine Dream

Below, we’ll go over each one, the types of faces that match it, and what to say to your barber to get exactly what you’re hoping for.

1. Tapered Sides, Long Top: The Universal

You know how every decade of the 1900s has its own distinct hairstyles featured in all their high school movies?

The tapered sides, long top may be the quintessential haircut of the late-2010s, early-2020s. 

I seriously doubt that it’ll look out of style in thirty years (like our parents’ yearbook photos), but it definitely encapsulates the hairstyle of the “modern guy,” so to speak.

What types of faces does it work for?

I gave this one the name “The Universal” because it works for all types of faces. From oval- to square-shaped, from round- to diamond-shaped, anyone can rock the tapered sides, long top look.

Guys who are often in office settings looking to modernize a bit can go a little shorter to keep things a bit more professional.

But if you’re in more casual environments, you can do a lot of fun things with the longer top.

However, we get into versions with more flair in the next sections.

How to describe it for your barber.

Your safest bet is to go one-guard on the sides and three to four inches on the top.

Feel free to personalize things from there. Some guys like shaved sides, others prefer the two- or even three-guard. 

The beauty of these days of quarantining is that you have a lot more wiggle for trying something new.

If things don’t work out perfectly, people are going to be a lot more forgiving.

But this one is pretty tough to mess up, even if you’re DIYing it. A professional barber or stylist will knock this out of the park. Tip accordingly!

2. A Bit More in Front: The Bryce Hall Haircut

Bryce Hall is a celebrity on TikTok famous for, among other things I’m sure, an extremely popular hairstyle.

As much as the Bryce Hall haircut has the vibe of, “I woke up like this,” it’s actually styled in a semi-complex way that will almost certainly require a barber.

What types of faces does it work for?

Bryce Hall has what looks to be a rectangular face, so I think we can say with confidence that people with rectangular faces can rock this look.

Other options include oval and oblong facial shapes.

Basically, the longer top is universal, but the longer front isn’t ideal for those of us with squatter faces.

It can cover up too many of our features, and we’re doing enough of that by wearing masks.

But mostly, it makes our face look even squatter. It’d be like a tall, thin person wearing vertical stripes.

Of course, there are more exceptions than there are rules. Consult with a haircut professional for advice specific to your face.

How to describe it for your barber.

Like all haircuts, the Bryce Hall look can be adjusted based on face shape, personal preference, and the starting length of your hair.

But in general, I’d recommend going with a two-guard for sides that are faded up into the top.

The top should be at least two inches in the back, but probably closer to three inches.

Then you’ll want to fade that into the even longer front, which should hang past your eyebrows and potentially to the tip of your nose. 

The front hair needs to be layered and texturized so you can blow dry it into that wavy look.

You may have that wave naturally, but for most of us, a little work with the blow dryer goes a long way.

And even if you have that natural wave, adding some hairspray will probably be needed to ensure that it holds from morning into the evening.

3. A Bit More on the Sides: The Josh Richards Haircut

If you can’t tell the difference between the Josh Richards haircut and the Bryce Hall style, you’re not imagining things.

They’re definitely similar. However, there are some subtle but key differences that can set them apart.

For one thing, the sides are distinctly longer. The front is also shorter. Where you go to the extreme in the Bryce Hall one, you pull back a bit for Josh Richards, making it a nice bedhead look without taking it to the Nth degree.

What types of faces does it work for?

Because we’re making the front a bit shorter, this haircut is pretty universal. The best way to think about it may be as simply a stylized tapered side, long top look.

However, because we’re giving the front a bit of a high poof, the volume can add to the length of an already-long face. 

While not every face is long, that’s oval or rectangular, pretty much everyone with a long face has one of those two shapes or something similar.

And therefore this one may not work well for you, and the Bryce Hall version may be better.

How to describe it for your barber.

The longer your hair to start, the more your barber will have to work with (duh) to make this as close to Josh Richards as possible.

What I’d do is ask for the number four on the sides that blend to the top. But in the back, still keep things on the shorter side, around one to 1.5 inches or so.

Then you’ll blend it from there to a three-inch center and even longer front. This too needs to be layered and texturized. 

To style it in the morning, blow-dry it upwards to give it the right poof.

But this one may not require hairspray at the same level of intensity as the Bryce Hall version. You’re dealing with less hair, after all.

4.  Go with the Curtains: E-Boy Hairstyle/TikTok Hairstyle

This one reminds me more of young Leo DiCaprio, but it’s reached newfound (and massive) popularity with TikTok hairstyles.

The e-boy haircut is relatively simple, and it’s little more than long, straight hair with a center part. 

And if you can pull it off without straightening your hair, it’s one of the most effortlessly stylish haircuts a man can have.

What types of faces does it work for?

The heart- and square-shaped faces are ideal for this type of hairstyle.

You’ll notice that Leo DiCaprio and Jungkook from the K-pop group BTS have that similar heart-shaped face that goes really well with the curtains. 

But Jungkook and young Leo have another key thing in common: straight hair. Whether natural or straightened, this is an essential element to this look.

How to describe it for your barber.

You’ll need to tell your barber you’re planning on straightening your hair so they know to straighten it before cutting.

Then they’ll simply cut to where you want the hair to sit, which can be anywhere from the top of your ear to the bottom.

5. Quarantine Dream: Man Bun and Beard

Who’s better looking than Brad Pitt or Chris Hemsworth or Jason Momoa? I’ll wait…

Some say the man bun and beard combo reached its peak in 2015. But I think it’s either plateaued from there or continuing to gain popularity.

Add to that the strong possibility that you’ve been growing out your hair during lockdown, and the Quarantine Dream may reach new heights still.

What types of faces does it work for?

Much like the slicked-back hair that delivers a similar (albeit more polished and traditional) look, the man bun and beard is ideal for guys with rectangular- or oval-shaped faces.

The longer the face and the more chiseled the jaw, the more powerful the man bun looks. And for those of us with a weaker chin, the beard compensates for it perfectly well.

How to describe it for your barber.

Barber? What barber? You’ll want to get hair care products specific to longer hair. But with man buns, your trips to the barber just became a quarterly endeavor, if that.

SOURCES:

• Head heat myth: https://www.livescience.com/34411-body-heat-loss-head.html