It's getting hot in hair: Biggest hair trends of 2014

  • Sanya Panwar and Deekshita Baruah, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 25, 2014 18:28 IST

Man buns were a thing in 2014. Perhaps, you'd notice. Disclaimer: We're not talking about actual man butts, we’re talking about the Jared Leto-esque hairstyle that spread across men’s heads everywhere.

You loved them. We loved them. And we loved the sexy and rugged men -- from surfer dudes and soccer players to Hollywood hotties -- who rocked the sturdy look. While David Bechkam, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Hemsworth were the poster boys for this hairstyle, we particularly loved Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper's foray into ponytail territory. But when we first saw Jared Leto walk the red carpet at the 2014 Golden Globes in January with a top knot, we asked ourselves: Will this be the biggest hair trend of 2014?

That said, we noticed how men in general were more experimental with their hair throughout 2014. Rather than looking like everyone else, men of all hair lengths, textures and types flexed their creative and technical muscles and made 2014 all about men's hair. Here's proof:

1 The man bun
Let's start with the most hotly-debated hair trend of 2014. It has been one the most controversial men’s hairstyles, possibly garnering more attention than the in-your-face mohawk. While it was David Beckham’s soccer hairstyle and Leonardo DiCaprio’s vacation hairstyle, the man bun, which is basically tying hair into a bun or half bun, was seen on many celebrities, hipsters, and the fashion forward. Properly styled, it passed as an unexpected but formal style, as seen on Jared Leto at the Oscars. Fans or not, you will agree, man buns were everything in 2014.

2 Brad Pitt's Fury undercut
This simple hairstyle made a big impact in 2014. We saw this slick undercut on magazines and streets, before it made it’s way to the big screen as Brad Pitt’s Fury hairstyle. In contrast to military buzz cuts, this hair cut left plenty of length on top, which might not be the most practical look on the battlefield, but it does have commanding presence, you'll agree. And that brings us to why this classic cut has endured the test time and why it came back with a bang in 2014. The answer is pretty simple: The undercut, and its many versions, look great on everyone! And that is one big reason why, the Fury cut, also referred to as the Hitler cut or the Nazi cut, won all our hearts. Are you a fan too? Hell, yes.

3 Slick and dark
We can’t stop talking about slick hair and here’s why: It looks cool, clean cut, and suits everyone and every hair type. There were so many ways to wear this cool men’s hairstyle from retro versions featured in movies like the Wolf of Wall Street to hipster versions that are the height of 2014 trends. Believe us when we say slick hair spaned many styles in 2014: While Leonardo DiCaprio proved once again that slick hair is the official hairstyle of success in an any era, Adam Levine wore one of the top hipster looks for guys.

4 Artfully messy
While slick hair dominated in 2014, not all men’s hair trends required having every hair in place. Straight-up spikes and messy spikes meant that not all stylish men cared about getting their hair just right. These cool spiked styles were all about adding not only volume but texture to the hair for a groomed yet slightly messy look, if you know what we mean. These artfully messy looks were hot in 2014 because they look sexy but are easy to style and that's exactly what every man wants in a hairstyle, right?

5 Sexy and bushy
They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, but it's actually the beard. Or at least, it seemed this year. Facial hair was definitely up there in the men’s trends for 2014. It's safe to say, any man who could grow a thick, full beard, did it, or at least tried! As fans, we'll tell you that the beard is a real statement maker; it oozes confidence and shows character. But, fans or not, you'll agree there’s something highly sexy about the nonchalance of an imperfect beard. Let's just end it here: We loved how men embraced their bushy facial year in 2014: Whether it was a touch of scruff or the grizzliest beard of them all.

And here are the ladies!

If you are the type who look to the runaway for real-life inspiration, 2014 definitely delivered a heady mix of trends for women that were accepted with open-arms by the fashionistas and critics. Here are the year's most relevant hair trends.

1 Old-world braids and twists and windswept hairdos
Plucked right out of the romantic past, old-world braids and twists in 2014 was less avant-garde compared to 2013. We saw Frida Kahlo inspired styles at Naeem Khan and Nicole Miller shows, but we also saw messy ones at Alberta Ferretti. We love Emma Stone's version of the old-world braid.

Whether it was the unfussy French twist at designer Tom Ford's show or simple disheveled updo at Michael Kors; the windswept hair made quite an impact. We spotted this year's top model Kendall Jenner sporting the let-it-loose hair do at the Met Gala 2014.

2 Wavy lob, pixie, long layers
From super short to long layers, 2014 was a heady mix of haircuts that is sure to inspire you for your next salon appointment. We love Taylor Swift's wavy lob, Jennifer Lawrence's pixie and Kim Kardashian's gorgeous long layers.

3 Go pink
Kate Hudson proved it to us that pink hair can be chic. The actress dyed it in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Then, there was pop sensation Rita Ora who dyed her entire hair pink. But it was Rihanna who stole the show with her candy pink hair earlier this year in May.

4 Flowery headpieces
They are the oldest accessory in the book, but this year stylist made flower headpieces feel new again. Top design labels, Zac Posen, Anna Sui and Dolce & Gabbana brought it back with a bang. We love Zooey Deschanel at the Golden Globe Awards.

5 Pageboy wigs
Choppy pageboy wigs were in this season. Big names like Chanel, Fendi and Marc Jacobs had their models donning the headgear on the runaway. It was like taking scissors to your own hair, cutting edge. Devin Star Tailes decided to get one.

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