The barbers report that men seem to be going in one of two directions post pandemic: Short and tidy (celebrating the reemerging of society) or longer and more relaxed (embracing the hair they grew out while at home). “Most of us are still experimenting with looks that were products of the pandemic—longer hair, different facial hair patterns, etc.,” says Rob McMillen of Mildred in New York. “I also think people have felt more adventurous given we've all had a collective experience that was difficult to say the least.”
McMillen has also noticed combination of traditional barber looks coupled with less defined cut names and terminology which has allowed folks to have a look that might not have a name or style, but is personal to them. Ryan Gonzalez of San Francisco's Church Barber & Apothecary says one longer style that's emerging has been dubbed the “curtain haircut.” He says it's a great natural looking cut for those who've grown out their hair, because it's parted down the middle and lets the hair droop to the sides naturally.
But there are plenty of shorter cuts too. “We're seeing a lot of buzz cut fades, shedding the longer hair of 2020 now that shops are back open,” says Gonzalez. “Getting that fade that they couldn't give themselves while shops were locked down.” Chuck Falk of Principle Barbershop in Shaker Heights Ohio has found the same thing. “I'm definitely seeing a little more length on my clients—not quite as short around the sides and back for the winter months. But there are some mad men who disregard 20-degree weather and are happy to get skin fades again.”