As a modern man, we are not obliged to conform to the same socially acceptable hairstyle day after day. In today’s ever accepting society, it is perfectly normal to change it up and try a new style. Something which may be a little risqué or outside your usual boundary can open up a brand new chapter for discovery. Also, there is no shame in basing your style off a celebrity role model. One outstanding figure to follow is Zayn Malik. Here we run down a few of the former One Direction stars trendiest looks.

The Malik Fade

We call this one the “Malik fade” as we don’t think it has ever been tried before. At least not in public. It is literally a fusion between a low fade and a classic taper cut. With one side of the head shaved to zero, coming together at the back to adjoin the other tapered side. This style can only be described as eccentric, however, thanks to an abundance of swagger and self-confidence, he manages to rock it. It may be a little out of the box, but you can absolutely set yourself apart as a self-assured man by attempting this look and carrying it with strength.

The Faded Quiff

The faded quiff is the style we most commonly see Zayn sporting. It is a combination of clean, fresh and smooth with the elegantly styled top quiff. To get this look, you can tinker with the side length, although the shorter the better for a more striking contrast. The key to this hair style really comes from styling the top of the hair. You will need to add as much volume as possible. The hairdryer is your friend. Combine this with a liberal application of matte wax and brush its back gently into shape. It is a style choice flexible to all occasions. Ideally top hair length should be 4-5 inches to achieve the best result.

Long Comb Over

Longer hair? Fear not. Zayn has a style for you too. In something which resembles a style often seen in anime haircuts, here Malik incorporates a side part and combs the hair over to one side and down, almost covering one half of the face. This look is dark and mysterious. It would certainly present you as a confident man and it gives a total rock star look in the club as it swishes around. It goes without saying, you need adequate length and top quality conditioner and pomade to get that sleek, smooth, combo over just right. It won’t happen overnight, but the end result is sophisticated and sharp.

Another Level

Love or loath him, Zayn Malik takes hair styling to another level with his constantly changing style. By making brave choices though he symbolizes confidence in his manliness and lack of fear. Whatever we say about Malik, he gives men a catalogue of awesome hair choices to ensure that we too are not stuck with only one direction.

Anthony Gallagher

Anthony Gallagher

Based in Seoul, South Korea, Anthony is a freelance writer and self-professed hair enthusiast. He attends like clock work for a bi-weekly haircut and complimentary ear waxing at his local one woman barber shop.
Anthony Gallagher