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Sure, it's easy to cling to old habits when you're parked in the barbers chair ("just a bit off the top, thanks"), but really, it only takes a couple of weeks to grow out a less-than-satisfactory cut – so why not explore a new style up top this autumn? Here are three fresh hairstyles to ponder before your next snip trip. 
Male model with purple turtleneck and grey shorn crewcut

Picture: Michaela Tornaritis

Bleach buzz cut

A short buzz cut is the easiest way to clean up your crop, so this year it’s time to take your spring cleaning to the next level and add some bleach into the equation. This style requires little to no day-to-day maintenance and is a good way to go for receding hairlines. Most barbers will be able to sort you out with a buzz cut (ask for an office-friendly number three), but it’s always best to consult a colourist if you haven’t dyed your hair before.
Male model mid-length hair and cheekbones

Picture: Michaela Tornaritis

Manageable mid-length

If you’re lucky enough to have an abundance of hair, then you really should be making the most of it. We’re not talking growing a mosh pit-ready mop here, more of a 90s-style mid-length affair. To pull off this look, you’ll need some strong scissor action and good middle management, so regular trims and the right product are key. Cutting your hair every 6-8 weeks will keep the quality up and remove any possibility of a mullet appearing at the back. Styling-wise, work a matte clay through your hair with your fingers. 
Black guy in camo shirt with braids and undercut

Picture: Vicky Grout

Braided undercut

If you’re actually quite into your current hairstyle, but after a more interesting seasonal update, then an undercut is the way to go. Whether you’ve got a grown-out short crop like Zayn Malik, you’re at more of Lil Yatchy length, or longer Jaden Smith-esque hair, working in a fade will create a clean contrast that’ll freshen things up nicely. Before you take to the clippers, treat the bulk of your hair accordingly: wash and condition dreads, trim hair (especially before getting new braids) and ask your barber for a mark-up for a sharper hairline. Finally, go for a sleek skin-fade.