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Hairstyle of the week #3

As far as unearthing the nation’s finest musical talent is concerned, The X Factor’s track record is inconsistent at best. What it does well, however, is repeatedly prove the transformative power of a good haircut.

Among this year’s crop of hopefuls is former van driver Ben Haenow, who’s been taken from a rough-around-the-edges lad from Croydon and turned into a chiselled would-be popstar, thanks to some new threads and a razor-sharp ‘do. 

hairstyle of the week #3

Picture: REX

If you want to recreate this style but don’t have Simon Cowell’s army of stylists in your corner, just step into your local barber’s and request the following:

- A graduated shave, where the hair is shortest at the base of the neck and gets progressively longer the further up the back and sides you get.

- Blend the densest areas of hair (above the ear and the crown) into the shaved sections using scissors.

- Make sure the barber chips into the hair on the top of your head to relieve some of the weight, and prevent you from looking like a mushroom.

- Blow-dry and finish with a matte clay for texture.