As the temperature drops, now is a good time to take your grooming up a notch. The right hairstyle will bring your look bang up to date without the need for a complete style lobotomy. From grungy mid-lengths to braids, these are the styles to master this winter.
FIVE HAIRSTYLES FOR WINTER
By Libby Banks, 20 November 2016
Cutting edge without the cutting, hair grown out to shoulder length is about as on-point as it gets right now. Take one part Kurt Cobain, one part River Phoenix, mix in some recent Brooklyn Beckham and you get the idea. Not for the faint-hearted, longer hair requires tenacity, endurance and the right products. It also helps if you’ve got fine-textured hair. There are many awkward stages, but to minimise the risk of veering into mullet territory, start by keeping it long on top and shorter at the sides. And, if in doubt, there’s always the man bun to tide you over. Don’t over-shampoo as this weakens hair and increases the chance of frizz, and switch your usual wax for a leave-in conditioner. Job done.
The braid is definitely having a moment – Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Pusha T, Wiz Khalifa… you get the idea. Styling happens during the braiding so make sure you know what you want when it comes to parting shapes, braid length and number of braids. Travis Scott, for example, keeps things minimal with a handful of square-parted mid-length braids. And at the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, make sure you get an expert to do it. The bonus is that once you’re out of the barber’s chair, your braids should be pretty low-maintenance: A$AP claims to only wash his hair once a week, but we’d recommend applying some oil to your scalp to avoid dandruff and dry shampoo between washes to keep the look sharp.
Badass bowl cut
We’re pleased to announce the unexpected return of this original raver favourite. It’s a style that works especially well if you have thick hair and suits both straight and wavier textures. Ask your barber to keep volume on the top part the fade low on the sides and on the back, with a slight undercut. The key here is to make it look ‘undone’ like it’s 4am at the Hacienda, rather than a immaculately coiffed 90s boy band member. Work hair forward with some styling clay using your fingertips for a textured finish. Easy.
Given the current obsession with 70s fashion – arguably the hairiest decade of the last century – it is no surprise that hair lengths for guys are getting longer. Some of the biggest runway shows at the recent batch of menswear fashion shows showcased shaggy mid-length styles, including Gucci and Lanvin. For 70s inspo, think Mick Jagger, the Ramones and Robert Redford. Ask your barber to create as much texture as possible, and use volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner, then towel-dry your hair. If you’re blow-drying, make sure you use a vent brush and finish with a matte paste on the roots.
The upside downer
It couldn’t be easier – shaved head, huge beard. But be warned: a decent beard is harder to achieve than it appears. It takes proper care, maintenance, and a whole lot of itch tolerance. If you’re going for an XL beard, as per A$AP Bari, remember to regularly comb to keep things fresh. A sporadic trim with scissors or clippers is also a good idea – there's a fine line between looking seasonally stylish and channelling Santa. Stay on the right side of that line. Beard oil helps soften the hair and avoid discomfort in the early stages, as well as moisturising the skin.