Are you feeling in a bit of a rut hair-wise? Sometimes it’s hard to know how to shake it up from your standard short back and sides. In honour of National Men’s Grooming Day, grooming expert Adam Brady from Ruffians Barbers is here to help.
Adam has picked out the top looks for hair and beards right now. In order to help you have the best hair possible, he’s also broken each look down into what it is, who should have it, and how to best style it.
Texture on top
What is it: An all-scissored haircut, usually slightly shorter on the back and sides, with lots of texture and volume on top.
Best for: Those with wavy-ish hair.
How to style it: Use a paste and tousle into the roots of hair. Luckily, it’s really easy to style, as it’s quite an informal “just got out of bed” look.
Soft and smart
What is it: Again, it’s a simple short back and sides (longer for David Gandy) but with a parting. The finish is a soft natural one.
Best for: This look suits most people, as long as you have a good amount of hair.
How to style it: Blowdry the hair and separate the parting. Mix a paste and a pomade together and rake through with your hands, rather than a comb, for a softer more natural finish.
What is it: Mid-length hair, grown out from the previous textured cuts.
Best for: The more masculine looking amongst us, otherwise it could just look a bit feminine. The celebs who are generally wearing their hair like this are always big, muscly, “manly” men.
How to style: Never blowdry! Scrunch dry a pomade into the hair with your hands to give it volume, and to stop the hairs from drying out and looking damaged.
What is it: Short on top; traditionally the same length all over, but a more contemporary cut would have the back and sides much tighter and neater.
Best for: Those with finer hair or receding hairlines. This can look really classic, smart and refined.
How to style: You don’t need to do much here. Just apply a matt clay to the roots – if it’s a good product, the particles of the clay will attach to the hair, giving the appearance of thicker growth.
Smart, neat beard
What is it: Anything from about 3-10mm growth. This is a neat beard, which follows the natural contours of the face.
Best for: Good for concealing a gent’s worst features, if they are on the face! This suits most people if you’ve got the right hair growth.
How to maintain: Visit the barber every two to three weeks to get this tidied up – alternatively, run your clippers over the beard every week to the desired length. Make sure you take care of your skin using a gentle exfoliator and a moisturiser. Beard oils should only be used if the beard is over a centimetre in length.
What it is: Stubble up to 3mm in length. It helps to accentuate your cheekbones and jawline.
Best for: Those with patchy growth, as you don’t need it to grow all over your face for it to look good.
How to maintain: Use a set of electric trimmers and trim your beard down about twice a week. Make sure you discern what features you would like to emphasise – for example cheekbones/jawline and you can follow your natural bone structure. It works as a sort of men’s version of contouring.