Summer Hair Trends 2016. Sun’s out, (man) buns out? No, we don’t think so. This summer, hair trends are thankfully a little less ridiculous than they have been in recent years. We’ve spoken to the best barbers in London and not a single one of them suggested you take grooming advice from 18th century samurai warriors.
The key hairstyles this summer are better described as updates of classic men’s looks. They’re explained below, along with everything you need to ask your barber for. It doesn’t get more clean cut than that.
8. LOSE THE PARTING
The crisp, well-defined parting beloved of Premier League footballers and air stewards is loosening up, says Emma Louise Piggott, of ELP Barbershop. “In the barbershop at the moment we’ve noticed that a lot of guys are ditching the part in favour for a more of a casual look. Still pushing the hair to one side but using the natural texture rather than a groomed blow dry. The best product for this would be something with a low shine and a firm hold like a matt clay.”
7. BRING BACK THE FRINGE
The swept-back look isn’t going anywhere just yet but Adam Brady, one of the grooming experts at Ruffians Barbers, says your forehead doesn’t have to be barren. “Men’s fashion weeks back in January were a hotbed of fringes – choppy, blunt, side, ‘emo’… however, a lot of these were dramatic, experimental and – let’s be honest – odd looking.
“For a commercially friendly (and professionally accepted) fringe, you should ask for a short back and sides – ask for clippers, and to go quite short (grade 0.5/1) if you would like to really accentuate your bone structure. Keep the top about 1-2 inches in length, and ask the barber to point cut to add texture.
Apply a salt spray into damp hair, and then towel dry, using your fingers to bring the fringe down over the forehead for a simple textured look. If you use a paste or pomade for this, you run the risk of clumping the hairs on the fringe, so best is to use a spray or powder which will dissipate far more evenly.”
6. THE MOD LOOK
The Mod Look Pall Mall Barbers
“The mod look is great for people with thick hair,” says Daniel Davies, general manager at Pall Mall Barbers. “With influences such as Jake Bugg and ’90s indie music going strong this year we are seeing lots of gentlemen grow out their standard haircuts and taking a more edgy approach to their style. The mod look should always look care free. Mostly cut with a straight edge razor and creative scissor techniques. Style with our new Pall Mall Barbers sea salt spray and finish with our always reliable workable paste.”
Image created by Amanda Davidson Pall Mall Barbers artistic team
5. GIVE THE QUIFF A BIT OF TEXTURE
While slick-backs and pompadours have reigned supreme over the past year, the textured quiff is set to be a standout style for Spring/Summer 2016, says Ted Baker’s master barber. “Ask for a number six or longer on top with the “fringe” area left long, tapering into a four. Work hair putty through your hair before forming the rugged quiff by clasping with your fingertips and slanting away at a side angle. Finish with a twist.”
4. REFRESH THE POMPADOUR
Refresh the pompadour
As we said, the pompadour isn’t going anywhere just yet, but that’s not to say you can’t give it a twist. Sheldon Hickey at Murdock London suggests adding a disconnected fringe. “To achieve this style,” he says, “have the back and sides faded with a number 1 to a 2 with clippers and tapered to a zero at the neck lines; and blend into the top section.”
“When it comes to the fringe area direct it back towards the ear when connecting to create a disconnected flow. On time cut into the desired pompadour shape and over-directing the fringe again back to the ear area; this will also create a longer length at the front. Blow dry into style with sea salt spray for extra hold and volume; and finish with Murdock Matt Putty for adequate shine and hold.”‘
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3. GROW IT OUT
“The man bun is out (hopefully for good) and long hair is in,” says Piggott. “The likes of Jared Leto and Ty Segall have paved the way for guys to let their locks roam free. Regular cuts and a healthy dose of sea salt spray will help your locks stay tamed.”
Go to a barber that has experience in women’s hairdressing, adds Brady. “Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, as this will help the hair to retain its natural oils, particularly at the ends where it gets most dry,” he says. “Allow to dry naturally, and when still a bit damp, use a water based pomade, and rake through with your fingers to create shine, volume and malleability.”
2. YOU CAN STILL GO RETRO
You can still go retro
Haircuts and trends often follow the culture of the moment such as films and bands of the moment. With bands such as the Last Shadow Puppets set to take the summer by storm there are sure to be clients looking at getting similar haircuts to icons like Alex Turner. “The matted dry look was the regular choice of customers for a long time however over the past few years pomade has made a really strong comeback. Our Gentleman’s pomade is now our bestselling styling product because of great styles such as this,” says Daniel Davies, general manager at Pall Mall Barbers.
Image created by Jack Holding Pall Mall Barbers artistic team
1. GIVE IT SOME NATURAL TEXTURE
It’s a year for messy, natural texture, says Brady. “It’s ideal for those who don’t want to take too long in the bathroom in the morning. Allow the top to grow out – if you’ve been doing this for the last few months, the length should stretch down to below your nose. Keep the back and sides fairly short for contrast, either by getting it scissor cut (for more texture) or by getting a taper (shorter at the bottom, longer the further up the head you go), leading into a soft disconnection at the top.
“To style the top section, rub a water based hair product like our Classic Pomade into your hands – then add a small amount of Styling Paste; mixing these two products will give you extra strong hold and a nice glossy finish. Apply to the roots of the hair and rake through backwards to get an intentionally messy look.”