These Are the 5 Haircuts Every Man Needs to Know This Spring
A fresh haircut is the perfect way to welcome the warmer weather, and this year, it’s all about variations on three classics: long hair, the short back and sides, and the crop. That’s according to Adam Brady from award-winning UK-based barbershop Ruffians. Here, he breaks down five great options for the months ahead.
WILD WAVES (SHOWN ON MODEL JON KORTAJARENA)
What is it? For those with a substantial amount of hair on top, you can now afford to go messy and wild without much hassle. The shorter your back and sides are, the more dramatic the cut will be; just make sure there’s ample texture on top to create movement and an exciting silhouette.
How do you style it? It’s easy. First, allow your hair to dry naturally. Once it’s damp/dry, apply a paste to the roots of the hair and just go a bit crazy with your hands. Spray in some salt spray for extra lift and volume. Let the elements dictate your hair throughout the day–it’s meant to look natural, after all
MODIFIED CEASAR (ACTOR AND MUSICIAN OLLY ALEXANDER)
What is it? A popular one during men’s fashion weeks, this look is relatively low maintenance. Leave some length on top and ensure that the right amount of texture is being chopped in by point cutting. Your hair should fall about halfway between your hairline and your eyebrows. (When in doubt, go a little bit shorter.)
How do you style it? Apply a styling paste to the roots of damp hair, and blow-dry it forward, using your hands to create texture, by fanning out the fingers and pushing down.
TEXTURED CROP (TOM HARDY)
What is it? A simple, classic style generally favored by more mature guys, as it can accentuate good bone structure and give the illusion of finer hair being thicker.
How do you style it? Blow dry and sprinkle a texturizing powder into the roots of the hair.
MID-LENGTH (ACTOR AIDAN TURNER)
What is it? Once the hair has grown to a point of no return, it’s time to start training it backwards, behind the ears. You may have a few weeks (or even a couple of months) of annoying ringlets bouncing into your face, but if you style it out like this you should be fine.
How do you style it? Unless your hair is dead straight, do not blow-dry the hair. It’ll just create a whole bunch of frizz. Towel dry your mane (don’t rub too vigorously) and scrunch/squeeze out the water. This will also help to create volume and shape in the hair. Apply a water-based pomade with your hands to the roots and rake through to give the hair some malleability and shine.
LONG (KIT HARINGTON)
What is it? You have arrived at long hair heaven and are well past the awkward middle stage. Now you’ll just need a trip your barber every three or four weeks to tidy up the split ends.
How do you style it? Shampoo and moisturize the mid lengths and ends of the hair; the roots aren’t so important, since they’re closer to the scalp, which produces its own natural oils. You’ll need to wash your hair every few days, depending on how much you play with it–the less you run your hands through your hair, the less you have to wash it. If you have dead straight hair, you can blow dry it, but it’s probably best to allow the hair to dry naturally. If the ends appear a bit hay-like, just scrunch some paste in. For curly hair, towel dry and use a pomade instead (from mid-length to ends).