Big Shape & Contrast
We’re not all born wallflowers. If the thought of a low-profile hairstyle is enough to send you to sleep, there are more eye-catching looks emerging in 2016, too.
“This is all about clear contrast between the top and back and sides sections of your hair, along with plenty of movement and shape,” says Brady. And, as you’ll have garnered from the images below, it’s probably going to get you noticed. It does, however, come with a couple of caveats:
You’ll need the ability to grow a pretty dense and long head of hair. Otherwise, you won’t be working with the raw materials you need.
Consider your lifestyle before committing: “If you’re exercising in the gym regularly or generally feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day to spend styling your hair, then it’s best to steer away from anything high maintenance,” says Tom Harrigan, Master Barber and Brand Manager at Neville.
Taking the plunge? Brady has some tips for laying the groundwork: “Grow your hair long on top, so that the fringe reaches at least as far as your nose when you pull it down over your face.” Without this, you won’t be able to create the necessary contrast.
Speaking of which, decide whether you want the hair at the sides and back of your head scissor cut (for a clear contrast with a softer finish) or clippered (for a starker, more impactful contrast) – though bear in mind that anything less than a 4 guard verges on undercut territory.
“Your barber or stylist should also should be aware to make the hair at the crown a bit shorter than the hair at the front, so that if you sweep the fringe back, it will rest nicely on the back of the head; and if you put your fringe forward, it won’t stick up at the back,” says Brady.
As with most things with lasting impact, this one takes some work when it comes to end styling:
“For a forward fringe, find your side parting and spray in some salt spray, keeping the sides separate. Then, blow-dry your fringe forwards across your forehead using a brush, and tousle the remaining spray-free parts of your hair,” explains Brady.
“For a sweep-back quiff, a style that requires a lot of height and volume, apply some paste into damp hair, and blow-dry from the roots up, using a vented brush to direct the flow of air. Once you’ve got a rough structure, spray in some salt spray to add texture.”