Short & Choppy
If there was one trend shed on the dawn of 2016, it was The Apprentice-level slicked and structured hair. And natural texture, unencumbered by enough product to cement a two-story house, is what’s taking its place.
“This is a low-maintenance style that suits a more classic gent who’s not interested in a style with sharp contrast,” says Adam Brady, Ruffians Barbers’ Trends Expert. It’s a progression from last year’s trend for long and loose textured styles, but measuring about an inch shorter on top, and point cut for texture: “The top is now slightly shorter, and there’s a soft disconnect between it and the scissor-cut back and sides.”
Which is good news if you’ve been growing your hair longer only to realise it jars with your face shape. “This style is a great choice for those with longer faces, as less height on your head will make your face seem better proportioned,” says Brady. And it’s a winner for those slightly thinner on top, too: “The choppiness gives the illusion of more texture and weight, so this could be a good option if you have fine or thinning hair.”
Arguably the best thing about this easy to maintain hairstyle is the number of ways you can wear it. “A water-based pomade – applied to damp hair using your fingers and tousled through – is a particularly on-trend look,” says Brady.
You can also use a paste – applied to the roots for optimal hold – for a slightly less wet look, or a root booster powder to optimise volume and give a matte finish.