Celebrity hair stylist Asgar Saboo checks out the top hair trends for men this season.
The taper fade haircut is one of the most classic and fashionable styles for men, which is a masculine yet fresh look that’s perfect for casual or professional occasions.
To style: You need to have the sides cut or buzzed considerably shorter than the length of the hair on top. This is the key component, as after the hair is cut, styling the hair consists of just the top portion. There are many ways to wear the tapered fade; from sweeping your hair over to the side, tussling it up for the “just out of bed look” to polishing off the look by using products to push the hair into an upward motion for a forward fringe.
Short and choppy is a more low-maintenance style that evolved from last year’s longer hair trend to a more loose and textured style. The top is now slightly shorter and the sides have been clipped down for more of a contrast much like the taper fade, but less dramatic. The choppiness also gives the illusion of more texture, bulk and weight to the hair, thus making it seem thicker.
To style: Use a water-based gel, tussle your hand through the hair until happy with the styled result. You can also use a thicker paste applied to the roots for a secure hold or for a slightly less wet look. If you have particularly thin hair, a root booster powder can optimise volume and will give a matte finish. This style is intended to look slightly ruffled and messy so styling needn’t take an hour. Just ruffle and go.
This is the less polished, more textured version of the quiff, with depth that is not too structured. Again, following the trend with shorter back and sides, this style is easy to maintain and, depending on the length of the quiff, you can change up your style at any time.
To style: You can work texture powder to the roots to add depth and bulk. Adding volumising spray will also work but texture powder will last longer compared to a water-based product. Then, rub paste or a soft clay between your fingers and hands so the warmth of your palms makes the product more manageable. Twist the hair slightly at the sides of the crown, pushing it upwards, before passing your hands through the quiff until you are happy with the result and the quiff stays in place. Finish with a strong-hold hairspray to make the quiff extra secure.
The buzz cut is a great look and very useful when the weather gets swelteringly hot. It is a style that is easy to maintain and looks great with stubble or a beard.
To style: You need to remember that not all buzz cuts need to be of a really short length, such as 0 all around; a number 1 or 2 buzz can also look great if you prefer more hair. Face shapes are different so one length won’t fit all. You can always change your buzz cut up by mixing it up with a high fade, low fade or varying lengths.