Your hairstyle is something that can make or break your whole aesthetic. Get it right and the whole thing pulls right together, adding to your chosen image. Get it wrong and you end up looking dishevelled with a just-got-out-of-bed look (but not in a good way). Your hairstyle can be the ideal complement to a well-chosen outfit and, done right, it can seamlessly take you from Monday’s business meeting to after-work drinks on Friday night, to a weekend of outdoor activity.
We’re almost at the midway point of 2018 and, as the cooler months descend, now is the perfect time to refresh your hairstyle and adopt a brand new look for the second half of the year. We have done some trend forecasting and determined the five best looks to go for when you want to update your look this season.
The buzz cut
Whether you opt for shorter-on-the-sides, or all-over consistent length, there’s no denying that the buzz cut is the nation’s favourite low-maintenance hair style. The shorter you go, the less work you have to put in maintaining your ‘do, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying your life with less time in the bathroom.
A close cousin to the buzz cut, the fade is back in a big way in 2018. This hairstyle allows you to really experiment with hair lengths, adopting variating lengths across the head. Right from the crown of the head, which should be the longest length, to the tips, which are shortest, each layer of the fade looks like it’s a slightly lighter shade than the one above it. What’s more, you can also try unexpected shapes with this particular cut.
Adopt a more tousled look – while maintaining the good kind of ‘just rolled out of bed’ – with a shoulder length feathered bob. A little bit more maintenance than the buzz cut, as you’ll be committed to styling it each morning, the bob suits men who prefer longer locks, mid-length layers and a sultry appearance.
Long gone are the days when hair dye fit neatly into black, brown and blonde colour spectrums. In 2018, the range of colours available to men is seemingly endless, and there’s never been a better time to experiment with hues. Colour your buzzcut in a subtle shade of orange – or add some redness to your blondish hair – and add a layer of interest to your look.
...and don’t forget the face
Hair grooming doesn’t just mean the locks on your head; men also have the option of experimenting with a wide range of looks for their facial hair. The hottest beard styles for 2018 are the ones that look intentional rather than scraggly. The trends point towards looks that flatter, rather than look unkempt. There are endless options for framing your facial features and maintaining a well-groomed facade.
The rule of thumb is to create the illusion of a face that looks as oval as possible, no matter what canvas you’re starting with. Choose an option that complements your hairstyle and let your barber do the work. After that, it’s just a simple matter of trimming and maintaining on a fortnightly basis.
A careful look through trend magazines or a discussion with your barber will help you select which hairstyle and complementing beard shape suits your face, hair texture and lifestyle.