If your man is still reaching for the hair gel to create a spiky ‘Mohawk’ then tell him he’s SO last season (as well as being a bit Jedward). The look for 2010 is smarter and much tidier. Hilarie Stelfox takes a look at trends in men’s hair styling
IT MAY be a symptom of the recession but men’s hairdressing is enjoying something of a retro revival.
The short-back-and-sides cut favoured by previous generations is making a come-back, along with that old styling stand-by Brylcreem and slicked-back 007 sophistication.
Fashion often mirrors social change so the theory is that in these days of job shortages men feel the need to look as businesslike as possible.
“Men are putting a lot more effort into their hair,” says stylist Paul Plant at the Three Degrees salon in Huddersfield’s St Peter’s Street.
“Maybe it’s because they want to keep the job they have and feel they have to be smart; or they’re wanting to impress at an interview,” he added.
We asked Paul’s fellow stylist Dax Hallas if he could create three different but smart, modern hairstyles for the man about town who wants to get ahead.
Arron Oldfield, 27, has abandoned ‘last season’ spiky hair for a traditional short, back and sides. “I want to look smart,” he says, “and have a style that is easy to look after and practical for work.”
An electrician for Genco Electrical in Huddersfield, Arron, who lives in Fenay Bridge, says his work frequently takes him into offices and the university so he can’t get away with ‘building site’ hair.
“I used to have quite long, mullet hair, short around the sides and spiky on top,” he said, “but I like this new look.”
According to Dax, there’s a strong move towards tidy, low-maintenance hair. “We’re doing more old school gents’ hairdressing and getting away from the spiky Mohawk, which has been around for so long,” he explained.
“It’s all about looking smart because first impressions always last,” he added.
Tom Truelove, 24, an events manager for the Three Acres in Shelley, has been growing his hair but still wants it to look sophisticated.
“I have to be reasonably smart for work all the time. Sometimes we do weddings and I’m dressed in black tie,’’ he said.
The key to keeping longer hair tidy, says Dax, is to slick it back with a gel (old-fashioned Brylcreem does the trick) away from the face.
“But Tom’s style is quite versatile. To look more casual he can take it across his forehead,” he added.
With an individual style all of his own, AJ (Ahsim Jawed), 28, from Fartown, says he wants to look “smart and sleek.”
An NHS wellbeing practitioner, working with people suffering from depression and self-esteem issues, AJ feels it is important that he projects a professional image.
“I wear Asian clothes for work because I like them and I have a specialised role working with Asian patients,’’ he explained. “But when I’m not working I put quite a different look together.”
“In my youth I had spiky hair like everyone else but I have also had long hair that was anti-fashion.
“The style I have now is a response to the fact that my work was becoming more demanding and I wanted a quicker hairdo. But it’s still quite flexible and I can wear it in different ways.”
It’s not just women who take pictures of their favourite celebrity hairstyle to the hairdressing salon, men do too. There are no surprises when it comes to the most popular style idol for men – fashion chameleon David Beckham. “But we’re starting to see more pictures of people from Indie bands,” says Paul Plant from Three Degrees.
To create the styles shown here Dax used styling products American Crew Fiber and Lanza Urban Moulding Paste. There are innumerable products for the men’s haircare market so it’s best to seek advice from a hairdresser about which is best suited to a particular style or hair type.