New Year: New Hairstyle?

Whether you are clearing out your wardrobe, hitting the gym to shift a few pounds, giving up smoking or trekking half way around the world to save the giant panda – we all have our New Years resolutions, big and small. For whatever reason the start of a new calendar year seems to stir something inside of each of us, an innate desire to start a fresh, or change something about our lives that we couldn’t possibly have done in December.

Many of your New Years resolutions will naturally feature either your wardrobe, your look, or your general style outlook for the year in an effort to make 2011 your most stylish yet. While it’s tempting to hit the high street or the online sales armed with nothing but a credit card and a penchant for chunky knitwear, there is one New Years option from the grooming world that could get your year off to the most stylish of starts, and that’s a new hairstyle.

A few guys have been commenting on the site recently that they want to change their style but aren’t sure which way to turn, and this is where I come in. I’ve compiled some of the best hairstyles in the world today, and focussed on one style in particular that’s been catching my eye of late. But more importantly I wanted to give any guy who is thinking about changing his hairstyle the platform and inspiration to do so. Failing that I’m sure the pictures that follow will give cause for a good healthy debate, so without further ado here is my FashionBeans New Year, New Hairstyle Inspiration…

Style Focus: The Quiff

From sleek and sophisticated to a towering statement of quirkiness, the current crop of style savvy gents all have one thing in common – the quiff. Cropped around the sides, and longer on the top, the en trend style of the season is one part preppy Topman model, one part Morrissey, with a handful of your individuality thrown in for good measure. What makes this particular style stand out for me is that it gives you the freedom to be as smart and preppy, or as dishevelled and quirky as your look dictates. Office worker? A comb and a high hold styling product leaves you sleek and sophisticated. Friday night out? A back comb and some matt clay and you’ll make Mark Ronson’s barnet look tame.

It’s not just for the young ‘hipsters’ either. Check out recent photos of George ‘the silver fox’ Clooney and you’ll notice a sophisticated quiff forming as part his salt and pepper look. It’s all about how you tailor the style to your age and your look that makes the quiff accessible to everyone. If you still need convincing that this is the style of the moment, then take a look at how the style elite are making the quiff their own….

The Look Book

The Quiff Hairstyle For Men

The Products

Sleek and Sophisticated

  • KERASTASE HOMME CAPITAL FORCE SCULPTING FIXING GEL (150ML)
  • REDKEN FOR MEN GET GROOMED (150ML)
  • men-u
  • Fudge
  • AMERICAN CREW FORMING CREAM (85G)
  • KENT TORTOISESHELL EFFECT COARSE/FINE COMB - LARGE (16T)

Quirky Volume and Impact

  • KMS CALIFORNIA MOLDING PASTE 50% EXTRA FREE (150ML)
  • REDKEN FOR MEN HIGH RISE HARD WAX (50ML)
  • Tigi B for Men
  • SEBASTIAN PROFESSIONAL LIQUID STEEL (150ML)
  • HAIRBOND MOULDER PROFESSIONAL HAIR SHAPER (100ML)
  • BABYLISS PRO GT IONIC II 2000W HAIRDRYER
The 2011 Hair Style Inspiration Look Book
Short Styles

Short hair styles most definitely don’t have to be the boring ones. What you may lack in versatility and ‘quirkiness’, you’ll gain with sharp sophistication and subtle style brilliance.

Men's Short Hairstyles

Recommended products:

  • SEBASTIAN PROFESSIONAL CRAFT CLAY (50G)
  • AMERICAN CREW FIBER (85G)
  • Tigi B for Men
  • CORIOLISS GRAND PRIX PROFESSIONAL HAIR CLIPPER - SILVERSTONE
Mid Length/Long Hair

It is perfectly possible to do longer hair without looking scruffy – as these gents quite aptly demonstrate – but if you wanted to add a bit of ‘rock star’ then this is where you’ll earn your stripes.

Mid Length Men's Hairstyles

Recommended products:

  • MEN-U CLAY (100ML)
  • OSIS DUST IT MATTIFYING POWDER (10G)
  • PAUL MITCHELL TEA TREE STYLING GEL (200ML)
  • Kings Animal Forming hair cream
Curly Hairstyles

Like me, you may have struggled with your frizzy and unruly curls in the past. But once you’ve found a style, and a range of products to get the most from locks then curly hair can look the business, just ask this lot.

Men's Curly Hairstyles

Recommended products:

  • American Crew
  • Tigi B for Men
  • BUMBLE & BUMBLE SURF SPRAY
  • REDKEN FRESH CURLS CURL REFINER (250ML)