Time For A Change?

The start of any new season often brings with it a period of reflection and evaluation, and this is particularly true during the transition to the warmer months of the year.

With spring synonymous with terms such as rebirth, renewal and resurrection, there has never been a better time to freshen up your wardrobe or personal style. And one of the easiest, quickest and most dramatic alterations you can make to your current image is trying a new haircut.

With this in mind, I’m going to break down three of Hooka’s most requested hairstyles for spring/summer 2014, in an effort to help inspire your new cut…

1. The Short Quiff

AKA the ‘Ryan Gosling Quiff’, we’ve seen many modern reworks of this classic haircut over the past few years, but the core shape is still proving to be very popular with our customers.

The biggest change I’ve noticed is the variation in length through the back and sides. Some men are choosing to expose the scalp by having their hair clippered extremely tight, producing an exaggerated or disconnected look, while others are keeping slightly more length and opting for a slick finish with all the hair styled off the face.

But which way is best for you? Well, it’s important to take your face shape into account. If you have a round or square looking face then having too much length through the sides can make it appear wider that it is. On the flip side, if your face is long or diamond shaped then you may look better with length through the sides to help balance your proportions.

If in doubt, ask your stylist for their professional opinion – this is a style than can suit ANY face shape. Don’t forget that tight back and sides will also need maintaining every couple of weeks in order to keep the cut looking sharp.

Lookbook Inspiration

Recommended Products

Your choice of styling product can dramatically alter the aesthetic of this cut. If you usually opt for a dry, matte effect, why not consider a pomade or cream this season? High shine products will help add a classic gentlemanly feel to the hairstyle, giving your look a refined edge.

Similarly, if you usually keep your hairstyle short, neat and slick, consider opting for a paste or clay and styling it in a slightly more dishevelled way – it will instantly add a touch of nonchalance to your traditionally straight-laced look.

Wet: American Crew Superglue, Kevin Murphy Supergoo
Dry: American Crew Defining Paste, Bangstyle Clay
Shine: American Crew Pomade, American Crew Grooming Cream.

  • American Crew Superglue 100mlAmerican Crew Superglue 100ml
  • Kevin Murphy Super.gooKevin Murphy Super.goo
  • American Crew Defining Paste 85gAmerican Crew Defining Paste 85g
  • Bangstyle Firm Matte Clay 75 GBangstyle Firm Matte Clay 75 G
  • American Crew Style Pomade 50gAmerican Crew Style Pomade 50g
  • American Crew Grooming Cream 85gmAmerican Crew Grooming Cream 85gm
2. Short Back & Sides With Length Through The Top

Whether you hair is straight or curly, there’s no denying how good longer hairstyles look with very short back and sides. This type of cut has become popular with men of all ages and offers a huge amount of versatility depending on the way the hair is dried and the products used.

Again, you must adjust the cut to suit your particular face shape. As previously mentioned, tightly clippered sides are best for slightly rounder or squarer face shapes, but if your face is slightly longer and/or narrower then I would suggest a low fade around the edges, maintaining some length through the sides to help give the illusion of width.

For the majority of men, growing their hair longer pushes them way out of their comfort zone. Without a doubt, this is a high maintenance cut when it comes to styling and keeping it looking its best. It requires you to commit time to your grooming routine, which is not always possible for the modern male, so bear that in mind.

Lookbook Inspiration

Styling

It’s extremely important to blow-dry the hair into place when styling. Depending on your hair length, type, texture and the finish you require it may need to be blow-dried with a vented brush to achieve the perfect shape, or rough dried with your fingers for a more dishevelled appearance. Some men even choose to rough dry and then style more precisely using hair straighteners.

The option you choose really does come down to how much time you are willing to spend on your hair, although products are designed to help make the process much more efficient. For instance, if you have dry, frizzy hair then apply a smoothing cream to the hair before blow-drying. Likewise, if you have fine hair then apply a thickening lotion to help give it some life and control.

Due to its length, you can often leave this haircut slightly longer between salon visits – it all depends on how sharp you would like to keep the back and sides. I find some clients will start by wearing their hair higher in a pompadour but as it gets longer the fringe is then styled to the side. I always recommend using a good hairspray to control the hair as it grows out, rather than over-applying styling products, which can leave the hair looking greasy.

Recommended Products
  • American Crew Superglue 100mlAmerican Crew Superglue 100ml
  • Soft Water Pomade Baxter Of CaliforniaSoft Water Pomade Baxter Of California
  • American Crew Crew StylingAmerican Crew Crew Styling
  • American Crew Boost Powder 10gAmerican Crew Boost Powder 10g
  • Loreal Tna Texture Dust 22gLoreal Tna Texture Dust 22g
  • Silvikrin Maximum Hairspray 250mlSilvikrin Maximum Hairspray 250ml
  • Denman Vent Brush D200tDenman Vent Brush D200t
  • Kent Tortoiseshell Effect Fine Pocket Comb – Small FotKent Tortoiseshell Effect Fine Pocket Comb - Small Fot
  • Ghd Air™Ghd Air™
  • Ghd Gold Mini StylerGhd Gold Mini Styler
  • Mop C-system Smoothing Shine Lotion 150mlsMop C-system Smoothing Shine Lotion 150mls
  • Goldwell Kerasilk Anti-frizz Serum 100mlGoldwell Kerasilk Anti-frizz Serum 100ml
3. The Topknot

Recently there has been a huge increase in guys growing their hair longer and tying it up in a topknot. Getting your hair to the length that’s required is hard work and takes perseverance, but there’s no denying that it looks effortlessly cool when tied up.

We’ve seen many variations on this style, with guys typically either choosing to take the back and sides extremely tight (similar to the previous style) or go down the more traditional route, with long length all over. The latter actually requires less maintenance than the former, which will need tidying up every couple of weeks to keep the same dramatic, disconnected effect.

The important thing to remember with long hair is that is does still need cutting frequently in order keep it in its best condition. The longer the hair, the older it is, which can lead to it becoming dry and damaged and cause it to split. There’s a reason your girlfriend is always checking her hair for split ends!

I would highly recommend purchasing a good quality shampoo and conditioner to help rehydrate and moisturise the hair. If it’s in bad condition then consider using a hair masque once or twice a week.

This kind of hairstyle looks great styled wet or dry – use a serum or pomade to enhance shine and give it a slicker look, or apply a leave-in conditioner and towel/blow dry for a more natural finish.

Lookbook Inspiration

Recommended Products
  • Shampoo By Kevin.murphy Hydrate.me.wash 250mlShampoo By Kevin.murphy Hydrate.me.wash 250ml
  • American Crew Daily Moisturising Shampoo 250mlAmerican Crew Daily Moisturising Shampoo 250ml
  • Loreal Professionnel Mythic Oil 125mlLoréal Professionnel Mythic Oil 125ml
  • Kevin.murphy Condition Hydrate.me.rinse 250mlKevin.murphy Condition Hydrate.me.rinse 250ml
  • American Crew Stimulating Conditioner 250mlAmerican Crew Stimulating Conditioner 250ml
  • Kms California Moist Repair Leave In ConditionerKms California Moist Repair Leave In Conditioner
  • Men-u Slic Smooth Leave In Conditioner 100mlMen-u Slic Smooth Leave In Conditioner 100ml
  • Clay Pomade Baxter Of CaliforniaClay Pomade Baxter Of California
  • Redken Styling – Water Wax 50mlRedken Styling - Water Wax 50ml
Final Word

So there you have it, three versatile hairstyles for SS14 that can be cut and styled in a variety of ways to create your own unique take.

Feel free to drop any questions about the cuts showcased today in the comments section below…