Just as spring and summer offer the perfect excuse to cast off the dark weight of winter and try out some fresh additions to your wardrobe, a clean haircut can be a new and improved signal of intent for the changing of the seasons.
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Consulting Simon Crawford, barber at Johnny's Chop Shop in Soho, we break down four of this summer's key hair trends, ranging from 'out-there' crops to the classic 'Slick Rick'. As well some on-trend alternatives for the short back and sides tribe.
1. The Shaved & Faded Look
Shaved on top with between a 1 & 3 grade plus a high skin fade. "It's a harsh yet fashionable look taken on by numerous celebrities." says Simon.
This all depends on your head shape, with it being a style favours faces on the narrow side of the spectrum.
2. French Crop With A Blunt Fringe
Keeping the top of the hair heavy and textured, "you cut the top squared leaving the corners in to create weight. A mid to low foil fade would work. The cut is then cleaned up by removing any protruding weight from the sides." says Simon. This look can seen everywhere from ASOS lookbooks to the red carpet, and can be worked around all hair types.
Unless you don't have any...
3. Modern Pomp
This would be close to a quiff but using a matt product to finish the look. "Ask to have the sides slightly longer with a nice taper fade to frame the face, creating shape and flow throughout," says Simon, "square cut with a longer fringe works best."
Connect with the sides and texturise (styling with a product like Johnny's Chop Shop Texturising Salt Spray). The thicker the better.
4. The 'Slick Rick'
"Although this isn't the newest style, the slick back, favoured by the likes of David Beckham and Jake Gyllenhaal, is still at the top of the style and trend charts." says Simon.
Use matt clays & pomades (like Johnny's Chop Shop Wild Cat Hair Clay) to create more texture & flow.