5 Summer Haircuts That Will Never Go Out Of Style

Fail-safe options to get you through the warmer months

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If summer is a tricky season to dress for (it is), then it can also present a challenge in the grooming stakes.

Greasy foreheads, melting products and just plain overheating are all common afflictions at this time of year, meaning you may well be considering a new do to get you through.

To help you choose which way to go, we asked Adam Brady, of award-winning barbers Ruffians, to pick five classic haircuts that never go out of style.

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His general advice? 

"Use less products than you usually would, avoid any oil based pomades and opt for water based ones – they're far easier to wash out.

"Also, go for a style which is easier to maintain. You'll probably be running your hands through your head, over your forehead, etc. far more often than usual and the grease that your hair will pick up won't look too good with what you've got in it."

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1 | The Textured Crop

What is it?

It's a simple and classic cut, easy to maintain. The length on the top, sides and back is pretty much the same, meaning that it will all grow out at a similar speed. Perfect for those who want hassle/fuss free haircuts.

How do you style it?

It's simple – if you have finer hair, use a clay (apply to the roots). This will help to add nutrients to the hair shaft,  giving the appearance of thicker, more textured hair. If you've already got quite thick hair, use a powder to give the hair some hold. To give the look a bit of shine, use a paste or a salt spray.

Who does it suit?

This is a perfect look for a classic gent. It also works if you've got finer hair and recessional lines.

Facial Hair Verdict:

A classic style, it's probably best without facial hair. But to add a bit of interest, you could always grow a small beard.

Products:

Ruffians Rough Matt ClayL'Oreal Super Dust 

2 | Beachy Waves

What is it?

If you're not up for going short this summer and you want to keep your well-earned locks, keep it textured, beachy and wavy. It's best is to avoid having a fringe in the summer as the sweat can cause a greasy spotty forehead. But what does Iwan Rheon know? He's been filming a series about Winter for the last couple of years, you might have heard of it.

How do you style it?

Apply a salt spray into damp hair. Like the sea, this contains saline, so is really great at getting that 'I've been lying on a beach all day why does my hair look so much better than usual' look. Rake through in all directions with your fingers. If it's not holding, apply a small amount of paste to the roots, which will also give it a bit of a shine.

Who does it suit?

This suits most face shapes and is particularly good for those with natural wavy hair.

Facial Hair Verdict:

Again – this is versatile, but shorter well-groomed beards will always complement a messier head on top.

Products:

L'Oreal Beach WavesRuffians Styling Paste 

3 | Soft Side Parting 

What is it?

It's a simple, easy to maintain, soft side parting. This means you only really need to use your hands, a bit of product and a towel to achieve the look. You can go shorter at the back and sides for more contrast, but the top should remain a little bit longer and textured.

How to style it?

Take a paste or putty and work into your hands. Apply to the roots of your hair and rake back, making sure you apply some product to the side of your head to form the parting.

Who does it suit?

It's one of summer's smarter looks, so can work great if you're working in an office. Can withhold horrible summer commuting temperatures, and won't be an issue during gale force winds either.

Facial Hair Verdict:

A bit of light stubble will make the look more casual, while a clean shaven face will keep it smart and wedding-worthy. Perhaps don't go for Gosling's Nice Guys looks. The '70s are well and truly over.

Products:

Ruffians Styling Paste 

4 | Buzzcut

What is it?

An obvious option to keep cool in the summer – just get rid of a lot of your hair. For best results, make sure the back and sides are at a shorter grade (0.5 or 1) to the top (2, 2.5). Not only will this be a more interesting look (a bit less military than your average buzzcut) but it will also protect your scalp from all this scorching summer sun we are having.

How do you style it?

There's not much to do in the way of styling here, though you must remember to use a high SPF if you've gone short on the top of your hair, and to moisturise daily.

Who does it suit?

Those with symmetrical shaped heads, square jawed/angular faces.

Facial Hair Verdict:

If you're worried you're looking a little young, just grow a bit of stubble and trim down to 3mm on your beard trimmers. This will give you a bit less Jake Gyllenhaal, and a bit more Jason Statham.

Products:

Ruffians Daily Facial Moisturiser 

5 | Loose bun

What is it?

DON'T PANIC. This is not the much reviled man bun. It is its far more subtle and acquiescent cousin, the loose bun. It is hidden appropriately behind the head, to avoid any accidents with scissors. It's a good way to keep the sweat off your neck if it's hot without offending too many people.

How to style it?

Make sure your hair is in good condition and with no split ends/flaky scalp. A moisturising shampoo and conditioner should do the trick (by helping the hair to retain its natural moisture). You might have to learn the knack of doing a loose bun from your barber/stylist – just make sure they've got experience in women's hair, otherwise they might find it tricky to help you out!

Who does it suit?

This suits anyone who has been able to pull off long hair for this long already. It will draw your hair back framing your face somewhat, so best is if you have a symmetrical face – if your face is too long, it may accentuate the length a bit too much.

Facial Hair Verdict:

Best with a bit of stubble or a beard to 'masculinise' what is quite a feminine look.

Products:

Ruffians Moisturising Shampoo & Conditioner

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