Harry Styles has gone solo, ditching his teeny bopper pop anthems and appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone to cement his rise to the rank of Proper Musician.
Whether it works or not remains to be seen, but what most definitely has been seen is his new mid-length haircut. And hats off to him: it looks good.
To get the lowdown on how the rest of us (thinning types aside) can take inspiration, we spoke to top London barber Ruffian's Artistic Director Denis Robinson.
What do you ask your barber for?
It's a disconnected box layer – which to the less technically inclined, basically means 'layers' and a 'disconnection' at the side parting. If you want this look, just take along the picture and your stylist should know what to do. However, seeing as this cut deals with longer hair, some barbers may not feel too confident in layering – this is a technique practised more by men's hairdressers (though not exclusively of course).
How do you style it?
As there is so much hair here, it can be styled in many ways. However, to replicate Harry's look, the best would be to apply a salt spray to towel dried hair, and blowdry with a diffuser to really bulk up the weight. Rub a small amount of pomade into your hands and apply to the ends of the hair to give a bit of shine and hold.
Alternatively, for a more easily achievable look, just shake the hair out with your fingers once you've applied a salt spray - this movement will render it dishevelled and messy. Once the hair is almost dry, rub a paste vigorously through your hands so it has completely dissipated and work across the ends of your hair - this will give a nice gloss, while allowing the hair to still remain natural looking.
What hair type do you need?
This style is best on slightly wavy hair of medium texture – this hair type supports the length and the weight that you will need. The look can be adapted to those with straighter, fine hair (think Chris Hemsworth), but avoid this look if you've got curly hair unless you want to look like a cartoon villain!
What face shape does it suit?
This look will work best on an oval shape face, as the balance of hair to face ratio will be spot on. If you've got a square face, this style will soften your angles around the brow, but will accentuate a hard jawline due to its length.
Other points to bear in mind…
This look probably isn't for those who are sporting big beards. It's quite a dandy/foppish look, so looks ideal with clean shaven faces, or for those with up to a week's growth of stubble. Might as well go full Harry Styles with this!
This style needs to be maintained well with decent products unless you want to really relive the grunge era. As the hair is actually quite long here, and long hair struggles to retain its own natural moisture, you should use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner. This will help keep the natural hair oils (sebum) within the hair's shaft, and leave it undamaged and healthy.