Trendwatch: 5 Spring Haircuts And How To Get Them

New style inspiration for the year ahead

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Hair, like clothes, are subject to the changing tides of fashion.

As such rethinking your barnet represents a great opportunity to freshen up your personal style.  

To help you get ahead of the curve for 2015, we spoke with Joe Parker from Covent Garden's award-winning barbers (and Esquire favourite) Ruffians to get his tips for the 5 haircuts that will rule the next 12 months.

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1 | The Soft Undercut And Quiff

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What it is
This is a far more natural look and a development from the Fury-style military cut which proved popular over Summer / Autumn 2014. There is a move away from the clipper fade on the back and sides, in favour of scissored texture. Allow the length to grow out if you want to see more disconnection in your look.

How to style
Best is to blow dry the hair with a round brush and once it has dried, apply a small amount of paste or salt spray to give it some hold, while still looking natural. Use your hands rather than a comb / brush to style.

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2 | The Side Parting

What it is
A development from a classic 20s side parting, as the hair is longer on the back and sides rather than the severe tightness seen in military haircuts.

How to style
As we are seeing fewer slicked back looks, we would recommend achieving a dry / matt finish by using a putty or a paste rather than a wet-look pomade.


3 | The Sweep Back

What it is
This is perfect if you are growing out a short back and sides, as it is low maintenance and uses the natural wave and weight of your hair in the styling. It is all scissor work here and with no disconnection. Make sure your barber considers the weight of your hair at the crown, as this can get quite thick and heavy and cause the hair on the top to push itself up, rather than sweep itself back.

How to style
This is ideal for windy winter days, as you only need a small amount of a lightweight product (perhaps a paste or putty) to maintain the hold. Style with your hands rather than a brush.


4 | The Full Frontal

What it is
This cut needs plenty of texture on top and more weight removed, but not with thinning scissors, because it needs to be cut with precision. Keep the back and sides square on the face, and for contrast, grow the top longer rather than shortening the back and sides, as there is no disconnection.

How to style
Bring the fringe forward and use the weight of the hair to direct where it falls Style with a clay and maybe some salt spray for hold and volume.

 

5 | The French Crop

What it is
A variation on a classic cut – perfect for the older gent with some grey / silver tints in his hair. It is cropped and with a soft texture on top for a natural look. The back and sides are scissored and tapered slightly so it will grow out nicely and require less returns to the barber shop for tidy-ups.

How to style it
Choose the right product depending on your hair density: using a clay would give a bit of extra weight to fine hair, while a paste will maintain the hold of thicker hair – all for a dry finish.