The 4 Hair Trends To Nail This Summer

Award-winning stylist Tom Gilling explains how to stay one follicle ahead of the grooming curve

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The men’s spring/summer 2016 shows are now over. LCM commenced proceedings, Milan kept the party going and Paris topped it all off, and boy, were there a lot of clothes to look at.

Beyond the threads though, the models were all sporting seriously considered, painstakingly crafted barnets, and it’s safe to say a few trends emerged over the course of the month.

Therefore we’ve enlisted the help of Tom Gilling, award-winning stylist and regular contributor to the European menswear shows, to explain which one’s best for you and how you can get it yourself.

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Best of all though, it means you stay one follicle ahead of the grooming curve, which is always a slick move.

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1 | The Preppy Wave


Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo, Dunhill

Works best with: All hair types.

What to ask for: A longer finish and length though the back and sides. Textured layers over the hairline to give a weightless finish that can we re-worked when styled.

How to style it: Use an oil or gel, as it will help to tone down the natural bulk of the hair and give a really healthy natural shine.  Blow dry with a hair drier but don’t use a nozzle - just use your hands to move the hair in the direction you want. Finish with Go247 Grooming Cream for added shine. go247men.co.uk
 

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2 | The 50s Rockabilly


E. Tautz, Katie Eary, Ermenegildo Zegna

Works best with: All hair types

What to ask for: You can ask for this look to be as varied in length to the back and sides as you wish. It’s mainly all about the styling.  You need to request more length working towards the front of your hair, so going from short to long from the back to the front.  It’s that simple.

How to style it: You need a hair drier and a medium round brush to create volume, and add mousse to give strong hold and stability.  Starting at the top, brush the hair flat to the head going up and backwards.  Adding a curve into the hair will increase lift and volume. Once almost dry, back comb the hair to form the quiff, and with a comb smoothing the front over to hide the back comb. Spray with Fudge Membrane Gas to fix it all in place. fudgehair.co.uk
 

3 | The Disconnected Wave


Coach, Craig Green, Margaret Howell

Works best with: All hair types, but you need a bit of length to work with.

What to ask for: Because of the differing lengths, we call this a ‘disconnect’. The back and sides need to be cut to a finger width’s length, and the top should be left longer. Ask that the density around the crown be broken up so the elements all marry up and the finished style is easier.

How to style it: Use minimal product. A very light prep-product such as Sachajuan Leave-in Conditioner would work well. Work through damp hair (don’t forget that you can always add more product if necessary), and once it’s applied you’ll need a hair net and diffuser for your hair drier. Drying the hair through the net will encourage the natural wave in the hair and give that super flat look. mrporter.com


4 | The Slick & Serious


Calvin Klein, Hardy Amies, Ralph Lauren

Works best with: Best for guys with fine or medium thickness straight hair

What to ask for: You want to make sure your stylist or barber takes the sides fairly short – a grade number one with the clippers – but it can be left slightly longer if you prefer. It needs to be kept square to the head, and heavier corners (at the temple) should be kept, depending on head shape. Then the top needs to be long enough to be workable to the slick finish and can be held with product.

How to style it: A gel or pomade such as that by Pankhurst is good. Place a deep, clean side parting in your desired area and comb the rest flat down, section by section, adding gel to get a flatter and slicker finish. Then smooth down with hands to loose the comb marks. pankhurstlondon.com

For extra tips, tweet Tom at @gilling89, or book an appointment with him at Taylor Taylor, Cheshire Street E2. Taylortaylorlondon.com 

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