6 New Ways To Wear Your Hair This Summer

Freshen up your look with these on-trend tweaks to your barnet

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Unless you're a get a classic haircut and stick to it kind of guy, a bit a variation in how you wear your hair – particularly as the weather changes – is a great way to freshen up your look.

You want something a bit different, but as the same time, you're not looking to make a big statement, so being on trend makes sense.

With that in mind, it's useful to know what other men are opting for this summer.

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"Last year was all about skin fades, buzzcuts, pompadours and fringes, plus big heavy beards on every street corner," explains Trend Expert Adam Brady, of Ruffians.

"But the last 12 months has seen a move away from high-maintenance styles to more natural looking finishes, where clipper work is being used less in favour of scissor work.

"This summer is less about stand-out styles and more about technical tweaks to update classic haircuts."

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Here are some examples to give you some inspiration, including a couple of beard grooming trends for good measure.

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1 | Tight back & sides (but not skin fades)

What it is:
Last year we had the skin fade; this year, it’s not so severe. The back and sides are scissored, giving a softer, more natural look – but it is still a classic style, so works well for those in more formal professional environments. For versatility in styling, growing the top section out is a good option, where you can create a side parting, falling quiff, fringe, pompadour etc. If you are keeping the top short, ask your barber to add texture by point cutting to give it a softer look.

How to maintain it: 
A trip to your barber every 3 or 4 weeks for a tidy up on the back and sides is a good way to keep it looking really tight. This will also allow you to grow the top section out, in what has arguably been the men’s hair look of 2015. For longer hair on top, use a Styling Paste or a Matt Clay, by rubbing vigorously into your hands and working in through the roots. For shorter hair, add some Sea Salt Spray which will give it texture and dry look hold.

Who it suits: 
Going really tight on the back and sides works particularly well if you have square/round shape faces but it will accentuate the length of a more rectangular face shape.


2 | Messy, natural and easy to maintain on top

What it is:
A natural and messy look that is easy to handle in the summer. The hair has grown out to a decent length, and there are many ways you can style it.

How to maintain it:
Best is to use a moisturising shampoo, as it will help the hairs retain their natural oils, which is particularly useful on longer hair (longer hair can dry out easily, as it takes more time for the nutrients to arrive from the follicle to the tip). For fine or sun-damaged hair, use a strengthening shampoo. Natural proteins will thicken the hair’s shaft, making it less brittle. To style, use a styling paste for hold and a glossy finish, or a salt spray / dust for a dryer, natural look. If you are using a dust, don’t put too much in, as it will attract moisture, negating the dry and natural effect. It should be applied to the roots and scrunched in, not sprinkled on the ends.

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Who it suits:
For those of you who don’t need to look particularly smart, this is the one for you. It’s easy to maintain, doesn’t require too many products (which is helpful during the summer months where sweat / heat can cause lower quality products to melt and clump). It works best if you have a natural wave to your hair, but can also look good with curly hair for an interesting silhouette.


3 | Texture all over – classic, sharp and adaptable


What it is: 
The haircut is simple, but the style can look particularly effective as the textured, choppy top will look like you’ve just left the barber shop, even after a few weeks.

How to maintain it:
Use a rough matt clay to add thickness and hold, by rubbing evenly over your hands and distributing it from the root to the tip of the hair. If you have fine hair, don’t use too much clay as this can weigh down your hair too much.

Who does it suit:
This can suit most hair types: if you have thick hair, the texture can reduce the weight; if you have fine hair the enforced uneven texture gives off the illusion of thicker hair.


4 | The Superman Curl

What it is: 
It’s a strand of hair which rose to fame after Zayn Malik sported it at the AMAs last November (see above), but he wasn’t the first to wear it. Superman himself was a fan of this look, and it’s been requested a number of times at Ruffians as an alternative to the falling quiffs we’ve been seeing this year.

How to maintain it:
it’s quite a tricky look to pull off, as it is meant to appear ‘accidental’. Use a strong hold, matt finish product like a Styling Paste or Clay, perhaps with a Pomade for a wetter shine, and work into the roots of your hair. Scrunch the product in with your hands, as this will enhance the natural wave and keep it authentically curly. Sweep your fringe back with your fingers and use a comb to isolate the strands that you want to fall over your forehead. Keep checking in the mirror that it still looks good.

Who it suits:
Your hair will need to be quite long at the front for this to work properly and will need to have a natural wave to it in order to achieve the perfect nonchalant arc.


5 | Tighter Beards

What it is: 
The big, wide, heavy beards of the last couple of years are dwindling in number in favour of tighter, smarter looking styles.

How to maintain it:
You may require a quick tidy up every 2-3 weeks, just to get rid of the strays and keep it looking uniform. Make sure you exfoliate and moisturise your skin, as otherwise it could get quite dirty (particularly in the summer, when the heat will open up your pores, allowing grease, sweat and other particles to get in). You can use a beard oil for fragrance and to give the beard a glossy shine, but it’s not a necessity if your beard is a bit shorter.

Who it suits:
Anyone who has the capabilities to grow a beard can reap their manly benefits with this look. It’s smart, sophisticated, easy to handle and can hide a whole manner of sins underneath. If you have very curly, wiry facial hair, it’s best to stick to something shorter, and closer to the skin – so this is a good option for you. Guys who struggle to grow a full beard should opt for this to avoid patchy or uneven facial hair.


6 | The Beardstache

What it is:
Well, as the very clever portmanteau suggests, it is a cross between a beard and a moustache. Model Chris Millington (above) took off his beard back in June but left a decent amount of stubble accompanied by his thick moustache – other people seem to have had a similar idea, of not wanting the upkeep of a full beard, but not saying goodbye to facial hair altogether.

How to maintain:
You’ll need to take down your stubble with clippers when it gets to the desired length – but make sure not to take any weight out of the moustache, as you’ll need the thickness and prominence to make it stand out against the stubble.

Who it suits: 
The Beardstache runs the risk of making its wearer look like a cowboy, porn-star or sex-pest, so make sure you don’t dress like any of those things before you opt for this look.