What is it: For those with a substantial amount of hair on top, you can now afford to go messy and wild without much hassle. The shorter your back and sides are, the more dramatic the cut will be; but just make sure there is ample texture on top to create movement and an exciting silhouette.
How to style it: It's very easy to style this look. Allow your hair to dry naturally. Once it's damp/dry, apply a paste to the roots of the hair and just go a bit mad with your hands. Spray in some salt spray for extra lift and volume. Let the elements dictate your hair throughout the day – it's *meant* to look natural after all…
Who does it suit: This is only achievable if you have a decent amount of medium thickness hair on your head, otherwise it could look a bit limp and lacklustre. It will work for most face shapes, but less so for round/square shaped faces, as this could further widen the silhouette.
Facial hair verdict: Best with clean shaven looks or with close stubble so the attention is on the hair.
What is it: Also popular during men's fashion weeks, this look is easier to maintain than the side fringe. Leave some length longer on top and ensure that enough texture is being chopped in by point cutting. The fringe should fall half way between your hairline and your eyebrows.
How to style it: Apply a styling paste to the roots of damp hair, and blow-dry it forward, using your hands to create texture, by fanning out the fingers and pushing down.
Who does it suit: Because of its bluntness, this works well with strong bone structures and prominent cheekbones/jawlines; the geometry works well together. This and other fringes will not work if you have a widow's peak or a cowslick.
Facial hair verdict: A short beard can add a bit of interest to the look; but clean shaven is best for letting the hair do the talking.
What is it: Seen a lot at London Collections: Men, the fringe comes into its own around springtime – the wind and rain has subsided so the fringe stays in place; and it's not so hot that it makes your forehead extra sweaty and greasy. It's a relaxed style that can shorten a long face, or conceal a receding hairline, giving a youthful look.
How to style it: Spray sea salt spray into damp hair and blowdry it forward, using your fingers to push it to the side. The product will give it a matt texture and a bit of extra volume and lift, so the fringe isn't plastered to your face.
Who does it suit: It being a youthful look, best not sport this if you're looking a bit haggard. It's best for the babyfaced and unbearded. If you've got a long face, this will shorten it slightly, making it seem better proportioned. Avoid going for a fringe if you've got a round face, as this will further widen it.
Facial hair verdict: No beards here – otherwise it looks like you're concealing too much of your face for a reason.
What is it: A simple, classic style favoured by a more 'mature' gent, as it can accentuate a good masculine bone structure and give the illusion of finer hair being thicker.
How to style it: Blow dry and sprinkle a texturising powder into the roots of the hair.
Who does it suit: It's a great look for those with square jaws, as the close back and sides will emphasise the strong bone structure. Also perfect if you have thinning hair, as this will make the hair you do have look plentiful and healthy.
Facial hair verdict: Why not opt for a light beard? This can add a bit of interest to a cut which runs the risk of looking boring.
What is it: Once the hair has grown to a point of no return, it's time to start training it backwards, behind the ears. You may have a few weeks/couple of months of annoying ringlets bouncing into your face, but if you style it out like this you should be fine.
How do you style it: Unless your hair is dead straight, do NOT blow-dry the hair – this will just create a whole load of frizz. Towel dry your mane (don't rub too vigorously) and scrunch/squuze out the water. This will also help to create volume and shape in the hair. Apply a water based pomade with your hands to the roots and rake through to give the hair some malleability and shine.
Who does it suit: Those with thick and full hair. There's no point trying this out if you have thinning hair – sorry. Best left for the most patient among us as well, as it will take around 4-6 months to get to this length with visits to the barber to tidy up the ends.
Facial hair verdict: Best served with a short beard, to further increase virility.
What is it: You have arrived at long hair heaven and are well past the awkward middle bit. Now you'll just need a trip your barber every three or four weeks to tidy up the split ends.
How to style it: Shampoo and moisturise the mid lengths/ends of the hair – the roots aren't so important, as they are closer to the skin which produces its own natural oils. You'll need to wash your hair every few days, depending on how much you play with it – the less you run your hands through your hair, the less you have to wash it. If you have dead straight hair, you can blow dry it but best is to allow the hair to naturally dry. If the ends appear a bit hay-like, just scrunch some paste in. For curly hair – towel dry and use a pomade instead (from mid-length to ends).
Who does it suit: Masculine faces – otherwise you could run the risk of looking quite feminine.
Facial hair verdict: Whatever you want – you've attained 'peak hair'. Beard or no beard, you'll get the attention you deserve.