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Top Men’s Hair Trends for Autumn/Winter 2016

Much like the wildly divergent trends and collections that appeared on the A/W 16 catwalks, the accompanying hairstyles were myriad, too. To navigate the key looks of the season, we asked Anthony Mayes, Barbering Director of The Refinery Mayfair, to guide us through emerging runway hits (think Gucci’s bohemian pixie-fringes) and much-requested in-salon styles that take their cue from both show business and street style. “Many of these haircuts are a million miles from each other,” notes Mayes. “Ultimately, as a stylist, it’s all about adapting to the client and going with what suits them as individuals, focusing on everything from hair density and parting placement to texture.” Find out what you’ll be requesting in the barber’s seat this fall…

Buzz Cut with Skin Fade
As seen on: Zayn Malik
“We’ve seen variations on the classic crew cut for some time now, and this style is its latest incarnation,” says Mayes of one of the most requested styles in-salon. With not much length on the top, this semi-shaved head style is for the more daring (think Zayn Mallik’s extreme skin fade at this year’s Met Gala as the blueprint). “I’ve really seen an increase in requests for these ultra close crops in the last couple of months, especially from men who are looking for a change from longer, more summery lengths.” Extremely low maintenance, this is a look that’s all about cut, not product. “One product I sometimes use is a touch of matte paste to pull hair forward, but one of the benefits of this style is its wash and go appeal.”
Key product: Balmain Matt Paste, £22.95

Mid-length Fringes
As seen on: Models at the Prada and Gucci shows
The men’s autumn/winter catwalks (and campaigns) heralded the arrival of the new mid-length fringe, which signals a move away from overtly masculine styles towards softer, more romantic tresses. “We’re seeing a trickle of interest in this look at the moment, but expect it to gather pace at the start of next year,” predicts Mayes. Tousled and raffish, this forehead-sweeping look isn’t just for the fashion-forward; super versatile, it can be worn swept back during the week, and styled into a more relaxed, lived-in look come the weekend. “The whole bed head look, massive in the early noughties, is making a comeback,” he says, while noting that it’s not suitable for everyone. “This isn’t a look for someone who has a lot of movement in their hairline or prone to widow peaks – the fringe just wouldn’t sit flat.”
Key product: label.m Resurrection Dust, £13.25

The Comb Back
As seen on: Scott Disick
After seasons of street-led styling, many salons are seeing a return to more professional, polished ‘dos. “Where men were once quite scared of wearing their hair combed back and slick, here at our Mayfair salon we’re seeing a resurgence in long, neat, almost clinical swept back looks,” explains Mayes, referencing Christian Bale’s Wall Street locks in the film American Psycho. A brisk blow dry to push hair back from the hairline, followed by a slick of gel (for a hint of shine) or daub of pomade (for a glossier, wet-look sheen), and finished with a thorough comb back should keep hair in place. “Imagine a pinstriped-suited city slicker and you get the idea,” smiles Mayes.
Key product: Johnny’s Chop Shop Hair Pomade, £7

Undercut with Tapered Edges
As seen on: Justin Bieber
“This is about a longer length on the top, but something quite short on the sides where it’s not necessarily seamlessly blended,” says Mayes, who uses a combination of clippers and scissors to achieve this directional look. “This gives it a street style edge that’s starting to translate to a wider audience than twenty-somethings.” Citing Justin Bieber as a reference point, the Refinery hair maestro claims that much of its appeal lies in its low maintenance upkeep – just a few spritzes of sea salt spray is all you need. “Despite it being winter, you want this style to have a definite beachy texture to add a sense of movement.”
Key product: Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, £9.50

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