For this next trend, we have the rise of the hipsters to thank. Their meticulous preparation and well thought out facial hair has triggered off a new era of men embracing the retro groom.
With constant chatter around the exciting new styles and trends for spring/summer, the guys can get a little left out, but there’s no denying the strong undercurrent of attention to detail that’s moving in on men's grooming and I love it.
From witty, well packaged, quality products to old-school barber store visits that transport back in time.
Now I’m merely a sideline observer so I thought I’d pull in the expertise of someone at the forefront. Mr Luke Bettesworth has been a hairstylist for close to two decades and is a sought-after fashion stylist.
So Luke, tell us, what are the top ‘retro groomed’ looks for men this season?
Men’s grooming has come a long way. It’s not only more acceptable but encouraged that men seek a barbershop experience that goes beyond the old requirements of a short back and sides. In the coming months, men’s hair takes a more austere approach. We’re seeing short textured haircuts with long fringe or for the gentleman who likes to sport a longer do, long fringe with natural movement and flow on top. The fade is still the most coveted and cleanest of looks. A high fade with a disconnected beard or for those sporting the defined part and combed over the look for facial hair is clean cut.
And the top products you would recommend to keep these styles at their best?
A favourite collection of mine is the Baxter of California products stocked at Barkers Menswear Stores nationwide. Otherwise Joe Grooming and American Crew. These brands carry skin care products within the collections, and I urge all men to take on a simple grooming routine that involves daily face wash and moisturiser with a weekly face scrub and clay mask. I know, crazy right! 😉
Compliment this with a haircare regime that involves shampoo and conditioner and that’s finished off with a paste or pomade for definition and control.
Let’s talk about the face.
Facial hair is a wonderful way to contour the face. Ladies have makeup to create facial definition, us men have facial hair! For men who have a high contrast ie: dark hair vs light skin, this can be particularly effective when using the facial hair to define or enhance facial features.
With that in mind, what are your tips to growing a good hearty beard?
Growing a beard is a lesson in patience. A beard isn’t measured in length but in months. There are many styles and choosing the right one takes confidence and care. Consult your barber on the right beard proportions for your face shape. Applying a beard oil will help keep your beard moisturised and looking healthy. This will also help get past the itchy phase where the hair is bending backstabbing at your skin. Try and avoid moisturisers with alcohol as they dry the skin out. Once you have some decent growth it’s time to add some definition by trimming the upper cheeks, moustache lip and neckline.
If you change your hair does that mean you need to change your style?
Facial hair and haircuts create a mood, a style so put some careful consideration into the way you dress. Think about the overall style and choose a look that suits your personality and lifestyle. Changing up your grooming go-to style is a great way to create a new look that's sure to seek a little attention.