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When you're trying to figure out how to be a gentleman, you can't neglect your hair. Whether you're the sort of guy that's had the same short-back-and-sides style for as long as you can remember, or you change your hairstyle every two weeks, you could do with these pointers on hair care and haircut tips. We consulted Diana Khambatta, a Technical Supervisor and hair expert from the internationally renowned chain of Jean Claude Biguine salons, and she had all the answers.
A common belief among men is that a particular haircut suits a particular face type or structure. Diana doesn't believe that is necessarily true.
“The real key to a smart, sophisticated, and suitable haircut comes down more to your choice of hairdresser. Spending a little more money and getting an expert to work on your locks makes all the difference because they know each face is unique and have the expertise to come up with a suitable recommendation on-the-spot,” Diana says.
The lesson? Leave the roadside barbers and their quickie haircuts behind and consult the experts. They’re there for a reason and worth the extra time and money. Be vocal about what you’re looking for, accept input from them open-mindedly, and then kick back and enjoy the experience. We guarantee you will be glad you made the change.
Khambatta goes on to explain that the same is especially true for men with curly or wavy hair.
“This type of hair requires even more skill to cut because everyone wants the eventual outcome to be something easily maintainable.”
And if your biggest woe is a large forehead (and this is apparently more common than we thought), she believes opting for the male version of "bangs" and "definitely NOT a fringe" is a great way to compensate.
These wouldn’t look at all like the stylized female version but would come off as lightly textured, medium length, side-swapped locks of hair just slightly above the eyebrows. They are pretty low-maintenance and will immediately give the illusion of a not-as-large forehead.
According to Khambatta, for the most part, men like to go for something easy to manage yet adaptable and malleable for different occasions and this is exactly what she likes to give them.
“It’s nice to have something you don’t need to fuss about too much to achieve a decent look so I find the biggest trend nowadays to have a very naturally flowing sort of hair--shorter on the sides, longer on the top--which usually ends up suiting faces the best. Longer sideburns are also in since it gives the face a lengthened look.”
She also adds, “It is a sort of chameleon look because it seems very professional and clipped in the day for work and you could easily spike it up or dress it up for an occasion as well; this is something your hairdresser should definitely teach you how to achieve at the end of your haircut.”
Another trend she finds to be all the rage nowadays is a safer version of the Mohawk. We say safer because the sides of the head are not shaved completely off and neither is the middle section too ridiculously extended. All in all, it is a look many more people can pull off and a great one to try if you’re in the mood to be experimental.
The Big Hair Don'ts
And finally we arrive at the most important section for you to pay attention to: what NOT to do. Don’t worry, it’s got more to do with your mind than your body.
Khambatta opines, “I cannot stress enough how important it is for men to stop worrying about hair fall. I think a better mantra for them to maintain would probably be to forget what’s gone and focus your energies on salvaging, maintaining, and grooming what is left of it.”
She also thinks it's best if men don’t use any old shampoo that’s lying around and instead opt for products designed especially for men. Her personal recommendation is Kerastase Homme Capital Force, available at any major salon. The reasoning behind the this is that men don't need the stronger chemicals found in products designed for women's hair.
Well men, you heard it here first. Take our tips into consideration the next time you're getting a haircut or buying your shampoo and you'll notice the difference up top in no time!
-Pictures courtesy Thinkstock-
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