The Rise of Long Hair
Without a doubt the most sought after hair for 2017 is extra long, and grown past the shoulders. Taking a cue from the rock music scene, spring’s most coveted looks included mostly medium and long textured hairstyles with a messy finish. At shows like Yohji Yamamoto, John Varvatos and Ralph Lauren, designers sent out models that could be mistaken for Highlander. Ultra-long, slicked back styles, and wild & unruly hair are set to become the standard this season. From New York to Milan, here are six hair trends from Men’s Fashion Week Fall 2017 that are sure to offer some style inspiration.
Long Voluminous Hair
This season’s hairstyles are so versatile that you can opt for a variety of different haircuts for medium and long length hairstyles. Young lads can easily pull off medium length hair with undercut layers, or rock slightly longer hair that can be pulled into a half bun. However, if you have long face shape, mid-length hairstyles work really well, but if you have round face, haircuts with longer hair on top will make your face look much more oval shaped. Ideally, your hair needs to be on the thicker side, as fine hair requires too much product to create a style with super full volume. The look is also versatile enough to work well on curly hair too. To get the look apply a salt spray to towel-dried hair and use a styling cream to finish and add shine and a light hold.
The Buzz Cut
Short and severe military-inspired hairstyles such as the buzz cut are typical fashion week fare. However, this season designers focused on urbanwear, rather than head-to-toe suiting, including Lanvin, Gosha Rubchinskiy, and Topman who sent out bare chested models with military style haircuts. As with any hairstyle, it’s important to consider both your hairline and head shape before taking the plunge. Buzz cuts are well suited for guys with a receding hairline as it will help to mask your hairline. An ultra short buzzcut will easily suit those with a good hairline and symmetrical head shape. Keep the back and sides tight and short a cool for clean finish.
1970’s Mid-Length Shag
Spotted at some of the biggest shows, the 1970s mid-length hair is unquestionably the look of the season. Gender-bending styles were the order of the day at Prada and Alexander McQueen. This look is achieved with internally cut layers, where texture adds volume to the hair, maintaining a heavier feel. Layers are cut to work with the shape of the head and face of the individual. Depending on the hair texture, two different approaches can be taken when it comes down to styling. For fine hair apply some salt spray to the roots when wet and blow the hair dry away from the scalp. Those with thicker hair should towel dry the hair until it’s barely damp, then “scrunch pomade into the hair and finish drying with a diffuser attachment on the hair dryer.
Platinum Ice Blonde Hair
Now that most men are are okay with the idea of hair color, this season summer-ready, bleached platinum hair is one of the coolest trends to hit men’s hair in a while. Models sported everything from platinum blonde to golden blonde hair on all the major catwalks. The look works best on choppy, cropped hair in order to retain a masculine feel, but elements of platinum can be added to longer hair to enhance the length, like the blond dip-dye effect Jared Leto sported a few seasons ago. This trend represents a definite lightening up of guys’ hair for the summer. A freehand bleaching technique called ‘surf kissing’ with lighter, cooler ends randomly bleached against darker root works best on unstructured, scruffy kind of styles. We’re talking about a whole-head, frequent salon visits commitment. If you’re unsure, just say no. This look involves frequent retouching every 4 weeks.
If you work on wall street or in a traditional business environment, consider a slicked back hairstyle that is actually quite suitable for a man at any age. You can style it with a side part, or slick it back on more serious occasions. Without a single hair out of place, models showed off their gentleman side with shiny slicked back hair at Joseph Abboud, Todd Snyder and Calvin Klein. A longtime favorite of stylists, slick hair was the go-to look at the fall men’s runway shows. An extreme slicked-back style with high shine, hair was given slightly more volume for a sleek, dramatic look at Joseph Abboud. The slicked back bankers look has staying power and will never go out of style.
Over the last few seasons, fringe bangs have been a growing trend, but it’s a look that has always been difficult to replicate at home. This season, simplified, easy-to-wear styles popped up at the likes of Christopher Shannon and Dries Van Noten menswear show. The most popular variation was, a classic French crop, with the fringe cut very bluntly. Put simply, this is a scissored cut, with the top and front left longer so that it can be brought forward across the forehead. This fringe is not well suited for a fuller face, and works best on lean and angular face types. It’s also a trend best suited for young lads with a healthy level of confidence to pull it off the trendy new do.