Jim Shaw, owner and director of Toni&Guy Billericay, gives us his top predictions for men's hair this coming autumn and winter.
2020 has definitely been a year to remember, and I can’t believe we are nearly in August already! As autumn quickly approaches, I have put together my top five men’s hair trend predictions for autumn/winter, outlining what I think men will be asking for in the salon as the new season approaches.
Long and Wavy
During the lockdown period we noticed men either shaving all their hair off or allowing their hair to grow long and embracing it. I think a lot of men were surprised at how much they would like the longer length and how much easier this is to style, and now more men are starting to come into the salon and keep their hair slightly longer, and instead of opting for a complete restyle, they have just been trimming their hair or asking for advice on styles to suit the longer length.
Waves are a hairstyle that we have seen become more and more common and I think this will definitely continue into autumn/winter 2020. Men love to have hair that is easy to style, and all that is required for this look is a simple texturising spray like a salt spray to give the hair more of a wave and some volume and grit. This is such a casual yet cool hairstyle and will be a huge hit with men due to it being a very low maintenance style.
I have started to notice slicked back hairstyles becoming more on trend recently and these work well for those with short or long hair, where a hairdryer can be used to slick the hair back off the face before finishing with a gel or serum for hold or shine. I think this look is a very sophisticated look and is great for men who like that professional, businessman look. It also works for most face shapes and it can be made more contemporary by pairing it with an undercut.
As I mentioned previously, a lot of men will have experimented with the buzz cut during the lockdown period and shaved off all their hair as it got too long and unruly. I think a lot of men will have been surprised that they could pull off this look and also would have loved how low maintenance this style is with no styling required. If a client is interested in trying this in the salon, we normally advise to start with a clipper on the number 3 or 2, and then they can see how they feel before cutting this any shorter and perhaps going to a number 1.
Side partings are a great way for men to change up their look, particularly if they are used to a middle parting, as changing to a side parting can give their hair added volume. Side partings will continue to become popular as we coming into the autumn/winter season and there are so many ways these can be incorporated into men’s hairstyles, whether they have short or long hair. A quiff, fade or comb over style also looks particularly great paired with a side parting, adding more drama to the look and giving it an overall more contemporary finish.
Short and Textured
I think the key to looks coming into autumn/winter 2020 is that they are definitely looking more low maintenance, textured and soft. With this in mind, those who prefer shorter hairstyles will be looking at adding more texture into their style, and we will notice a lot of men asking for layers within their short hair to do this or requesting more of a Caesar style haircut, where the hair is faded on the sides and thickness and texture is left on the top.