There’s no doubt that your hair can make or break how you look, and that goes for men as well as women. Verne Maree hunts down a few fashion trends, plus a couple of high-tech hair-boosters for the follicularly challenged.
Men are emotionally fragile creatures, with a strong instinct for self-preservation and ridicule-avoidance. I guess that’s why you don’t see dramatic changes in male fashions from season to season or from year to year. Instead, they tend to evolve slowly over time.
According to the pundits, 2013 is seeing a revival of the side parting – attributable in no small part to TV series Madmen’s suave Don Draper (played by the eminently beddable John Hamm), which also made suits, sports jackets and ties cool all over again. Hurrah!
That’ll no doubt be boosted by the huge revival of 20s cool, epitomised in the stylish Downton Abbey and the remake of The Great Gatsby. This is the classic short back and sides. To get the look, ask your hairdresser to keep a fair amount of length on top and take it off the sides and back; keep the edges sharp and tidy. Use a gloss-giving product to add sleekness and shine.
The other, says www.fashionbeans.com, comes in the form of longer, natural-looking styles like Brad Pitt’s sexy, scruffy, finger-tousled mane. Mattifying products such as sea-salt sprays can add volume.
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We all have to work with what we’ve got, and that goes for hair, too. Though David Beckham’s hairstyle – whatever it happens to be at any given time – is said to be the one most envied by UK men, few have the chiselled good looks to carry off anything from shaved to shaggy, from a burr cut to a butch cut, and from long layers to a swashbuckling ponytail.
Thank goodness the days of the pitiable comb-over are long gone. (We just wish someone would tell that to Donald Trump.) Nowadays, any sensible guy visited with male pattern baldness, be it early or bang on time, pragmatically sports a chrome dome or resorts to the clippers. For the uninitiated, a “number one”is slightly furrier than a tennis ball and a “number two” issort of hamsterish.
Last time I looked, my favourite Aussie hero, Hugh Jackman, had ditched the long locks and was looking ravishing in a short cut and a beard. (Then again, he’d probably look good with a mullet, or even a pink stocking over his head.)
They’ve all been dabbling with the bearded look, it seems, from Jackman, Beckham and Pitt to Russell Crowe, Jason Statham, Robert Pattinson and Daniel Craig. Facial hair should never be long or scraggly, though – keep it trimmed neat and close to the skin.
Along with his trademark black suits and white shirts, iconic fashion designer Tom Ford has sported this bearded look for as long as anyone can remember. There’s a message there, I reckon – if it’s working for you, why change it?
Looking for a short style cut close to the head, but without the freshly shaved look that clippers tend to give? Dominic at Visage the Salon is offering non-clipper haircuts, performed only with a pair of scissors.
The result? A close, natural crop that follows the hairline, far preferable to the machined look that clippers tend to give you. What’s more, it looks more stylish as it grows out.
A wash, cut and styling costs from $50. First-timers get a 20-percent discount during the month of April.
Where to go…
Visage The Salon
402 Orchard Road
#02-11 Delfi Orchard
67330933; by appointment only
Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. As much as your facial skin needs gentle, regular exfoliation to prevent a build-up of dead skin cells that makes skin look dull and grey, so does your scalp. Effective exfoliation is probably the best way to prevent oiliness and dandruff, and slow the progression of hair loss.
What’s more, most shampoos are incapable of completely removing product from your hair; so, over time, layers of residue build up. The result? Lifeless-looking hair that’s devoid of shine.
Organic Hair Professional’s five-step Scalp Exfoliating Spa uses O’’right scalp care products with natural ingredients to gently remove excess skin, sebum, and dandruff and allow the scalp to breathe, thereby promoting new, healthy hair growth.
Step 1: Exfoliation with Pear Wood Exfoliating Gel
Step 2: Deep cleansing with Tea Tree Shampoo
Step 3: Antibacterial scalp treatment with Cooling Refreshing Spray
Step 4: Application of Hair Tonic
Step 5: Lemongrassneck-and-shoulder massage
It’s available at all Organic Hair Professional salons and costs $90.
Where to go…
Organic Hair Professional
181 Orchard Road
#03-15 Orchard Central
6554 2188 | organichairsalonsg.com
Keep Your Hair On!
Before considering hair transplants, it’s generally advisable to look into the various medically tested hair treatments that are available. Apart from transplants, David Loh Surgery Hair and Body Centre also offers hair regrowth injections, where hair-stimulating vitamins and proteins are injected into the scalp.
This provides essential nutrients to the scalp, blocks harmful free radicals and converts hair follicles from the inactive to the active growing phase. It’s recommended for both male and female pattern hair loss; and also for telogen effluvium, or hair loss due to a stressful event.
Good news is that each session takes only 10 minutes and you can go straight back to whatever you need to be doing. A course of at least 10 weekly sessions is required, and improvement is usually obvious by the fourth or fifth session.
One treatment costs $300; a package of 10 sessions is $2,700.
Where to go…
David Loh Surgery Hair and Body Centre
541 Orchard Road
#11-01 Liat Towers
6733 9114 | davidloh.sg
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