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The best haircuts for summer

The best haircuts for summer

So, you haven’t gotten a haircut in a while? Welcome to the club. You’re likely dealing with one of three scenarios: hair that’s too long, hair that’s been cut by your flatmate or partner, or a buzz-cut head (kudos for taking the plunge). With lockdowns starting to lift where haircuts are concerned, you’ll likely be booking a time to see your barber pronto to course correct any questionable hair decisions made these last few months. But before you do, take time to consider what summer style you want to go for – you have a lot of bad hair days to make up for, after all. We asked Denis Robinson, artistic director at award-winning barber Ruffians, to share the haircuts you should consider before you rush to your nearest barber.

An asymmetrical cut 

What is it?

A haircut that is more weighted to one side than the other. 

Why it’s good right now

This cut is particularly good for course-correcting a bad amateur haircut, as it’s pretty versatile and can be adapted to a variety of lengths and shapes. 

What to ask you barber

When you visit your barber, you’ll need to ask for a little more of one side than the other. You can go as tight as you wish at the nape – in fact, the more dramatic you go with the area around the nape, the more stylish the cut will look. 

How to style 

Play with the extra weight by adding in more volume in the heavier sections. Add some spray into towel dried hair, scrunching it in with your hands. Then dry with both a medium speed and heat setting on your dryer. This will encourage more movement in the hair. Finish with styling paste, rubbing it into the lengths and ends. This will add shine and texture.

The round top 

What is it?

Think of this as an adaptation of the flat top. It’s a style, which as the name suggests, is rounder on top with a tight fade at the back and sides. 

Why it’s good right now

If your hair has grown out quite a bit since lockdown began, this is a stylish way to clean it up. 

What to ask you barber

Sharpen it up with a classic high and tight fade around the back and sides, but ask your barber for a rounder shape on top than usual, following the natural dome shape of the head.

How to style 

When styling it, you want to keep the roundness, so work in a little hair cream onto damp hair and mould into shape with your hand, then allow it to air dry naturally. Once completely dry, free the hair up by ruffling with your fingers for a natural softness.

The shiny part 

What is it?

A cut with a front-to-back part. This elegant look is a fresh way to go if you’ve been all about the slick back recently.

Why it’s good right now

If you want a fuss-free look (and we don’t blame you right now), then this might be the one for you. 

What to ask you barber

Ask your barber to give you a classic taper scissor cut with some heavy length point cut square on top. Couldn’t be simpler, and luckily, so is the styling. 

How to style 

After washing and conditioning, towel dry and run hair cream into your hair, then separate front to back using a comb. This style is so low maintenance and easy to sharpen up during the day if you keep a comb close to hand. 

The 007

What is it?

A softly textured crop that is perfect for those with naturally fine hair.

Why it’s good right now

With Mr Craig returning to big screens as 007 later this year (or so we're hoping), it’s the perfect time to channel James Bond via your hair. We’re looking back at what we think was his best hair, during his first turn as the suave spy. 

What to ask you barber

You’ll need to ask your barber to drop the clippers and wet the scissors, as it’s all about softness and balance. Point cut throughout to ensure no hard lines – the tiny divots in the ends of the hair also help to create volume. Taper slightly around the hairline to give support and sophistication to what can otherwise look a little too simple for the modern gent.

How to style 

When styling, you’ll want to dry it flat, which might feel counterintuitive for fine hair. However, you will want to add the texture and volume afterwards. Blasting fine hair dry can make it hard to control and create heat partings that are difficult to tame. Dry flat following the shape of the head then sprinkle hair powder over the surface and massage it down towards the scalp. This will enhance the surface texture and as it works down into the lengths, will swell the hair giving a natural volume from the inside out.


Words: Allison Pavlick