No longer only in high-fashion photo shoots, long hair for men is the hot hairstyle to watch for in 2019.
The movement towards long hair for men started taking root two years ago, on the exclusive designer catwalks of Europe. Fast-forward to 2019 and the trend for longer, more textured hair, is definitely a thing now for your everyday guy. Here’s how to create that coveted new look your clients can rock and will love!)
Texture is Key
If very long, silky and high-maintenance manes are an essential accessory for male models and Insta-stars, the reality is very different IRL (In Real Life).
Here, it’s much more about creating textured hair, and a lived-in look that’s rugged and very natural. “Yes, we’ve pretty much moved away from coifs
and fades, in terms of on-trend hair for men,” confirms Hassan Nasser, owner of Avalon Hair Salon in Calgary and Team Crew Member of American Crew for education, who has also won multiple awards in the men’s hair segment.
“The movement that I’m seeing in 2019 is definitely towards longer hair, with more texture on the top and sides,” says Gianpaolo Colombo, artistic director at Hairafter Salon in Toronto, and member of the Sebastian Professional Design Team. “I see a lot more messier styles coming in, which is great because many men like natural textures.”
Making the Cut
When it comes to sporting longer hair, we all know just letting it grow won’t do the trick! Here’s where your haircutting expertise will bring your client’s hair to the next level.
“It’s time to brush up on your shears techniques, learning how to master texturizing shears and educating yourself, big time,” says Nasser. “Make sure you’re updating your arsenal because shears are coming back. This is where the future of men’s haircuts is heading. Clients will be looking for more than your classic fade barbering.”
The days of the classic barbering look are really over, and if you want to stay current, invest in education this year, with an emphasis on men’s haircutting techniques with shears.
According to Colombo, there’s a very fine line with longer hair for a guy. It needs to look masculine, while having texture, movement and fluidity. “And here, your important tool is the feather blade or the razor. With shears, you’re going to focus on point cutting, while the edges are broken and shattered. Never go for a clean, precise look, so I would say focus on horizontal lines when you’re cutting the hair. You definitely don’t want it to look like if your client has a bob!”
Colour for Dimension
With longer hair, you’re open to many more creative possibilities. It’s a great canvas, but it can quickly become one- dimensional. And then, enter colour!
“By adding highlights, you can break it up and add dimension,” suggests Nasser. “Plus, hair colour can bring out more texture in the hair and give the cuticle added thickness, which is a tremendous asset for longer hair. It definitely gives the haircut personality and makes it more unique.”
Highlights are great to make longer hair look more vibrant, but remember to make sure they look as natural as possible. So placement, quantity and shade are definitely important.
If your client has a lot of grey hair, blend in the silver to “create reverse lowlights while adding colour to the hair,” recommends Nassar. “And never cover the entire hair because it always ends up looks fake.”