Sharp looking clothes - check. Nice clear complexion - check. But what’s up with the hair, dude? Does it complement your appearance or does it complicate it instead?
A good hairstyle needs to match your face shape and appearance. It can help you stand out from the crowd and give you a leg up at the workplace and obviously, the dating game. If you’re having a hair-raising experience just looking at the mirror, then you might just want to read on to find out what you can do to bring on more pride for your mane.
So you’ve decided that you need a change in the way your hair looks. Well, before you visit the barber, take a moment to think about what you would like to achieve from your new hair-do. Better still, adopt the SMART framework.
Specific: This is where you need to define what exactly you would like to get out of this new haircut. Is it to please someone close to you, boost your confidence and create a better professional image or to attract the attention of a potential date? If it’s a little of everything, you might just end up with nothing.
Measurable: How can I ensure that I’ve gotten the results that I’ve set out to achieve? How can I get a measurable outcome from my new hairstyle? Examples could be getting the majority of your 5 closest friends to give you a positive comment about the hair style or convincing the person you’ve never had the courage to ask out, to go on a date with you.
Achievable: Is the hair style in the magazine you picked up achievable given your hair type and face shape? Or is it too time-consuming to style seeing as you’re already always late for work?
Realistic: Are your expectations after the hair cut realistic? i.e. becoming an overnight Romeo just because of a new haircut may appear to be somewhat unrealistic.
Time-Based: Don’t take too long to think about what haircut to get and once you’ve got it, give it a few weeks for you to develop expertise in styling it, as well as for friends and family to get used to it.
Just simply pointing at a picture in GQ magazine and asking the barber to give you the exact same hairstyle can be quite impossible if your hair texture doesn’t match the texture of the model in the picture. Here is a brief description on different textures and what hair styles they are suitable for.
Curly Hair – Either choose to keep them long and let your curls flow, or go for a short and conservative look.
Fine Hair – This hair type works best with shorter cuts. Great for building volume.
Straight Hair – This hair type gives you the most amount of room to experiment with different styles. Our only advice is to stay away from the “spiky” look!
Thick Hair – Also versatile enough for most hairstyles, especially textured looks.
Wavy Hair – Ideal for longer styles.
Pay attention to the shape of your face when choosing your hairstyle as so as to highlight the strengths rather than the weaknesses.
Diamond/Triangle – This face shape requires greater hair volume on top to make things “balanced”. Haircuts that are squared off on top, like a pompadour or quiff, or a classic schoolboy cut: brushed forward, fuller on the sides, long bangs are suitable.
Round – This shape requires the creation of an illusion of height and angles to strengthen facial features. Short on the sides, longer on top or messy on top with shorter sides work too. Use a side part to achieve a clear masculine line. Flattops work as well.
Square - Naturally masculine and strong, this face shape works well with a classic undercut, a slicked back cut, or a buzz cut. To soften the corners of your face, longer hair up top with shorter sides is a good choice.
Now that you’ve got an idea of what hairstyle suits your face and hair type, you need to consider the following questions before making the decision on what hair style to go for.
Some hairstyles require lots of maintenance. You may need to visit the barbershop more often or learn to use a new styling product, such as pomade or paste for men.
Even if you bring in a picture of the hairstyle you want, your barber will need to adjust it to your face shape and hair texture. Search online for reviews, ask your barber for advice and explain what you’re trying to achieve before you begin with your haircut.
With a change in hairstyle, especially if it’s completely different from your previous one, expect more attention, even rude stares. Remember, even if you think you look great, opinions will vary. Brace for impact!
So that’s pretty much all you need to know if you’re looking to change your hairstyle. It’s an important part of your style and you need to make sure you get it right. Take good care it - use the right shampoo and conditioner to keep it looking healthy. To top it all off, style it with the appropriate grooming product.
Follow all these steps and you should be on your “hairway” to style heaven!
Want to try it out for yourself? The Golden Rule Barber will be giving away one tin of The Golden Rule Pomade each to two of our lucky readers!
To take part in the giveaway, simply follow these steps:
Step 2: Share this article on your FB wall and tell us about the most embarrassing bad hair day you’ve ever had in your caption (not the comments section).
Step 4: Most importantly, don’t forget to make your post ‘public’!
The two winners will be announced on the 17th of April, 2017.
*The winner of the contest has to be based in Singapore.