There are trends, and there are classics, and sometimes its best to stick to the classics.
A timeless classic since the start of the 20th Century, the key to the side part’s popularity is its versatility — the neat and tidy short back and sides suits a variety of face shapes and hair types. A glossy finish is the traditional style but the contemporary side part comes with a matte finish, achieved by evenly combing a matte clay through damp hair.
This no-fuss style doesn’t suit everyone — the buzz cut works best with an angular and symmetrical face, a square jaw, facial hair and a nicely shaped head (although a little extra length on top can help smooth out the contours of your noggin). The style has outlived its military origins because it requires no maintenance or styling, and is unmistakably masculine.
Another low maintenance cut that works well with thick hair, the crop’s shorter dimensions don’t distract from your facial features and therefore suit most face shapes. A pomade offers a sleek finish or a clay creates a more casual matte look, while the French crop — styled down towards the face — is a good option for thinning hair by covering a receding hairline.
The 18th Century French creation has evolved since the days of King Louis XV’s mistress Madame de Pompadour, complementing triangular and round faces by sweeping hair upwards from the face. The pompadour demands thickness to create that height above the forehead, but can work with both round and narrow heads depending on the width of the style. Experiment with a range of products and styles — low maintenance this ain’t.
A 1920s favourite that’s still alive and kicking a century later, this style enhances fine, straight hair with a sleek, glossy finish. Suits the rectangle and oval face shapes, but not unruly curls that are hard to tame or a receding hairline that’s exposed by the style. Blow dry the hair back then control it with a shiny pomade combed through the the mane (or a matte paste for a softer, more contemporary finish), plus hairspray for extra hold.