Not long ago, barbershops would stick portraits of celebrities on walls and mirrors to let customers choose their hairstyles. From ex-One Direction’s Zayn Malik’s quiff to Jason Momoa’s manly mane.
Some people stick with posters, but most are slowly phasing them out as the industry shifts to a more sophisticated and personalized approach. sA man with an elf in mind.
“We consider many factors when a client sits in a chair,” says Muj Ali, a barber at lifestyle spot Local in Abu Dhabi. The National.
He recommends cuts based on a combination of personal preferences and lifestyle, as well as more practical factors such as hair texture and density.
According to Ali, the ultimate goal should be a style that is “easy to handle in everyday life.”
With that in mind, we expect more men to adopt this approach this year, so here are some basic tips to keep in mind when achieving the best hairstyles.
Hair Care and Style Tips from a UAE Barber
invest in a hair dryer
Hair dryers don’t just dry hair, they play a big part in styling, says Ali.
“Imagine your hair is like plastic. You expose it to high heat to melt it and mold it so that you can manipulate its shape,” he says.
Messy hair is also a look some men go for, but a clean look requires fixing the hair in a particular shape, such as a modern pompadour or a sleek side parting.
Choosing the Right Hair Products
Gels, creams and sprays are essential for styling and shaping hair.
“Using the right product is key,” says Ghassan Haririh, head barber and managing director of Akin Barber & Shop in Dubai.
“Men with long, wavy hair may want to use a texturizing spray, as it adds volume and gives a surfer-like look. For fine hair, a simple I recommend the hair cream.”
Barbers recommend purchasing a sea salt spray that can be used on almost any hair type for quick and easy styling. It also has a nourishing effect on the scalp and hair.
Sea salt sprays can be combined with other styling products such as water-based matte clays and pastes for intense hold.
Curly types are a completely different game. Ali recommends anti-frizz leave-in her conditioner to combat the UAE’s humidity.
Products containing argan oil and vitamin E are also good for men to protect and moisturize their hair, says Sami Azrak, founder of Shave Barbers & Spa in Dubai.
Frequent visits to stay ahead
Depending on the length of your hair, barbers advise going to the salon regularly, especially if you want to maintain a certain shape. Ali suggests her every 3 weeks, but skins shorter cuts such as her fades are costly to maintain and require visits every 1-2 weeks.
Ali, who has worked all over Europe, also stresses the importance of going to the same barber. “Unless your barber has another recommendation, don’t go to another barbershop if you can’t get an appointment with a regular,” he says.
Haririh also believes that certain barbers can properly consult with their clients, ask the right questions and guide their clients better.
Hair care has become more personalized over the years, but style trends still influence men’s hair decisions.
Here are three top trends in haircuts that are commonly requested in barbershops or created on social media.
Perhaps the most common but long-lasting stylish is the fade cut, which is unlikely to go away in the next year. Its name derives from the effect created by cutting a gradation of length, sometimes down to skin or very short hair. simply represents.
According to Google Trends, ‘fade’ has been one of the most popular haircut searches in the UAE over the last 12 months, with variations in style such as the temple fade, which focuses on the temple area for the desired effect. It was accompanied by various words for
Another popular variation is the tapered fade. This has a more dramatic look and tapers all the hair on the back and sides towards the skin for an edgier look.
The fade can be combined with different top hair variations such as pompadour, mohawk, afro, and bun hair. Its fresh and clean cut makes it widely popular with those living in hot climates.
Another top-ranking haircut on Google Trends for the United Arab Emirates is the timeless crew cut. It has evolved in many variations over the years. The hair on top is cut short, but is characterized by longer hair on the back and sides.
Crew cuts, like fades, can be paired with long or short tops, giving men a fresh look and feel for professional or social occasions.
two block cut
Two-block cuts often made by K-pop stars are characterized by the distinct creation of “two blocks” on the head.
Many describe the hairstyle as just a trendy version of the undercut.
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Updated: Jan 1, 2023, 7:37 AM