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New wave win­ter fra­grances; the best hair­cut this sea­son.

As is of­ten the case, things prob­a­bly got a tad wild and sea salty over the early part of the year – the scruff of a sum­mer han­gover that en­croached on au­tumn and all the rest. Now, how­ever, is time to smarten up. The style you want is the ‘low and tight’, which tips an im­mac­u­lately coiffed nod to the ab­sinthe-soaked ’20s and is cham­pi­oned by Up­per­cut Deluxe am­bas­sador, and Lon­don snip­per, Luke Dolan, of Luke’s Bar­ber Shop. So how do you ask a stylist for such? “You want a neat fade on the back and the sides to an­chor the look,” says Dolan. “En­sure length is kept through the top sec­tion of the hair to al­low styling a sharp side part.” One thing to know, adds Dolan, is that this look re­quires more main­te­nance than most hair­cuts – we’re talk­ing reg­u­lar vis­its to the sa­lon (ev­ery three weeks min­i­mum) to keep the back and sides as neat as they need to be. Un­sur­pris­ingly, Dolan points to Up­per­cut Deluxe ‘Mon­ster Hold’ ($24, 80g) and the Up­per­cut Deluxe ‘Pocket Comb’ ($4.99) to main­tain con­trol. “It pro­vides a strong hold that lasts,” he says of the prod­uct, “and has a slight shine to give an over­all refned and slick im­age.” up­per­cut­

Us­ing the comb, cre­ate a solid part to set the foun­da­tion for the style. Mix a gen­er­ous dab of ‘Mon­ster Hold’ be­tween palms and fin­gers. Start at the fringe and then neatly work prod­uct into the crown of the hair and through to the back in an up­ward mo­tion. Do the same thing on the sides, ex­cept, this time, go down. Comb the fringe sec­tion from the hair­line up­wards to cre­ate that all-im­por­tant height and al­low it to fall back nat­u­rally. Fin­ish by comb­ing the sides to­wards the back of the head to give the style a stream­lined sil­hou­ette. 4 1 2 3

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