Claire Davies speaks to a lead­ing men’s stylist to learn about the best hair­cuts

T3 India - - Horizon Style -

Your clothes aren’t a one-size-fits-all af­fair, and nei­ther is your hair. Ac­cord­ing to De­nis Robin­son, cre­ative di­rec­tor for Ruf­fi­ans, an award-win­ning bar­ber­shop and men’s lifestyle des­ti­na­tion, know­ing your face shape is key to dis­cov­er­ing your ideal hair­style. “Look at the di­men­sions of your face to fig­ure out the shape, us­ing your spread hand to give rough mea­sure­ments,” says De­nis.

“If your spread hand mea­sures the same length and width, you have ei­ther a square or round face shape. If the length is longer than the width, you’re oval. A nar­row fore­head with wide cheek­bones and a nar­row chin is a di­a­mond shape, while a wide fore­head and nar­row chin is a heart-shaped face.”

For square face shapes, De­nis rec­om­mends soft tai­lor­ing. “Ask your bar­ber for a rounder style, swept away from the face. Avoid fringes and square cuts that make your face look an­gu­lar. Di­a­mond face shapes work best with styles that have a good bal­ance through­out. So if you want the sides short, keep the top short too. Round faces, mean­while, look best with an­gu­lar styles.”

Re­ced­ing hair­lines are an is­sue for many, but grow­ing your hair may make this look worse. “It means there’s more hair to sep­a­rate in the wind and the scalp shines through,” ex­plains De­nis. “Shorter hair is eas­ier to blend, pro­vid­ing more vol­ume for thin­ning hair.”

As for greys, the only way to truly blend them in is by us­ing a colour that’s slightly lighter than your nat­u­ral hair colour. “You could also loosen up your hair­style with a cut that has more tex­ture, help­ing greys dis­ap­pear into the hair for a while longer.”

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