Celebrity Hairstylist Asgar Saboo shares his top men’s 2016 hair trends

Men all around the world are flocking into barber shops to get their summer trims.

The top men’s summer trends this year is the shorter side cut, which is a classic style that helps guys stay cool and fresh, whilst still looking trendy.

Celebrity hairstylist, Asgar Saboo, shares the top men’s styles for this summer.

A renowned figure among celebrities, and a regular on red carpets, the name Asgar Saboo is synonymous with headline grabbing, style-worthy hair.

He is trusted by A-list stars such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and legend Rekha – as well as supermodels Cindy Crawford and Twiggy and Hollywood actress Eva Longoria.

Asgar is famed for the headline grabbing hairstyle he created for Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, which has been the inspiration for Hrithik Roshan’s wax work figure at London’s Madame Tussauds.

The Taper Fade

the taper fadeThe taper fade haircut is one of the most classic and fashionable styles for men, which is a masculine, yet fresh look that’s perfect for casual or professional occasions.

For the taper look, you need to have the sides cut or buzzed considerably shorter than the length of the hair on top. This is the key component, as after the hair is cut, styling the hair consists of just the top portion. There are many way to wear the tapered fade, from sweeping your hair over to the side or tussling it up for the ‘just out of bed look’, to polishing off the look using a product to push the hair into an upward motion for a forward fringe.

Short and Choppy

short and choppyShort and choppy is a more low-maintenance style that evolved from last year’s longer hair trend to a more loose and textured style. The top is now slightly shorter and the sides have been clipped down for more of a contrast, much like the taper fade – but less dramatic.

The choppiness also gives the illusion of more texture, bulk and weight to the hair, making it seem thicker.

To Style: Use a water-based gel and tussle your hand through the hair until you’re happy with the styled result. You can also use a thicker paste applied to the roots for a secure hold or for a slightly less wet look. If you have particularly thin hair, a root booster powder to optimise volume will give a matte finish. This style is intended to look slightly ruffled and messy, so styling needn’t take an hour. Just ruffle and go.

The Textured Quiff, Top Volume

textured quiffThis is the less polished, more textured version of  the quiff, with depth that is not too structured.  Again, following the trend with shorter back and sides, this style is easy to maintain and depending on the length of the quiff you can change up your style at any time.  

To style, you can work texture power to the roots to add depth and bulk, adding volumising spray will also work – however texture power will last longer compared to a water base product.

Then, rub paste or a soft clay between your fingers and hands so the warmth of your palms makes the product more manageable. Twist the hair slightly at the sides of the crown, pushing it upwards, before passing your hands through the quiff until you are happy with the result and the quiff stays in place. Finish with a strong-hold hair spray to make the quiff extra secure.

buzz cutThe Buzz Cut

The buzz cut is a great look and very useful when the weather gets sweltering hot. It a style that is easy to maintain and looks great with stubble or a beard.

Your need to remember that not all buzz cuts needs to be a really short length 0 all around, a number 1 or 2 buzz can also look great if you prefer more hair. Face shapes are all different so one length won’t fit all.  You can always change your buzz cut up by mixing it up with a high fade, low fade and varying lengths of your desire.


The Side Part Pompadour

side part pompadourFor the side part pompadour you need to have trust in your barber to achieve this look. The side part pompadour starts with hair that fades from the top to bottom with a hard parting with a flat blade razor so it needs to be done correctly. This style looks great with a good length fringe or swept over.

To Style: The best ways to style this look is to spread product over your hand and fingers and using your palms and smooth the product into the sides. Combing the top section away from the parting so there is a clean divide and lift your fringe and from the shape of the fringe into your desired style.