It was at the Golden Globe Awards that actor Jared Leto rocked his “man braid” and sparked a new trend across barbershops and hair salons from coast to coast as well as internationally.
This year, expect to see more bushy beards and braids sprouting up and out between now and spring. However, styles always fluctuate between long, medium, short and smooth baldness. They all work depending the man’s style, age and mane.
“We will be seeing a lot more of the “Leto Lock, or “Man Braid”, and long hair in general. Swooped over surf styles, deconstructed shags and the like. Long hair for men has been on its way back for a while and he just ushered it in the front door. Visually, we are in the 70’s again. Expect to see this trend for at least the next several seasons.” – Jackson Simmonds
Medium length hairstyles will see the return of “The Mop”. This style was made popular by The Beatles, but it actually dates back to the 1950s and the Beatnick generation. The updated style will still see a lot of hair on the crown but tighter sides and faded on the back of the head — sideburns apparently never go out of vogue.
Short hair takes the lead when it comes to extreme styling. I recently visited the Ludlow Blunt Salon in downtown Manhattan with artist/stylist Rob The Original. His work has grown in popularity, turning men’s hair into works of art. Bring an image of your favorite design or hero and a replica will be created on your noggin. Cool. Hot. Funky. Stop traffic. This client requested an homage to the recently deceased ESPN sportscaster, Stuart Scott.
Each request is different and often complex; the shop recently hosted BaBylissPRO and the release of their new FX880 professional high-frequency pivot motor clipper (above).
“Men’s styling is changing. The days of doing it #2 on the sides and finger length on the top are over. Guys want “The Gatsby” look and ask for things like the Beckham as well as hair tattoos. Hairstyling and the barber are merging. The new machine takes the force of a pivot motor and putting a super-charger in it. Because of the machine’s design and faster blade speed, we have more control over the clippers for precision and intricate cuts.” –- Dennis Joseph, Global Educator for BaBylissPRO.
The BabylissPRO FX880.
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For cuts, styling and hair art, visit Ludlow Blunt in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
138 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
85 N. 3rd Street
Brooklyn NY 11249