JIM SHAW, TONI&GUY BILLERICAY DIRECTOR & AWARD-WINNING MEN’S HAIRDRESSER
Tis the season where many of clients are looking to look and feel their best for the festivities and upcoming Christmas events and nights out they may have. Below, award winning men’s hairdresser, Jim Shaw, shares some of his favourite men’s Christmas party hairstyles that will be on trend this year, and how he would achieve the looks.
Relaxed & Refined Pompadour – my personal favourite Christmas hairstyle trend for 2023 – the relaxed and refined pompadour. I love the shape of this look and how sophisticated and polished it looks, yet it still has an undone, effortless finish to it. I always create this look using one of my favourite products, American Crew Fiber, distributing this through the hair and then blow-drying the hair back off the face with a hairdryer and brush to create that voluminous pompadour shape. The key is that the hairstyle has hold but that it looks and feels flexible. This is a particularly great Christmas hairstyle choice for male clients who have longer hair length on top and slightly shorter sides that want to give their cut added finesse!
Sleek, high shine hair – Christmas is the time for sparkle and many clients are looking to achieve a sleek, shiny hair look in line with the season. Sleek hair styling works on all hair lengths, but is particularly effective on those with longer hair, especially when paired with a super blunt cut to exude the luxe hair look. When creating this look, I always start with a smooth blow-dry and then go in with my heated styling irons to give the hair a further sleek and smooth appearance. Products are also essential when creating this look. Before any heated styling I always prep the hair with a heat protection spray like LABEL.M Fashion Edition Heat Protection Mist and after styling I always apply a serum or oil through the hair to banish any frizz and flyaways and to give a further mirror like shine to the hair. The LABEL.M Rejuvenating Radiance Oil is one of my favourites.
Voluminous statement quiffs – the festive season is the time to go all out with your hair – the bigger and more voluminous, the better. It’s the time to be extra! With that in mind, this Christmas we will see the return of voluminous quiffs and hairstyles with mega height. A quiff pushes the hair forward and provides a more defined statement style, particularly when paired with shorter sides. With this look I would always start by using a product to help provide the hair with volume like a Volumising Powder. One of my favourites is American Crew Boost Powder Anti-Gravity Volume Powder. Next, I would use a hairdryer to help direct the hair into the desired shape and follow up by using a strong hold product such as a pomade like American Crew Pomade to mould the quiff shape and to give it further structure. Finish with a hairspray like American Crew Finishing Spray to lock in the style all day/night.
Deep side partings paired with sleek styles – deep side partings for men have become incredibly stylish in recent years and are a great way to change up their look. Previously we have seen these styles been worn to achieve volume, however this year, this style will also be worn sleeker and smoother for a more contemporary, polsihed take on the style. To create the side parting, always use the tail of your comb to help achieve that straight, defined line and finish by distributing a smoothing product like LABEL.M Anti-Frizz Smoothing Balm through the hair before blow-drying the hair smooth for added smoothness and glass like shine.