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Anytime you change your look, we believe it’s always good to know what it entails before making the switch!

Being prepared eliminates a lot of unnecessary anxiety, and helps you to embrace and enjoy your new look a lot more.

Here are some tips that may help you before you go under the scissors for your cute new look:

1. You may need to cut your hair more often

Many often opt for short hair because of the ease of washing, drying, and the fun ways you can style it. 

However, short hair does require more upkeep in terms of visits to the salon – every 6-8 weeks is ideal, while 10 weeks is the maximum, especially if your look is a short pixie that is a little more high maintenance. 

It’s important to factor that into your budget and your lifestyle when making a decision about the type of hairstyle you want. 

2. You’ll need to let your hair dry completely before going to bed

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Bed head on short hair rarely results in a satisfying look in the mornings. Short hair can become bent in weird angles and become messy or flattened when you sleep on it before it has fully dried.

Unlike long hair, that can’t be camouflaged by tying your hair into a messy bun.

To avoid bad hair days, allow your hair to dry completely before going to bed.  Of course, you can always rescue it by spraying some water and blowdrying it again, but who has time for that in the mornings? 

3. You may need to change your hair drying routine

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Are you used to blow drying your hair immediately after a shower?

Other than allowing your hair to dry completely before bed, it’s actually best to allow your hair to air dry at least 50% before using a hairdryer.

This helps prevent your hair from drying out and minimizes the chances of heat damage. (To really understand the importance of a good blow-dry, head on over to our recent post.) 

4. Invest in a small round brush

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Small round brushes will be your best friend when drying short hair.

Its teeth are fine enough to grab even the shortest strands, allowing you to straighten your hair with ease while blow drying. You can also use it to create wavy or curly looks.

5. Despite popular belief, short hair is actually suitable for all face shapes

Yup, even if you have a round face, or any other face shape someone told you wasn’t suitable for short hair. Our stylists will be able to customize a style that will go perfectly with not only your face shape, but your hair texture and head shape too (none of us have perfectly rounded and symmetrical heads!).

Unfortunately, girls are often made to feel self-conscious about a whole lot of things, but hairstyles should never be one of them.

Especially when hair is all about having fun! You should never feel limited just because of misconceptions.

Short hair can often bring out your features, help you feel more confident, light and carefree.

Many girls often go for short hair and never look back again! You’ll be surprised by how versatile it is.

To find out what short hair suits you and your lifestyle the most, make an appointment with us today.

When it comes to Korean men’s hairstyles, Koreans are most innovative in terms of playing with texture, length and color. They don’t shy away from full-bodied hair textures and edgier looks.

You can also broadly categorize Korean men’s hairstyles into either very textured and tousled, or sleek, sharp and streamlined. There’s rarely a middle ground!

Keep in mind though, that most of these looks can be customized to suit your own sense of style and personality. Your hairstylist is key in making sure that you’re wearing your hairstyle, not the other way around.

Here are a few of the more wearable looks:

 

1. Two-Block Haircut

Sides and back are shaved or cut very short – basically an updated and more stylish version of the undercut. The crown is longer, creating a two-block effect. This look allows for versatility in how you want to style it. 

You can keep the fringe straight, slicked back, or curled. It’s popular for a reason: this look suits most guys’ face shapes and personal styles.

Suitable for: most hair types and textures

2. Riding the wave: Perms

Nope, perming your hair is not just for the ladies. The boys of K-Pop often show us the way when it comes to re-imagining men’s hairstyles. 

Medium length hair with a wavy perm is a popular look. This look is also easier than it seems to maintain and allows room for different ways of styling. Playing with texture is a great way of changing up classic hairstyles. 

Suitable for: those who want to add volume to thinning hair, or want to create a slimming effect.

3. Long Hair

You may be surprised at how you’re able to carry off long hair. Long hair doesn’t have to be messy or fussy – in fact, it can be an easy way to maintain a sleek look. 

Suitable for: Anyone who’s willing to try it (and whose jobs allow them to!) – long hair is actually very versatile.

4. Faux Hawk

Shaved sides with longer hair on the crown – this doesn’t have to be an extreme look. What makes it a ‘faux’ hawk instead of a mohawk is the length of the hair on top. 

While few people can probably stomach the full mohawk, depending on how you style this, the faux hawk is a lot more wearable. 

Style it up for a night out; slick it back for a more professional look. 

4. Ways To Part

Playing with your parting, whether a side part or center part – is an easy way to update your Korean hairstyle. This side parted look is great for those with thinner hair – volume is creating with the quiff on the top, while the sides are slicked down.

Remember the 90’s center part trend? Well, it’s back now. Keep it looking fresh by pairing it with some colour. Granted, not everyone can wear blue hair to work, but you can consider adding color from highlights to browns to update this classic look.

Communication is key when it comes to getting a perfectly-executed men’s haircut.

But the question is, how?

The more knowledgeable you are about what to look out for, the better you can convey your expectations and get the results you want, especially if you’re working with a new hairstylist for the first time.

Of course, you can also download a few images on your phone to show your hairstylist. One thing you can avoid is vague statements such as “short back and sides”; such statements are subjective and may lead to different results than you’re imagining!

Here are 5 tips to help you get the right men’s haircut for you:

1. Chat with your hairstylist about what they can do for you

Every hairstylist comes with their own experience and expertise. Ask them for their opinion and see what they recommend: don’t be afraid to be as specific as you can. “Can you tell me more about what look I’m suited for? How will the back and the sides look?

Be familiar with how your hairstylist will finish the hair once it’s at the right length and choose the technique you prefer. These provide different resulting textures and layers so it’s best to have an idea beforehand.

Not every hairstylist will use these techniques, so ask if you're unsure of what they're doing or what their particular preference is to achieve the look that you want.
Every hairstylist comes with their own experience and expertise. Ask them for their opinion and see what they recommend: don’t be afraid to be as specific as you can. “Can you tell me more about what look I’m suited for? How will the back and the sides look?

Be familiar with how your hairstylist will finish the hair once it’s at the right length and choose the technique you prefer. These provide different resulting textures and layers so it’s best to have an idea beforehand.

Not every hairstylist will use these techniques, so ask if you’re unsure of what they’re doing or what their particular preference is to achieve the look that you want. Can you show me some examples?” These questions can help you to get a clearer picture of whether you’re both on the same page.

You may have done your research, but in the end, your hairstylist or barber is the one who has spent hours cutting countless heads of hair, so they will be knowledgeable about what would work for your specific hair texture and head shape.This is also the time to show your hairstylist some of the looks you have in mind.

However, it may also turn out that he or she believes that what you want may not work for you; be open to what they may have to suggest instead. It’s much better to work with a hairstylist who can be honest with you, it shows that they have integrity and confidence in what they do!

2. Use keywords to convey your desired look

Using keywords to describe the ‘mood’ of what you’re going for or the type of overall style you want to carry may be helpful too. Consider keywords such as Korean, romantic, hipster, retro, fashionable, conservative. Don’t hesitate to use films or actors as examples.

3. Indicate The Length

Using a word like “trim” can also be subjective. Use clipper guard numbers as a guide if you are familiar with them.

If you’re not sure, ask the hairstylist to see the guards and compare. However, if you have longer hair, show them by holding a few strands in different areas between your fingers. If you’re both still unsure, ask your stylist if he or she is comfortable with reducing the length until you’re happy. Better to not cut enough rather than too much.

4. Know the different ways your hair is finished on top

Be familiar with how your hairstylist will finish the hair once it’s at the right length – there are various techniques that your stylist may use. 

These provide different resulting textures and layers so it’s best to have an idea beforehand. Not every hairstylist will use these techniques, so don’t be afraid to ask if you’re unsure of what they’re doing, or what their particular preference is to achieve the look that you want.

Choppy: hair is cut at 45° angles at different lengths to provide a texture that’s varied. This can create the illusion of volume for thinner hair and makes it easy to style messy looks.

Layered: longer hair rests on top of short hair. Ideal for thinning or finer hair as it creates the appearance of depth and volume.

Razored: this technique reduces volume and sculpts the hair with a razor blade. Best done by a professional with a good eye and steady hands! It’s also the best way to thin out and flatten hair so it can grow back naturally.

Thinned: thinning scissors are used to reduce volume by selectively reducing length and thinning out the hair. It’s great for thick hair, but hair may grow out unevenly over time.

5. Think about how you want the back to look

Learn the basic techniques that your stylist can use to finish the back, sides and and hairlines. These are the little touches that come together to create a sharp and well-executed look.

Get to know some basic terminology:

Nape:

Referring to the back of the neck, the style of nape typically comes in three forms: blocked, rounded and tapered.

Tapering:

This is the way that the hair length diminishes down the back and sides, creating a fading effect which is why it’s also referred to as a Fade. Comes in high, medium and low.

Blocked:

A blocked nape is good for thin necks, but may require more frequent visits for touch-ups as it may grow out quicker.

Rounded:

Simply a blocked nape but with rounded, softer edges. A little more forgiving as it’s not angular, but of course still requires regular visits for touch-ups.

Tapered:

The tapered look is the most common and is often paired with faded sides. It’s popular for a reason: this look grows out most evenly and requires less upkeep as compared to the other two looks. Also helps to make thick necks appear narrower.

Arches:

The arches refer to the hairline around the ears. High arches are ideal for smaller ears and offer a neat finish. However, like blocked napes, they may grow out more unevenly and require regular touch-ups. A natural arch simply follows the hairline, meaning that it grows out well and can be forgiving for long periods between your trip to the salon.

Side Burns:

You probably know this one already. Be sure to talk to your hairstylist about how your want your side burns finished if you’re clean shaven.

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