The MH Style Team’s #1 Grooming Rule For Men Over 30
The unwritten grooming rule: no man over 30 should rock a haircut with a name. Barber Danilo Biccari at Hermanos Barbers explains how to transition from messy to classy easily, and why a classic cut will never look out of place.
Pick Of The Crop
Men’s hair thins with age, so you need to work with your hairline instead of clinging on to your style. “We’ve created a short, constructed and textured top, blended all around to tightly tapered sides, with the sideburns and neck faded to skin,” says Danilo.
“The texture of the cut was brought to life with a pea-sized amount of Kevin Murphy Rough Rider (R500, everythinghair.co.za), a premium styling clay with a medium-moderate matte hold.” This looks as sharp and impressive for work as it does with jeans and a cable-knit jersey on weekends. Skeptical? Think of a style icon such as David Beckham.
Aim for a style that balances the shape of your face. “For most guys, squareness in the shape of the style adds a masculine balance to an oval face shape,” says Danilo. “If you have a square face shape and a strong jaw line, a rounder hairstyle softens and balances the overall look.”
Remember shorter, neater sideburns and necklines give most styles a well-groomed polish, says Danilo. “Thinner and finer hair should generally be kept slightly shorter, and heavy products (creams, gels, pomades) should be avoided.” Opt for a small amount of clay on dry hair, or thickening tonics with medium hold.
The number one rule of hair care is to avoid shampooing every day, as this may strip the hair of its natural oils and leave it a bit dry. “Aim for every second or third day, and always follow shampooing with a hair conditioner,” says Danilo.
“Dry your hair off with a towel before applying the conditioner (after thoroughly rinsing the shampoo out). Applying the conditioner to dry-damp hair will allow it to penetrate the hair strands to a much greater degree than when wet.” Rinse and style accordingly. We like the Paul Mitchell Double Hitter Shampoo and Conditioner (R285, everythinghair.co.za).
“We kept the beard short but full, tapered on the sides and blended into the sideburns. “The shaved areas of Robert’s face and neck were cleaned and lined with a straight blade, following a hot towel treatment to soften the skin and stubble.”
Proraso Green shaving range was used for the blade work, followed by Dermalogica Calm Water Gel (R899, dermalogica.co.za) to deeply moisturise the skin without oiliness. Two pumps of American Crew Beard Serum (R390, retailbox.co.za) were then worked into the beard area, to soften and condition the beard while adding a minor degree of hold to curb the flyaways.