Jim Shaw, award-winning hairdresser and owner of Toni&Guy Billericay, gives his take on the Autumn/ Winter Hair Trends for Men in 2022.
When it comes to colour for men this A/W, there will be one stand out hair colour trend – bleached hair. Men will look to lighten and brighten their hair up and have this toned to give their hair a clean, platinum hue or an icy white/grey tone that’s fitting for the season.
The great thing about this trend is that should the client get bored of the colour, they can experiment by adding in slices of colour to give their look a fun, playful finish for the season.
In summer, we saw men wearing their hair super short and teaming this with bold neon tones like oranges and greens. For autumn/winter, we will see cooler toned brights becoming popular, such as dark greens, blues and purples for men who want to add a pop of colour to their look.
Disconnected cuts have been in and out of fashion over recent years and for A/W 2022, they’re back on trend; we will see clients requesting their hair super short on the sides with longer length on top. The idea with this hair cut is that the top of the hair looks ‘disconnected’ from the sides and that instead of fading from short to long on top, the style is more abrupt and makes a statement.
The regulation cut, a military-inspired cut, will also be popular this season. This is a very sharp and fresh style whereby the hair is trimmed down on the top but kept longer than the sides, which are tapered and gradually cut shorter before reaching the nape of the neck where the hair can be shaved off completely to help reflect a true regulation cut look. This haircut is usually styled in a statement side parting and sleek to the side for a further clean finish.
When discussing Autumn/ Winter Hair Trends for Men, we have to talk about the mullet; for those looking for a haircut that’s longer in length and more textured, mullets will be the textured haircut of the season. The hair should usually be cut shorter and choppier towards the front and sides and left longer at the back, however, for A/W 2022, I think we will see a more modern take on this trend, with clients looking for the graduation to be a lot softer.
We may also see men wearing the mullet a lot shorter and teaming it with a blunt fringe/almost French crop style around the face, to give it a modern and trendy appearance for the new season. With all mullets and textured hairstyles, I love to use a salt spray or hair mousse and my scrunch this in with my fingers to enhance the layers and choppiness of the look and give it a further edgy finish.
Autumn/ Winter Hair Trends for Men also includes styling, which all depends on the cut the male client has. However, for those with shorter haircuts, we will see them wearing these a lot sleeker in appearance, incorporating pomades with a shine finish, gels and waxes into their hair styling routine that will give their hair a neater, more polished appearance.
We will see men using these products to slick their hair back off the face, to one side and also mixing these products with other products like serums and oils to give their hair a wet like appearance with a high shine.