Many of your clients want to look and feel their best around this season, keeping themselves well-groomed ahead of the various festivities and Christmas events the next few weeks promise. 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.
Men’s Christmas Party Hairstyles
Relaxed & Refined Pompadour
“My personal favourite Christmas hairstyle trend for 2023 is 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 throughout the hair and then blow-drying the hair away from the face with a hairdryer and brush to create that voluminous pompadour shape,” shares Jim. “The key is that the hairstyle has hold but 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
“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 create a smoother appearance. Products are also essential when creating this look. Before any heated styling I always prep the hair with a heat protection spray 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,” Jim guides.
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 always start by using a product to help provide the hair with volume, like a volumising powder. Next, I use a hairdryer to direct the hair into the desired shape and follow up by using a strong hold product, such as a pomade, to mould the quiff shape and to give it more structure. Finish with a hairspray to lock in the style all day/night,” says Jim.
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 worn to achieve volume, however, this year the style will also be worn sleeker and smoother for a more contemporary, polished 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 through the hair before blow-drying the hair smooth for added smoothness and glass like shine,” he finishes.
Let the festivities begin! But first…is your barbershop ready for the new year? Here are Jim’s tips.