Henrik Lundqvist by Tobias Lundqvist for Café A beard can up your masculine look a lot, but not taking care of your facial hair can have the opposite effect. There are a few things every gentleman should have, and a proper grooming routine is one of them. However, it’s not always as simple as a razor and shaving cream. Therefore, we’ve taken this week’s blog post to let Giuseppe Bicceri explain the do’s and don'ts of grooming. What do you, as a hairdresser, like so much about grooming? I love how it can change a man’s look completely and create a harmony to the face in conjunction with the hair. Grooming allows me to combine my knowledge as a makeup artist and the skills of a hairdresser. It has the same effect as makeup, but it lasts for weeks instead of 10 hours. I love making people feel beautiful and confident and having a proper grooming routine definitely play its part. Before & after by Giuseppe Bicceri Some people say that grooming is like contouring but for men — is that true? Yes! Facial hair can be thick, thin, short, long and even tangled but getting a proper trim can tweak a man’s features. With makeup, it’s all about light and shadow to create depth to the face. The same thing goes with grooming and beard. For instance, if a client has a fuller face, we play with sharp lines and the opposite if we want to make the face a bit wider. Oh wow! What else can be done? You can make a face thinner, create a sharp jawline and fuller lips – it’s all about playing with volume and shadows. One way to change the shape of your mouth is to trim a fine line just above the lips to make them larger. Small adjustments like this have a great effect on the final look. How often should you ideally trim your beard? It all depends on how fast your beard grows, but usually, I create the shapes at the salon and then all you have to do is keep the shape by trimming it every two weeks. As hairdressers in New York City, we want to make sure that your hair fits in your style, life and personality. Same goes for your facial hair. Schedule your consultation with us today in Soho Schedule your consultation with us today in Brooklyn Heights Fabio Scalia is an upscale hair salon in SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, New York. We offer services such as haircuts, styling, balayage, coloring and extensions.
Bradley Cooper shot by David Slijper for GQ Australia Getting a men’s haircut right may seem like an easy task, but getting it just right might be easier said than done. We have listed five mistakes that men make when choosing a hair style. Good news – they’re an easy fix! You’re not taking your natural hairlines into consideration To achieve a hairstyle that goes well with your features, the proportions of the cut have to be just right. Your hairline in the back should stretch at least 2 inches below your earline. Meaning, you want to keep hair on your neck to avoid the risk of your head looking too small and your neck looking too big. When it comes to grooming, a good indicator would be to leave 1 1/2 - 2 inches on your neck for best results. A men’s haircut should be customized and varies for each individual. A good cut can minimize a receding or low hairline in the front. You’re forgetting the cowlicks Another classic mistake is to skip consultation on cowlicks, a lock of hair that grows in a different direction from the rest. A customized cut that controls cowlicks and benefits the hairstyle at the same time should allow you to win the battle. You’re not thinking about the entire look It’s also important to keep the entire look in mind; eyebrows, beard etc. The proportions, shapes, and geometry is individual for each client and has to be just right to enhance the features. Sideburns are a way to sculpt your face and they can’t be too long or too short – they have to be just right. A good guideline would be to cut them in line with the tragus (mid-ear) as you want them to be long enough to create that natural feeling. Illustrations by Leon Bowers for FashionBeans You’re not using the right products Maintaining your style in between visits to the salon can be a tough challenge and when having short hair, the texture is key. Therefore, it’s important that you use the right type and amount of products. Is conditioner really necessary for men? What type of products should you use for short hair? How often should you wash your hair? Truth is, it depends. And that’s exactly why consultation is so important. You’re not investing in a style that lasts So you left the salon with a great haircut – now what? A hairstyle shouldn’t only last for one or two weeks, it should be maintained until your next visit to the salon. Meaning, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice the style as the hair grows in. Choosing the right place to get your hair cut is crucial. There’s a difference between going to a barber that relies on clippers and razors and going to a salon that uses mostly scissors to create a long lasting and personalized cut. At Fabio Scalia Salon, we’ve got you covered! Our dedicated staff specializes in using the appropriate tools and techniques to create a look that is easy to style at home and grows in properly. This means fewer salon visits to maintain your hairstyle. Step into the salon between cuts and we will even give you a complimentary side burn and neck touch-up. (There’s a reason they call us the best salon in New York City, wink wink). Are you ready for a makeover? Schedule a consultation with one of our stylists today here (Soho) or here (Brooklyn).