Barbers of the UK can rest assured, their beard-grooming services will remain a vital part of the service portfolio for the foreseeable! According to a report from The Bluebeards Revenge posse of barber ambassadors, longer hair and shorter beards are the 2019 trends for men, with the box-office elite and current streetwear brands being highly influential. Ollie Foster, owner of two shops in Chester, says It’s exciting, as this time around more barbers are competent working with length – they’re not just specialists in short back and sides anymore! Barbers are now seen as hybrids between their historic roots and more modern hairdressing.” Vincent Quinn at Hard Grind in Dundee seconds this. ““Beards are becoming shorter again, and the transition length between stubble and beard seems to be the ‘in’ length. Necklines and cheek lines are also more faded than sharp, giving a more roguish, gritty look.”
Joining the conversation, several more ambassadors give their view:
Callum Marks at Luka’s Barbers, Plymouth: “I cut a lot of textured crops, high fades, and skin fades in 2018; but fewer slicked-back pompadours. I can see this year following suit, particularly with those styles that boast a lot more texture. I think we’re reaching the backend of the high and tight craze too. This will make way for more subtle tapers that meet longer, textured hair.”
Liam Hamilton at Hamilton’s Barbers, Redruth: “Loads of my clients have been asking me to make them look like Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, and Brad Pitt recently. I tell them I’m a barber, not a miracle worker!
“But when you look into the thatch that these celebs are currently modelling on their heads, there’s a clear trend for medium-to-long length styles. Considering their influence, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these looks throughout 2019.”
Luigi Caterino at The Italian Job Barber, Galashiels:
“In 2019, I’m expecting to see a lot of clean fades with longer hair on top. The gents in my shop are all asking for a little more length.
“Regarding beards, I’m expecting to see lots of guys taking their facial fuzz shorter. It’s no great secret that men are taking better care of their beards today.”
Sophie Collins at Soph’s Barbershop, Llanbedr, North Wales: “A lot of my clients are asking to keep their beards reasonably short, faded down from the hair into the cheeks. A few are also asking me to shorten the hair in the middle of their chins, emphasising their moustaches and goatees.”
There’s a plethora of great mens grooming products to help keep the shorter, neater beards looking neat and the longer lengths looking lush – get to it, boys!
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