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1 May 2015

Spring hairstyle trends: what’s in and what’s out for black men

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May 1, 2015 Category: Beauty Posted by:

By Leah Fletcher 

Now that spring has sprung, many men are keeping up with the latest hair trends to ensure they are on their A-game. How do men keep their pulse on the next big haircuts and styles sweeping the industry? The answer lies with their tool-wielding barber or stylist, who don’t just spot the trends but create them.

“Short, long, shaved, ‘fro or natural represent the various avenues black men may travel to style their hair,” said Reggie Freeman. “And for men who are considering a style change, due to the seasonal change, there are variations on the theme, Freeman, an independent barber and South Philadelphia native, services both male and female clients. What follows is what he believes is trending for the season and tips on how to achieve and maintain any selected style.   

The Buzz

Closely cut, this hairstyle is perfect for the man on the go. To achieve this style, apply a scalp and hair moisturizer and brush you hair with a boar bristle brush. The hairstyle is perfect for any face and hair texture. Also, try using a small amount of coconut oil to moisture both hair and scalp.

The Small ‘Fro

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Don’t want long hair but a bit of a curl? Try a style that lets you show off your natural texture without length. Start with clean, damp hair and apply a leave-in conditioner. Using a wide-tooth-comb, gently brush through curls and apply gel from roots to tips, fluff curls using fingers and allow to air dry. This style is perfect for any face shape and hair texture. The leave-in conditioner will help tame frizz and define curls.

Clean and Short

Looking for something cut close to your head, but a bit longer than the Buzz? Try the Clean and Short, which follows the same routine as The Buzz because it requires little to no maintenance between cuts. To style, try using a small amount of coconut oil to moisture both hair and scalp.

The Grown Out Buzz

If you are looking for a style that’s not too long, but is in your current comfort zone, try the Grown Out Buzz. Start with clean, damp hair and apply a small amount of a hair and scalp moisturizer. Gently brush curls using a boar bristle brush and apply a small amount of pomade. The style is perfect for any face shape of hair texture. Pomade use offers smooth, frizz-free texture and definition.

Polished Fade

This slick hairstyle is polished and make for a handsome presentation. The style is driven by the cut and is easy to maintain at home.  Apply a scalp and hair moisturizer and brush hair with a boar bristle brush. The hairstyle is perfect for any face and hair texture .

Clean Shaven Skin

For men with thinning hair or who are tired of trying to style it, a clean-shaven look is ageless and stylish.  Always moisturize the scalp. Find product lines that have shave creams that help prevent nicks and post shave creams to repair the skin.

All Twisted Up 

Growing out your hair and need to look professional? Try twists. They are low maintenance and a great way to show off your personality. Start with clean wet hair and section it into four quadrants. Begin at the neck and hairline and work up, taking each section individually and applying a small amount of pomade, Twist hair from root to tip. Continue until all quadrants are completed. Allow the hair to dry and then shake it out. Use products with shea butter or cocoa butter to moisturize the ends and provide hold with shine. 

The “Fro Hawk

Think of trying something that stretches the limits? Try the ‘Fro hawk for an easy and edgy style. To maintain this style, which is closely shaven on the sides, always moisturize and brush, using pomade for definition and shine.

Black men’s hairstyles rely heavily on the cut, according to Freeman. “If you are thinking of trying a new style, I suggest talking it over with your barber to get his or her opinion,” Freeman said. There are an array of styles to choose from and there is definitely one for everyone, he said. 

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