Here’s When To Rock A New Do – And How

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Want to know how you can tell when the best years of someone’s life were? Well, you can ask them. Although you may be in for more stories than you signed up for. Or, you can get them to show you a series of photos taped in some dusty family album – and we all know how fun that is. But the easiest way to tell when someone was really at their peak is to simply just look at their fashion. A person’s style says everything about them, especially, the years they’re trying to still hold onto. Are they wearing bell bottoms? Then you know the 70’s were good to them. Are they suited in a Canadian tuxedo (denim from head to toe)? Then the 80’s were their friend. But, even more so than their clothes, it’s their hair. A person’s hairstyle is literally like a time capsule, preserving the very best moments of their life. Those sporting with mullets, bowl cuts, and faux hawks – are essentially frozen in time. And while it’s all well and good to hold onto the memories, really, it’s time to let go on move on. What do you see when you look in the mirror to fix your hair? A man stuck in the past, or a man who’s in the present enjoying every minute of it? Is your do telling you you’re due for a new do? Well if so, we spoke to Matt Mulhall, London’s most sought after hairstylist whom for 27 years now has been managing the manes of London’s most influential and famous men. He sits down with us to tell us the “whats”, “whens”, “wheres”, and “hows, of transitioning from the old you, to your new do.
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“Before you head in for your next cut, take a good, long look at yourself in the mirror and think about what you like and dislike about your hair. Be honest. Like your skin, your hair ages and your style should adjust with your years. Trying to stave off aging with a mid-life mohawk is not advisable. If you are still unsure and want to see your hair the way others see it, take a photo or shoot a short video so you can see the back and sides.”
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“Once you have thoroughly assessed yourself, gather up some reference material by leafing through some men’s fashion magazines, looking at the advertising campaigns of brands you think are stylish and age-appropriate. It’s also worthwhile paying attention to smart men around you and scrutinizing how they wear their hair. Don’t get overwhelmed – sometimes just a few small changes can make a world of difference to how you feel and are perceived.”
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“Picking the right hairdresser is extremely important. Ideally, you need to find someone who is on your wavelength and understands what you want and, perhaps more importantly, what will suit you. The best way of discovering who fits your needs is asking around and doing research. Don’t be frightened to make enquiries with friends. The fact is, if you are forking out on a cut every four weeks you should at least be using someone you like and who delivers your requirements.”
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“Your hairdresser responds to your character and the manner in which you present yourself, so it’s wise to turn up looking the way you want to look, rather than how you happen to look straight out of bed. Make the effort and don’t turn up wearing your sloppy Saturday sweatpants.”
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“Information is one of the most important things when it comes to getting a haircut. Don’t clam up and just say, ‘What do you think?’ Similarly, if you are happy with the result and want to know how it’s achieved, don’t be shy about asking your hairdresser to explain which shampoo to use, whether you need conditioner, or for a step-by-step routine on how to style your hair and with what products.”
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“One of the most frequent complaints I hear from the barber’s chair is, “My hair texture seems to have changed.” That’s probably because it has. Hair changes as we age, so it’s futile attempting to keep a hairstyle that was first cut during the flush of youth. It wasn’t the hairstyle that made you anyway; it was the stress-free countenance.”
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“Be realistic with the capabilities and abundance of your hair. If it’s thinning at the front, chances are you won’t be able to achieve a large quiff.”
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“Hair is one area in your life where transient looks are best avoided. Keep it masculine, keep it classic. Mid-life is not the right time to go get a statement haircut or color. A short back and sides has been around for a long time for good reason: it looks great at any age.”
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