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June 15, 2023

As always, the return of Fashion Week brings an array of different hairstyles to be worn alongside a season of fresh looks – it’s hard to pick a favourite!

We caught up with Director of TONI&GUY Billericay and award-winning Men’s Hairdresser, Jim Shaw, on the standout looks from the AW23 shows…

Daniel w. Fletcher – Slicked Back with Kiss Curls


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Slicked-back, wet-look hairstyles have been on trend for a while now, so it’s about time we saw the trend evolve a little – cue the kiss curls! We have seen glimpses of kiss curls with celebrities trying out this trend, but I loved that we saw more of these looks at the Daniel w. Fletcher AW23 show. This style is definitely more of a statement and may not be as ‘wearable’ as some, however, it’s the perfect look for those who like to be a little more adventurous.

Using a gel or wax with a high-shine finish is a must for this look, and this should be combed through to distribute the product and saturate the hair. To create the kiss curls, use the tail-end of your comb to remove a small area of hair at one side of the head. Add some of the gel or wax to the area and use the comb to create your curl, perfecting until you reach the desired curl shape, before placing the curl inwards towards the face. Repeat on the opposite side of the head and finish with some hairspray to lock the curls in place. This could be a particularly good look for clients with baby hair – the baby hair sections can be used to create the kiss curls without having to take from the main section of the hair.


Justin Cassin – Spikes


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Spikes are back for 2023 and they’re perfect choice if clients are looking for a cool, edgy hairstyle that doesn’t require much work – just great styling products. Of course, the hair will need to be short enough in length to keep the style looking its best with a more polished appearance. For me, I love to pair Spikes in the same way that the Justin Cassin show did, with tapered sides to emphasise the spikes created on top of the head. A matte pomade is a great product to create this look, which can be smoothed through the sides of the hair and then distributed with your fingers through the top section to create the spikes. You can play around with the product to create the desired level of spike, whether that be subtle and graduated or more dramatic.


Qasimi – Comb-Overs with Side Partings


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For those who like a look that’s more polished, the comb-over is here to stay. However, this year, the look is being teamed with a deep side-parting. When creating this look, always start by creating your side-parting with a tail comb – use the client’s eye as a guide for where you want the parting to start. If the client’s hair isn’t used to the side they will be wearing it on, you may need to use a hairdryer to direct it to the opposite side of the head. Next, use a comb and wax to create a seamless finish for the comb-over, ensuring all flyaways are at bay. Finish with a shine spray to give the hair a further clean and slick appearance.

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