While men trying radical new hairstyles is nothing new, the recent Hollywood red carpet events had the males dazzle with their mane choices. Man of the moment Jared Leto grabbed eyeballs first at the Golden Globes for his slicked back messy bun, also known as the Man Bun. Fans of this do, include football star David Beckham but few would dare to pull it off at a prestigious awards function. Joining him was Joaquin Phoenix, who twisted his salt and pepper mane in a low slung knot. Johnny Depp also stood out for his new blonde surfer boy look. However, it’s not just the bun, a conventionally female do that’s being adopted by men. At the SAG awards, Leto upped the style quotient by showing off his perfect ombré mane that sent Twitter in a tizzy with fans saying his hair deserves its own award. Bangs, a huge trend of last year were seen on males at the recent Lanvin Fall 2014 runway show. Are men ready to push boundaries when it comes to new styles?
REMOVE OLD SCHOOL THOUGHT
Men are more open to trying out new styles says hairstylist Perry Patel. “Something like a man bun is bound to make the wearer get noticed. In fact, fringes were often sported by kinds during the Medieval era. I think today people are more accepting and are integrating both masculine and female trends. With the new generation being more open I think this will continue,” he says, adding that sadly very few Indian males want that change. “It’s important to try out new styles — some guys can even carry off a top knot.”
INDIAN MEN NOT READY
Abhirup Nandi, senior stylist, SAKS hair and beauty India, says a minimalist style with an edge is preferred by men in India. “In the coming years, men will evolve with their own independent sense of fashion, as 2014 will be the year of aviator hairstyles sported by those like Elvis Presley, Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Bieber. Hair care and styling are the two major aspect of any hairstyle and men should have at least two variations of styling products like wax for a matt look and gel for more definition or even a mix of both depending on their mood, clothes, etc. The ombré hair do would be interesting for men but possibly limited to a few. Men still prefer simpler and quicker styles that require little time.”
UNDERSTAND THE REQUIREMENTS
The emphasis is still on more classic hairstyles, says Sebastien Cousin, style director, Jean-Claude Biguine Salon and Spa. “While these trends are great, I’m not sure many men are ready for it. Men abroad do experiment more with highlights and lighter colours but here people are still limited in their choices. While some men are willing to go more artistic, others prefer the classic and professional look,” he says.