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#AskTheExpert - Gavin's top hair trends for Christmas parties and beyond

08 December 2016

So you've got your Christmas party outfit sorted, but what about your hair? This is no time for a "quick back and sides", so we've enlisted Gavin from Richard Ward Hair to give us his top trends to ensure your 'do looks the part for any party that comes your way this December.

Gavin says:

"Autumn Winter 16 has seen a revival of a longer look on men so, for me, it's all about mid-length hair for the Christmas social season. The look is more relaxed, pushed off the face, longer through the top sections, over the ear and through the back. It's easy to wear and effortless in appearance but still controlled - think Jake Gyllenhaal or Chris Hemsworth. Just right to transcend from the office desk to the office party with minimum effort.

There's also a definite move away from the totally groomed undercut feel of former seasons. We're now seeing a much more relaxed finish. Using your fingers rather than a comb or brush will give a more modern edge, but the secret is in your product choice - try Shu Uemura Master Wax for a flexible, controlled look. Its finish is semi-matte with natural shine but non-greasy to the touch, so it's perfect for whatever the office party scenario presents.

For those guys out there with a natural curl, my advice is to embrace it - the bigger the better! Let your natural frizz win out - hint at your look being tamed by keeping things neat around the ears and nape of the neck but let those curls free fall onto the forehead and face. Product should be kept to a minimum and only used to give volume or body. This look is the ultimate in low maintenance and perfect for that retro 80s feel that's right on point for the 2016 party season."

Gavin Hoare is the Manager of a team of 95 staff at Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa, a super salon based in the heart of London’s Chelsea that leads the way in over 170 innovative hair and beauty treatments for men and women. With a career spanning over 35 years there is not a lot he doesn’t know about male grooming, what’s hot and what’s not and how today's men are keeping up with their female contemporaries. There has been a massive evolution in male grooming in recent years and there really should be no uncharted territories for even the blokiest of blokes in this brave new world of male grooming, so sometimes it helps to have a guide through this expanding frontier.