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THE BRITISH BARBERS' ASSOCIATION Reveals Top Five Regional Hair Trends for 2017

Ever wondered what haircut all the lads in Liverpool are asking for? Or what style the boys of Brighton can’t get enough of? Well, since the catwalk isn’t always the inspiration for men’s hair trends, the British Barbers’ Association – the leading association for the barbering industry in the UK – has uncovered five key regional styles for 2017. From the Liverpool Perm (yes, it’s back!) to The Sugar Hut Shuffle these are the styles making waves on the streets of England this year.


THE BRITISH BARBERS' ASSOCIATION Reveals Top Five Regional Hair Trends for 2017

The Liverpool Perm

Aye up there, La! The iconic man-perm, made notorious by Harry Enfield’s Scousers, is making a big comeback in the North West - only this time it’s minus the ‘tache and comes with a thoroughly modern twist.

The look is… A disconnected perm emphasized by a zero fade.

How it's achieved... The top is permed on large rollers to create the curls for the loose messy look (the longer the hair the better the effect). The top is cut square leaving it longer at the front and reducing length towards the crown. The back is then blended and a disconnection is left at the sides towards the temple area. Finally, the back and sides are faded down to a zero to give it a clean finish. ADH Dry clay and a little hair serum are added to finish.

Hair styled by: Nick Circelli at Adam & Eve Hairdressers


The Oxford Blunt

Going down a storm in Oxfordshire, the ‘Oxford Blunt’ is a classic, military-inspired crop that’s low maintenance and perfect for time-poor guys and for long, hot summers.

The look is...The most classic of crops

How it’s achieved… A skin-fade at the back and sides allows the short, textured layers on top to be accentuated whilst the fringe is cut blunt and straight. The style is then blow dried with a salt spray and dusted out with powder for a natural matte finish.

Hair styled by: Gareth Clark at Gareth Clark Hair For Men Ltd.

The Brighton Boyzone

Down on the South East Coast it’s like the Noughties never happened with a distinctly Nineties boyband vibe taking centre stage. Think Boyzone at the height of their powers!

The look is…. Soft, gunk-free and all about the fringe.

How it's achieved... The look is achieved by simply sweeping the hair from one side to the other and spraying a small amount of Goldwell Unlimitor spray wax on the hair while it’s still wet. After allowing it to dry, hair is brushed through to soften the feel and create a natural-looking style, while a second light spray of wax gives some hold. A longer fringe is essential for this style.

Hair styled by: Erik Lander, Erik Lander Education.

The Sugar Hut Shuffle

Could it be that Essex Boys are actually swapping their high-maintenance ‘dos’ for something a little simpler and more conservative? Looks like.

The look is… Old school and classic, smooth and slick and a little bit Fifties.

How it’s achieved… Not just old school in look, this classic style and traditional is created with old school skills too: entirely with scissors – even down to the tapered neck. Everything is keep smooth ‘n’ slick with the help of using a big dollop of Layrite Pomade, ensuring both hold and shine.

Hair styled by: Joe Cartmel, Cartmel barbers.

The Northampton Natural

Eschewing the height of the pompadour or severity of a crop, lads in Northamptonshire have been asking for something altogether more romantic.

The look is…Soft and natural with a touch of public school foppishness.

How it’s achieved… The sides are kept on the longer side of short, keeping all the length through the top, which is curled with styling irons. The style is then finished with a smudge of Hairbond Distorter to pull it out and make look slightly disheveled.

Hair styled by: Lynndy Rolfe at Hair by Lynndy.

Midlands Stamping

The pompadour might still be popular across the UK but guys in the Midlands are moving it on and are stamping their own style on it.

The look is: A disconnected Pomp.

How it’s created: Key to the look is the creation of a short, sharp disconnection, with plenty of length and texture through the top and buzzed sides, separated by a tramline. The whole style is finished off with a little Hairbond Sculptor to add a gloss finish.

Hair styled by: Lynndy Rolfe at Hair by Lynndy.


About the BBA

The British Barbering Association (BBA) is the leading association for the barbering industry in the UK. Supporting barbers, male grooming salons and men's hairdressers across the country, the BBA works with government-appointed organisations and agencies to ensure the development of high-quality training and qualifications that meet the industry's needs.

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