Want to look as sexy and suave as Spider-Man star Tom Holland without the acrobatics and Lycra suite? Ruffians Soho – Liberty barber James Hooker tells you how! Our all-time favourite Marvel character Spidey has recently graced the silver screens with a natural swept back scissor cut. Holland’s naturally wavy hair leaves him looking boyish yet sleek enough to swing in and sweep any guy or gal off their feet.
Why it’s hot right now
This year has seen a 90s revival not only on the catwalk but also on the high street. Longer, scissor cut looks are bang on trend, with nudges back to the swept back curtain/ centre parting styles.
What to ask your barber for
When visiting your barber, don’t be afraid to whip out your phone and show the inspiration behind your new cut – barbers, like myself, love a visual cue! From that, your barber can discuss how they can tailor the cut to your individual needs, taking into account your hair type and face shape. If bad signal, lack of battery or interference from Mysterio leave you stranded, explain that you’re looking for a style that can be pushed back.
Sides need to be tapered, keeping the hair just on or above the ear. A fair bit of length is needed on top in order to push it backwards, blended softly into the sides so not to create a disconnected undercut look. Heavier thicker hair will need to be texturised or chipped into to help when sweeping back.
Styling it at home
For styling, firstly towel dry your hair. Depending on your hair type there are a few options for products (if you’re out of web). Thinner, limper hair might benefit from running some Volumising Cream or Sea Salt Spray through towel dried hair. Thicker, fuller hair can be tamed using a styling paste or cream worked through towel dried hair.
If an emergency leaves you with little time, simply add your desired product to towel dried hair and push back with fingers or a brush. More time on your hands, blow dry back, directing the heat at the roots. Start with the sides, wrapping them around the sides of the head. With the top, start at the back- blowing backwards, and work to the front of the heads (continuing to blow backwards). For the finishing touches, add a pomade for a sleek look, brushing back with fingers or brush. If you’re wanting a less formal look, add a bit of styling paste, pushing back and letting it fall naturally into place.
Maintaining the look
Ideally, length wise, you need the sides to have at least a finger width of growth to be able to wrap it round, and the top will need a minimum of 10cm length.
This more natural scissor cut look means that you can probably get away with it being cut every 5-6 weeks, with maybe a quick tidy up in between to neaten up around the ears and to tame those pesky neck hairs.
Remember – With great hair, comes great responsibility!