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BOOT CAMP FOR HAIR As I sweat my way through a gruelling set of press-ups in the middle of Victoria Park – having signed up for a five-week Les Mills boot camp in a moment of pre-silly season silliness – I thank my colleague Ben for giving me a short, military style haircut to keep me cool and make my post-torture ablutions easier. Summer heralds a need for change and there’s no better way to do this than getting a new haircut. So what’s new for men’s haircuts this summer? YES, SIR Glen, a uni student and regular client, also recently had his hair cut ‘military style’ – an increasingly popular marines ‘high and tight’ look. It’s a short Number 1 clipper cut on the back and sides, leaving slightly longer hair on the top – short and textured, but still blended and faded – not a severe bowl-like line! Glen was quite open about being influenced by TV, magazines and youth culture – think ‘Generation Kill’ - in choosing this style. BACK TO THE FUTURE Look around and you’ll see young men wearing the best of fashion from the last fifty years – leather brogues, retro canvas trainers, slim ties and well-tailored trousers matched with quality hand-made satchels and vintage sunglasses. This nod to the past is matched by a resurgence of the classic short back and sides haircut, as well as the James Dean quiff. I remember asking my local barber for a short back and sides in Papakura in the early 80s as I shed the overgrown locks of the 70s and embraced the post-punk movement. But this was my dad’s haircut – and his dad’s before him – a classic that’s making a serious comeback. It can be swept over to one side with some product or left natural for the young Colin McCahon look.

Whatever you plan for your summer style, don’t leave it till the last minute – queuing for a cut on Christmas Eve will only add to your stress levels. Aim to get your Christmas cut mid-December and go for a change – a new look for the new year. Have a great and safe Christmas – a special thanks to all our regular clients at Maloney’s Barber Shop. (JULIAN MALONEY) PN MALONEYS, 192 Victoria Street West T: 09 379 3060 W:

A twenty-something client, Waldo, has maintained his short back and sides cut for years – partly in order to tame his naturally curly locks – and this complements his understated sense of style, which includes sourcing hard to find vintage denim manufactured in Japan on 1950’s machines – that’s seriously retro. If you’re not ready to relive retro, how about a subtle change with some inspiration from people you see around you each day – the guy who makes your coffee or the latest All Black. My colleague Sue Phelan says, “the faux-hawk has lost its shock factor, and has now just become a haircut of its time, which we will look back on fondly. Have a haircut that is ‘you’ – use our sportsmen as a guide if you like, but remember their look is also defined by their attitude and their tattoos.” “Maintenance is a key factor,” says Sue. “Some styles require a lot of daily maintenance if they are not suited to your hair type, so choose your style depending on how much time you have each day for grooming. Talk to your barber if you’re not sure what will work for you. Remember, they’ve seen thousands of heads of hair.”

52 PONSONBY NEWS+ December 2010


DECEMBER/JANUARY '10/ '11 Ponsonby News  

Christmas issue - covering December and January - news/views and all that is happening in and around Ponsonby

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