If you’re someone who likes to keep up with the latest hair trends for men, one style you can’t fail to have noticed is the men’s flow haircut. But what are flow haircuts for men, what type of hair does the flow haircut best work for, how do you style it and how do you ask your barber for the flow? Let’s get into it.
What is the Men’s Flow Haircut?
The men’s flow haircut is also called the hockey haircut or hockey hair. Think flowing locks that highlight what a great head of hair you have. Medium to long in length, most flow haircuts for men are around the three inch mark and the good news is, they work with straight, wavy and curly hair.
What we particularly love about this trend is that the flow cut is all about texture and movement which makes a nice contrast to the neat skin fade and zero fade styles that are also currently popular. Hockey hair is also easy to style and works well whether your dress code is preppy, sporty, hipster, professional or (insert other clothing style here…)
Celebrities with the Hockey Haircut
There’s nothing like a quick Google image search to check out the different types of men’s flow hairstyle and you’ll note that some very famous people are sporting the look.
Bradley Cooper is someone that springs to mind when you think of hockey hair as is Dev Patel. Meanwhile Keanu Reeves, the original poster boy for laid back slacker style has been rocking various flow haircuts for years now.
How to Ask Your Barber for Flow Haircuts for Men
If you’re the type who prefers to frequent a leading men’s barber that is ahead of the curve when it comes to trending men’s haircuts (hint hint…) then your stylist will already know all about the men’s flow haircut trend.
But it never hurts to know exactly how to ask for the cut you want. After all, we’re professionals, but we’re not mind readers! That way you’ll be sure to leave our salons with a spring in your step – and a flowing haircut on your head.
Telling us how long you want your flow haircut to be is a good start, especially if you have long hair and are going shorter. Try to be specific and use centimetres or inches rather than saying something vague along the lines of “shorter but not short short.” As mentioned earlier, three inches is the length of a typical hockey haircut.
Having said that, there are variations on the men’s flow hairstyle and you may choose to go for a short flow, medium flow or long flow haircut. This of course will depend upon the length of your hair in the first place.
– Short flow haircuts are under three inches and can be the same length all over or shorter on the sides and longer on top.
– Medium flow haircuts are the standard three inches and hair is usually cut to the same length all over.
– Long flow haircuts typically start below the ears and can be any length you like. In fact the hockey haircut is a great hairstyle for men with long hair.
As always, whatever hairstyle you’re going for, we recommend that you take a couple of pictures of the look you’re after with you to show your barber. As hairstylists, we’re a visual bunch and being able to see your hair goals in photo format will definitely help point us in the right direction.
We just ask that you try and take into consideration the similarity between your hair type and the type in the photo. With all due respect, if your hair is pin straight and you’re growing out a fade and you bring us a photo of a dude with shoulder length flowing locks, it’s not going to be all that useful to us!
How to Style the Men’s Flow Haircut
So you’ve got hockey hair, but how do you style it once there are a few days between you and the salon? We know achieving salon fresh hair at home can be a lot easier said than done.
However, the awesome thing about flow haircuts for men is that they don’t take a lot of time and effort. The key here is to create movement – or at least, the illusion of movement.
Think natural waves that look effortlessly cool and tousled. And don’t worry if you don’t have naturally wavy hair because this doesn’t mean the hockey haircut is out of bounds for you. There are ways for guys with straight hair to achieve waves without too much effort and this will form a great foundation for you to get your flow on.
When it comes to styling the flow haircut for men, follow these simple tips and then just go with the flow…(sorry!)
– After you’ve washed your hair and it’s still damp, move it back and away from your face to one side, using either your hands or a brush.
– Either let it dry naturally or use your hairdryer.
– You don’t necessarily need to use a styling product, but if you want to add texture we recommend something that still leaves your hair looking natural and moisturised such as the Aveda Men Pure-formance™ Grooming Cream which creates definition and gives a medium level of hold.
Get the Men’s Flow Haircut at Cutters Yard, London
Wanna go with the flow? Book your appointment at either our London Bridge or Southwark barber shops.
We love helping our clients achieve their hair goals and we’re really enjoying the flow haircuts for men trend right now, so if you’re feeling the hockey haircut, we’re the people to come and see.