21 June 2024

Short Hair Inspiration with Jim Shaw

Many male clients are now looking to change up their hairstyle and opt for a short hair look,” explains Jim Shaw. “The objective is to get rid of excess weight within their hair and allow them to feel cooler in the warmer weather.” Here are some of Jim‘s favourite men’s short haircuts. They’re sure to be on trend through spring/summer 2024 and perfection suggestions for your male salon clientele.

Taper fade

Short Hair

Combining two hairstyles in one, the taper and the fade, this is one trend that will be incredibly popular this spring/summer and that looks contemporary and stylish. The hair starts as a taper at the top and then converts into a fade at the bottom. I love to use matt products like pomades and pastes when styling this look to give it a further trendy finish, focusing on the top where the hair is longer in length and adding movement and volume.

The textured crop

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This can be worn in many ways, but I love to pair this with a fade at the back and sides, ensuring they are cut shorter than the top and then add lots of texture into the top section of the hair for that super trendy finish. This also looks great when paired with a fringe for serious ‘cool guy’ vibes. This is also a good choice for male clients who may struggle with their hair thinning as the layers and choppiness within the cut help to provide the illusion of thicker hair. Again, I like to use a matt product like a clay with this look and blow-dry this into the hair using my fingers to separate the hair and work the product through for added texture and movement.

Buzz cut

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The buzz cut is a classic cut and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon! For clients looking for a low maintenance style, that requires no styling, this look is a perfect choice. Following the appointment, book your client in for regular visits at your salon/barbershop to ensure the style always looks clean and uniform.


Short Hair

With spring/summer events in full swing from festivals to weddings and races, the comb-over is always a favoured look for men who are looking for a sophisticated hairstyle choice. I love to pair this with a low skin fade to give the hair a statement, contrasting look, and then style with volumising products to enhance the look further. Again, this is a great choice for clients with thinning hair/bald patches, helping to disguise these areas and draw attention into your best facial features instead.

Ivy league

Short Hair

Like the crew cut, the Ivy League haircut features short, tapered sides and back with slightly longer hair on top. It also involves combing the hair to the side and back. This provides the hair with a more sophisticated, polished finish. This is another look that is great for any upcoming spring/summer events where men want to look put together, but it can also be left more messy and edgy for day-to-day for a more relaxed and casual look too. The key to this look is to ensure the side parting stands out. Styling and products are therefore essential. I like to use a fine comb and blow-dry the hair to help create the statement side parting whilst also increasing volume and then apply a pomade or wax to keep the style in place.


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