Get the look: LFW Hair
With London Fashion Week getting underway there’s never been a more important time to ensure you’re looking tip-top. With clothing more than catered for by the runway shows, we enlisted the help of celebrity hair stylist, Asgar Saboo (from Daniel Galvin’s central London salon) and asked him to share his top tips on getting our barnet’s looking right for the big week, how often we should be taking to shampoo and the dreaded hair loss. Here’s what he had to say.
Asgar, we all know which styling products we like, but is there an insider technique to applying them?
Firstly, you need a shampoo to declension the hair and scalp and strip away any product build up. Each hairstyling product forms a distinctive texture and style for different hair types. When using a hair was, take a little of the wax and hand rub your hands together until the wax softens up and then apply this to the hair to get the desirable style. The wax will also add shine and keep your hair in place. When using a gel or mousse, put the product in your hand and apply to the hair to create the hair style you want. The difference here is that you can apply bother to wet or dry hair depending on the amount og hair you have.
There seems to be lots of hype at the moment about the frequency of which men wash their hair, what’s your take on this?
This firstly depends on how long your hair is and what products you have had in it. Hair is so different to each person and some hair is short, flat and shiney and they get greasy quickly. Other hair types are thick and dry and dry out from being washed too often. My advice therefore would be to wash your hair ir hair is greasy everyday if needed and if it isn’t greasy, wash it two to three times a week.
Hair loss is a major problem for chaps, what’s your advice on managing receding / thinning hair?
1. Hair loss is something you don’t have too much control over and people will not think less of you because of it. These days many men are choosing to shave their head entirely even if they are not losing their hair. The prospect of wearing a wig should have to be the last resort.
2. There are plenty of treatments for hair loss. The problem with most treatments is that they are not effective enough to produce dramatic results. Very few of my clients who have used various hair loss products rarely see significant results.
3. Diet plays an important role. Too much intake of food which is high in saturated fat, such as cheese and meat, has been associated with male pattern baldness. Asia is a well known example of a population where male pattern baldness was virtually non-existent before the introduction of high fat western diets. Cutting back on such foods is a small price to pay to keep your hair.
4. A product which has seen some positive results is Minoxidil. It is available as a lotion that you rub on your scalp every day. The balding process slows in about 50 percent of men who use it and 15 percent of users will experience hair growth. However, about a third of men do not see any change to their hair loss. Side effects are uncommon.
5. Cutting your hair short on the sides and at the back is almost the best way to minimise the appearance of thinning hair on top.
Asgar Saboo is based at Daniel Galvin’s central London salon. He is best known for his celebrity clientele, his front cover photo shoots for leading print press and his cutting edge, attention grabbing hairstyles.