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Carmelo Guastella Talks Men’s Hair

4 Aug
Carmelo Guastella

Carmelo Guastella

Men’s Hair Trends

Carmelo Guastella came to my attention early last year, although when I looked at his portfolio, I realised I had been admiring his work without knowing it was him for some time. If you follow men’s fashion, you are likely to have seen his work also. Carmelo has been featured in the majority of the leading men’s magazines since his move from Italy to London in 1999, including GQ, Esquire, L’Officiel Homme Brazil and Men’s Health to name just a few.

A hairstylist and authority of men’s luxury grooming, Carmelo is highly respected and rightly so. GQ named Carmelo as their Barber of Choice, well deserved recognition for a man who has forged a strong and impressive career. His career started quite young, as a nine year-old in Sicily as a barber’s apprentice and has continued with thirty years experience behind him. He has worked with some of the major players in the men’s luxury grooming industry including The Refinery, Gillettte, Unilver and Dolce & Gabbana. Carmelo was also appointed International Ambassador for Dove Men + Care Shave Range. His expertise in working with high profile individuals has not gone unnoticed with Robert Downey Jr requesting Carmelo to work with him in Avengers: Age of Ultron after being recommended by Sacha Baron Cohen, whom he had previously worked with for the Sweeney Todd movie in 2007 and styled for a portrait shoot a few years earlier with great David Bailey.

Carmelo predicts a growth in men’s interest in their image, some of which we have already seen and while somewhat slow, he predicts it will continue to steadily grow. This attention to self image in a social environment, alongside the more professional side in the workplace is great news. I personally think taking pride in your appearance is quite rewarding. Sharing his views on the latest in men’s hair trends through his observation of the most recent fashion events, as well as the wonderful streets of London which are full of inspiration, Carmelo references the trend in longer hair for guys, in particular length on top. Of course, he goes on to explain, “Your stylist needs to take into account a variety of factors, including age, hair type, profession, face and head shape, in order to achieve the perfect fit.”. Carmelo talks of three strong trends, The Rise of the Curls, The Versatile Fringe & Quiff and The George Clooney Haircut.

Rise of the Curls - Carmelo Guastella

Rise of the Curls – Carmelo Guastella

Curls at D Squared

The Rise of Curls at D Squared

The Rise of the Curls

Carmelo talks about the rise of the curls which I am excited about. Maybe it’s because I have straight hair and the opposite fascinates me. Whatever the reason, it’s great to hear Carmelo speak of this trend.

Carmelo explains, “More men are moving away from the short back and sides and are now embracing their curls or waves. You need a good hairdresser/barber who understands your features and your hair in order to create a great shape.

This is a perfect look for guys with wavy or curly hair, grow your hair to a medium length and let your hairdresser sculpture what suits best your face shape, this is all about the natural looking waves or curls minimal products. This type of hair will be popular moving away from the buzz cut and instead showing your healthy looking hair.”

Hair Trends - Carmelo Guastella

Hair Trends – Carmelo Guastella

Oliver Cheshire in Reiss

Oliver Cheshire: The Versatile Fringe & Quiff

Oliver Cheshire in Reiss at Richard James at London Collections Men SS2016

Oliver Cheshire: The Versatile Fringe & Quiff

The Versatile Fringe & Quiff

Carmelo has referenced Oliver Cheshire for this look, the versatile fringe and quiff. Seeing Oliver at the recent London Collections: Men last month, I agree with Carmelo on this, a great look and one men will easily relate to.

“I have combined the fringe and quiff in one category because if the haircut is done properly, it can be styled both up, down on the forehead or somewhere in between. There is no perfection like we have seen in the past with neat side parts or perfect quiffs but we will see more dishevelled and natural styles. The length of top is about 10-12cm and the sides 1.5-2cm the cut is achieved with clever cutting techniques to create soft texture and minimal usage of styling products which enhances the natural texture of the hair without giving a greasy look.”

George Clooney

The George Clooney Haircut

The George Clooney Haircut

I’m all for anything George Clooney, so this sparks my interest for obvious reasons. Carmelo references the George Clooney haircut as one of the important hair trends for men.

“I am seeing a rise in the George Clooney age category interested in improving or changing their hairstyles which they have had since they were kids. We know men are creatures of habits and this category is definitely looking for a change.

Still a long way to go as many men of this age still don’t care much about their hair opting for cheap haircuts which are noticeable, the George Clooney men age category will slowly break their habits opting for more stylish haircuts and learning how to style their hair.

Walking around London I notice guys with expensive cars, nice suits and a Rolex, but the haircut lets them down, you can notice the action and marks of the clippers the short sides are not blended well with the hair on top or the clipper has followed the head shape, the hairline is not natural all these are signs of a quick haircut.”

Carmelo Guastella at work

Carmelo Guastella at work

Exclusive Q&A with Carmelo for TMHS

I was fortunate to meet with Carmelo on my recent travels to London. We had a great chat over coffee and he showed me around the spectacular South Kensington Club which he talks about further below. Carmelo is such an interesting man, with a wealth of experience and a strong passion for what he does.

TMHS: When I met with you recently, you spoke of using scissors when you are cutting hair, rather than using clippers. Why is the use of scissors so important when cutting men’s hair?

CG: My philosophy is that the way a man chooses to style his hair is the ultimate expression of his personality. The reason of rarely relying on clippers, using scissors and comb instead is to enhance the client’s natural features, the haircut retains its style and shape for at least four to six weeks, and up to four months for longer styles. The scissor haircuts fall into place after washing, with minimal styling and products. Using scissors and comb is an art form.

Carmelo Guastella at work

Carmelo Guastella at work

TMHS: You are quite well groomed yourself. Who looks after cutting your hair?

CG: Thank you for the compliment. Being in the men’s grooming game does not mean I am a total vain individual, but I do look after myself, image is so important nowadays. I don’t have a one person that cuts my hair, I know exactly what I want and most of the time I cut my own hair, yes its possible and I may ask a colleague to fix the back of my head which I find a bit difficult myself.

TMHS: Tell me more of what you will be doing with the South Kensington Club. It is a beautiful place!

CG: I will be the South Kensington Club Barber making sure the Members look sharp, adopting my experience in Image consultant: Expert in men’s hairstyles, beard, stubble, wet shave and skin.

Carmelo Guastella at work

Carmelo Guastella at work

TMHS: Where can men go to have you look after their grooming? Best ways to contact you and also social media links.

CG:
carmelo@carmeloguastella.com
www.carmeloguastella.com
Twitter: @CGuastella1 @Best_Barbers

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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George Clooney, Brad Pitt & Matt Damon

6 Aug

What a month July was for TMHS on Instagram! It was a fun month and I found some great people to follow during this time.  I’ll have to start sharing my favourite Instagram accounts so you can check them out too!

So our Top 10 for July for TMHS was a shining #1 for George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon from the Oceans Eleven days.  A great image that showed them having a great time, laughing, fooling around and looking spectacular.  Others seen in the top listing are Justin Timberlake, the stunning models in Dolce and Gabbana at London Collections: Men walking on the street, a young Leonardo Di Caprio, Aiden Shaw in a toned down image of the bright green Gucci suit and Robert Downey Jr.  James Dean, a luxurious Porsche 911 Carrera S, a very stylish dog in a top hat and bowtie and a close up of a tuxedo.

Don’t forget to follow TMHS on Instagram – @themanhasstyle – and tag @themanhasstyle on Instagram to give me a heads up on any images you think I might like, I keep a look out but do miss a lot of good images, especially those showing your own personal style, so tagging TMHS will me help see them.

Hope you enjoyed July as much as I did.  Here are the Top 10.

George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon || Oceans Eleven

George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon || Oceans Eleven

The Dog Has Style!

The Dog Has Style!

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Tuxedo style

Tuxedo style

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Porsche 911 Carrera S

James Dean

James Dean

Aiden Shaw in a toned down image of the Gucci bright green suit

Aiden Shaw in a toned down image of the Gucci bright green suit

Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr

Young Leonardo Di Caprio

Young Leonardo Di Caprio

The models at London Collections: Men in Dolce and Gabbana on the streets of London

The models at London Collections: Men in Dolce and Gabbana on the streets of London

 

 

June Instagram Love!

2 Jul

TMHS has moved from our Weekly Top 5 on Instagram to our Monthly Top 10!  And to kick it off, June was a great mix.  Brad Pitt from way back as well as the more recent Chanel campaign, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Ryan Gosling in Gangster Squad and another in a tuxedo, Kanye West, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, George Clooney, the Dolce and Gabbana men in the latest Spring Summer 2014 collection and a stunning statement from Dashing Hounds.

I had my head immersed in the Spring 2014 collections released over June.  What a spectacular time it was too. I’m still going through all the images, so much to look at and I keep finding more details I love from them.

There are some fantastic interviews coming up too with some inspirational people which I can’t wait to share.  I had so much great feedback from the stories I did on Artist, Nick Batchelor and Stylist & Designer, Caz Little from Dashing Hounds.  It was such a pleasure to share there creative pursuits with you all.

I am also on the look out for new designers and artists that I can share with everyone on TMHS.  If you have a new collection for your brand, a house you have designed, an artwork you have created or you are a model that wants to share your images, or anything you feel will fit into the visual aspiration TMHS please send through an email to themanhasstyle@outlook.com with your contact details, a few images and a little about what you do – or what you recommend.

Here are the Instagram pics you loved the most in June.  And don’t forget to follow TMHS on Instagram – @themanhasstyle

Dolce & Gabbana :: Spring 2014

Dolce & Gabbana :: Spring 2014

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Kanye West

Kanye West

Jay Z & Justin Timberlake

Jay Z & Justin Timberlake

Ryan Gosling :: Gangster Squad

Ryan Gosling :: Gangster Squad

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling

George Clooney

George Clooney

Dashing Hounds : Every lady loves a gentleman

Dashing Hounds : Every lady loves a gentleman

Justin Timberlake :: The Man Has Style

21 May

Justin Timberlake.  What can I say?  He was the most loved on TMHS Instagram last week.  He snuck in on the last day and came in at #1 in our Top 5 for 12-18 May.  A, businessman, record producer and singer-songwriter – this man shows up so many times with style, in particular with the super polished look, bowtie prominent for his 20/20 Experience album, his third studio recording, released earlier this year.  With a follow-up album out later this year it will be interesting to see if he continues on with a similar style attire.

Bradley Cooper, a newcomer to TMHS is the #2 for the week.  In this shoot for GQ magazine the contrast of bright red with the black pants (or is that dark grey possibly), grey jacket and white shirt looks fantastic.  The five button detail on the jacket sleeve along with the double pocket really appeals.

Third in for the week is William and Catherine – or Kate as is most well-known.  Such a gentleman Prince William is and representative of that British tradition that I so love.  I found this image via NYC Trendsetter on Instagram and had to repost!  Check him out, one super stylish man – www.instagram.com/nyc_trendsetter

George Clooney shows his class once more in this image from Outtakes in Vanity Fair.  He comes in at #4.  Lastly but not least at #5 is Marlon Teixeira.  Shot by Marcelo Krasilcic for GQ India May 2013. Marlon wears blazer and t-shirt by Tommy Hilfiger. Fedora by Alexander McQueen. I love the play on stripes, pattern and lines in the blue contrasting against the neutral colours.  This all feels very much a time from the past.

Here are your Top 5 for last week.

#1 Justin Timberlake

#1 Justin Timberlake

#2 :: Bradley Cooper :: GQ

#2 :: Bradley Cooper :: GQ

#3 :: William & Catherine

#3 :: William & Catherine

#4 :: George Clooney :: Outtakes - Vanity Fair

#4 :: George Clooney :: Outtakes – Vanity Fair

#5 :: Marlon Teixeira :: GQ India

#5 :: Marlon Teixeira :: GQ India

* Top 5 images are from Sunday 12 May to Saturday 18 May 2013 (feel free to go and like any of them if you haven’t already!!)

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