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ELLE Man: 4 haircuts to try this spring

Evaan Kheraj Author: Elle Canada Credits: Evaan Kheraj

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ELLE Man: 4 haircuts to try this spring

Fades, close shaves and undercuts are de rigueur at the Good Day Hairshop in Toronto.

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“Men aren’t spending five dollars on a simple haircut from down the street; they’re into barbershop culture,”explains resident barber Matt Harrison. They also want a scene that’s “fun and unpretentious,” adds co-owner Tegan Mierle.

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In other words, the perfect setting for our shoot this month. See the slideshow below for all the looks.

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Grooming

Barber Matt Harrison lines up the edges of Shaun Archer's "businessman's cut." READ MORE: Male-envy makeovers

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Good Day Hairshop

Located at 32 St. Andrew St. in Toronto. READ MORE: Charlie Hunnam is ready for his next chapter

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Instagram inspiration

Inspiration for Good Day’s space came from Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr. There’s even a #selfie wall at the back to document your fresh new crop. READ MORE: Chris Pine talks facial hair, friendship and fragrance

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The hybrid fade

Christopher Wadsworth, 31, Guest Coordinator for The Marilyn Denis Show. HAIR RX “We gave Chris a basic fade, taking it from a level 0 near the ear line up to 0.5 near the hairline,” says Harrison. “It’s all about making a gradual fade and working with the shape of the head, because every head has ridges in different places.”—Matt Harrison, Barber. Chris’ take: “I was doing the topknot for about five years and recently cut it—I was fed up with having my hair down in my face. I used to be over 100 pounds heavier than I am now, and I was still hiding behind my long hair. When I cut off the sides, my face didn’t look the same—my cheekbones popped and my jaw structure came through. This cut works because it looks clean and presentable, and suddenly I look like I’m on trend. Hair is a cyclical thing; you get to the point where you want to try something different. But really this just suits my face and my bone structure.”] READ MORE: 10 pieces to upgrade your blue jeans this spring

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The classic taper/businessman's haircut

Shaun Archer, 29, Retail Manager HAIR RX “The thicker the hair is, the harder it is to move in any one direction because it starts curling on itself,” says Harrison. “We thinned out Shaun’s hair with blending shears, which allowed us to shape it more easily. Instead of fighting the curls, we worked with them; instead of curling back on themselves, they became waves.”—Matt Harrison, Barber. Shaun’s take: “I prefer my hair shaved on the back and sides because it’s quite difficult to manage when it’s long all over. Letting it dry naturally was something I didn’t have much experience with; I’m used to manipulating it with product and heat tools. I usually have a very faint, messy part, but I really like the deep side one that Harrison gave me.” READ MORE: Why Sid Neigum is the Canadian designer to watch right now

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The beachy man bun

Taylor David, 34, Creative Jacksmith HAIR RX “Man buns used to be kind of a novelty,” says Harrison. “But so much has changed over the past few years. Taylor can tie up his luscious locks and it looks acceptable from day to day. When he wants a different look, he can still let it down and feel like he has a bit more freedom.”—Matt Harrison, Barber. Taylor’s take: “I’ve had my hair this length for more than half my life. I trim it every two months, but I only cut a tiny bit off. I think of it as beachy and pirate-y. I use any old shampoo, but for con­ditioner I look for ones containing argan or macadamia oil. I call the colour ‘Caribbean ombré’ because I mix lemon and pineapple juice and let it lighten under the sun. The man bun has always been my thing—I’ve been doing it for over seven years.” READ MORE: Spring style with Jonathan Bernier

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The new pompadour

Jovic Howland, 30, Recruiter HAIR RX “We shaved Jovic’s hair with a level 1 razor near the neckline and tapered it to a 1.5 near the occipital bone,” says Harrison. “We left a bit more length on top, so when you slick the hair back it gives it that pompadour effect. We blow-dried everything upwards and then backwards. Because his hair isn’t wavy, you can push it in any direction you want.”—Matt Harrison, Barber. Jovic’s take: “I like to keep my hair quite natural. I use a little bit of pomade and gel mixed together and then blow-dry it after that to get some extra height. I generally try to keep the sides shaved because my hair grows really fast and outward, and since it’s straight, it’s hard for me to pull it back. When I lived in the suburbs, I had a generic bowl cut. But now I’m living in a hipster neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, so I want to reflect that a little more.” READ MORE: How one man moved on from his signature scent

By: Katherine Flemming Source: Evaan Kheraj Credits: ELLE Canada

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