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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shu Uemura: Hair Today, Not Gone Tomorrow

After far too many years of military buzz-cuts and shaved heads, men are literally letting their hair down. The first sign was a sprouting of mustaches and beards on every twenty-something male in New York City's trendier neighborhoods, followed by a parade of young models from around the world brushing bangs out of eyes before turning to gaze at the camera.

One of our favorite groomers, Lorenzo Martone (sent to us by Link NYLA), is a hair stylist extraordinaire with an almost-frightening knowledge of beauty products: call it an occupational hazard. To create effects as varied as the sweeping locks and modified Mohawk of these handsome lads (dna models Michael Elmquist, left, and Michael Whittaker) Martone recommends Fiber Lift Protective Volumizer, Shape Paste Sculpting Putty and Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray by Shu Uemura. If you hurry, there's time to stock up for holiday fêtes. Assuming, of course, you've already grown out your hair.

Photograph: Michael Stratton. Grooming: Lorenzo Martone. Michael Elmquist and Michael Whittaker: dna models. © Fashion As a 2nd Language & Michael Stratton.