The haircut row: German hairdressers are unhappy with well-groomed soccer players

The barbers association is upset that the players got trims despite salons being closed.

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The players were seen with 'shaved partings, hair at the neck and temples trimmed down to a few millimetres, clean contours, which only professional hairdressers with professional equipment could have done'. (Representative Image)
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COLOGNE, GERMANY: German hairdressers are protesting that the country's soccer players look suspiciously well groomed amid the lockdown.

A national trade association for hairdressers and barbers published an open letter to German soccer federation president Fritz Keller on Tuesday saying they believe many players have had recent trims despite salons being closed since Dec. 16.

There are strict restrictions in Germany on visiting households during the latest lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving many ordinary citizens to choose between shaggy locks or uneven do-it-yourself cuts.


But the association said it has seen players with "shaved partings, hair at the neck and temples trimmed down to a few millimetres, clean contours. Haircuts which only professional hairdressers with professional equipment could have done."

Soul Patch, Anchor Beard & Handlebar: Men, Ace Your 'Quarantrim' Look!
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The extended lockdown means it may be a while before you drop by your closest barber/salon. But that’s no excuse to not be well-groomed. A host of celebrities are switching up their looks and opting for home haircuts, courtesy their spouses. If you’re in the mood to try your hand at a home haircut, here are a few tips.

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Mumbai-based celebrity hair stylist Aalim Hakim (in pic) believes that no professional hairstylist would advise that you cut your own hair while in lockdown. However, if your hair keeps getting into your eyes and you are in dire need of a trim, here are some quick tips to get your haircut and beard style right:

Gather your tools: a pair of scissors, comb, mirror and a towel.

Pick the right cut for your face: Finding the right hairstyle for your face is half the battle won. Hakim recommends that those with a round face should keep the sides a little sharp and add a little length on top so that their face looks more elongated and sharper. Similarly, keep the back short and sharp. Those with a thin, lankier face should try and keep hair longer on the sides to cover their ears and the rest of the hair floppy so their face looks more oval/diamond-shaped.

Dampen your hair prior to cutting as it is important and makes it easier to cut. Post this run a comb through it to keep it inline.

A large mirror is preferable while you do this. If you don’t have one, ensure you lean in closer to the bathroom mirror. Keep checking the mirror while you cut your hair. Once you have your desired look, stop.
Mumbai-based celebrity hair stylist Aalim Hakim (in pic) believes that no professional hairstylist would advise that you cut your own hair while in lockdown. However, if your hair keeps getting into ..
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When it comes to beards, however, celeb hairstylist Hakim believes the lockdown is the perfect time to experiment with a new look. Some of the styles he’d recommend men try are the anchor beard, a french beard, a soul patch and a handlebar moustache. He shares some step-by-step guidelines for each:
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- Using your scissor and comb, bring down your overall moustache length to about 1/5 of an inch. Keep it longer at the edges around your mouth

- Start defining the shape of your handlebar moustache by following your lip line to the corner of your mouth and trimming in a downward direction. Create clean edges and tidy up any stray hair around your handlebar moustache

- Create a neat parting with rounded edges in the middle of your handlebar moustache

- Give yourself a clean shave on the cheeks, chin and neck, taking extra care around your moustache

- Comb and re-shape the ends of your moustache by twisting the edges around your fingers into a curl you like
- Using your scissor and comb, bring down your overall moustache length to about 1/5 of an inch. Keep it longer at the edges around your mouth- Start defining the shape of your handlebar moustache by..
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- Start shaving by moving inwards from the side locks towards the centre leaving the beard around the mouth and chin area including the moustache

- Smile to check the desired line for the French beard. Imagine a line that runs from the sides of your nose down the corner of your lips and shave everything in between that line and your ear, leaving the hair around the chin and moustache

- Make sure the moustache and chin remain connected creating a square or round shape depending on the face shape

- You can switch up this look by experimenting with different lengths
- Start shaving by moving inwards from the side locks towards the centre leaving the beard around the mouth and chin area including the moustache- Smile to check the desired line for the French beard..
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- Use scissor and comb to even out your beard hair length

- Wash your face with hot water or apply a hot towel on your beard as it will help soften the facial hair as well as opens the pores

- Apply a shaving gel or foam and massage it in a circular motion all over the face and neck area to condition the skin for a smooth shave

- To achieve this look, the soul patch and goatee at the chin will be connected to create an anchor shape. The corner of the anchor should hug the jawline of the face. Keep the length and shape as required

- You can keep your moustache in a pencil-shaped or a pyramid-shaped disconnected with your anchor beard

- Give yourself a close shave

- After finishing, wash your face with cold water and apply aftershave lotion or balm to close your pores and soothe the skin
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- Clean shave your entire face while leaving a small downward-facing triangle of hair below your lower lip that extends to a small spot above your chin

- Your shaving strokes can be in a downward direction from the sideburns to the chin going through your neck

- If you need an extra close shave you can use your strokes in an upward direction against the grain of your hair

- Try different lengths with this look. A short soul patch can be barely noticeable while a long one can create an air of mystery
- Clean shave your entire face while leaving a small downward-facing triangle of hair below your lower lip that extends to a small spot above your chin- Your shaving strokes can be in a downward dire..
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The association said the players' actions are encouraging people to convince barbers to cut their hair illicitly at a time when most hairstylists are losing out on much or all of their income.

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"Resentment is growing toward perfectly-styled soccer players, and as a consequence toward calls from customers trying to persuade (hairdressers) to do black market work and to break the rules, for example with home visits," the association said.

In June, the German soccer league fined Borussia Dortmund players Jadon Sancho and Manuel Akanji after they were among a group of players accused of having home visits from a barber.

Trim, Shape & Sculpt: How To Style Your Beard Like A Pro During Lockdown
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As homes have become de facto offices, a number of cozy wardrobes - from pyjamas to yoga pants to sweatsuits - are catching on in isolation. And it’s not just the clothes leading the comfy charge. With limited access to barbershops, it’s become perfectly acceptable to don facial fuzz during a video meeting, within limits.

The same way you need to mind the hair on your head for a flattering style, you also need to tame your beard. If you’re stuck for inspiration or just need a guiding hand, here are a few tips to make sure that even in lockdown, your beard stays sharp.

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If you’re trimming your beard for the first time by yourself, it’s going to take a trim or two to find the most flattering length. Always start with a higher guard length to be certain that you don’t trim too much away. You can’t undo a too-short style but you can always shorten it on a second pass, if needed.

If you’re trimming your beard for the first time by yourself, it’s going to take a trim or two to find the most flattering length. Always start with a higher guard length to be certain that you don’t..
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While growing a beard, it might be tempting to let your beard grow any way it wants but that can give an unkempt look. Trimming loose stray hairs as it grows will not only prevent a disheveled look but it will also help sculpt your beard into its stylized place.

A great way to do this is comb out your beard in the direction it grows before cutting to remove any tangles. If you’re not growing a moustache, trim the hair that grows over the lip area - – this immediately gives the appearance of a neater beard while in the growing stages.

While growing a beard, it might be tempting to let your beard grow any way it wants but that can give an unkempt look. Trimming loose stray hairs as it grows will not only prevent a disheveled look b..
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Once you have the ideal length, it’s time to sculpt. You need to know where to draw your beard boundaries. However, getting the lines right can be tricky. Stick to the natural growth pattern around the cheek area.

Try not to cut into too much of the beard hair as this may result in further maintenance as the beard grows. Use points of the ear and nose area to ensure your beard is symmetrical.

One expert recommends that if your sideburns are overgrown, trimming down this area will reduce puffiness around the face. Additionally, trimming the neck area will do wonders for giving you a chiseled jawline. Start from the middle of your neck and work your way out on either side to help with symmetry.

Once you have the ideal length, it’s time to sculpt. You need to know where to draw your beard boundaries. However, getting the lines right can be tricky. Stick to the natural growth pattern around t..
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