Gareth Gates Medium Straight Hairstyle

Gareth Gates Medium Straight Hairstyle

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Gareth Gates made quite an impression at the 2009 Laurence Olivier Awards with this wicked hairstyle. His layers were razor cut to maintain wispy edges all over and were styled out in different directions for a fantastic finish. A little wax or moulding cream will keep this style in place.


  • Hair Category: Alternative
  • Hair Length: Medium
  • Hair Elasticity: Straight


  • Gender: Men
  • Face Shape: Oval, Oblong, Heart, and Diamond
  • Hair Density: Thin/Medium
  • Hair Texture: Fine/Medium
  • Age: Under 21, 21 - 30, and 31 - 40
  • Height: Short
  • Weight: Thin/Average
  • Glasses: Suits with and without


  • Styling Time: 20 minutes
  • Products: Wax, Smoothing Shine, Lacquer, and Straightening
  • Styling Tip: Use the straightening iron to give your hair a dead straight finish.

Styling Steps

1 . Apply Straightening Balm

Squeeze a small amount of straightening balm into your palms and then rub your hands together before smoothing the product evenly through damp hair.

2 . Use a Straightening Iron

When straightening your hair, first make sure that your hair is completely dry. Then, section your hair off starting from the back/nape using a comb. Straighten your hair starting from the roots and working your way down to the ends using your comb as your guide. Make sure not to leave the straightening iron in one spot for more than 3 seconds. For more information about straightening techniques click here.

3 . Wax the Back of Hair Out

Using wax and your fingers grab the mid-lengths of your hair and then drag it out and upwards for a full and messy result. Remember not to overdo the wax or your result will be a flat and greasy style.

4 . Softly Flick Sides Using Wax

Apply a small amount of wax to your fingertips, and then starting about halfway down the hair shaft, pinch and drag the hair in a downward motion before flicking the ends out. Remember not to apply too much wax as it will weigh your hair down.

5 . Spike Top Using Wax

Apply wax to your fingertips, then grab a small section of hair and rub the wax in before twisting and pulling your hair upwards. Repeat in each new section. For longer lasting spikes use a generous amount of hard wax.

6 . Apply Smoothing Shine

Apply a very small amount of smoothing shine to the palms of your hands and then run it through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Be careful not to add any to the roots or a large amount to any section of the hair as smoothing shine can be very heavy on the hair, weighing it down and making it appear oily.

7 . Apply Lacquer

Lacquer is great for strong hold. A small amount is all that is required to finish and should be applied from an arms length distance to the entire style.

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