SPREAD OF THE JEDHEAD; Jedward, Voted off the X-Factor This Weekend, Are the Most Obvious Proponents of the Sticky-Uppy Look -- but the Style Crosses Boundaries of Age, Gender, Sexuality and Taste, Says Nick Curtis

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SPREAD OF THE JEDHEAD; Jedward, Voted off the X-Factor This Weekend, Are the Most Obvious Proponents of the Sticky-Uppy Look -- but the Style Crosses Boundaries of Age, Gender, Sexuality and Taste, Says Nick Curtis


Byline: Nick Curtis

AS TEMPERATURES go down, hair goes up. The hottest tonsorial trend for the winter is for erectile barnets -- product-stiffened locks that make you go "lawks", quiffs that stand up to be counted. "Sales of men's grooming products are rising across the board, and hair products are getting more advanced and more accessible," explains Melanie Hills, marketing director of the men's salonspa and grooming company Gentleman's Tonic. "Men are getting more careful about what they put on their hair, and also more diligent about using products."

True enough, but the remarkable thing about the new skyscraper 'dos is that they cross boundaries of gender, sexuality, age and even taste. Tonedeaf X Factor performing-monkey twins Jedward may be the most obvious and extreme proponents of the sticky-uppy look, but more stylish versions are currently swaying atop the bonces of the world's most chic and desirable.

Twilight star Robert Pattinson favours a tousled version of the lofty quiff in keeping with his status as a vampy teen-idol outsider. Fashion designer Henry Holland's is a couture two-tone number, dark at the roots and blonde at the spiky, ceilingbrushing ends.

Girls are also in on the game. Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud has been known to sculpt her signature blonde mane into an upswept coxcomb, possibly to stop it dangling into her beer glass. La Roux has a quiff as high and sleek as the prow of an ocean liner: it started out, she says, like Rick Astley's, but now she likes to think "it echoes Young Americans-era David Bowie". Rihanna continues to channel Grace Jones's style -- if not her music -- with her impeccable and imposing carbumper of a barnet.

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