From unruly long locks to a medium slick-back taper haircut
If there’s one single thing that I love as an old-school barber, then that’d be cutting long hair and turning an unruly mane of locks into a dapper head of tresses. It doesn’t matter how you slice it (or cut it, pun intended): long hair doesn’t belong on the head of a male who wants to be a stylish gentleman.
Right, I understand that we’re in the 2010s and that men have lots of hair products and hairstyles to pick from, but, if you’re after a timeless hairstyle, then a medium length haircut with a classic tape haircut is your ticket to awesome-ness.
Cutting long hair into an awesome slicked back mane with a taper cut
So, as said earlier, long hair is “out” if you want to be a dapper dude while slicked back hair with a taper cut is definitively “in” for a gentleman look. Of course, I do understand that not every male on this planet wants to slick his hair as a classic slicked back style since a flat hairstyle doesn’t suit all face shapes. Continue reading →
Going from long wavy hair to a dapper executive haircut!
This isn’t something new on my site: I plainly dislike long hair. If you want a classic gentleman’s look, then look no further and cut your hair while keeping it slicked. Even if you have long wavy hair you still have lots of medium men’s haircuts for your lengthy curly tresses, and today’s example is no exception.
What is long hair and medium length hair?
If you aren’t aware still of what’s long hair and what’s medium-length hair, then allow me to quickly tell you the hair-length scale that I use and that has been of use to many average folks after it was published on The Men’s Hair Book: Continue reading →
Cut your long hair and get a gentleman’s slicked back style
With the current hairstyle trend of long hair, I’m seeing guys who are just growing their manes long just for the sake of looking like the next guy. This, in my opinion, goes against the core of being a man, as a man is supposed to seek his own path in life and stand up from the sheep-thinking behavior that plagues society nowadays. Hairstyle trends are the same, and, while I may joke about bleached slicked back hair here in this site, I always advise my hair salon customers to strive for a look that suits them and with which they feel most comfortable in.
I also advise my hair salon customers to avoid clown hairstyles like this one:
Back to the basics with the undercut for a dapper look
Just as I may joke around with some of the newer silly men’s hairstyles that seem to crop up every couple of months, I will also admit that I am biased towards the classic hairstyles for men. After all, I’m a barber, and even though I own a unisex hair salon and we get plenty of modern hairstyle requests from our customers, I always advice our male customers to, when in doubt, always err on the side of caution and go for a classic look instead of risking their manes. In fact, wearing a classic hairstyle has been shown time and time again to be a winner with good-looking classy women. Continue reading →
Ruining the slick back undercut with a bad haircut and hair
I’ve recently seen an increase in the number of men with the slicked back undercut. Now, this would not be a problem normally, but I am seeing how the hairstyle is being bastardized and blended with some “modern” touches that turn this timeless men’s hairstyle into one ugly monster style. Call me old-fashioned, but, as a barber, I just can’t stand the bastardizing of classic men’s hairstyles like the slick back undercut.
The timeless slicked back undercut
Once upon a time, back when none of us were even future human projects, men would slick their hair back so as to look like men. You see, in the 1920s and 1930s, men would slick back their hair and sweep it to the side so as to complement the, what I call, “gentleman look“. A two-piece suit combined with spit-polished shoes and flat slicked back hair, all blended with a calm, noble, mannered and charismatic personality. Men like these were the so-called “alpha” males in society back in the 1920s, 1930s and all the way up to the 1960s, and women would flock to these gentlemen as if they (gentlemen) had that “milkshake” from that stupid song from some stupid artist who sings something stupid along the lines of:
My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard…
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The classic side swept style with taper and the military
The military has been an excellent source of great classic hairstyles for men. A buzz cut, which is a common hairstyle name in the military for very short hair, is more of an umbrella term for many hairstyles such as the crew cut, the undercut and the Ivy League. Thus, as a barber, I’m a fan of going through history textbooks and films from the First World War and Second World War and noticing the military haircuts of those eras and how they related to the civilian population.
Many times, the haircuts and hairstyles used during big wars became popular among civilians as military males returned from the war once it was over. Such a trend wasn’t just limited to men’s hairstyles, other trends such as riding motorbikes or wearing leather jackets were sparked by the big wars (most notable, World War II) as civilians were quick to pick up on those rare (until then) clothing and grooming elements of military males once the war had ended. Continue reading →
5 hairstyle ideas for your slicked side part hair!
Together with the slicked back hairstyle, the slicked side part is an excellent hairstyle for men wanting to blend a modern look with a classic look. While back in the 1930s the hairstyles were very flat and swept with plenty of oil pomade, nowadays we do have water-based pomades that allow for the parting of the hair in a slicked-yet-natural manner. However, the classic high-shine slicked side part is still popular these days, and you can always alternate your side part between a high-shine slicked side swept and a more natural side part.
So, with the above said, I’d like to give you 5 ideas for slicked side part hairstyles illustrated with barbershop pictures. Let’s begin! Continue reading →
The side combover as a classic mens hairstyle
The combover hairstyle (aka comb-over) has gotten a bad reputation over the years as it has been the preferred hairstyle of balding men. As an example, Donald Trump is best known for his combover hairstyle, which he keeps insisting he wears it because he likes it and not because he’s balding. In any case, when we hear of the combover, we tend to associate the hairstyle with rat’s nests and greasy hair. Continue reading →
How to style a classic side swept with curly hair
One of the most-common hairstyle problems for curly hair men is styling their curls in a side swept hairstyle. My barbershop clients with curly hair complain that’s it’s close to impossible to slick their curls either back or to the side. And I do agree with them, for curly hair is too loopy and curved to be able to give you a smooth hair slick; however, that doesn’t mean that you cannot style curly hair in a side swept hairstyle. Continue reading →
A look into the 1930s to 1960s men’s classic hairstyles
If you have been following this site, you will know that men in the 1930s to 1960s were the epitome of classic men with equally classic hairstyles. Slicked back hair was one of those classic hairstyles, as so was the traditional side swept style.
With both the slicked back hairstyle and the side-parted swept style, the hair was cut with a short to medium taper haircut, leaving just-enough hair length on the top for combing. On average, men in the 1930s to 1960s would wear their hair at the 3-inch length mark on the top, while the sides were tapered very short. Oil based pomade or hair tonic were the most-popular hair products for men in these decades — as opposed to now, when men have a huge variety of hair products available to choose from. Continue reading →
George Peppard’s classic hair in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
George Peppard was an American actor whose role as Paul Varjak in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s made him a popular name and actor (he co-starred alongside Audrey Hepburn). In Breakfast At Tiffany’s, George Peppard’s hairstyle is a classic side swept hairstyle with some angle (i.e. not completely perpendicular with the parted line). This type of mens hairstyle is what I like to call an angular side swept hairstyle, and it’s very similar to the Gatsby hairstyle, only that the angular side swept tends to be styled with shorter hair compared to the Gatsby hairstyle.
The side swept as well as the slicked back hairstyle were very popular hair styles in the ’50s and ’60s (Breakfast At Tiffany’s was released in 1961). Continue reading →