The Men’s Hair Book Review by a Professional Barber

Reviewing the most-popular book of all times on men’s hair

I’ve been getting some emails asking me to review the book “The Men’s Hair Book”, so I’d thought that, instead of posting my thoughts for only a few to see, it’d be best to post my thoughts on this book publicly. After all, this website is all about getting the best slicked back hairstyles and classic hairstyles possible, and “The Men’s Hair Book” directly touches upon this topic (and a lot more, by the way).

About Rogelio Samson

If you’ve ever been interested in knowing more about men’s hair, then you’d have to be living under a rock to never have heard of Rogelio Samson. Just in case and so as to build upon this book review: Rogelio Samson is a worldwide-recognized expert on men’s hair and he’s the online authority on anything to do with hair for men. I’m a barber and I constantly have customers talk about him, his advice and his two books at our barbershop, including his other book, “The Curly Hair Book”; I personally think that Samson’s contribution to the men’s hair field has been unprecedented and huge, benefiting both customers and male-hair professionals alike.

Initially, Rogelio Samson started a site called “Manly Curls” which was aimed as a blog for his fitness routines as well as his hair-care routines. This quickly developed into many publications of his covering all about men’s hair. Moreover and with Rogelio Samson being a long-haired male with curly hair, he started his online adventures by covering the much-needed niche of curly men’s hair. In the rare case that you may not know who Rogelio Samson is, here’s a video of his in which he shows how his curly hair dries over the span of four hours as a public experiment that he did with the purpose of bringing attention to the many issues of men’s curly hair.

All in all, Rogelio Samson has made a positive impact in the lives of thousands and thousands of men via his words, and “The Men’s Hair Book” is yet one of his many ways to reach said males to let them know of the “right way” to having one’s hair as desired. Continue reading →

Dapper Slicked Back Taper Haircut for Long Hair Guy!

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.

A portrait of a dapper gentleman with slicked back hair and a taper haircut for his medium-length wavy hair

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 →

Long Wavy Hair into Executive Contour Haircut

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 →

From Long Hair to Dapper Slicked Back Hairstyle

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:

A photograph of a young male with an ugly pompadour hairstyle with an undercut haircut

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 →

Keep The Slicked Back Undercut Classic, kiddo!

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.

An excellent hairstyle picture depicting the perfect slicked back undercut hair style

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 Military Side Swept Hairstyle with Taper Haircut

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 Slicked Side Part Hairstyle Ideas for Men

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 →

Cool Slicked Side Combover for Men

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 →

Side Swept Hairstyle Guide for Curly Hair Men

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 →

Classic Hairstyles for Men in the 1930s to 1960s

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 →