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 →

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 →

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 →

Slicked Back Hairstyles in Wall Street

The classic slick back hair of Gordon Gekko

The slicked back hairstyle is one classic hairstyle for men. One movie that I remember best for making use of the slicked back hair style is Wall Street, where Michael Douglas’ hair was in a slick back as he played Gordon Gekko, a bad boy financial trader. Continue reading →