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 →

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 →

Cool Side Swept Hairstyle of George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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.

A side part with pomade 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 →

How to Do Leonardo DiCaprio Gatsby Hairstyle

Styling Guide for the Gatsby Hairstyle of Leonardo DiCaprio

In the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio wore a classic side swept hairstyle that is also known as a Gatsby hairstyle. Such a hairstyle is what I call a pomade hairstyle as pomade is the one and only product to use to achieve the shape required in a side swept. Other pomade hairstyles include the ever-so-famous slicked back hairstyle and the side part.

The wavy Gatsby hair of Leonardo DiCaprio with a side part

How to get a Gatsby haircut like Leo DiCaprio

The Gatsby hairstyle is a simple hairstyle, in all reality. However, you need the right haircut to be able to get the look correct. Continue reading →