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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
Visualizing a Classic Slicked Back Hair Style
I wanted to show you in this post how the slicked back hair style looks from the top. It’s very important to get the slick back direction right as otherwise you will end up with something similar to a side swept hairstyle.
Now, there’s some room for slicking the hair at a small angle. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with this and some men prefer to leave a small angle. However, don’t style with a big-enough angle that your hairstyle looks to be parted (i.e. side swept) than slicked back. Continue reading →
Get Your Custom Slick Back Undercut
Slicking your hair is just a method, the end result can be as creative as you want it to look. Sure, we have the two main methods of hair slicking: classic slick and modern slick; but you can add your own customization to your own slicked back hair style.
An example of a custom slicked back undercut
See the picture below of a recent slicked back undercut. The hair on the sides and back is clipped to a tight number 3 (common hair clipper number for the undercut) with a little fading at the hairline, but there hair is mostly clipped evenly and thus it falls under what we barbers call an undercut haircut. Continue reading →
The Slick Back Undercut explained
The slicked back undercut hairstyle has been a trendy hair style for men in 2014 and so will it be for 2015. Guys like Michael Pitt have worn this hairstyle though his TV persona as Jimmy Darmody, and other celebrities have too styled a slick back undercut. Continue reading →