Hair, although we may take it for granted, does so much more to a man than just warming his head. Hair is a powerful statement; it is transformative. Hair trends can be beautiful and good for a brief second, but no trend could match the longevity of a classic hairstyle. Always stylish, our top six picks are anything but passing fads. These are style staples and here is our list of the best ways to achieve them.
1. French culture
The French harvest is classically famous because it is so simple. There’s not much hair to distract from your face, which is why it’s worked so well for many generations; it’s minimalist. Synonymous with the “Caesar cut,” the French crop features shorter sides with similarly cut closures. Incredibly versatile, it is a balanced haircut as there is not too much distinction between the hair on top and the hair on the sides of the head. Consider your hair texture when going for the French Crop. If you have fuller, thicker hair, ask your stylist to cut the ends more strategically to add dimension. So, what face shapes does a French Crop work favorably for? Well, rectangular faces need shorter hairstyles to distract from a long face, so this haircut is perfect. Oval-shaped faces, as well as diamond face shapes, can also handle the shorter proportions of French culture.
How to style French culture
- First, make sure your French Crop is cut in a way that complements your hair type – this will make styling easier. Let your stylist know your hair type and desired length, then work together to make sure the length matches your face.
- Determine how you want your hair to sit. A traditional version of French culture is to style your hair towards the front of your face.
- Dry your hair when wet, working the hair dryer and a comb or round bristle brush in the direction you want your hair to sit. Keep your clothes dryer away when doing this.
- You’ll want a smooth, medium-hold finish, so work pomade or a reliable hair clay in the direction you previously dried your hair.
2. Smooth return
Slicked back hair is elegant and a statement, but it is classic nonetheless. It works well when the hair has grown out, but it’s just as easy to achieve with an undercut. Our ultimate style inspiration for slicked back hair? Johnny Depp in Cry Baby, where Depp’s locks have been combed with a shiny finish. Be warned – some hair types may not hold a slick as well as others. Incredibly thick hair is harder to work into a sleek style; it’s usually easier to perfect when your hair is fine; Just make sure you have enough volume to handle the glossier products that can be worked on. The slicked back hairstyle is ideal for those with longer rectangular faces, but is also perfect for men who possess the ever-versatile oval face shape.
How to style the slick back
- Backcomb your hair so that when you slick it back, it’s not too harsh. It will also make your take on this classic hairstyle much more versatile.
- Using a decent pomade that has good hold and some shine (the oil-based ones will do), work the product into your locks.
- Continue to comb the hair towards the back of your head. Everyone’s hair has a different texture, so experiment with what you think suits your face shape and hair type.
- If you want extra hold, use a strong hairspray to keep your locks in place all day.
3. Side part
Whether it’s the side parts of the 20s, 40s, 60s, or whatever contemporary versions you identify with, the side part might just be the most versatile and iconic classic hairstyle of all time. Ultra-refined or textured adaptations are great, and these versions showcase the beauty of this hairstyle – it can look as mature or as youthful as you want it to be. This is how to approach your cut. For a more modern interpretation, work with longer proportions at the top and significantly shorter sides. If you are looking for something a little more structured, a side part is also well done with shorter hair. Shiny finishes work wonders for a nod to the past, and matte finishes are an updated revival of classic hair styling. Whether rectangular, diamond, square or round faces, the side part is a great idea.
How to Style the Side Part
- Determine which way your hair naturally grows. This will help you decide which way you should part your hair. Run the corner of a comb along the natural line where your hair falls – this will allow you to be consistent with your part and your style.
- Use a firm hold mousse or pomade and work the product accordingly into your strands, using your part as an indicator of how the hair parts should fall. Use your fingertips as a makeshift comb, keeping your hair neatly brushed with the pomade.
- Run a comb through your locks for more precision and hold. If your hair is thinner, you should try to maintain more volume, so stick to your fingers.
- Top off with a bit of hairspray for added longevity to your side part.
The pompadour has been around since times as early as the 18e century in France, where the style gained popularity with both men and women. Denoted by heavy top sections of hair that are combed back and away from the face (contrasting with distinctly shorter sides), the pompadour has seen a contemporary revival. Whether it’s Elvis Presley in his 50s projects or Justin Timberlake virtually anywhere today, this style reads fashionable no matter what era. Men with oval, triangular, and round face shapes are encouraged to try the pompadour, as the style is complementary to the facial proportions they possess.
How to Style the Pompadour
- Towel dry your hair so it doesn’t get too wet.
- Dry your hair while combing it and away from your face.
- Using a strong pomade, work your product in starting at the sides and working your way up to volumize the top sections of the hair.
- Use a comb if needed, but focus on running your fingers through your hair for a textured finish.
- Finish with strong hold hairspray to set your pompadour.
Whether it’s sports, politics, or just about anything pop culture related, the banana has cemented its position as a hugely popular classic hairstyle for men. Similar to the pompadour (which generally emphasizes more distinction between the sides and the top of your hair), the banana is created by using the product before and after blow-drying your locks. For references, think Don Draper in Mad Men or Bruno Mars on a Grammy red carpet. Our favorite reference? Vintage movie star James Dean, who kept things textured and dimensional for his movies. Oval, square, heart and triangle face shapes should feel comfortable with the proportions of a banana to complement their face shape.
How to Style the Quiff
- Work in gel or mousse to cleanse towel-dried hair
- Dry your locks up and away from your face, tilting your hair to one side. Use a round bristle brush and comb your hair to mimic the direction of your hair dryer. This will allow you to achieve a smoother finish.
- Spray a good amount of hairspray, making sure your hair is well combined.
6. Buzz Shot
Even more minimal than the French Crop, a Buzz Cut has been stylish for decades because it ensures your face is the center of attention. Most men can easily identify a trendy haircut, and common knowledge tells us that it must display an incredibly short length, where the hair is cut with a razor very close to the head. Also known as the “induction cut”, this haircut was the traditional initiation ritual for new army recruits. In a modern context, however, those who want to go all the way and shave their heads need to be mindful of their face shape. Moderate cuts tend to fit better on gentlemen with square or oval face shapes, as the dimensions of these shapes may support little or no length. What’s best with a Buzz Cut? There is virtually no maintenance, making it a completely simple operation.
What is a classic men’s haircut?
A classic men’s cut is a cut that is elegant, timeless and suitable for the man who wears it. Classic styles include French cut, slick back, side part, pompadour, banana, and a buzz cut.
How do traditional men cut their hair?
Guys with a more traditional style are likely to rock a classic haircut, like a slicked back, side part, pompadour, or banana. These styles are all traditionally sophisticated, elegant and masculine. They also suit most face shapes, giving flattering definition to every man.
What is the most popular hairstyle for men?
Some of the most popular styles right now are the undercut, cropped back and sides, fades, slick back, and pompadour.
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