As a grooming expert and image consultant, one thing I struggle with every day is walking around in public and seeing bad haircut after bad haircut. If this is you, we can fix this. If you aren’t sure if this is you, keep reading! Before I start giving haircut advice, let me say that I have had every haircut by decade: skater, flat top, mullet, highlights, shaved sides, perm… In other words, I’ve lived the good, the bad and the ugly. Here are a few small things I’ve learned that will make a big difference in the life of your hair.
Just because David Beckham is rocking a new style that is shaved on all sides and long on the top doesn’t mean that this works for every guy…
Do: Go with a pro
If you are new to a city or don’t have a stylist, ask around. If you see a guy with similar hair, ask him where he goes. I have asked and been asked; it’s a compliment both ways. Then go in knowing what you want, and don’t always depend on your hairstylist’s opinion of what looks good on you. Having open communication will get you both on the same page and take the guesswork out of it.
Don’t: Fall for the “trendy” haircut
Not every in-style hairstyle is for you. Just because David Beckham is rocking a new style that is shaved on all sides and long on the top doesn’t mean that this works for every guy. He can pull off more daring styles because he is, well, David Beckham.
Do: Assess your situation
Men with good hair can wear modern styles. Unfortunately, many men try modern styles without having the hair for them. Consider your age, profession, hair type and quantity, geography (men in big cities can be a little less conservative) and face shape. Look online or in magazines for photos of men with a similar hair type and/or face shape, then take those pics to your stylist. And be realistic… you know what I mean!
Balding hair looks better cut very tight. Growing it long in back to pull emphasis away from your balding top or, God forbid, cultivating a comb-over, are not acceptable options. The only person you are fooling is yourself; people are laughing behind your back. I am telling you now, cut it tight. It looks cleaner and more attractive. Think Jason Statham.
Do: Steer clear of gimmicks
This should be obvious by now, but no barbers or any place where flat-screen TVs and girls in bikinis or referee outfits are the main draw. These are great ways… of distracting you from the bad haircut that is taking place on you.
Richard Maloof is an author, grooming expert and image consultant. For more about his work, visit richardmaloof.com.