MEN: How Do I Choose A Hairstyle That's Right For Me?
By Dana Cristina Straut
Fashion blogger/writer /editor at FashionTag
When my brother walked around last month with a massive head on him, due to his overgrowing and overflowing dark mane, everyone was struck by what a difference a haircut does on us. That, and also we were urging him to get it cut and styled, cause who walks around with a massive head on a ripped body? (you're welcome bro. It runs in the family though.) So the poor kid rushed like a headless chicken to the grooming salon to finally get the best hairstyle. The only problem was: 'What haircut should I get? How do I chose a hairstyle that's right for me?' he kept asking, sick of having done the same ol' haircut in years.
Now, if I had a quid for every time a man asked that question, let's just say I'd be writing this from my luxurious yacht in St. Tropez.
But is every male specimen wrong to ponder on this hair issue? Certainly not. A great men-hairstyle can do wonders on him. It speaks tons about his style, it pulls his look together, it emphasizes his outfit. It's the most subtle yet striking thing, (aside from their personality of course). But with millions of cuts, hair textures, and hair trends the - 'How to chose the right hairstyle?' still remains the most pertinent question really.
Since two years ago the world of men-looks has exploded into a few men's hairstyle trends that have become quite iconic for our times: from long hair, to men's short hairstyles, to men buns, to the pompadour, to the buzz cut, all the way to the ubiquitous undercut, which I happen to think is still the most flattering hairstyle on any man (with variations of styling and length) - ALL are, or were at some point, the IT look.
How to choose the right hairstyle? Now that's the million dollar question. Ding! Ding! Ding! Two words: contrast and balance.
When identifying the best hairstyle for you it's crucial you first identify: 1) Your face shape, and 2) Your hair texture.
Because lads, truth be told, it's always better to rock a hairdo that fits you like a glove, rather than one that's trendy but MEH on you.
Let's divide and conquer now, shall we!
- The right hairstyle for YOUR FACE SHAPE.
OVAL face shapes are considered the ideal, although I happen to think when it comes to men, angular face shapes tend to look more masculine, but who the hell cares what I think, right? I thought so.
An oval face looks best with a classic short cut: short on the side, and slightly longer on top, either with a side swept part or not. The trick is to not wear your hair down on your forehead, but backwards, to avoid making your head round. Creating some angles and volume on top can sharpen the face a little bit. I'd even go further and say a man-bun can look great on an oval face shape. Long hair as well, at least in theory. And of course a variation of the undercut.
With ROUND face shapes you have to create the illusion of height and angles, so keep your hair really short on the sides, and longer on top, as to create height, and length to the face. A messy v-cut hairstyle on top will do wonders.
Always go for a side part to create the illusion of a more angular face shape. Men with round faces could go for long hair, BUT they would have to keep it in a side part, and layered to contrast with the roundness of the face.
Avoid buzzcuts and bangs as they tend to round the faces.
The blessed ones, with the SQUARE face shapes (or so they say), can brag about it. After they're done bragging they can pretty much play with any haircut, even softer looks like the classic old Hollywood Cary Grant style for example, or the opposite, long hair.
The best haircuts in this case would be: a classic undercut, a slicked back hairstyle that's perfect for all occasions (from office hours to party time), a messy disheveled look (which is great for curly hair), or a buzzcut. If you're the lucky bastard here and wish to do something else than the above, please know you can. Bangs and deep side parts look fabulous and quite high fashion on a square face.
TRIANGLE face shapes or DIAMOND face shapes always look best with - contrary to belief - shorter on the side, more volume on top haircuts. Think Jude Law for example. I'd even say buzzcuts look great with such face shapes. Bangs can look great, a side swept hairstyle, a deep side part can be easily pulled off.
YET not all is pink in paradise and figuring out your face shape may not be enough of a step in finding the right haircut for you. Next...
- What's your hair texture?
Wavy hair tends to look best with most haircuts cause it has volume and movement. And if you wish to wear it long, it'll probably look amazing, although personally I'm not a fan of long hair on men. Buuuuut, to each their own. Besides, what the hell do I know anyway?
Straight hair, if thick might tend to look spiky so avoid wearing it slicked back for example, unless of course you've styled it for hours and tamed it perfectly. Use a lot of conditioner to make it softer and easier to play with.
Thin straight hair looks best in a simple short classic cut, sort of a tamed version of the undercut.
Curly hair can look absolutely great as an edgier version of the undercut, OR as a longer hairstyle, that's got a bit of disheveled vibe to it. Think Adrien Grenier. *sigh* You can also go rockroll here and channel Lenny Kravitz. Or, of course keep it classy and elegant like Justin Timberlake, Denzel Washington, or even James Franco when he's all groomed up.
Another tres importante tip is to always have a photo of a look you'd love to emulate on you when you're going to get a haircut, and talk to your stylist about it. They might not give you that look per se, but they'll keep it mind and adapt it to your face shape and hair structure.
For RECEDING hairlines, you can cheat the balding and the years a little bit by letting your hair longer on top and styling it in a messy way to create the illusion of more hair. Think Jude Law for example. Or, you can be brave and wear it slicked back.
The braver ones might just go and get a Jason Statham buzz cut and that's just bloody hot.
Aside from intense stares and sexy smiles, I'd say a beautiful head on a man is celebrated with a brilliant haircut. The power a great haircut holds on a man's style and confidence, is incredible. It's always the haircut that I feel sets the tone for a man's style. A handsome boy in a shirt with rolled up sleeves and jeans, is just a boy. But if the boy in question is rocking a great haircut he's gonna look ten times better in the worst outfit ever.
At the end of the day it's all about swag and doing what you love not what's fit for you based on some rules. Looks matter tons, true that, but personality and overall style... now that's something the best hairstylist can't help you with. Hair grows back. It's all about having fun with looks and fashion.
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