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The Classic Male Hairstyle

By: Scott McBride - Updated: 28 Feb 2013 | comments*Discuss
Hairstyles Back And Sides Classic Short

Hairstyles come and hairstyles go, but by far the most enduring is the classic short haircut. It is easy to maintain, versatile and smart-looking. This hairstyle is always in fashion and is the conservative choice of professional men the length and breadth of the country.

Creating a positive first impression can be vital in business, and a classic short hairstyle can make that easier to achieve. It promotes a clean-cut, energetic image and it complements a smart suit, shiny shoes and nice watch – all of which can determine how a man is perceived.

This professional or businessman’s cut is typically left long enough on top to be either brushed back off the forehead or parted. The back and sides can be cropped with a razor or cut with scissors if being left a little longer, but the hair is usually tapered and cut around the ears.

Graduated Style

The top should be cut with scissors and layered in a graduated style with the layers longest at the top of the head and tapered to a square shape at the back of the head. To craft the layers, pull individual strands out from the scalp with fingers and then layer with scissors. The fringe is trimmed to a respectable level and sideburns are optional, but tend to extend to around the middle of the ear.

Variations of the classic short haircut were the norm prior to the 1960s and, although the popularity of short hair waned as the trend for longer styles began in the 60s and continued into the 1970s, the short style survived and started to become more prevalent again during the 1980s.

Of course, there are countless variations on the classic short haircut, and one of the main advantages of such a style is its versatility. During the working week a simple wash and comb can be enough to maintain the style. Perhaps add a dab of a gel, working it into the hair with fingers before combing, as this will ensure the hair stays in place throughout the day.

A Look for Every Occasion

At evenings and weekends the use of styling wax or gel can add shine or change the look and hold it. By creating spikes, sweeping the fringe back off the forehead or messing up the top for a bed hair look, it is easy to find a suitable style for every occasion. The classic short haircut works well with straight and wavy hair and can look good regardless of hair colour.

So it can be worn with every hair in place or can be tousled for a more casual look. Long gone are the days when a man had to choose between a short haircut and no haircut at all, and the classic short cut can be modified to suit an individual’s needs, with different textures and colours. This haircut will firm up a softer jaw line and accentuate a square face and it suits most men, particularly those keen on a professional appearance.

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