A few days ago, I had the pleasure of fixing a very expensive haircut a new client had received in a salon. The haircut was terrible (and he paid $80 for it). The problem is that he thought going to a high end salon for his short haircut would make it better. That's not always the case.
I'm a firm believer that price, or years of experience, are never good criteria for selecting a haircutter -- especially if your haircut is a short, clippered cut. Most salons see short men's haircuts as something they can "fit in" while somebody's color is processing. Conversely, a lot of old barbers have lost their creativity and are just buzzing off hair. How do you decide where to go? Browse my articles on how to choose either a barber or stylist and how to find a new barber or stylist for some great tips on locating the right person for the job of making you look great, regardless of price.
Prom season is here again. For many guys in high school, this will be the most photographed day of their year (next to graduation), so the right haircut is essential. Instead of going with a very trendy style, for these occasions, I recommend sticking with something classic. When you're showing your kids your prom photo one day, you'll want to make sure they see that dear ol' dad had class. Check out my gallery of formal hairstyles for inspiration.
Beards are still a hot trend right now, and they are perfect for cooler months. Growing one, however, isn't as easy as just not shaving. You've got to figure out if a beard would be appropriate, suffer through the rough stages, and keep it trimmed up. If you're thinking about growing a beard, check out my article on how to grow a beard for the right way to do it!
This is the time of year one of my favorite charities, The St. Baldrick's Foundation get's in to full swing. Every March, thousands of men and women across the country shave their heads in a show of solidarity for children who have cancer and to raise funds for lifesaving research. If you're interested in offering up your head, there is plenty of time to get involved in a St. Baldrick's event near you.
The guy in the photo is me, having my head shaved at a St. Baldrick's event a few years ago.
I really love haircuts that combine traditional barbering with modern twists. For Adam's latest haircut, he's working some very aggressively short clipper work on the sides and back, neatly blended into several inches on top. The top has some nice modern texture going on which gives this cut a modern update. This could also be worn in a neat pompadour for variety. Nice. This is a new spin on one of my favorite barbershop classics.
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When it comes to shaving creams, I think I've tried them all. And I am rarely impressed. Lately, I had been using nothing but my trusty Dreadnought Shaving Cream, but I arrived at my barbershop last week and found a tube of Duke Cannon Superior Grade Shaving Cream on my station with a note that said "try this." I did. And I've discovered my new favorite shaving cream. Find out more in my Review of Duke Cannon Superior Grade Shaving Cream.
Over the past several years, men's hair trends have been all over the map, with some guys going buzzed, some going shaggy, and everything in between. We've seen clean shaven faces and big, burly beards. Lately, it seems men just do what they feel led to do and I think that's great. If I had to pick one hot trend for 2013, it would have been the Macklemore inspired undercut in which the sides and back were buzzed up high into a disconnected (e.g. not blended) top. My prediction for the hot men's hair trend of 2014 is that we will be keeping with the buzzed sides and longer top concept, but we'll be moving toward a more aggressively short taper on the sides and back and blended cleanly into significant length on top. Read more in my article on Men's Hair Trend for 2014
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I'm still seeing a lot of the big, bushy and untrimmed beards wandering around. I've still been on the fence about this trend. I think I prefer a clean shave or a neatly trimmed beard. What do you think? Tell us in the comments.
Shaving is expensive. Fortunately, there are a few companies like Harry's and Dollar Shave Club that are knocking out great products with prices the big guys can't touch. A few months ago, I posted a review of Dollar Shave Club. I liked them, but not enough to pull me away from my Gillette. I left my normal razor in a hotel room recently and came home and picked up the Dollar Shave Club 4x razor and I've got to say, I'm liking it more than I did when I wrote the initial review.
I always enjoy getting packages from Rasmus Vilain Albrechtsen and Emil Vilain Albrechtsen. I recently did a very favorable review of their By Vilain Gold Digger Styling Wax and have just received another great product in their Silver Fox Hair Wax Review of By Vilain Silver Fox. Those twins with the impossibly great hair strike again with another home run!