From short and choppy to the mid-fade cut, these looks will always make a guy look good.
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These days, there are few, if any, standard rules that apply when a man is getting himself together in the morning. Investment bankers are rocking beards. Hipsters are keeping it clean and wearing suits. Man makeup is really a thing—seriously—and it's growing in popularity. All this is to say that the status quo for manly style isn't what it used to be—and we're better off because of it.
With all these new options on the spectrum of masculinity, we have decided to help narrow down some of easiest and best ways to knock out one of the most daunting—your hair. To help you choose the best cut for your hair type and preference, we looked to Amy K., a cool gal we love, who happens to be AXE Hair Celebrity Spokestylist. When the heroes of Hollywood—like Eddie Redmayne and Ryan Reynolds—need to look their best for high-profile events, they turn to her. (You'd be surprised how much most guys love getting their hair done). So yeah, she knows a thing or two about finding a style that works, and making it work fast.
On or off the red carpet, these 10 stylish hairstyles will keep you looking your masculine best. If you like these—or ANY hairstyles you see—take the photo to your barber or stylist. It's actually a major help to them, simply because it gives them a reference point to understand what you're talking about when you're describing how you want your hair to look. That said, understand that your hair may be a different texture or thickness from your ideal cut. Don't sweat it—just be willing to go with the flow and rock your own modified version.
What to Tell Your Barber: Keep the sides short—1/2"—and clean around the ears and back. Keep at least 2" on top for the height needed to style.
How to Style It at Home: Clean and classic, this look requires an easygoing product like a cream. Apply with hands, raking through from front to back and use a comb to create a clean side part. Then take the comb and, starting at front (roots), comb and lift up and back for some height.
What to Tell Your Barber: Keep the sides short (1"). This is best cut with a scissor and comb and keep some length on top.
How to Style It at Home: While your hair is still wet, apply a pomade like AXE Clean Cut Look Classic Pomade or a fiber product to add shine and definition. Apply product liberally throughout your hair with a back-and-forth motion with both hands. (Alternate your hands front to back.) Slighting pushing the hair to one side, the end look should be a bit messy and undone.
What to Tell Your Barber: Ask for something like the short-and-choppy cut, but make sure to keep some length in your bangs. (This shows you the versatility of the haircut.)
Get the Look: With a matte paste like AXE Messy Look Flexible Paste, use your hand in a raking motion from roots to tips to break up the hairstyle (adding texture). Instead of pushing hair back off the face, however, let the hair lay across your forehead for a more relaxed, undone look.
What to Tell Your Barber: This look requires length for the hair to lay down properly. If you're growing your hair out, just ask your barber to barely trim the front and sides and take a bit more off the back as that area grows faster than the rest. You want to keep the style in proportion and stay away from mullet territory.
How to Style It at Home: While your hair is wet, use a product with shine and a strong hold like a pomade. You can use a comb to evenly distribute the product and create a clean slicked back look (no part needed).
What to Tell Your Barber: Fades can offer a variety of length and this one falls somewhere between a low and high fade haircut. Feel free to experiment with a cut that works well for framing your face, but ask your barber what they think will work best for you.
How to Style It at Home: Fades might seem simple, but anyone who's tried to pull it off knows they take great technical skill from a barber. It's important to find a really good one who can wield an electric razor with mastery. Fortunately, it's a low-maintenance look.
What to Tell Your Barber: You want to keep the length on top and a bit in the back with the sides laying slightly over the ear. You need a little length for the looseness and relaxed feel of this look.
How to Style It at Home: Work with the natural texture and wave of your hair (if you have slightly curly hair). Amy suggests first using a cream, like AXE Natural Look Understated Cream, while your hair is damp. Then blow dry to set the hair and add a bit of fullness to the top. Next use a paste to the top and sides to add some separation and hold.
What to Tell Your Barber: To get this slightly edgy and undone look keep the sides shaved and faded to at least 4" of length on top. This style is jagged and textured and may require a razor cut on top.
How to Style It at Home: This hairstyle should look undone and lived-in. Plus, you want lots of volume on top. To achieve this, use a dry shampoo or texturizing spray to create that "grip" or "sceond day" (read: unwashed) look to your hair. You can use a matte paste to rough up the ends and create that texture.
What to Tell Your Barber Stylist: Forgo the barber with this look and find a great stylist who understands that bohemian, rock 'n' roll, lived in look. Ask for subtle layers throughout and face framing layers around the face.
How to Style It at Home: Use a texturizing salt spray and diffuse or blow dry on a low setting to create those undone bends and texture. Finish with an oil or a paste to separate and add weight to the ends to eliminate poofiness.
What to Tell Your Barber: This look is for that guy with wavy to curly hair. Amy suggests cutting this style while your hair is either almost dry or completely dry—since curly hair appears longer while wet, a stylist might be tempted to chop too much off if it's wet.
How to Style It at Home: While hair is wet apply a cream to smooth and add definition to the curls. If hair is extra curly add some texturizing salt spray which will help the hair from getting too poofy. Let hair air dry or use a diffuser to set the curls. It's important to let the curls be and not run your fingers through as this will only make it big and frizzy.
What to Tell Your Barber: This is a great style for guys with curly hair as it works with your texture and not against it. Keep 2-3"" of length on top, a bit of length in the back and hair slightly falling over the ear on the sides.
How to Style It at Home: Use a cream while your hair is wet to define those waves and curls. Let hair air dry and slightly break up the curls with your hand by scratching your head at the roots. You want to create a bit of a controlled messiness with this look so pick and choose which curls to undo and not all over.