Greetings! I recently was hired on by my local police department, and I am in need of a really short hair cut. The regulations state that an officer's hair cannot go past the ear. My issue is, I have worn my hair long all my life and I have no idea what looks good and what looks bad on my head shape. Any advice?
Pull back your hair, and let us see the shape of your entire face. That would be helpful.
Regardless of the actual regulations, many (most?) police departments encourage military-style haircuts, like a zero buzz, or a high-and-tight. And, given the physical fitness requirements, especially for new officers, the whole "boot camp" look usually works fairly well.
If you want to consult with a barber about specific styles, I'd recommend asking the police, themselves, which barber they use. Often the whole precinct uses a single barber, and he's very good. Whenever I'm looking for a new barber, I always ask for a recommendation from the local police.
Or, instead of slowly working your way shorter and shorter, you could just embrace the new you and "go for it." Sometimes a break with your tradition is the best way to handle it.
Please post the photo I requested so we can see your face, your hairline, etc...we'll be able to advise you better, with more information.
In the meantime, enjoy this bit of classic comedy:
High-and-tight. Nuff said.
Any decision made?
Thank you everybody for all the suggestions. I will upload a picture tomorrow of the cut I got today. I talked with my barber and decided to start with a cut similar to that of the first picture posted by Josh. I'll work with this for a while and then I will get it shorter next time to see how it looks. As far as the cut I got today though, it complies with the regulations fully, and is tactically efficient. I'll post again tomorrow!