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?

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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.

I prefer a sort haircut, too.

Neck and sides shaved, top a bit longer...

like this:

Glad you're open to going short. A lot of younger people aren't. You've got a very youthful face, and a military type cut could give you a bit more "cred." A high n' tight is a pretty strict cut, and shows dedication and has an aura of badassery, but it may be a bit too severe at first. The picture above of Chris Evans is a decent starting point if you've never worn short hair. Or tell the barber 4 on top, taper a 1 on the sides. Short, but a bit of spiking length on top.

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:

True, if you wanted to "rip the band-aid off" and go for it, a high n' tight fits any face shape, and looks badass, to boot. And if you've never had really short hair, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how great it feels.

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!

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