As with all hairstyles, a horseshoe is just a "look." It was popularized by the military, and is typically associated with the US Marines, though it is now categorized as "eccentric" and no longer is allowed under Marine regulations.
It's the ultimate flattop.
I wear a rather severe flattop every day, shaved on the sides and back at all times...and I tried a horseshoe last summer. Of course, it depends on the person and the confidence with which it is worn, but as a style it did not look trashy. But, BOY does it take the right person to look good with a 'shoe. Mine wasn't bad, at all.
Sadly, the barbershop where I got mine is about 100 miles away, so it's impractical to go regularly. And, frequent maintenance is necessary for a cut that short.
Here's a photo of a friend of mine. He has one of the best horseshoe flattops on the net. He *always* looks good sporting his 'shoe, but it has to be cut every 3 days to stay this crisp.
I haven't read through all the posts on this thread yet so I don't know if this has been discussed, but I'm growing my hair out to continually donate to Lock of Love (or a similar organization). Ultimately my hair is going to have to get longer than long enough to donate so that once it's cut I don't have to start all over with the growing process. What are some manly haircuts/styles that would leave a man with long hair not looking like a woman?
Impeccably kept, flawlessly maintained, simple pony tail.
Paul Adrian, as the Highlander. I know...cheesy show. But I always thought he pulled off the look rather well.
And, by the way, BRAVO for supporting Locks of Love. A dear friend of mine is suffering from cancer, right now, and while she's not a child, it touches my heart in a very special way when someone is willing to donate, charitably, like this.
Chris....I think you're doing exactly what you should be doing. There's nothing worse than a guy who is slowly loosing his hair, and he lets what is there grow out more. It kinda depends on the person, but in general, cutting it short or shaving it is preferable. Besides, bald is in right now....and it looks good on you!
Once you become incapable of growing hair up on top of your noggin, it doesn't matter how old you are. (I'm only 32 and am at this point). Your options are pretty much limited to the combover, the shave, the horseshoe, or the skullet.
You gotta match your haircut to your facial hair when you get to this point. Ergo, I shave my noggin every couple of weeks, while letting my chin make up for it.
Manly hair cut = worn by a man not just a male. If you gong is bald, and you're a man, it's manly. Yeah, you said gong.
Mine is effectively almost shaved off....
During summertime I have a very short haircut. 4 or 6 mm at the sides and the neck... above a bit longer.