My hairstyle from a most up to date picture
(which was in the fall time so not really...) a side part such as the one below was reccommended to me in a different forum (StyleForum)
My question is do you guys agree with the hairstyle? OR What other hairstyle do you think would suit me best?
Keep in mind this is for a retail fashion career at Harry Rosen/Hugo Boss/Banana Republic and the like
NOTE: i went for a undercut slick and I couldnt tell if it was good or not so i didnt bother slicking back constantly anymore. I wana wax instead of putting on goopy gel that compresses your hair into lumps
Hairstyles need to fulfill a few expectations. First and foremost they need to compliment your self concept. If you style it in such a way as to impress others but feel it is disingenuous to who you see yourself as, you'll never feel comfortable in it and this can keep you from peek achievement.
The above needs to be tempered against practical realities. I was in college when I came across a woman who was tearful because she didn't get a sales job. Naturally her job would consist of customer interaction. This woman wore,aside from several facial piercings, a blue Mohawk. I couldn't help but wonder how she ever expected to land that position in the first place!
Finally, once you have identified the style that compliments both you an your circumstances, stick with it for a while. Nothing says, "I don't know who I am!" like drastic style changes every few weeks.
Then let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a man with purpose always trying to get done what needs to be done. I am in college for IT but already have capital in the energy/telecommunications and Internet marketing businesses due to relationships. I wish to pursue them until I get to a point where it will be appropriate to go full time. I don't care much about "getting girls" at the moment because I am focused on the present in order to claim my dream business and global presence in the energy market. Communications is my passion, PR, Marketing, Public Speaking, Customer Service, etc, as my mentor likes to say "Service to many equals greatness." I would like to keep myself going with a job in customer service/fashion/jewellary retail to supplement me, my skills and experience. I don't have time for distractions.
Your questions tell us several things about you, and your photo tells us more.
1) Your style is "tragic hipster," and you're actively trying to follow fashion trends. (pull up your pants)
2) Your concept of a masculine haircut has less to do with what is flattering, and more to do with which celebrity is cool. Like when you said that you had tried the Hitler Youth undercut...it's fashionable, this week, but is truly flattering on very few. In fact, its "look" relies on unskilled barbering, especially poor blending skills.
3) You're open to using product... In fact, you almost seem fixated on it. Product should be used, generally, only to *finish* your hair, not to glue it in place. The best hairstyles are the ones that don't even really need product to stay in place. The goal is not a "hair helmet."
So, let's start at the beginning. Haircuts, vs hairstyles.
A haircut is the cutting of the hair. Yeah, I know it's basic, but it's a starting point. The haircut establishes a basic shape, and creates an underlying structure. Short sides and back, long bangs...that sort of thing.
A hairstyle is what you do with your hair. This is where you use product, styling waxes, and change its direction, volume, and all those little details. For example, if you have bangs you can comb them to the side. You can brush them back. You can spike them up. You can comb them straight forward into a "fringe." But, the *cut* doesn't change just because you changed your hair's direction.
Now, the purpose of a hairstyle. Each of us has good and bad points, when it comes to our appearance. The goal is to balance those elements out, and have it result in a harmonious appearance. The goal, for men, is to enhance the squareness of the brow ridge and the jawline, which enhances your appearance of masculinity. I know, it sounds caveman, but it works.
So, your goal is to find a haircut that enhances your best features, minimizes or distracts from your weak features, and overall balances out your look.
Simple. Look at the shape of your face...and only your face.
The rule of thumb is to choose a hairstyle that is opposite your face shape. I'll use myself as an example. I have a very round face. So, I should choose something "square" as a hairstyle. That could be a pompadour...which I wore for years. That could be a flattop (extremely square) which I wear now. But, the squareness offsets the roundness, and balances everything out. It's just like choosing eyeglasses...you go for the opposite.
So, what shape is your face? That's a good place to start.
1) First things first, lets focus on the hair for now.
2) Let me make it clear that its wasn't my picture. That image was posted for me on another post by somebody else to show an example of a "scuffled side-part." This has nothing to do with celebrities.
3) I'd rather not have to constantly apply product.
I whole heartily appreciate the advice, I've tried this face shape concept before and couldn't pinpoint one shape.
1) Fair enough
2) If you tried the Hitler youth haircut, you're following fashion, rather than evolving your own style. This was my point.
The "manliest men" do their own thing, and aren't afraid to stand out.
3) Excellent. I'm delighted to hear that.
So, what shape does your hair naturally take? Mine requires absolutely no product to stand straight out, so clipper cuts are good for me. Your hair looks like it lays down...does it lay down, naturally? What direction(s) does it go?
Post a face shot, if you don't mind. Straight on. Let's see if we can figure out what shape your face is, so we can progress from there. It's not the only way to do it, but it's the best way to start.
2) This is the haircut I've had for most of my life (variations of it).
Thats how my hair naturally grows, like a bowl down from all sides or a mushroom top (photo above)
This picture I have another haircut. Can't remember where I got it, I like it better
Thank you again for all the help, this is what this website is made for, self-improvement into a MAN
From that photo, your face looks very square. What does your hairline do?
Notice, in this photograph the sides of your face are nearly vertical. Your jaw is strongly horizontal. And, your hairline, I'm guessing, is fairly horizontal, too. You could be square, or rectangular/oblong, but either way it's squarish.
That means you need to focus on round shaped hairstyles. No wonder you liked that one...it's rounded.
One thing that tends to look more mature is a different, more grown-up hairstyle. As you said yourself, you grew up with your mushroom cut, so I'd suggest something very different yet classic, like a short back and sides. A medium businessman's taper would be rounded, more mature, and appropriate. Do you *want* a side part?
It would be very similar to the original posted photo...is that Frankie Munoz?
You might consider something more like this one...it's got whitewalls, but is a blend of what is current (tight taper, almost an undercut) but blended with a more traditional businessman's cut. A very classic look...
Oh, and one last thing. Have you ever been to a barber? Supercuts is not a barbershop. It always surprises me how many young men have never been to a proper barbershop.
The experience is quite different.
I want whatever looks good on me. I love the photo you posted. I've been to a barbershop but I never knew what to tell them, I know nothing about hair and you've taught me a lot. This has always been a problem for me.
The celebrity photo is Zach Efron
Would I just take the photo you posted to the barber? or...?
Just saw the thread and the above picture while browsing: What does undercut and tight taper mean? I wouldn't mind my back of the head looking like that if I could help it.
Tight is a term, commonly used in barbering, to mean "really short."
Tapering is a gradual shortening of the hair from one length to another. Often, tapering is used to shorten the hair as it approaches the hairline, specifically on the neck. On the photo, above, notice how the hair tapers, seamlessly, from the long hair on top to the shaved whitewalls on the sides. A beautiful job of blending.
And an undercut is a specific haircut style which is currently on trend. Traditionally the sides and back are shaved, or at least clippered very very close, providing a contrast to the MUCH longer hair on the top. "Hitler Youth" is another term that is commonly used to describe this cut, but one which some find offensive.
The undercut is very popular, this season, with the hipster crowd. They think they're being fashion forward by wearing a hairstyle popularized in the 1920s.
You could probs rock that style imho