Not sure what to ask for at the barbershop? We've got you covered, with a little help from our friends at MITCH. Here are four reliable options that any guy can rock:
It doesn't get much more timeless than the perfect side part. It only takes a minute to comb in each morning, and you'll be looking sharp all day long.
What to tell your barber: Trim the sides and back short with a taper, but leave some length on top. Then add a side part.
How to style it: Rub a little bit of paste into your hair, then use a comb to define the side part and sweep the top back & to the side.. If you've got thinner hair, use a blow dryer to set in the style and add fullness.
The Free Flow
The hardest part of this one is growing your hair out long enough in the first place. But if you've got a long mane and want to keep it neat without lopping it all off, here's what to do.
What to tell your barber: Clean up the sideburns, outline of your ears, and the back of your neck. Leave the rest.
How to style it: Rub in a tiny bit of gel after a shower, then let the hair air dry. If you want a wavy look but your hair doesn't do it naturally, use a towel and scrunch up your hair to set the style.
Short & Textured
An easy tousled look that looks messy and modern, but still office-appropriate. The only tricky part is getting the hair to set up the right way. A cheap hair iron is your best bet, but you can blow dry or just get extra rough rubbing in product if you don't want to bother with the hardware.
What to tell your barber: Keep the sides short, with a few inches of length on top.
How to style it: Stretch the top upwards with an iron so it stays in place as you add product and muss it up. Rub in some matte paste and tousle for a messy, casual look.
This vintage-y style has taken off lately, and looks good on nearly anyone. To keep it looking extra sharp, get a touch up every two weeks so that the sides stay short and faded.
What to tell your barber: Buzz the sides and back very short with a fade. Leave enough length on top to push back.
How to style it: You need a heavy-duty pomade for this one. Rub in a dab of the stuff, then comb the hair back neatly. You can add a side part if you'd like.