mens tapered look

The men’s look that’s dominated the trends for the last few years has been a prohibition-era inspired disconnected shape: super short sides and back, longer disconnected top. What’s kept the look fresh season after season is variations in styling. We’ve seen it slicked back, brushed to the side, tousled, and now elevated. Gelled or waxed, roots lifted and ends flicked back, creating shape that adds a little eighties influence to the twenties inspiration for a look that’s part dapper and part skater. Pair it with a denim jacket or a fitted suit. –– Laura Martin

Step: Begin with a disconnected cut that is graduated up to just above the parietal ridge for a lean silhouette. The front length should fall to the tip of the nose and gradual blend back to a slightly shorter crown.

Step: Cleanse daily with sulfate-free gentle shampoo and conditioner and towel dry thoroughly.

Step: Apply a handful of hair gel, slicking in from front hairline, working through top Comb hair forward then use fingers to push up and back into a wave. Blast roots with a dryer for 30 seconds to set. Finish with a quick spritz of holding spray.


Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.


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