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Different Types of Short Haircuts for Guys

If you don’t ask, you won’t get. And if you don’t know what to ask for you stand very little chance of getting what you wanted.

There’s more choice in haircuts, including very short hairstyles for men than there’s ever been. Plonking yourself down on the barber’s chair and muttering something along the lines of ‘make it shorter’ is likely to result in a style that’s as uninspired as your directions, and you certainly don’t want to end up with a burst fade mohawk when you wanted a slick back undercut! When you go to a hairstylist it’s important to be on top of the terminology associated with modern styles. Here’s a guide to some of the common types of haircut for men.

  • Fade
  • The fade haircut is the most popular way to deal with hair at the back and sides of a man’s head. It involves a close trim with clippers at the base of the hairline with the hair gradually becoming longer as it ascends towards the crown. Fade is sometimes used interchangeably with the term taper, the major difference is that in a taper the hair is generally somewhat longer at the sides.

    If you opt for a fade cut your next decision is where the very short hair starts. You might choose a low, medium or high fade, In a high fade, the hair starts becoming shorter around the temples or forehead, so this is the style that produces the most contrast and drama.

  • Undercut
  • This generally involves having rather long hair at the top of the head, while the sides and back are cut very short and all one length.

  • Haircut Grades
  • How short is short? Barbers grade clipper cuts from 0 to 8, with 0 being the shortest at just an eighth of an inch long. Opt for this all over your head and you have a classic ‘buzzcut’. It’s a smart look with military connections but not ideal if you want to project the image of being a laid-back, easy-going sort of guy. It is easy to maintain though!

  • Crew Cut
  • Another classic look, this involves a short back and side fade with a scissor cut at the top of the head.

  • Quiff Cut
  • Most associated with the 1950s, the quiff, which involves longer hair at the front of the head which is styled forward and up is making something of a comeback. Modern hair products make this style both versatile and easy to maintain.

If Your Hair Isn’t Your Own

One question that often comes up is what sort of hairstyles are best for men using a hair replacement system. If you’ve invested in a high-quality system and it’s been fitted and styled by a skilled stylist, you have lots of options. Here at Cochrane & Co you’ll discover that the most important thing is just the same as it ever was. That’s to find the style that suits your face, your head shape and the image you want to project. You’re certainly not limited with a hair system as we can achieve most hairstyles to give you the perfect look for you!

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