Do you get uncomfortable trying to tell your stylist what type of short men’s haircut you prefer?
Here are some tips on how to talk about getting a new look:
1) Learn some basic terminology: Taper, Block, Fade, Layers
(We also found a great terminology guide here that has some pics: http://www.ftmguide.org/haircuts.html)
– TAPER: Looking at the picture above, see how the hair moves down the head from longer to shorter to nothing? That is what we call tapering. This can be done with clippers but can also be detailed and perfected with shear over comb or other techniqgues. It leaves an undefinable difference between hair and the neckline.
-BLOCK: When a barber or stylist asks you if you like the back “blocked off” it means there is still some hair bulk that can be cut so there is a definable line at the hairline.
-FADE: This refers to the technique of blending the different lengths as it is tapered. Otherwise, you can see obvious differences between the lengths. For example, if the hair was not faded like in the picture above you could see heavy weight lines from the bulk that has been left.
-LAYERS: This refers to the act of using scissors to remove weight from the hair. This technique can help blend longer hair down into shorter, more faded lengths. This technique is helpful in softening the bulk on the top and crown of the head.
2) Learn what type of hair you have:
-Fine, Medium, Thick (refers to each individual hair’s thickness)
– Straight, Wavy, Curly, Kinky (refers to texture)
– Thin, Medium or Thick Density (refers to density of hair)
Once you know what type of hair you have it is much easier to try and find pictures of haircuts that would work best with your hair type. Google mens cut+ your hair type and look in the images portion of the search results. Or, use Pinterest! Stylists love looking at pictures of what you are looking for in your new haircut! Also, it helps you to understand how your hair will work for your new haircut.
3) Make sure to tell your stylist what has and has not worked for your hair in the past.
Do you have any odd cowlicks or growth patterns? Does you hair stick out as it grows back in? Does your hair hate razor cuts or thinning shears? No sense in repeating ickyness from old haircuts!
4) Ask the stylist to recommend the right product for the haircut you are asking for.
No sense in wearing that awesome new do without the right product to help show it off! TIP: Have the stylist give you a brief tutorial on how to put it into your hair. Do you need a comb? Can you use your fingers? Do you have to do any heat styling? TIP: The top 2 products for men at Emerson Salon are the lightweight Easy Rider and the matte ,firm hold Night Rider by Kevin Murphy.
Men’s short haircuts grows quickly so changing your style every few months is possible for many men! Try out one of our EXCITING stylists at Emerson Salon for your next haircut …….