Barbershop Lingo: Men's Haircuts

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If you are in need of a new haircut, you will likely be visiting your local barbershop soon. One of the hardest things about getting a trim is knowing what to tell your barber. If they know you well, they may know what you like, but what if you are ready to switch things up? In an effort to help you with the lingo of what is in style, here are a few of the common styles explained. 


Fades are very popular these days. This describes how you want the sides and back of your head to look, down to your neck. Some fades are high, meaning the hair is cut very short all the way up until it meets the crown of your head. Other fades are medium or low, meaning you will have more hair tapering down until it begins to get short. Skin fades taper all the way down to your skin, while a medium fade will leave a bit more hair. Skin fades are currently very popular. 


Another fun hair fad is the practice of asking a barber to put a design into your haircut. This could be anything from a straight line to several straight lines to even the logo of your favorite football team. Before asking for a design, it is a good idea to ask what your barber is comfortable with since they may be inexperienced with this fad. Designs usually grow out within a few weeks, but they can be resharpened at each visit if you prefer. 

Hard Part

Asking for a "hard part" is asking your barber to shave a part into your hair. This looks extremely sharp and may even make doing your hair slightly easier each day. Many military men enjoy the hard part since it is a more mature, dignified look. 

In conclusion, the more you know about the look you want, the easier it will be to tell your barber what you are looking for. Before you head to the shop, figure out what you think you want. It is also always a good idea to ask your significant other or family members what they think would look best. Ultimately, what you decide is up to you, but it can make things easier if you have the support of those who will be looking at you for weeks afterward. If you need help finding the look for you, ask for the opinion of your barber. 

To learn more, contact a barbershop.