Categories Of Different Hairstyles
The Basic Lengths You can distinguish hair into three different hairstyles.
Short hair can stand up on its own.
Slightly longer hairs worn spiked with product still look to observers like shortcuts, though they may appear more like medium hairstyles when they lie flat.
Medium cuts encompass most traditional side-parts and other business styles. The hair is out of the eyes and mostly off the back of the neck, but it might be long enough to lie across the top of the head or tuck behind the ear.
Long cuts fall into the eyes, over the ears, or past the back of the neck. This could include anything from an unkempt mullet to a neat ponytail to a massively spiked mohawk that falls to the sides of the face when it’s let down.
Different Hairstyles, Men: Yes or No?
That said, it’s worth remembering that white, middle and upper-class Americans are a minority of the population. If you’re looking to advance in traditional businesses like corporate law and finance, you probably need to avoid long hair styles.
But a man in a more counter-culture industry like software engineering might not find a well-kept ponytail disadvantageous at all. And a punk rocker may have more trouble landing gigs with a fabulous business haircut.
So there is no firm yes or no for most men. But the majority of people in America will have an easier time in most mainstream interactions with a shorter haircut.
Hair past the top of the neck might generate negative reactions from some people, while hair that stops at the neck is never going to offend anyone. The “Safety Zone” Conventional hair length for men is easy to define.
Advantages Of Different Hairstyles
A safe default for any barber, from a cheap student cut to a salon, is to ask for a cut within the following boundaries:
- Off the back of the neck
- Above the point where the ear separates from the side of the head
- Above the eyebrows when brushed straight down in front That range encompasses most “traditional” hair styles for men who want to keep it within the safety zone.
Going Bald and Hair Length
“Male-pattern baldness” gets its name for a reason: there’s a pattern. Hair loss starts at the top and front of the scalp and spreads from there. That means it’s possible to have enough long hair while still going bald.
This is pretty much always a bad idea. Long hair let straight down with a bald spot in the center gets into the “crypt keeper” look. Long hair on the sides combed over the bald spot isn’t fooling anyone (and makes you look desperate).