When it comes to “Dressing Up” the rules for men are – generally speaking – much more clear-cut than those for women. “Dressy” mean “no jeans”, “no khakis”, polished shoes, a
button-front shirt, a tie, and a jacket (or waistcoat at the very least). “Formal” means black suit or – preferably - tuxedo suit with the appropriate accoutrements. Yet the one area where many men seem to fail in
dressing up is their hair.
It’s understandable, since so many men’s haircuts are super short. They often don’t realize what they SHOULD do. Even the ones with longer hairstyles seem at a loss, and the guys who wear
truly long hair are often the worst offenders when it comes to “dressy” grooming.
So, let’s take a look as some common hair situations with men – broken down by hair length – and discuss tips on dressing these individuals up:
With men, even short hair can be widely varied. How short is short? Buzz cut, flattop, Caesar cut, standard short-back-and-sides, Collegiate cut, etc. This list can be long and unwieldy.
But the fact of the matter is that most of these are styles that can be malleable and dressed up for special occasions. Okay, okay! A buzz cut is pretty much the only exception to this, because when you have less than a
quarter-inch of hair all over the scalp, it’s going to do what it’s going to do.
But the rest need a little extra attention in a dressed-up presentation. The easiest way to achieve this is with product. For those shorter lengths among the “short” (Caesar cuts,
and flattops, for example) try using a styling wax or pomade. These products will give the hair added gloss, and a crispness and definition to the style. With just a dab of pomade, you can give your hairstyle the
appearance of being carefully crafted, with just a little effort.
Use a stiff pomade or wax and work it carefully through the longest parts of the hair, then comb the hair as normal. The look you end up with should show crisp stands of hair
arranged in the sharp lines of the cut, rather than the brush-bristle look of non-treated hair.
Caesar cuts and similar:
Use mid-weight pomade or styling cream and work it through the hair, then use your comb to direct the hair as you desire. Try using different tooth-widths to see the different
results and select the one you like best. You can even use the comb(s) to create patterns in the hair and add texture and detail for visual interest. The result will be a glossy look that flatters and looks like
you made a real effort even though your hairstyle is one that is designed for ease and utility.
Collegiate cuts and Traditional short-back-and-sides cuts:
These haircuts generally have longer lengths of two to three inches in the top and forward sections. They are chosen usually because they are neat and tidy, but leave the wearer with
some “play room” with styling. This means that when dressing up, you have more options for dressing up your look. Take a bit of lightweight pomade or styling cream and work it through the hair. Then play with a few
options. You can slick the hair back smoothly for a classic dress look, or even play with flipping the fringe area back into a mini-pompadour or perhaps carve yourself a curl on a part of the forehead.