Well, hello there, handsome!
I’m guessing you’ve landed here for at least one of few reasons. Maybe your hair is your baby—you love it and take care of it. Or maybe, to you, few things are better than relaxing in the salon chair and chatting up your favorite stylist. And perhaps most likely, you love what your hair says about you—or what you think it says about you.
Well, the style you choose just might be more linked to your personality then you’d think. At least, according to two stylist’s observations—and a wife or two, too.
When I first started [cutting hair], guys would say ‘whatever you think.’ Now, they come in with pictures and a whole arsenal of Instagram knowledge.
Read on: Let’s see if these ladies are spot on—or if they’re in need of the 4-1-1 on you and what your hair actually means.
Meet the stylists:
Harlow is a premier designer at Gene Juarez with 10 years of experience. She is a men’s specialist, so not only can you trust her with your hair, you can trust her opinion!
Alicia is a master stylist at Blue Sparrow Salon with a decade of hairstyles under her belt, too. The last two years, she has worked at a barber shop with a focus on men’s styles, so you better believe she’s speaking from experience!
The Man Bun
While the man bun has spurred passionate debate since it started popping up on men’s heads, it’s really quite a simple hairstyle. The Cambridge Dictionary defines it, and rather simply, as “a hairstyle for men in which some or all of the hair is pulled together to form a round shape at the back or on top of the head.”
“A guy with this style might have just avoided a haircut for so long that he decided to just grow it out,” says Alicia. “Now, he’s attached to his lengthy locks and wants to rock it.”
The man bun is more practical than a swishing ponytail, which can get in the way, and it adds quite a bit of character to a chiseled face.
What does a man bun say about your personality?
Typically, someone sporting a man bun is “trying to pretend to be carefree…even though their look … is perfectly contrived,” says Harlow.
The man-bun hipster understands women and at least some of the struggles they go through—like taming their locks on a daily basis.
The Buzz Cut
It doesn’t get much easier than buzzing it all off; take a look at the video below to find out what the buzzed look says about those who wear it.
If genetics aren’t on your side when it comes to a solid hairline and a full head of hair, that’s okay! You’re not alone: Fifty-three percent of men in their forties have moderate-to-significant hair loss, according to research in the journal Dermatological Surgery. Thirty percent of men are dealing with hair loss by the age of 30.
What really matters is when you choose to officially shave off the last few wisps. Don’t be the guy who waits too long. Choose bald before it chooses you!
What does a bald head say about your personality?
“[The all-bald head shows] you know who you are, and you’re not afraid to embrace it,” says Leah, whose husband has been shaving his head since his early twenties—before they were even married.
“He was always upfront about his hairstyle, or lack thereof,” she says. “It didn’t bother me, I knew it just meant he was confident. And honestly, now the haircutting budget is all mine!”
The Same Ol’ Same Ol’
It might not be something you can point to in a haircut catalog from this decade, but it’s all you and everyone around you has ever known. Call it your signature style! The Jack. The Brandon. The ____. Your hairstyle has been the same for so long, it might as well be named after you.
What does your same ol’ haircut say about your personality?
If you’ve had the same style for years and years, you’re most likely a guy who loves tradition. You’re predictable and dependable. From the same music on your radio station to the exact bang sweep you’ve always had, those around you know you’re not going to change anytime soon.
“There is no reason to shy away from what works for you,” Alicia tells us. But on that same note, don’t be afraid to go out on a limb and try something new. If the new cut doesn’t feel like you, your stylist can return you to ol’ trusty in a few weeks’ time. But, hey, what if you like it?
Mr. Facial Hair
Forget the hair on your head! It’s the facial hair that really matters, right?
You’re the guy who walks into the salon and lets your hair stylist guide the trimming. Your only opinions are in relation to your facial hair. Whether it’s a fancy mustache, tailored goatee, or full beard, your facial hair is your one true love.
What does your facial hair say about your personality?
Facial hair says, “I’m a man’s man, and I know it!” You’re confident in your manliness because, well, look, you can grow so much facial hair that you can spend time styling it, changing it up, and coaxing every little hair into the perfect place.
I share this from experience. My husband is currently transitioning into his full winter look, where his goatee turns into a beard for the colder months. He claims that it’s all about practicality and efficiency. He doesn’t have to shave as often, which cuts down on his morning routine.
“Plus,” he says, “it keeps me warm, and that’s just smart. Beards are smart!” And therefore, he is smart, I presume.
There are many types of fades: the crew cut, the flat top, even the Pauly D-esque Temple Fade. At its core, though, the fade “is a men’s haircut that relies on having the hair on the sides and back of the head tapered in length gradually until no more hair is left on the skin.”
Harlow has seen an upswing in this style, especially with the hip, 30-something crowd.
“They are loving a good skin fade with varying lengths on top,” she says, “I’ve done less and less of the old Macklemore haircut, which I’m thrilled about because that look is so out.”
Alicia gets a lot of requests for the skin fade too. “The guy who requests a skin fade is almost always active-duty military or retired military. But he doesn’t want to ‘look military’—think high-and-tight. He thinks he doesn’t look military with this cut…but he totally does. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing —we love our servicemen, that’s for sure!”
What does the fade say about your personality?
According to our experts, the personality tip off comes from what you do on the top of your head. If you’ve got something fun going on, you’re a spunky, with-the-times kind of guy. You care what others think and want them to know that you know what’s on trend these days.
But if you opt for the more traditional, military-esque look, Alicia says you are probably more disciplined and employ frequent maintenance.
Inspired by the hair of Madame de Pompadour, an 18th century artist, editor, and mistress of France’s King Louis XV, the pompadour is a style for both women and men. For men, Merriam-Webster defines the cut as “a man’s style of hairdressing in which the hair is combed into a high mound in front.”
Often combined with the fade nowadays, the pompadour is a perfect and trendy choice—if you aren’t afraid of spending a little extra time in front of the mirror, that is.
What does the pompadour say about your personality?
If you’re rockin’ a pomp, Alicia says you just might be “a little full of yourself.”
You love your hair gel or pomade, and rarely, if ever, are you seen without your hair fully styled. A pompadour hair style means you pay attention to detail and want to do things right the first time.
Did we hit the nail on the head (or the pomade) when linking your favorite cut with your personality?
If so, is that how you hoped to portray yourself when you chose your particular style?
As much as hairstyles tip us off to a specific personality, Harlow senses that hair choice speaks more towards your generation than your personality: “Social media has played a huge part in men caring about their appearance. When I first started … , guys would say ‘whatever you think.’ Now, they come in with pictures and a whole arsenal of Instagram knowledge.”
Appearances aren’t everything, but they’re surely noticed by your stylist—and everyone else you encounter. So choose your style wisely.
But most of all, have fun! Hairstyle trends come and go, and of all our physical characteristics, it’s the easiest to change throughout the years. If you’re ready for something fresh, call your hair stylist today and start experimenting!