Is your hair prepared for the sweltering, sweatiness that is summer? Too much of it can leave you feeling like you’re wearing a sweater on your head. So we asked master barbers Fred Holmes and Fellipe Cardoso of Long Island City’s Otis & Finn Barbershop (http://otisandfinn.com) for some cuts that will ensure you look and stay cool while the mercury is high.
Classic Textured Scissor Cut
Why to get it: “This is great for men with thick straight hair that doesn’t really lay flat very easily,” says Cardoso. “It’s a versatile look in that you can make it look professional or a little more hip depending on how much you tussle your hair and finish off the styling.”
What to ask for: An all scissor cut with sides equivalent to about a three or four guard length, and softly tapering up from the bottom and one and a half to two inches on top with added texture. “This will give guys a messy look instead a straight combed part look,” says Holmes.
How to style it: To enhance texture and reduce shine, use a product with hold and a matte finish (Holmes and Cardoso like Uppercut Featherweight). Apply the product when hair is slightly damp and use your hand, not a comb, to tousle it a bit to enhance texture.
Drop Bald Fade With Textured Top
Why to get it: “It’s a versatile cut for the summer because the tight skin fade along the sides allows you to cool off while a texturized top gives you options to style the hair for different occasions,” says Cardoso.
What to ask for: A low skin fade with a drop around the back following your head’s natural shape, and a texturized top that’s between three and six inches long.
How to style it: For a messier texture, rake a quarter-sized dab of matte finish clay (try Saturdays Clay Pomade, $24)
through your hair with your hands. If you prefer a sleeker finish, apply a high-shine pomade to damp hair, and then comb to form desired style.
Mid Skin Fade Comb Over With Hard Part
Why to get it: “This popular haircut gives you a sleek look with a combination of a rock star and a banker,” says Holmes.
What to ask for: A mid skin fade, a hard part (where your natural side part falls), and enough length on the top to throw to one side.
How to style it: Use a comb to evenly distribute a quarter-sized dollop of high shine pomade (try CRUX Supply Co. Styling Pomade, $14)
through hair and then go over it with the comb to achieve your preferred style.
Afro High Top with Design
Why to get it: “This haircut grabs a lot of attention, and for good reason,” says Cardoso.
What to ask for: Keep it super tight along the sides for a mid skin fade that’s stretched out from skin to a one guard. Leave the top long but clean it up by trimming the tips, still leaving plenty of length and volume. (Note: Come prepared with a design, or ask your barber for suggestions that he or she is comfortable with and will compliment your cut.)
How to style it: “You can use the foam curler to curl the top hair and make it look edgier and after spray olive oil (try ORS Olive Oil Nourishing Sheen Spray, $4.99) to add some shine,” says Cardoso.
Pompadour with Beard
Why to get it: “You can keep the sides short and stay cool in the summer without losing length on top so you don’t have to cut off all your hard-earned and well-kept locks,” says Holmes.
What to ask for: A pompadour with low fade (either skin or half guard) and longer length on the front of the head with a gradual drop towards the back of the head. And have your beard trimmed to your desired length and then blended with sideburns.
How to style it: “This haircut will really stand out using a blow dryer in order to create the pompadour lift, so if you’re up for it, be ready to do some work when styling,” says Holmes. Apply matte pomade (try Jack Black Clay Pomade, $22) to damp hair, and then blow-dry to desired style. Finish it off with an extra layer of the pomade and a bit of oil in the bread to soften it and add shine.