5 Days, 5 Hairstyles, 1 Haircut – We’ll Show You How to Have Better Hair, Everyday

5 Days, 5 Hairstyles, 1 Haircut – We’ll Show You How to Have Better Hair, Everyday
We'll show you how to style 1 haircut 5 different ways, simply and quickly.
5 Days, 5 Hairstyles, 1 Haircut
5 Easy Men's Hairstyles with Just 1 Haircut

You’re not one of them are you?

I’d have a hard time believing that. You’re a Primer reader after all.

But the numbers don’t lie:

65% of men don’t style their hair regularly.

The most common reason? They’re afraid “their friends will think they’re trying too hard”.

This is according to a surpising study performed by Axe. And if you’re thinking oh, yeah, it probably has to do with their age, the study included men ages 18-40. 18 to 40!

On top of that, the study found that while 68% of men own hair styling products, they’re likely to only use them for “special occasions;” weddings, interviews, first dates, and the like. Even though 93% claim to feel more confident when they style their hair.

Now I have a couple problems with this.

This idea of “trying too hard” comes up a lot among guys who want to dress better but are scared about what others will think of them. Since I’m literally a guy who helps men dress better for a living, I obviously have some thoughts. Sounds like maybe a good first episode of a Primer podcast?

GiveawayBigger picture, it all comes down to this, and it’s the biggest reason Primer – a magazine that helps guys be the best men they can be – has such a focus on personal style. The reality is the world identifies, defines, and judges us by how we present ourselves to the world.

We can either do that intentionally by taking control of our style and grooming, or we can let the world do it for us with our laziness and fear of being judged. The hard truth is we’re being judged both ways, so at least choose to have a damn say in the matter.

Which is better? Not getting poked fun at by a friend who is the kind of person who makes fun of his friend for how he styles his hair? Or, would you rather stand out in a crowd of bro-y dudes and be complimented for your intentional hair by a beautiful woman?

You’d never wear white socks with a suit because it would ruin the whole thing. So why let your lazy hair detract from your otherwise sharp style?

But for a lot of guys styling their hair is…frustrating. They don’t know what to ask the barber for. There’s a million and one different types of hair products. Should I use a pomade for this? A grooming cream? A gel? A paste?…

That’s why Axe developed a helpful PSA: The Hair Product Decoder that defines which product types are best for what types of hair and for which styles. On top of that, they’ve developed a deep treasure trove of hair knowledge with videos and how-to’s so you can nail your perfect style.

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Axe Hair Product Decoder

If you’re a regular Primer reader you’ll recognize my buddy Shane. He frequently contributes style articles and had a great series on setting up your social circle when you move to a new town. But lately he’s been frustrated with his hair.

It’s been the same ‘do for a while and he’s become uninspired. He’s let it grow out longer than he normally does and he sent me this text asking me what he should do with it:

frustrated hair

That’s when I challenged him that I could give him a fresh hair style every day for 5 days. No haircut required. Because to me, your hairstyle is an integral part of your overall style. I’d rather you style your hair everyday with the same look than not at all, but it doesn’t have to stop there. Your hairstyle can influence the rest of what you’re wearing, and can be used to amplify or downplay whatever look you're going for. More polished. More fashionable. More beach-y. Anything.

And it doesn't have to be hard and time-consuming.

What follows are the 5 different hairstyles that I came up with for Shane. His haircut is exactly the same, the only differences are the type of product used and styling technique. Each day we’d meet before he had to head out the door and we’d style his hair based on what he was wearing and where he was going. As a humblebrag, I’m so happy with how my photos came out, I’d like to add that it was just me and him out there, no professional stylists or anything like that. Having great hair is a lot easier and less intimidating than it may seem!

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What is this?

Day 1: Modern Pompadour

Modern Pompodour haircut

Shane's a pretty stylish guy (hence why he's in a bunch of Getups) so I was surprised to hear his frustrations with his hair. He had mentioned he dug the trend of the modern pompadour, but every time he tried it, it just ended up flat. He has the perfect length and thickness of hair so I knew we'd be able to nail it pretty easily.

Product used:

Styling putty – Texture and volume, natural shine with an all day hold

How to get it:

Shane wasn't able to get the shape and volume he wanted because he was making a common mistake. You never want try to fight your hair with product – over the whole day, you'll lose that battle every time. Instead, you want to try to find a way to make the hair do what you want naturally.

To get the volume in the pompadour, we'll start with towel dried hair and while blow drying, begin pushing the hair with your fingers in the opposite direction that you want the pompadour to go at the end. Rub a fingertip's worth of putty between your hands for 5-8 seconds and then rub through your hair, pushing it back and towards the direction you want it to sit. By blowdrying in the opposite direction, we're creating natural lift and volume when we then style the hair in the right direction. Instead of trying to achieve it with styling products, we're making the hair do the work for you.

Shane's thoughts:

This is a style I've been toying with for awhile but I've never been able to get the right shape. The technique was key. I met up with my girlfriend in the evening, and it was the first thing she said to me. She loved it. She didn't even notice my new boots until we got home.

Day 2: Soft Side Part

Men's medium length side part hairstyle

Shane runs a design and branding agency in Los Angeles and had a meeting with a client owned by a father and son. He didn't want to walk in with too modern of a hairstyle, at the risk of coming off as slick or in-experienced to the dad, but also didn't want to look too stuffy and old fashioned like their previous agency that the son complained about. The solution was a classy soft side part with texture and separation to give it a modern feel. A hard part is very clearly defined, think 50s slick. They're popular today too, sometimes a barber will even use a razor to define the part even further. But we're going for a less aggressive style, where the hair is clearly parted but is not as precise. Hence, a “soft” part.

Product used:

Paste – Texture, definition and hold with a matte finish

How to get it:

Start with towel dried hair that's only slightly wet. Rub a little bit of product between your hands for 5-8 seconds, and then work through your hair. In the direction you want your hair to go, push all of your hair, and then noticing where your hair naturally starts to part, pull that hair back into place. Continue to run your fingers through your hair until you achieve the texture and separation you're looking for. To avoid getting the super hard Don Draper part, we use only our fingers instead of a comb. The result is a naturally defined part that doesn't make you feel like your 4 years old and your mom just combed your hair.

Shane's thoughts:

This was dead simple and I like the character the texture provides. I walked in feeling like a million bucks. Mission accomplished.

Day 3: Casual & Messy Hair

Messy medium length men's hair cut

Shane was heading out to a music show with some fashion-forward friends and wanted something a little less refined than the pomp or a soft part.

Product used:

Glue – To structure and separate the hair, with natural shine and a hold that won't go flat

How to get it:

Getting the intentionally messy look can be frustrating to get right, ironically you can easily spend more time on it than something like a pompadour. But it doesn't have to be tough. Start with towel-dried hair, rub some glue into your hands for 5-8 seconds and then work through your hair. Blow dry while pushing your hair in different directions, but stop before totally dry.

The secret to making it easy? Throw on a baseball cap for a couple of minutes to get a natural mess and help set the style. This is especially helpful if you have hair with a memory, i.e. it naturally wants to fall into how you normally style it. Apply another small amount of product  and intentionally work through your hair, pulling specific strands with your forefinger and thumb into place as needed.

Shane's thoughts:

I dig it! My hair naturally parts, so sometimes I feel a little too “business” when I'm dressed casually. This style helps make things less straight edge.

Day 4: Natural and Feathered

Men's natural medium length hairstyle

This may look familiar to you, this is the day we shot photos for our “Coolest Uncle at the Reunion” Getup. Afterwards, Shane was heading to an early dinner with some of his girlfriend's family. He wanted something classic and intentional but not as flashy as the messy, slicked back, or pompadour looks. We went for a soft parted, natural style. And it's super easy.

Product used:

Cream – To provide shape and control strays, with a natural, low shine

How to get it:

Start with almost-dry hair, rub the cream between your hands for 5-8 seconds and work evenly through your hair, creating the part above your eye to provide a two-sided part. Use a hair dryer while brushing the hair in the direction you'd like it to lay. Once dry, take a small amount of cream on both hands to lay down any strays created by blow drying. Simply flatten them and glue them in place, don't rub through your hair.

Shane's thoughts:

I've never done my hair this way before, I was surprised at the natural texture that came out. It's an easy style anytime I want something that doesn't look “gelled”. Her mom complimented it, so I'd say it was a success.

Day 5: Slick Back

Men's slicked back hair style

Ah, the tuxedo of hair styles: Just take a look at any guy on any red carpet. I'm not sure how the slick back went from greaser teenager in the 50s to Sexiest Man Alive for black tie events, but it definitely works. Shane was invited to an exhibition launch at a museum, and the slick back was the perfect style for his dark suit and open shirt. It's polished but simple.

Product used:

Pomade – For high shine and hold, without the crunch

How to get it:

For this cut we want shine and control but we want to avoid hard helmet hair at all costs. For that, we turn to pomade. With damp hair, rub the pomade in your hands for 5-8 seconds and work evenly throughout your hair, including the sides. Use a brush or comb to push the hair back, making sure to comb all the way down the back of your head so the hair sits all the way flat. As you pull the comb out of your hair, turn it slightly so the spine of the comb glues the ends of the hair down.

Shane's thoughts:

I had been planning to go to this event all week and I was way over thinking it. Fancy suit, tie, poofy pocket square. When we decided to strip it down and simplify the look, I surprisingly felt more put together. I had assumed I was going to go with the pompadour, but the slick back ended up feeling more sophisticated and less show-y.

The Haircut

If you like the versatility that Shane's haircut provides, simply ask your barber for 4-5 inches on top, 1 inch on the sides with a long taper. If you want to be able to switch which side your hair is parted on, let them know, they can cut it to make that easier.

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Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • Bobski

    Excellent article. I have been wanting the pompadour for a while but my hair doesn’t obey. I will definitely try this method.

  • Tom

    Thanks for the tips. I am a guy who until I was about 25 still got the same basic haircut I was getting as a kid. Only recently have I learned the error of my ways and started “trying” when it comes to my hair (and my clothes too thanks to great sites like this one).

    • http://www.n312rb.com/v2 Remington Box

      I’m in the same boat. Appreciate the help!

  • Sean

    Really helpful article! Great to see how versatile one haircut can be!

  • hom limo

    Great inspirations and hairstyle ideas!

  • joshskies

    now ya gotta do the same for asian dudes. Anything below 1″, I turn into a blacklight or chia-pet… hair sticks straight on end. No amount of hold can tame this beast (until after maybe 1.5-2″ when it naturally falls)

    • Joe Huang

      I recommend Gatsby moving rubber. It’s made in Japan, so it’s designed for Asian hair.

      • joshskies

        awesome, i’ll look it up and try it out…

  • Timothy

    Never gone beyond gel. Maybe time for an upgrade?

  • thinker_random

    Dig the article. Been wanting to change things up myself so it was a good read for me.

  • Samuel

    I’ve been wondering about Axe hair products (Branded as Lynx in Australia), everyone seems to recommend American Crew or similar, This has made me feel a helluva lot more confident using Lynx

  • Byron Webb

    Loved the article. The tips are great as usual. Keep up the great work?

  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/biggins980/ Biggins

    Wish I had hair like that haha.

  • dean america

    Great post. Loved the visuals of each style along with the explanations of how to get there. I tend to style my hair only one way, or throw a hat on when I cannot get another look to work.

  • JR

    This article helps tremendously with how I’ve been wanting to style my hair, or I should say the different ways I’ve been wanting to try since I can’t make up my mind about any one style.

  • Marshall Lilly

    This is a god send right now. I’m heading to the barber shop this weekend, and my hair thickness and coverage is the same as Shane’s. Thanks so much for this!

  • Ebsan

    Man, now I just need to grow back some more hair….

  • Bradley Baker

    Great article. Looking forward to trying some of the tips

  • Zac Silk

    Really like this article, I’ve been just going with a soft side part for a while, but it just shows with a little product can go a long way.

  • Chris

    I have been looking for motivation to grow my hair out and this is it. Thanks!

  • Nate

    Helpful article. My hair is about the same as Shane’s, so this gave me a few styles to try.

  • Joe b

    Great article, I’d love to see one about styling very thick or fluffy hair.

  • Casey Zimmerman

    As I guy who finally learned to style his hair a few years ago, this post really hit home. Been rocking the soft side part (which I love) but cannot wait to try these other styles!

  • Mike Hendrickson

    Great article. Now that I’m over the “men don’t blow dry their hair” mentality I saw in my younger years, my hair actually does what I want it to do.

  • Luke Livingston

    absolutely brilliant – thank you!

  • DaveD

    I don’t normally change my hair style up that much unless I actually get it changed at the salon. Interesting showing different styles with different products but the same cut.

  • BS

    Overall a great post, some extra advice for thinning hair would be even better! A slicked look or a modern pomp look pretty ridiculous when you can see your scalp through the hair. Any advice?

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      I’d give the “Daniel Craig” a go:

      You can also introduce more volume with the blow drying method outlined above or by using a product that hardens like a gel, letting it dry, then running your fingers through it to “de-harden” it. It introduces a lot of volume.

      If you’re at the place where you can see scalp, the best solution would be to go short, surprisingly if you’re losing your hair having longer hair emphasizes it, so it’s best to go short, even if you feel like you can see more of your hairline or a thin spot.

      • RLM

        I have the same problem, and I’ve started using concealer, ie. Toppik and it’s made a world of difference. Would love to get Andrews input on this…..

      • Ben Stultz

        Thank you so much for the fast response, I will certainly give all of that a try!

  • John C

    Great article. Thanks for the tips!

  • Sal

    I’ve come to terms with my bad hair. Too many cowlicks for any hip styles. I just keep it short.

  • Garrett

    Matte pomeade is the perfect balance for me

  • Eric

    Don’t know if my hair’s quite thick enough on top for these but there’re a lot of good tips here

  • PB

    I do something similar to the pompadour or slick back most days. Excited to try the casual and messy look.

  • browneagle44 ロベルト

    Love this!

  • http://tyler-summer11.blogspot.com/ TyLo

    Always looking for more mens hair techniques, good data, thanks!

  • Peyton

    This is a great article! I’ve been looking for great hairstyling tips!

  • http://www.thirstyturtle.be/ Xavier

    Great article! Any chance you have videos available when applying the hair style?

  • craig hoffman

    II just started paying more attention to my hair so this article is right up my alley. All the products are confusing so this has helped a lot.

  • Peter

    Not bad. Its rare to get actual tips for styling different cuts rather than just a list of ‘here’s a haircut!’

  • http://www.themodestman.com/ Brock

    AWESEOME post! I’m always intimidated by the messy style, but it looks great on Shane.

    • Adams

      Me too. That’s the one that makes me feel like I’m “trying too hard”

  • Adam Blakely

    Very nice article – something I’ve been thinking about trying to do for a hot minute.

  • Michael LaGuardia

    Im more of a texture spray. Thanks for all these helpful information!

  • Glenn R

    Comb looks dope

  • Modern Connoisseur

    Awesome post

  • Derrick DeBenedetto

    This was a fantastic article as it is something I have always had difficulty doing. Now, I’ve always had very thin hair. Enough of it to style (for now) but just very thin. Is there any suggestions for how to style thin hair without breaking the bank? Volume always seems to be my problem.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      You’ll definitely want to try the blowdrying methods outlined above. I’ve always had really fine hair as well. Another thing you can try is putting in a product that will get hard like gel or mousse or hair spray, letting it dry and then de-hardening it by running your fingers through your hair and then style how you’d like. It gives a ton of volume.

      • Derrick DeBenedetto

        Thanks! I’ll give it a try!

  • Jose

    Great article, I have American Crew’s Fiber; can that substitute any of the products mentioned? I don’t wanna spend a fortune on hair products.

  • William

    Cool article…I really liked the product decoder!

  • Roman Rodriguez

    I have what It appears to be a problem ive seen more continuos in men, Hair loss…, however there might be some styles for this? You can not find information for this anywhere, this guy in the article has hair to give to all in this discussion haha, how about some tips “if your loosing a little hair on top go like this or that”???

  • Austin S

    Awesome variety of looks with a good go-to cut.

  • Matt

    I’m always stuck on just the slick back look. Some great news ideas here!

  • Marc Huss

    Love the different styles! Been meaning to change it up myself.

  • Josh Hoefler

    Great article. Would love to see something similar for guys who may have thinning hair.

  • John Waldowski

    I do a hard parted undercut but now I have new things to try. Thanks

  • Noah C.

    Guilty of rockin’ the man-bun. College ladies love it though

  • ennbonba

    would this style work with slightly wavy hair?

  • http://www.thenewdon.com Vitor R. Lopes

    Great combination of different styles. Specially interesting to read about pomade and paste in a world where most only know about gel and wax.

  • Brown Gill

    Great article!

  • Michael Staino

    Would you say putty is the best for natural finish but strong hold?

  • Gabriel

    Nice post. 10/10

  • Brian

    I’m always looking for new ways to style my hair so this article was very helpful!

  • Tyler

    I just started growing my hair back out. Now I know what I’m going to do with it.

  • Mr. Scrubs RN

    I might have to try this next time I get cut.

  • Brad Banning

    This is great! I especially love the bit about what to ask your barber. I’d love to see an article specifically on what to ask for in the barber’s chair for particular looks.

  • David

    I have similar hair so this was a great and helpful article. Keep up the great work Andrew!

  • D.Iglesias

    Great article! Just in time for a haircut.

  • http://www.mbrown.ca Mark Brown

    Great article and loved the description of different products. Unfortunately curly and cow-licky hair doesn’t work with, well, basically all of these, lol.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      I have cowlicks too, I’ve found having my hair long enough to overpower them is key.

  • Alex Bear

    Maybe I should get the Pompadour instead of buying new boots constantly!

  • Daniel R

    Looking forward to trying some of these out since my hair is the perfect length currently!

  • Sterling

    Really appreciate this article and the how-to steps for each style. Been wanting to try something new for a while and I’m going to give these a try. The axe decoder graphic was also very helpful. Thanks!

  • Matt M

    Man, I wish I had hair like that! Or, er, more hair period!

  • Andrew

    Excellent article. I’ve had some issues getting the pompadour down so I’ll definitely be referring to this.

  • Zach Stokes

    Interesting article and I love how varied each of the styles look. Definitely have to look into these

  • Tom

    Love Primer and the articles you post, Andrew. Just one thought about the idea of the podcast (I listen to and review tons of podcasts) – I feel like Primer needs the visual aspect to deliver the message effectively. The video with Ashley Weston would have been less useful without the images and links that followed. As a huge fan of Primer, I’d prefer all the effort goes into making really good articles for the website rather than splitting the effort into making a podcast and the website. Maybe Ron Swanson put it better when he said “Never half-ass two things, whole ass one thing.” But that being said, if you do a podcast I will surely subscribe!

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Thanks so much Tom, I really appreciate that. I completely agree. 🙂

  • Cody

    Really awesome article! I always find in frustrating that I always do the same style everyday. I never know how to switch it up.

  • Leev Robert

    The first look is my go-to.

  • Abhishek Bhatnagar

    Really great article. Trying to think of some new things to do with my hair so this is a great inspiration.

  • Joey Lenz

    While I think we all actually care about styling our hair, trying to figure out which stuff to use was always the challenge. This reassures me that I am fine using the paste I have been using. Great idea to use the same hair to really show what the difference is.

  • Edgar Espinoza

    Excellent article

  • Connor

    Always go with the side part or pomp. This article gave me some great ideas for what I should try next!

  • Martin Calder

    I have a much harder time with long hair. I think I am impatient letting it get long. I have kept the same short hairstyle, but I do try to change it up.

  • Corey Whaley

    Terrific. I basically have two ways to style my hair, and neither usually turn out well.

  • Paden

    Great article

  • Ben

    Great article, Andrew! I really like the look of the natural and feathered & the slicked back

  • Zach Huss

    Could you suggest any hairstyles that are military approved? Other than the high and tight.

  • Phil S.

    Thanks for the techniques! Definitely trying the pompadour next time.

  • Lukedawg

    Great hairstyle but i think the full beard also helps balance the look. Might be harder to pull off if you’re fighting to grow a beard.

  • Tim M

    Great article! I am a big fan of the pompadour, and this is a new approach that I haven’t heard about before. Will give it a try!

  • Scott Fleege

    This was a great article. So many options to style your hair with one hair cut. Thank you for the insight.

  • Joshua Gabel

    Looks good.

  • Ahmed

    Great article, I’ve got an oily hair, is there a product in this collection that makes it look less greasy?

  • Zack S

    I’ve been having the same issues trying to get the Pompadour. Definitely going to try the blowdrying technique in the article!

  • Sterling Archer

    Love the cut! It would be great if most barbers could actually pull this off though. Anything that requires scissors or something other than a number on the clippers is asking for trouble at most places. I finally found a place that can pull it off but it’s also a $35 haircut. 🙁

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      If it gets you the haircut you want, it’s worth it!

      • Sterling Archer

        Absolutely. It’s tough to pay that much but it’s sure beats coming home looking like Jake Gyllenhaal in bubble boy!

  • Chris

    Great article – folks are often in need of good hair advice, see the 65% figure. Thanks for your insight!

  • Drew

    Terrific article. Knowing your products is key. I need to try the pompadour stat!

  • http://mybrainvomit.com Chris Criswell

    Great article. Would love to see more hair articles in the future, particularly with instructions on blow drying techniques.

  • DaveGoose

    I’ve never been much for an Axe user because I feel like it has that pre-teen over the top high school boy stigma. But I can’t say I’ve tried their new stuff, so I could be persuaded…

  • Jordan Laman

    I definitely identify with the trying too hard moniker. I appreciate the “have a damn say” line because it helped me to get into the mindset of doing something about it. I really like how versatile this hairstyle is and will be asking my barber for it once I have the hair length for it!

  • Ron Michael

    That dude has GOOD hair. I’d love to see a youtube video of the styles in progress. I have been experimenting with my hair. I want to try Claymation by Hans DeFuko. Any experience?

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      I’m a big fan of Claymation, I think I like their Quicksand a little more for my hair.

  • Steve Jimenez

    Classic parted pompadour with Suavecito Firme Hold Pomade – topped with Frizz Ease hair spray.

  • Chris Schenkhuizen

    I have been waiting for an article like this for a while. Very nicely written and I enjoyed reading it. Now I just need to get a good supplier of all of these wonderful hair products.

  • Cody

    As someone who has mostly been rocking the side part for the last year or so, I’m reasonably sure my hair could do all of these! Thanks for all the great articles!

  • Robert

    All ways high quality, thanks for even more great advice.

  • J Arpin

    Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Dean

    Great article. Looks like I have to grow the hair out again to try these styles.

  • Vincent Adultman

    Great post! But could you make a version for people with wavy/curly hair?

  • RLM

    Thanks Andrew, very useful. Concerning the soft side part, what if we DO want the Don Draper? Is blow drying still necessary and how far to the side is appropriate for the part? Without turning it into a comb-over…Thanks!!

  • josémiguel moreno

    Great article, Andrew! I’ve been wanting info on this type of hairstyle for a while and I got it. Thanks. Definitely will try the tips from this article.

  • JSmith

    Some nice ideas. I’ll give this a try!

  • DoubleL88

    I like the article. Would be good to have some other ideas for different hair types.

  • Logan Creen

    I’ve been using a variety of hair product, but only with one style. This is the kind of post that I’ve been looking for!

  • Dave

    Solid info

  • Spectre576

    Great article. I have the exact same haircut and I am always looking for ideas on how I can change up the style from time to time

  • Lewis

    I use suavacito pomade after blow drying my hair. It creates a nice minimal shine and holds well for a soft side part.

  • Choong Ye

    Great hairstyles! Unfortunately I have very stiff hair which makes shaping my hair to such styles difficult.

  • tim r

    I always have my stylist cut a decent amount of texture into my hair. If you have fairly straight hair with a lot of volume it can be difficult to get some of the looks above without a bit of texture cut into the style. You can really see it in #1 and #4. I’m a big fan of cocktailing my hair product so I usually use a mix of dry wax or clay, a texture paste and a cream.

    Great post Andrew!

  • Lynn

    Great post! I have very fine hair that doesn’t give much volume so I supplement by using Lock Stock & Barrel’s Volumatte Prep and Style Volumising Powder. Its really helpful in giving my hair some extra volume.

  • Christian Roberts

    Awesome tips! How would you suggest we tell the barber to cut our hair in order to get the same haircut as Shane without any of the different styling techniques?

  • Tyler Burdsall

    Wow, this is awesome! Thanks for the great article, this has really inspired me to go out and try it myself!

  • Bryan Gibb

    I just showed this to my wife and she is super excited for me to try it out! Thanks for the info.

  • Bryan Gibb

    Thanks for the great article. My wife is very excited for me to try theses styles.

  • hcm004

    These look great, but for those of us cursed with a widow’s peak, a lot of these are a little more difficult to pull off. Do you have any tips for those of us suffering with this affliction?

  • Brett

    who doesn’t like free stuff? Thanks for the hair tips too

  • Zi

    Love how versatile this haircut is

  • rogun

    Great advice! I enjoyed reading it, even though I no longer have hair (man do I miss it). I’m missing so much hair that I really have no other choice then cut it short, but I’m also too old for that Axe survey age range.

    Shane’s a great looking guy and I’m jealous of that hair.

  • Serafin Nunez

    I have one hairstyle… #1 guard shave. 🙂

  • Jamie Fairlie

    I need more hairstyles in my life… And also a Primer podcast 😉

  • Michale

    Great article, definitely one worth bookmarking.

  • Michael

    Great tips, loved the hairstyles, Primers style articles are always great ones

  • Katy

    Loved the hairstyles, very well done article

  • Arun

    Excellent article. Can’t wait to try some of these looks when my grows out

  • JMor

    Great read! I’ve always been a bit afraid to stye my hair differently, but I guess now is as good a time as any to try

  • mark

    Really like the ideas to change up your style for different events.

  • Brendan

    Great post.

    Right now I have about 1.5″ on top with around a 5 on the sides. Can’t do much with it but like the short sides and will probably keep the top close to the length it is for my next cut in 2 or so weeks. What products should I be looking for for this length?

  • Kyle Smith

    I do a pushed back similar to the soft side part. Might try that day 1 style though….

  • Theo E.

    I’ve been wanting to try the pompadour for a while now. Great tips and and walkthrough on how to achieve all these different styles!

  • Martin

    I typically part my hair on the side but a more versatile haircut would be nice 🙂

  • Tim F.

    I have a similar cut and switch between styles similar to these on the regular. Great article!

  • Steven Figueroa

    Thank you for the tips. Been looking for a versatile haircut

  • modestp

    Usually roll with some paste and/or salt spray and let the fates decide. I’ve been meaning to get more intentional with it though. Thanks for some nice ideas.

  • Sidney Carrasco

    Great info! I have been experimenting with a few different products but did not realize how much technique would matter. Will need to try some of these.

  • Ross Langdale

    Great article! Been wanting to try some of these styles for a while. Can’t wait to try out the tips thanks!

  • Jacob Hoskins

    Great article. I love the versatility with a single haircut.

  • Kevin Villamil

    These articles that pertain to hairstyles are my favorite since I am always looking for new ways to style my hair.

    • Timothy S.

      Hey Kevin–Have you gotten your email for winning the giveaway yet? I won as well, but haven’t been emailed. Just checking

      • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

        Hi Timothy, you should have received an email by now! Congrats!

      • Kevin Villamil

        I got my email at 6:08 on August 15, hope that helped you

  • Christopher Sharkey

    Really interesting! I had previously thought that I put a lot of thought and intentionality into my hairstyle but this article gives me a lot of even better ideas. Any thoughts on shorter hairstyles? Or do you recommend longer? I usually keep my hair at about half that length (half inch on sides and back and 1.5-2 inches on the top).

  • Dave

    Great article. I’ve tried a few different pomades and creams but everyone seems to irritate my scalp. By the end of day one it just burns. I’ve been using American Crew Gel for years and that’s fine but I really wanted to switch over to the pomadespastescreams. Anyone in a similar position that has found a product they can tolerate on their scalp?

  • TSmith

    I’m a soft side part, but this article has inspired me to mix it up depending on the occasion!

  • Christian P

    With my crazy unmanageable hair…I tend to style it messy

  • Sheldon

    I don’t usually follow style articles too closely but I’d like to try the pompadour!

  • Max K

    Like the first and last look!

  • Danny

    I commented.

  • Raj M. P.

    The slick back! Ayoooooo

  • Trejoja

    clutch! I like the versatility

  • Jon Horn

    that back pack is awesome

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  • murphy charles

    This website has jumped the shark. I like the starting point, with affordable outfits and general living tips. Let me frankly answer the last four articles chronologically in fewer words. 1. Myles. these shorts are super versatile. Wear them to a party or swimming. Or to a party with swimming. 2. Stop watching TV, if you want to abide by the idea of this website of bettering yourself just stop. 3. Distil Union. They make a great wallet, made from amazing leather and well designed to be minimalist. 4. Get a haircut that costs between $40-$50. Generally in a salon, not a men’s exclusive place.

  • Devon Welch

    Could you do an article in the future about how to style short hair?

  • Brady

    Love your work, Andrew!

  • Bastian Schulz

    Good article.
    Some guys (like me) are very picky about their hair-styling.
    But here you have 5 styles, which look good on most guys and easy to get done.

  • Maarten Heynderickx

    Please do one for curly hair! I Have no idea how to style mine for occasions, let alone day-to-day. (It’s shorter now then it was in the profile pic) Awsome site BTW, keep up the excellent work!

  • Rory Blackburn

    Thanks for this! my hair is the bit of my game that I’m always let down by

  • bumblebeeman

    totally messy – quick and dirty

  • Michael Lee

    I typically go with the side part. It’s nice to know I’m not limited to the first style I liked! Thanks Andrew!

  • TEAdown

    Awesome hair discussion over here and technique, love it!

  • Will

    Any chance at getting one of these for folks with light, fine hair, rather than virile, masculine manes of awesomeness? 🙂

  • Armando Godinez Jr.

    Love the descriptors on how to get all the different styles with a variety of products and techniques.

  • tyrannius

    Eh, the modern pomp and slick back aren’t as easy as described if your hair is wavy or curly.


    I love this post, good stuff!

  • Jimmy Buffet

    Great read, just wish my my hair was naturally that straight

  • Jesse Garner

    The photos are really helpful to show how you can accomplish these looks. Thanks for a great resource.

  • peal1

    Great post! Look forward to a post for styles with wavy hair.

  • Benjamin Ayer Jones

    Thanks for this! It’s so easy to do the same thing with your hair everyday! Question for anyone who can help – does strong scented hair products have any side effects? Personally, if I’m spending that amount of money, I don’t want my hair to have the aroma of coconut. Thanks!

  • Bob

    I like some of the looks, but I don’t think I could hold off cutting my hair for long enough to try them out.

  • Steven C

    I guess I shouldn’t have just cut my hair then…
    When it comes back I will be ready!

  • JD

    Like them all except the slick… now if my hair was just that thick!

  • Sean

    These look great. Still don’t know if I can pull off the modern pompadour. I have too big of a head as it is. But the others are definitely worth a shot.

  • Adam Kappel

    My hair is troubling and I tend to stick with one style. Nice to see ways to use multiple styles in the cut with different product.

  • Pete C

    Textured cut so I don’t have to use product but this hit home.

  • T Mock

    Hmm gotta get the length, only able to do 3/5.

  • Dustin Jones

    Nice article, any help for stubborn cowlicks? I’ve got one along my hairline and and one on the left side of my crown (top back of the head). I’ve no trouble with a side part but anything more and they’ll rear they’re ugly heads through even “rock-hard” gel.

  • http://www.bollyshake.com/ Varun

    Brilliant article! The hair’s a tad too long for places that are hot as hell right now (like Texas). *patiently waiting for winter*

  • Travis

    Thanks for this article! I have been trying to figure out some of these techniques for a while now and this guide is so easy to follow.

  • nate

    Awesome article!

  • Adam

    I’ve been struggling with switching up the hair styles, and blow drying always fails me but that’s probably a user problem haha

  • Nate

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Jose Armando Padilla

    Great article!

  • Alek Gliwa

    I had no idea how to style a pompadour, many thanks to the folks at Primer for the tips!

  • Rt1583

    I wish I had hair to do these things to.

  • Andrew Jefferies

    That modern pomp looks incredible! Another life saved, Andrew!

  • Jawad Sater

    Excellent article. I have been wanting the pompadour for a while. I will definitely try this nethod

  • Gino

    Great article. Not frustrated, but every hairstyle article I find is the classic straight black hair…. Im blonde and have hair that could best be described as “fro-ey” I have been growing it out and can kind of tame it with a curl sealer and i fade the sides. looks good til it gets really long then no matter what I do it just looks messy and unkept. Any advice or link to some advice? Much appreciated

    • Gino

      Advice for hairstyles for my thick, curly hair, just to clarify

  • Connor Delaney

    I have 5 days. I have hair.

  • bradblackman

    Interesting way to style it. Right now I do a slightly neat version of a James Dean hairstyle with the sides and back buzzed with a #1 or #2. With it slightly damp, I wet it with 4-5 pumps of salt spray and work it in with my fingers. Then I use R+Co Jackpot creme to style it into a loose side part. I don’t even blow dry it. In the winter I tend to have a beard so I make it neater with a side part by using pomade.

  • Shelley

    This is a great DIY guide. Now to get my husband to be adventurous.

  • David Gravelle

    ellevarg says well laid out with easy to follow instructions

  • Josh T

    Awesome Read! Its interesting to see how you can have so many styles with only one cut!

  • Faruk Akgun

    Finally helps to know which hair product does what without having to buy and experiment through all of them — thanks!

  • Bill Savas

    A very informative and useful article. I’ve always wondered how to cut my hair in order to change the style of it to suit the occasion. Thank you!!

  • José Manuel Chaidez

    I’ve been wanting to do a something with my hair, I just didn’t know the name of the idea that I had. I might soon be seen with a soft side part and see what paste can do to my hair.

  • Tommy Ray

    This was awesome!

  • Christopher Boemler

    My hair is closely shaved up the sides with a hard line part. I use a product with high hold and low shine to get my ideal look.

  • John Bachner

    Have to grow my hair out to match the styles, but until then I’ll just wait.

  • Mike

    Good tips!

  • Julian

    Really appreciate this guide, especially as a student making the transition to college and to a more professional environment. It’s nice to have some structured influence to help me do away with some of the ratty Vans and oversized t shirts.

  • Stephen Wall

    Best article for how to style with different products. Gonna try all these

  • John Nguyen

    I have this exact haircut, and I had no idea on how to style it, but there’s 5 here so let’s see which one works best!

  • slee904

    does hairstyle connect to clothing style in any way?

  • Chase Ayres

    I have a love for ball caps so when I’m not at work I usually have a hat on. However, when I don’t I tend to style my hair in a faux hawk, slightly brushed forward so it’s not very mohawk like. I have a double crown in the back so it’s hard to find a good style, but my hair just tends to fall that way.

  • Jonathan Guidry

    Been working on my pompadour for almost a year, took that long to grow out hair!

    • Paul

      Tried to give myself a hard part at the beginning of April and made an error, so I then got annoyed and buzzed it all off. Looked even worse and my boss said he ought to take up a collection to pay for a real haircut! Starting over…. :-/

  • Gary

    Great article, always helpful!

  • Jackie

    Great article for women with short hair too! 🙂

  • tcr86

    nice article. but I can’t grow marvelous beard like that :/

  • Travis Irby

    I think this is awesome stuff! I really like how each is described in a way that is easily understandable and with tips on achieving the right finished look for each style. my wife has been dying to get me to try out more than one of these looks, guess I’m out of excuses now (especially if I am one of the lucky winners)!

  • Christopher Justice

    Great article. Andrew, do you have any favorite pomades you prefer to use?

  • Joseph High

    I don’t think the slickback will work with my hair, but nonetheless, a good article.

  • Marc

    Love it. now to just grow my hair OUT!!

  • Jon DeLange

    Dang that looks great! I’ve been wondering how to get my hair into look 3 in an intentional way.

  • Daniel Harter

    Cool article! I am gonna have to try the new Axe products!

  • Togny

    My problem has always been curly hair. I used to cut it really short. But I wanted something different so I grow a beard now (It really helps) and use a longer haircut. I use it two ways, curly messy or I just pull it back as slick as I can. But anyways if it rains, I’m screwed. I just end up looking like a 1980s spanish Ice Cube. Additional note: Is hard to find styles for my type of hair.

  • Henry Sugar

    I normally stick with what I’m comfortable with which is the side part but this may make me branch out. I think I need to buy a hair dryer…

  • Justin Rogers

    I’ve been trying to figure out the best product for the hairstyle I want. Something not too slick but not too stiff that will give my hair the hold it needs without falling apart after walking out into the Southeast’s humidity. If anyone has any suggestions I’m all ears.

  • Justin

    Nice. Going to give this article to my hair stylist — I have a cut pretty similar to this right now. Thanks!

  • Adam

    This is great, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my shaggy hair!

  • Steven Curry

    I’ve been looking for a graphic that explains all the different products. Great article.

  • Juan

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for different men hairproducts from a reliable source.

  • Brock Viars

    great article

  • Kimbra Christie Masters

    I’ve been working with my 16 and 14 year old boys to learn to style their hair. We use a lot of Axe products because they like the scents. Thanks for these ideas.

  • Zak

    I have a similar hair cut and length, so this is really useful.

  • Will

    Didn’t realize a haircut could be so versatile.

  • Lizzie Knell

    I’ve got a pretty similar haircut, so I’ll be sure to try these – haven’t been able to nail the pomp yet, fingers crossed!

  • Javier Kleber

    This article is very helpful. Loved every single haircut described and the men’s hair product decoder infographic. Thank you for this post!

  • HeyIt’sLui

    Why not try “Hans de fuko” their products help me achieve looks like Mariano divaio buts than again I already have great hair

  • Matthew Gough

    Good versatility but what if your hair line is starting to receed? I feel a persons hairline dictates how versatile their haircut can be.

  • Kabir Kakkar

    Thanks for this article Andrew. I found this article really helpful. Excellent article as earlier ones.

  • Brendon

    Excellent! I’ve been feeling the exact same way and have a very similar haircut. I’m going to do this asap

  • Jacob Crim

    I have been looking to nail my hair like that for years, now I know 4-5 inches on the top and 1 inch on the side. Perfect

  • Andrew

    Awesome! Always wanted an article like this. Very nice.

  • Ben

    Great read! What’s better for thicker, curlier hair?

  • Jack Daggett

    My hair is too curly for a real pomp so I just do some variation of a finger-combed slickback – more comb than finger for the office, and more fingers than comb for off-duty. Experimenting with higher-end product has made a lot of difference, but I’m sure that I’m rapidly approaching diminishing returns on that route.

  • Ley Willis

    Now I know what my next haircut will be.

  • Philip

    Great piece. I particularly love the soft-side part – it strikes the perfect balance between formal and modern.

  • Brice

    So helpful!

  • Edward

    This is definitely something I struggle with. Let’s see if I can achieve some of this success

  • Shelby Lowman

    Love it! Need to chop some of this mop off to get there, but I dig it!

  • Kris

    Just bought some pomade for the first time, so this article has some great information.

  • C_Everett16

    The slick back look is awesome, I am trying to grow out my hair like this currently but my hair isn’t nearly as thick.

  • Will

    This was so helpful, I’ve had a rough time trying to style my hair and this took away a lot of the confusion.

  • Chris

    I’ve tried the hair cream from Axe, and it ended up really surprising me. Been wanting to try their other products for a while. Nice article.

  • Swayze

    Great article

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  • Pierre V

    Love the technique tips

  • tired170

    Thanks. I can use the help

  • Fred

    Loved the tips! I’m always looking for new ways to look sharp without doing major changes!

  • Andres Guerrero

    Very versitle cut.

  • Chris Valliere

    I immediately regret the haircut I just got.

  • Jon Helmkamp

    Love the article! I’m currently sporting a 1 fade with length on top and a hard part, but I’m going to grow it out into a style like this. I like the maturity, versatility, and suaveness of a cut like this.

  • Adam Menchaca

    I have had the same hairstyle for years and I have been frowing it out to try soemthing like this. Thank you for the tips!

  • Kevin R

    I agree with Shane, I probably would have opted for the pompadour for the classier event but the slick back actually looks much more effortless for that type of occasion.

  • Damien A.

    Awesome article. Helped me with a new hairstyle!

  • alexp

    I’ve got the soft side part, because it’s easy for a pretty conservative office setting, but I don’t look too uptight for afterwards. Can’t say i pull it off as well as he does though!

  • JonScott

    Perfectly timed article for me. I’ve been itching to try out a new hairstyle

  • Taldir

    Used the blow dry and comb the other way trick yesterday. Seriously worked and made my hair look perfect. Thx for the tip.

  • Jano

    Good article and hope to recreate this with my hair. Have always had issue with styling and/or finding the right products to use. I have a lot of hair but its very “light” so can never get a good hold. Hope to win the prize pack so I can find what works.

  • Jon Stillwell

    Love this article! While I am weary of Axe hair products, it is nice that they have an affordable and extensive line so you can try different types of products.

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