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Men's hairstyles: From 'Prohibition' to 'Ivy league,' a cut for every man

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling wears the Mountain Man, which is less about the haircut and more about keeping your beard in tidy shape, with a clean transition from your sideburns into your beard.
Canadian actor Ryan Gosling wears the Mountain Man, which is less about the haircut and more about keeping your beard in tidy shape, with a clean transition from your sideburns into your beard. AFP/GETTY

2014 has turned out to be a great year for men’s hairstyles. Guys are branching out – trying new looks and requesting trendier cuts at their local barbershops. With a fall crisp in the air, that summer buzz cut might not feel as appropriate as when you were enjoying the sun and sand down along the Crystal Coast.

Here are four styles to consider this fall and winter as the temperatures drop and you start searching for a new look.

The Prohibition High and Tight: One of the most popular cuts this year, the Prohibition High and Tight looks great with almost all types of hair. (Actually, I wouldn’t recommend this if you have curly hair, but pretty much any other type is a go.)

Ask your barber to keep the sides and back as short as possible, while leaving 1 to 1 1/2 inch on the top. Fade the sides into the top if you don’t like the drastic transition from short to longer.

The Gentleman’s or Ivy League: This is the quintessential haircut for men. The nice thing about this one is that the cut can be done in many ways, with some even arguing that the Prohibition is a version of the Gentleman’s cut (although I disagree because of the side-to-top length difference).

The key to the cut is a nice fade from the sides into the top, leaving enough hair to create a side part. For more a more pronounced Ivy look, ask for a hard part, which means there will be a small sliver of skin showing on top of your head where the part is created. Use some pomade to create the classic “swoop” that is the telltale sign of this look.

The James Dean: This classic cut is all about the ratio – 2-to-1 – which means it is twice as long on the top as it is on the sides. You want to go for this look if you have wavy or curly hair because it looks best with body. If your hair is straight, don’t do it.

Throw some pomade in while wet if you want a more professional look, or once it dries for a more relaxed look.

The Mountain Man: Sometimes the hair on top of your head is less important than the hair on your face. Beards have been back for a while and show no sign of fading. With a beard, the main thing is to keep both your hair (on your head) and your beard in tidy shape, with a clean transition from your sideburns into your beard.

Pair this style with a crewcut on top and you’ll be set for flannels all throughout fall and winter.

Barton Strawn is the creative director of Lumina Clothing in Raleigh. Email: styleguide@luminaclothing.com.

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