Top 5 Ways to Turn Heads at a Holiday Party

We’re all coming off the strict traditions of Thanksgiving – where relationships were strained over matters of global importance such as whether to cook the stuffing inside or outside the turkey. And while Thanksgiving was all about conforming, the December holidays are about conspicuous individual displays of holiday spirit. It’s basically a competition to see who will make the biggest impact. And the arena for this competition is the holiday party.

Office parties, family parties, parties at the homes of friends and neighbors… Holiday party season is in full swing. And the revelry doesn’t let up until the last cork is popped on New Year’s Eve. This means you have multiple opportunities to make a bold statement. And in the contrived world of ugly Christmas sweaters and funny holiday neckties, why not let your hair do the talking? It’s a perfect time to pull a 180 and show up to the party with a brand-new haircut. Not just a trim or a little off the top, but a game-changing, eye-popping, compliment-collecting new ‘do.

You don’t even have to be someone who’s normally trendy or fashionable. In fact, the more conservative you usually are, the greater the impact you and your new haircut will have.

Every guy has his own length, and thickness, and quantity of hair. So here are 5 different ways to get your hairstyle on-point.

 

Long-to-Short

This is the easiest one to pull-off, but also requires the largest commitment. Guys with long hair tend to be proud of it. They’ve spent their lives dealing with comments from co-workers, while resisting the pressure to fall in line and conform. But this isn’t about giving up the fight, it’s about taking control of the situation. You grew it long because you felt like it. Now you’re cutting it off because you feel like it. You’ll blow everyone away, guaranteed. For bonus points, donate the hair to Locks of Love. You’ll have the best story at the party - and Dave from Marketing will look like a selfish idiot standing there in his ugly Santa sweater.

 

Flat-to-Fashionable

A lot of Gen-X guys went through high school without hair product. Their Baby Boomer fathers kept things in line with pomade, while their kids were all about mousse, styling gel, and wax. Growing up in the 70s and early 80s meant you were stuck in the middle, when it all about long hair and rebelling. The only hair product you needed was that comb in your back pocket (and maybe a secret spray of your sister’s Aqua Net on prom night). If this is you, then the thought of electric clippers might be a little scary. But you’re not in high school anymore. No one’s here to make fun of you. In fact, you’ll probably find that a fresh haircut brings you just the opposite – lots of compliments. Try a side part fade, which allows you to hang on to your trusty comb-inspired coif while adding just the right amount of Ryan Gosling-inspired style. If you don’t know who Ryan Gosling is, just Google his name and then show the picture to your barber.

 

Pile it High

If you’ve got lots of hair to work with and can’t bear to cut it off, get yourself a Pompadour cut. It’s the haircut musicians had when you were back in high school. Think young Elvis or the Stray Cats or Bruno Mars. It will require work. It will require hair product. But it’s worth it. Dark suit, bright shirt, no tie…you’ll look like a million bucks.

 

Corral the Pony

You’ve got nice, long hair but never knew what to do with it aside from putting it in a pony tail. Think Jeff Bridges. Better yet, look up pictures of Jeff Bridges. His hair is longer than most, but it’s got style that holds its own on the red carpet. It’s the perfect compromise between hippie and sell-out.

 

Already Short

If you’ve got limited hair to work with, or you’ve already cut it short, you still have options. Chances are, the Lord blessed you with great facial hair. That’s your zone. A quick search online reveals dozens of beard, mustache, and sideburn styles. Just a week or two of beard growth should give your barber enough to work with. Pair it with a full head shave for a Heisenberg look that will make you seem just a little dangerous.

 

Now that you’re ready to take the leap, book your appointment for your cut & shave. Optimally, you’ll want to schedule it just before the big reveal. And when you arrive at the party, walk in with total confidence. If you keep hearing the phrase OMG, you’ve done something right. Happy holidays!

 

Barbershop Jack, located on High Street, offers gentlemen’s grooming services, including haircuts, shaves, teeth whitening, facials, and more.

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Pomp & Circumstance: Men's Hair Trends

“I had my hair piled high and my baby just looked so right”

Rock This Town by The Stray Cats

Tall hair is back. One of the hottest cuts requested right now at Barbershop Jack is the Pompadour – even if guys don’t use that term. Trimmed on the side and back, and wayyyy tall on top. Think Bruno Mars. Or Elvis Presley in the 50’s. Or Ronald Reagan in the 80’s. As cuts go, it’s a great way for guys to show off their hair without going the “long hair” route. Over the years, women have gotten into the act, too, including actress Bette Davis in the 40’s and current pop stars Gwen Stefani and Pink. The hairstyle was actually named after a woman, France’s Madame de Pompadour (the mistress of King Louis XV). Somewhere along the way, guys hijacked the look and never let go.

The style has taken several detours over the years, including the rockabilly-inspired D.A. (think Grease or The Stray Cats), the Mohawk/Pompadour hybrid known as the Quiff, and the Razor Faded Pompadour which blends a fade, a side part, and the classic Pompadour. Just watch any given episode of The Bachelorette and about half of the “bro’s” will be sporting a Razor Faded Pompadour. The best part about this cut is that it transcends both age and race. James Brown and James Dean wore it equally well, as did actor Luke Perry and R&B singer Miguel. It’s one of the rare styles that looks great in both Twilightand The Sopranos.

Thinking of growing a Pomp? As long as you’ve got the hair, Barbershop Jack can get you there. Just make sure you’ve got plenty of product on hand and some extra time in the morning to commit to the ‘do. And if you’re new to the Pompadour game, bring in a photo of the person you think wears it best. The guys at Barbershop Jack will take it from there.

Pompadours, fades, and other classic haircuts are available at Barbershop Jack. Appointments and walk-ins available. Book Now

Jack Does Fades

One of the most underrated barber skills is the ability to deliver an expert fade. Because you're dealing in millimeters instead of inches, It requires absolute precision with the electric clippers. The fade was once primarily the domain of African-American men, but has now become an incredibly popular haircut with men of all backgrounds and hair types. It's also one of the most versatile haircuts, partnering nicely with hundreds of different hairstyles. High fade, low fade, flat top fade, side part, gentleman's cut... the list goes on, and offers quite a bit of creativity. From fashion-forward metrosexuals to athletes to bankers and bros, the fade is red hot. Barbershop Jack has highly trained, highly skilled barbers to help you develop and maintain the exact look you want. Stop by and we'll get your fade on.

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