I’m a 24 year old professional, and I want to be taken seriously. But I have very thick hair, and I’m 100% unsure how to style it that will look professional but not make me look like my dad. What kinds of options do I have?
I feel your pain. As a constantly-carded 28-year-old, I know what it’s like to want to look older. I’m sure when we’re pushing forty and look 25, we’ll be happy, but for now, it can be kind of a pain to try and be taken seriously without throwing on a three-piece suit every morning.
Since my hair presents the opposite problem – its super-fine texture necessitates velcro rollers and complicated teasing techniques every time I want it to do something other than lie pin-straight against my head (I don’t think I nearly say this enough, but sometimes you guys have it way easier than us ladies. Barring very strange circumstances, you will never deal with the hoo-ha that is velcro rollers) – I thought I’d go to the experts on this.
So I asked Michael Forrey, Creative Director at Sassoon Salon NYC Downtown, and he had this to say:
“First, it’s all about suitability and picking the right shape for your hair texture, face shape, and body type. It’s also very important to request a cut that will give you many style options as it will make it simple to change your look from work-appropriate to a night on the town. If you’re not exactly sure what looks will best suit you, it’s always a good idea to ask your regular stylist for recommendations since they’re familiar with your hair type and can create a look specifically for you.
That said, if you’re looking to scream professional, I’m always a fan of a well-maintained, barbered look with the hair cut closely to the hair lines and ears. Hair that is soft and falling on top of the ear or hitting the collar may project an ‘unkempt’ attitude, so if you’re looking to avoid that connotation while still remaining stylish, young and office-friendly, try keeping the sides and back very short and tailored, but maintaining a little more texture and length through the top. This type of cut will give you the versatility to slick back the hair for when you’re on the job or wear the hair casually, with it falling more towards the face, when you’re not.”
I think two common hair mistakes guys make when it comes to styling are 1.) “Hair products are for chicks. I don’t need ’em” and 2.) “I love hair products! I use tons and tons of them!” Having a great haircut usually involves a little maintenance – more than “roll out of bed, repeat” – but usually just a little bit of product will do. Make sure you’ve got the right one for your hair and hairstyle by asking your stylist (or barber) (or girlfriend).
Forrey recommends the Kerastase Homme Gel Capital Force ($30), which helps you achieve more hold and structure when you’re slicking the hair back and off the face. When wearing it forward or up, he suggests the Kerastase Homme Pâte Capital Force ($30), a densifying molding paste that helps you create a more modern texture through the top.
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