Traditional Haircuts for Men

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Traditional Haircuts for Men
Head to the barber shop to get one of these classic cuts. (barber shop pole image by Tammy Mobley from

Traditional men's haircuts are characterised by groomed hair cut close to the head. Common haircuts for men include a tapered cut, the "business man's cut" and the Ceasar cut. To get one of these classic looks, locate an experienced barber. By the time you walk out, you will have a traditional hairstyle that is easy to maintain.

Tapered Cut

This traditional haircut is characterised by short, even layers cut close to the head. The hair is short around the sides and back, anywhere from 1/4- to 1/2-inch in length, tapering at the top, which is a little longer in length (around 1 to 2 inches). According to the FTM Guide website, "the transitions between hair lengths should be smooth." A pomade can be applied to smooth the hair and add definition to the hair on the top.

Business Man's Cut

The FTM Guide website refers to this style as the "business man's cut" because it is appropriate for an office setting. The hair is relatively short around the sides and back (about 1 inch in length), tapering to longer hair on the top (about 2 to 3 inches in length). There is a deep side part. A shiny hair gel can be applied to the hair, using a small-toothed comb to smooth hair on either side of the part. The hair is combed down on the sides and in the back, and the fringe are combed to the side.

Ceasar Cut

The Ceasar cut was named after Julius Ceasar and is characterised by short hair with fringe that are pushed forward and slightly up. This is an easy cut that does not need much maintenance. All the hair is kept short (about 1 to 2 inches in length) and even. If desired, the hair can be slightly longer on the top than on the sides and back to add more volume. A pomade can be applied to the hair to smooth it down. The fringe are kept forward and pushed slightly up or to the side.

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