Rugged Hairstyles

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Rugged Hairstyles
Cutting the hair at several lengths with a razor creates a soft shag. (A portrait of a handsome teen boy outside. image by kuhar from

Guys and gals seeking to attain that rugged, wrangler, mechanic or lumberjack look should start where style shouts the loudest: the hair. Whether you like shaggy dos, shaved heads or wispy braids, there's a style that will suit your face and give you that classic, dishevelled-but-stylish look. Start with a good cut before buying products.

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Short and Rugged

Layered and razored haircuts are the key to attractive, rugged hairstyles. Guys and girls can keep their short hair shaggy by cutting it into several lengths. For the surfer shag, keep the back long and allow the front to swoop to the side. For a shorter, more clean rugged cut, keep the back well shaped and allow the top to grow longer. Use a cream wax to pull big sections of the top and sides up and out so as not to harden or spike the hair.

Long and Rugged

Both men and women can pull off long, tousled styles that don't look dirty or unkempt. Again, keep the hair at a few different lengths and play with twisting pieces, or pulling out strands when it's pulled into a ponytail. Use a comb and hairspray to tease the hair in order to keep it from looking over-brushed or flat. For women, small braids add a delicate touch to a messy mane.

Shaved and Rugged

Sometimes a shaved head proves the ultimate rugged way for a man or woman (think Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta) to show off facial features or make a statement. It's both functional and attractive, especially for people with strong cheekbones. Men should shave their heads relatively close to the skin, leaving a bit of stubble for colour and dimension. Women can leave a bit more hair to bring out the colour in order to complement their other features. Girls might also want to play with shaving closer in some areas than others, leaving a gradient to the top. This military cut can look stunning and strong on both genders.

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