Men’s Summer Hairstyles

Richard needs your help!

This very patient man has been on my waiting list for over a year and sent me another update this morning.

I’ve got three months of new growth here, and am at that “in between” stage where I’m either going long or cutting it off ….  It’s four inches long on top and between three and four most everywhere else, and as wavy as usual…. I was all set to cut it off until a stylist mentioned that I have nice wavy hair, and how she has all these clients growing their hair who shouldn’t, but I should.

If I cut it, I will cut at least three inches (maybe more – I’m not a halfway kind of guy!), and that’s six months to get it back, so that’s the only reason I’m hoping you have time for a quick response…. If I cut it now, I will grow it back with the Eric Bana look in mind for the fall…

The gist of the matter is whether or not Richard should chop it all off or keep growing. After looking at photos of very short haircuts sent to me by Richard, I don’t think a super short haircut is the way to go. Richard has a nice wave pattern, so there shouldn’t be a need for him to chop off his waves completely.

Take a look at my options for Richard. (With Eric Bana in mind…)

Option #1 shortens the sides considerably, but leaves enough length on top to show off Richard’s waves.

Option #2 is an all-around longer look. Richard would need to continue growing the back of his hair for a little while longer while cleaning up the top and sides.

What do you think? Richard really wants to know!

  • sizzle

    May 19, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Option 2 is sexy.

  • andrea

    May 19, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I really like option 2, however, I think 1 is likely easier to keep up.

  • Groovymarlin

    May 19, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I would go with Option 1, but I think that longish hair in general looks very silly on guys. It’s a personal preference. :)

  • brista

    May 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Oh, I hate being this person, but Google was largely useless so…who’s Eric Dana?

    Eric BANA. Sorry, little typo there.

  • iheartgreen

    May 19, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Option #1: Easy to maintain, hip but not in a trying too hard type of way, and should require less product minimizing the crunchiness of hair.

  • Elizabeth

    May 19, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Oh, Option 2, since you’re so close, then can always cut back to Option 1 later.

  • Dana

    May 19, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Option #1 – not sure I agree about not going shorter. It’s summer, and wavy hair can be a chore – go shorter and more texturized, it’s a cooler look (just keep it smooth and don’t get clippers involved).

    I was referring to a super short haircut (like a buzz) in my post – obviously, Option #1 would look great on Richard or I wouldn’t have picked it. Totally agree about summer.

  • kate

    May 19, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Door number 2! It’s that sexy, casual European-look that Richard can totally pull off.

    Number twwooooo!!! Definitely.

  • Annie

    May 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Richard is a nice looking man, but #2 seems a bit much of a… too young look for him. Number One with a bit of a not-too-greasy product would look nice on him.

  • Jane

    May 19, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    I went for option #1. I also think #2 is a little bit young for Richard.

  • Sara

    May 20, 2009 at 2:59 am

    I prefer #1. My issue with #2 isn’t so much age as “trying too hard.” If you feel like having to be 100% on your game every single day of your life, and don’t mind hours of styling just to look unstyled, then you might be able to pull it off, but #1 would be a lot easier to keep looking good (and non-silly) on an everyday basis.

  • Danette

    May 20, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Well, considering the parade of hotties that Eric Bana seems to co-star with, I would think any haircut that compares you to him would be A-OK, but if I have to choose…#2…you are half way there, finish what you started…I don’t think the look is too young..

  • Jamie

    May 20, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Wow. It’s a little hard to vote for Option #1 because the Option #2 picture is SO DANG SEXY. That said, I won’t be swayed – I think Option #1 is best. Richard can always go shorter for summer, and grow it out in the winter.

  • Nattienaturally

    May 20, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Definitely #1 all the way–professional and yet fun!

  • jennifer in sf

    May 20, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I voted for #1.

    But what I really want to vote for is more Eric Bana.

  • kat

    May 21, 2009 at 6:58 am

    richard has fantastic hair by his photos! thick and wavy. and who did that remind me of? patrick mcdreamy dempsey. and he wears it longish in greys anatomy so i voted for #2.

    can’t wait to see the result richard!

  • linda

    May 22, 2009 at 7:05 am

    richard can definitly pull off style #2

  • Ilene

    May 22, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Mary has a point about the styling time and product required to accomplish the casual sexy look with longer hair but look at the bright side..you are not paying for hair extensions as many women do to achieve the fuller longer look…I also agree with Danette as you are more than halfway there — go for it and own the sexy casual just had passionate sex mussed up look–It may bring out a different side of you and it will be interesting to see if it effects how people who know you respond to you–have fun with it–and smile–
    In addition, it creates more of a softness around your face vs elongating it as adding only fullness at the top would achieve–be careful of the poindexter look—
    Finally, after all the work of growing it and maintaining it wears off– you can crop it in at the back and sides and shorten it to the easier to style–cleaner more traditional look–Thus having the best of both worlds in transition–
    Looking forward to seeing the final look for phase 1–better keep photos and frame with loved ones–as if you go bald later it will bring a smile to your face:)

  • Diane

    May 22, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Dario Franchitti can do it – but can Richard? Depends on how much work you want to put in – so I vote for #1 (;-))

  • tcb

    May 23, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I agree with the wave pattern being a nice one to work with. I would keep the ‘longer’ look, but do a light trim on the sides and back for the summer (Option #1). However, avoid making him look like “Duckie” from “Pretty In Pink”. Then it should be in a good form to give it a go at the longer look (Option #2) for the fall/winter.

  • Whitney

    May 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Option 2! It shows his easy-going & relaxed nature.

  • becki west

    May 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    #2 for richard would keep him hip and young..
    get thru the tough times well worth it..

  • omusic

    May 26, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    #1 means a cooler summer do.

  • dana beringer

    May 27, 2009 at 6:09 am

    great look go for it.

  • Diane Meier

    May 27, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Young, old – who the hell can tell anymore when 50 is the New 35!

    Whether we like it all or not, we are forced to recognize that the Old Rules seem to have fallen, and – for the most part, good riddance – (except for white shoes before Labor Day, of course..).

    It now seems obvious that how we wear our hair should be based on our own bone structure, hair texture and personal style — And it just seems to me that Option #2 fits Richard to a tee! No matter how young he might look or feel.

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  • Pat Palombi

    June 4, 2009 at 5:26 am

    I know Richard, and he seems more like the preppy type, with shorter, neater hair. But I really think it’s all about personal choice and feeling good about yourself, so, Richard…

  • Lorii

    June 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    #1 rocks!

  • Thea Tsiranides

    June 8, 2009 at 10:34 am

    With a great haircut, Richard could wear either choice. Option 2 can work beautifully through the heat of summer with a light relaxer, and the right cocktail of products.

  • Jessica Martello

    June 8, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Judging from the picture, Richard looks like a laid back kind of guy which is one reason I chose option 2. He’s got nice wave to his hair that would be a shame to cut off, so with the right cut & product I think the longer option would look nice on him.

  • RFaller

    June 12, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Richard-NUMBER TWO is YOU! One is just too stiff!

  • Sarra

    June 14, 2009 at 6:57 am

    i chose option 1 for Richard. It’s the summer and shorter hair is alot more cooling. I also think that it would be easier for him to maintain with the right products since I have spoke with him and he is border line maintenance and non maintenance

  • Lara

    June 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Richard, you need to embrace your inner tiger and go for that sexy longer style in Option #2….hang in there and grow it out a little while more, and picture yourself coming out of the summer waves and smoothing back those long wavy locks on the beach. Or if that image doesn’t work for you, you can always cut it later. Good luck!

  • Sonja

    June 30, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Option 1 would be easier to manage and is more suited for the Summer. You can always grow it out if you decide to change your mind. I know you will ROCK any style that you choose.

  • marjorie maxfield

    July 17, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Help! I just sent in an unfinished comment by mistake. I was working on it and it flashed off the page. Please do not print. Aother pearl is coming you way.

  • Anjela

    July 18, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Richard could go either way with his hair and still look as handsome as any guy in GQ! However I think both Richard and Bana look so much more interesting with shaved heads or buzz cut. He, Richard has the features to wear shorter hair and as he is young he has tons of time to wear a longer length as time goes by. Or even in the winter months! I like longer hair but on older men like my neurologist Dr Katz who wears his hair in a pony tail!! A pony tail and a Armani jacket and a great intellect.
    I do like the waves and I do like it shorter.I am undecided between the two shown but woulld lean towards the shorter. I would love to see a third option where you buzz it. He could definitely carry it off- He has a great look and lovely features couple his beautiful eyes with shorter or buzzed head and he is dynamite because he also posseses an intellectual look!!
    I have attached a link where Bana has a bald head- This could easily be Richard?

  • Anjela

    July 18, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Oooops here is the link as promised!


  • Marjorie McLane Maxfield

    July 19, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    RICHARD: To cut, or not to cut– that is the question:
    Whether ‘tis nobler in mind to suffer
    The scissors and shears of outrageous coif-dom. . .
    Or, perchance to dream: ay, there’s the cut,
    For in that daydream of longer locks what dreams may come
    When we have shaved off this mortal mane,
    Must give us pause. There’s the respect
    That makes calamity of so long hair.

  • Margo Epprecht

    July 20, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I think Richard has to decide how much time he wants to spend playing with product in the a.m. I vote for #1 because it is good looking and easier to keep up. Can’t wait to see the outcome! Margo

  • Megan

    July 22, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I agree with the last post, how much time do you want to spend “doing” your hair in the morning, Richard? I think I would go with style #1 – a more wash-n-go style for you! Hot stuff!

  • Update — Richard : Hair Thursday

    July 27, 2009 at 11:00 am

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