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!

  1. 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!

  2. linda

    May 22, 2009 at 7:05 am

    richard can definitly pull off style #2

  3. 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:)

  4. 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 (;-))

  5. 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.

  6. Whitney

    May 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm

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

  7. 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..

  8. omusic

    May 26, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    #1 means a cooler summer do.

  9. dana beringer

    May 27, 2009 at 6:09 am

    great look go for it.

  10. 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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  12. 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…

  13. Lorii

    June 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    #1 rocks!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.