Today, we’re going to walk you through a particularly dapper haircut that’s been increasing in popularity. The style is a combination of elements from classic men’s styles, and the result is a contemporary twist that breathes new life into old standbys.
This style is a combination of a side part, a fade or taper, and a slicked back top. It’s simple enough, but it packs a punch. If you’re tired of your current haircut and need a refreshing style, try this one.
What do I need for the dapper haircut?
This cut works best if you have straight or wavy hair because the hair will need to be slicked back. If you have curly (but not coiled) hair, you may be able to pull of this haircut, but it will be a bit more difficult.
You’ll also need your favorite hair product. A medium hold gel or wax should be fine for most hair types. If you have hair that’s tough to manage, look for a firm hold product. A matte product is also preferable because it looks like no product was added to the hair, so there’s no greasy appearance.
How to Get the Dapper Haircut
First, ask your barber to fade (or taper) the sides and back. The hair should fade up from about a #1 to a #2. This fade should repeated on your temples, so the resulting look will be a nice overall fade.
Next, ask your barber to blend the clippered hair using the scissors over comb technique (instead of clippers). When this step is done, your hair should look nicely blended together. In other words, you shouldn’t see a dramatic difference between the top and the sides/back.
Finally, ask for the hair on top to be trimmed to the length you want. You can go for any length, but we find that anywhere from 2 to 4 inches is good for this cut. You want to have enough hair on top so that you can slick it back and part it, but you don’t want too much, or else it will become unmanageable. If you’re aiming for a more voluminous dapper haircut, you’ll probably want your hair to be on the longer end of the spectrum, about 3 to 4 inches.
You can also ask for the edges of your haircut to be detailed with clippers so that you have fine lines around the cut. Optionally, you can also ask your barber to shave in a hard part.
How to Style the Dapper Haircut
Start by towel drying your hair so it’s still damp. Work in about a quarter sized amount of product between your hands and work it into your hair. Comb it through and keep working it in with your hands.
Part your hair and brush it as you usually would, then tease the hair in front to get some volume. Finally, comb your hair backward to achieve the slicked back look. Bare in mind: use moderate amount of product to keep the effect and avoid overdoing it.
This dapper style utilizes the trendy side-swept technique and a more gradual taper, giving it a very full-bodied and neat appearance.
The slicked back undercut is a fashionable variation of the timeless dapper cut. The part here is less obvious since the focal point is the backward movement of the hair.
If you want to put a fun twist on the basic dapper style, this is the haircut for you. The hair on top flows over and out onto the forehead, and it works well with straight or curly hair.
Prefer to keep it short? This no-nonsense haircut has a very clean and even look that puts a minimal spin on the dapper style.
Brushing a quiff to the side is a tried and true look and for good reason. This is very much a recognizably dapper hairstyle, but the side quiff spices it up just a little.
This loose, voluminous hairstyle takes the dapper haircut to new heights (literally). Long hair is finger combed for the wavy, windswept look shown here.
Here’s a tidy take on the classic pomp. The hair is brushed back and finger combed just a touch to create a sense of motion, while a subtle line up provides extra definition.
The Caesar cut has stood the test of time, and as a result, there are many great variations. This short business cut has roots in the Caesar cut but is a little messier and features a gentle part.
If you like your hair to be neat but still want a lot of styles, this straightforward quiff is an excellent option.
Here’s a simple dapper haircut that’s especially good for guys with thin hair. The hair is simply brushed to the side, but the result is formal and stylish.
The combination of a basic scissor cut and taper might sound underwhelming, but in reality, it’s a fantastic pairing that’s never gone out of style.
If you’re after a low maintenance dapper hairstyle, try an Ivy League. This gentlemanly cut will work with any hair type, and you can get it at any barbershop or salon.