Men's Hair Trend: Short Sides, Disconnected Top

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Shaved Sides with Disconnected Top

Undercut Haircut for Men
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For this style, the hair is taken aggressively close on the sides and back (a number one blade is used). This clipper section is taken high up to the point when the head begins to round on the sides. The back is clippered up to the crown. The top is left about four inches long and there is a definite disconnect between the sides and top (e.g. if combed down, the top would hang over the shaved sides). For styling, a blow dryer is used to give height in the front. A bit of styling product can be used to provide hold and separation.

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Classic Pompadour With Disconnected Top

Pompadour with Disconnected Top
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This is a classic men's pompadour haircut. For this particular style, the hair is clipper cut fairly short on the sides and back. The hair is blended on the parted side but left with a definite line of demarcation on the non-parted side (this line will disappear when the hair is swept back).

For this style, I recommend a classic pomade such as a Murray's. Apply about a pea-sized amount of pomade to the palm of your hand and work your hands around a bit to warm it up and emulsify it. Using a brush, slick the hair straight back and to the side (a blow dryer may be used before applying the pomade to give a bit more height in the front).

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Dry Look Pompadour

Dry Look Pompadour with Undercut
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This style is your basic pompadour with a bit less blending on the sides and back. Where this style deviates from the classic pomp is that most pompadours are worn with a shiny, wet look while this version is worn dry.

For styling, I recommend using a good flake-free gel such as American Crew's Light Hold Gel (use the firm hold for thicker hair). When the hair is slightly damp, apply a liberal amount of gel evenly throughout the hair. Comb the hair back and a bit to the side and let it dry naturally. Next, to create the dry look, brush through the hair (which will retain its shape from the gel). A bit of hair spray may be applied to lock in the style.

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Pompadour With Exaggerated Length on Top

Long Pompadour Undercut
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This is an extreme variation of the pompadour in which the hair is cut short high up the sides and back of the head, while the top is left six or more inches long. This is a basic undercut in that​ if the top were to be combed down, it would hang over the sides. The top is styled with firm hold gel. The hair is combed up and straight back with a slight direct to the side. Hairspray is used to hold the style in place. This style isn't the most versatile due to the extreme length difference between the sides and top—it can only really be worn one way (as shown).

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Brandon Flowers' Haircut

Brandon Flowers Haircut
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The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers is shown wearing an aggressive version of the short sides with a disconnected top. The hair is cut high up with a number one blade with little to no blending with the top (which is left around three inches long). The hair can be styled with a bit of styling paste (such as American Crew Tea Tree Defining Paste) to add separation and control. For this variation of the cut, the hair on top is worn a bit more casually but can also be styled neatly combed back for a more formal look.

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Ryan Tedder's Haircut

Ryan Tedder Haircut
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One Republic lead singer Ryan Tedder has worn a variation of this style for a number of years. The hair is clipped aggressively short all the way up the sides and back of the head. The top, which is left several inches long can be worn neatly combed back in a bit of a pompadour style worn down for a more casual look. The back of the hair is neatly tapered and there is a clean line around the ears. I like the way this style combines classic barbering with modern styling.

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Jack Antonoff Haircut

Jack Antanoff Haircut fun.
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Jack Antonoffof fun. defines "geek chic" with this unique style. For this cut, the hair is clipper cut aggressively short high up sides and back (with the sides and back faded to the skin). The top is left somewhat disheveled allowing this hair's natural texture to do the work. Adding to the cool nerdy look, Antonoff dons a pair of geeky glasses. This style, much like the name of the group he performs with is fun and low maintenance. As an alternative, the style could be worn slicked back with a bit of pomade for a neater look.