Ryan Reynolds Deadpool Haircut

Ryan Reynolds Deadpool Haircut
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With spring in full swing and summer hot on its heels, many guys are looking for shorter and cooler alternatives.  Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool haircut, a variation of the Ivy League, is the perfect low-maintenance, spring and summer haircut for men.  The style is short, cool, and easy to maintain.

When I tuned into the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, I almost did not recognize Reynolds with this new cut.

 For the past few years, he seems to have favored the medium-length, casual hairstyle, so it is interesting to see him with this new look.  

For this style, the hair is cut high and tight on the sides and back with a number one blade and blended into about one and a half inches on top just past the round of the head.  The top is cut short with scissors and can be styled with a matte-finish paste to add control and texture.  For his Tonight Show appearance,  Reynolds wore a short, somewhat scruffy beard that gave him a more rugged look.

This Ivy League style will work on most any face shape, but is especially well suited to men with oval or rounded faces.  The high and tight nature of the cut can help balance out a rounder face as the cut is more square in shape.  For guys with a square face, this cut may not work well as the square shape of the cut combined with a square face would be a bit much.

 My rule of thumb is that, to provide balance, a round face requires a leaner, squared-up haircut while a square face requires something a bit fuller.  Guys with a more square face who still want an ultra-short cut, could go with a more traditional style buzzcut.

This cut can also work well for most hair types.

 For those with very thick, straight hair,  some modifications may be required to prevent the top from looking like a fuzzy mess.  For those with thick, straight hair, a more traditional style flattop is a good alternative.

Taking lifestyle and profession into consideration, this haircut would be appropriate for most any man, especially those who are military, athletes, or blue-collar workers.  Because the cut is a bit more aggressive, it may not be well suited for conservative business environments (although I think this type of cut looks great when paired with a sharp suit -- I love the contrast).  For those in a more conservative environment, I would go clean-shaven or keep a very neatly trimmed beard (no longer than the hair on the sides, with a clean outline).  For those in less conservative environments, I think a short beard adds a nice rugged flair to this style.

To get this haircut, I recommend going to a traditional barber -- barbers are typically more skilled with shorter, clipper-based haircut (and, as a bonus, they tend to be cheaper as well).  To avoid all guesswork, I recommend printing this photo and taking it with you, but you can always tell them you'd like a high and tight, cut with a number one blade on the sides and back (traditional high and tights are bald on the sides and back) and finger-length on top.

 You'll also want to pick up a good matte finish styling paste (I love Harbond Moulder for this task).  Since the hair is so short, you'll only need a small amount to create the hold and texture you need.

For men wanting a short, easy-to-care-for haircut that looks great straight out of the bed,  I highly recommend giving this Ivy League style a try -- it's low-maintenance and masculine and suitable for most any man.

In case you're wondering, you can see Mr. Reynolds as Wade Wilson in Deadpool.