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We love our Nigerian men and their presence and they love us too… So lets paint a scenario:

A pretty lady is sitting over there…

…and you decide to approach her.

  • Outfit… check
  • Posture… check.
  • Opening line… check.
  • Hair… whoops.
    It’s grungy, smelly, & doesn’t flatter your face.

Will that ruin your first impression?

Maybe…

We decided to do the research and we found out that the right hairstyle can up your attraction level tremendously.

We’re breaking down each one in terms of:

  • What it is
  • Why it’s attractive
  • A guide to tell your barber what to do

#1 Undercut – The Modern Cut

The undercut combines short and long styles that stand out from all angles. The back and sides are shaved while hair at the top is swept right, left or backwards. It’s easy and quick to style with a little pomade or gel.

Why it’s popular

It was first a trend among working class men (who couldn’t afford more skilled barbers). But recently the everyone started to experiment with undercuts. They found the short-long contrast interesting and “edgy.”

Why it’s attractive

One thing about undercuts is they bring the ears to the foreground while the hair on top stays long. That’s a plus if you got nicely shaped ears. This style is called “an attention getter” that’s perfect for outgoing men.

#2 Classic Quiff – The Elvis Cut

  

Description

The sides are cut shorter while the hair on top is combed forward except the front part. The strands in front are unevenly brushed up.

Why it’s popular

These days other young musicians and actors are paying it tribute. Pinterest sees it trending over the next few years – especially those with a windswept twist at the top.

Why it’s attractive

The classic quiff is manly-stylish when done properly. People see it as the “evolution” of the crew cut. It’s not supposed to be perfect – that’s why women love it. There’s beauty in hair that’s a bit rugged. It shows you’re not that high-maintenance.

#3 Classic Pompadour – The Bruno Mars Cut

  

Description

This is a close cousin of the quiff – only it’s neater. The hair is swept back high over your forehead leaving no strand out of place. From the side view it’s shaped like a cone or a shark’s fin. You maintain its direction with a blow dryer and some wax or pomade.

Why it’s popular

Sometimes we see trends cross over gender boundaries. In Nigeria these days, its dififcult to say this is for men and this for women. The boundaries have been crossed largely and we are loving it.  The Nigerian barbers love the look, in fact they always suggest it.

Why it’s attractive

You show massive confidence when you pull off a classic pompadour. It appears high-maintenance but if you’re charming enough, women are really drawn to it. Men with this hair are young and are perceived as wealthy and style-conscious. And ladies like men who have taste and pepper them.

 

#4 Crew Cut – The Classic Cut

    

Description

Hair at the top is upright and you can add wax or gel to spike it some more. Other than that there’s no maintenance required until your next trip to the barbershop.

Why it’s popular

Hair at the front isn’t dangling. There’s less to wash and condition. You can brush it forward. Also it’s one of the smarter-looking hairstyles today. Sometimes crew cuts are referred to as Ivy League cuts and most Nigerian business men opt for it.

Why it’s attractive

The crew cut is a women’s favorite. So is the suit. But a guy with a crew cut and a nice suit – that’s a killer combo. You see it on TV with all those fictional lawyers, spies and con artists alike. Those men aren’t just smart and diligent – they completely look like it. They endorse the beauty of classic short hair.

#5 Buzz Cut – The Military Cut

    

Description

This style is also known as the butch cut. All hair is trimmed short – between 1/4 and 3/4 inches – around the head. Clippers are used to taper the back and sides for a slight fade. Buzz cuts are easy to maintain with the use of hair control wax (butch wax).

Why it’s popular

For the average Nigerian man there two ways to go with his natural tight-curled hair. He either grows it or buzzes it off. Buzz cuts are more common now as men like the advantages. It’s even all throughout and bald spots won’t be an issue. Plus anyone can try it – you don’t have to be black or balding.

Why it’s attractive

The buzz cut denotes discipline and manliness. Most men in the military sport it well – it matches their uniforms. And women respond to that tough, authoritative image. They love a guy who looks like he can be their knight in shining armor.

#6 Side Part – The Professional Cut

  

Description

The side part is a type of combover that’s split somewhere in the left/right sections of your scalp. There are men who use it to hide bald spots. But you can have thick straight hair and look just as good in it. Hair on either side is swept according to its natural direction. A good gel or pomade should keep everything neat and slick.

Why it’s popular

This style has always been relevant. Male models do fashion shows with a side part because it looks chic. Those working in the industry like how it’s simple to style. Then we have the Mad Men characters sporting them just as well as their suits. It’s great for busy office guys who don’t want to waste time and effort on hair.

Why it’s attractive

You’ll never risk the same “trying too hard” impression that other hairstyles have. Instead it’s tidy, professional-looking hair. It’s a more mature style and women like that.

#7 Fade – The Fade Cut

Description

This is a popular black guy’s style in which the hair above the forehead is balanced and well-shaped. You don’t face the issues of hair looking thin or too shaved. Gel or pomade helps give the hair on top more shine and definition.

Why it’s popular

Nigerian men or other guys with tight curls can use it as a very short Afro. The texture remains at the top while both temples (sections near the ears) are tapered halfway. The way the curls are neatly packed makes it an alternative to the crew cut. If it’s not short-and-spiky it might as well be short-and-curly.

Why it’s attractive

Men with fades pay homage to funky styles of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie in their younger years (except the hair is shorter). We have singers like Usher and Drake who’ve tried it. And apparently women like those tiny curls.

#8 Bald Head – The Bald Look

    

Description

It’s the least deceptive hairstyle of all – with nothing to hide or manipulate. You see either no hair at all or just a little along the sides. It looks clean 100% of the time. All you need is a good moisturizing conditioner in the shower to keep the scalp healthy.

Why it’s popular

It’s a simple style that needs zero time for fixing up. You don’t worry about using the right gel, cream or wax. And let’s not forget our fellow gentlemen with the balding gene who struggle with bald spots. Kudos to those who take that big step and own up to their new ‘do! Going bald can be liberating.

Why it’s attractive

It makes men look so cool and macho. It brings out a heightened confidence – as if you’ve made it a part of yourself instead of a “missing” part. There’s an attractive boldness to baldness.

Remember this every time you’re at the barbershop: you’re paying for a style YOU WANT. So collaborate with your barber. Show them pictures. Point out which areas to trim off some more. Get their opinion or suggestions.

You want a finished product that highlights your looks, suits your personality and makes you an all-around interesting guy. That’s your money’s worth.

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