In the last thread, Ceer asked:
For a men’s haircut, unless it’s quite outlandish, like a mohawk or dreadlocks, is the quality of a man’s haircut REALLY all that noticeable?
The answer is YES. A good haircut can make the difference between a man looking sexy and a man looking plain (or worse).
A good example of the power of a good haircut is 2008 American Idol winner David Cook. I think it’s fair to say that Cook might not have won Idol if he hadn’t gotten a very flattering haircut when he was about 6 weeks into the voting rounds of the competition. Even though Cook had one of the best voices of the season and had turned in some very strong performances, women didn’t get excited about him until the haircut arrived. It was only after the haircut that Cook, who had previously been considered somewhat douchey and smug, transformed in women’s eyes into a sexy, smart, mature man who sent them into a tingle frenzy.
Here is Cook as he looked at his audition:
Here is Cook as he looked singing “Hello,” which was his breakout performance three weeks into the voting:
His singing put him on the map, but he wasn’t incinerating panties, either. While the hair is improved, it distracts from his face and looks like a run-of-the-mill “young rocker guy” haircut.
Below is Cook as he looked post-haircut:
His face is now front-and-center, and the facial hair adds maturity and intelligence to his look. He looks cleaner, healthier, more confident, more approachable, and more open. He barely resembles the douchewad who auditioned with red bangs, soul patch, and really ugly fauxhawk. This is the haircut that skyrocketed his sex appeal to women, and which he has more or less maintained since.
The thing to note is that the changes that Cook made to his hair aren’t drastic. Mainly he just got a cleaner, shorter ‘do that flattered his face. But the difference that those small changes made was huge. His haircut allowed people to see the best in him, instead of distracting them. (He also lost some weight on the show. That helped, too.)
Now, Cook obviously had the help of professional stylists, and the average person doesn’t have access to that. Cook was also starting with a more extreme look than the average person. Still, if you’ve had the same “safe” haircut for a while, maybe it would be worth looking into something a little edgier, something that’s a break from the normal. It’s only hair. It’ll grow back. At the very least, you’ll get credit for rocking the boat a little.