A good hairstyle success story.

13 Apr

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:


He’s not a bad-looking guy, but there’s nothing remarkable about his looks, either.  Pretty much everything about his hair screams douchewad.

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.

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11 Responses to “A good hairstyle success story.”

  1. knepper April 13, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    I am so clueless in this area, when the barber asks me how I want it, I say ‘shorter.’ Isn’t it kind of metro-sexual to be into hair?

  2. Aunt Haley April 13, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    knepper–
    Isn’t it kind of metro-sexual to be into hair?

    It could be, or it could be your way of signaling to women that you’re aware, you’re contemporary, and that you’re not a drone.

    The bottom line is that hair is just another weapon in a man’s arsenal of attracting women. It’s your choice whether or not you want to use it.

    ETA: It’s metro to dwell on your hairstyle. It’s not metro to want it to work for you.

  3. Ceer April 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    So, what am I supposed to do with my hair? Go to a beauty salon and ask the ladies what they can do with it? Or should an experienced barber know better?

  4. Jason April 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    I read an article in the paper once where the observation was made, “fashion is something invented by women and gay men to convince men that clothing is important.”

    I guess the same can be said for hairstyles.

    That said, hate hate hate soul patches.

  5. Kathy April 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Sorry, looks just as good in the second pic as in the third pic, to me.

    Too much focus on the superficial, I think. I agree with Brendan when he says game is more important..As long as a guy is reasonably presentable, and not a slob..

    Nice eyes, and a lovely smile, go a long way..

    If this is the way things are headed, expect to see many more women around with only cats for company..

  6. Ceer April 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    I, for one, am up to studying game. I’ll probably learn from the books on the stuff and then go out and try to create my own version. Don’t know how successful I’ll be because the whole premarital sex scene isn’t my thing.

    Then again, it only takes one real score for the marriage oriented man as opposed to one per week for the player.

    @Kathy
    You may be right about the whole future cat lady epidemic thing. I have a few ideas as to how/why that might come about. Anyone else?

  7. The Man Who Was . . . April 14, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    The thing is though, if you are losing your hair, it is best just to shave it off or at least go really short. There aren’t a lot of options.

  8. Hope April 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    He looks like a wad in all 3 pictures. Number 2 also looks better than the last one, mostly because of the clean shaven look.

    No look is going to appeal to every woman. I think you’ve been really off on these last few. I personally loathe the “edgy” look, especially on men who are older than college age.

    Different strokes, different folks. The vanilla “safe” look appeals to me.

  9. The Man Who Was . . . April 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    People would do well to remember that Hope is a somewhat nerdy Asian and that most girls’ tastes are probably more Haley than Hope. That said it is true that there is variation in what girls like.

    As for the advice about learning game, it is true that game counts for more than looks, but one should remember that peacocking is part of game.

  10. The Man Who Was . . . April 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    It should be remembered that peacocking should be tailored to the environment. What is appropriate peacocking in the corporate world or church is different from what is appropriate in a bar.

  11. lifeinlonglegs April 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Thursday, I’m with you on the bald look. Wish more guys would get that desperately holding onto your last locks is a sign of weakness.

    Hairstyle should accurately portray who you are as a person and fit [and reflect] your lifestyle. It’s metro [and horrible] to try to look like everyone else just because it is fashionable – where it doesn’t fit your personal sense of style.

    If a person upgrades their hair, to fit who they are becoming/are as a person — it’s fantastic to also update the rest of the look. Free yourself of the old; embrace change. I think the whole appeal of someone with a modern sense of style is that in order to maintain a current fashion sense, you have to be willing to embrace continual change fearlessly.

    Fearless = sexy!

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