Seasonal changes are not just a fashion and beauty call for women. Men, too, have the privilege of switching up their looks with warmer styles, more fashionable decisions, and going for the complete cooler option of layering. This does not only apply to wardrobing, but hair choices as well. This holiday season, we will keep you looking so much warmer and smoother in your grooming that you may hold on to it well through the spring.

The high-and-tight is a classic look that has transitioned well over time. Well-groomed and clean-cut guys can wear it with a dramatic side part, Brad Pitt wore it as a Nazi-fighting World War II soldier in Fury, and pompadour gurus sport it with a little more edge and height confidence. No matter your choice, the modern high-and-tight can take a turn for a variety of ways for the fall. It’s a warm look that has versatility in its cut and can work with any hair type and texture. The trick is to determine your desired amount of volume. Leaving sides cut shorter with maybe an inch left on top that will guarantee softer and more classic looks. However, adding more length on the crown will designate more hair creativity.

The trick to each of these looks is a great pomade, wax, or mousse to maintain volume and precision. Pomade and wax are wonderful for holding a matte look in place to control the looser shorter strands, while a mousse will lift and add volume. We recommend Bumble and Bumble’s Sumotech, Aveda’s Men ‘Pure-Formance’ Grooming Clay, or Living Proof’s Full Thickening Mousse to simply toss in, style, and go.

-Brooke Leigh Howard
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