32 Comments on "A Comprehensive Guide To Haircuts"

  1. Probably the best short post ever. Very entertaining, and a great addition to your coverage of haircuts.

  2. My hair is rarely Ivy. My misshapen head is far more visible with very short hair.

  3. Michael Mattis | December 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply

    Could also serve as a guide to chins.

  4. So no curly hair?

  5. Certainly not like that Norman Hilton/Rugby model.

    Like, cowabunga, dude.

  6. What, no crew cut? 🙂

  7. Comment by Anonymous — December 26, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    +1

  8. I think one of my children “commented” for me.

    Sorry ’bout that.

  9. Uh, no. Different Henry, it seems.

    Nevermind.

  10. Is that better? 🙂

  11. This is the haircut I make an attempt at.

  12. Sure, HenryB. Thanks 🙂

  13. I just wanted to write lol but it seems the comments can’t be as short as the posts 😉

  14. Good rule of thumb. If a blow dryer is in use, it probably isn’t an Ivy League cut.

  15. EVAN EVERHART | August 24, 2018 at 4:56 pm | Reply

    LOVE this.

  16. Robert Staehling | June 6, 2020 at 1:11 pm | Reply

    As much as I adore ivy/prep/trad I simply can’t sport a short haircut; I’ve gotta let the mane flow free or I look like an egg lol

  17. Aivii Riigu | June 6, 2020 at 2:06 pm | Reply

    Whatever happened to Kionon?

  18. Aivii Riigu,
    Re: “Kionon”
    This seems to be the last we heard about the elusive Mr. Callaghan:
    http://www.ivy-style.com/preps-abroad-a-texas-trad-in-japan.html

  19. Poison Ivy Leaguer | June 6, 2020 at 3:01 pm | Reply

    The definitive Ivy League (aka Princeton aka West Point) haircut was worn by Dwayne Hickman when he portrayed Dobie Gillis.

  20. Christopher Hosford | June 6, 2020 at 4:22 pm | Reply

    Funny you post about haircuts when every single barbershop here in NYC is shut down. I’m tellin ya, the locks are gettin crazy long over here.

  21. whiskeydent | June 6, 2020 at 5:36 pm | Reply

    Too damn short for my taste. I wear more of a Plimpton than a Princeton.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Plimpton#/media/File:George_Plimpton_1993.jpg

  22. Charlottesville | June 6, 2020 at 5:56 pm | Reply

    My own crop is as close to the drawing as I can get it when haircuts are available. I have now been restored to normal by my gloved and masked barber who sprayed down the chair before I sat, and cut around my own mask-looped ears. Odd experience, but reassuring under the circumstances, and I am thankful for the opportunity after months where I was approaching mullet territory.

  23. I have thick wavy hair not cut since 3/10 or so. My hair is usually very short.
    I could definitely audition as an extra for a remake of The Good, The Bad
    and the Ugly. My wife may be giving me a trim with a device which our adult
    daughter has used successfully on her husband and sons. I have a great barber,
    but am not ready to sit in a chair.

  24. “The Plimpton”– great.

  25. I’m with Mr. Hosford. When hair cutters of all kinds closed here in Pennsylvania, a post on preferred haircut styles appears. Torture! We reopen this Friday, the 12th. I’ll be first on line to get in. Currently, I’m closer to a Plimpton, than an Ivy League, however, I loved the mention of Dobie Gillis.

  26. Barbering, like tailoring, is a trade rapidly vanishing. In the heyday, barbers went to barber college, obtained a license, invested in the required tools (such as thinning shears), took walk-in customers, and had a ball game playing on the black and white tv set. Now they hand a shingle, take appointments only, (via an app), and wish to express their artistic tendencies doing trendy hipster cuts. Ask for a regular haircut…short, and they have no idea what that means. Then they ask for $30.

  27. “Barbering, like tailoring, is a trade rapidly vanishing. In the heyday, barbers went to barber college, obtained a license, invested in the required tools (such as thinning shears), took walk-in customers, and had a ball game playing on the black and white tv set. Now they hand a shingle, take appointments only, (via an app), and wish to express their artistic tendencies doing trendy hipster cuts. Ask for a regular haircut…short, and they have no idea what that means. Then they ask for $30.”
    Not mine. Except for the ball game, she, yes she, will cut it well to your preference for around $20.
    And this is in Silicon Valley, where the cost of living is among the highest in the country.

  28. Jesse Livermore | June 7, 2020 at 3:06 pm | Reply

    I was still paying $13 in New Jersey before the lockdown. I hope the old guy reopens.

  29. Just be happy you don’t have to pay as much as women. Good lord, they get ripped off, especially if there is any coloring involved. Throw in the manis, pedis, facials and the like and they can easily spend a couple hundred bucks a month on “maintenance.”

  30. The English aristocracy would look upon such short hair as distinctly plebeian.

    Funnily enough this American style short hair has been very influential on working class British fashion subcultures. Mods and soccer casuals loved it.

  31. Trousers
    That’s a very good point. I especially noticed it in crime movies/TV. The style bounced back over here and fits in with the super skinny clothes. It’s like they took the sleek late 50’s early 60″ stuff and made it even sleeker. It all seems to fit into a minimalist aesthetic that is about as interesting to me as a modernist glass box building.

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