I'm tired of the cheap, shapeless, slapdash men's haircuts I get at chain salons. I definitely don't want (and can't take care of) expensive salon hairstyles. What's my haircut strategy?
Ever since I've started paying for my own haircuts (roughly contemporary with my first year at college), my strategy has been to walk into a Haircuttery or similarly priced unisex hair-place, sit down with the first available stylist, and ask for "#4 on the sides, scissor cut on top, and square at the neck."
I end up with a generic short cut that looks clumsy in the front and sticks up at the top. Upon coming home, I usually find uneven areas. After growing out for a few weeks, it starts looking shapeless, as hair on the top of my head starts awkwardly overhanging the sides, messily scatters across my forehead, etc.
I have a big round head with "strong features." My dark brown hair is fine, limp, slightly wavy, and gets greasy quickly.
I've looked at style books in salons a couple of times, but they show flamboyant, sculpted 80s hairstyles. I don't know what any TV celebrities look like, so I can't easily match myself to someone with a similarly shaped head. I also don't have the practiced eye to notice fine details in the haircuts of the people around me. At best, I can tell if it's a long or short cut, and whether hair gel is involved. I would need to look long and intently to notice things like how the temples are shaped or how the sides transition into the top. And shouldn't taking care of these details be a part of the stylist's job?
Keeping these constraints and limitations in mind, I need a hair styling strategy. I am especially grateful for local suggestions (DC and Maryland suburbs).
In a nutshell:
- I want a cheap, low-maintenance cut that's easy on the eyes.
- Styling products should be involved minimally or not at all.
- The cut should be delivered with someone with attention to detail who will consider the geometry of my head and its various features.
Basically, I want a cheap, no-nonsense, professional hair advocate. How do I find one?