Men’s hair goes sleeker, shorter, neater

08/27/2012 5:00 AM

08/27/2012 5:52 AM

Last decade, men’s hair was messier. Bedhead bros sported long, swooping mops (a la Justin Bieber) or spiky styles.

But in recent years, “men have gone shorter,” says Joe Cassata, a stylist in Roslyn, N.Y. “Now they’re getting more intense about it.”

Meaning shorter sides and back, longer top — a more dramatic contrast known as an undercut.

The popularity of “Mad Men” has fueled sales of ’60s-era suits and sleek, short haircuts, but the undercut actually dates back to the ’20s. And the look likely will gain more traction, thanks to Prohibition-era shows like HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” and the hotly anticipated “Great Gatsby” remake, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.

Parting ways

Getting your part razor-straight can be tougher than it looks. It’s easiest if you find your natural part, says Salon Rock owner Stephen Marcuccio. The trick: Wet your hair, slicking it back with a comb, then push hair a little forward, and you should see a natural part form.

“We try to build a shortcut around the part’s natural line, because hair falls best that way,” he says. “It’s like a good foundation.”

Celeb hair

All Robert Pattinson wants is a haircut, and he wants it bad. He plays a cryptic billionaire in the near future who crisscrosses Manhattan in his limo, risking his life to find the perfect barber, in David Cronenberg’s dark, doomy “Cosmopolis,” which premiered at Cannes this June. Dude, just hit Supercuts and be done with it. But his character’s not the only one showing up in cool ’dos. Here are some other celebs sporting shorter, neat hair:

•  “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm made looking like a grown-up cool again.
•  Soccer star David Beckham has worn ponytails and Mohawks — but his current look is sleek and parted … even on the playing field.
•  Leonardo DiCaprio is a flip-flopper. The star of this fall’s “The Great Gatsby” parts his hair on the right, the left, then the right again.
•  “High School Musical” star Zac Efron has graduated from tousled teen to groomed guy.

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