Comb over hairstyles have come back in style since Donald Draper donned the look in Mad Men. While many barbers refuse to call it a “comb over” and instead refer to it as a “side part”, the men’s comb over haircut has become immensely popular as celebrities, hipsters, and everyday professionals have transformed the hairstyle once reserved for balding or thin-haired men (e.g. Donald Trump) into the cool, modern comb over of today. Long, short or faded, comb overs are versatile enough for all men.
How To Style A Comb Over
To get a comb over haircut, tell your barber you’d like to start parting your hair on the side. You can ask for a comb over fade, where the sides are tapered and the hair on top is long, or you can go for a more conservative, office-safe look and ask for short sides and an even longer top. The fade comb over can go as short as shaved sides or result in a low/high fade, offering versatility for other types of hairstyles.
To do a comb over, you will need to decide whether you want a neat or loose comb over. The neat look will give you a hard part and require a pomade to get that shiny, wet-looking finish; whereas the loose hairstyle provides more volume when styled with a blow dryer and matte-finish hair product.
To style the comb over, apply your styling product throughout your hair. Then comb all your hair forward to find the natural part in your hair. Now use that natural part to comb your hair down on the sides, then comb over the rest. Remember that your hair doesn’t need to be combed straight to the side; you can comb it diagonally back or brush up your hair in the front to create a little lift.
Best Men’s Comb Over Hairstyles
Below are some examples of the best comb over hairstyles for men.