The Bald Look
If you wanna go bald, don't shave it down to the
scalp, but do like movie star Djimon Hounsou and leave it 'dirty
bald.' It gets rid of the Mr.
Clean look where you get bad shine on the top of your head, and
concentrates the reflections on your face.
Balance it out with a complimentary goatee to make up for the lack
of hair on top of your head.
The fade has been hyped up with the return of the
side part, seen here on actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.
It's good for adding a sense of style to a traditional haircut,
and you can update it even more if you're willing to spend a few more
hours in the do-rag to sport some waves as well.
Today's look is all about the goatee, so if you can rock it, grow
For longer faces, try this semi-faded look shown here
on TV star Boris Kodjoe. Having
a more solid top with a wider cut hairline draws the focus more toward the
center of the face, making the head look slightly shorter. The goatee should reverse the haircut' fades from light
to dark for the more rugged look of today.
Return of the Shape-up
If your scalp is discolored, scarred or bumpy, you
may be better off not fading to bald, but instead going with a solid, even
cut, like rapper turned actor, Ice Cube.
Note that today's hairline is more square-shaped than rounded, so
block the edges to keep it looking tight.
Facial hair matches the haircut, solid with sharp angles.
Crunk it up with twists that reach higher than
before, like these twists worn by comedian/actor/singer Jamie Foxx.
Leave some of your natural afro at the base of the twist for more
height, then twist the rest up to the end.
Again, a squared-off hairline is what's hot now.
Since there's more hair on your head, there's less on the face
' shave the goatee and keep the moustache.
If you're going to plait it up, take a hint from
NBA star Latrell Sprewell and make the cornrows thinner. In recent years, braids were fatter and done straight back
from the forehead to the nape of the neck, but today you can cock them off
to the side and include side parts. It'll
take longer, but it's worth it. Again,
keep the moustache, lose the beard.