‘The Modern Pompadour’
Paul Anthony is a celebrated men’s barber in Sydney, New South Wales, who has been in business here since 2013, after training and working in London. He believes the key to a good haircut is taking into consideration the shape of head, including the side profile. “A good cut on the wrong head is a bad haircut,” he says.
He recommends ‘the Modern Pompadour’ — a modern version of James Dean’s iconic hairstyle, almost rockabilly. It’s clean and lean on the sides, with the length depending on the man’s face. He suggests a one or two blade at the sides, keeping it really crisp around the edges, while leaving at least three inches on top. He likes the versatility of his hairstyle, and likes to leave more length on top so that guys can play with the look and texture. Men can wear it big and textured on top on the weekend, or sleeker and flatter during the week. For heavier hair, he recommends a product that’s flexible or has a strong hold. It’s good if you put it into wet hair and let it dry before playing with it again. A matte paste will give a more natural, textured look, where as a pomade is great for a sleek, well-groomed look. If you’re going for the latter, dry your hair with a paddle brush for nice and smooth look. Really pull it back and stretch any wave out. When it’s bone dry, put your pomade in and slick down any fly-aways.