There's been a lot of talk over the past year about the "alt-right" haircut. You know this cut: short on the sides, long on top. Lots of men have it. Just google it. It's been everywhere for years. Even the Washington Post asked "Does This Haircut Make Me Look Like a Nazi?" I, myself, have had variations of this haircut over the years:
But a recent Buzzfeed article written by Brooklyn barber Patty Suarez called "I Cut Hair, And In 2017 I Helped Men Look Less Fascist" got me thinking about the alternatives to this standard go-to for men. Suarez writes:
"What’s fascinating is how one haircut has signified so many different things, across different historical moments and different constituencies. As a queer stylist, it’s a cut I saw in militaristic homoerotic photography in the 1990s and fashion magazines in the 2000s. It’s a cut I’ve given many times at Badlands, the salon where I work. It has been part of the aesthetic language in the queer community for years, put to particularly good use by people identifying themselves as she or the nonbinary they/them. The cut is androgynous and sharp, and can be used in many different ways. It can pull long hair away from femininity without going into masculinity.
But with its new profile as the chosen cut of the white nationalists, it’s causing some white men to rethink a cut that has long been in the mainstream of hipsterdom. It means that the aesthetics of the racist alt-right made their way into my salon in one of the US's most liberal enclaves."
It's pretty convenient to have my hair short on the sides and long on top. It looks sharp and classic. But since this summer, when I buzzed off all my hair, I've been trying to grow it out to a longer cut with the help of my preferred Seagal (and mens cut specialist) Kristin in order to escape the alt-right connotations.
Here are some alternatives to the alt-right cut:
Or just go for it and let your hair grow really long: