Men's hair goes sleeker, shorter, neater

AFTER Liam Fazekas, with his daughter, Julia,
AFTER Liam Fazekas, with his daughter, Julia, 7 months, hadn't had a haircut in more than two years -- but thought it was time, now that he's a dad. To show off his new look, we asked Tyrone in Roslyn to dress him in some dapper clothes: Belvest suit, $2,695; Canali shirt, $255; Pal Zileri tie, $155; and Graham cotton pocket square, $60. (July 25, 2012) Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

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Carpenter Liam Fazekas hadn't had a haircut in two years. Some of that he blames on Hurricane Irene.

"We got hit pretty bad," he says. His South Freeport home was flooded last August -- and he and his wife were expecting a baby. "I decided I'm not cutting my hair till the house is fixed," he recalls.

"He was working on the house for months," says his wife, Katie, "and his hair kept growing . . . and growing."

They moved back into the house in December, days before little Julia Kathleen was born. "It's time," said Fazekas. "Time to look more like a father figure."

He certainly won't be alone. 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 at Salon Rock in Roslyn. "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.

To get Fazekas' hair in shape, Cassata gets to work, clipping, buzzing. Fazekas has thick hair, so instead of cutting a "disconnect," where top hair hangs like a ridge over shorter side hair, Cassata blends it, so the top hair doesn't stick out like a mushroom.

Fazekas surveys the new look in the mirror. A pile of his hair lies scattered on the floor. "It's like 10 pounds was lifted off my head," he says.

The final vote of approval comes from his wife ("I love it," she says) and daughter, Julia, who throws up her arms and reaches for her father, smiling. Long hair, short hair -- Dad's still Dad.

That's using your head

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."

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