You want to spend more time enjoying the beach, sun and barbecues and less time sitting in a barber’s chair. Plus, you want to stay cool. It’s time to go short on the sides and a little (just a little) long on top. Tell your barber to trim the base of your hair with number-two-guard clippers, do a scissor fade on the sides and keep two to three inches on top. Also ask him to cut into the top and take out some of the weight. Do it right and this haircut can last from July 4 to Labor Day.
AND BALANCE THAT BEARD
We understand it took months to grow that big beard, but when you go short on top, it’s best to go short on the bottom too. Unless, that is, you’re James Harden of the Houston Rockets and have the skills to back up the swagger.
BE DONE WITH THE BUN
The man bun is on the rise, so we just have to say it: Unless you’re Jared Leto, a samurai or a Sikh, you really don’t have an excuse to wear one (which is basically an admission that long hair is impractical).
NOW DON’T WASH IT
We’re not saying don’t shower, but you should use shampoo only every other day. Otherwise, hot water—that’s it. Every time you shampoo you strip out all the natural oils, which are basically nature’s hair product. Once you embrace your natural self, you’ll be surprised how little salon product you need.
REACH THE BEACH
You know how your hair looks awesome after a dip in saltwater? Think of the ocean as Neptune’s salon. Swim on a Saturday morning and rock that salty beach hair when you go out at night.
FIGHT THE FRIZZ
It’s gonna get humid, and you don’t want to look like you have a perm. Use Pilgrim’s Classic Hair Tonic from Brooklyn Grooming, made with avocado and argan oil. Brooklyn Grooming Pilgrim’s Classic Hair Tonic, $29,
HOP TO IT
Go natural with this shampoo made with hops (the same ingredient that makes IPA beer so refreshingly bitter). Plus, it has coconut and olive oil to replenish the oil you just stripped out. Now you’re all balanced again. Atlantic Farms hops shampoo, $24
Lounging at a pool party has its perils: Hours of drinking in the sun exposes your hair and scalp to UV rays. Swimcap cream was designed for professional swimmers and contains SPF protection for your hair. Philip Kingsley Swimcap cream, $35
GET SLEEK CHIC
As your hair grows longer, you’ll find you need more product to control it. Byrd pomade helps you slick the top down for a more tailored look when you’re at the office and lets you comb it up for when you’re going out at night. Byrd hair pomade, $15