There are infinite ways to style and cut your hair and we love seeing where our clients' creativity can take them, especially since it gives us a chance to try new things as well. With that said, here are a few of the most common styles and terms you might hear thrown around in a barber shop. As always, feel free to ask your barber about anything you might be confused about!
A buzzcut uses electric clippers to shave the hair to a consistently short length that's almost-but-not-quite bald.
A quiff's most-prominent feature is its little mountain of hair at the front, combed upwards. Behind that, hair has been combed forward.
A pompadour is very similar to a quiff, but features the hair slicked upwards and back, with a pomp at the front. Think Elvis Presley's hair.
First off, a fade is when the hair on the sides of the head gradually gets shorter the farther down it goes. A low fade is when the hair disappears more than a few inches below the hairline.
In comparison to a low fade, a high fade is when the hair completely disappears within a few inches of the hairline.
A "mid fade" is a term you can use if you want the fade to end somewhere in between a low fade and a high fade.
Like the buzzcut, a crew cut requires electric clippers to shave the hair shorter on the sides, but the hair is left longer on top.
A side part cut is when a relatively short cut is clearly parted. There's some variety regarding length on a side part that you can discuss with your barber.
Normally confused with a low fade, a taper will always gradually and evenly reduce in length while a fade will abruptly reduce to the skin.