How Do You Style a Comb Over?


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To style a comb over, the hair on the top of the head should be at least an inch long with the sides and back cut short or shaved. The longer hair should be styled to one side using a generous amount of pomade and a fine-toothed comb.

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A comb over used to be a style for men with thinning hair to hide any bald spots, but now the style is coming back as one of the most popular hairstyles for men in 2015. Before planning the comb over and determining the lengths for the top, sides and back of the hair, consider a "fade," which means a gradual change in length between the top and back of the hair, in order to maintain the proportions of the head. Also note that volume is crucial to a modern comb over; if the hair on top lays flat against the head, the style begins to resemble its older version meant to hide thinning hair. The goal of the new version is to instead accentuate the thickness and body to a man's hair, almost suggesting that it can't be flattened.

Keep the hair from going flat by applying pomade, combing upwards until the hair is standing straight up and then gently molding the ends over to one side without losing volume. Consider blow drying the pomade into place at the roots before molding, as this can help maintain volume throughout the day.

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