While the length of hair on the sides and neckline can vary, a classic comb-over shouldn't get too short: Start with a #2 or #3 buzzer setting and work up to a #3 or #4 on top. Work with your hair's natural shape to determine where you should part it.
How to Style a Comb-Over/Side Part:
1. Start with clean, towel-dried hair.
2. Use a blow dryer on high heat for longer hair if you want added volume.
3. Take a dime-sized amount of styling cream for a looser, casual look, or a water-based pomade it you want more shine and hold. Work the product into your hair, beginning at the roots and starting from the back of the head.
4. For a clean part, run a comb lengthwise from the back of the head to your forehead, then separate the hair. For a messier part, just separate with your fingers.
The Best Way to Find Your Part
This is a bit more complicated than dressing to the left or the right: It turns out there is a correct side to part your hair on, but it varies from person to person. Feel for your cowlick (the swirl near the crown of your head). If it moves in a clockwise circle, part your hair on the left. If its counterclockwise, you should part on the right. Another tip: Parting the hair lower on the head is a good way to create a square shape to your haircut, and it looks good on everyone.
More Mens Hair Styling Tips
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