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"Women could spend hours in the salon, but if you're like most guys, you want to get in and get out," says Beauty Expert Jessica Metivier. "Although you might have an idea of how you want your hair cut, you might not know how to tell your barber exactly what you want."

Mohawk Matt, owner of Bolt Barbers in Los Angeles, says communication is key -- especially when talking about the hair on the back, around the ear and on top your head.

"We like to encourage [cutting the back] and we automatically will taper the back of the head unless we're specifically told not to. It is tapered from nothing, and no hair, into longer hair. And it leaves a very, very crisp look. It helps to bring out the masculinity of the entire haircut," says Matt.

He also notes that there's a big difference between salons and barbershops. Salons are staffed with cosmetologists and stylists, while barbers are staffed with barbers.

"Typically in a salon, a stylist will cut the hair off the ear and what that will result in is kind of a messy, very contemporary look where the hairline isn't raised to its natural arch," Matt explains. "A barber will arch the ear and create a crisp, clean, definitive line up and over the ear and around the back to a nice, clean taper."

Matt says that the three styles to consider for your hair are:

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  • A combination of both - "business during the day and party at night!"

When it comes to the top of your hair, Matt says you have some options. So ask for a part or tell your barber to spike it up. If you want to wear it parted during the day and spiky at night, tell your barber, then he'll know to cut it longer in the front and shorter around the back.

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