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Men's Hairstyles Guide: The Classic Side Swept
02-21-2014, 06:05 PM
Post: #1
Men's Hairstyles Guide: The Classic Side Swept
One of the most classic hairstyles for men is the Side Swept. This hairstyle is a simple side part with the hair laying flat and slicked. A pomade is usually used for sweeping the hair and securing the hair style in place.

The side swept has been a go-to style for men who wanted a classic look or a more formal appearance. From businessmen to politicians to Hollywood actors, the slicking (i.e. sweeping) of hair to the side has always been an excellent styling choice for all males. The side swept was at its peak in the 1930s to 1950s, yet there is still a minor but solid group of men who enforce the side sweeping of their hair as a "must do" in their daily grooming. There is no other option to consider other than the "swept".

The side swept is in fact quite similar in purpose to the relatively simple slicked back hair style. The only real difference is that, in the side swept, the hair is parted and combed perpendicular to the parted line while in the slick back, the hair is slicked backwards starting at the forehead.

Pictures of the Side Swept hairstyle

The hair will either lay fully flat (what we call "tight" and "classic") or show some volume (what we call "modern"), although the hair must always look as if "pressed" by means of having combed it. Nowadays, most men prefer some volume with their sweeping while in the past, the hair was left tight and pressed with oil-based pomades!

As an example of how this style transpired into Hollywood, the old-fashioned Gatsby hairstyle is/was just a classic side swept with a scissor taper haircut as Robert Redford portrayed in the movie The Great Gatsby in 1974.

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02-21-2014, 06:06 PM
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RE: Men's Hairstyles Guide: The Classic Side Swept
These are more modern versions of side sweeping:

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How to get the look

The side swept is an easy to do style and will work on the male hair types of straight hair, wavy hair and coiled curly hair. All you will need is a good pomade and a men's comb.

After drying your hair and leaving it damp, get the pomade and coat your hair with it, making sure to not get any on the actual scalp (skin of your head).

Direct your hair with your fingers so that you have set the direction of the hair and then proceed to draw the parting line on your left or right temple, and sweep (i.e. comb while keeping flat) the hair as per your preference. Make sure that you do the opposite side of the parted line too. As you have been able to see in all the above pictures of the side swept, there is always a line drawn at either the left or right temple, so just use the photographs as a visual guide when setting your preference for the parted line and the direction of the sweep.

Just so that you clearly see what and where the parted line is to sweep the hair to the side, have a look at the following photo of the side swept belonging to Tom Hardy (the guy on the right):

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Hair products to get

Click each product link below to see the full details of the product at Amazon and be able to buy them at the lowest prices online if you want to get your side swept rolling ASAP Cool
  • This oil-based pomade: oil-based pomades are the old-school pomades used when the side sweeping your hair was essential to being a gentleman. The oil-based pomade in the link will hold your hair very well, making the style look "tight", while giving some good sheen to the hair. Only downfall is that you will have to shampoo your hair with a bit more enthusiasm to remove the pomade optimally.
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  • This water-based pomade: water-based pomades are the modern response to hard to remove oil-based pomades. The water-based pomade in the link is particularly good at holding the hairstyle (in this case, side swept) just like a good old oil-based pomade. The benefit is that this particular pomade is easier to wash away than the oil-based pomade above. Likewise, the shine is not as strong with this water-based pomade, and in fact the pictures of the modern versions of the side swept that I posted above are the kind of results you would achieve with the water-based pomade in the link.
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  • This men's comb: if you want to be sweeping your hair like a Sir, you need to own a real men's comb and not a cheap plastic comb that will chip or break with minimal tension. The comb in the link is handmade and is specially tailored for these kind of gentleman's hairstyles.
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  • The Men's Hair Book: this book is the one and only informational reference you will ever need! The book is the encyclopedia of men's hair and it not only shows you all there is to styling your hair but it also shows you how to take maximum care of your mane, keep it well groomed daily without interfering with your life and even feed it with the right nutrition so that your hair is healthier, stronger and there's always plenty of it! An excellent read and we highly recommend The Men's Hair Book in our forum.
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  • This hair dryer: a hair dryer is an optional tool for the side swept style. What the hair dryer will allow you to do is get some volume on the swept hair. A good visual example is the set of pictures of the modern version above, where you can see that the hair doesn't lay completely flat. Such hair look is achieved with a water-based pomade and a hair dryer like the one in the link. Even if you'd prefer to do a classic side swept but don't yet own a hair dryer, I highly recommend you to get one now as a hair dryer (aka blow dryer) is an excellent future investment for increasing your range of hairstyles that you can style any time without having to go to the barbershop or hair salon.
The above products will ensure that you can now mark the side swept as a doable hairstyle in your range of daily styling options. In the case that you would like to style a classic version or a modern version depending on your mood for the day, then I recommend you to buy the 2 pomades so that you have more styling variety. You can use either of the pomades for other styles so you will be making good use of them even if you end up preferring one of the pomades over the other for your side sweeping!

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02-24-2014, 01:42 PM
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RE: Men's Hairstyles Guide: The Classic Side Swept
Yay mate freaking brilliant guide! i wish our clients got more into these classic styles am finding in the forums guides.
Love that oil pomade used that one and bought it from amazon too lol bit hard to wash but nothing like the rest of the oil pomades. As for the rest of products top notch there mate. Great products all of them.
Since you guys covered the undercut and the slicking with the other guides too what else you guys got in mind for another time less mens hairstyles guide? dropped the website address of this forum to some of our clients to check out the guides btw about the only place i know they will get their info straightened and many of them need this kind of guides Wink cheers!
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02-25-2014, 05:55 PM
Post: #4
RE: Men's Hairstyles Guide: The Classic Side Swept
Bravo! good mention of the classic and modern sweeping, I hope this helps newbies because there is so much chaos with mens hairstyles! even magazines with multi millionaire investors get the styles wrong all the time Huh
Anyway... I will add two celebrity males for reference to our side sweeping guide - Jim Carrey and Zac Efron.

Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey in the film 'Liar Liar' wears a modern side swept hairstyle. But because he is so spastic his hair is always messy and over the place so it is not always possible to see the hair properly styled Big Grin

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Zac Efron
Zac Efron is better known for his side fringe and not his side swept! but maybe he got tired of playing teen roles at his age of 26, who knows? lol
Looking better already Zac:

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02-27-2014, 07:23 PM
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RE: Men's Hairstyles Guide: The Classic Side Swept
Throw in the side swept hair of George Clooney. First picture even shows the solidly-marked line to part the hair. Like a boss Smile

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03-03-2014, 02:00 PM
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RE: Men's Hairstyles Guide: The Classic Side Swept
Some more photographs with swept hair. Remember that like slicked back hair, the side swept can be a more classic version or a modern version. In the modern version the hair is not so flat and stretches, it has more volume. These photographs below are a mix of classic and modern.

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04-22-2014, 01:48 PM
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RE: Men's Hairstyles Guide: The Classic Side Swept
Cesc Fabregas hair
I am including in this guide the pictures of Cesc Fabregas hair. His side swept is an example of what happens when you use too much of high shine pomade Big Grin 1st picture is a normal side swept & fine. It is the 2nd & 3rd pictures of Cesc Fabregas hairstyle in a side swept that are worrying!

Jokes aside notice how the side swept with long hair can still look good with medium to long hair - in 1st picture of Cesc Fabregas.

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05-12-2014, 01:00 PM
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RE: Men's Hairstyles Guide: The Classic Side Swept
The side swept is a flat hairstyle, although the flatness of the style can vary somewhat as you can see below and in the rest of the pictures of this guide. Without a doubt, side sweeping the hair is becoming more and more popular, with the classic super-flat side swept done with pomade being the most popular of all styles.

Gotta love pomade!

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06-24-2014, 09:11 AM
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RE: Men's Hairstyles Guide: The Classic Side Swept
Here are two of my faves from the legendary Gregory Peck. He know how to work the bangs well.

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06-24-2014, 09:57 AM
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RE: Men's Hairstyles Guide: The Classic Side Swept
Gregory Peck... I had seen this guy in some movies but I could not remember the name. A good oil pomade to slick that hair to the side Smile

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By the time he was older, he was still sweeping his hair Big Grin

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Another actor who would style his locks with a side swept hairstyle was Peter Lorre. In his case he did the slicking with a very flat emphasis. Classic 1950s side sweeping, gentlemen!

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