Many men encounter trouble when it comes to asking for a particular style. They walk into their barber with one style in mind, yet leave with something totally different. This is often a combination of shyness, awkwardness and a desire to appear macho. Many men have the absurd notion that they can’t ask for a particular style and maintain a manly image at the same time. That is untrue, but what if the style is controversial. A Hitler Youth anyone?

The Hitler Youth is a style which is rocketing back in popularity, thanks in part to many period dramas such as Boardwalk Empire and also the fact that people are starting to think outside of regulation when it comes to styles, bringing back many classics with a modern twist.

What is a Hitler Youth Style?

The style achieved notoriety thanks to its use in Nazi Germany among the Hitler Youth movement. Essentially, it is a high and tight back and sides cut. This is combined with longer hair on top which is usually featuring a hard part either down the center or to one side. Like many hard part hairstyles today the remaining hair is then swept to one side in the curtain hairstyle fashion.

Why is it so controversial?

Given the ego and stubbornness of most men when it comes to asking for any kind of hairstyle, it is no surprise that this style in particular causes a dilemma. Now, you have to not only break down that macho wall of silence but also run the risk of raising a few eyebrows in the barber shop when they hear your request. A lot like buying “Mein Kampf” at a bookstore.

How to ask for it without Causing a Scene

It’s quite simple actually. You may be thinking of it as a Hitler Youth haircut, but, the key is in changing your view of it. The style is actually an undercut or curtain style. With its growing popularity these days, it has been worn by many celebrities, such as David Beckham. Bring a photograph of Becks or any other celebrity sporting the style and you should be good to go without much fuss.

However, many guys don’t like to request from photographs to their barber for fear of embarrassment. It is unnecessary but, if you can’t overcome it, simple ask for curtains or an undercut. A high a tight back and sides, combined with a longer top section and fringe with a hard part down the side. Seriously though, just show them a photo!

What are you waiting for?

Despite its negative past, this is a slick and eye-catching style to set yourself apart from the crowd. It looks clean, crisp and sophisticated with the longer fringe and hard part. You can also play around with is and create new variations. Drop your fears and give it a try. Just use our guide to avoid directly asking for a Hitler Youth hairstyle.

Anthony Gallagher

Anthony Gallagher

Based in Seoul, South Korea, Anthony is a freelance writer and self-professed hair enthusiast. He attends like clock work for a bi-weekly haircut and complimentary ear waxing at his local one woman barber shop.
Anthony Gallagher