As Captain America, Chris Evans has saved the world more than a few times (and twice as the Human Torch). And through it all, his hair has stayed perfectly in place, coiffed and slicked to the gods, and not the least bit recessed. During our May cover shoot, Evans’ hair was matched in power by an equally impressive beard, giving us yet another reason to envy the human marvel.
His artfully parted hair and manicured beard can be yours for the wearing, even if you grow patchier whiskers or have receding hair. For tips on how to get each style, we sought the advice of Raquel Fajardo, barber manager at Fellow Barber NoMad in NYC.
What Kind of Hair it Requires
“This haircut is suitable for all hair types and textures,” says Fajardo. “However, what’s most important is having enough length in the top front portion of your hair so it can be brushed back and sit with ease. The length on the sides may vary depending on density in order to get the same result.”
While Evans has an A-list hairline, the style can be modified for a shrinking hairline, too. You can slick the hair more directly across, to cover one side of the recession. Just build a more prominent part and use a high-hold product like Evo Crop Cutters Construction Cream to slick it over and across the head.
“Alternatively, you can also have this look worn disheveled, and even pushed more forward to the face to provide lift, movement, and texture, blending in those areas that may be sparser,” says Fajardo. “Using a salt spray or styling powder will help achieve this.” (Try Sheh-Voo’s Ocean Sea Salt Spray or Alder New York’s Texture Powder.)
What to Tell the Barber
Tell your barber to leave the hair long enough to push back on top, and to keep the top and sides connected, says Fajardo. “The sides and back length should be cut with a 3 clipper length for light colored or low-to-medium density hair. Use the 2 clipper length for medium-to-dark hair or medium-to-thick density.” Also, tell the barber not to clip above the parietal ridge (that knob on the back of your skull), or on the sides where your head starts to round. “This ensures the shape stays strong and square all the way up,” she says.
How to Maintain the Look
Most guys will need to revisit the barber every 4-6 weeks to keep things trimmed up, says Fajardo. “But darker- and thicker-haired clients will most likely need to come in every 4 weeks.”
How to Style
Because this hairstyle is connected (with no harsh lines or drop-offs), it’s a relatively easy one to style—but you need to style it at precisely the right time after rinsing or showering, before it’s too dry. “How your hair dries will be how this style lives,” she says. “Therefore, those who towel dry their hair like a madman may have a harder time getting it back to a natural fall with ease. Instead, you should pat dry your hair to help retain moisture which will also help you achieve your vision faster and more effectively.”
As for the hair product, pick something with a soft finish. A medium-hold cream or matte paste is a safe bet, with the latter offering more hold. (Try V76 Medium Hold Styling Cream or Fellow Barber Texture Paste.) Fajardo says you can blow it dry if you like, which isn’t necessary. “Heat just helps to set the hair and style. I recommend starting the blow-dryer on high heat to guide your hair in the direction you would like your hair to fall. It’s also great for those with stubborn cowlicks or patterns in your front hairline since the heat can help to control, train, and smooth hair in place.”
How to Maintain This Beard Length
“This is a tidy beard trim that’s pretty flush to the face,” Fajardo notes. And thus, it’s an easy length to maintain at home. She recommends the Andis Ion Pro LI trimmer: “It’s a cordless trimmer that’s easy to use with a (line-up) T blade, and it comes with guards. It’ll help with maintaining the look in between barber shop visits by cleaning the cheeks, neck, and under the lip line and chin.” The guard length to choose will change from one guy to the next, depending on hair density. “For dark and full hair like this beard, it’s most likely a 1.5 or 2 guard length. You can do this once a week to ensure a long-lasting trim,” she says.
If you experience any flyaways or just want a smooth finish on the beard, apply some balm to it after washing your face and whiskers. Fajardo likes Babe of Brooklyn’s N.2 Earth Beard Balm, which will nourish the skin and hair, keep it in place, and give everything a healthy shine.