How to Get Joel Kinnaman’s Versatile, Side-swept Hairstyle

Joel Kinnaman, the star of Hanna, The Informer, and Altered Carbon, covers our July/August issue, sporting a textured, side-swept hairstyle. It’s a cut to consider snagging for yourself, since it wears well in both professional and casual settings.


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If you’re curious how it might look on you, consider the advice of Alexia Saras, regional barber manager at Fellow Barber in New York City. Here, she explains whom the style suits best, how to style and maintain it, and what to tell your barber.

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You need to start with some length, at least up top. It’ll be harder for your barber to achieve this style if you’re working with a previously disconnected haircut, Saras notes. You’ll need something that’s easily blended from top to sides.

Because of the forward fringe that sweeps across the brow, Kinnaman’s cut works really well on guys with receding temples. It also softens the widow’s peak that forms in the middle of the recession. Just be sure to ask the barber to leave more density in the front, says Saras, so that you can sweep it down and over the recession. Get your barber’s honest opinion on your density, though. If it’s too thinned out, Salas says you’ll just look like you have a really bad comb-over.


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You’ll need relatively textured hair for the style, something that has a natural wave to it without being too curly. “If you have very straight hair, it’ll stick out from the crown and parietal ridge (upper sides) and run the risk of poofing,” Saras says.

It works on thin and thick hair, and Saras says that the style reduces bulk, which is an added benefit for guys with thicker hair: “It allows you to take the sides very short, which prevents them from growing in and looking like a clown wig,” she adds.

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What to Tell Your Barber

Your barber should be adept enough to know if this look suits you, as well as how to pull it off. But here are some points you can make.

“This haircut is a blend of a ‘French crop’ with longer fringe and a longer version of a crew cut on the sides,” Saras says.

On top, you want a lot of texture, so your barber should cut the sides with scissors to roughly one inch in length—or a #6 guard (though this entire look really should be styled with scissors).

“The top should be trimmed from a short two inches in the back to a long three inches in the front, done with scissors,” says Saras. “The sides are trimmed and connected to the top while breaking the corners to follow the roundness of the head.”

As for the sideburns and neck, leave them naturally faded, but not tapered.


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How to Maintain This Style

Saras suggests a full haircut every three to four weeks, and to clean up the neck and sideburns every two weeks so that it stays natural-looking.

How to Style It

Use a nickel- or quarter-sized amount of lightweight styling cream, Saras advises. (Conveniently, Fellow Barber sells its own Styling Cream, which Saras uses on her clients with similar cuts. Product application is important here, too. After distributing the cream evenly in your palms, apply starting from the rear and sides of the head, moving forward, while targeting the roots. You can then massage the hair back from the front, and forward from the back after that, until it’s evenly applied.


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Set your blow dryer on low, and point it down over the fringe, instead of under and upward. You can use the diffuser extension on the dryer, too, to better lock in the product and retain some of the moisture in the hair. “This helps keep the style looking great all day long,” Saras says.

You can go over the top of it with a light dusting of texturizing paste or clay (like Firsthand), or a zap of texturizing hair spray (like Ouai’s); it’ll ensure that your hair looks dense and defined.

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The 7 Best Versatile Spring Sneakers for Active Guys On the Go

If you’re ready for all-day comfort and all-weather versatility, then put those big, heavy boots back in the closet until fall. Where the gym and the trail meet the sidewalk, that’s where you’ll find these seven versatile spring sneakers, perfect for active guys on the go.


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Cross trainers are all the rage these days, and with good reason. Their versatility is the key; whether you’re crushing a HIIT workout, pounding squats, or just pounding the pavement, a good cross training sneaker should take you wherever you need to go. They also provide excellent support for whatever adventure awaits.

Most of these options take advantage of the trendy blend of knit comfort with performance details. Responsive footbeds, fantastic support, and breathable and lightweight materials were our touchstones in putting together this list. All-day comfort was a must.


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As with most sneakers, there are plenty of color and style options to personalize any of these shoes. We chose these subtle colorways, full of blacks, greys, greens, and blues, so you can wear these sneakers most anywhere. In the right environment, you could even wear them to the office.

No matter where your next adventure takes you, tackle it head-on in one of these fantastic, versatile spring sneakers for active guys.

New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz v2 Knit

Available in four colorways at 29 percent off, version two of the popular Fresh Foam Cruz casual sneaker is great for running—or just strolling. The suede midfoot saddle is more than just stylish, it provides support. The heathered knit bootie and deconstructed heel are comfy and easy to slip into. 

Get it: Pick up the Fresh Foam Cruz v2 for $ 60 (regularly $ 85)

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Merrell Range AC+

Whether your adventure is out on the trail, in the gym, or on the sidewalk, the Range AC+ gets the job done. Designed with easy-fitting 3-D stretch knit, Merrell Air Cushion+ heel-to-toe comfort, and a grip outsole for added traction, give adventure all it can handle.

Five colorways, including subtle grey and all-black, are available.

Get It: Pick up Merrell Range AC+ for $ 120 at Zappos.

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Nike Flyknit Trainer

A unisex shoe, the Flyknit Trainer is made with an ultra-lightweight knit upper for adaptive support and ventilation while you’re on the move. So versatile, you could rock these on the street or in the gym.

Seven colorways are available at various discounts. We’re pulling for the medium olive/black.

Get It: Pick up the Nike Flyknit Trainer from $ 82 (regularly $ 150)

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York Athletics Mfg. The Frank

The Frank is the ideal cross trainer that has a slipper-like fit for maximum comfort and a sturdy leather cage for increased lateral and medial support. All York shoes are understated, because style follows function.

Available in black or bone with tan leather midfoot saddle.

Get It: Pick up The Frank for $ 135 at Huckberry 

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Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Ultimate 81

We’ve loved these sneakers since they were re-introduced a couple of years ago. A nod to the beloved technical running shoe of the 80s, Ultimate 81s are constructed with all vegan uppers made from a combination of mesh, nylon, synthetic, and canvas. Six colorways are available. 

Get It: Onisuka Tiger by Asics start at $ 53 at Zappos (regularly $ 75)

 

 

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Cole Haan Zerogrand Stitchlite Wool Oxford

When you want a bit of luxe with your sneakers, these beautiful and subtle oxfords start at just $ 139 (regularly $ 180). If you want to show off the subtle brogue design in the mesh, opt for the grey version. But we like the versatility the darker shade provides. 

Get It: Pick up Cole Haan Wool Oxfords starting at $ 139 at Zappos.

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Rockport truFLEX Mesh Sneaker

These sneakers aren’t made for the gym, but if you find yourself there, they’ll serve in a pinch. A woven upper offers lightweight and breathable performance for casual weekend adventures. An internal spine cradles your foot, ensuring all day comfort. Also available in Navy.

Get It: Pick up the Rockport truFLEX starting at $ 48.

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