WATCH: The Transformative Powers of a Classic High Fade Haircut

A fresh spin on a classic cut
IMAGE Jacinto Espiritu Jr.

It's hard to deny the power of a good haircut. Just ask a man who gets a bad one. He walks out the barbershop with a frown on his face, because he doesn't look exactly like Zayn Malik with a Volumized Long Cut and Nonchalant Tendrils. (Tip: You can't look like any version of Zayn—ever.)

But a good one is like a magic pill or a jolt of coffee or a great night's sleep. It transforms you from meh to new and shiny and, yes, even good looking.

We set our sights on the classic side-sweep remixed with a high fade, a haircut that is equal parts immortal coolness and 'gram-ready. The long-ish length on top offers versatility (comb up, part neatly, mess up), while the tight sides keep things fresh no matter what you do.

See how we transform one gentleman with clipper-and-scissor work below.

Produced by Clifford Olanday; editing by Jasrelle Serrano; video by Jacinto Espiritu Jr.; lighting by Paul del Rosario; haircut by Bernie Relles; grooming by Ruel Papa; modeled by Brad Villalon; special thanks to Felipe & Sons

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Clifford Olanday
Senior Fashion Editor, Esquire Philippines
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