Say you’re Hugh Jackman. And say you’ve got to promote today’s release of The Wolverine, a movie where you slash the faces off of Yakuza gangsters (some of whom happen to have serpentine tongues), grow adamantium claws from your knuckles, and brood a lot in a cave on your downtime. You’d probably want to ditch the whole wild animal look once cameras stopped rolling, right? Too bad. Because you’ve got a whole army of Hollywood corporate types who want you to still look the part. The solution? A tamed Wolverine: the follicular result of which currently sits atop the Australian actor’s head and looks damn nice enough to induct him into our Hair Hall of Fame.
Now, enter someone called “The Men’s Groomer,” who is actually a guy named Jason Schneidman, the man Hollywood trusts to translate the image of its biggest characters from the big screen to the red carpert, the Today Show, and beyond. And one of his clients just so happens to be — you guessed it — Hugh Jackman.
“We wanted to keep the feel of Wolverine but do something more wearable,” Schneidman tells us. He cut the hair to about a half-inch on the sides and two-and-a-half inches up top before shaping it so that it’s could be swept up and back, or just brushed to the side. The “corners” are left rough and textured, “so it looks a little more wild, like is hasn’t just been cut.” Because, despite those blade-like claws, Wolverine probably doesn’t trim his hair very often.
This cut works best on guys who have fine hair, and a lot of it, like Jackman. (If you’ve got a head of curly locks, on the other hand, getting the tamed Wolverine will take more blow drying than you’re probably willing to incorporate into your life.) If you want it for yourself, just be sure to use a thickening shampoo; Schneidman recommends one that’s part of Dove’s Men+Careline. When it comes time to style, add a small drop of Shu Uemura Nourishing Protective Oil to a dime-sized dab of Shu Uemura Shape Paste, and warm it up in your hands. Then run it through the strands and make your hair look as crazy as Einstein. From there, work it down with your hands, pulling the hair into place. This makes it a bit unruly but still respectable.
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