Sometimes it’s tricky articulating to our barbers the kind of haircut we want, especially if it’s something experimental that we’ve never dared to try before. So, to help you out, we’ve put together a can’t-fail list of A-listers, high rollers, and even a few Internet stars whose haircuts will be in heavy rotation this season, and whose pictures you need to bring to your barber next time you’re looking to switch things up and get that hair trimmed up.

Ashton Sanders

His award-winning performance in Moonlight carried itself over to his impeccable style and attention to detail, too. His high-and-tight fade is great for warmer months, as well as for those who have a more square head than most.

Kountry Wayne

He’s been entertaining the Internet for a few years now, but he’s no stranger to the barber chair. Although he’s experimented with a few hairstyles over time, his taper fades are pretty legendary.


The current king of the pompadour, Miguel makes this sh*t look effortless. Although his style definitely borrows cues from the taper fade, it’s easier to pull this style off the more hair you have to work with on top.

Idris Elba

Thirst trap Champion, many years running, Elba’s skin fade/taper hawk is fast becoming one of the go-to cuts for the spring/summer season. Granted, a British accent would probably only enhance this look, but if that’s not you, faking it’s only gonna make it worse for you in the long run.

Chadwick Boseman

Aside from the fact that a billion and one babies are about to come through with the name “T’Challa” in the next year, Boseman’s fade is something that you’ll want to put into heavy rotation. This is especially true if you’re trying to keep a good length on top while letting the rest of your scalp breathe this summer.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Going bald is for more than just athletes and Common. There’s a strength that comes with shaving it all off, so make it count by consulting your barber first, and then make sure you’re using the right products for upkeep.

Luka Sabbat

Less of a haircut and more of just a general state of mind, Luka’s free-form dreads are a testament to those who can really pull off the “let it go” mentality when it comes to their hair. Although it may look carefree, we guarantee there’s far more maintenance that goes into this look than you’d think, so be mindful when consulting your barber on how to get started.

A Word to the Wise

At the end of the day, not all barbers are created equal. Depending on the relationship you have with yours, bringing in a photo of a famous haircut may set you back in the long run. That’s because much like barbers, no two heads of hair are the same, either. So, if you bring in a picture of Jimmy Butler’s high-top fade perfection, but you got a forehead like Jim Brown, your barber’s gonna look at you sideways.

What we’re saying: there’s nothing wrong with having high aspirations, but you also have to be real with yourself (and your hairline). When that happens, just bring in an old picture of yourself with a haircut you really liked at the time, and your barber should be able to work something out.