I always want to keep you up to speed with my latest discoveries and recommendations for grooming and personal care. Today's tip for you: my hair stylist and friend Michael Strauser, owner of Pure-Mettle. Follow him on Instagram for images to inspire your next do.

If you are in Tucson (or anywhere remotely close) pay him a visit. Trust me. I see him every three weeks. This man is profoundly talented, always keeps me looking red carpet worthy, and is one super kind gentleman. I am a client for life!

The contemporary high and tight (or tall Walker, as I like to call it) is a very popular look today. For good reason. It is timeless. And it's damn sexy (the nape of the neck makes me weak in the knees). Its origins are military regulation, now with a civilian twist welcoming more length and volume on the top.

What's of critical importance in achieving the best cut in this style is great attention to detail with the neckline, a very purposeful weight line on the sides, and the corner at the transition to the length on top needs to be taken off to prevent a rounded look. Keeping it square keeps it more masculine and compliments (as in my case) recession of the hairline in older men, embracing the changes as we age rather than trying to cover them up by styling the hair down on to the forehead. It opens and frames the face and strengthens the brow. Special note to the shape of the cranium is also of immense importance. The weight and pile of the hair and how it lays on the individual head needs to be taken into consideration, as all of our heads are a shaped a little differently. A quick, one-cut-fits-all is not the approach to be taken.

For myself, a certain amount of flop to the top harkens to those good 'ol River Phoenix days without having to grow it out to the chin, which I adore. The result is a classic, sexy, masculine, handsome cut and style. When it is executed properly by a very skilled stylist (like Michael) I swoon every time.

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photos by Lance Thorn