I keep asking for a gerry curl and they keep giving me this haircut. Bunch of assholes.
Literally, I point to Joe or one of the other guys in the shop and say I want it that short on the sides. Then I tell them either long enough to keep the curl or wave or short enough to get rid of it.
To be fair Brad and that crew cut a certain style. It is why all us Oakland cats are looking so good lately.
Best advice, find a barber who you know cuts the kind of style you want. I once tried to take a photo into a really nice schlumpy old dude and told him to give me that haircut. It did not end well.
PS. I have asked dude’s or ladies with a style I dig where they get their shit. If someone is particular about their style they usually don’t mind talking about it.
I asked this really rad lesbian one time about her style and she pointed me to the best vintage men’s shop, the best place for a woman (or a man) to get an good hair cut in SF, and the best lesbian bar that I could go to as a straight man.