Like his badass mentor, Mike Ross’ hair is a distinctive part of his style and personality, and constantly evolves throughout the entirety Suits.
Mike Ross’ haircut is usually short to medium length, with 1-2″ on top, and frequently resembles a ‘crew cut’ at varying levels of neatness. From season 6 onwards, Mike switches to a more formal medium length slicked back haircut, which has about 2.5″ on top.
So, in line with his character progression as a lawyer, what started as messy bed head from someone unsure of the legal world, became neater, more professional, and ‘proper’.
Read on to check out all of Mike’s hairstyles from Suits, and how to get them!
An Overview of Mike Ross’ Haircuts
All of Mike’s haircuts are on the slightly more casual side, and at points, could be considered scruffy. They are short to medium length, so are very practical, and when styled, professional.
On top of this, they all feature a matt finish, and a medium to high hold.
Mike Ross has three main hairstyles throughout the show:
In season 6, Mike adopts a medium hold slick back hairstyle with a matt finish.
It works with the professional attire of his suit, but is causal enough to work with his liberal character, and casual ensembles.
It varies slightly between two versions, one with a left sided part, and the other with a complete backwards slick.
How to Get Mike Ross’ Slicked Back Hair
To get this look, you will want about 2-2.5″ on the top, and about 0.5″ on the sides and back. This creates a definite difference in length, which allows you to slick it back.
As per usual, when you have grown your hair out to these levels, I would recommend visiting your barber of a clean up session. There’s nothing too special about this hairstyle – it’s quite standard – so a regular neaten up will suffice. Just make sure that the length and proportions are maintained.
Luckily, this is a pretty easy look to style.
For products, you are going to want something with a matt finish, and a medium hold – as you can see, the hair isn’t super glued down, and looks to have some natural volume. To maintain this bounciness, I would suggest a putty or fibre.
- The first step is to wet your hair.
- If you are concerned about heat damage, apply a heat protectant product. Alternatively, if you would prefer a more casual look, you can try a sea salt spray, which will make your hair wavier.
- Slick your hair back with a hair brush, preferably one with spread apart legs. (I laughed out loud when I wrote this line)
- Blow dry your hair, using your fingers to push your hair backwards.
- Activate your preferred styling product. You do this by heating the product up in your hands: scoop a small amount out of the container, and rub it into your hands, applying enough friction to heat it up.
- Apply your product to your hair by brushing your hair back with your fingers and hand, being sure to coat as much you can, and as evenly as possible.
- For Mike’s completely slicked back haircut, you are complete – however, if you wish to add a slight part, use your fingers to naturally part your hair on the left side.
Though unfortunately his hair doesn’t stay like this for long, Mike Ross adopts a very short crew cut hairstyle throughout season three.
This is, in my opinion, his best haircut- it is neat, masculine, manageable and formal, and, of the three, I feel looks best on Patrick J Adams.
Towards the end of season three, his hair becomes more like his bed head look (mentioned next), but keeps the product from this style.
How to Get Mike Ross’ Season 3 Haircut
To achieve this haircut, you need around 1″ on the top, and about 4.5mm on the sides and back (1.5 clipper length).
You will want your barber to cut your sides and back with clippers, and the top with scissors, perhaps asking them to add some texture, and taper in at the sides.
Unfortunately, as the length is so sort, you will have to visit your barber frequently for a tidy up to maintain the length.
This look is super easy to style – the sides are short enough to see his scalp, which means you don’t have to worry about styling the sides and back.
Though it’s has a matt-medium shine finish, it looks like he is using a product with a high hold to keep the front of his hair turned up. For this, I would recommend my ever faithful DaWax.
As this haircut is so short, depending on how obedient your hair is, styling could be as easy as putting some product in your hair, and spiking it upwards slightly.
However, for those of you like me who still need to tame your hair at this length:
- Again, wet your hair.
- Comb it forward, making sure it’s all going in the same direction.
- Blow or towel dry your hair – it shouldn’t take much effort to dry at this length.
- Activate your preferred styling product by heating it up, and apply it to the front and sides of your hair, pushing forwards. Make sure to cover the whole follicle when applying.
- Ensure that you don’t overload your hair with product – for some finer hair types, applying even a little bit too much product will make your hair look greasy.
Mike’s hair is in a bit of a state for the first few seasons, and adopts this ‘bed head’ look. It’s mainly to do with the lengthened sides, and untamed front.
However, towards the end of season two, it starts to become slightly more styled, with the back being pushed downwards. It then soon moves into his season 3 crew cut hairstyle, as was discussed above.
Though, despite the apparent move to a neater cut, at a few points points after this, notably when Mike becomes an investment banker, he adopts a hairstyle similar to this, but neater, and swept to the side.
How to Get Mike Ross’ Bed Hair
To get this Mike Ross haircut, you will require around 2″ of hair on the top, and about 1″ on the sides and back.
From the photos, it looks like Mike’s barber cuts his whole hair with scissors, though you could cut the sides with a lengthened number eight clipper guard. On top of this, his barber also cuts around his ears.
So, for this haircut, you should ask your barber to:
- Cut your hair with scissors to the required lengths
- Cut around your ears
The one good thing about this hairstyle is that it doesn’t really need any styling!
However, if you’re anything like me, true bed hair is much more wild – I can get this look by wetting my hair to reset the follicles, and blow drying it backwards.
For those of you who are interested, the guys over at Slikhaair TV created a tutorial for a neater version of this hairstyle, which I would highly recommend:
So, now you know how to obtain Mike Ross’ many haircuts.
But they might not be your style – I know for some, they can be a bit casual.
In that case, I would definitely recommend checking out my post which covers how to achieve Harvey Specter’s hairstyles, for more step-by-step tutorials on how to get your hair looking perfect, both casually and formally.