The neckline is a crucial part of your haircut, but it can also be the hardest thing to get right. When you sit down in the barber chair, there’s a good chance they’ll ask you how you want them to trim your neck. If you don’t communicate well, you can leave feeling disappointed and looking a little rough. Here’s how to confidently tell with your barber about your neckline preference based on three different distinct styles:

Rounded:

As your barber would tell you, rounded neckline takes the square corners. This can add balance to a neck that is wider than average. However, if the neckline is too rounded it can look a tad feminine. If you’ve had a bad experience with a rounded neckline, tell him. It will ensure he spends a little extra time focused on that area.

Tapered:

A tapered neckline follows the natural hairline at the nape. The taper can be done three different ways: Low, at the bottom of the hairline. Medium (usually just right), and high, which usually shows the scalp a little too much. The style that suits you best on you will depend on how short or long your neck is. Talk with him about your neck to taper ratio. Remember, he’s the expert here.

Blocked:

A blocked neckline is when you shave a hard line into the natural hairline. If your barber does this correctly, the line will follow the natural hairline as closely as possible. Unfortunately when your hair grows out, this line can look a little messy. Stopping into your barber once a week, or every other week, will keep the look sharp and tidy.

You may never see the back of your haircut but other people certainly take notice. Keeping it tidy and well managed will only complete your look. If you still aren’t sure which style fits best, don’t be afraid to just ask a barber. There’s a good chance they’ve done this before.