It doesn’t always have to be complicated to look sleek and stylish as a man. For every tricky, hard to master quiff, there is a simple, straight out of bed look that can be just as effective. And while more complex trends in the men’s hair industry might come and go as they please, a cropped style will last forever.
The classic cropped hairstyle is a low maintenance cut that bestows versatility and should definitely be incorporated into your barbering arsenal: it can be styled smart and smooth for work, or textured and messy for the weekend. The brilliance of a strong cropped cut is that it’s easily adapted to suit any hair type too: it can take the weight away from thick hair, add volume and texture to fine hair, and even show off waves and curls.
Premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has teamed up with industry-leading barber, and founder of the Lions Barber Collective, Tom Chapman to bring you a modern interpretation of the classic cropped cut. Our version is even accessorised with a clean taper to add a little more spice to the mix.
Combine our barber to barber video with Tom’s expert tips below to give your clients a simple, versatile cut that will never go out of fashion.
Before I reach for my scissors and clippers, I like to start by washing my client’s hair. This removes any products they may have used over the last few days and makes the hair much easier to work with. The Bluebeards Revenge Shampoo and Conditioner are always favourites among my clients. People always comment on the classic barbershop scent the products give off, as well as how clean and soft their hair feels afterwards.
Parting the hair and creating the taper
Now that the hair is clean, apply The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Paste as a pre-styling agent to give the hair a little structure early on. Next, establish a horseshoe section from recession to recession and put in a blank canvas of your longest grade. Establish your client’s taper by putting in your guide in front of the ears and at the nape of the neck, then work through the clipper grades.
Styling the crop
Blend the top of the hair into the back and sides of the head by using horizontal sections, then alternate between two different angles of point cutting to create added texture. The hair should still be slightly wet, so rough dry it with a towel before using The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Clay for a finish that can be reworked throughout the day. If your client has fine hair, add extra volume by twizzling The Bluebeards Revenge Quiff Roller through it with the assistance of a hairdryer.
Once dry, take the time to thoroughly inspect your tapering to make sure it’s absolutely perfect. Finish off the look by lining up with your favourite trimmers and The Bluebeards Revenge Shavette Razor, before picking with your scissors to remove any extra unwanted weight.