How to style a French Crop

Julius Caesar was a pretty impressive man: a politician, a notable author of Latin prose, a decorated war general, the emperor of Rome, and the influence for the popular Caesar crop hairstyles of today – the latter being his greatest achievement… of course.

The Caesar crop (also known as a French crop) is a classic cut that’s been modelled by many celebrities over the years: George Clooney, Russell Crowe, and Zac Efron to name only a few. Traditionally this style features hair that is cut short on the back and sides, but kept slightly longer through the top. It’s then either combed forward or swept to the side depending on its final length.

If the style is cut properly, it can be made to suit most faces and is very versatile; meaning it confidently walks the line between business and leisure and is sure to create some serious hair envy among your peers!

To help you master the styling of this contemporary cut, premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has teamed up with leading barber – and founder of the Lions Barber Collective – Tom Chapman. Below, the master barber has given his expert tips on how you can keep a Caesar crop looking sharp from dusk until dawn. Combine Tom’s expert comments with our detailed video and you’re on to a winner.

It all starts at the barbershop

When your barber starts your consultation, ask him for a drop-fade on the back and sides with a scissor-cut top and a fringe. The scissor-cut is very important as it’s what adds so much texture to the finished look. I like to add a surgical line to the mix too: this helps to enhance the final shape of your fade.

Styling at home

Recreating the texture and volume that you’ll leave the barbershop with will require a few tools of the trade. If you haven’t already, it’s time to invest in a hairdryer and a hairbrush: together they will help to add texture to the hair and manipulate it into the shape you desire.

To create a Caesar crop start by washing your hair thoroughly with The Bluebeards Revenge Shampoo and Conditioner to make sure any hair products from recent days are removed.

Next, apply The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Paste to wet hair and blow dry it forward towards the fringe using The Bluebeards Revenge Military Brush.

Rub a small amount of The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Clay between your palms and finger tips, and scrunch the clay into the tips of the fringe for a more refined finish.

For more styling videos, check out Bluebeards TV here!


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