Cutting and styling a Caesar crop in the barbershop

Barber Tutorial: how to cut a French Crop

Julius Caesar is famous for many things: an impressive 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… maybe.

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 list 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 easy to maintain and very versatile, making it perfect for business and leisure.

To help you master the Caesar crop, premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has teamed up with industry-leading barber – and founder of the Lions Barber Collective – Tom Chapman. Below, the British barber has provided his expert tips to help you master this adaptable style. What makes Tom’s version better than the rest? He has kindly incorporated a contemporary surgical line for a look that is truly unique!

Scrub up

Before I reach for my tools, 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 that the products are infused with, as well as how clean and soft their hair feels after the treatment.


After the hair has been washed, towel it off slightly before using a small amount of The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Paste as a pre-styling agent: this will make the hair slightly easier to work with in the early stages of your work. Next, establish a horseshoe section from recession to recession and put in a blank canvas of your longest grade.

Back and sides

As a drop fade on the sides, establish your guide with the shortest grade dropping down past the occipital at the back of the head. Work your way up through the grades to your longest grade and line up the edges with trimmers. Finish the fade by releasing the top and blend it all into the sides and back.

Creating the top

Point-cut the top square of the head and over direct it towards the front to provide length for the fringe. Apply a small amount of matt paste and blow dry it forwards with The Bluebeards Revenge Quiff Roller. This will help to create texture for the finished style.

Adding the surgical line and finishing touches

Take your trimmers and The Bluebeards Revenge Cut-Throat Razor and carefully cut your surgical line into the side of the head to enhance the shape of your fade. It’s all about precision, so go slowly and be neat! With your trimmers still in hand, give your fade any slight touch ups it might need to make it perfect. Finally, finish the whole look off with The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Clay.

And there you have it – a contemporary Caesar crop that will impress your clients and become one of your favourite cuts to perform. For more detailed hair styling videos from Tom Chapman and The Bluebeards Revenge, click here!


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