Since the bad bowl cuts of nineties and the acne-inducing emo side sweeps of the noughties, sensible men have instinctively given fringe haircuts a wide berth. In most cases this has been wise risk aversion. But, this year’s big hitter on the fringe front – the textured crop – is neither scarily precise nor antisocial, just flattering for the majority of guys.
The style, in a nutshell, is a remix of the short back and sides where the length on top works with gravity rather than against it. “The messy cropped cut works with your own natural growth patterns,” says Robbie Burt at London’s Sharps Barber and Shop. “It’s best on those with thick hair that has natural texture. You should ask your barber for the makings of a high and tight but ask for plenty of length to be left on top which should be cut for bold, square texture.”
The style comes from the woke-up-like-this school of hairdressing, so if you’ve got several thousand hairs out of place that may be a good thing. “Maintaining this style involves minimal fuss,” says Burt. “By working a matte paste through your hands and applying evenly through your hair you can create a softer, undone appearance.” If you’re more slick Rick that bird’s nest though, you’re still eligible to apply. “To create something with a smart, smoother finish by using a water-based pomade.”
Chris Pritchard is an award winning hair stylist and entrepreneur. He is the co-owner of Daniel Christopher Aveda Salon, Co-Founder of Saskatchewan Fashion Week, and one of the top hairstylists in Regina, Saskatchewan. Chris has received international academy training in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and other cities across Canada. He is a two time Canadian Hairdresser Mirror Award Winner, receiving the Saskatchewan Hairdresser of the Year Award in 2010 and 2011. He is also a 2011 Aveda National Hairdressing Competition winner as well as a nominee for Saskatchewan Hairdresser of the year in 2012 for both Mirror Awards and the Contessa awards. Watch out for his newest project called NextLook Hair, an iPhone app for hairstyle trends with interactive software company – Shiverware. (Available now on the Apple App Store).