No, it isn’t a piece of Provencal agriculture, the french crop is in fact an ideal men’s hairstyle for the warmer months. Similar to a Caesar cut, it is a slight variation on a classic men’s haircut style that is easily manageable and will suit the vast majority of men.

Read on to find out whether the french crop is the right haircut for your face shape and hair type.

The details of a french crop style

In essence, it is a short, back and sides but with a textured top. The fringe can either be worn down to take the edge of the hairline or styled across in a textured side parting.  There are variations of a french crop whereby the length variation on the sides and top is quite extreme. Some men even prefer to accentuate the difference in length further by going an even shorter grade around the ears.

Having more of a fringe is ideal for men with long faces or large foreheads as it creates a less severe hairline. Wearing it across is a great way to update a classic and timeless style that will look great in the boardroom or in the bar.

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How to cut a french crop

If your barber isn’t already familiar with the style then there are a few things to take into account for the french crop style. The back and sides are often cut with scissors to gain a soft transition to the hair on top. If you have quite thick or curly hair then a shorter side could offer a modern look with a more drastic transition to the longer hair on top.

Remember, you can always take along a photo of desired haircut to give your barber a better understanding of you want.

Taking note of your hair thickness will also determine the weight on top. Thick hair can look lifeless sat on top of your head, so ask your barber to use a ‘point cut’ to add texture. Those like me that have thinner hair can ask for a ‘blunt cut’ that is great at combating hair that sticks up at the crown.

How to style your french crop

With this effortless style, you don’t want it to look too polished. So clay’s and pastes are the way forward to add texture but without removing the freedom of movement.

As the hair is scissor cut with a natural finish this style tends to grown out nicely. So, in theory, there are fewer trips to the barber.

In conclusion, the french crop is a pretty low maintenance hairstyle for men. Go as short or as long as you feel comfortable and work with your barber to find an outcome that isn’t going to look best for your hair type and face shape.

French crop inspiration

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A classic version of the french crop with a longer fringe
man with long french crop haircut
French crop with longer hair on top
french crop with fade on side
French crop with fade on the side
layered french crop haircut
Layered french crop
Sam Brady

Sam Brady is a menswear and grooming specialist and the founder of A Gentleman's Row.

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