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Best Short Hairstyles of Summer

This year has seen too many buzzed heads and botched quarantine haircuts, so let’s talk about some of the best short hairstyles in Summer.

A lot of people have stayed true to the side parts and slick backs and we’re here for it! Since those aren’t newly emerging haircuts, I won’t cover them here. The haircuts and styles that are on the way in are forward, messy looks and short crops.

Summer in South Carolina starts in April so I know I’m a bit late to the topic but this will be helpful for you nonetheless.

Forward & Messy

Summer (especially in the south) is all about low maintenance and keeping the hair short so you don’t have a fur coat trapping in heat.

This cut is low maintenance because it takes two seconds to fix your hair. You grab some matte clay pomade, run it through your hair and mess it up, and you’re out the door.

 With Cole’s hair, we did a bald fade on the sides to give the scalp some breathability. The top is short and square with tons of texture added. Cole bleached it himself a couple of weeks before the appointment.

To get this cut, tell your barber you’d like the sides faded to bald skin and you want the top short and textured.

To style this one, blow dry (optional) the hair back first to add volume. Then go forward as you run your hands through it to get the hair to separate. Add some matte clay pomade and scrunch / twist the hair to accentuate the texture.

The Crop

The crop is a look I’ve wanted to migrate here from the UK for a long time. It’s slowly starting to happen and people who’ve tried it are loving it. The crop makes it into our best hairstyles of summer list. Because it’s the lowest-maintenance haircut aside from a buzz cut.

The distinctive feature of the crop is its harsh, blunt fringe. Sometimes people add texture or length to the fringe to create variation but for the most part. A crop is a crop if the fringe is down and has a hard line on the forehead.

The squareness of the edge up is what makes this cut look so masculine. I don’t like to think of haircuts in terms of “mens” and “womens” but rather in terms of masculine and feminine.

Each haircut contains a combination of both aspects and the person’s particular style expression and features dictate where masculine or feminine qualities are used.

Generally, round and soft shapes are perceived as feminine while square and harsh shapes are seen as masculine.

The crop is boxy and crisp from the front profile which is what makes it so masculine.

To style, use a texture product or wear it natural. Have fun with it. You can spend half an hour styling a crop or you can wear it with no styling at all. I personally like to use a styling powder or salt spray in combination with a blow dryer to make the texture pop.

In conclusion, you known two short hairstyles and try it.

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Men Men's hairstyles

The Crop Haircut For Men

The crop is a hairstyle that has been popular in Europe for a long time. It’s slowly starting to trickle over into the states. It has tons of variations but is mainly characterized by the blunt, short fringe in the front and short, textured hair throughout the top that drops to a skin fade on the sides.

The west coast was the first to catch on. Now we’re seeing a bit of an uptick in requests for this hairstyle in the southeast.

Lucas, pictured below, has a versatile hair type and head shape that can take on many different forms. He’s had slicked-back pompadours, short textured haircuts, and lately, the crop has been a repeat choice. The main reason it’s been a repeated look is that it is extremely low maintenance.

Credit: @maccmobilebarber/ Instagram

How to style it

To style the crop, we recommend using the Matte Clay Pomade.

First, scoop a small amount and emulsify it in your hands. Then, spread it through your hair when it is slightly damp. Mess up the top with your hands until you start to see the amount of texture you’re looking for.

You can let it air dry but for best results, use a blow dryer while texturizing the top. Make sure the fringe falls evenly and you’re set.  

How to ask for it

At the barbershop, ask your barber if a crop will work with your hair texture and head shape.

To make sure you are on the same page with your barber. It’s best to have a few photos ready so you can visually express what you are hoping the result will be. Often we see details in the photo that people who aren’t barbers or hairdressers have a hard time explaining. So when you show us a photo and point to the parts of the haircut you like and dislike. It helps us establish a mental picture of what you’re envisioning.

What we look for when determining if it’s right for you is a hair pattern that wants to lay forward and has a moderately thick recession area.

We will ask you whether you want to take the sides all the way down to skin and if you will be styling the top with a product. If you will be styling it, we will leave a bit more length and make sure there is plenty of texture for you to play with.

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