Short men’s hairstyles will always be popular but there’s one in particular, the French crop haircut, which is currently going through a revival. Coming under the spotlight thanks to stars like Peaky Blinders actor Cillian Murphy, this low-maintenance look with its easy styling credentials and modern textured fringe works for all occasions.
Short but dapper, this look is surprisingly versatile, so whether your natural strands are poker-straight or curly, everyone should give this textured short crop a go. To help persuade you, we’ve put together a guide to help you learn more about this easy short style, so if you’re looking for a new style to try, read on.
What is the French crop haircut?
It might be very ‘in’ right now but the French crop has actually been around forever. An alternative take on the military-inspired Caesar cut (another failsafe short crop), the typical characteristics of a French crop are a short faded back and sides, with longer hair on top styled in a fringe.
Who does it work for?
Part of the appeal of a French crop haircut is it offers benefits for both straight and curly hair. On straight hair it helps to add some much-needed texture, while on wavy or curly hair it allows you to really accentuate your curls while keeping them controlled.
Great for those with thick hair who struggle to find a haircut, it takes some of the weight away by removing the hair from the sides, without you having to sacrifice your luscious hair up top. Thinning hair? Getting a fringe is a clever trick for concealing a receding hairline, as it essentially covers up the main area of thinning around the forehead.
Editor’s tip: If your hair is naturally poker straight, you can use a natural-looking product like the VO5 Rework Putty to add a messy, more roughed-up texture.
How short do you need to go?
Unlike the Caesar cut, which is generally short all over, with the French crop you’ve got the option to play around with different length fringes to figure out what you like and what suits your face shape best.
Shorter micro fringes like this one (above) are great for making a statement, while longer layers will let you experiment with different partings and/or straightening or adding curls.
Next read: How to get curly hair for men
The all-occasion style
Because you can change up how your fringe looks without having to do very much to your hair, you can make it work for whatever your diary has in store for that day. For every day wear, you’ll be able to get by using just a little matte pomade to rough up your fringe for a casual feel that looks like you haven’t even had to do anything.
Then, for formal scenarios like a black tie work event, you can amp it up with some high-shine wax or gel to keep it looking neat.
Feel like your hair grows faster than you can control? One big pro of these short crop haircuts is that you won’t need to go to the barbershop as often as you would with more demanding styles.
While you’re growing out the hair on top, you may need to pay your barber a visit to keep the sides short but how often you’ll need to go will depend on how short you want your side fade to be and how fast your hair grows.
Now you know all about the coveted French crop haircut, learn how to style it at home…
How to create a textured crop in 4 simple steps
Step 1: Comb your hair forwards
Start by washing your hair using your favourite shampoo (we recommend something like the TONI&GUY Deep Clean Shampoo for a thorough detox), just to make sure you’ve got rid of any past product build-up.
Then use a plastic comb to bring all of your hair forwards over your forehead or alternatively, and depending on how long your hair is, you can try a more side-swept style if you prefer.
Step 2: Dry your hair
Next, use your hairdryer to dry your hair, using your fingers to add texture into the roots as you dry. Alternatively, if you’re short on time you can also allow your hair to air dry naturally and achieve the same result.
Step 3: Apply hair product
Once your hair is totally dry, put a small amount of the VO5 Rework Putty between your palms and scrunch it into your hair with your fingers to give you a choppy, textured finish.
This product is ideal for adding texture as it gives your look a messy, disheveled effect, but it’s not greasy or sticky at all, making it easier to switch up your style later in the day.
Step 4: Final look
To finish, use any leftover putty on your hands to do any finishing touches until you’re happy with the result. And there you have it!