The French Crop Haircut: What It Is and 8 Ways You Can Wear It

Looking for a style that requires minimal effort but leaves you with maximum style? Meet the textured French crop...

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.

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.

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What is the French Crop Haircut?

As mentioned above, a French crop haircut is achieved when you have your hair cut short on the back and sides, while keeping the hair on top longer. This is usually combed forwards to give you a fringe, similar to the picture here.

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.

Next read: 12 of the best hairstyles for a receding hairline

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

How to Maintain a French Crop

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…

There are many examples of ways you can wear this popular cropped haircut. See the best looks, below.

French Crop for Straight Hair

Crop haircut: Close-up of an Asian male model with dark brown hair in a French crop style, wearing a black bomber jacket
A French crop could cut your styling time in half. Credit:

If you’ve got straight hair, a French crop is a perfect way to add cool texture into your hair.

Short French Crop

Crop haircut: Runway shot of a male model with a short crop haircut, wearing a navy jacket and glasses
There’s room to play around with different lengths. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you’re into short styles, you’ll be happy to know you can know can experiment with different lengths style with this popular cut.

Modern Short Crop

Crop haircut: Close-up of a brown haired model with a French crop haircut, wearing a tux
This modern short crop works for all occasions. Credit:

This modern take on the cut is great for those who are looking for a more professional spin on the trend.

Wet-Look Crop

Crop haircut: Brown haired male model with a short, gelled French crop, wearing a grey t-shirt and a chain necklace
Keep it natural or add shine with some gel. Credit:

If you want to quickly give your crop a grungy feel, just run some hair gel, like the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel through your mane.

French Crop for Thick Hair

Crop haircut: male model wearing a big winter coat with his hair in a french crop style
This look will never go out of style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you want to make your thick hair easier to manage, this cropped haircut is your lifesaver.

Caesar Cut

Man with bleach blonde french crop hairstyle with undercut
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Caesar cuts and French crops are similar in the way they look, but you can make either of them stand out with a bright dye job and an undercut.

Long French Crop

Man with long. choppy french crop haircut
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

With a long cropped cut, you can style your fringe in many ways. From the side to swept-back, you’ll have lots of options to try.

French Crop for Wavy Hair

Male runway model with brown wavy French crop haircut
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Wavy hair? Take inspiration from this cool example.

How to Get a Textured Crop

Crop haircut: Brunette male model backstage wearing sunglasses with a french crop haircut
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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!


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