Textured Crop by Award-Winning Barber
Ross ‘Blue Steel’ Mathieson, of luxury Norwich barbershop Son of the Bear walks you through each step of the process of this popular and versatile cut.
From preparation to final touches, and a top tip about beard care you never saw coming!
You’ll learn how to create:
- Seamless blending
Using techniques like:
- Point cutting
- Razor work
All this results in a stylish and modern haircut that your clients will love. So, whether you’re a seasoned barber looking to refine your skills or a beginner eager to learn, let’s dive in and unlock the secrets to crafting the perfect textured crop.
You can watch the full video below, or view in Youtube – or you can check out the recap on key points in the handy drop downs.
We hope you enjoy, perhaps learn something – and most importantly : be inspired!
The Full Video Tutorial
Recap on key stages
Get a text breakdown of each part of the haircut below. Select the dropdown to read more!
PreparationBegin by brushing the hair forward to reveal its natural growth patterns. This initial step is crucial as it helps you understand how the hair falls and where adjustments may be needed for the desired style.
SectioningDivide the hair into sections, focusing on creating a horseshoe shape on the top. This sectioning technique lays the foundation for the haircut and ensures even distribution of length and texture.
GraduationUse your tools to create a rounded shape, ensuring to keep the knuckles close to the scalp. Gradually work through the hair, adjusting the length as needed to achieve a balanced and blended look.
Building WeightTo add volume and texture, create diagonal sections and gradually cut from long to short. This technique helps build up weight around the perimeter of the haircut, enhancing its overall shape and dimension.
ElevationDecide on the desired heaviness of the crop. Lower elevation results in a square finish, while higher elevation gives a softer, rounder look. This decision determines the overall style and silhouette of the haircut
TexturisingUse point cutting to add texture to the hair, creating depth and dimension. This technique helps break up the hair's uniformity and adds visual interest to the style.
StylingApply matte clay to mold and hold the hair in place. This styling product provides a natural-looking hold while adding texture and definition to the hair. Work from root to tip. Finish with a sprinkle of powder for added volume and texture, if liked.
BeardAn easily overlooked finishing touch. Top tip - no beard balm or wax? No problem! You can apply a bit of Dark Stag Light Shine Pomade to add luster and tame any stray hairs. This step completes the overall look and ensures a polished appearance. It also smells incredible. Just warm a small amount in the hands first and run through the beard in line with direction of hair growth.
Final TouchesAlways take a step back and assess the overall look. Make any final adjustments to ensure perfection, paying attention to details such as the fringe and overall shape. Of course - finally, always check the client is happy with the outcome!