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HAIRCUTTING TERMS

 

NOTE: A haircut name or term known as one thing in one part of the country can be something dramatically different here in Georgia. For best results on, it helps to have a photo handy to show your barber.

Knowing the right terminology is important to communicating with your barber. Below are common haircut terms:

White Wall

The space above the ear that is outlined with clippers, probably just 1/8 to 1/4 inch about the growth line. We can do this higher type arch if this is the main area that bothers you 2-3 weeks after your haircut. This is something you would have to specify that you want, and not something we generally do without a request. If you're not one to get your hair cut more than once a month this might be something that you'd like.

Bald Cut

A "style" in which all of the hair on the scalp is removed with a razor. This is a popular cut among athletes and men who are naturally balding.

Bangs

The section of hair that falls over the forehead. Can be worn combed down over the forehead, brushed to the side, or brushed back.

Blocked at the Neckline

Blocking is when a visible line is created with the clippers at the nape. This is the most common type of finishing at the neck, but not always the most desirable. The disadvantage of a blocked hairline is that it does not grow out neatly and can make a thick neck look even wider.

Bowl Cut.

This haircut was common in the depression era because it was an easy haircut to do at home. Back then, an actual bowl was placed on the head and all of the hair below was shaved. This cut is also called an "undercut" or "prohibition cut" and is coming back in style for guys in their 20's and early 30's Instead of combing it down, they will gel it straight back.

Rounded Flat Top

The sides and back are cut same as a "Buzz" or crewcut. The top is cut the same length, about one-quarter to one-half inch over the top, following the contour of the head. The hair is then combed straight up with wax or a hard holding gel to hold it in place.

Close Buzz

Clipper cut on a #1 guard (1/8 inch) or even a 1/2 (which is 1/16 of an inch.) This is the type of haircut that new military recruits receive upon entering the service. This is a good option for someone who wants a no-maintenance haircut.

Business Man's Cut.

Most popular among working professionals who require a conservative look. Normally, hair is cut with a slight taper on the sides and back and the top is left long enough to part and comb to the side.

Crew Cut

The entire haircut done with clippers. This is a #2 guard on our clippers (which is 1/4 inch all over.) It shows a lot of scalp, We can also use a number 3 or 4 guard (if you prefer it slightly longer) and not show as much skin. We would also neatly taper it around the ears and the back, so that it continues to look nice over a 2 week period.

Buzz Cut

This is basically the same as a crew cut. Although appearing low maintenance, you do have to come in every 10 - 14 days to keep this cut looking nice and neat. The low maintenace aspect of it, just shower and go. You do not need a comb or brush. Older barbers would have referred to this as a butch or burr. I have even heard it called a brush cut.

Caesar

A semi-short hairstyle made popular by Julius Caesar. The hair is tapered from a 4 or 5 down to a 2 or even as low as a 1 on the sides. Genrally left an inch to 3 inches long on top and brushed forward. This cut is low-maintenance and ideal for covering a receding hairline. Most guys who get this cut now, will stick the bangs up in the front or flip it to the side (with gel) instead of brushing it forward.

Taper Cut

Commonly referred to as a business man's cut. The hair is left long enough to comb on top and gradually tapers down to 1/8 inch around the ears and the neck. This is a very traditional men's cut that is appropriate for any lifestyle.

Boys Crew Cut

The hair is cut short on the sides and back (tapered down even shorter around the bottom.) The top is shorter that the very front. Leavin a little bit of bangs. The top is rounded to the general contour of the head. When combed straight down it's basically the same at the ceaser cut.

Medium, Skin Fade

The term "fade" originated in ethnic shops and has now become the popular term for an aggressively tight taper. Hair around the bottom is cut as close as possible with clippers and "fades" (or tapers) up into almost any length on top. In some cases this haircut is called a "military reg," which is misleading because each branch of the service has different regulations regarding hair length.

Faux Hawk

This is a basic tapered haircut in which the hair is styled into a point at the center. It resembles a Mohawk, but without the shaved sides. The style can be worn as a Faux Hawk or styled differently for a conservative look.

Squared Off Flat Top

The sides and back are cut similar to a crewcut, with the following exceptions: The hair is cut on top with emphasis on flatness. The hair at the sides of the top are cut to give a square appearance. The photo to the left is a short traditional flattop. Variations include: Short Flat Top which can also be called a "Landing Strip" or"Horseshoe," where it is extremely short, flat, and bald in the middle. Viewed from the top, it resembles a horseshoe.

Classic Taper, Long on Top

Also refered to as a business man's cut. The hair is left long enough to style on top (3 or 4 inches) and gradullay tapers down very close around the ears and the neck. This is a traditional cut that is appropriate for any lifestyle.

High and Tight.

A very common haircut among Law Enforcement, Firefighters, US Marines, Army Rangers, and athletes. The hair is cut super close "tight" on the sides, going very "high" (no guard all the way to the crown). The top is usually 1/4 inch to 1 inch (crewcut) length and blended with the sides. If you want a distinct line between the top and the shaved part please specify this, as it is not something we commonly do for a high and tight. The sides and back can also be shaved with a razor upon request.

Highlights.

In recent years, many men have embraced the use of color to give their style a unique signature. Highlights are achieved by taking small sections of the hair and lightening them. Highlights can be very subtle or extreme. Highlights will give a haircut texture and can help brighten a face and bring out a client's eyes. However we do not offer this service at our shop. We can refer you to a slon that does this sort of thing.

Basic Taper

A very clean-cut style, cut short all over, gradually getting slightly longer at the top and even a tad longer in the front. Enough hair is left to part and comb neatly. This haircut conforms to the shape of the head.

Layer Cut.

A popular haircut which is performed entirely with sicissors (or shears.) Uniform "layers" all over the head, can be as long or short as desired and is very versatile.

Mullet.

The origin of the term "mullet" has been traced back to the film "Cool Hand Luke." Apparently one of the guys calls people with long, shaggy hair "Mulletheads." The style was popular for Country Music singers in the early to mid 80's, and you might still see a few with the Nascar fans. Cut short on the top and sides, with considerable length left in the back. We like to jokingly say "Business in the front, party in the back."

Pompadour

A longer version of the classic tapered haircut in which the hair is brushed back and secured with a liberal application of pomade. The pompadour was the signature haircut of Elvis and was quite popular by young "rebels" in the 1950s. This hairstyle is also getting very popular again with teens and college guys.

Sideburns

The little patch of hair that grows in front of the ears. Can be worn to any length with almost any hairstyle. The length of the sideburns can also enhance the face. Longer sideburns tend to give a wide face a slimming effect.

Shag

Can also be called "The Justin Bieber look" although it's been several years since "The Biebs" wore his hair like this. A long layer cut that can be done with scissors or a razor to give a messy (shaggy) look. This is easy to maintain and typically requires only a small amount of product or none at all.

Longer Cut with a Low Taper

Hair at the back of the neck is graduated to zero length, leaving an exposed natural hairline. Many barbers, stylists and clients, make the incorrect assumption that a tapered neckline is always very short. As you can see from the illustration, a tapered hairline can work quite well on a longer style. The advantage to a taper is that, as the hair grows out, the neckline remains natural and blended. This will give the haircut a fresher look longer than a blocked nape. With this cut you can go 5 or 6 weeks between cuts.

Texture

Generally, hair is cut to achieve a smooth, uniform effect. Sometimes, texture (a spikey, disheveled look) is desirable. Texture is added to the hair by cutting the ends unevenly using a shear point technique, with a razor, or thinning shears. Even the most traditional haircuts can be made more contemporary (if appropriate) by the use of texturizing.

Temple Fade

Sometimes called a "Low Fade." Very low, bald fade. The hair is cut to the scalp from the temple and dips low in the back. The hair is then quickly, but smoothly blended into significant length on top.

Tramlines

Tramlines are a typically done on ethnic hair (African American or Hispanic.) A technique used to create complex lines in the hair using the edge of an electric trimmer.

Medium Fade.

Sometimes referred to as a "Whitewall" when it is much lower. A faded or tapered haircut in which the sides and back have maximum scalp exposure. The term "whitewall" comes from the extremely white skin which is exposed after the haircut, reminding one of the white sides of a old whitewall tire

 

 


 
 
 
    
  


 

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