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January 8, 2021

Flat Top + Fade

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Flat Top + Fade

The perfect men’s cut has a strong shape, silhouette and gets the texture just right. That’s why we LOVE this flat top and fade by American Crew® All Star Educator Curtis Cross (@curtistheebarber). Get the step-by-step breakdown below and learn how to recreate this look with clipper- and scissor-cutting techniques for the men in your chair! 

 

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Watch the video below to see how it’s done!

 
 
 
 
 
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HOW-TO STEPS

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    Visualize a high, tilted horseshoe-shaped parting. It should sit higher at the front hairline to allow for more scalp exposure and the back of the horseshoe should rest just below the occipital bone.

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    Start removing bulk from the bottom half of the head using freehand clipper work with the #1.5 blade.

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    Continue removing weight until the bottom half of the head is complete. 

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    Then, go back in to the bottom half with the #1 blade, working freehand with moderate tension to create scalp exposure in Zone 1.

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    Continue around the back and both sides. 

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    Then, start with the horizontal transition. With a closed blade, work freehand suspended in panels to create a square shape on the top half of the head.

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    Continue working in panels around the top of the head. 

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    Square off the top with a closed blade working freehand suspended with the clipper. Take the necessary amount of length down to create a flat top.

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    Starting on one side, refine the square silhouette with freehand suspended clipper work.

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    Continue around the back of the head, to the other side and the front hairline. 

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    Go back into Zone 1 with freehand clipper work and freehand fanning to refine the fade. Make adjustments according to growth direction.

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    Refine the transition with freehand suspended scissor work.

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    Continue working with freehand suspended scissors throughout the top. 

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    Strengthen the shape by etching in the front hairline. Work from the center out.

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    Apply American Crew® Pomade to the exterior of the shape to add shine and refinement.

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    Finished Look

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    Finished – Profile

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    Finished Look – Back

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