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Simple classic square shape with deep texture

by JAY MCKENNY @ Level Academy

The inspiration behind the look?
This is a mainstream cut and finish worm by many, but in my opinion is one of the hardest cuts to achieve texture and natural movement without compromising on symmetry and square shape. A staple of Modern Street styles for over 20 years now, a cut which creates a strong masculine look without looking to edgy that and can be blow-dried to a more tailored look if the need arises.

Does it have dress down option?
Yes, with good cutting and correct bulk removal the cut will have lots of movement and will therefore be easy to style in new ways.

Which hair types does it work for? i.e., fine/thick, etc.
All types! For fine hair a root booster and salt spray combination will work wonders to thicken and bulk up the hair during cutting, and for medium to thicker density hair add salt spray in your blow-dry and stronger matte clay to style.

Any pre-appointment advice?
It's important that your stylist understands the balance between bulk removal and texturizing and avoids the all-important spiky look! Avoid thinning scissors entirely! Also the square shape is very important, discuss with your stylist and understand the importance and desire for a clean and tailored graduation. There is no point in adding products to overly thick hair as it will just clog and look fuller, make sure you stay well informed as a good stylist will work with you to check off the cut.

Any important blow dry/styling tips?
Finger dry all the way with this one, making sure that the hair is ultra clean is essential. For this cut I used Evo Salty dog texturiser and once bone dry added Crop strutters construction cream and then glazed the top with a light hair spray, easy peasy! A good quality matte finish styling product is a must, and remember nice clean hair before you apply your products!

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