How-To Video: Man Fringe

(Photo by Shalem Mathew)

We're more than familiar with the classic men's hairstyles: the pompadour, the undercut and the side part. Though it might not be obvious at first glance, the hairstyles that have dominated trends for the past few seasons can all be characterized by one striking similarity: no fringe. 

As times change and new trends emerge, we're starting to see the well-deserved comeback of man fringe. Celebrities like Justin Bieber, Jared Leto and Harry Styles have popularized the versatile style and it's more than likely that you'll have male clientele requesting a variation of the do. 

In this how-to, Andrew Carruthers (@andrew.carruthers) Education Director for Sam Villa, shares how to adjust the length, texture and shape of fringe so it looks lived-in, natural and masculine. “Heavy solid bangs look more feminine, so it’s important to create texture and movement when cutting fringe on a man,” says Carruthers.


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  • Use vertical sections elevated 90 degrees and over direct each section back to a stationary guide towards the side that will be shorter for soft layers that follow the shape of the head.
  • Point cut with a blending shear and Sam Villa Signature Series Short Cutting Comb at a diagonal angle to create a choppy line that falls highly textured.
  • Design fringe to sweep to one side for a more natural, lived-in vibe.
  • The texturizing is done while cutting, so make sure to fine tune the perimeter by pinching pieces and cutting to maintain softness on the ends.
  • Finish with Redken for Men Polish Up Pomade to add shine, texture and define ends.