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What is the Ivy League Haircut? 

An Ivy League is a type of crew-cut where the hair on the front of the head is long enough to style with a side part, while the crown of the head is cut short. The length of the top hair and the degree of gradient, from the front hairline back, varies with the shape of the skull, density, and coarseness of the hair.

What Hair Length Do I Need To Get The Ivy League Haircut?

 The length at the top is always short (i.e. less than 2 inches) that can then be styled; typically, an Ivy League haircut will have the crown at 0.5-1 inch in length while the front is longer and up to 1.5 inches in length (hence the top is tapered by up to 1 inch depending on what you choose for the front and crown). When going to the barber, if you want to get the Ivy League haircut, you should ensure to denote what length you want at the top (front and back) so that a good taper can be achieved.

How To Ask the Barber For The Ivy League Haircut

First, check with your barber or stylist to see if they’re familiar with the cut. If you’re coming to Pall Mall Barbers, you know you’re in safe hands. It’s a fairly common style, but not all stylists may know it. In that case, we recommend showing your stylist pictures and describing the characteristics below.

Show your barber photos of some variations of the Ivy League hairstyle that you like. This will help them to suggest what can be done with your hair. Take a picture of the style you want to achieve – their interpretation may not always be the same as yours, leaving a rather awkward situation for you both!

What Products to Use to Style the Ivy League Haircut

Because the Ivy League is low maintenance by design, you don’t need to do much to style it. Traditionally, it’s side-parted. Get your barber to add texture throughout the hair, this will give you that messier, textured look that makes the hair easier to style.

Step by Step How to Style the Ivy League at Home 

STEP 1: Prepare hair by washing with Pall Mall Barbers Cleanse Shampoo and Treat Conditioner.

STEP 2: Spray 2 pumps of our Sea Salt spray and lightly blow-dry hair.

Step 3: Scoop a small amount of Pall Mall Barbers Light Dressing Cream, best to apply a small amount using the fingers to damp on dry hair, and work from roots to ends for natural shine.

Step 4: Style the hair with your fingers or a comb to achieve your desired look.

Barber’s Recommendation

One of our barber’s favorite products for Ivy League Haircut is Light Dressing Cream and Workable Paste hold and styling – and benefits anyone with medium to longer length styles. Ask your barber about it next time you’re in store.

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