It’s been a good year for short haircuts. Between pixies, mixies, bobs, and everything in between, we have been introduced to many different styles in 2023—and the most-requested cuts in London salons right now is another new trend, which is being referred to as the “soft crop.”
“The soft crop is a gentle, almost grown-out interpretation of a timeless, classic crop,” explains Francesca Inverarity, a hairstylist and colorist at The Hair Bros. “Its wispy edges give it a grown-in feel, as opposed to a box-fresh, straight-out-of-the-salon look.” It’s a style defined by its soft silhouette and resembles Linda Evangelista’s crop that became her signature in the ’90s.
You might assume that a cut like this is pretty one-dimensional, however experts explain that the crop’s soft edges and length allow for surprisingly versatile styling. “You can wear it swept to one side and flicked out at the back for a fun, Gen Z feel; brushed forward to create the illusion of a grown-out fringe; or with clips and hair accessories,” says Inverarity. “Think Iris Law or Drew Barrymore in the ’90s.”
All you need is a texturizing spray—whether that is Hair Story’s Undressed or Amika’s Un.done Volume and Matte Texture Spray—to help create a natural, mussed-up finish, or a gel for a wet, slicked-back look. Inverarity loves Bumble & Bumble’s Sumogel for high shine and hold.
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