How To Cut The Top Section Of The Ivy League Hairstyle

The Ivy League haircut is a 1950 classic hairstyle.  The true definition of this style is the hair combed forward and to the side without a part. The front is combed slightly up and to the side. A natural hairline or low taper accentuates the shape of the haircut. A firm gel or heavy cream works best to keep the hair styled neatly all day. In this blog we are going to cover how to cut the top sections of the Ivy League Hairstyle.

How To Cut The Top Section Of The Ivy League Hairstyle:

  1. Start in the center section and over direct the front back slightly to keep the front longer. Make sure to keep your fingers parallel to the floor.
  2. Use a traveling guide and take tiny sections as you work your way toward the crown.
  3. As you get closer to the crown your traveling guide should become a stationary guide. Pull the hair forward so you do not cut too close to the crown. The hair needs to be longer in that area to be styled properly and not stand up.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 on the right and left hand sides of your center guide that you created.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 with the thinning shear over comb technique. The hair will be shorter so it is easier to pick up with the comb. When thinning it out use your judgement. The thicker the hair the slower the comb moves so you will remove more bulk. The finer the faster the comb moves to take out less bulk. If the hair is not very thick you can skip this step.
  6. Determine the product to use based on the finish the client would like. Use a firm gel or pomade if the client would like the wet look. Use a dry paste or heavy styling cream if your client would like a dry looking or mat finish.
  7. Comb the hair forward, then to the side, and finally style the hair up slightly in the front.

Keep an eye out for our next blog in this series detailing how to complete the tapered sides and back of the “Ivy League Hairstyle”.