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Hair Trends - The TikTok Trim

Hair Trends - The TikTok Trim

Unless you’ve been living under a rock then you’ll be aware that social media has been one of the most significant factors in trends over the past few years - why else would there be room for so many fashion bloggers and influencers?

And, unless you’ve been living under a boulder then you’ll also be aware that TikTok has been the tour de force in such matters of late, particularly with a younger demographic who tend to be at the forefront of new styles. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this doesn’t stop at hype trainers. It travels all the way up the torso to the northernmost business end of the body, which is where we step in. 

Quite a few hair trends have gained momentum as a result of social media exposure - the Edgar and the curtains renaissance to name but a couple - but only one has garnered such attention that it’s named after the very channel which brought it to the fore. We are, of course, talking about the “TikTok Haircut”.

Here we take a look at what this style is, who it works best for and how to style it so that you can decide for yourself whether or not to follow the Gen Z fad. 

What Is The TikTok Haircut?

In essence, it is a round shaped haircut which is shorter on the back and sides than the top. The main feature of the haircut is the heavy, over-pronounced fringe which is worn in a loose, textured style which droops over the forehead before flicking up. 

As with many new hairstyles, it shares similarities with a number of styles that preceded it. There are hints of the Caesar, the bowl cut and the Korean two block. 

It can be tailored in a number of ways, for example; the sides can be cut with scissors for a softer finish or faded with clippers and either undercut or blended low to retain the weight through the high sides. 

Who Does It Suit Best?

It probably goes without saying that this is a style that is heavily favoured by a younger age group, it did rise to prominence via TikTok after all. 

This is not to say that it couldn’t be rocked by someone older of course, but we’d maybe recommend going for a slightly more subtle version in this instance. 

It works really well on those lucky enough to have a thick head of wavy or curly hair. This is because the movement through the top, and predominantly the fringe, will be easier and more natural to achieve. 

Because of the soft, round shape of the cut it works well on those who have angular, longer face shapes such as diamond or triangle. The heavy fringe can appear to shorten the face somewhat, so won’t work as well for people who have round or heart shaped faces.

How To Style It 

This is a style that will certainly need some product to enhance the texture and sculpt the fringe, but you want to keep it looking quite natural. 

If you have naturally wavy or curly hair then you will likely need something to nourish, define and prevent dryness. The ideal products for this are creams and leave-in conditioners. They work well when evenly distributed through damp or towel dried hair and allowed to air dry or blow dried using a diffuser attachment. You may need to add a further, harder hold product to define certain strands and provide shape, particularly through the bangs. 

If you have straighter or finer hair then it’s a bit more tricky. We would recommend using products to build bulk and texture such as salt sprays and hair powders. Apply the salt spray to damp hair and scrunch with your hands as you rough dry. Add hair powder or a strong matt clay when dry to give further hold and volume. 

If you’re somebody who likes to wear no product, or to hop out of bed with no styling, then this may not be the one for you. 

What To Ask For 

Many barbers or stylists will know immediately what to do when a “TikTok Haircut” is requested but if not (or if you don’t want to use that exact terminology) then ask for a short back and sides with plenty of weight left around the high sides. Ask for the top to be connected in a round shape which gets longer and heavier towards the fringe with loads of texture. 

Make sure you specify how short you want the sides as it can be quite a different look when done with scissors as a pose to clippers. 

As always, if in doubt take some pics with you. We know it can be a bit embarrassing to pull out a pic of some handsome devil with a perfect thatch, however, it really does help us to achieve exactly what you’re after. 

Now that you’re armed with all the info., if you feel like this could be the look for you then why not book into one of our barbershops to make it happen? 


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