The Ivy League is a simple yet stylish haircut. It’s ideal for formal settings but also looks great during informal, outdoor events. If you are looking for an effortless, yet sophisticated, look, this is it.
Ideal Face Shapes:Square, Diamond, Oblong, Oval, Round, Heart
For starters, make sure you separate the hair on top from the sides/back. You can do this using clips, bands, or pins – whichever you prefer.
Once you’ve created the separation, it’s time to start cutting.
Begin with the sides and back and cut them short – but not too short. I’d recommend a clipper setting of #3 to #5. Here, you can also put in whatever taper or fade you fancy.
Start with the clipper over comb technique on the sides and back before applying the clipper directly. This method will allow you to remove bulk without cutting the hair too short.
Moreover, after removing the bulk, you’ll be able to see the clipper blade move through the hair and quickly decide where you’d like the fade to be.
You’ll have to decide on whether you want a high, low, or medium fade. Your reference photo will help you decide. This technique will also make blending much more effortless.
Now that you have the back and sides exactly how you want them, it’s time to tackle the top.
Here, scissors work best.
So, pick up your comb and shears and start cutting.
You can cut the hair according to your preference, but I’d recommend keeping about an inch to half an inch. Also, the hair should get longer toward the fringe.
Make sure the whole haircut is seamless. So, each part should blend into the other with no sharp changes or jagged edges. And remember, slow and steady wins the race. Therefore, take your time and do an excellent and clean cut.
How Do I Ask for an Ivy League Haircut?
If you find a DIY Ivy League a bit daunting, you can always visit your local barbershop and ask for one.
However, while the Ivy League is a popular haircut, some barbers may not be familiar with it or some of its variations. But don’t stress. I’ve got you covered with some nifty little tips to help you get what you want, like:
Having a reference photo: bringing a reference photo with you is a sure way of getting exactly what you want
Terminology: if you can’t get a reference, describe what you want while using the correct terminology. For instance, you could say you want the sides and back to be buzzed with a #4 clipper, while the top should be about an inch long
Communication: like in most facets of life, effective communication is key to being understood and understanding others. So, be sure to tell your barber what you like and what you don’t like. After all, he/she is there to help you
Now that you know how to do and ask for an Ivy League hairstyle, let’s get down to styling.
How to Style an Ivy League Haircut
Because this is a low-maintenance hairstyle, you won’t need a lot of products for styling.
Here’s what you can do…
Ideally, you’ll want to start with towel-dried hair.
Next, apply some styling product – as required – to the hair on top and use a comb to distribute it evenly throughout. Go with a matte product to get a more natural finish or some cream to get a nice medium shine.
Next, use the comb to brush the hair off to the side and make a side part. On the other hand, you can brush the hair backward and use a medium-hold product to keep it in place. A third and popular option would be to combine the two.
Although entirely optional, you could run your fingers through the hair to give it a smooth, casual look.
Like I said:
The Ivy League haircut is a low-maintenance hairstyle, so care often comes down to styling and trimming.
As we’ve seen, styling this haircut is relatively easy. As for the trimming part, all you need to do is maintain the sides and top. The trimming frequency varies from person to person but having a trim once or twice a month is ideal.
And there you have it.
Everything you need to about the Ivy League haircut together with some trendy,2022 variations.
So, whether you are a college student in need of a clean-cut style or a business professional looking for a stylish yet sophisticated look, this is one hairstyle you’ll want to consider.
You can easily customize this style to fit any preference or personality.
You’re now ready to ride off into the sunset with your new, timeless, classy, and sophisticated hairdo.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
It is called Ivy League haircut because it originated in Havard.
Professionally speaking, a perfect Ivy League will feature 1.5 inches long (or above that) hair to the top front and 0.5-1 inches long hair to the crown.
An Ivy League haircut is a Crew Cut with longer top front hair that can be styled to the side while leaving shorter hair to the crown.