Some guys don’t want the fuss that comes with high maintenance hairstyles like the quiff or pompadour. They want to have a stylish cut, but they also don’t want to spend an hour in front of their bathroom mirror. That’s where the French Crop comes in.

The French Crop is a classic style that is one of the shorter men’s styles. It features short hair all around the head and a noticeable fringe. Many people confuse this haircut with the Caesar cut. While they are similar, the main difference is that the French crop features a long fringe, while in a Caesar cut, the fringe is short.

The French crop haircut is great for guys who want a low maintenance hairstyle. It’s a truly minimal cut that requires minimal styling. It also doesn’t require frequent trips to the barbershop to maintain. This cut is also especially nice for older gents with grey hair, as the cut complements the hair. The French crop is a great looking cut that’s easy to get, so read on for more information on this timeless style.

What do I need for the French crop haircut?

The French crop is a shorter style, so you won’t need much hair for this cut. You’ll probably want one or two inches of hair in the front, and it will be shorter throughout.

One of the big advantages of the French crop is its flexibility. It works well with most face shapes (round perhaps being an exception) and hair types. If you have coiled hair, then a French crop will still work, but it will be tougher to manage.

How to Get the French Crop Haircut

Since the French crop is so similar to the classic Caesar cut, most barbers will be able to tackle the cut with just a little direction from you. Of course, you can just ask for “a Caesar cut with a long fringe,” but if you want to go more in depth, here’s what to say.

Ask for the sides to be clipped or cut, depending on the kind of texture you want. Consult with your barber to figure out which option is best for you. Also, the length of the French crop can vary, so make sure to bring in a picture so your barber can estimate the length of the sides and back.

For the hair on top, you have a couple of option. If you want more volume and texture, ask for the hair on top to be point cut. This creates a ragged look, and it’s ideal for taking out weight if you have thick hair. If you want a neat appearance, ask for the hair on top to be blunt cut. This allows for your hair to appear flat and tidy, so if your hair sticks up, go with blunt cutting.

If you want to take a super contemporary approach to this classic, ask for the sides and back to be clipped or cut shorter so they contrast with the top more.

Since it’s such a short cut, the French crop doesn’t require too much styling. You’ll need a pomade, gel, wax, or similar product. You’ll mostly style the hair on top in the front. Work the product into towel-dried, damp hair, and style to your liking.

Need more examples? Check the gallery below:
Soft Crop with Fade
Soft Crop with Fade

This French crop has short sides and a layered fringe for a sleek and modern look. While you don’t need the tattoos to complete this look, they definitely add a hipsterish youth to the style.

Simple To Spiky Convertible
Simple To Spiky Convertible

Hairstyles don’t need to be complicated to look good. This French crop, with some natural texture on top, is a textbook example of the style.

French Cut With Fangs Fringe
Fangs Fringe

If the basic French crop is a little too boring for your tastes, you can let some tufts grow out at the front. The resulting horn or fang-like appearance is fierce and unlike anything you’ve seen before.

French Crop with Clean Skin Fade
Clean Skin Fade

For the practical man, an ultra-short French crop is definitely the way to go. With a buzz cut on the sides, fading up and into a short, 1 to 2-centimetre crop, this cut is a winner in our books!

Long Fringe French Crop_
Long Fringe French Crop

In the hairstyling world, there are no set rules. Grow your fringe out and we’ll still let you call it a French crop, just like this 21st century spin on a classic hairstyle.

Strendy Irregular French Crop
Strendy Irregular French Crop

The French crop is absolutely one of the best styles for adding texture. Just some light strands on the top can take this haircut to another level.

Skin Faded Undercut
Skin Faded Undercut

Here’s another spin on the French crop. With a hefty fringe on top, under-cut real short on the sides, you’ll find this hairstyle surprisingly practical…

Crop and Fringe with Glasses
Crop and Fringe

Let your French crop part naturally on the fringe, and you’ll be left with a cool effect like this. Throw on some glasses and grow some light facial hair and you’re good to go!

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Forehead Hide Cut with Faded Sides

For thicker hair, you can ruffle up the top of your French crop for a similar, rugged look. It contrasts brilliantly with the short sides, which is a major pro of the French crop in general.

Textured Top Short Fringe
Blonde Textured Crop

If you need something a little more reserved, your French crop can be a little less “French crop” and a little more “long on top, short on the sides!” It’s the texture that makes this look so cool, though.

Undercut with Hard Line
Undercut with Hard Line

As with any hairstyle, you can lines and partitions to create contrast and stand out from the crowd. Here’s how that looks with a French crop.

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Very Subtle Front with Tapered Line Up

If you look at all the French crops on this list, you’ll notice that there are a lot of ways to approach the top hair that’s further back on your head. Let that grow out thick and this is the look you’ll get.

Disconnected Undercut with Modern Textured Crop
Disconnected Undercut with Modern Textured Crop

This is another disconnected French crop, but with bounds of texture added on top. Some tufts are going up, some are going sideways, some are going down. It’s messy and we love that.

Frech Crop
No Frills French Crop

This isn’t much of a variation on the French crop. It’s just a plain, old French crop. But it still looks pretty cool, right?

Messy French Crop with Fringes and Taper Fade
Blonde Angular Fringes with Fade

Let’s say you’re a free spirit, and you want to communicate that through your hairstyle. Here’s how you do it: get a French crop, leave the top long, and add plenty of spikes!

Textured Crop
French Crop with Light Spikes

Leave the top hair on your French crop nice and long, and you’ll have ample opportunity to immediately create new styles if you get bored. For this look, add spikes to the back, not the front.

Modern French Crop with Fade
Modern French Crop with Fade

The French crop is a hairstyle as old as the Roman times, if not older. To make it more modern, why not combine your crop with a faded undercut, like this?

Skin Faded French Crop
Wavy French Crop with Burst Fade

Embrace your wavy hair and leave it to curl up. That’s what this gentleman has done with his French crop hairstyle. The authentic look that results is definitely worthy of some praise.

Longer Textured Crop Red Hair
Longer Textured Crop

As another simple variation on the French crop, grow your hair to about 3 or 4 centimetres before getting the sides trimmed down close.

French Crop
Side Styled Short Front Fringe

The sides of your French crop don’t always have to be trimmed right down to the skin. Here, a little length on the sides plus the tiny tuft at the front is what sets this style apart from the rest.

French Crop
French Crop

Quintessential French cropping right here with a very tight fade on the sides and thick bead to match.

Fresh and Short French Crop
Fresh and Short French Crop

Looking like all of the Premier League players rolled up into one, this fresh and short French Crop has a well-worn look.

Casual French Crop with Mullet
Casual French Crop with Mullet

It’s difficult to make a mullet look new and now, but this guy has done a great job of that with long and flowy hair on top and the party in the back.

Textured French Crop
The Hulk Highlights and Hard Line Design

The Hulk angrily declared, “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” With green tips and a hard line on the side, no one will be upset when getting this cut.

Textured French Crop, by @z_ramsey / Instagram
Disconnected Top Crop with Sharp Fade_
Disconnected Top Crop with Sharp Fade

When you’re going to try and score, you’ve got to take chances. With a disconnected top, this cut looks both retro and modern at the same time.

Dyed French Crop and High Fade, Yes Please
Dyed French Crop and High Fade, Yes Please

There is no doubt that this gentleman went into the barber and showed a picture of DJ Snake and said, “Give me that!”.

Textured French Crop
Laid Back Spiky Texture

The French crop gets spiked out and has a few bangs added in for extra flavor. This could be the wave of the future.

French Crop
Uneven Front Fringe

If you want people to ask you if you cut your hair yourself, this fringe is the way to go. Lighty combed and very uneven.

Simple French Crop with Messy Top
Simple French Crop with Messy Top

The French crop is looking more stylish each week. With the messy top, this guy looks runway or winebar ready.

French Crop with Sleek Drop Fade
French Crop with Sleek Drop Fade

The drop fade is ready for its second season. Added onto the slightly messy French crop and we have 2020 sleekness.

French Crop
Natural Textured Top and Short Fringe

If the French crop was a football team, this would be last year’s World Cup winners. Nearly perfect in every way, the slight dye, the texture, and the fringe all look like winners.

Skin Faded French Crop
Medium Fringe and Voluminous Top

Nearly anyone can look good with the French crop, and this guy proves it. His thicker, deep dark hair looks just the right amount of ruffled and stylish. Matches the medium fringe perfectly.

Skin Faded French Crop, by @spukthebarber / Instagram
French Crop with Coarse Hair

Red, curly, coarse hair is never easy to contain or maintain. Cutting it short and brushing it forward with style makes it look right.

French Crop with Coarse Hair, by @aaron_kiely_hair / Instagram
Fringe Hairstyle + French Crop
Classic Medium Fringe and Side Line Designs

The longer top on this French crop gives depth and a romantic vibe. The sideline lets people know that he’s still a bad boy.

Fringe Hairstyle + French Crop, by @anton_marchenko_ / Instagram
French Crop
Straight Medium Fringe

Young or old, this French crop looks right. With the medium fringe here, it’s very hard to go wrong.

Crop straight fringe Beard
Textured Crop over Hairline

Pushed to the side. Pushed to the middle. Pushed all over the place. This is a fresh look for the French crop and it’s impressive. The texture shows the care for the hair and the waves each way will make people look twice.

Manicured Long Beard and French Crop
Manicured Long Beard and French Crop

It’s almost like this gentleman has two French crops. One on the top of his head, and one on the bottom. The beard really stands out for its manicure and pushes people to look at the haircut.

Lonely Comet Side Design
Lonely Comet Side Design

Edmond Halley studied one comet for many years and learned its path around the solar system. This one comet side design will also give people a reason to search it out.

Color Disconnected French
Color Disconnected French

The French crop keeps getting updated and modernized every week. With the blond on top and pushed forward, the crop looks great. But it’s the disconnected side with the fade that is the star of the show here.

Messy Top with Mild Line Up
Messy Top with Mild Line Up

This cut looks like someone from another European country trying to do the French crop and barely getting it right. It’s there. It’s good. But it’s not a French, French crop.

Choppy French Crop
Choppy French Crop

The traditional French crop is very low to the head and caesar-like. This choppy look, adds a new dimension to it from the front, sides, and back.

French Crop with Line Up Temple Fade
Low Fade

This tightly cut French crop gets the line up right next to the ears. The fade is so low that its practically impossible to even see. The faded mutton chop sideburns are an added bonus.

Touseled French Crop with Short Line Ups
Touseled French Crop with Short Line Up