Barber Skill: 4 Star
Level of Maintenance: 3 Star
Styling Difficulty: 3 Star
Texture: 5 Star
Fashion forward: 4 Star
Overall: 4 Star


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MFH says

Paul’s (or should we say Connell’s?) floppy, messy crop launched a thousand copycat hairstyles after the actor appeared in 2020 TV hit Normal People.

Always styled with texture, Paul’s crop is composed of a mid-length fringe combed to the side and a short, back and sides cut.

  • Every barber will know what a crop haircut is, but make sure you ask for a textured crop.
  • To style Paul’s messy crop at home you’ll need to have lots of varying texture throughout the cut.
  • Ask for about 1-3 inches on top, depending on how long you want your fringe. Then decide how short you want to go on the back and sides.
  • To really nail Paul’s look at home you’ll need texturising products like a clay.
  • Opt for styling products with the word matte on them to avoid the risk of hair looking shiny (read: greasy).
  • Blowdry hair on a medium heat and low speed. Use your fingers to add texture.
  • Then once dry, work a small bit of matte clay all over your hands and run it through your hair from back to front, getting the product all over the hair.
  • Remember, building product up bit by bit is easier than trying to take it away!


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