Paul Mescal: Messy Mid-Length Crop and Fringe

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Ever since Paul Mescal shot to fame playing Connell in the BBC’s Normal People adaptation, the world has gone mad for his messy crop and fringe combo.

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.

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  • 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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