Edited by Holden on August 14, 2017, 11:53 am
With a flat, the length at the corners depends on:
2)shape of the front hairline
3)whether the upper sides are boxy, boxy-rounded, rounded or beveled.
4)whether the flat plane is level, upwards sloping or downwards sloping.
Depending on the combination of aforementioned elements, some flats have the longest hair not at the center of the short pomp front but at the "corners."
A photo of a similar length flat with the short pomp front level rather than curved...that describes most of Unitas' flats regardless of the overall length.
Here is one...
And another, the hair is a little shorter than your posted photo at the center of the short pomp front, can see the hair at the corners is actually a little longer than at the center of the short pomp front...
With this flat, the hair at the center of the short pomp front is about the same length as your posted photo, upper sides are however boxy rounded with rounded upper corners, whereas in your photo the upper sides are more of a beveled rounded...
Here is another, shorter than the one above, note how much longer the upper sides are back on the head, behind the ears, than in your posted photo...
Here is another, longer overall, with boxy rounded upper sides..
Note: boxy-rounded upper sides, more specifically, boxy-rounded upper sides with rounded upper corners, corners in this context being where the upper sides meets the flat plane, are the most difficult and time consuming area of a flat to cut and a skill not all barbers now possess, likely why it is somewhat rare to see a flat that fully suits a guy as well as possible and likely why the style has fallen from popularity.
Most guys wanting to try a flat are not that well versed on the aesthetics of the style and just ask for one without even showing a photo to indicate the desired style of flat. The barber then bevels the upper sides as seems to be the most common style at the present time and takes a lot less time than a classic flat with boxy-rounded upper sides, the flat does not fully suit as beveled flats fully suit relatively few face and skull shape combinations and the guy decides a flat does not fully suit and others seeing him decide flats as a style do not fully suit and a flat is not a good style to try.
: Thanks for the detailed response!
: You mentioned the time it would take for the
: front of my crewcut to grow in. Would it
: take any longer for the "corners"
: (where the sides meet the top) to grow in
: since they start out shorter, or do those
: not need to get as long as the front?
: Also, would you happen to have a link to a
: photo of a flat that's about the same length
: as the one I'd posted but with the front cut
: flat across rather than curved?
: --Previous Message--
: Unitas' longest hair is at the center of the
: front hairline, around 1.25". Assuming
: hair growth at the average rate of 1/8"
: per week, a crew that is 3/4" at the
: front will be that length with a month of
: Note, his haircut in that photo is sort of a
: hybrid flat. The short pomp front is arched
: across the forehead like some crew cuts
: while the flat plane extends quite far back
: on the crown with a visible landing strip.
: The crew cut depicted on the most popular
: barber shop haircut chart of that era....
: ... is sort of opposite Unitas' flat with
: the short pomp front flattened across the
: front hairline and with the flat deck only
: at the front with the hair contoured over
: the crown.
: You might be over-thinking this as far as
: having to wait to take time off to try a
: flat. Most co-workers will hardly notice the
: difference between your usual short crew cut
: and the flat top that is being considered.
: Will just look to many that your hair is
: slightly different and a little longer than
: usual when freshly cut, maybe because you
: went to a different barber. If you were
: going from a businessman's haircut to one of
: the extreme styles of flat we often see
: today, hn't beveled back/sides, shaved
: landing strip etc then that would be a
: different matter. The length of time to go
: back to the current short crew cut would
: depend on the length of the hair over the
: landing strip, which is dependent on head
: shape and frontal hairline, but even if
: shaved to the skin over the landing strip,
: would be no more than three weeks, since it
: is normally cut at 3/8" over the crown,
: that is assuming hair growth at the average
: rate of 1/8" per week. So assuming it
: is cut at maybe #2(1/4") over the
: crown, at which length a landing strip might
: show through, any shorter and a landing
: strip will show through, a week to go back
: to the usual short crew cut. Specifying a
: longer length at the landing strip may cause
: the barber to have to make the flat downward
: sloping if the length is not sufficient at
: the front hairline, all depends on the skull
: Good Luck!
: I usually get my hair cut in a short crewcut
: (# 2 on the sides with a low taper all
: around, a #3 at the crown, lengthening to
: about 3/4" in front). I'm curious to
: try a flattop the next time I take some time
: off from my job at a (conservative) office.
: I'd want to try a flat that's short on top
: but without an excessively prominent landing
: strip, and with the sides at a similar
: length to how they're cut now, perhaps like
: the one on J Unitas shown at
: I was wondering how much time from the last
: haircut I would need to give my crewcut to
: grow out so it can be cut this way.
: Conversely, if I decide not to keep the
: flat, about how much time would need to pass
: before it can be buzzed back to the crew cut
: I have now (or something close to it
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