Getting a shape up haircut is a great idea for guys with short hair. Let’s face it, our hairline is usually far from being neat and even farther from looking perfect. A shape up can fix this problem in a matter of minutes. Ask your stylist for this haircut next time you go to a barber shop. Make sure he or she understands what kind of lines you need. If you are not sure what type of shape up will look best with your hairline, take a look at some options we have chosen for you. Choose the style, which appeals to you, and go for it!
What is a Shape Up Haircut
The shape up haircut, also sometimes called a “line-up” or an “edge-up” is a way to shape the haircut. This shaping involves straightening of the hairline. In fact, there is no actual cutting. The barber will use outliners (clippers) or a razor to make neat lines around the client’s haircut. Usually, the haircut will be outlined around the head, including the area behind the areas, the lower part of the head and the sideburns. If there is any stray hair beyond the shaped-up hairline, the barber will shave it off.
How to Do a Haircut with Shape Up
If you would like to make a shape up haircut on your own, you will need T-shaped clippers, razor and mirrors. The most important tool will be a mirror, which will help you do the shaving/clipping on the back of your head. In order to get a good idea about how the shape up or line up is created, we recommend getting it done professionally at least a couple of times. Once you are sure you can do it on your own, you are ready to start. Set up the edge of the clippers at the start of your front hairline. Slowly pass the clippers (or razor) to establish a straight line. The same process should be followed with the area around the ears and the back hairline. Hold the mirror, so you can clearly see the area you are working with. Shave off any stray hair, which sticking out around the shape up lines, and you are done.
Stylish Shape Up Haircuts For Bold Look
If you are ready for a shape up haircut, you need some examples to get an idea of what you really want. We are listing 15 different shape ups for you to check out and make your choice easier. If you are getting a shape up for the first time, make sure you carefully explain your request to the stylist. Shape-ups or line ups have been around for almost 30 years now and still haven’t lost their popularity, so give one a try!
1. Simple Shape up haircut
This is the simplest shape up haircut, which involves straightening of the hairline by a sharp razor blade. The hair is cut pretty short, which makes the shaping quite easy. The hairline is carefully outlined to make natural-looking angles.
2. Shape up with sideburns
This is a more complicated shape up haircut, since it involves a smooth transition from the hairstyle to the sideburns. The upper hairline is shaved to make a rectangular, while the sideburns are creatively rounded.
3. Partial shape up
This partial shape up is usually used for people with widow’s peak, since their hairline is hard to straighten. Only the lower part of the hairline is outlined. There is a smooth transition to the sideburns and the beard.
4. Classical shape up haircut
This is what the classical shape up haircut looks like. When it just appeared in 1990’s, it was mostly favored by African American men, since their hair looks especially well with a shape up. Give this one a try!
5. Voluminous Hair with Shaved Short Back and Sides
To give the spikes on the top of your head the appearance of more volume, you should keep the rest of your hair much shorter. Use a beard trimmer to cut the back and sides of your hair to a short length without completely shaving the whole thing off.
6. Creative shape up haircut
There is a lot of room for imagination when it comes to clippers and razors. And shape up haircut is not an exception. You can go from straight to angular shapes as well as nice rounded form. Ask your stylist to get creative!
7. The shorter, the merrier
Shape up haircuts look especially well on very short hair. The shorter the hair, the more obvious the shape up. So, if you are ready for great designs, cut your hair very short, or even shave most of it off. You can get an amazingly unusual look.
8. Highlighted shape up
The shape up hairstyles are great when there is an obvious contrast between skin and hair color. So, if your skin is light, you can go for making the hair a shade darker. The look will be completed with a nice and creative shape up.
9. Slight line up haircut
If you are getting a shape up or line up haircut, it doesn’t mean that the lines have to be sharp. You can go for a lighter version. In fact, this style can easily be achieved at home. Follow the hairline with the razor to create an outline and you are done. No need to go overboard with lines.
10. Shape up hairstyle for long hair
If your hair is long there is no reason to forget about shape ups. If you have a lot of stray hair, shape up is a complete must. The long sideburns can also be carefully outlined by the clippers to create a surprisingly neat look.