A key trend element in men’s haircuts today is disconnection. Incorporating a disconnected element into a guy’s cut immediately gives it a fresh and current look.
Disconnection refers to the visual effect of 2 or more elements of a haircut appearing not to blend together. This can be a big technical and psychological challenge for experienced haircutters. Men’s haircutting education has always been all about the blending. Blending tops into sides and blending perimeters into haircuts are key skills many haircutters work very hard to master. Once mastered and appreciated, it can be very hard for haircutters to break out of the blended mindset and embrace disconnected structures for guys cuts. Creating disconnected men’s looks just might be a place where novices have an opportunity to step out ahead of the pack. The less you know, the easier it might be to embrace something that runs against established protocol.
A common old-school disconnected guys haircut is the classic skater undercut. Think Moe from the three stooges.
These were hugely popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The back and sides were clippered short. The top was draped over this clippered area and cut blunt. The styling variations dealt with how short the undercut was clippered and how high it was taken. The undercut was exaggerated then by how long and low the top draped
Modern disconnection is much mo
re subtle. Non-blended areas have less radical distinction that the look referenced above. Typically today’s looks have subtle increases in top length for styling versatility. The tighter perimeters are used to give the cut a cleaner finish and display strong classic barbering elements like crisp tapers and smooth fading
The images posted with this article(besides the Moe Howard pic) show great, modern, updated uses of disconnection in guy’s haircuts. Look around in magazines and on the web and you will begin to see this trend popping up on forward thinking and trend setting and trend following guys.