How to Cut Ivy League Haircut Step by Step Guide

An Ivy League haircut is one popular version of shaggy hairstyle for men. It is often sported by famous sports stars, actors, singers, and models. This haircut can suit all types of hair, facial shapes, and lifestyles plus it does not require tough maintenance and the use of tons of hair products.

How to Cut Ivy League Haircut

Ivy League haircut is more know as the “just got of bed” or “scruffy” look. It can be achieved no matter what length or texture of the hair is it straightened, wavy, long, or short.

There is a mop style version for this haircut that is worn over the forehead. Another style version of the haircut is having shorter bangs that are kept out of the eyes. However, if you have short hair, you need to let it grow first before you can get the Ivy League haircut.  On the contrary, hair stylist can able to put layers on your short hair by using a razor.

The layers of an Ivy League haircut give the wearer more movement and thickness for his or her hair. In styling these layers, use some gel or wax that is medium or light in strength. If you opt for an Ivy League haircut, discuss with your stylist the sort of style you prefer for your hair type and facial features.

Man’s Ivy League Haircut Picture

Step by Step Guide on How to Style the Ivy League

STEP 1: Prepare your hair by washing it with Pall Mall Barbers Cleanse Shampoo and Treat Conditioner.

STEP 2: Spray 2 pumps of our Sea Salt spray onto your hair and lightly blow-dry.

Step 3: Scoop a small amount of Pall Mall Barbers Light Dressing Cream. Apply a small amount using your fingers to damp or dry hair, and work from roots to ends to achieve natural shine.

Step 4: Style your hair with your fingers or a comb until you achieve your desired look.

Barber’s Recommendation: One of our barbers’ favorite products for Ivy League Haircuts is Light Dressing Cream and Workable Paste, providing hold and styling benefits for anyone with medium to longer length styles. Ask your barber about it next time you visit the store.

FAQ About Ivy League Haircut

What Hair Length Do I Need To Get The Ivy League Haircut?

The length at the top is always short (i.e., less than 2 inches) and can then be styled. Typically, an Ivy League haircut will have the crown at 0.5-1 inch in length, while the front is longer, up to 1.5 inches in length (hence the top is tapered by up to 1 inch depending on what you choose for the front and crown). When going to the barber, if you want to get an Ivy League haircut, you should ensure to denote what length you want at the top (front and back) so that a good taper can be achieved.

How To Ask the Barber For The Ivy League Haircut

First, check with your barber or stylist to see if they’re familiar with the cut. If you’re coming to Pall Mall Barbers, you know you’re in safe hands. It’s a fairly common style, but not all stylists may know it. In that case, we recommend showing your stylist pictures and describing the characteristics below.

Show your barber photos of some variations of the Ivy League hairstyle that you like. This will help them suggest what can be done with your hair. Take a picture of the style you want to achieve – their interpretation may not always be the same as yours, leaving a rather awkward situation for you both!

What Products to Use to Style

Because the Ivy League is low maintenance by design, you don’t need to do much to style it. Traditionally, it’s side-parted. Get your barber to add texture throughout the hair; this will give you that messier, textured look that makes the hair easier to style.

Argan Enriched Shampoo is designed specifically for men’s hair care. It has the perfect blend of ingredients to provide your hair with essential nutrients like Vitamin E, fatty acids, and minerals, which are important for healthy growth. Plus, it smells great!

Argan oil comes from natural plant oil produced from the kernels of the Argan tree that is endemic to Morocco. We recommend our Argan Enriched Shampoo be used on a daily basis to help blitz dandruff and relieve a dry and itchy scalp. Perfect for repairing split and dry ends, our argan-enriched shampoo helps to hydrate and indulge hair, leaving a soft and silky finish.

The Ivy League haircut offers a versatile and low-maintenance style that suits men of all hair types, facial shapes, and lifestyles. This classic hairstyle, often associated with a “just got out of bed” or “scruffy” look, can be achieved regardless of hair length or texture. With options ranging from a mop style worn over the forehead to shorter bangs kept out of the eyes, the Ivy League haircut offers flexibility and movement. Its layers add thickness and movement to the hair, enhancing its natural texture.


When styling, use light or medium-strength gel or wax to achieve your desired look. With a few simple steps, including washing, conditioning, and styling with appropriate products, you can effortlessly maintain the Ivy League haircut. Whether you’re visiting the barber or styling at home, communication is key to ensuring the desired outcome. By discussing your preferences with your barber and showing them pictures of your desired style, you can achieve a tailored Ivy League haircut that suits your individual taste and preferences.

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