HAIR TRENDS: It’s been a good year for short haircuts. Pixies, mixies, bobs and everything in between, we have been introduced to many different styles in 2023 and the most-requested cut in London salons right now is another new trend, which is being referred to as the “soft crop.”
“The soft crop is a gentle, almost grown-out interpretation of a timeless, classic crop,” explains Francesca Inverarity, a hairstylist and colourist at The Hair Bros. “Its wispy edges give it a grown-in feel, as opposed to a box-fresh, straight-out-of-the-salon look.” It’s a style defined by its soft silhouette and resembles Linda Evangelista’s crop that became her signature in the ’90s.
This is best to be cut with dry hair to create texture, contour individual features and remove weight where needed. The soft crop can also be cleverly adapted to suit every face shape – this isn’t a one-size-fits-all look. “For instance, leaving the hair longer at the edges means it can be tucked behind the ear, which softens the style around the eye line,” explains Inverarity. “On the other hand, keeping the hair slightly longer with a grown-out feel at the back creates a more gentle effect on the neckline.”
A cool update on the pixie cut (which is always popular in autumn) – the soft crop is the perfect partner to oversized coats and roll-neck jumpers. Natural, undone and offering just the right amount of movement, it’s a cut that truly speaks for itself. And best of all? “There’s no need for a hairdryer or brush – it’s low key and low maintenance.” Obsessed.