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Video: American Black Man Gradient: Discover The Ideal Gradient For You
Do you remember Brad Pitt's cut in the movie Fury? It is not by chance that we ask you this question. As Don Collier, Brad Pitt and his undercut cut have certainly made an impact on the return of layered as a hot hair trend over the past few years. The popularity of gradient can be explained by the fact that it is adaptable to individual characteristic features, such as the shape of the face and that of the skull. In this article we are going to pay special attention to the American black man gradient, as frizzy or afro hair is considered to be more specific.
American gradient, is it really a new trend?
Not at all ! Before explaining the characteristics of this masculine hairstyle enjoying such popularity among men, it seems useful to say a few words about the history of this hairstyle which is not only original, modern and elegant, but has also a very interesting story. The American gradient comes from the undercut that has its origins in the 40s-50s of the 20th century, associated with the soldiers of the American army of that time. And since the military is known to ensure that very strict requirements regarding appearance and hairstyle in particular (its length, volume and understated style) are met, it would not be surprising for you to learn that this masculine cut is still in vogue among the military.
… towards a modernized gradient
Of course, modern times impose new trends. In the 80s, the gradient became a kind of standard for hip-hop culture. Celebrities these days, including the names of Kanye West, Usher and Kendrick Lamar, have relaunched and modernized this popular cut, which has gradually regained a more tapered appearance dating back to its beginnings. With the return of the beard, men's hairstyle has followed the same vintage fashion trend.
The American gradient, what is it exactly?
In short, it is a gradual gradient, characterized by the lack of a sharp dividing line between the top and the bottom of the skull. The transition is therefore gradual and smooth, while keeping the length of the hair on the top of the head.
Is the American gradient suitable for frizzy or curly hair?
Yes, absolutely! Gentlemen, if you have waited for confirmation until now, you already have it: the American gradient is achievable on any type of hair: straight, fine, smooth, curly or afro. There are so many variations that it is difficult to choose a style from among the countless possibilities: high, low, mid-length, long, white … And for this reason, the gradient will never go out of fashion, because it is multidimensional!
Although it came from military circles, it was the black community that later revived and revived the original degraded style through hip-hop. In this way, the iconic hairstyle has become a real hit for all who never believed that this men's haircut was going to be essential in everyday life. In recent years, we have seen many celebrities adopt the gradient or the undercut, namely: Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, David Beckam etc … More popular than ever, the gradient is officially back.
How to find the variant of the American black man gradient that suits you best?
It is the shape of the face and the skull that should be taken into account when choosing the ideal variant for you. Only the face of an elongated shape is advisable to look for an alternative of this cut, as the volume in height would further amplify the length of the face. There are several versions of the American gradient, to help you make the choice, we will explain in a nutshell what sets them apart from each other.
Regarding the low gradient for example, the unraveling begins above the ear and the neck. There is a less expressed contrast and more texture on the ribs. It is a very good solution to give a more elegant look to mid-length hair.
Regarding the medium gradient, the tapering starts in the middle of the head towards the top of the skull. If you are not convinced that you want to go for the high or low gradient, this variation of the American black man gradient is just for you.
As for the high gradient, in short, it is a masculine cut with which you will be noticed. It starts high, at the level above the ears, and grows shorter working your way down lower towards the neck, while leaving the hair textured at the top.
The gradient to white, on the other hand, is the most extreme variant of the gradient. The hairdresser begins to cut the hair downwards to gradually reveal the skin. If you have any hesitation before proceeding, remember that you can always ask the hairdresser for recommendations.
And, there you have it, Gentlemen, that's it, you now know the main characteristics of the American gradient. All types of layering can easily be adapted to each type of hair and cut. So, are you ready to adopt it?
If your answer is yes, to help you explain to your hairdresser exactly what effect you want to achieve (we know very well that this is not easy), we have prepared a photo gallery which you may find useful.
Beard is a great way to lengthen the face if you have an oval face
… or add width to a triangle face
And since celebrities are always on the cutting edge of trends, here are some well-known faces that have worn this cut in case you decide to take some idea from them.