Are you considering a two block haircut but unsure how to go about it? Mariya Okiebisu, a seasoned hairstylist with expertise in men’s haircuts, shares her insights on this trendy hairstyle. With her vast experience, she provides valuable tips for different hair textures, face shapes, and lifestyles. Let’s dive in!
Meet The Expert
Mariya is a hairstylist with over 2 years of experience.
You can find Mariya at Gallery T Hair Studio in Calgary, Alberta.
Adapting the Two Block Haircut to Any Hair Texture
The two block hairstyle can be adapted to suit any hair texture, depending on the desired length. Mariya explains, “Recently, there has been a popular trend of Korean-style permed two block. Many customers are visiting hair salons seeking the combination of a two block and a perm.” Wavy hair has an advantage in styling, making it easier compared to straight hair.
Considerations for Different Face Shapes
When it comes to cutting a two block haircut, the length of the bangs plays a crucial role. Mariya advises, “With the two block, there are two styles: leaving the bangs down and lifting the bangs up.” For individuals with a round face shape, lifting the bangs creates volume at the top, giving the illusion of a longer face. On the other hand, if you have an oval face shape, cutting the bangs to be left down can help balance the elongated appearance. Mariya also suggests that longer bangs styled upwards can help camouflage prominent cheekbones, making them less noticeable.
Styling Tips and Recommended Products
Mariya shares some styling tips and tricks to achieve the desired look for your two block haircut. Blow-drying the hair forward and using a texturizing wax can create texture when the bangs are left down. For this, she recommends Redken Rough Paste or Kevin Murphy Night Rider, which provide a strong hold and helps create a textured look.
For lifting the bangs up, Mariya suggests drying the hair about 70% forward and then lifting the bangs upward while drying them towards the back to enhance volume. It’s important to create a solid base and add volume during the blow-drying process. Kevin Murphy Easy Rider is a recommended wax for those with soft hair or seeking a natural finish. For individuals with coarse hair requiring stronghold, Kevin Murphy Night Rider is an excellent choice.
If you have a Korean-style permed two block, the styling process becomes easier. After towel-drying, apply curl cream and let it air dry for the desired style. Mariya recommends products like Eleven’s Keep My Curl Defining Cream or Kevin Murphy’s Curl Cream, as they work exceptionally well.
For managing different lifestyles, Mariya suggests considering the following products:
- Working Professionals: Kevin Murphy’s Killer.Curls for thick hair, offering a strong hold.
- Busy Dads: Kevin Murphy’s Easy.Rider for managing frizzy hair.
- Active Individuals: Kevin Murphy’s new curl line, including shampoo, conditioner, and curl lotion, designed for curly hair and natural drying, providing a natural finish.