Next to the fade, a hot addition to any hairstyle is a line up. Also known as an edge up, shape up or lineup, this cut defines the hairline into straight lines and right angles.
It used to be more common for black hair but now is a popular addition haircuts for any hair type and length. For guys with facial hair, a line up can be continued into the beard for a uniform appearance across the face.
Like any shaved styles, line ups look sharpest when they are fresh. This cut will require more frequent barber visits. To keep from pushing the hairline back, wait until hair grows out a little bit before getting a trim. Each visit should be maintaining the edge up as close to the natural hairline as possible, not creating a receding hairline.
Check out these pictures for 7 ways to wear a line up haircut.
1. Line Up + Surgical Part
A curved surgical part and contrasting angular line up add a modern edge to the classic slick combover.
2. Line Up Hairline
Why wear a line up? This before and after shot shows how crisp and clean cut a defined hairline can be.
3. Buzz Cut + Line Up + Skin Fade
A line up, double shaved part and bald fade add plenty of detail to a short buzz cut.
4. Long Hair + Line Up
To add a line up to longer men’s hairstyles, the hairline is set back. This pomp fade is even cooler with faded sides and a straight across hairline.
5. Combover + Line Up
Another way to wear a line up with longer hair is with a high fade, like above. Hair is long on top with angular corners that transition into a taper fade.
6. Line Up Corners
Similar to the cut before, this thick combover edges up the corners of the hairline. This version has extra impact by cutting into thicker hair for plenty of contrast.
7. Natural Curls + Line Up + Fade
This is one of the most popular haircuts for guys with curly and kinky hair. Natural texture is left up top while a taper fade cuts the sides short and a line up defines the hairline. There are many variations on this flattering and easy to wear combination.