Criminal Paths Collection: A Twist on Barbered Looks From the 20s

By Lauren Salapatek | 10/17/2013 2:36:00 PM


Criminal Paths by Nephan Pepin of Wild Life, is a collection of “moody” looks with a contemporary twist on barbered looks from the old days. The inspiration for this collection was from old school mug shots from the 1920s,” says Pepin. “I mainly referenced these from a book called City of Shadows. Rather than do a recreation of a mug shot I wanted to put a modern slant on the collection by making it look timeless and my own.”

click image to zoom“With Cam’s hair I added sea salt spray and with a small vent brush I blow dried a part in with a bit of volume through the top, finishing with pomade.” click image to zoom“With Jack I added sea salt spray and blow dried with a small vent brush. I repeated this a few times to get the hair really gritty, finishing with a texture wax.” click image to zoom“To achieve Jake’s clean cut sides and back I used a cut throat razor. To create the texture on the top I used sea salt spray and dried it with my fingers, followed by some paste.” click image to zoom“Ben has my trademark The Nephy—a strong part that uses a cut throat razor to carve in the part. To finish the look, I used a small vent brush and blow dried it back and to the side with a bit of volume. To get a clean finish I used pomade.” click image to zoom“Luke’s hair was done whilst still wet. I worked a good amount of pomade and with a comb I combed the sides back and the top to the side.” click image to zoom“For Sam I clean cut the sides with a cut throat razor to give it the clean sharp look. To style the top I wet perm set it with small perm rods. Once dry, I brushed it out and created a part between the side and top.”






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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