How-To: A Winning Look by Alyssa Brasket for American Crew

Anne Moratto | February 6, 2015 | 2:16 PM

At the 2015 Long Beach International Salon and Spa Expo, Alyssa Brasket from Vancouver, WA grabbed the American Crew All-Star U.S. Winner title. Come April, Brasket will take her tools and her talents and travel to Rome to represent America in the American Crew Global All-Star Challenge, a photo and styling competition that combines the art and science in men's grooming and fashion: the cut, the model and the photographer, and brings it all together to deliver each finalist's interpretation of the American Crew man.

This is the how-to for the look that grabbed the judges and won Brasket her U.S. title:

The Cut:

  • Starting at the mid-nape of the neck, create tension by pulling the hair straight down and point cut around the neck using American Crew Shears
  • After working through the bottom section, focus on the area between the top of the forehead and the crown. Divide hair into half-inch sections, pull up from the middle, and cut the ends to create a guideline for the layers
  • Next, part the hair down the middle and divide it into pie sections. Start with the side towards the front of the face, working from the top guideline to the bottom guideline while moving around the head
  • Once you're done creating the layers, use the American Crew Feather Razor to add texture and separation at the mid-ends of the hair.  This will also make the hair lighter and therefore, make it easier to create more volume when styling
  • To finish the look, use American Crew Clippers with a 000 attachment and American Crew Barber Comb for clipper over comb on the side burns

The Style:

  • Apply American Crew Firm Hold Styling Gel to damp hair, all-over from root to end
  • Using a 1” round brush and blow dryer set to high and hot, brush hair from root to end to create volume
  • Once dry, apply American Crew Defining Paste to the ends of the hair to create texture and control
  • Apply American Crew Pomade all over to add shine and more control
  • Finally, apply American Crew Boost Powder to the roots to add height to the top of the hair


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