When I was in barber school I remember the first time I had a gentleman with a ‘false hairline’ sit in my chair. I had no idea such a thing existed. A false hairline is sometimes referred to as an ‘invisible hairline’. He had pure white, straw-like hair and I started cutting up on the back of his neck with my clippers.
Before I could pull away my clippers, I had cut about a two inch gap into his hair. My face turned red and I felt like an idiot. It looked to me that he had a normal hairline starting where most men do. What he had was a false hairline or invisible hairline that appeared to be normal hair growing on his neck.
A false hairline is defined as a condition where the hair on the lower neck is either very thin or gone. It is similar to a “comb over” but differs in that the hair is combed down to cover the thinning or missing hair on the neck. This is something that happens to a small percentage of men usually as they get older. But if you are a barber is would be well to be aware of the false hairline.
The photo above second from the left is the best example of what a false hairline looks like. He probably gains about two inches of ‘hairline’ by combing his hair down and having the barber cut it square like a real hairline. The photo on the far right above is not a false hairline, but it shows how the hair must be cut using shears or scissors and by not using normal barber clippers. Don’t ever make the same mistake I made many years ago.
If that happens to me as I get older, I would not hesitate a minute to do the same thing. Done properly it can create the illusion of a normal, full head of hair. If you find yourself with a thinning or invisible hairline, you might be happy with the results of creating that illusion on your neckline.
But it can be a real challenge for a newer or less experienced barber. Make sure that you discuss this situation with your barber before the haircut. You will both be glad you did.