Military men are considered to be self-disciplined and bold which is aptly revealed in the military haircuts that many are seen sporting both on and off the army base. Most of these haircuts are short and easy to maintain with the hair length being limited to two inches at the most. Even with the basic look of different high and tight haircuts they are still quite popular among men, with many opting to adopt them as their signature hairstyle.
To ensure that the military cut you have chosen is done to your satisfaction, it is advisable to have a photo that you can show your barber so that they can advise you on the best want to achieve the military look. If you are a fan of army haircuts, then the many options for the look may seem a bit overwhelming but with proper advice, you can choose the most suitable one. Among the military haircuts that have become quite popular with many men are:
Call it what you want — a buzz cut, a burr cut, a butch cut — it’s an excellent cut for the regimented man. With the hair trimmed down to just a few mill’s, this is as easy as it gets.
The top hair on this cut is probably a little too long to be a true military cut but nonetheless is it extremely masculine. With a close trim on the sides and a tidy top, what more do you really need?
Buzz Cut Taper Fade
This textured buzz cut is a little longer than most, but it’s still extremely powerful. Together with the side stubble and short facial hair, it’s a good look.
Masculine buzz cut
A modern take on the buzz cut combines the classic look and then a fringe in front. It’s more masculine because of the hardline proportions, adding a better view of the jawline. Definitely, a wake-up-and-go haircut that’s great for any occasion.
Buzz Cut with Tape up
Combine two of the most popular haircuts for men, and what do you have? A showstopper. This buzz cut with tape-up focuses on your facial attributes, plus the clean lines are great during hotter months or when you want hair that’s really easy to maintain.
High and Tight
The high and tight is a classic cut for anyone needing a little more length. With sides cut super-close, but a mass of surprisingly long top hair, this style is an excellent choice for anyone.
The Regulation Cut
This military haircut is considered to be one of the oldest and can be done with longer hair because it requires minimal trimming. The hair left on the top part is parted on the side so that it reveals a sharp line from the front to the back of the head. To give it a neat look, hair on the back as well as sides of your head is tapered down until the skin. Most times, the barber will use a scissors to trim the hair then a clipper to make sure the sides and back are tapered down well.
Side Swept with Shaved Undercut
For those ultra-short undercuts, why not sweep the top off to the side? This is an easy way to add some extra class to any short look.
Skin Faded Buzz Cut
With buzz cuts, there can be a surprising amount of deliberation on how to treat the sides. Are you going to buzz to the same height all-round the head, step it down just once, or fade gently like here?
Military Style Haircut
One of the good things about a military-style haircut is that you can go to any salon or barbershop, and they know how to do it. And because it’s so popular, you might want to put your own signature on it, such as adding a geometric line design in front.
Matt Damon’s Crew Cut
Here’s another crew cut, this time a little longer. The unique styling on the top of this style feels very traditional. This could almost be a colorized photo from the 40s…
Subtle Disconnection with Skin Faded Sides
If your hair is naturally super curly, you might want to attempt an ultra-short afro, just like this one. The disconnect in the sides is optional but adds a little extra flare.
The High and Tight
The high and tight army haircut is very recognizable as a military specific cut. A low guard clipper is used around the sides of the head and the hair is left around 1 inch long on the top. There is no gradual tamper between the sides and the top of the head. This is a very uncommon haircut that can look great on the right person; however, if it is not cut just right it could be a very risky choice.
Military Ivy League
Take into consideration the base of the military cut – clean sides and back cut short, but modify the top a bit and make it long enough to create a distinction between the two lengths. The result is a military ivy league. Sport with very little facial hair to none.
Neat Skin Fade with Straight Fringe
This is a classic high and tight, short cut that is commonly referred to as the “military haircut.” The top of the hair cut is kept slightly longer to add some extra style on top, but it is all the same length.
Buzz Cut-Faux Hawk Fusion Hair Style
Short Military Buzz Cut
Commonly worn by men in the military, this short buzz cut is optimal for people who don’t want to put a lot of maintenance into their hair styling routine. This is just about the shortest buzz cut you can get to being bald, so there isn’t much styling that goes into it. Instead, the minimal hair accentuates the person’s facial features.
The Crew Cut
This is a simple haircut that is considered to be quite conservative when compared to other military haircuts. The cut involves trimming the hair to at least two inches but ensuring that the front part of the head has extra length that can be brushed as part of styling. The hair on the sides of the head as well as the back should be much shorter and even tapered if preferred so that the final cut has some shape especially at the front.
High and Tight Recon
John Goodman's Crew Haircut
Here’s yet another variation on the crew cut, which is left to style itself naturally. We think this is a great choice for anyone who wants minimal maintenance.
The induction cut is the army haircut that is given on the first day of boot camp. It is appropriately titled because it is given out in almost an assembly-line fashion to everyone that is inducted into the first day of boot camp. The induction cut is very simple. It is basically a nearly bald cut. They use a good electric hair clipper that has no guard on it to create the closest cut possible. The end result is stubble-like texture. The reason they do this is to quickly remove all the hair without going through the time-consuming steps of shaving it clean off. It is not a very attractive haircut, however, it is efficient and effective for what is needed.
The Fade Haircut
Although there are different versions of this particular cut, the military version is always styled in a standard manner. The hair left at the top never exceeds two inches and sides are cut to the shortest length possible. This haircut can be done on different hair types with the final result being good if done by a professional stylist.
There are three different types of fades
The Regular Fade – A regular fade is when the hair along the sides and back of your head end at your natural hairline. The hair is tapered down gradually until you reach the sides and bottom of the hairline. The High Fade – The high fade is a very aggressively tapered fade. The hair is tapered quickly until you reach that about 1 to 2 inches above the bottom of the hairline at which point a low guard clipper is used to finish the cut. The Low Fade – A low fade falls in between the regular fade and the high fade. The hair is tapered down until you reach between 1 inch to a half inch above the bottom of the hairline
The Flat Top Cut
This haircut is ideal for men that have straight hair because the final look usually reveals the top part of the hair as flat. In most cases, the hair at the top is trimmed to a minimum length and then trimmed so that when it is brushed up it remains flat. To highlight the flat top, the sides as well as back of the head is cut short into a fade depending on n individual’s preference.
Classic Buzz Cut
If keeping it short and straightforward is your new motto in life to uncomplicate things, including your hair, then a simple buzz cut is what you need. It’s one of the most common military haircuts for a reason – it’s easy to achieve and even easier to maintain. Just literally get up and go. Wear without any facial beards or accessories to complete the clean look. Works for all face shapes.
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