We’ve posted about tons of hairstyles that have stood the test of time, from the pompadour to the classic gentleman’s side part. While the buzz cut fits into this category, it’s also a fantastic men’s hairstyle option for many other reasons. It’s a truly low-maintenance style, and you can even cut it yourself in the comfort of your own home.
The buzz cut is one of those staple hairstyles that every barber in the world knows. Some love it and others hate it, but there’s no disputing its minimal form and classic status. Perhaps the best-known use of the buzz cut is for men in the military. For them, this haircut is a decision of function over fashion, as it helps them cool down faster and see better (no bangs in the way). But we at Haircut Inspiration think the buzz cut is every bit as fashionable as it is functional.
Because of the simplicity and ease of cutting it at home, this cut is also a popular choice among frugal individuals who want a simple hairstyle. It is also a nice hairstyle for young boys, as it both keeps their hair short and doesn’t require them to leave home.
In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about that cut in case you’re considering this utilitarian yet trendy style.
Cleanest Buzz Cut with Mid Fade
A buzz cut can never be this clean, this one has used clipper extensively with the top being very thin with sides being mid fade. The lineup is very vivid with the temple faded into a beard. The balance between beard and top is just top-notch.
Masculine Burr Cut
This is an example of a sharp, ultra-faded buzz cut. The sides are slightly shorter than the top, but there is no disconnect in lengths – All of the hair is blended seamlessly. The hair line is precisely lined up for a more masculine look.
A buzz cut with a bang! Who says buzz cuts can’t be edgy haven’t been acquainted with hair coloring, more specifically platinum ones. Easily stand out from a crowd of buzz cuts by adding color to it. You’ll thank us later.
High Fade and Buzz Cut
Thickly Grown Afro Buzz Cut
Afro hair needs some maintenance but when done right it does wonders and checks this out for an example. The corners and line-ups here have such an amazing relationship where all the details come out pretty well, and to keep matters cool, the whole look is perfect without any parting.
Low Faded Buzz Cut
The buzz cut here is a decent one as it has enough volume to look thick while it is also just enough neat to put things on a clean spectrum. The shaved look enhances the style on top and makes the overall face look young and clean.
Bleached Buzz Cut
Buzz cuts are popular for several reasons – the haircut puts emphasis on your facial features, and even though the cut is simple and clean, there are a lot of ways to spruce it up. For example, bleach the top part and the look instantly becomes edgy.
Drake's Burr Cut with Line Up
This is classic Drake cut with that curved short shaved line. This one is fairly easy to achieve, all you need is a size 1/2 clippers with a razor for the slit shave. Just to perfect this style, remember to shave the lin up to make it pop out. Once done, you’ll be able to rap in no time!
Butch Cut with Angular Fringe
Avoid conformity (as butch cuts are supposed to be an even hair length all around the circumference of your head) by adding an angular fringe to the side. Yes, this might scream rebel, but isn’t that what the edgy look is for?
Burr cut with beard
Once sported by actor Wentworth Miller during his Prison Break stint, though sans the beard (and shortly became a fad, though it’s nothing new in the NBA world as most professional basketball players preferred this haircut), this really short cut has a standard – the length of the hair should just be 1/4 of an inch on top, following the head’s contour.
Buzz cut with hair design
Geometric lines and shapes might sound simple, but when seen as a shaved part of the hair going from the head to the eyebrows – it just catches one’s eye right away. Add your own pattern and design to a buzz cut for that instant oomph to your look.
Street style buzz cut
If corporate is not your day-to-day style and you’d rather be comfortable in your joggers or jeans, then a street-style buzz cut will definitely compliment you. It’s a no-brainer to maintain, and you don’t even need styling products for it – just get up and go.
Buzz Cut with Undercut
If you have thick hair that’s weighing down on you, an undercut is great to make it lighter. And if that still does not work, add a buzz cut, and you will definitely feel the change. Remember that you might need to go to your barber or stylist more often as undercuts grow quickly.
Long Buzz Cut with Sideburns
A long buzz cut may be a classic silhouette, but when you add long sideburns that go down until the jawline – the effect is uncanny. Add browline sunglasses and layered necklaces and you have a complete look. Works well with most face shapes.
Platinum Blonder Outgrown Buzz
Donning this hair color means that you want to make your mane the focus of your face and it will be hard to achieve this if you barely have hair. Hence, outgrow your buzz cut a little bit – you have hair for the platinum blonde color, but not long enough if you still want it as short as possible. Compliment the look with a full beard with your natural hair color and go crazy on the accessories if you want more edge. Will fit most face shapes.
Fine Short Top with Faded Top
Who thought Buzz Cut can be absolutely informal. This style with the straight taper makes it very casual. Although being a very low maintenance haircut this might require touch up with clippers from time to time. Lastly, add that skin fade to make it shine.
Silver Blonde Buzz Cut on Curly Hair
The beauty of a buzz cut is that you can wear it with a striking hair color and it will not overwhelm your whole look. Even if you have curly or wavy hair, having a small tuft of mane balances it out. So experiment with a bunch of colors, you can even go with several if you’d like. The key is always to balance everything. As such, wear a goatee and mustache in your natural hair color, sans accessories. Will work with most face shapes.
Though a variation on a typical buzz cut, this simple fade is still a classic look. It is clean cut and does not require a lot of maintenance or styling.
This hairstyle is dramatic and eye-catching. Get a burr cut on top with a small fade, and a bold, short stripe in between.
It’s more common to see buzz cuts without a widow’s peak, but if you opt for a burr or brush cut, you can still show it off. This will work for a variety of lengths, so use a #1, #2, or #3 guard on your clippers. Add some funky angles to your hairline to make this look even more exciting.
Chris Pine's Longer Buzz Cut
Chris Pine looks so suave with this fresh yet casual equal volumed haircut. The key is to use size 3 or 4 clippers equally around the top and then taper sides gently. Lastly, use some hair wax to just brush hair to the side. The cherry on the cake is the beard which does the job of balancing the face quite well.
The crew cut is technically a buzz cut, but it’s different from other styles because it’s tapered. This cut may use a clipper setting that ranges from #3 to #6. Our guide to the crew cut will tell you the whole story.
High and Tight Recon
And if you want to go even more extreme, consider the high and tight recon. The whole head (except for a strip of hair in the middle of the head that goes from the forehead to the vertex) is clipped with a #0 or #1. The strip is then clipped with a #2 or #3. It’s often called the “landing strip” hairstyle due to its appearance.
The brush cut will need more maintenance than a traditional buzz. Since it is longer, it will need to be styled with wax. If your hair is naturally curly, this buzz cut will begin to show it.
Buzz with Fade
This is a classic buzz cut with the addition of the fashionable fade. If you aren’t ready to shave all of your hair off, this is a great transitional style before taking that step.
This is the shortest buzz cut, using the clippers with no guard attached (this is sometimes known as the #0 setting). It’s the closest you’ll get to bald without actually shaving all of your hair off. The induction cut is the most extreme buzz cut variation possible, so make sure you really want it.
This is a slightly less extreme version of the induction cut. Generally, a burr cut refers to a buzz cut that is cut with a #1, #2, or #3 guard on the clippers.
The Burr with Sideburns
This is almost the same as the burr, with the addition of sideburns. Grow them out, then have them cut to the same length as your hair. Facial hair of most lengths will compliment this look well.
Buzz with Clean Lines
This longer cut has a slight fade on the sides and bold front. While buzz cuts are often thought of as low-maintenance hairstyles, this angular version is edgy and trendsetting.
Artistic Buzz with Fade and Cut-Outs
If you want a low-maintenance but funky hairstyle, opt for a buzz cut with a fade and some artistic cut-outs. A less gradual fade will make the top of your hair, and the cut-outs, look longer.
Also called a brush cut (and sometimes a burr cut as well), the butch cut is a mid-length buzz cut that typically uses a #4 clipper setting. Our guide to the butch cut has everything you need to know about this cut.
Waved Afro Buzz Cut
Afro waves are always quite trendy especially when paired with a neat angeled line up with that straight fringe that makes all the charm come to life. The sides ate low faded with a steep temple fade for that clean shaved look to look even better. Can you miss that mustache? Nope!
Drake Style Uniform Buzz Cut
Buzz Cut is an art if done right it quickly skips the routine look and instantly gives a classy and elegant appearance with a trendy flavor to it. There is no obvious side part whereas the sides are taper mid faded which helps the beard stand on its own and balance the face with its volume towards the chin.
This somewhat trendier buzz cut variation is cut in the same way as a crew cut, but it’s noticeably longer. The hair can be as long as an inch on the top of the head, which is uncommon for this cut. Read our guide to the Ivy League haircut for more information.
The Caesar cut is part of the extended buzz cut family. It shares a lot of similarities, and perhaps the most notable is the fact that with a Caesar cut, the hair is cut to the same length all over the head. While it can go up to 3 inches in length, many guys choose to opt for a much shorter length, around half an inch to an inch. Read our guide to the Caesar cut for more information.
The Classic Buzz with Faded Sides
Pitch Perfect Buzz Cut
Everything about this cut is incredibly perfect. No left no right, just about pitch-perfect. The Temple is faded with a hair part being the margin of taper. Moreover, the line ups are tapered but that pulls attention towards the top. Lastly, the hairline is straight making forehead looking all boxy and sleek.
New French Crop with Faded Sides
David Beckham's Burr Cut
Can Beckham not look good in any possible way? It feels impossible, in all the fame of his styles this one shines bright with the dye and equal volume all over the head. Plus his classic beard never goes out of style, does it?
Mid Faded Buzz Cut with Neat Line Up
Afro hair being thin and extremely wavy is sometimes hard to maintain when long but buzz cut makes it all easy making it a low maintenance haircut. The top is clipped with size 3 clippers while sides are given some nice drop fade.
To ace this look, neatness is the key, so shave the sides little to look angular.
What do I need for the buzz cut?
You don’t need very much at all to get a spiffy buzz cut. This is one of the greatest benefits of this hairstyle: You can have nearly any hair type, any hair color, and any face shape to get a buzz cut that looks good. Those cuts are generally shorter haircuts, but they can vary in length, so you can definitely have a longer cut if that’s something you’re interested in.
To get this fantastic haircut, all you need is your barber. 99% of barbers know how to cut it. Alternatively, if you want to save the trip to the barbershop and have a good set of hair clippers around, you can even give yourself a buzz cut at home. This cut is literally buzzing the hair with clippers, and that’s it.
But don’t pull the trigger just yet––before you say yes to a buzz cut, you’ll have to take a few things into consideration. Feel around your head to see if you have any large bumps. Those bumps will become fairly prominent if you opt for a shorter cut (#3 guard or shorter). The same is true of any scars you have on your head. And if you have larger ears, be aware that this cut will make them stick out even more.
While there are a few limitations, the buzz cut is surprisingly versatile. It keeps you cool, and it works with most face shapes. On top of that, it is also a good cut for receding hairlines, since the nature of the cut makes your head seem fuller and more defined.
Getting the buzz cut
Here’s a surprise for you: “buzz cut” actually refers to a family of haircuts. For a haircut to be a buzz cut, it has to be the same length all around the head. Within this family, there are several specific types that you can choose from. Their length and shape set them apart from one another.
Before you make a trip to the barbershop to get a buzz cut, be sure you know which variation you want and what clipper setting it uses. If you walk into a barbershop and just ask for a buzz cut, your barber might give you a super short-cut or a super long one. To make sure you’re getting the exact type you want, you should know the specific name and clipper setting used for the specific cut you’re after. Some barbers also use different names to refer to certain variations, so knowing the clipper setting for your preferred variation is crucial.
Heidi is the owner of Buzzcut Guide, the online guide to cutting your own hair. If you’d like to learn more about how to take care of your hair at home, save money, and keep unnecessary visits of the barber to the minimum, hop on over there and learn more!