Certain hairstyles stand the test of time, and the Caesar is definitely one of these renowned styles. It’s a classic cut with ancient origins that still looks good today.

Gerard Butler caesar haircut by s_bukley
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It is named for Roman emperor Julius Caesar, who styled his hair forward, creating a short fringe. He did so presumably to hide his early-onset baldness. Whether or not that’s true, the Caesar haircut is indeed a good choice for balding men or for guys who simply want short, fashionable hair.

If you’re looking for a hairstyle that’s not as common, the Caesar haircut fits the bill. It requires little maintenance and styling, and it won’t require touch-ups.

Textured Fringe

What is the Caesar haircut?

The Caesar haircut is a low-profile, short men’s cut with a fringe. It’s a versatile haircut, so if you have straight, wavy, or even curly hair, the Caesar is for you. It’s also a top choice for young boys, especially those who participate in sports and other high-energy activities.

The style is unique because in the traditional Caesar haircut, the hair is the same length on the top, back, and sides. This gives it a tidy, uniform look.

In many ways, the Caesar style is the antithesis of many haircuts seen today. While it gained popularity during the 90s, it’s since fallen out and been replaced by more retro-chic styles like the disconnected undercut. While it’s not at the forefront of contemporary fashion, it’s still an unbeatable choice for a low maintenance cut that suits a variety of hair types and face shapes.

Caesar Style Hair with Texture

How to Get the Caesar Haircut

Due to the popularity of the Caesar haircut, many barbers and stylists will know how to cut a good Caesar. It’s a staple in barbershops and salons around the world, and it’s easy to do. If you want to give yourself a Caesar haircut or want to learn the details, here’s a closer look at the style.

For the classic Caesar haircut, the hair on top of the head can be anywhere from 0.5 to 3 inches. Since the Caesar haircut is meant to be a short cut, the lower end of this spectrum will suit the style better.

jakes_barber_shop CROP fringe
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Then, simply cut all of the hair to the same length. For example, if you want your hair to be an inch long, you’ll trim the top, back, and sides to one inch.

You can also opt for an alternative Caesar haircut that involves a taper. For this style, the hair on the back and sides are cut slightly shorter than the top. The back and sides are then tapered using scissors or clippers (around the #3–#4 setting).

Caesar Blonde Haircut

How to Style the Caesar Haircut

The Caesar requires little styling. All you’ll need is a light amount of styling wax or cream.

Work the product into your damp hair using your fingers. Then, with a comb or brush, style your hair forward, going toward your forehead. This will result in the short fringe, which you can also style with your fingers. You can also apply the product to the back and sides of your hair.

For more ideas check the gallery below:
Modern Caesar
Caesar Cut with Brushed Up Hairstyle

Admittedly, this style breaks one of the rules of the traditional Caesar cut, since the hair is a bit longer on top. However, it stays true to the spirit of the Caesar and adds a bit of modern flair.

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Messy Caesar Hairut
Messy Caesar Haircut

The Caesar cut is one hairstyle that looks great when it’s messed up a bit. In this example, the hair is still styled forward as it would be in a classic Caesar, but the top is styled upward just a little.

Caesar Style Crop

The French crop and the Caesar cut are closely related, and this hairstyle blends them both while adding a contemporary touch.

Messy Tapered Scissor Cut
Tapered Sides with Messy Texture

You can add texture to the Caesar cut if you’re after a low maintenance style that’s still trendy. It’s a simple combination, but it works very well.

Modern Caesar
Modern Caesar

This bowl-cut inspired Caesar is experiencing a resurgence. Though previously this sort of style was considered uncool, it’s come back into vogue for its minimal, clean-cut appearance.

High Fade and Caesar Crop
High Fade and Caesar Crop

This extra short cut draws all of the attention to the very top of the head with a high fade. The hair on top is cut in classic Caesar style.

Messed Caesar Tom
Messed Caesar a la Tom Hardy

Again, Caesar cuts don’t have to be tidy––they’re still stylish even when unkempt. While you can tousle the style in many ways, this slightly messy style is an easy way to look fashionable.

Clean Caesar Haircut No 1
Clean Caesar Cut

If you like super clean haircuts, you’ll love this short and tidy Caesar. It’s a very natural look that goes well with any outfit or style.

Perfect Caesar with Thorny Strands
Perfect Caesar with Thorny Strands

One of the Caesar cut’s trademark features is its forward-brushed look, and this cut preserves that while adding loose strands in the front.

French Cropped Caeser Cut
Classic Taper Fade

This haircut is a barbershop classic that has stood the test of time. It’s simply a traditional Caesar with a timeless taper fade that will look great on any guy.

Modern Caesar Cut
Modern Caesar
Caesar Haircut for Receding Hairline
Caesar Haircut for Receding Hairline
Twirled Line Up
Twirled Line Up
Aquaman Scissor Cut
Aquaman Scissor Cut
Short French Crop with Skin Fade
Short French Crop with Skin Fade
Caesar Cut with Glasses
Caesar with Glasses
Simple Top with Faded Sides
Simple Top with Faded Sides