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.

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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 While it gained popularity during the 90s, it’s since fallen out and been replaced by more retro-chic styles like the disconnected undercut.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.

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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.

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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).

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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:
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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
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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 and Temple Fade
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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
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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
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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.

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High Fade and Caesar Crop
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Modern Caesar

This white smoke dyed adds that extra flair to this straight French Cropped Top. Moreover, the flat Pocky style makes it more modern and hipster.

Caesar Haircut for Receding Hairline
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Caesar Haircut for Receding Hairline

The side brush to this haircut makes it more lively. Although receding hairline makes hair thinner caeser cut makes it look natural and helps to sabotage the less hair.

Twirled Line Up
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Twirled Line Up

This unique style is a good mix of retro and modern. The twirled temple gives that retro flavor whereas the caesar cut makes it more modern-isk. The beard fade makes it just perfect.

Aquaman Scissor Cut
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Aquaman Scissor Cut

No way this is not noticeable, the dye is the anchor but the shape and size of hair makes it all a dashing haircut. Hence, caeser cut makes it all subtle yet unique.

Short French Crop with Skin Fade
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Short French Crop with Skin Fade

This caesar cut is powered by nice wax and comb to add that teeth patterns. Just to make it more flashy slap on a hairline with shaved sides, never goes out of style.

Caesar Cut with Glasses
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Caesar with Glasses

This is the most common type of caeser cut that we see around. However, the beard fade makes the whole face even, this combination never goes wrong.

Simple Top with Faded Sides
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Simple Top with Faded Sides

Just like above, the beard always compliments this hairstyle. The top is short and sides are shaved, the perfect, classic caeser style. However, the sides are clipped with number 2 size, so it’s not skin fade.

Dyed Highlights with Styled Pocky Standing Strands
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Dyed Highlights with Styled Pocky Standing Strands

This can be considered as a very party look caesar haircut because of the strands, usually, they are laid which increases the top volume. Whereas this one makes the strands stand and dying them with some golden highlights makes it all very fancy and modern.

Fringed Caesar with Low Key Sides
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Fringed Caesar with Low Key Sides

The recipe to this hairstyle is pretty simple, first, get the sides tapered with slight fade towards the temple. Next is you have to work on top with pocky styling the fringe hairs.

High Faded French Cropped Caesar Style
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High Faded French Cropped Caesar Style

Caesar Hairstyle has many faces and this is one of them. The main components of this haircut are the sleek high fade with a short french crop. That being said the side brush adds a flavor to the style. Don’t forget the beard, it balances the face pretty well.

Touseled Top with Mid Faded Casual Cut
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Touseled Top with Mid Faded Casual Cut

The top might look slightly longer but that is the fun of caesar cut. The top has an irregular length with a taper on sides with a temple faded. The top can be slightly wavy with a side brush.

High Fade with Tattooed Sides and Pocky Strands
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High Fade with Tattooed Sides and Pocky Strands

Let’s be honest, the tattoo on the sides add that bounce with the taper. Although all of us can’t have that, we can have that sleek taper on the sides with pocky top. If you can have a subtle beard, it makes the whole face seem full.

Short Curls with Mid Faded Line Up
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Short Curls with Mid Faded Line Up

Caesar is so much casual and one of the most versatile styles out there. That being said, this one is a great combination where there is a mid fade with a sharp line up. Lastly, the volume on top makes it look at the casual side of it.

The Blend of Buzz Cut and Caesar Cut
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The Blend of Buzz Cut and Caesar Cut

This blend is not very common to spot but when done right it results in blasts! Although it looks like a very subtle cut that’s not it. There is a slight french crop, and a little fade near the temple and the taper on the sides. There is no way you not getting compliments with this hairstyle.

Low Maintenance Caesar Cut
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Low Maintenance Caesar Cut

Doesn’t this look very similar to George Clooney’s style? That is because it is indeed quite a similar one. This haircut is quite easy, volume all over without any fade, just tapered sides. And on top? Simple, just brush your hands and boom! You’re ready to roll!

French Crop Yet Low Key Caesar Haircut
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French Crop Yet Low Key Caesar Haircut

Let’s just take a minute to address how amazingly low key and subtle this hairstyle is! It has all the fancy elements, like a straight stranded french crop with a taper faded sides. All of that with a very manageable top without too much hair. That being said it also hides those receding hairline pretty well!

Tousled Thin Hair with Semi Curled Line Up
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Tousled Thin Hair with Semi Curled Line Up

This has to be one of the funkiest caesar haircut as you see a very sharp line up and a clean low fade. Sides are nicely controlled which is completely different than the top, which is loosely left to be natural. Semi curls look great, don’t they?