Choosing a haircut can be hard, especially if you’re looking for something stylish, but still practical. The crew cut is a relatively simple tapered hairstyle, with the top of the head trimmed short, and everything else even shorter. It works well on all sorts of face shapes, which is why you might see plenty of it in day-to-day life.

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This clean cut is truly the best of both worlds, because not only is it easy to maintain, but it also looks great. It can make your face seem more mature, and there’s just something about it that exudes confidence and athleticism. The crew cut works well on all sorts of face shapes, which is why you might see plenty of it in day-to-day life. It’s a great option if you’re looking to balance practicality and appearance.

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The fact that there’s so little hair at all in a crew cut means that you can get away with starting from almost anything. As long as you’ve got some hair, you’re good to go. Even people with receding hairlines can wear this cut and look great (just take Jason Statham in his younger years as an example).

How to Get

Firstly, decide how long you want the top of your hair to be. The difference between the crew cut and any old tapered haircut is mainly in how short you cut your hair. It’s not typical to see this cut with any hair longer than, say, an inch or two.

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This gives you the option to either trim it off, or cut it off, depending on what length you’re looking for. Your hairdresser should decide this on their own, but if in doubt (or for example, someone else is cutting your hair) just find out if you have a trimmer attachment as long as you want your hair – if not, go with scissors.

Then cut down the sides with a #2 or #4. After that, you’ll need to taper the top of your head down slightly from back to front, and then fade everything else downwards. It’s up to you whether you want to keep your sideburns or not with this cut.

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Styling

Because of the short nature of a taper cut, styling might not be possible (let alone necessary). However, if you choose to leave some length on top, then you can style it as you wish. Some good suggestions are to just gel it upwards in one direction, or brush it to one side.

Check our crew cut gallery below for more ideas:
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Curly Crew Cut

This curled crew cut is a no-frills hairstyle (well, not literally) for the everyday guy. Need a clean and easy style? Look no further.

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Slicked Crew Cut with Line

An easy way to kick any hairstyle up a notch is by trimming a line into the top on one side. Here, that disconnect is the accompaniment to a side-slicked crew cut.

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Plain Crew Cut

Crew cuts really don’t have to be complicated. A natural, all-round cut with a light taper on the sides is all it takes to get this style.

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Fuzzy Crew Cut

If you’re looking to embrace good ol’ bed-head messiness, this fuzzy, textured crew cut might be a contender. It takes little extra effort and gives you a surprisingly unique end result.

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Short Ivy League

This short, “ivy league” -esque haircut is another take on the crew cut — this time tailored to a more civilized application, like playing bowls with distant family…

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Textured Crew Cut

Here’s another variation on a texture crew cut — this time with a little bit of gel kneaded in by hand. As you can see, it’s a great option for those with a receding hairline!

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Clean Crew Cut

This tidy crew cut features clean lines and lightly-slicked hair for a neat but youthful end product. Seriously; this style is as good for the football pitch as it is a job interview.

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Simple Crew Cut

Another neat and simple style, this crew cut is great for all types of hair. Even though this is a short haircut, the hair on top is still textured quite a bit.

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Uniform Crew Cut

This crew cut will easily work for all kinds of situations. It’s short, respectable, and professional, so if you attend school or work in an office, this is a good haircut for you.

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Textured Crew Cut

This is a slightly longer crew cut with a ton of texture. The hair in front is brushed up ever so slightly to add a bit more motion and round out the cut.

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Brushed Up Crew Cut

This cut blends a brush up with a crew cut to create a heavily textured look that goes perfectly with just about any style.

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Tousled Crew Cut

Not all crew cuts have to be short and neat. For example, with this style, the hair is teased upward and cut much longer than other crew cuts. However, it’s not too unruly, so it’s still appropriate for students.

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Straightforward Faux Hawk

This hairstyle proves that faux hawks can be subtle and stylish. We like that this faux hawk uses shorter hair brushed straight up, as it offers a different take on this common style.

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Skin Fade Crew Cut

This haircut is very visually appealing thanks to the motion created by the texture of the hair. Neat faded sides and a subtle line up make this a great casual hairstyle.

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Low Maintenance Crew Cut

Many guys are after low maintenance haircuts that still look great, and this crew cut is a prime example. It’s simple, straightforward, and easy to manage, but it doesn’t sacrifice quality or appearance.

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Voluminous Crew Cut

This crew cut has much more volume than many of the others, but as a result, it achieves a very unique look. It’s excellent if you want to add a little flair to your overall style while staying fashionable.

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Faded Crew Cut with Design

At first glance, this crew cut seems pretty similar to the rest, but it’s actually quite different. The hair is kept fairly long for a crew cut, but the obvious highlight of this cut is the small line design cut out of the back. Think of it as a more stylish take on the Nike “swoosh” haircut that was popular in the 90s.

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Disconnected Short Crew Cut

This is one of the shortest crew cuts on our list. However, because all the hair on top is the same length, it looks very balanced and neat. The disconnected part on the side adds another dimension that makes this cut stand out from the rest.

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High and Tight Inspired Crew Cut

The high and tight, and specifically the high and tight recon, is well known for its distinctive shape that creates something of a “landing strip” atop the head. This crew cut takes inspiration from that style, using a similar shape and an extreme skin fade. If you like the military style, consider this haircut.

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Neat Crew Cut

For guys who want a no-fuss haircut that doesn’t require any styling or maintenance, this neat crew cut has a lot to offer. It’s ideal for both formal and casual environments, and it looks great with all hair types, which makes this a very versatile haircut.

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Short Crew Cut with Quiff

This crew cut takes inspiration from brushed up hairstyles, creating a small quiff in the front while keeping the sides and back clean with a sharp skin fade.

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Disconnected Crew Cut

Disconnected haircuts with hard parts are as trendy as ever, and this crew cut uses a hard part in a stylish way. The hard part separates the fade from the rest of the hair, providing definition and visual appeal.

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Neat Side Swept Crew Cut

This crew cut proves that even shorter hair can be styled in many different ways. Here, the hair is swept to the side, creating a mini pompadour of sorts. If you like clean, classic looks, this is for you.

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Touseled Short Hair with Drop Fade
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