The regulation cut is one of the longer army haircuts you might see. This haircut according to army haircut regulation involves trimming the top down. The sides are then tapered off completely, leaving it up to you to decide how much skin you want to be visible. This cut definitely has its perks: it’s low maintenance, looks good, is very practical, and works in almost every environment.

John Goodman crew haircut
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How to get a regulation cut

This haircut is particularly easy to get, like most military cuts. If you’re doing this one at home, you can enlist the help of a friend to trim your hair for you, or even attempt to do it yourself.

To begin, just have your friend trim the top hair down to at most a number 3, and then begin tapering the sides. The simplest way to do this is to also clip the sides down to a #3, and then use scissors to gradually shorten the hairs as they get progressively lower. You can even shave the lowest hairs off entirely, so as to give that true regulation cut look.

Regulation Cut

Should you be cutting your hair alone, a better option is to go for a harder ‘taper’ and just shave the sides down to whatever length you want.

And as always, your barber can get you this cut with relative ease. Remember that a few photos can speak volumes.

How to style this cut

With such short hair, there isn’t much styling for you to do. If you do opt for a number 3 on top, then you might be able to get away with a little bit of hair product (e.g. gel) to style the front upwards or sideways.

Although this might not apply to just the hair on your head, this cut does benefit from a clean shave or at least a crisp shave.

If you need more examples of this haircut check the gallery below:
Modern Regulation Cut
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Modern Regulation Cut

Side Part Swept
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Formal Blonde Regulation Cut

side part
@blackfishbry
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Wavy Top with Tapered Sides

regulation cut
@blackfishbry
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Combed Top with Thin Parted Taper

Clean and Sober Regulation Cut
@blackfishbry
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Clean and Sober Regulation Cut

regulation haircut
@jeremywexlerhair
6/17

Casual Brush Up

Thin Part with Combed Side Brush
@rockstarsbarberscradleyheathr
7/17

Thin Part with Combed Side Brush

Gentlemens Sweep
@tote_barber
8/17

Gentlemen's Sweep

skin fade hard side part pompadour
@zeke_the_barber
9/17

Thinly Parted Undercut

Wavy Top with Taper Faded Temple
@rpb_nq
10/17

Informal Regulation with Taper Faded Temple

Modern Regulation Cut with Hard Part
@the_ramsey
11/17

Modern Regulation Cut with Hard Part

Shaved Hairline
@tonisaura_barbershop
12/17

Shaved Hairline

Mid Hard Part with Undercut
@tonisaura_barbershop
13/17

Mid Hard Part with Undercut

Chopped Side Burns
@crowbarber
14/17

Chopped Side Burns

Regulation with Hardpart
@kev_thebarber1
15/17

Regulation and Hard Part

Regulation Crop with Medium Fade
@irfan_eke_man_hair_master/Instagram
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Regulation Crop with Medium Fade

Regulation Crop with Medium Full Beard
@renaud_mtlbarber
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Regulation Crop with Medium Full Beard