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.

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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
Modern Regulation Cut
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Side Part Swept
Formal Blonde Regulation Cut
side part
Wavy Top with Tapered Sides
regulation cut
Combed Top with Thin Parted Taper
Clean and Sober Regulation Cut
Clean and Sober Regulation Cut
Thin Part with Combed Side Brush
Thin Part with Combed Side Brush
Gentlemens Sweep
Gentlemen's Sweep
skin fade hard side part pompadour
Thinly Parted Undercut
Wavy Top with Taper Faded Temple
Informal Regulation with Taper Faded Temple
Modern Regulation Cut with Hard Part
Modern Regulation Cut with Hard Part
Mid Hard Part with Undercut
Mid Hard Part with Undercut
Chopped Side Burns
Chopped Side Burns
Regulation with Hardpart
Regulation and Hard Part
Regulation Crop with Medium Fade
Regulation Crop with Medium Fade