Clean, classic, corporal. If these are the words that come to mind when you think of your ideal hairstyle, then the next time you visit your barber, a military haircut is in order. The military has inspired many things in the quintessentially stylish gentleman’s life. From the khaki tones and army vests in sartorial choices to the military allusions from Jeep convertibles, the army has been a source of inspiration for gents who like to project a themed aesthetic. Below, we bring you the best military and army haircuts that work for every gentleman, no matter what his occupation is.
Military Haircut Regulations
Now, while we can admire military inspired haircuts for their aestheticism, there are far more practical reasons for why they are in place. Regulated hairstyles are the logical answer for soldiers’ hair not to interfere with headgear and produce a greater uniformity amongst members of the military. Particular grooming regulations for the military stipulate a few key specifications for male haircuts. They mustn’t be too long; hair must be tapered to conform to soldiers’ heads and all hairstyles must be neatly groomed.
1. Military Fade Haircut
The military’s answer to the classic undercut, the back and sides are short at the neck and graduate to slightly thicker locks up top in a fade pattern. While soldiers in the army are required to have very short hair up top, try adjusting this haircut for your personal hair length. Style your locks with different products and experiment with finishes to switch your look up.
2. Induction Cut / Buzz Cut
The traditional haircut for new army recruits, the induction cut, is one of the most drastic military-inspired trends. Interestingly, this haircut was utilised traditionally to prevent the spread of head lice amongst soldiers. Also known as the buzz cut, this haircut is perfect for those with square or oval shape faces, as your face shapes can handle little to no length. On top of that, maintenance is no work.
3. The Ivy League Cut
The Ivy League cut isn’t just associated with the military but also influenced by vintage collegiate style. A very easily adaptable hairstyle, hair is shorter on the sides and boasts a bit more volume up top. This is a great option for hairstyles that compliment a preppy aesthetic and men who want something more refined.
4. Crew Cut
One of the most iconic military haircuts famous for its identifiable shape and simple proportions, the crew cut, is a failsafe military inspired hairstyle. This cut is also awesome for adding more definition to your face shape. While all the hair is tapered to the shape of one’s head, the longest portion of hair will be at the front of the hairline. A true adaptation of this cut will capitalise on its shorter proportions.
5. Curly Crew Cut
For gents blessed with curls, capitalise on the natural volume with a crew cut, which will allow you to tame your head of hair while still showcasing your natural waves. As a crew cut is shorter across the whole head and except for the front portion of your hairline, most of your hair will be very short. The trick to perfecting a curly crew cut is to ask for a strategic haircut that will allow you to maximise your curls, while still producing shorter proportions across your head. Use a product that is made for curlier locks so that it will enhance shine and your natural hair texture.
6. Regulation Cut
A regulation cut is one of the military inspired hairstyles that boasts longish proportions. Traditionally known for its side parting, a regulation cut is an excellent idea for businesspeople who need their hair well tamed but still don’t want to shave all their hair off in the process. Use the corner of a comb to part the hair precisely for this ‘do and don’t forget to use a stronger hold product or hairspray to keep everything in place.
7. Military Cut
This one is for the gents who appreciate the military hairstyles of the past. The difference between adaptations of this cut and the other cuts mentioned in this article is the finish of your hair. A side part is a usual feature of this style, but a high glossy, gel like product should be used for an accurate nod to the past. Experiment with longer hair up top, and style accordingly with a gel based product to capture the retro essence of the military of times gone by.
8. The Flat Top
The flat top has height up top, but the hair stands upright and is cut horizontally right across, lending to the ‘flat’ portion of its name. Now, the success of this hairstyle hinges on the type of hair that you have. For gents with fuller, more heavy locks, consider adding a bit of texture to your mane so the flat top doesn’t read too severe. Also, keep in mind that you should adopt this cut in more modern ways. A great example would be to use different textured products for looks that will look stylish contemporarily.
9. High and Tight
A variation of the crew cut, the high and tight ‘do refers to the typically barely there sides that are blended to the top portions of hair that have a bit more height and fullness. For this style, it is all in the cut so ensure you are going to a dependable barber who can blend hair well and understands the proportions of your face. The key is to experiment – find which features you want to enhance and cut accordingly!
10. The Fuller Undercut
While modern undercuts may not be acceptable in the army due to the typically longer, voluminous hair, the essence of the military has been alluded with this cut. The wonderful thing about the fuller undercut is that it is very versatile and can be adapted for different occasions.