When it comes to simplistic, cool military inspired haircuts, the buzz cut is the tried and tested go-to. Minimalist and masculine, this cut is recommended for the gentleman who dares to brave little hair and is confident with his facial proportions. To guide your next buzz cut request, we’ve compiled seven cool buzz cuts for men and give you our top tips for rocking this daring ‘do.
What is a Buzz Cut?
A traditional buzz cut is obviously very short and is identified by hair that is clipped very close to the head with a razor. In terms of maintenance, the buzz cut is the easiest haircut to maintain – there is virtually no grooming. The only concern that you will need to be mindful of is the proportions of your face. Buzz cuts do not work for all face shapes, so identify whether your facial structure can handle little to no hair. Men with oval faces are typically more suited to buzz cuts, because this face shape is most flexible with all hair lengths. A rectangle face shape is also very well suited to the proportions of the buzz cut.
Buzz Cut Lengths
Be conscious of how long you want your hair to be. There are many versions of the buzz cut, so find one that will not only work for your face shape, but also for the type of look that you are going for. Our most important tip is to find a dependable barber that understands exactly what you want and isn’t too erratic with a razor. The buzz cut is most certainly not the haircut that you want to be experimenting with alone (unless you have experience with wielding a razor).
1. Military Induction Buzz Cut
The Induction haircut was a rite of passage for new army recruits. It wasn’t just about the aesthetic of the sharp edges and hyper-masculine dimensions – this was a logical haircut that was intended to prevent the spread of lice amongst the army camps. The induction cut is essentially an even shave but relies on very little hair. One of the shortest versions of the buzz cut, this hairstyle is perfect for oval face shapes, but also quite complimentary to rectangle face shapes, which will work to visually shorten a longer face. This is also an extreme take on the buzz cut, so it is not for the faint of heart.
2. Faded Buzz Cut
If the military-inspired induction cut is a little too extreme for your taste, the buzz cut fade may better cater to your hair needs. The fade relies on dimension, so you will need to work out the subtleties that you want your barber to carve with his razor. Typically, you will be working with no hair at the bottom of your hair, and then gradually building up to still very short proportions up top. This version of the buzz cut is quite clean and tidy, and will grow out really well. Just keep in mind that there is nowhere to hide with the faded buzz cut, so ensure that you don’t have any obvious bumps or scars because your skin will be very much on show.
3. Burr Buzz Cut
A slightly longer take on the military induction buzz cut, the Burr relies on softer proportions, meaning that it is a safer option for gents who are a bit reluctant to go the whole way with a number 1 razor blade. The main thing you need to know about the Burr is that it requires constant maintenance. If your hair grows quite fast, you will regularly need to be keeping your length in check. Also be conscious of your facial hair with the Burr. A bit of stubble will complement it and lend a bit of maturity.
4. The High & Tight Buzz Cut
The High and Tight boasts proportions much like an undercut, but with this cut, you’re working with extremely short dimensions. There won’t be much consistency with your hair length for a true High and Tight cut, as there should be longer proportions up top. Just keep in mind that you will need contrast to do the high and tight justice. This version of the buzz cut offers a bit more versatility to those that do not have a longer face, as it will allow you to visually elongate the length of your face.
5. The Mohawk-Inspired Buzz Cut
Our Faux-hawk guide dealt with Mohawk-esque inspired cuts, and the buzz cut that is influenced by the well-known cut similarly follows suit. Despite the incredibly shorter proportions, the Mohawk-inspired buzz cut maintains a longer strip of hair that runs from the top front of your head down toward the nape of your neck. The one thing that will ensure you remain true to a buzz cut is ensuring that your barber works will intensely minimal dimensions, which will distinguish this cut from other faux-hawks.
6. Crew Cut Buzz Cut
Yes, this version combines two iconic haircuts, leaving you will a distinguishable and well blended aesthetic. This is also a more versatile way to go about the buzz cut – the crew cut boasts a universally flattering aesthetic that ensures a well balanced and well-aligned look. The crew cut inspired buzz cut is also wonderful for men with longer foreheads, as it allows you to maintain a bit more length toward the front of your head, mimicking a fringe. The trick to pulling off this buzz cut is to ensure you style it appropriately; a matte pomade or mousse will do the trick and will keep everything neat throughout the day.
7. Buzz Cut and Beard Combo
Most men know that a buzz cut works well with a beard. For men who are daring enough to run a razor across their entire scalp, a beard is a great option to preserve a bit of texture to your overall look. The proportions up top should typically be even and on the shorter side. Most importantly, you should experiment with a length that suits your unique face shape. By starting out with asking your barber to take a little bit off and then gradually lowering the razor size, you will get a feel for what will complement your beard and face most effectively. Whether it’s a bit of stubble or a lot of longer facial hair, know your proportions, and nominate the best buzz cut to suit you.