In the modern day, men tend to take better care of themselves than their ancestors – this does not only include wearing the right clothes but also wearing one of the best hairstyles for men. While not the most popular ever, a lot of men desire a military haircut. This low profile haircut allows men to stay functional in their day-to-day lives without having to worry about their hair getting in the way – while also keeping in style and looking great.
The traditional military haircut, sometimes also referred to as the army cut, have evolved a lot, especially in the last few years. Here, we are going to share some of the best haircuts for men who are looking to adopt a military-type haircut.
1. The Induction Cut
The induction cut is probably one of the better-known options when it comes to a military cut – this is the cut that a person is usually given on the day that they start their boot camp in the army or another military setting. This is also one of the shorter cuts in terms of army cuts – so this is definitely not an option for men who are looking to have a haircut that is too short. For those who do not mind cutting off all their hair, the induction cut might be a good option – this cut will give them a hairstyle where they will be almost bald.
The induction cut is usually done with an electric clipper that does not have any type of guard attached. The electric clipper is used on the man’s entire hair – a clean shave on top, the sides, and the back, leaving no hair left behind.
2. The “High & Tight”
Next up would be the “High & Tight” military haircut. This cut can be described as a semi-bold army haircut. The “High & Tight” consists of a very close shave on both sides of the head – to an almost bald state. Similar to the induction cut, a shaver without any guard will be used on the sides of the man’s head with this cut. The back side of the head is usually not cut as close as the sides, as some hair are sometimes left intact here – but the hair should be barely visible.
The top of the head is another story with the “High & Tight” cut. A shaver is sometimes used on the top part of the man’s head, but with a longer guard. The hair is cut in such a way that it is shorter toward the back of the head on top, and longer toward the front part. The end result should be a “tight” section of hair on top of the head that will be styled in an upward direction – hence the “high” part of the style’s name.
3. The “Side Sweep” With A Shaved Undercut
The next style that we want to share is really a modification of the popular “Hight & Tight” that we shared in the previous point. This particular style shares many of the traits of the previous one, but with some unique changes that will likely be more appealing for some men.
The style also involves shaving the sides of the head clean. This would be done with an electric shaver that has no guard attached to its blades. The cut would be less clean at the back of the head, but still with hair barely being visible. These are the parts that are similar to the “High & Tight” cut. On top of the head, a much larger piece of hair will be left intact with this “Side Sweep” military haircut. The hair will still be longer at the front and shorter at the back, but it will be cut and styles in such a way to create a side sweep, just like the name of the style suggests.
4. The “Crew” Cut
Next up is a military cut that was really made popular by star Matt Damon. This style is quite the opposite to what a person would expect from something like the induction cut or even the “High & Tight” army cut. Men who are looking for one of these cuts, but would not like to have a clean shave on any part of their head, should definitely take a closer look at the “Crew” cut from Matt Damon.
The “Crew” cut involves cutting hair short all around the head, but with this particular cut, the electric shaver is not used without a guard. Instead, an appropriate guard will be added to the blades of the electric shaver to ensure that some hair will still remain intact after the cut has been done. In many cases, the top side of the head will be styled upward, while the sides and the back area of the head’s hair will rather be styled backward and downward.
5. The “Regulation” Cut
The “Regulation” cut has become a relatively popular trend among men who wear a shortish beard, but this does not mean a man needs a beard to wear this particular cut. This cut is a much longer cut than some of the other military cuts that men can choose from, which is definitely an advantage for some men. The length of a man’s hair with the “Regulation” cut would be similar to the length that they would achieve when they opt for the “Crew” cut, instead of another option like the induction cut, for example.
The “Regulation” cut usually also involves using clippers for the sides and the back of the head. This is to create a short style, but without the need for a clean shave. Instead, some hair will be left intact after the shave was done – an appropriate guard needs to be added to the Clippers in order to prevent a clean shave with this particular cut. The top of the head would then feature much longer hair than some of the other options that we look at on this list. At the same time, it is important to consider the idea behind a military cut – which is to avoid hair getting into a man’s eyes or bothering them. Thus, the hair on top of the man’s head should still be kept short enough to avoid interferences.
6. The “Burr” Cut
The “Burr” cut is another very common option that men tend to opt for when they are looking for an army haircut. This one is appropriate for those men who do not want to shave their head clean but may be unpleasant for men who still like to style their hair – following the cut, there will likely be too little hair left to style with products like gels and hairsprays.
The “Burr” cut involves the use of a clipper that has a guard attached. The specific guard that will be attached really depends from one person to another. Some would prefer a shorter style, while others may rather prefer to keep their hair a little bit longer. The idea here is to create an even distribution of length throughout the man’s head. Thus, the sides, back, and the top of the head will be shaved with the same guard – often the guard will be within the lower numbers.
7. The “Fade” Cut
Next up is the “Fade” cut. This is considered a very professional and good-looking cut and it is suitable for different types of facial structures. This is also a great style for men who do want a military cut but without shaving off too much hair. The sides of the head are cut to the shortest length possible, but the majority of men will not prefer a completely clean cut. In most cases, a number one or number two guard will be used. This will help to keep the sides short, but without cutting off too much hair. The same will be done on the back of the man’s head – with a similar guard to help keep the hair as short as possible.
The top of the head is kept longer with the “Fade” cut. At the same time, the hair should not be kept too long. In most cases, the maximum length of hair on top of a man’s head recommended for the “Fade” cut would be about two inches. Some men prefer to go down a little, but those who do not want to cut too short can remain at two inches.
Men who are looking to adopt a new haircut that can help to keep their hair out of their face and eyes, while also ensuring they can look good, should consider a military haircut. There are many varieties of this popular haircut today, with some offering longer sections of hair on the top of the head, or perhaps sometimes the sides. Ultimately, it is important for a man to consider factors such as their hair type, as well as their facial structure, to ensure they choose the right type of army haircut for themselves.