Men's Hairstyles, Part 2 - Short Styles

Guys have more choice in short hairstyles than girls do. If you want to embrace that then read on. These styles are also easy to maintain.

...Aw man, do I really have to make sub-categories? If I get any of this wrong then please correct me, as these styles are very similar.

11. Buzz Cut

These are really short hairstyles. A variety of styles fall under this category (although this involves some semantics).

Men's Hairstyles, Part 2 - Short Styles

A. Butch Cut

A butch cut is a type of haircut in which the hair is cut short, generally between 1/4 and 3⁄4 inch (using guards 0-5 on the hair clippers). Depending on the length, it may also be referred to as either an induction cut or a burr cut.

I) Induction Cut

This is the shortest style possible without using razor blades and shaving your head bald. To give an induction cut, you would not use any guards on the hair clippers, and that’s why it is sometimes referred to as ‘number 0’ or ‘zero cut.’

II) Burr Cut

This is the same style as an induction cut but uses a guard number 1 (sometimes 2).

III) Brush Cut

With this style the hair is cut short on the sides and back, the hair is left a bit longer on top, and the hair on top is combed backwards to resemble the bristles of a brush.

B. Crew Cut

This is a cross between the butch and pompadour styles. It is graduated in length from the longest hair at the front hairline to the shortest at the back of the crown such that in a side profile the outline of the top hair approaches the horizontal.

C. Flattop

The hair on the top of the head is usually standing upright and cut to form a flat-appearing deck which may be level or it may be upward or downward sloping.

You may recognize this style from Hank Hill:

D. Ivy League

Also known as a Harvard Clip or Princeton, this is a type of crew cut in which the hair is longer on top and may have a side part.

E. Fade

The hair is clipped in such a way that it appears to “fade” or “disappear” into the skin, thus giving the cut its name. This style seems to be more popular lately.

F. High and Tight

A variant of the fade style, this one usually features short hair on the sides and back, with a strip of hair on top.

I would have also included the Caesar Cut if I hadn't already included it in Part 1. Next up I plan to tackle eccentric men's hairstyles in Part 3.



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  • Usually have the "induction cut" as you call it in the summer, crewcut or high and tight the rest of the year. Had long hair when I was younger, never again.


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What Girls Said 5

  • Buzz cuts, crew cuts, and lvy league are hot. Longer hair a little past the ear, but not past the shoulder is very hot too.

    I like guys that look neat and presentable.

  • I especially like the buzzcut and the ivy league <3

  • I loveee buzzcuts.

  • All are hot except flat top and brush cut.

  • I so don't like buzz cut on men. I prefer slightly longer hair. And thicker too. However I liked ivy league and fade.


What Guys Said 4

  • Dude I've had a buzzcut for years. Lots of chicks dig it

  • i bet neither of those guys with "ivy league" went to an ivy league :-D

  • I like buzzcut, ivyleague, induction cut and fade

  • I also have none of these hairstyles. Huh. Is there going to be a part three for long styles?

    • I don't know if I'll dedicate one for long styles as it may be difficult to find the names of the styles. Part 3 will have eccentric hairstyles, some of which are long.
      I don't want to repeat any hairstyles, but I'll see what I can put together.

    • Okay, cool. :)