Buzz Cut: How to Get One and Different Styles to Try

Less is more when it comes to this popular look.

A buzz cut is a short hairstyle in which the hair is typically shaved with clippers. There are different types of buzz cuts, including burr cuts, brush cuts, and induction cut styles.

Not only do buzz cut hairstyles look effortlessly cool; they’re also easy to maintain. And by easy, we literally mean zero effort required. Better still, the buzz cut style suits a whole variety of face shapes and looks especially great on guys with a strong jawline. And guess what? Whatever your hair texture – whether afro, wavy, or straight – you’ll be able to rock a buzz cut with ease.

This low-maintenance style requires next to no styling, so we can totally see the appeal. But if you need a little more convincing before reaching for the clippers, just keep scrolling.

Step 1: Shave hair.
Start by shaving your hair from the front to the back. An extra hand can help ensure that your back is even during this step.

Step 2: Shave both sides.
After shaving from front to back, it’s time to work on the sides. Glide your clippers from side to side to ensure you’ll get a clean and even cut.

Step 3: Follow your head shape.
Go back in with your clippers and follow the shape of your head. This step is important as you want your buzz cut to be even all around.

Step 4: Apply some hair cream to the scalp to smoothen your hair.

And you’re good to go!

You’d think that choosing a buzz cut would be pretty straightforward. After, all you’re just shaving your head, right? However, your face shape, hair thickness, and hairline are all things that should be taken into consideration when choosing how short you’d like to go. To help give you some inspiration, we’ve put together some of our favorite buzz cut styles below.

1. Classic Buzz Cut

Asian man with a buzz cut haircut smiling
New to the buzz cut department? Start with a classic cut. Credit: Shutterstock

Self-conscious about thinning hair or a receding hairline? You might not know this, but a buzz cut is actually the perfect way to draw attention away from this.

Editor’s tip: Keep your short hair clean and fresh by washing it with Dove Men + Care Refreshing Clean Shampoo. It deeply cleanses your scalp while leaving it cool and fresh. It’s great for everyday use. 

2. Induction Cut

Caucasian man with an induction buzz cut wearing a blue sweater
Sport the military cut by getting an induction buzz cut. Credit: Shutterstock

This haircut is named as such because when men enter the military, they need to shave their heads this way; hence, the name “induction.” This low-maintenance haircut also has a gentlemanly appeal, and you can wear it whether you’re a man in uniform or not.

Editor’s tip: Don’t let flakes show up on your scalp and ruin your look. Use CLEAR Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men regularly. It has Bio-Nutrium 10 that activates your scalp’s natural protective layer to help you fight and prevent dandruff. It also leaves your scalp cool and fresh.

3. Burr Buzz Cut

Puerto Rican man with short hair and beard wearing a black shirt
This cut has more hair than a classic buzz cut, but is still short and low-maintenance. Credit: Shutterstock

A buzz cut dries naturally in no time at all and is short enough that you can pass on the styling products.

4. Brush Cut

Asian man with a brush buzz cut wearing a checkered polo
Get this haircut if you don’t want to go too short. Credit: Shutterstock

While buzz cuts are often worn as the shortest hair length, that’s not always the case. you can still pull off this style with a #1, #2, or even #3 clipper attachment length if you don’t want a super close shave.

5. Buzz Cut With a Beard

Asian man with a buzz cut and beard wearing a dark blue polo
Look neat and dapper with a beard and a buzz cut. Credit: Shutterstock

Rocking a beard? If you are, you’ll be pleased to hear that beards and buzz cuts make for the perfect partnership!

6. Extreme

Spanish man with beard smiling
You can also pair your extreme buzz cut with a beard . Credit: Shutterstock

Opt for a super short length and all of the attention will be kept on your facial features.

7. With Fade

Man with a buzz cut with fade haircut wearing a black shirt
Incorporate a fade into your buzz cut. Credit: Shutterstock

Incorporating a fade is a great way to hold on to a bit more length up top, with soft graduation at the sides.

8. Butch Haircut

Asian man with a short haircut smiling
If you want to keep it a bit thick on top, this cut is for you. Credit: Shutterstock

Prefer to keep a little length, but still rock a zero-styling haircut? Then this slightly longer version of a buzz cut is the way to go.

Ready to shave your head? Before you do, make sure you have everything you need to do your own haircut at home. And of course, pick one of these looks for your new ‘do!

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