Cheerful black female model with trendy buzz cut hairstyle.

Buzz Cut for Women: The Trendiest Ways to Pull Off This Hairstyle

These women buzz cuts get straight to the point.

Sometimes you just need a fresh start with your hair, like really fresh. And what’s more daring and bold than a women’s buzz cut? This hairstyle is edgy and timeless, works on all hair textures and it’s also great if you have a receding hairline, or need to fix a bad haircut.

What’s more, a buzz cut can give you the inspiration to experiment with bolder makeup and fashion, new hair colors and more. If you aren’t sold yet, keep scrolling to see how to get a buzz cut at home and the trendiest ways to wear it.

How To Get a Buzz Cut At Home

If you’re feeling daring, why not try doing a buzz cut yourself? This may seem like a fairly easy style to do yourself, however, there are a few things to keep in mind when getting this ultra cropped look.

woman with buzz cut using clipper
Photo Credit: Eugene Partyzan/Shutterstock.

1. Ask a Friend to Help

We don’t blame you for wanting to do your buzz cut on your own, but trust us, having a friend help you out will ensure your cut is even all the way around.

2. Start With Clean and Dry Hair

When getting your hair cut, it’s very common that your hairstylist will cut your new ‘do on wet hair. When doing a buzz cut, you’ll want to make sure your hair is freshly washed and dry. Excess products, oil, and wetness can cause your clippers to not work as well.

3. Start With Big Clippers at the Back

When starting off, begin with a big clipper attachment. This will make it a lot easier to remove most of the hair in bulk. You’ll also want to start at the nape of your neck moving upwards towards your ear until you reach the center at the back of your head. Moving upwards will allow you to go against the grain. This may sound like the opposite of what you want to do, but working against the grain will allow your clippers to perform their best, giving you the most precise cut.

4. Move from the Front to Back on the Top of Your Head

Once you’ve completed the back section of your head, it’s time to tackle the top of your head. Start by moving your clippers backwards, starting at the front section near your hairline, and moving down to meet where you left off at the center of your head. Repeat this until your head is completely shaved.

5. Touch-Up Length and Shape

Alright, so you have very short hair now, it’s time to touch up the look! With most of your length off, you can easily see where to touch up the hairline and further adjust the length. Feel free to change your clipper size to help create more precise lines and cuts.

Who Shouldn’t Get a Women’s Buzz Cut?

Ok, you’re ready for the big chop, but a question floats in the air: Will a buzz cut suit me? The truth is that we rarely know what shape our head is and how much our hair contributes to defining our features. What’s more, we might not know about bumps and scars on our scalp until it’s fully exposed.

As this type of haircut removes any shape to your face, if you have hard features they’ll become even stronger. That’s why softer facial features are best, as the buzz cut will give them more definition. Another thing to consider is your personal style. If you’re very feminine, it might be hard to pull off this look, so maybe trying a pixie or a crew cut might be a better intermediary step.

Women’s Buzz Cuts: 14 Looks to Try

1. Shave it Super Short

How to rock the Buzz Cut
With buzz cut women’s hair, your head shape suddenly goes front and center. Photo credit:

#ShortHairDontCare! Embrace the buzz cut in all its glory by asking your stylist to trim your ‘do with anything between a #1 and #2 clipper guard. These blades will allow you to achieve a short, super-soft chop that you won’t be able to keep your hands off of.

2. Keep it Longer

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Leaving your top lengths a bit longer can give more texture. Photo credit:

If you’re looking to maintain a teensy bit of hair, ask your stylist for a longer version of the female buzz cut, where hair is around 2″ long. This cut is typically seen on athletes and in the military—kind of like a high and tight. Make sure to use a texturizing product like TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel to add some texture and dimension to your cut.

3. Add a Design

female model with buzz cut with design in urban shoot
Photo Credit: Edi Libedinsky/Shutterstock.

Add some fine detailing to make your look stand out from other women’s buzz cuts. Adding clipper or shaved designs to the mix will allow you to inject more flair and individuality. Whether you like floral or geometric buzz cut designs, look up a stylist who is known for this type of work, and be sure to bring a picture for inspiration.

4. Add Some Color

platinum buzz cuts for women
Shorter hair requires more upkeep, as regrowth is more obvious as you go. Photo credit:

These days, whether you want a candy floss hue, something a bit more classic, or an entirely new gradation that isn’t yet trending, there’s most likely a stylist who can bring your dreams to life.

Since your hair will be super short, your color might fade or grow out quicker than you’re used to. Be sure to use a color-protecting combo, like Nexxus Color Assure Rebalancing Shampoo and Nexxus Color Assure Long Lasting Vibrancy Cleansing Conditioner, to help keep your hue on lock.

5. Opt for an Undercut

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Ease into a buzz cut with an undercut.

If you’re not quite ready to part with your mane once and for all, ask your stylist for an undercut. Undercuts are known for shaving only part of your head and allowing the rest of your hair to flow freely. These cuts can range from mini buzzes starting at the nape, or go a bit more extreme, with the back and sides shaved with longer lengths remaining on top. It’s the perfect compromise for flowing locks and a make for edgier female buzz cuts.

6. Experiment With a Side Shave

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Side shaves are another great option.

Another option to try a female buzz haircut without committing to a full shave is an edgy side shave. This style gives you control over just how much of the side you want to take off. You can go all out and leave one side completely shaved, or carve out a smaller section and use a gradient to keep the top longer.

7. Go for the Peach Fuzz Length

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Tempted to try something bold? Get a buzz. Photo credit:

The peach fuzz length is the few weeks stage after a fresh buzz. We love this length because it starts to show your natural texture, but still maintains that buzz cut look that’s edgy and effortless.

With hair this short, you’re able to better focus on scalp care, which is crucial to any healthy style. We love using a scrub like Nexxus Clean & Pure Invigorating Detox Scalp Scrub. This product helps remove build-up and deeply cleanse your scalp without being too harsh.

8. Shave (Almost) All of It

black female model with stylish buzz cut on red background
Go sleek and smooth. Photo Credit: Jacob Lund/Shutterstock.

Leave yourself a shadow of your natural color and texture and shave almost all of your hair off for a super sleek look.

9. Try a Trendy Shade of Red

model with trendy ginger buzz cut
Play with color too! Photo Credit:

Who says you can’t also play with color? Pair your fresh buzz cut with a trendy shade of red hair color.

10. Bleach It, Baby

runway model wearing a bleached buzz cut
Go lighter than you’ve ever been.

Take your hair up to a bleach-blonde shade for a major confidence boost and a walk on the wild side.

11. Go Leopard

young woman with eccentric leopard-inspired buzz cut
Photo Credit: SeventyFour/Shutterstock.

When it comes to experimenting with your buzz-cut designs, you set the limit! We love this leopard-print-inspired buzz cut, that is bold, trendy and colorful.

12. Clipper Cut

model with platinum clipper short haircut
Photo Credit: Eugenia Porechenskaya/Shutterstock.

If you’re not quite ready for a shaved head but want to try what it (almost) feels like, a clipper cut is a great option! Try it in a geometric fashion like in the picture or a more faux-messy look for a stylish and fresh short haircut.

13. Foxy Crew Cut

close up of female model with a pink crew cut and shaved hair on the sides
Photo Credit: Angela Hawkey/Shutterstock.

This edgy crew cut is another option if you don’t want to go all in with a shaved head. Style the longer strands on top with a gel like SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Defining Styling Gel, that gives you long-lasting hold and shine without weighing your hair down.

14. Natural Hair Curly Buzz

black model with curly female buzz cut on yellow background
Photo Credit: Carlos David/Shutterstock.

If you’ve been wearing your natural hair in braids and other protective hairstyles, trying a curly buzz cut might be a great way to start anew and regrow your strands. You can also add a touch of color like in the picture to spice up the look.

Are you thinking about trying out one of these styles? Be sure to grab a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!

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