Whether you’re all about the #NoMakeupChallenge or practice a #NoFilter policy, our culture is slowly but surely making strides in the right direction of no longer allowing one’s value to be predetermined by your bone structure, your curves, or in the length of your hair, as seen in the growing popularity of buzz cuts for women.
We live in a world where a woman’s hair can play a huge factor in her perceived femininity. Luckily for us, more recently we also live in a world where the constructions of sexism and what it means to be attractive are being combated left and right, which buzz cuts are helping to do too.
Keep scrolling to learn how you can achieve a buzz cut yourself, what products to use, and get style inspo!
Tips for Achieving Your Own Buzz Cut
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.
1. Ask a Friend to Help
We don’t blame you for wanting to do your buzz cut all 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 backward, starting at the front section near your hairline, 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 a majority of your length off, you can easily see where you need 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.
Women’s Buzz Cuts: 10 Looks to Try
1. Shave it super short.
#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.
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.
To let your look stand out from other women’s buzz cuts, add some fine detailing. Adding clipper or shaved designs to the mix will allow you to inject more flair and individuality. Whether you want a floral or geometric design, simply look up a stylist who is known for this type of work, and be sure to bring a picture for them for inspiration.
4. Add some color.
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 peach-fuzz 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 Restoring Conditioner, to help keep your hue on lock.
5. Opt for 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.
Another option to achieve the women buzz cut look without committing to a full shave is an edgy side shave. This style gives you control on 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.
Very similar to your standard very short cut, 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 Love Beauty and Planet Delightful Detox Charcoal & Bergamot Shampoo Scrub. This product helps remove build-up and deeply cleanse your scalp without being too harsh.
8. Shave (almost) all of it.
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.
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.
Take your hair up to a bleach blonde shade for a major confidence boost and a walk on the wild side.
Are you thinking about trying out one of these styles? Be sure to grab a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!