Bold Buzzcuts: 7 Ways to Take Your Shave to the Next Level

We've got the buzz on the best, bold buzzcuts you need to try

When it comes to creating a statement hairstyle there is no better way to amp up a look than bringing out the buzzer and going to work. Bold buzzcuts come in all shapes and sizes and are celebrated for their attention to detail and versatility. For some people the choice to incorporate a shave into their style was easy as they progressed from long locks, to a shorter ‘do, and finally took the plunge to add in that rebellious shave. We understand that buzzcuts can be intimidating and a full commitment to the short haired life, but there are plenty of variations that allow you to maintain a longer length as the focal point of the style, too. If you seek out a highly skilled barber and give them creative control, you will leave with a fresh cut and an awesome design. Here are some inspo styles we have curated so you can show your hairstylist what vibe you’re going for with you bold buzzcut.

Bold buzzcuts gradual shave
Give your shave a gradual fade to add texture.

1. Gradual Shave

The gradual shave is a great way to add texture to your side shave and make the transition from your longer hair to your shortest buzz. This style looks extra intense when you add a ton of volume to your hair to contrast the transition to the clean shave. Pack on TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Boost Hold Level 3 to ensure that your hair doesn’t lose volume or make its way over to the other side of your head, covering your side shave.

Bold buzzcuts undercut design
Go bold with a design but stay subtle with the placement.

2. Undercut with a Design

This is the more subtle of the bold buzzcuts, as it provides the opportunity to conceal the shaved pattern with your hair. adding a cool design to your undercut makes the reveal that much more exciting and will give you more excuses to try new updos to expose your hidden pattern.

Bold buzzcuts ponytail
Buzz off everything but the top, finish it with a fun updo.

3. Buzzed with a Bold Updo

Add a twist to the standard “man bun” buzzcut by giving your updo some style and texture. Try adding braids and gathering them into a baby ponytail, it will draw attention to your face and make the clean cut of your shave more apparent. If you don’t want to commit to many braids, try French braiding the top of your head instead.

Bold buzzcuts coiffed
Top it off with a high-shine Coif

4. Topped With Coif

This style is probably one of the boldest and is guaranteed to turn heads as you walk down the street. Creating a coiffed style to go with your side-buzzcut gives you the best of both worlds, a matte-looking shave and a high-shine, product-heavy coiffed style. In order to keep your coiffed ‘do in place all day and looking shiny AF, apply a generous amount of Bed Head for Men by TIGI Power Play Gel as you twist and secure your hair.

Bold buzzcuts grown out
Make it look worn in.

5. Slightly “Grown Out”

If the close shave is a little too intense for you, don’t do a complete buzz. Leaving your shave a little longer will give it a slightly “grown out” and worn in look, adding some character to the style. This length of shave also allows you to buzz a larger patch of your head as it doesn’t leave the shaved area looking as bare.

Bold buzzcuts pop of color
Throw in a pop of color.

6. Pop of Color

Add to any buzzcut style with a pop of color. Using a bright color will add some playfulness to counteract the intensity that bold buzzcuts can bring. In order to maintain that bright color payoff, wash your hair with the Suave Professionals Color Protection Shampoo and Conditioner. Both of these products will ensure your vibrant colors stay put in your hair for as long as possible.

Bold buzzcuts dreads
Dreads look extra bold with a fresh undercut.

7. Dreads on Top

This hairstyle isn’t quick to achieve, but it looks awesome. If you’ve got dreads then you may want to consider getting a buzzcut and only keeping the top layer of your locks. This style takes the updo look to the next level and is very easy to maintain.