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5 Crisp and Neat High and Tight Haircuts for Men

Get the tips to master the styling for the high and tight from this hair tutorial.

Popular for it’s crisp, clean aesthetic, the high and tight haircut now finds itself way beyond its military origins via various faded versions on the runways and the streets. We consider the high and tight haircut one of the most distinguished and stylish men’s hairstyles out there—and not just ’cause it’s as low-maintenance as it comes, and boasts of remarkable ease of wear—the high and tight is also a classic look with a supremely confident air.

As the name suggests, it’s an extremely short, neat haircut that’s found a purpose other than just keeping hair clipped to regulation length (and therefore free from obstructing your vision on the battlefield). It spiffs up its wearer in a snap; but it’s also actually a pretty democratic haircut, and has yet to find a hair type—from straight to wavy to super curly—that it can’t work with. Not bad for the little ex-military haircut that could, no? Scroll on:

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Step 1

Take some cream.

The high and tight haircut looks a bit more defined with a bit of product. Take a small finger-scoop of cream, like AXE Natural Look: Understated Cream, to infuse some texture into your hair.

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Step 2

Rub between palms.

Mix the product in between your palms to warm it up and make for a smoother spread.

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Step 3

Work it in.

Scrunch the cream into your high and tight haircut so your hair fully absorbs the product. Don’t forget your sides and back, even though the fade is shortest on these areas!

scrunch into your high and tight haircut
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Step 4

Rub your hair with a sponge.

Using a hair sponge (you can purchase this at any beauty supply store or drugstore), rub all over your head to ensure an even distribution of product. Go in small circular motions for best results, or follow an existing parting if you have one.

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Step 5

All set!

You’re done and out the door.

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If you have straight hair that’s faded into a high and tight, try giving hair more definition with a fine-toothed or rat-tail comb instead of a sponge. Better yet, use your fingers to point-style: Simply rake the cream through your head, and mold at will.

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Are you looking for more ways to wear the high and tight haircut? We’ve got you covered with a few trendy ways to wear this style:

Here are 5 ways to wear the high and tight haircut for men:

1. Salt and Pepper

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Wear your high and tight haircut with confidence at any age.

The high and tight haircut is that age-defying style that allows you to achieve a clean-cut and trendy style at any age. Pair it with a full beard and some length up on top to balance out the shaved sides of this style. Use hair gel to streamline the style and keep your hair looking neat and tidy.

2. Closely Cropped

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This summer-ready style is one of our favorite takes on the high and tight cut.

Ideal for summer and staying cool in the heat, this closely cropped version of this trend will take you through August and beyond. Pair it with a closely cropped beard for an overall clean-cut style. The best part about this style is that it requires zero styling!

3. Hipster Vibes

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This trend is here to stay.

You’ll be spotting this style on everyone from corporate types to hipster startup CEOs. Talk about a universal style! The full beard takes this hipster style up a notch and offers a trendy yet classic style.

4. Classic High and Tight Haircut

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It’s a classic for a reason.

This clean-cut style is one of those classic styles we love for guys of all ages and all hair types. Use just a touch of hair gel to streamline the top of the style and to ensure that the length stays as clean-cut as the rest of the style.

5. Wear It Curly

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Show off your curls.

If you think you can’t pull this style off with curly hair, think again. We love this high contrast look and how it allows you to show off your curls with confidence. The shaved sides keep this style from overwhelming your face while still allowing your natural texture to shine through.

Thinking about trying out one of these styles? Be sure to share the results with us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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