15 Ways to Wear Military Haircuts and How to D.I.Y. This Style

A sexy, closely shaven look that also keeps you looking regulation-ready.

Military haircuts are a classic combo of the popular fade style and buzz cut that are crisp and easy options to maintain for when all you want is to top off your look with your coziest beanie.

The military haircuts style features a cropped top and almost completely cleanly shaven bottom. The only downfall is this cut requires frequent upkeep, so learning to do it on your own will be both a money- and time-saver. But on the other hand, minimal product is needed, which can be a major bonus if you are no-fuss kind of dude. To master this look for yourself, check out our easy guide so that you can easily learn how to get the classic military haircut. Get inspired by these 15 looks:

1. Classic Curly Fade

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Leave your curls a little long on top.

Don’t lose your curls to your military haircut. Leave the top with just enough length to let your curls do their thing and show them off with your new edgy haircut.

2. Hard Part

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Work a hard part into your style.

Incorporate a hard part in your military haircut to give your style even more of an edge. The hard part is exactly what it sounds like: a slightly exaggerated part that adds a touch of drama and boldness to your overall look.

3. Closely Shaven

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Wear your style closely shaven.

Ask your barber to give you a closely shaven, short, and cropped style to achieve a classic military haircut.

4. Cleanly Shaven

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Keep it short and cropped.

The name of the game with this haircut is to keep it as neat and clean as possible. Therefore, the closer the shave, the neater the style.

5. Balanced with a Beard

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Balance the look with a beard.

If the closely shaved look is a little bit too dramatic for you, you can always balance out the haircut with a beard.

6. Heavy on Top

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Leave the top heavy.

Leave your hair a little heavier on top for the ultimate perfect balance.

7. Grown Out

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Transition into a classic fade

Once you’re ready to transition out of this style, don’t worry about growing your hair out. Let the top grow and keep the bottom short and opt for a classic fade. Run Bed Head for Men by TIGI Pure Texture Molding Paste through the top to keep your strands in check.

8. Dark and Handsome

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Show off your color.

Show off your dark bold hair color with an attention-grabbing style.

9. Fade + Beard

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Pair a classic fade with an on-trend beard.

Nail two trends at the same time by pairing your military cut with an on-trend beard.

10. Keep it Close

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Keep it closely shaved with a classic military cut.

The key to a classic military cut is keeping the style closely cropped, in other words, keep it clean.

11. It’s a Classic

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Yet another way to wear the classic military style.

Proof that this haircut works on all hair types and textures and yet another reason to get in on the military haircuts trend.

12. The Perfect Storm

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Create a cohesive look with the right haircut-facial hair combination.

Pair your military cut with a light mustache for a cohesive combination of on-trend styles.

13. Cleanly Cut

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Making a case for this clean-cut look.

This style is ideal for whatever you have on your agenda day-to-day. Most importantly it’s both clean-cut and on-trend and works for virtually every occasion.

14. Grown-In Beard

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Let your beard grow in.

Balance out a clean and edgy haircut with a grown-in beard. You can’t go wrong with this hipster favorite.

15. Barely There

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Simple and statement-making at the same time.

The lightest military cut of them all, but this barely-there style is both sexy and sophisticated.

Step 1:

Freshly washed hair is ready-to-be-cut hair. Therefore, AXE Total Fresh 3-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Shower Gel makes this step quick and easy. Start with a professional set of clippers that includes a few different guard sizes.

Step 2:

Spray your hair with water to dampen it.

Step 3:

The lower the guard size, the shorter the cut. For the perfect gradation, start by cutting your hair all over with a larger size guard. For instance, we would suggest starting with a three.

Step 4:

Moving a third of the way down your head, repeat step three but with a lower guard size and shave all the way to the bottom of your hair.

Step 5:

Time for the fade line. You can position the fade line anywhere from right above your ears to two-three inches above that. Starting with the sideburns and moving towards the back of your head move the clippers sideways across the fade line. Angle the clippers so that only the bottom third of the clippers is touching your head.

Step 6:

Depending on how drastic you want your fade to be, you may want to switch to a number one blade for the second fade line that generally hits right above your ear (or a bit below that if that’s where your original line was). Start at the bottom and shave upwards without going all the way to the top.

Step 7:

Grab a comb and angle it against the top part of the fade, but only cut the hair that stands above the teeth for a smooth midsection of the fade. Repeat this step all around your head.

Step 8:

Using your fingers or the same comb, trim the top of your hair for an even cut. Lock your new style into place with AXE Messy Look: Matte Gel.

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