The military haircuts style features a cropped top and almost completely shaven sides and back. 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 looks:
The Military Haircut: 15 Clean, Crisp Looks to Inspire
1. Classic Curly Fade
Don’t lose your curls to your military haircut. Leave the top with just enough length to show off your texture.
2. Hard Part
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 to your overall look. This is achieved by your barber taking a razor and actually shaving a part into your style, so make sure you commit to parting your hair a certain way beforehand!
3. Peach Fuzz
Ask your barber to give you a closely shaven cropped “fuzzy” style for a softer take on a classic military cut.
4. Super Shaven
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
If the closely shaved look is a little bit too much, you can always balance out the haircut with a beard.
6. Slightly Thicker on Top
Leave your hair a little heavier on top for a faded/undercut feel.
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 Medium-Thick
Show off your dark bold hair color with slightly thicker hair growth all around.
9. Fade + Beard
Nail two trends at the same time by pairing your military cut with an on-trend beard.
10. Evenly Buzzed
The key to a classic military cut is keeping the style closely cropped. This look has an almost uniform buzz all around.
11. High Hairlines
Men with receding hairlines at the forehead and temples can opt to get ahead of the thinning by opting for a military cut.
12. 360 Waves
Pair your military cut with some enviable 360 waves!
13. Cleanly Cut
This style is ideal for whatever you have on your agenda day to day.
14. Grown-In Beard
Balance out a clean and edgy haircut with a grown-in beard. You can’t go wrong with this hipster favorite.
15. Barely There
The closest-cropped military cut of them all, this look gets added edge from its sharp temple fade.
How to Get the Military Haircut
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.
Spray your hair with water to dampen it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.