Spotlight on the Buzzcut Haircut for Men

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The Buzzcut Haircut

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The buzzcut is one of the easiest haircuts for men. For the brave, it is even a fairly simple haircut to do at home. While the buzzcut works well for most men, I would recommend those with a round face shape to avoid the buzz as it conforms to the round shape of the head. A round face combined with a round haircut is a recipe for disaster.

A buzzcut can be almost any length from a near clipper shave to one inch or so all over. For buzzcuts, the hair is clippered all over the head—when properly done, there should be a bit of a taper on the sides and back (and I always recommend a neatly tapered nape). Most people tend to lump all forms of short all-over clipper cuts into the category buzzcut, but there are some distinct differences in each type of haircut. Let's look at each.

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The Burr Haircut

Burr Haircut

This is the shortest variation of the buzzcut and is probably the easiest to perform at home. This is basically a one-length clipper head shave in which the hair is cut uniformly close all over the head using no guard (or a number one guard) on the clipper. As with most buzzcut variations, I think this always looks great tapered down to nothing at the nape of the neck. As you can see in this photo, pairing the burr with a smart shirt and tie enables the wearer to maintain a professional look. To keep this style (or lack thereof), I recommend buzzing the head about once per week. This haircut is also a great option for men who are losing their hair as the aggressively short length will help hide the balding areas. If you spend a great deal of time outside, sunscreen (or a hat) is a must with this style.

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The Butch Haircut

Butch Haircut

Like the burr, the butch haircut is basically a one-length all over clipper style. For this haircut, the hair is buzzed to a uniform length all over (using a number two clipper blade). Again, this is a fairly easy haircut to do at home, but make sure the hair is tapered neatly in back (to prevent it from looking like a home job and allowing it to grow out more neatly). To maintain the look, simply re-buzz the head about once every week to ten days. I like this cut on athletes, construction workers, or any very active lifestyle or profession (especially those who work outdoors). The cut requires no styling and, unlike the burr, its little bit of length allows some cover from the sun (although you should still protect the scalp from the sun by using little sunscreen).

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The Crewcut Haircut

Crewcut Haircut

One of my favorite haircuts, the crewcut (the ivy league's shorter cousin) is clipper cut short all over the head, with a distinct taper on the sides and back. On top, the crown is cut shorter than the bangs with a smooth transition from short to slightly longer between the two areas. This cut can be worn dry, as shown, or styled with a bit of gel or pomade so the front stands up a bit. Because of the varying lengths, this is not a haircut I would recommend attempting at home. Maintain the style with a trip to the barber about once every two weeks.

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The Brush Cut Haircut

Brush Cut Haircut

The brush cut (which resembles a rounded flattop) is essentially a crewcut with a slightly flat shape on top. For the brush cut, the hair is styled straight up on top so the hair resembles the bristles of a brush. This is a better buzzcut option for guys with rounder faces as the slightly square shape provides a balance against a round face.