If you asked me to describe the buzz cut in a few words, I’d say:

“It’s simple, functional, and stylish.”


When it comes to low maintenance hairstyles, the buzz cut sits at the top of the list.


In this post, I will discuss everything you need to know about the buzz cut as well as some of its most popular variations.

So, what are you waiting for?

Let’s dive in…

What is a Buzz Cut?

First things first:

You have to know what a buzzcut is, so, let me whip out my history books.


The buzz cut traces its origins back to the Second World War.

Funny enough, back then it was mainly a technique to get lice infestations under control. Lol!


Nowadays, it is not only ideal for hygienic reasons but to makes life a tad bit easier for those who love low-maintenance haircuts.

Anyway, that’s not a proper definition, is it?

If not, here’s the deal:

The term “buzz cut” refers to hairstyles that are often cut too short (but not bald) and uniformly all around.

The name, itself, comes from the buzzing sound we get from hair clippers.

Yes, you read that right!

Horses neigh… Cats meow… Cows moo… And hair clippers buzz like bees.


You might be wondering:

“Does this mean that a crew cut is a buzz cut?”

Well, technically no, but more on that in a bit.


The basic idea behind the buzz cut (the classic version) is this: you have the same length (usually short) of hair all around your head, i.e. sides, back, and top.

My Top Eight Best Buzz Cut Haircut Styles

#1 The Buzz Cut Fade

Buzz Cut Fade
Source: @_buzzhawk


For a clean-cut and modern take on the classic haircut, the buzz cut fade will work perfectly.

This hairstyle features faded or tapered sides and back with relatively short hair on top.

How to get a buzz cut fade?

For starters, you’ll need to determine where the tapering or fading will begin.

It can start high, low, or in the middle.


If you choose a high fade, your cut will effectively become a high and tight buzz cut.


Adding a fade to your buzz cut can improve your look and give you some dimension.

#2 The Burr Buzz Cut

the burr buzz cut
Source: @haircut.lover

With the burr buzz cut, you get a very simple yet stylish look that is also very practical.

To get this haircut:


The burr buzz cut is extremely low-maintenance; meaning you can spend all day without worrying about your hair.

#3 The Butch Buzz Cut

The Butch Buzz Cut
Source: @_buzzhawk

While it may not be as short as the traditional buzz cut, the butch cut can be every bit as functional.


It’s a haircut for any occasion and looks great on just about anyone.

To get this hairstyle:

  • You’ll want to use a #2 or #3 guide comb.
  • Also, make sure you get a clean and even cut all around your head.


You can also add a fade if you want.

#4 Induction Buzz Cut

Induction Buzz Cut
Source: @maiscabello

The induction cut is, by far, the shortest buzz cut you can ever get without shaving your head bald.


As you probably know, this cut is usually common with our highly-appreciated military men (and women).

How to get it?

Simply use your clipper without a guard comb and make sure you get a clean and even cut all around.


You have the option of going with a skin fade on the sides.

#5 The High and Tight Buzz Cut

The High and Tight Buzz Cut
Source: @_buzzhawk

A high and tight buzz cut always looks neat, stylish, and is also very easy to maintain.


Some often confuse it with a crew cut – mainly due to how similar the two look – but it’s not

To get this hairstyle:

  • Have the sides and back shaved short and notably high or close to the top of your head.

Essentially, this is a very high fade on the sides and back.

#6 Ivy League Buzz Cut

Ivy League Buzz Cut
Source: @creatively_cut_and_color

This hairstyle is a combination of the Ivy League haircut with a nice buzz cut on the sides.

Basically, the length of this hairstyle can be up to 1 inch long on the sides with an Ivy League style on top.


The thing that makes this hairstyle a buzz cut is the fact that it features evenly-sized and short hairs on the sides and back.

Despite not being popular, this Ivy League variation is a sure way of keeping up with recent trends.

#7 Buzz Cut Skin Fade

Buzz Cut Skin Fade
Source: _dylanthebarber

If you are looking for something more stylish and contrasting, the buzzcut skin fade might just be it.

Much like its other variations, the skin fade is not only neat, low-maintenance, versatile, and in-style but also very easy to achieve.


This hairstyle works great due to the sharp contrast provided by the fade between the top and the sides/back.

Moving on…

#8 Buzz Cut Skin Fade with Beard

Buzz Cut Skin Fade with Beard
Source: @barbergreg

Want to add more balance and taste to your buzz cut skin fade?

Then you should consider keeping/growing your beard.

Now, here’s the thing:

Because of the short hair on your head and a nice skin fade on your sides and back, a lot of focus will go to your beard; making it one of your biggest highlights


There is one problem with this hairstyle though. Which one?

Despite your beard complimenting your look and adding a little bit of style to it, your new hairstyle will lose its low-maintenance quality.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that beards need a lot of TLC (tender love and care).


If you can pull this off, you’ll be very proud of the way it all turns out.


Enough of the buzzcut hairstyles, here are a few awesome life skills you can use to ensure you get the right buzz cut.

How to Ask for a Buzz Cut Haircut

You might also be wondering:

“How should I ask for a buzz cut in a barbershop?”

Well, for starters, if you use the name buzz cut, almost every barber will know what you are talking about.

If they don’t, just tell them you want an even cut all around your head.


Remember to specify the necessary clipper sizes, the type of fades, and any outlining and finishing works.

And that’s that.

Basically, the key here is effective communication.

 Check the tutorial How to Give Yourself a Buzz Cut. 

Buzz Cut vs. Crew Cut

If you’ve always wondered if these two are different or the same, here’s what you need to know…

A buzz cut features short (#0 to #2) hair all around the head – too short to style – while the crew cut features relatively long hair.

Now, here’s where the confusion comes in.

When you combine a buzzcut with a fade, the end result will look more like a crew cut. That’s because both hairstyles (the crew cut and buzz cut fade) create some contrast with the top.

This can make the two hairstyles appear wildly similar.

To differentiate the two, remember that:

The buzz cut features short hair while the crew cut has longer hair – especially at the top – and is easy to style further.

Anyway, that’s that…

So, aside from the traditional buzzcut, are there any other variations or style combos to try?

Find out next…



I think this post covers just about everything you need to know about buzz cuts and the various styling options available.


This haircut has withstood the test of time making it a classic and one of the most popular hairstyles today.

Its low-maintenance nature makes it convenient for everyone – even the busiest people.


If what you are after is a stylish, functional, tried-and-tested hairstyle, then the buzz cut haircut is for you.

As always, I hope this post has been useful to you.


Please, let me know what you think of the buzz cut hairstyle – along with any questions you might have – in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Till next time… #StaySafe

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  • January 8, 2021

    As seen on Taron Egerton There are air quotes around “buzz” here, because the Ivy League cut is mostly done with scissors. However, the lower sides are short enough that your barber will need to buzz them, but the fading is rarely skin tight. It’s all kept low on the sides, with a high guard, because the scissor blending starts just around the temples. It’s also an ever-reliable cut, especially for guys whose hair grows a bit boxier around the upper sides—sometimes it’s hard for a high and tight to flatter that kind of growth, but the Ivy League does the trick.

    • March 18, 2021

      Hi, Jaidyn.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge about the Ivy League cut. Very insightful information. With the Ivy League Buzz Cut, I always believe that the client is the one to offer guidance as to how long/short their sides and back should be. And while a Skin Fade might be able to elegantly bring out a nice contrast, some prefer having slightly longer hair on their sides (usually, just enough to cover their scalp). Anyway, good stuff. Thank you so much for sharing. I appreciate it.



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