Crew Cut Haircut

Classic Crew Cut
Modern Crew Cut
Textured Crew Cut
High Fade Crew Cut
Low Fade Crew Cut
Messy Crew Cut

Crew Cut Haircut

The Crew Cut is among the best, low-maintenance hairstyles today. It’s the same size as a Buzzcut, but with slightly longer hair on top (at the crown). The sides can either be shorter than the top or Faded.


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Ideal Face Shapes: Square, Diamond, Oval, Heart, Round

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Ideal Hair Types: All

Styling Tips:

  • Trim down your hair at least once a week or thrice a month to maintain your Crew Cut.
  • If you are aiming for an aggressive, military look, get a Crew Cut with a High Fade.
  • For men with longer hair at the top, you can use pomade or styling gel to add some texture.

Are you looking for a cool and charming Crew Cut haircut?

If your answer is a “Yes,” you’re in the right place.


The Crew Cut is one of the most popular hairstyles you’ll find today; all thanks to its classy, stylish, and very practical look.


In this post, I’ll walk you through everything there is to know about this hairstyle including:

  • What a Crew Cut is
  • The best types available with pictures
  • How to ask a barber for a Crew Cut
  • As well as a few useful styling and maintenance tips

Awesome, right?

Let’s begin, shall we?

The hair on top is styled in an almost upright position and graduates in length with longer hair at the front and shorter hair at the back/crown.

This means that in the profile view, you will get an almost horizontal outline.


Let’s take a look at some of the best Crew Cut variations available today.

15 of the Best Crew Cut Haircut Examples for Men to Try in 2024

1) Classic Crew Cut


If you asked me to describe this hairstyle, I’d say:

The Classic Crew Cut is versatile, clean, stylish, simple, low-maintenance, and can be styled in a variety of ways.


Well, for one, you can style it up, off to the side, or in the middle; whichever path you decide to take, it will always look good.

Pro tip:

Use a little bit of pomade to give it some shine – but not too much.

Due to its low maintenance, everyday grooming becomes a walk in the park.

2) Modern Crew Cut


For anyone who loves trying out trendy new hairstyles, this one might just be it.


It’s not so different from the classic Crew Cut.


It does come with a little bit of added style and flamboyance.

Simply put, it’s the type of hairstyle that will leave you walking with your head held high and your confidence unmatched.

What makes it special?

Well, it features a longer fringe that can be styled in several ways.

For example:

You can transform it into a Quiff, pompadour, and even a comb-over. This affords you greater versatility for different occasions.

3) Textured Crew Cut


Looking for a little bit of texture…? Try this messy version of a normal Crew Cut.

It looks great, unique, and is designed to give you a more relaxed, laid back appearance.


Texturing of hairstyles has been there for ages, but there’s something about the textured Crew Cut that makes it look and feel new every time.

Want to give it a try?

Basically, adding a bit of texture to your Crew Cut will give you a more contemporary and dapper appearance.

4) High Fade Crew Cut


A lined-up Crew Cut is a clean, youthful hairstyle that can convert a rugged face to a cutesy babyish one. But when paired with a High Fade, the result is a balance between a youthful look and a matured appearance.

Who is this for?

Well, this Crew Cut variation is ideal for men who want to make their oblong faces look less tall. But it can also be recreated on other face shapes too.

Heads up:

For an extra effect, tell your barber to trim the front part of the long top hair into a rounded or flattened shape.


If you’re trying to create a balance between the width of your forehead and the length of the face, you can experiment with beard styles.

5) Low Fade Crew Cut


Keep your look professional, stylish, and clean with a Low Fade Crew Cut. This is the style you want to fix for a job interview, the first day at work, or any other official setting.

Now, listen:

Most guys prefer to rock the natural look of their hair with a hair product-free Low Fader. With this, the hairstyle adds a touch of masculine ruggedness to the face.


For a sexier and outgoing impression, you can highlight the edges of your Crew Cut with line-ups and even style the top hair with a medium shine hair wax.

6) Messy Crew Cut


My hair isn’t messy, it’s just erupting with awesomeness

This is probably the most interesting thing you’ve heard about messy hairstyles today.

And there’s more to it:

Studies have revealed that messy haircuts get women swooning. And showing up at a party with a Messy Crew Cut could mean that you’re just as wild as your hair looks.

But here’s something even better to hear:

While most messy haircuts easily become unruly and unattractive, a Crew Cut is short and not voluminous. This is why it stays in style even when, especially when sprayed with sea salt.

7) Short Crew Cut


Do you love the simplicity in rocking a short haircut and the military look achievable by it?


Then you should consider fixing a Short Crew Cut. It is a low-maintenance style that can be recreated by all men regardless of face shape and hair type or hair length.

And guess what:

There’s more you can do with this cut. You can make it glow in the color of your choice by choosing the right dye or adding a side parting to it.

In addition:

A Short Crew Cut can be paired with a scruffy beard for ruggedness or with a polished corporate beard to look professional and neat.

8) Tapered Crew Cut


Just as the name implies, a Tapered Crew Cut is a Classical Crew Cut spruced up with Tapered sides.


How high or low you want the tapered sides to be is up to you, but a Taper will surely make your Crew Cut more stylish.

For the sake of clarity:

A Low Tapered Crew Cut has its shaved/tapered sides start an inch distance from the ear and then move downward. A Mid Tapered Crew Cut starts its shaved sides two inches from the ear level, while a High Tapered Crew Cut’s shaved sides start a little above the temple.

Do you get it?

9) Skin Fade Crew Cut


Tapers are cool, Undercuts are great, but Skin Fades are hot. Pairing a Crew Cut with a Skin Fade is a way to create an obvious contrast between your forehead and the lower part of the face.

Who is this style for?

Well, a Skin Fade Crew Cut is an ideal style for men who like to make a statement. However, it is currently gaining large adoption among newlyweds on their big days.

In most cases:

Guys love to pair a Skin Fade Crew Cut with a Viking beard for a hipster look. But if a formal and gentlemanly look is what you’re shooting for, it’s better to opt for a boxed beard or a polished stubble.

10) Ivy League Crew Cut


I’ve got to admit:

Combining the sophistication and expensive appearance of the Ivy League haircut with the simplicity and versatility of a Crew Cut is a sure way to achieve what I call, “The Chick-Magnet Haircut.”

The Ivy League Crew Cut is the definition of a precise, sharp, and polished look.

Moreover, this hairstyle can be styled in a variety of ways.

For instance:

You can use some styling products and comb it over to the side for a formal look or roughed up for a more casual day.


This hairstyle can make your hair appear thicker than it is.

11) Side Swept Crew Cut


If you want to look and feel like a celebrity, the Side Swept Crew Cut should be at the top of your list.

Get this:

It’s a haircut that’s contradictory in many ways i.e. it looks complicated yet it’s easy to maintain; it looks laid-back but still an awesome cut for an office gig.


The secret to having a great side-swept Crew Cut is balance.

How do you do it?

For starters, make sure the hair on top has a more natural feel to it. You can also give it a little bit of texture.

Next, you should have a nice fade on the side (having short hair also works).

12) Layered Crew Cut


Get this:

The purpose of layering is to give an illusion of volume and length. Thus, adding layers to your Crew Cut can dramatically change your appearance.

You want a haircut that’s unique and personalized, right?


While layering is relatively easy provided you know your way around hair clipper guard and blade sizes, you should remember that longer layers allude to length while shorter layers allude to volume.

Alternatively, you can choose to go with uniform layers – long or short – throughout.

13) Long Crew Cut


Point to note:

Not all Crew Cuts feature short hair… Sometimes it takes longer hair to spruce up your look.


The long Crew Cut isn’t so popular; mainly because it goes against the core features that define this hairstyle.


It is a great choice for a fresh contemporary look that is still relatively easy to style.

To sport this look, the hair on top should be between 2 and 3 inches long. Going beyond that limit will completely change your hairstyle’s name into something else.

Pro Tip:

Use a good matte product to help your hair stay upright when styling.

14) Army Crew Cut


Sharp, easy to maintain, highly-contrasting, and a look that screams determination and focus.

These are just some of the many ways to describe the Army Crew Cut.


The military’s version of the Crew Cut is high, tight, and with a skin fade on the sides and back.

If your job or position requires shorter hair lengths (e.g. athletes, police, and military personnel) then this hairstyle will work just fine.


The military Crew Cut is not only easy to style but it also looks professional and will grow out beautifully.

15) Side Parted Crew Cut


Let’s face it:

The Side-Part never goes out of fashion.

And when neatly combined with a Crew Cut, the end result is a sleek, stylish, low-maintenance, and charming hairstyle.

This haircut offers you a more bold and interesting look that doesn’t require a lot of energy to pull off or maintain.

To get this haircut:

You have to, first, do a Side Part. That way, when you trim down your hair into a Crew Cut, the end result will be uniform and neatly done.

Once the Side Part is done, you can now proceed to do a normal Crew Cut haircut.

And that is it folks – my top nine recommendations as far as Crew Cuts go.

Did you find one that you like?

If so, tell me about it and why you think it’s right for you in the comments section below.


Before I wrap up, let me leave you with a few awesome and useful tips to use when dealing with Crew Cuts…

How to Ask a Barber for a Crew Cut


If cutting your hair at home seems daunting or you are having trouble getting it right, you can always go to a barbershop.

Luckily, due to the Crew Cut’s popularity, many barbers will recognize the name and its variations.

But, if you can, carry a reference photo and show it to your barber; especially, if what you’re after is a unique variation of the hairstyle.

If you don’t have a photo then be as specific as possible with things like:

  • What kind of fade you prefer (you can also give the clipper blade and guard sizes).
  • Use the right terminologies whenever you can.
  • Finish up by deciding how you want your neckline to be trimmed (rounded, tapered, or blocked).

Before I end the post, here’s one last thing I think you’ll find useful…

How to Maintain a Crew Cut


The Crew Cut is a low-maintenance hairstyle; meaning that styling can be optional and sometimes downright unnecessary.


If styling is your thing, you can always apply a bit of wax, gel, or pomade to your Crew Cut to give it more height and texture.

What’s more?

If you have longer hair at the fringe there are a variety of ways to style it.

For example, you can turn it into a:

  • Mini-Pompadour
  • Side Part
  • Or Comb-Over


Hair growth maintenance is mandatory if you want to keep your Crew Cut looking nice and fresh. Therefore, having a trim at least twice a month is essential.

In Conclusion…

Well, there you have it – everything you should know about the Crew Cut Haircut.

I really enjoyed writing this and hope you find it useful in a way.


What’s your favorite Crew Cut Hairstyle? Also, do you have any questions?

If so, don’t hesitate to say something in the comments section below. Till next time, #StaySafe.

Frequently Asked Questions

The two haircuts have longer hair to the top of the head and a Fade or an Undercut below. The difference between them is that a Flat Top has a top hair that is usually longer than that of a Crew Cut. Also, the top hair of a Flat Top is styled flat to give the face a box appearance, unlike a Crew Cut.
The longer top hair is usually one inch in length, this is equivalent to the #8 blade or guard of your clipper. For the shorter sides and back, the hair length usually starts at a square-inch and fades on the way down. For this part, most barbers start with blade #4 and switch to #2 and end with #1.
Yes, a Crew Cut is a popular Fade haircut.

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I really think your too YOUNG to know the real "CREWCUT" of the 50s' and 60s' when they were VERY popular with the "COLLAGE" age kids.I'm on here looking for a "GREAT" crewcut picture so I can take to my barber here in the "USA"(Connecticut)--and haven't found any yet------

Mike Medders Mike Medders

Hi John, yes times have moved on a lot and so quickly. There is very little classic Crew Cut anymore. If you find a great inspiration, I'd be happy to send it to me.

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