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 do a DIY Crew Cut
- How to ask a barber for a Crew Cut
- As well as a few useful styling and maintenance tips
Let’s begin, shall we?
What is a Crew Cut?
The basic idea behind the Crew Cut is this:
You have relatively short hair on top of your head while the sides and back are kept shorter or faded – usually tapered.
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.
#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.
Want to give it a try?
Here’s a video that will show you how to do a proper Crew Cut hairstyle:
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.
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?
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do it like a pro:
Basically, adding a bit of texture to your Crew Cut will give you a more contemporary and dapper appearance.
#4 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.
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.
#5 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.
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).
#6 Layered Crew Cut
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.
#7 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.
Use a good matte product to help your hair stay upright when styling.
#8 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.
#9 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 Give Yourself a Crew Cut with Clippers
Before we begin, remember that having the right tools for the job matters.
Even the easiest haircuts can get complicated a frustrating if you have inefficient tools.
Assuming that you have all the necessary tools, let’s jump in and look at ways of doing a DIY Crew Cut.
1. Find an Image Reference
Images serve as blueprints for any kind of hairstyle.
For new barbers and DIY fans, having an image of the haircut you want will come in handy.
Take time to study the photo in order to plan how you are going to go about doing a crew cut on yourself.
2. Clipping the Sides and Back
Start by doing a fade on your sides and back.
Depending on the look you are aiming for, you have the option of doing a taper-fade down to a skin fade.
Another thing you need to know about fade is that it comes in different variations.
It can either be:
- A High Fade: Starts around the temples.
- A Low Fade: Starts a bit closer to the nape.
- Or a Mid Fade: Begins mid-way between the ears and the temples.
A fade line refers to where the hair transitions from one length to another.
Always your clipper up and out when doing a fade. That will leave your sides looking neat and evenly trimmed.
Learn more about fading in this in-depth guide on how to cut proper fades.
3. Cut and Style Your Top Hairs
There isn’t much to do here.
If you are aiming for a standard Crew Cut, remember to keep the top hair short and sides/back shorter.
On the other hand, if you intend on styling your tops part, you can leave it long – up to 3 inches long.
4. Final Touches and Blending
Blending is simply the process of smoothening out layers of differently sized hair to create a smooth transition from layer to layer.
Basically, this is where you perfect your sides and back to give them a smooth fading effect.
Blending isn’t so hard; what you do is find a guard or blade size that’s between the sizes of the two adjacent layers.
If Layer1 is a #0 and Layer2 is a #1, you should use a #0.5 to do the blending.
Yes! It’s that easy.
And finally, you can do a nice hairline design – if need be – to give your haircut a sharp, stylish, and professional-looking finish.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.