17 Awesome Buzz Cut Examples to Try Yourself

The best buzz cuts for men

A buzz cut is a very short haircut, usually all around the head, and close to the scalp using electric clippers. This wake-up-and-go haircut has been around for over a century and good reasons!

First to set the trend for buzz cut lengths were celebrity hunks Kanye West, Zac Efron, Ryan Reynolds, and Channing Tatum – even sticking to the buzzed style and making it their signature look! Practicality, easy maintenance, and serious style are only some reasons why this cut is prominent among military and modern men alike.

The shaved-head look might be the first idea to get into your mind when you think of buzz cuts, but there are plenty of other versions available now. Modern styles include both short and long buzz cuts that are combined with a beard or matched with a fade, especially when the top hair is left long.

Professional hair designer and barber Sean Avitan incorporates dope designs and colors in his buzz cut creations, proving that you can go extra and get creative even with short hair! You’re up for some classic, neat look provided that you have a good head shape and minimal scars on your scalp, as it’s a challenge to hide anything under a buzz cut.

With the long list of buzzed haircuts available today, you’ll need to be specific with the type of cut you want! Here are updated photos of the buzz cut for you to choose from and bring to your barber.

Balding Buzz Cut

Balding Buzz Cut
Instagram @francoisdamion

Who says balding guys can’t flex a new haircut? With this buzz cut style, you can use your thinning hair to advantage. Plus, your facial hair will look super duper cool with your new do!

The Undercut Buzz Cut

The Undercut Buzz Cut
Instagram @sergthebarber1

While it may look like your normal buzz cut, this undercut variety is unique for its uniformly shaven sides. You can still style the remaining hair however you want while keeping the rest spic and span.

Ivy League Buzz Cut

Ivy League Buzz Cut
Instagram @jaaderlewis

Enjoy the buzz cut while sporting the good ol’ ivy league style. Get the sides shaved then style hair on top for a wonderful hair combination.

The Butch Cut

The Butch Cut
Instagram @federico_barber_gadau

Generally short but still longer than your usual buzz cut, the butch cut can be your ticket to keeping things neat while having enough hair for a grow-out.

Military Buzz Cut

Military Buzz Cut
Instagram @ivan.9.6

Plain and simple, military buzz cuts emphasize tidiness and orderliness. Shaved up sides with a little buzz growing up top to ensure no stray hair is in the way of the mission.

Number 3 Buzz Cut

Number 3 Buzz Cut
Instagram @kellyskreations25

You can wear a buzz cut but still, have a relatively thicker mane on top using a number 3 clipper guard. A natural look for youthful lads, this one’s a must-try at least once in your life.

Fade Buzz Cut

Fade Buzz Cut
Instagram @fade_master

Sport this fade buzz cut by rocking out clean edges and a mid fade that clears up to the nape and ear area. Popular amongst older men, this cut lets hair regrow in a much healthier state.

Buzzed Top

Buzzed Top
Instagram @wester_barber

The drip in this one is oozing! A clean edge and some drop fade is the trick to highlighting the buzzed top. Get the look courtesy of your favorite professional barber and his most trusty clippers.

Induction Buzz Cut

Induction Buzz Cut
Instagram @allyssadoeshair_

Named after the fresh guys that join the military, this is one of the cleanest buzz cuts out there. The induction buzz cut is simple, leaving some hair stipples for grow out and head coverage but keeping it short as to give that orderly look.

Crew Cut Buzz Cut

Crew Cut Buzz Cut
Instagram @loveyourhairxorc

A timeless cut for all men, this one gets rid of stray hair around the face, revealing your most dashing self. Characterized as low maintenance and an on-the-go cut, clippers with a comb guard is your friend if you want to achieve this cut.

High Buzz with Line Up

High Buzz with Line Up
Instagram @hicksonhair

Q&A with style creator, Harry Hickson
Hair Stylist @ Hickson Hair in Preston, UK

How would you describe this look?

I’d say the best thing about this look is how clean and sharp it is. It’s more than just a buzz cut; it looks a lot fresher.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you have a strong hairline and you want no hassle with styling your hair, this could be a good look for you. It always looks better on darker hair because you can see the fade a lot more.

Burr Buzz Cut

Burr Buzz Cut
Instagram @nektaly

Q&A with style creator, Nektaly Ramirez
Barber @ Hairworks Salon & Barber in American Canyon, CA


How would you describe this look?

This particular look is a mid-bald fade with a #2 on top. I would describe this as a simple look that never goes out of style. Anyone can wear this haircut from a doctor to an athlete. It’s really practical and easy to maintain with no product required.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut would fit best on a variety of hair types – straight, coarse, and wavy. My favorite thing about this look is that I can get up and go without worrying about my hair all day.

A Number 4 Buzz Cut

Q&A with style creator, Wilsidson
Barber @ Wilsidson’s Blades Barber in Menton, Fr


How would you describe this look?

It’s a convenient, clean, and easy hairstyle. The good things about it are you wake up, and your hairstyle looks fresh, you get off the swimming pool or the beach, and your hairstyle looks fresh – whatever you do, you don’t need to worry about how you look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Not everyone can get this hairstyle. First, you need to have a quiet straight front hairline, and it would look better on thick hair type.

You can do it any time of the year, but people prefer doing it in summer because it’s easy to wear. You can wear a mask, hat, cap, or helmet, and you don’t have anything to do except maybe put some mat wax depending on the length you chose on top.

If you wear a beard, you can do a very sharp beard with a low or high fade or wear it naturally thick and wild – both would match. The sharp one will suit the hairstyle while the wild one will cut this perfect look if you don’t like it to be perfect.

High and Tight Buzz Cut

Q&A with style creator, Gary Nelson
Barber @ The Mad Barbers in Zabbar, MT


How would you describe this look?

The buzz cut is a short, simple, and classic men’s cut, which is and always will be fashionable. Usually, it’s cut with an electric clipper. Although there are various ways of buzz cuts such as the uniform cut or butch cut, this cut is skin-faded from the side and cut uniformly from the top using the #3 clipper guard.

My favorite thing about this cut is that it suits most people, and it doesn’t require any products to maintain.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would advise my clients who are considering a buzz cut to trim their hair at least once every week or two weeks to keep it clean and tidy and maintain the style, especially from the sides.

I would advise my client to consider his head shape and bone structure as these may affect his cut and look. Although you don’t need many products to style it – one could use some clay or wax depending on their desired look, whether they like it matte or shiny.

Buzz Cut with Beard

Buzz Cut with Beard
Instagram @ar_fades

Q&A with style creator, Adrian Roman
Barber @ VIP Barbershop in Walden, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look is a low Ceasar and a skin taper with a beard and line-up enhancement. My favorite thing about this cut is looking at the pop of contrast that the skin taper brings out in the sides and back. It gives it a cleaner and fresher look!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be mindful of the sensitivity of the skin on your face when getting a finished look like this. The sharp lines made with the razor and enhancements could irritate if you are not mindful of your personal effects from this.

Also, when using enhancements such as dyes or airbrush, use a shampoo with no alcohol content to extend the life of your enhanced look.

The Long Buzz Cut

Q&A with style creator, Matt Dutfield
Barber @ Keep The Faith Social Club in Cardiff, UK


How would you describe this look?

This cut would be described as a mid zero fade blended tightly into the top with the top, then taken down to a finger width length with as much texture worked into the top as the hair would allow. My favorite thing about this cut is the density of my client’s hair and how it allows for the fade to pop.

Any advice for someone considering it?

There are several things I would advise people to consider when thinking of getting a buzz cut or something very similar. First has to be the hair type. If you have lighter/fairer hair, this probably not the style for you as in my experience no matter how short you take it on the sides, you’ll never really get enough contrast to make the cut pop, which you find with darker/thicker hair.

Another point to note would be hair growth patterns or, more specifically, cowlicks. While not a complete roadblock from getting this haircut, I would always suggest going short enough on the top to eliminate as much of the spiral as possible.

If you are very much on the go from sun up to sun down with occupations such as trade jobs, personal training, or military roles and you’re looking to have something more practical and presentable, then pretty much anything goes as far as this cut is concerned.

When it comes to styling this cut, for me, it would have to be one of two products. Firstly, for a stronger hold and more rigid look, it would be the Copacetic Matte Clay, or for a moderate hold with a softer finish, I’d recommend the Uppercut Deluxe Styling powder every time.

Buzz Cut with Skin Fade

Buzz Cut with Skin Fade
Instagram @dksbarbershop

Q&A with style creator, Carlos Cuevas
Barber @ DK’s Barber Shop in Toluca, MX


How would you describe this look?

It’s a fresh and authentic look. My favorite thing is the way it feels having short hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is for someone looking for an exclusive style, someone looking to be trendy but at the same time, feeling comfortable with his hair. It’s for someone with a fresh and burly style.

This haircut is almost for any kind of face type, except if you have an asymmetric face with a bit long ears. If that’s the case, you should opt for another look with longer hair. This look is not recommended for people with professional jobs!