Top 23 Modern & Stylish Crew Cut Hairstyles for Men (Pics)

Crew cut hairstyles and haircuts

Now here’s a classic men’s short haircut that will never go out of style. If you’re looking for pictures of some modern ways to wear the crew cut, then you’ve come to the right place.

What is a Crew Cut?

A crew cut is a type of men’s haircut that features short hair on top with short hair graduated in length on the sides and back. It gets its name from crew teams at American Ivy League schools, as a way for guys to keep their hair short and out of their eyes while rowing. This cut became popular in the 1920s and 1930s, especially from universities like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell.

Initially, it used to be more known as the short pompadour. It’s also sometimes referred to as a butch cut, but the difference between the two is that butch or buzz cut is very short and all one length at the top. The sides and back are evenly buzzed or shorter, typically faded using taper fade or shorter faded clippers down anywhere between a skin fade to a clipper sizes from 1 to 4, depending on the look you’re going for.

How to Style a Crew Cut

It’s most common to brush the crew cut hair on the top forward, while the bangs either go straight up, up and back or parted to the side, depending on how long it is on top. Depending upon your hair length on the top, you may not have to style it at all. The longer it is on top, the more you’ll want to style your mens crew cut. If you wish for a brush-up, short pomp look, then you’ll want to use a hair product like wax or pomade. For a younger look, comb, and blow-dry your hair to force it to go up and to the side.

Tips for Crew Cuts

The neckline is great to taper off, for an even cleaner and modern look. For an even cleaner look, keep your face shaved and short sideburns. For a more casual crew cut style, go with a longer length on top and keep it more tousled. Just note that with a short haircut like this, it’s easier to style, but does require more frequent cuts to maintain the look.

Talking to Your Barber/Stylist

Here’s how to ask for a crew cut:

– Ask them for a short, medium, or long crew cut.

-Let them know if you’re willing to style it or not, as this will affect the length of the top.

– Request your fade type. This can range from a simple taper fade with scissors to a skin fade with clippers.

Who Pulls off The Crew Cut Best?

Crew cuts are classy hairstyles for men and a great choice regardless of age, especially professionals or those who have a more active lifestyle and don’t want their hair getting in the way. This cut also works well with sideburns, very short beards, and long beards.

This crew haircut tends to work best for guys with thicker hair. Guys with thinner hair can pull it off at the right length. This can also work well if you have a receding hairline or want to go for a more mature look. Talk to your barber and get their input. The best thing about the crew cut haircut is that it compliments most head and face shapes, which is one of the reasons why it’s a popular look.

The Most Popular Crew Cut Hairstyles:

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The Modern Crew Cut Trend

The Modern Crew Cut Trend
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When it comes to modern crew cuts, this is it! Short haircuts like this are the perfect look for the college guys who want that clean, sharp look.

Crew Cut with a High Fade

Crew Cut with a High Fade
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With the darkness of the afro Caribbean hair type, crew cuts with high fades work really well. This has been faded to the skin around the back and sides and faded at the midpoint of the skull starting near the temples. The top is clippered short and then brushed forward to be able to line up the hairline sharply. A very popular cut and style for many, regular cuts are needed to keep it fresh.

Crew Cut with a Low Fade

Crew Cut with a Low Fade
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Enhancements are popular with customers and barbers alike to finish off the style. This would be good to consider if you have thin hair or a receding hairline. This crew cut with low fade has been executed perfectly to enhance the areas to make it look full. Unfortunately, it is temporary and regular visits to the barbershop will be needed to keep it fresh.

Short Crew for Thinning Hair

Short Crew for Thinning Hair
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A short crew for thinning hair is great for fine textured hair. The short sides will accentuate the hair on top, making it appear fuller than it actually is.

Messy Crew Cut

Messy Crew Cut
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The messy crew cut is perfect for men with long, straight hair wanting a haircut that’s quick and easy to style and maintain. The haircut is short and faded tightly around the ears, while a lot of texture has been added to the top to create a messy, lived-in finish. In styling this haircut, use a styling powder and a sea salt spray to enhance the shape of the cut and keep the style longer.

Low-Maintenance Crew Cut

Low-Maintenance Crew Cut
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The low-maintenance crew cut is perfect for men who desire a haircut that requires little to no styling. It is great on any hair texture. It is perfectly cut following the shape of the head, faded to the skin, and worked up into a slightly longer top.

Crew Cut for Balding Men

Crew Cut for Balding Men
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A crew cut for balding men creates an illusion of thicker tresses. Skin fade at the sides and back is coupled with a lengthier top to compliment the shape of the face and head.

Curly Crew Cut

Curly Crew Cut
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A curly crew cut is perfect for men who want to boost their bold curls. It is short around the ears and faded into a heavy disconnected top. Daily styling is needed with this cut. A good quality sea salt spray scrunched into the tresses will enhance the intricacy of the curls.

Crew Cut Blowout Style

Crew Cut Blowout Style
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A crew cut blowout style works wonders on men with thick tresses who prefer a haircut that’s quick and easy to style and maintain. This cut is faded down to the skin and taken high and tight into the top. To recreate this look, blow-dry your hair, add sea salt spray into the top, and finish it off with a styling powder.

Crew Cut for Boys

Crew Cut for Boys
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Most parents are fond of the crew cut for boys for its practicality and formality. It is short on the sides while leaving some length at the top to allow a wide array of styles. Adding a strong pomade keeps the style longer.

Side-Swept Crew Cut Style

Side-Swept Crew Cut Style
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Another fade cut is this side-swept crew haircut, but more on the casual side, with a natural look for the top portion and medium to short hair to match. This works well for guys with wavy hair. This creates one of the most well-balanced side-swept crew cut haircuts for men.

The French Crop Crew Cut

The French Crop Crew Cut
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This French crop crew cut is becoming more popular. The texture on top, combined with the straight, forward-facing bangs, really gives this a clean and easy-to-style look.

Crew Cut with Surgical Line

Crew Cut with Surgical Line
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Like the famous Japanese paintings of waves, this short crew cut haircut with a surgical line keeps everything low and trimmed. This then directs attention to the front side where a gush of hair goes across.

Side Part Crew Cut with Hard Part

Side Part Crew Cut with Hard Part
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This side part crew cut with a hard part is simple yet effective. It’s paired with faded sides and does a great job at getting attention to your top hair. A side-parted crew cut like this allows you to look dope as always.

The Modern Crew Cut with High Fade

The Modern Crew Cut with a High Fade
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Tidy up your look to achieve that professional form with this modern crew cut with a high fade! It fits the criteria of being sleek, stylish, and somewhat sexy.

The Classic Crew Cut with a Beard

The classic crew cut with a beard
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This classic crew cut with a beard is clean and versatile and can be styled to a man’s liking. “It can be styled over to either side or up in the middle, making it easy and looking good,” says look creator Heather Euting of California.

For styling products, Euting recommends trying the Hudson and Hammers Alchemy, which is a mix between pomade and wax that creates a satin shine.

The barber adds, “any pomade with a sheen will do. This haircut caters to the modern man looking for something clean and easy to style. Whether you’re looking for men’s or boys haircuts, this classic crew cut hairstyle suits all!”

The Ivy League Crew Cut

ivy league crew cut
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The Ivy League crew cut styles are clean and polished. “An Ivy League cut is precise and sharp and showcases facial features. It is a no-fuss cut that still makes a statement, similar to an undercut,” this is how Kentucky-based stylist Reva Segnitz describes this particular haircut.

Speaking of “no fuss,” this hairstyle only needs one product to make it look polished and done. According to Segnitz, “use Kevin Murphy Easy Rider on all of your short men’s cuts. It dries with a natural finish. Any hair creams would go a long way in this cut. It can be very kempt, or roughed up and tousled for a casual day.”

This cut is for a variety of men. If a man is a little on the thinning side, it can help a man’s hair look thicker. If he does manual labor or plays sports, it’s a haircut that breathes and doesn’t trap sweat and heat.

Taper Fade Crew Cut with Mid Fade

Taper Fade Crew Cut with Mid Fade
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This is a men’s crew cut with a taper fade featuring a mid fade.  It was created by barber Anthony Lieu of Canada. “With the touch of a fade and the man’s opinion on how they want to line their sideburns (i.e., pointed, square, or tapered), the haircut will still stand out,” he remarks.

This haircut is suitable for most guys since it compliments most head shapes. Lieu explains, “The styling also depends on how their hair grows. The direction of the hair will be the judge on which side it would be best combed towards. This crew-cut hairstyle is also quite versatile. If the barber or stylist decides to leave more length on the front, the dude would be able to pull that part up as they style to give them a pompadour look.”

The Military Crew Cut Fade

The military crew cut is characterized by short back and sides and hair length on top that is about one or two inches. The longest hair generally begins at the front hairline and gradually shortens toward the crown area. The back and sides can be as short as skin.

Crew cut hairstyles are for any guy who wants a low-maintenance hairstyle and/or holds a vocation or position that may require certain hair length regulations. “This cut is recommended for guys who hold what some call white-collar jobs because it exudes confidence,” says Schmidt.

He adds, “This haircut can be designed to look good on nearly any face shape. For instance, the cut can be fitted nicely for someone with a round face shape by maintaining squareness in the area of the parietal ridge of the head, where the sides meet the top of the head.”

Men who want crew cuts should ask their barber or stylist to design their crew cut so that it gives the most oval shape to the face as possible. This is usually done by preserving length (or “squaring up”) where the sides of the head meet the top and by leaving the appropriate length on top.

The Long Crew Cut

the long crew cut
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This is a neat and long crew cut hair with spikes and a surgical line. It’s easy to style and looks fresh.

Crew cuts are best for men who prefer a shorter haircut. It suits all hair types. Use a good matte pomade like Byrd Matte or Reuzel Clay pomade when styling.

Tapered Crew Cut with Fade

Tapered Crew Cut with Fade
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This is a tapered crew cut fade designed by Wisconsin-based stylist Maddie Braun.

“It’s short on the sides, so the cut could show off the facial features. There’s enough length on top where he can get different looks, too. When you have a lot of length and texture up top, depending on how you cut it, it can give you that messy sort of “model” look that you see in the magazines, or you can sleek it down more to be more conservative,” Braun states.

If you’re getting this cut, Braun advises products such as 18.21 paste. She adds, “If you don’t, you won’t get the look that you’re looking for. It takes at the most 2 minutes to put in the product.”

Textured Crew Cut with Mid Fade

This textured crew cut with a mid-fade is classic and energetic at the same time. Adam Chan of Hong Kong is the promising barber behind this haircut.

“There’s lots of texture in the evenly chopped layers on the top. The uniform layers were cut short, giving the top some movement and thickness that is very easy to manage,” Chan explains.

If you have thick hair, crew cuts will soften and lighten the top while still appearing thick to show the fade well.

For men with a receding hairline and thin hair, this artificial horizontal fringe can cover the receding hairline very well. The barber just needs to be aware of the part that needs to be kept to form the thickness covering the receding part.

Chan also mentions, “many face shapes can suit this cut as long as we control the height of the conjunction well. For example, a rounder face would look good with a mid to high fade, while a long thin face would look good with an even lower mid-fade.”

Short Crew Cut with Hard Line

This short crew cut, made by stylist Kyla Rose of California, features a variety of personalities. The short edgy skin fade with a hard line gives it an edgy look while having professionalism at the same time. It has a bit of a greaser feel to it as well as a traditional military feel.

“Something to think about for this classic crew cut is maintenance,” Rose emphasizes. “Go in to see your barber every three weeks and once in between for a neck trim cleanup. Product is something necessary for this crew cut for men. That’s because most of us have cowlicks and different hair growths that will require some maneuvering to achieve the desired outcome,” she adds.

Most men who get edgy crew cuts are usually guys who need that strong impression. When it comes to face shape, this cut can be worn on almost any guy. Rose points out, “It just is a matter of bone structure and how high up to bring the initial fade levels on the skull. The hard-line can be brought up higher or lower depending on the temple shape and curvature of the head.”

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