21 Best High and Tight Haircuts for Men

Best high and tight haircuts for men

A high and tight haircut is a military-inspired men’s haircut that features skin-shaved sides and hair on top that is slightly longer. What used to be a look you’ll only find inside the barracks, this military look took a leap in popularity as modern men start preferring neat and polished hairstyles.

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High and tight is a military standard, also seen on marines and policemen, that requires little to no maintenance at all because of its short length, making it easier for the personnel to do their job on the field.

With the mane slightly longer and high on top, this army-level cut offers a ton of versatility in styling! Plus, the contrasting shaved sides put all the attention to the top of the head, so you can impressively sport a buzz cut, a crew cut, and even an undercut with different options of fades like how Brad Pitt and Jake Gyllenhaal wear it. High fade haircuts are also very trendy options.

If you’re looking for a well-trimmed haircut that will make you feel superior, you’ve come to the right place! This up-to-date gallery of military high and tight haircuts are just waiting for you to check ’em out!

High Fade Haircut

High fade haircut
Instagram @aaron_kiely_hair

A sharp slice 2-3 inches above the ear but still keeping that nice taper. Full on curls create that thick forest of hair that can be styled to your heart’s content.

Long on Top

Long on Top
Instagram @hair.by.ashmichelle

The high and tight skin fade in this one is golden! Shave your sides but still retain that much bush of a hair on top.

Long and Tight

Long and Tight
Instagram @barberobengie

Shaved sides remind me of cream being poured into coffee. Fluffed pompadour balances out this sharp cut.

Short and Tight

Short and Tight
Instagram @cal_newsome

Famous athletes swear by this high and tight haircut. It is neat, manageable, but most of all still give room for various styling.

Tight Fade Mens Haircut

Tight Fade
Instagram @stell_the_talent

The contrast of the tapered sides matches the parted top to create a sophisticated fade. The top hair was cut short in layers to make a dense patch.

Spiked Hair

Spiked Hair
Instagram @virgiltb

This version looks and feels like a fuzzy rug. Style comfortably without letting go that manly aura.

High and Tight for Curly Hair

High and Tight for Curly Hair
Instagram @charliegray248

High and tight fits curly men best because it highlights the coils while enhancing masculine features.

Flattop

Flattop
Instagram @rhoan_afroarts

Nothing screams the 90’s like a flat top. The dense, short hair gives form to the cut.

Caesar Cut

Caesar Cut
Instagram @rpb_nq

Avant-garde, one might say. Nonetheless, you can try out this kind of slick and matted Caesar cut.

Faux Hawk

Faux Hawk
Instagram @crisaitabarber

Q&A with style creator, Cris Aita
Barber / Hairdresser in Brazil

How would you describe this look?

I lived for a few years in Spain and a very popular cut at the time was the Mohawk, like that of David Beckham. So there’s a sentimental connection to me.

I really like the high and tight fauxhawk for having that identity that marked the season, for the versatility in the definition of the cut, lightness, and practicality of the very short sides.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Ease of day to day is the main feature for me. Because it is very shredded and lightweight, it is easy to set at the top. The more hair the client possesses, the more shredder must be to achieve the desired lightness.

Guaranteed success, attracting looks at the evening parties. It helps a lot to lengthen more rounded faces. For a definition, I like very dry pastes or water-based ointments, with a medium or strong setting.

Bald Fade

Bald Fade
Instagram @barberdave411

Q&A with style creator, David Michael Broderick
Barber @ The Bureau Barber + Shop in Salt Lake City, UT


How would you describe this look?

There are lots of names for this look, depending on who you ask, ranging from bald fade to high and tight. Anyone can appreciate this look because it’s appropriate both for the club and professional environments.

While it is certainly a fresh and crisp look, it’s also high maintenance from the perspective that most who get this cut need and almost crave that fresh cut feeling it provides and as such tend to return more frequently to maintain it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Folks with more sensitive scalps or those who suffer from eczema and other skin conditions might stray from this look because of the potential for flare-ups due to both the aggressive nature of the cut and the sheer amount of exposed skin.

High and Tight for Thin Hair

High and Tight for Thin Hair
Instagram @_mac_barber

Q&A with style creator, Noel McEneany
Barber in Devon, UK


How would you describe this look?

This cut is a clean, fresh, and easy to manage haircut. I like it because it’s a timeless haircut for all ages.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This high and tight cut pretty much suits any face shapes. Looks great with a crop. This cut suits the busy guy who doesn’t want the hassle of styling their hair for 20 minutes before they go to work. Just minimum matte paste or clay run through the hair for a messy look, or a spray of salt spray onto freshly out-of-the-shower hair left to dry naturally to rework during the day.

Buzz Cut

Q&A with style creator, Kate Merola
Cosmetologist @ Justin’s Barbershop in Brick, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This look is a high & tight fade! It’s down to the skin most of the way up, fading into a very close cut on top. My favorite thing about it is that it’s such a clean and easy look! Anybody can rock it – from young kids to government officials! I have many clients who just like the low maintenance and longevity of it. It’s a long time favorite look that is making a strong comeback!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Anybody who likes an easy hairstyle that allows you to get up and go in the morning should consider the high & tight look! No hair brushing or products necessary! It allows your hair to be kept out of your face and you will look professional, clean cut and trendy.

High Pompadour

High Pompadour
Instagram @miguel.ace_

Q&A with style creator, Miguel Acevedo
Barber @ Little London Barbershop in Toronto, ON


How would you describe this look?

Masculine and dapper – marine meets rockabilly. I love mixing classics up to create something new. It’s got the low maintenance and clean look of a high and tight, with enough up top to keep it elegant.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I’d recommend this look to a client who is creative and cares about their look but doesn’t want to fuss too much styling it.

This look will suit any face type except oblong rectangular or diamond as the height of the top lengthens the face. To style, Just a quick blow or towel dry, brush back and finish with a bit of pomade or paste. Matte or glossy to preference.

The look takes some confidence to pull off, but then again sometimes the confidence comes with the cut!

Side Part

Side Part
Instagram @sjay_johnson

Q&A with style creator, SJay Johnson
Master Stylist / Barber @ Hologram Salon in Athens, GA


How would you describe this look?

This high and tight cut was made for the modern man who is challenging the stereotypical business look. As you see, he is put together, well groomed yet holds a grunge typestyle. Be aware though – this isn’t a cut for someone who goes weeks before the next appointment! I love how clean the cut is all while bringing attention to his facial hair. They complement one another.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When clients sit in my chair, asking for this type of haircut, I review a few things with them first. Have you have ever had a bald fade and realistically, how often are you willing to have your cut done? Having a hard part (line) put in is a commitment. The grow out could be uncomfortable for you if you aren’t a regular in the chair.

What is your lifestyle like? What do you do for a living? Are you willing to use a product? Any type of pomade works! Or wax! Depends on if you’re looking for a shine finish or more of a dry textured finish!

Do you have a long neck? Do you have a large body and a small head? Maybe consider keeping the cut a bit longer. You don’t want your hair to throw off the symmetry of your body.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask your barber or stylist any questions regarding your cut. Then trust their advice.

High and Tight with Beard

High and Tight with Beard
Instagram @iisakkinummi

Q&A with style creator, Iisakki Nummi
Men’s Modern Hair Artist in Rauma, Finland


How would you describe this look?

This is a short and messy undercut. For me, the best thing is that it’s a very salon friendly cut. It fits most of the cool guys with ripped jeans but also there’s something punk/rock in it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a good alternative to just a short messy haircut if you want to add there a bit more character. I personally used a lot of razor doing this, to make the shattered texture to the hair. Use the salt spray before blow-drying it with your fingers, and put some texturizing (spray) wax and mess it up!

Prohibition Haircut

Prohibition Cut
Instagram @petelenational

Q&A with style creator, Peter Sykes
Barber @ Boutique Barbershop in Montreal, QC


How would you describe this look?

This haircut is all about adding softness with boardroom masculinity to traditional fades with hard-edged definitions. All the shadow lines and carved side partition are purposely slightly curved to add a richer dimension with a fluid finish.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The motivation for this haircut was to address the needs of business professionals who still wanted a fade but something more neo-classical for their competitive work environment and business networking.

The glossy wet grooming finish and meticulous craftsmanship say you pay attention to the details and can be relied on to get the job done.

It’s for anyone who wants to show they’ve graduated to the big leagues of work and play!

Comb Over Fade

Q&A with style creator, Earl Harris
Barber @ Center Stage Barbershop in Jacksonville, FL


How would you describe this look?

This look is more of a classic but new age style. It’s more of a combination of a pompadour and an uptown fade. When I did the client consolation, we looked at a picture of an R&B singer Jon B and took some of his styles and put a twist on it. Also, the beard brings the haircut together. When you go for a classic haircut, a beard can really enhance the cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look would be for those clients who are looking for a haircut that would be easy to style for those who are on the go. Some of the products that I used on this client is Elegance Pomade Hair Wax and Bigen Color Enhancement for the beard.

Tight Afro

Tight Afro
Instagram @barbershmelev

Q&A with style creator, Anton Shmelev
Barber @ Hooliganz School in Novosibirsk, Russia


How would you describe this look?

The idea was to cut an asymmetric flattop, but in the process, we decided to add some softness and to round solid angles. As a result, we have a great afro look and it sucсessfully combines futuristic and tribal motives. Maybe I was inspired by Wesley Snipes in the Blade movie. I really like this cut because it looks like a warrior’s helmet.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I guess that this haircut is perfect for creative and eccentric personalities. It will be great for athletes, dancers, and even singers. In my mind, the best styling product for this haircut is strong-hold hairspray.

Mohawk

Mohawk
Instagram @studio.z.6ix

Q&A with style creator, Zee Ali
Master Barber / Stylist @ Studio Z in Toronto, ON


How would you describe this look?

This modern high and tight mohawk is a medium length with razor cut textured ends (straight shear cutting leaving 3-4 inches of hair in the crown/temple of the head extended in a V shape all the way to the nape area). It has razor sliced ends (1 inch) adding texture and bulk weight removal.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The contrasting textures of this haircut have a very bold and fortified modern feel, with a full-bearded (ice-pick shaved outline) zero skin mid-blend on both sides with a freehand styled hawk.

A great haircut is always tailored to your face shape, and the key is to create balance and synergy. Considering a new look like this, consult with your stylist. The oval, round, triangle, and square profiles can be best suited for this haircut making it versatile. Oblong or elongated face shapes may require less length in the crown (1- 2.5 inches hair length ) to create balance in shape and feel. The facial hair or beard styles are optional. It compliments the haircut. 5-clock shadows, goatees, clean-shaven are all fungible.

Be sure to wash and condition your hair to create a base to work with, then dry your hair with a towel removing most of the moisture from the hair strands, now with a medium to strong hold hair paste or clay. Take a pea-sized amount on your index fingertip, proceed to emulsify it into both hand palms, then work it all throughout the haw.

Lastly, to bring out the textured razor-cut ends of your haircut, you’ll need to freestyle pick and twist with the (thumb, index finger, and middle finger) out 90 degrees along the top and back of your mohawk. This can be done within 10-15 without the need for combs and brushes or blower dryers, making it quick and easy.

Undercut

Undercut
Instagram @priceattackttp_hairbysimone

Q&A with style creator, Simone Joseph
Senior Stylist @ Price Attack in Modbury, Australia


How would you describe this look?

There are so many variations of an undercut and this one is cut high and tight. It’s about finding what suits your head and face shape, which your hairdresser can guide you through.

The texture of your hair determines how it will fall naturally and how it’s best to style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The best thing about these styles is the number of variations in the cut. There are options for everyone. You can vary the fade and experiment with the beard.

Products that never fail with these styles are texture dust for grit, matte pastes for an undone, piecey look, or hair mousses and gels for volume and definition. Then finish the look with a shine spray or hairspray.