Crew Cut

how to do crew cut

Crew cut is a short version of regular haircut once worn by university rowing teams – hence load of different names of universities. It’s a relatively hard but far from impossible haircut to do yourself.


If you want a clipper cut, but don’t want it to be too obvious, crew cut is the thing for you. You can get it at the hairdresser’s. It’s not too hard to touch it up at home after 2 weeks make it hold its shape just a little longer.

1. In this haircut is even more important than with other clippercuts that you look through some reference photos and try to imagine how you will cut your hair. This haircut requires a great deal of fading. You will need multiple guards and blades ready.

2. To give a crew cut, you will need to cut sides and back to a short uniform length (#2 or #4, depending on preferred style – click here for a size reference) and then create a transition to top of the haircut and taper the lower part by switching different guard sizes. You can find more on this in our tutorial on cutting your own hair.

3. The top is faded from front to crown, leaving longer hair in front. These can be styled into a pompadour, bangs, or even part. After you’re done with sides and back, create the top fade. You do that by gradually cutting horizontal segments of hair with different guard sizes.

You can style this haircut easily with some wax or gel or leave it as it is. This cut is very low-maintenance, but it needs to be refreshed regularly as all short haircuts do. Another thing to keep in mind with very short hair is the possibility of sun burn. Since there is a lot less hair covering your scalp, sun rays will get to you unless you use sunscreen or wear a cap on sunny days.

Examples of crew cut

crew cuts different lengths men

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