Burr Cut, Induction Cut, and Butch Cut How To Guide
This group of haircuts consists of 3 different cuts: burr cut, induction cut, and butch cut. The main differentiator between them is the length – and that’s it. Induction cut is in this case the shortest while butch cut being the longest.
Burr, induction, and butch haircuts are commonly associated with military (just like high’n’tight), as they are commonly used by or imposed on new soldiers. Because it’s very practical (low-maintenance, easy to do yourself), it sticks with privates through their entire military service and oftentimes even longer.
The Story of ‘wiffle’ cuts
These three haircuts (sometimes called ‘wiffle haircuts’) are normally categorized as military haircuts along with high and tight, flat top, and crew cut. The reason these super-short haircuts are exercised in the army is mainly because of their convenience. As mentioned earlier, they are easy to do – either by yourself or someone else – but that’s not the only reason burr cut, induction cut, and butch cut are so commonly given in the military. Another reason is that they have a psychological purpose when entering the army, figuratively stripping the candidates of their individualities and this way promoting the ‘team spirit’. By traditionally giving new recruits in the US army the induction cut (the shortest of all three) shortly after entering the boot camp, they give them the ‘rite of passage’ (hence the name induction cut).
Who is this buzz cut for?
These once regarded just military haircuts are now worn casually by many men and women of all ages. There is truly no specific demographic patterns of people who wear burr, butch, and induction haircuts, except maybe the women after the age of 35 (that’s a guess though). Kids get these simple buzz cuts either because their parents are too lazy to take them to the hairdresser’s or because the child got lice at school, and getting a very short haircut is the perfect remedy to get rid of lice. It’s worn by adult males who are starting to lose their hair and cutting their hair short oftentimes conceals this process. It’s also pretty popular with young hip females who like to stand out and, ironically, show off their personality. If you’re looking for a diy buzz cut that is super-easy to do, or if you’re a beginner in at-home buzz cutting, definitely try out one of these three.
What burr, induction, and butch haircuts have in common is using the same length of guards all over the head. The haircuts are very adaptable, so you could have virtually any haircut, following the tutorial you will end up with one of these buzz cuts.
This is the shortest of the three and the shortest haircut possible without using a razor blade. To give an induction cut, you would not use any guards on your hair clippers, and that’s why it is sometimes referred to as ‘number 0’ or ‘zero cut’ or simply ‘zero’. Other known names are ‘on the floor’, ‘mighty fine’, and ‘the Army’s #1 haircut’. This haircut is normally given to people entering the army.
Burr cut is exactly the same as induction cut, also sometimes given in the army, but it uses a guard number 1 (sometimes, 2). People also call it ‘number one’.
Butch cut is the longest of these three. It gives a bit more ‘fuzzy’ look and uses guards from 3-5. As it leaves longer hair on the head, the look can be dramatically improved by fading the sides with slightly shorter hair clippers settings. Butch cuts are oftentimes groomed with hair wax.
How to do Induction, Burr, and Butch Cut
1. Get ready
Set yourself or your ‘victim’ up as described in our tutorials and get all the tools ready at hand.
2. Start buzzing
Simply start cutting your hair with hair clippers using the following lengths:
no guards for Induction cut
guard number 1 for burr cut
any guard number 3-5 for butch cut
Make sure to hit all parts of your head, and try cutting in multiple directions on the same spot to get all hair. For this haircut, you don’t necessary need a secondary mirror – simply stop cutting when you don’t hear the buzzing sound anymore.