The military cut

Brad Pitt with a military cut in 'Fury'

The military cut (that of the hair, not to be confused with that of the clothes) is one of the options you should consider if you want to get a short haircut.

Like many other things that have become part of our daily life, its origin is in the army. But long ago it stopped being an exclusive haircut for soldiers. Today it is deeply ingrained among civilians as well.


Sullivan Stapleton in the series 'Counterattack'

The military cut accentuates the features of the faceespecially when it comes to the shorter variations. This benefits men with a strong jaw in particular and anyone looking to radiate greater masculinity, strength and toughness in general.

If your profession values ​​the project a polished imageBetting on a sharp haircut (as is the case with military cuts) will help you move in that direction. Formal clothes and a close shave are other keys, although beards can also work if they are given the necessary care.

Is your style not so much about suits, but is it more hipster or contemporary? Don't worry: you just have to take a look at the street to see that the military cut can form a highly stylish tandem with beards, tattoos, piercings and all kinds of casual clothes.

Types of military court

Most people associate this haircut with a specific image (usually very short on the sides and the nape of the neck with a small portion of hair a little longer at the top), but there is no single type of military cut. There are several types, and they are as follows:

Short on the sides and long on the top

Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Jarhead'

Its unique shape is immediately identified with the military world. The nape and sides are cut very short, usually at zero. The top is left slightly longer. Unlike other similar haircuts, here the dividing line between both areas must be very high. Or what is the same, only a small portion of hair should be left without shaving at the top.

Chris Hemsworth in '12 Brave '

If you don't want to keep your hair that short, consider a classic fade, where a skillful scissor cut by your barber will make the different cut areas barely noticeable without losing the taper. You can style the top in a number of ways. In this case, Chris Hemsworth sports a studied mess that brings a touch of simplicity and functionality.


Jason Statham in 'Mechanic: Resurrection'

All hair is cut short and to the same length. The clipper can be zeroed or a slightly higher comb used. The first option is an excellent idea for men who are losing their hair.

Before doing a makeover, it's okay to ask yourself if it will go well with your facial hair. Usually, there is no haircut that goes wrong with beards. There are only different effects. In this case, if you combine it with a beard it creates a quite striking contrast between the head and the face, which increases as the length of the hair is reduced and that of the beard increases. This is not a fault, but only a matter of personal preference. If you look favored, go ahead.


Cillian Murphy in 'Peaky Blinders'

The nape and sides are cut very short, both parts at the same length. The top is left at a medium to long length, which is why it is the variation that you should consider if you want to make a toupee or a fringe.

It is a very popular haircut today, something to which movies and series have contributed a lot. Brad Pitt wore an impeccable undercut in the war tape 'Fury', although his best ambassadors are the Peaky Blinders, with Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) at the helm.

The more manageable your hair, the better the undercut will work for you.. You can throw it all back, give it volume or style it giving it a personal touch, as is the case with the protagonist of 'Peaky Blinders', who adds thick bangs. Make a great team with beards.

Side stripe

Ryan Gosling at the Oscars

The side stripe is associated with high-ranking officers. It's a haircut that often seen on red carpets because of the formality it exudes. Actors like Ryan Gosling or Leonardo DiCaprio are fans of the side stripe at events where the dress code is Black Tie.

There are different lengths. It can be carried out with both scissors and hair clippers. Ryan Gosling's side parting belongs to the first class, for which all hair is clipped to the same length. Then there is the gradient with clippers, which being shorter is the option you should consider if you want your side part to emanate more military vibes.

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  1.   Andropsic. said

    Interesting what refers to the Shaved Head cut for all of us who are getting «cocobolos»; as long as the shape of the head is appropriate. This style also gives an image of athlete, hygiene and neatness, therefore, the clothing must be of the same style: agile, clean and sober for both formal and informal occasions.