Butch cut

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Butch cut Marine

A butch cut is a type of haircut in which the hair on the top of the head is cut short in every dimension.[1] The top and the upper portion of the back and sides are cut the same length, which generally ranges between one quarter of an inch and three quarters of an inch, following the contour of the head.[1][2]

A butch may also be called a short brush cut or a brush cut.[1] A butch that is cut at less than one quarter of an inch on top may be referred to as a burr.[3] Butch cuts are traditionally groomed with hair control wax, commonly referred to as butch wax.



A variant form may have a slight graduation of the top hair longer from back to front or a quickly graduated bit of hair at the front hairline to achieve a little flip up of the hair at the forehead.[1] The hair below the upper portion of the sides and back of the head is tapered short or semi-short with a clipper, in the same manner as a crew cut.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Trusty 1971, p. 113.
  2. ^ a b Thorpe 1967, p. 135.
  3. ^ Sherrow 2006, p. 101.


  • Sherrow, Victoria (2006). Encyclopedia of hair. Greenwood Press. 
  • Thorpe, S.C. (1967). Practice and Science of Standard Barbering. Milady Publishing Corporation. 
  • Trusty, L. Sherman (1971). The Art and Science of Barbering. Wolfer Printing Co. 

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