Butch cut

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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, generally between ​14 and ​34 inch, following the contour of the head. 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] 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] A butch that is cut at less than ​14 inch on top may be referred to as a burr.[3] A butch that is cut at ​14 inch or longer on top, and especially one that shows natural curl, depending on length, may be referred to as a short brush cut or brush cut.[4][1][5] Butch cuts are traditionally groomed with hair control wax, commonly referred to as butch wax.

Short brush cut
Airforce brush cut

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  1. ^ a b c d Trusty 1971, p. 113.
  2. ^ Thorpe 1967, p. 135.
  3. ^ Sherrow 2006, p. 101.
  4. ^ Trusty 1971, p. 107.
  5. ^ Trusty 1971, p. 116.


  • Sherrow, Victoria (2006). Encyclopedia of hair. Greenwood Press.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Thorpe, S.C. (1967). Practice and Science of Standard Barbering. Milady Publishing Corporation.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Trusty, L. Sherman (1971). The Art and Science of Barbering. Wolfer Printing Co.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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