Butch cut

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U.S. Marine with a butch cut

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.[1][2]

A butch cut may also be called a short brush cut or brush cut.[1] A butch cut that is cut at less than 14 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.


Jake Plummer with a burr

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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