Buzz cut

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Hockey player David Perron with #1 guard buzz cut

A buzz cut is a term that is used to refer to any of a variety of short hairstyles. Rising to prominence initially with the advent of manual hair clippers, buzz cuts became increasingly popular in places where strict grooming conventions applied. In several nations, buzz cuts are often given to new recruits in the armed forces. However, buzz cuts can also be used from a stylist point nowadays. Buzz cut styles today include the butch cut, crew cut or flattop.[1]


Buzz cuts rose to popularity with the advent of manual hair clippers by the Serbian inventor Nikola Bizumić in the late 19th century.[2] These clippers were widely used by barbers to chop hair close and fast. The clipper accumulates hair in locks to rapidly remove the hair from the head. This type of haircut was normal where strict grooming conventions were in effect.

The top of a buzz cut style may be clipped a uniform short length, producing a butch cut, or into one of several geometric shapes that include the crew cut, flattop, and other short styles. Also known as a fade haircut, the back and sides are tapered short, semi-short, or medium, corresponding with different clipper guard sizes.[3][4][5] Buzz cuts can make the face look more defined and are popular with men and boys who want a short, low-maintenance hairstyle, as well as those with thinning or receding hairlines.

In countries such as Australia, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, military recruits are given buzz cuts when they enter training; this was originally done to prevent the spread of head lice,[6] but is now done for ease of maintenance, cooling, and uniformity.[7][8]


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  1. ^ Dek, Gary (2020-08-01). "50 Best Buzz Cut Styles For Men". MHT. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  2. ^ Scali-Sheahan, Maura; Roste, Leslie; Linquest, Linnea; Burness, Amy; Mitchell, Dennis (2017). Milady Standard Barbering (6th ed.). New York City: Cenage Learning. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-305-10055-8
  3. ^ Chris, Barber (2020-08-01). "Men's Fade Haircuts". MHN. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  4. ^ Victoria Sherrow (2006), Encyclopedia of hair, ISBN 9780313331459
  5. ^ L.Sherman Trusty (1971). The Art and Science of Barbering. Wolfer Printing Co.
  6. ^ Stephan Talty (April 19, 1998), "Crew Cuts Forever", The New York Times
  7. ^ Peter Thompson (February 2003), The Real Insider's Guide to Military Basic Training, Universal-Publishers, ISBN 9781581125979
  8. ^ The Men 300,000 New Sailors Will Make Navy Their Career Life Oct. 28 1940. Includes photos of WWII Era Navy Induction Crew Cut, Great Lakes Training Center., 28 October 1940

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of buzz cut at Wiktionary