Types of Haircuts


Blowout (blō aut) noun : 1 : (1970’s) A hairstyle that is extended out from one’s head sometimes using a blowdryer or a pick to appear as a giant sphere. synonym afro 2 : A hairstyle that is shaped nearly into a sphere with the back of the neck and below the temple tapered down near or to the skin. synonyms brooklyn blowout, brooklyn fade, taper, temple taper, tape.


Bowl Cut (bōl kət) noun : A cut in which the barber puts a bowl on the top of the head and cuts everything lower than the lip edge of the bowl.


Business Man’s Cut (biz-nəs manz kət) noun : A conservative haircut suitable for a businessman. Usually parted on one side with the side neither very long or very short.


Buzz Cut (krü kət) noun : A very short haircut clipped to same length or to appear as the same length around the entire scalp. variations burr cut: a buzz cut to a #1 (1/8 of an inch) or less.


Caesar (sē-zər) : A hairstyle that is completely combed forward on top as if to resemble Julius Caesar. Sometimes it will be worn with a straight line on the bangs. variations (a) caesar fade: a Caesar cut on top with the sides and back faded. (b) caesar with a flip: a modified Caesar in which the bangs will be brushed up or back.


Davey Crocket (dā-vē krä-kət) noun : A hairstyle that is clippered short all the way up to the top of the sides and back of the head leaving hair long enough on top to put in a pony tail hanging of the shortly clipped back. synonyms samurai, coon skin cap.


D.A. (d ā) noun : referring to the back of one’s hair when it is combed toward the center from the sides to resemble the back of a duck. synonym duck tail.


Fade (fād) noun : A haircut in which the lower portion of the scalp is bald (bald fade) or the hair clipped short enough to see the scalp and gradually get longer hence showing less scalp or no scalp. One must not be able to see any noticeable line that marks the shorter from the longer hair.

Feathered Cut (fe-thərd kət) noun : A hairstyle that can vary greatly in lengths but is worn parted in the middle sweeping to either side to resemble a bird’s feather.


Flat Top (flat täp) noun : A hairstyle that is cut to make the top look flat. There are many variations including a flat top with rounded edges, boxed, and tapered corners. Sometimes misnomered as a crew cut.


High and Tight (hī and tīt) noun : A cut in which the sides and back are at a 0 length or less all the way up to the crown. It may or may not be blended to the hair on top which is usually cut into a flat top or a buzz.


Ivy League (ī-vē lēg) noun : A very clean-cut style named for its popularity among men attending the "Ivy League" universities (Princeton, Harvard, Yale, et al). Generally, the hair is cut very short all over, gradually getting slightly longer in front. Enough hair is left to part and comb neatly. Many people have different ideas what this cut should look like, so be specific to your barber. synonyms Princeton.


Military Regulation

Marine Regulation (mə-ˈrēn re-gyə-ˈlā-shən) noun : Haircut a U.S. Marine is required to get once a week. The sides and back are at a 0 length or less and the top can be no longer than 3 inches. synonym Marine Reg variations (a) Low Reg: the 0 length is taken up just above the sideburn on the sides and under the occipital bone on the back of the head. (b) Medium Reg: 0 length is cut to the middle of the temple on the sides and slightly above the occipital bone in the back. (c) High Reg: 0 length is cut to the top of the temple, just below the crown on the sides and back.

Navy Regulation (nā-vē re-gyə-ˈlā-shən) noun : Hair above the ears and around the neck shall be tapered from the lower natural hairline upwards at least 3/4 inch and outward not greater than 3/4 inch to blend with hairstyle. Hair on the back of the neck must not touch the collar. Hair shall be no longer than four inches and may not touch the ears, collar, extend below eyebrows when headgear is removed, show under front edge of headgear, or interfere with properly wearing military headgear.


Army Regulation (är-mē re-gyə-ˈlā-shən) noun : The hair must present a tapered appearance. When the hair is combed, it will not fall over the ears or eyebrows, or touch the collar, except for the closely cut hair at the back of the neck. The block-cut fullness in the back is permitted to a moderate degree, as long as the tapered look is maintained.


Air Force Regulation (er fȯrs regyə lā-shən) noun : Not required.


Mullet (mə lət) noun : A hairstyle that is short on the top and sides with the back left long. synonyms bi-level, soccer rocker, hockey hair, the Billy Ray Cyrus.


Pompadour (päm pə dȯr) noun : A longer version of the classic tapered haircut in which the hair is brushed back and secured with a liberal application of pomade. The pompadour was the signature haircut of Elvis and was quite popular by young "rebels" in the 1950s. variation psychopomp: a pompadour on top but the sides buzzed close or even to the skin straight up to the top. Tip: Do not call this cut a psychopomp with someone wearing it in your presence. Sometimes they do not like to be labeled.


Round Top (raund täp) noun : A hairstyle that looks like a flat top from the side, but is round when looking at it from the front.


Taper (tā pər) noun : 1 : Any hairstyle that has a no defined line on the bottom of the back of one’s neck. Such as a business taper which is a business man’s cut with the neck tapered. 2 : Any hairstyle with no defined line around the hairline of the sideburns and back of the neck. 3 : A haircut that is sharply tapered from skin to hair at the temple and back of the neck to either long or buzzed hair. synonyms blowout (see #2 definition of blowout).


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