Black Men Haircuts – The Crew Cut

The Crew Cut is one of those great black men haircuts: it is both convenient and low maintenance. In fact, Rogelio recommends the Crew Cut haircut for kinky and afro-textured hair in his book, The Men’s Hair Book: A Male’s Guide To Hair Care, Hair Styles, Hair Grooming, Hair Products and Rocking It All Without The Baloney. The Crew Cut haircut is one step up from the Buzz Cut as the latter has an even buzzed length all around the scalp while the former has a ranging hair length across the scalp.

President Barack Obama with his kinky afro hair styled in a Crew Cut haircut

US President Barack Obama is quite fond of the Crew Cut haircut as seen above

Crew Cut haircut basics

  • Done primarily with a hair clipper. A pair of scissors may be involved if desired for the top of the head.
  • Top of the head at an even length, any length from a #4 to a scissor-trimmed top at 1 inch of length; this is the non-US version of the Crew Cut.
  • The US version of the Crew Cut has the top tapered with a hair clipper and leaving the front slightly longer than the crown.
  • Sides and back are done as a taper, from #3 to a #2.
  • If the top of the head is 1/2 to 1 inch in length, you can style it into a mini Faux Hawk, side parted or spiked.

 

How to do the Crew Cut haircut

The sides are tapered to a #2 on the sides and back (the hairline of the back and sides will be left at a #2 guard length). The top is then left at a longer length than the back and sides; the top can reach up to 1 inch in length in the Crew Cut.

Now, for the top of the head in the Crew Cut, there are 2 ways to go about it, the US way and the non-US way.

In the US, a Crew Cut has the top of the head tapered with a hair clipper: starting from the crown, taper the hair forward so that the front is a tad longer than the crown. You can do this by lifting the clipper up smoothly as you approach the front; this will leave some length on the top. Alternatively, you can do it with scissors, for the top can be up to 1 inch in length and you can trim the top smoothly with scissors.

In the non-US version of the Crew Cut, the hair on the top is basically one guard length higher than the sides and back. That is, if you did you sides with a #3 tapered to a #2, then use a #4 in guard length for the top. The top in the non-US version of the Crew Cut is left at the same length, there is no tapering as with the US version of the Crew Cut: if you choose a #4 for the top, all of the top will be a #4.

It’s best you first get the Crew Cut haircut by a barber or hairdresser. Afterwards, you can retouch your Crew Cut with your own hair clipper and scissors (the latter only for the top if it was scissor trimmed), it is a good idea to have a handy mirror to be supervising the clipping of the hair as you perform it. The Crew Cut haircut is a favorite of black men because once you master it, it can be done fairly fast.

Hair products for the Crew Cut haircut

Because the Crew Cut is a minimalist haircut, you really only need a hair clipper and a good mirror to be double checking that you are clipping the hair symmetrically across each of the stripes. You may also invest in a pair of quality barber scissor not only for this haircut but for other haircuts you may desire.

The Crew Cut haircut is a great haircut option for black men because it is both convenient and can be done by oneself with the right tools in the comfort of one’s house. The Crew Cut is a haircut that is beneficial for other men too, but black men with kinky hair will find that the Crew Cut haircut delivers an extra oomph to their hair management!

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About LaSalle

Currently travelling the world, South America almost finished. I have made it my goal to see the whole world so I have taken time off from my one passion: hair. I have 15 years experience cutting and shaping men's heads of hair, started in a barbershop in London and made the jump to the States. Worked in Manhattan and Miami, the latter possibly the best city to live in! I post whenever I have some time so keep an eye out for my writings!

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