Sure, “short is sweet” – we’ve all heard it before. But if that doesn’t do it for you, here are some other solid reasons why you should get a buzz cut.
Let’s get to it.
11 Reasons You Should Get A Buzz Cut
Some of these will be more important to you than others. But those will most likely be enough to tilt you in favor of going for the cut.
1. It’s Effortlessly Neat
A buzz cut is a great option for people that want a “set it and forget it” style. In other words, one that you don’t have to worry about.
Buzz cuts don’t need touch ups in the middle of the day. You won’t need to take a comb to work with you. You won’t need to flatten any strays or flyaways.
It’s a haircut you won’t need to even think about once it’s trimmed. Just focus on washing, drying, and – well, that’s about it.
This frees up time in your morning routine.
That’s time you can use to focus on your outfit, facial hair, or something completely unrelated to style.
It’s amazing how much time and effort you can save by simply trimming your hair down to a length where it’s effortless to keep it neat and tidy.
2. It’s Easy To DIY
Another beautiful thing about buzz cuts is just how easy they are to do yourself.
Barbers are great. But when you’re looking to save time and money, there’s nothing better than a DIY cut.
As far as home-appropriate haircuts go, it doesn’t get better than a buzz cut.
A simple, induction-style buzz cut trimmed down to the same length in all directions and dimensions is as easy as it gets.
Don’t get me wrong – there’s a “right” way to do it.
For example, you’ll want to properly prep your clippers, trim against the grain, pay attention to the cowlick, and so on. I’ve written plenty about DIY buzz cuts on this site.
But the main point is that most people should be able to manage it.
You may not be able to fade the sides or do anything too fancy.
But clipping on a clipper guard and trimming everything down to the same length? Sure – easy enough.
3. It’s Easy To Wash And Dry
This one is for people that want to minimize their morning routine as much as possible.
Washing and drying hair may not sound that time-consuming, especially when the hair isn’t that short to begin with.
But over the course of a week or a month, that time adds up.
The ease with which a buzz cut can be washed and dried shouldn’t be underestimated. It really is glorious.
You’ll probably need to shampoo and condition less with such little hair.
Blow-dryers become a thing of the past.
Overall, it’s a benefit that’s hard to ignore.
4. You Don’t Need Styling Products
Gels, clays, pomades, etc.
There’s simply no need.
Buzz cuts, in general, are simply too short to benefit from them whatsoever. There are a lot of benefits to this level of simplicity.
The obvious one is cost. Tubs of hair clay may not cost all that much individually, but over time, they can add up.
Time and effort are the main factors here.
Hair can be stubborn and require some serious time in front of the mirror, tirelessly slicking back, combing over, pomping up, and so on and so forth.
There are plenty of people who don’t even like the feel of hair products but simply have to use them to get some sort of hold.
This is when you should really consider getting a buzz cut.
When hair is so short and easy to maintain that you don’t need a single hair product, it’s bound to appeal to some people.
5. It’s Great For Balding
This won’t be relevant to all of you. But there’s a very good chance it will be to some of you.
This is because trimming the hair super short can actually make thinning hair and receding hairlines appear less obvious, funnily enough.
Let me explain.
Thin and bare patches often look more obvious when they’re surrounded by thicker and longer areas.
It’s the contrast that makes the thin areas more noticeable.
Buzz cuts trim everything down to a very short and even length.
This reduces the contrast between the thick/long areas and the thin/bare areas – making the thin areas less noticeable as a result.
The shorter the buzz cut, the more impressive this effect is.
But overall, most buzz cuts should give you this benefit, at least to a certain extent.
It can be a pretty nerve-wracking prospect, however. Trimming everything down ultra-short when you’re already balding may not sound like the opposite of what you want to do.
You may want to grow out what you’ve got left to try and hide the thinner areas.
But often, this actually makes those thinner areas and the attempts at hiding them even more obvious.
6. It’s A Liberating Experience
Getting a buzz cut is a pretty liberating experience.
Although hair is often seen as a desirable physical trait, it comes with a lot of baggage.
By “baggage” I mean time and energy.
Having hair, thinking about it, maintaining it – it all takes up some of your energy. You may not even know it.
Trimming a buzz cut is a great way of acknowledging this and simply freeing yourself of it.
I’ve already talked about how effortless a buzz cut can really be once it’s trimmed.
But here we’re talking about the experience of getting the buzz cut in the first place. It can be a zen-like, meditative experience that everyone should try out at some point.
7. It Can Define Facial Features
Buzz cuts can exaggerate features of your face you may not have even known you had.
This effect can be a potential benefit, but also a potential downside. It’s definitely worth trying to figure this out before you trim one.
Essentially, having such little length on top and on the sides can have a narrowing effect on the face, defining the jawline.
When you’ve got sharp facial features such as a strong chin or a defined jawline, a buzz cut can give these features even more prominence.
On the other hand, if you’ve got a face that’s on the rounder end of the spectrum, having barely any length on top prevents you from adding height or length from the top end.
For instance, you won’t be able to style a quiff to add height and elongate the face from up top.
This can sometimes make the face look even rounder when you’ve trimmed a buzz cut.
One way of counteracting this would be to grow a beard and add some length from the bottom end.
But overall, if you’ve got a round-shaped face (as many people do), just know that a buzz cut may make it look even rounder.
Consider your facial features and just know that a buzz cut can exaggerate them. If you feel that this would be a potential benefit, it’s all the more reason you should get one.
8. It’s Cooling
As you’d expect, this benefit is more important in warmer climates.
Longer hair can feel heavy and uncomfortable, especially when the temperature starts to rise.
Buzz cuts are great hairstyles in these warmer temperatures. The lack of hair can be cooling.
There isn’t a huge amount more to say about this one.
If you’re looking for a style that’ll keep things cool and comfortable, get a buzz cut.
9. It Feels Great To Touch
It’s no secret that long hair is fun to play with.
Twisting, tousling, etc. No one is denying that.
But the gentle fuzz of a short buzz cut can be equally fun to pass your palm over. You won’t be twisting or tousling hair this short by any means.
But sliding your palms over it now and again can feel great.
What’s even better is that you can do so without having to worry about messing up your hair.
A buzz cut is pretty much impossible to mess up in any case. It’s too short to mess up, so you can have fun with it during the day without fear of doing so.
10. You Can Color It
Hair doesn’t need to be that long for you to color or dye it.
There are plenty of people that color their buzz cuts and it’s actually a great way to make a straightforward hairstyle look a little more interesting and unique.
One of the potential downsides of buzz cuts is that it’s tough to stand out with them.
For example, a number 2 buzz cut is quite likely to look like any other number 2 buzz cut out there.
Sure, you could fade or taper the sides – but this is pretty common in any case too.
Coloring the buzz cut a shade that really pops out can be a great option, particularly if you’re looking for a temporary way to make it stand out from the crowd (special occasions, etc).
11. It Grows Out Well
When growing your hair out, it’s not uncommon for people to eventually get stuck in a rut.
A phase of growth where it feels as though no matter how you style it, it just doesn’t look right to you.
It may simply refuse to slick back, constantly fall flat, or just look worn down and lifeless.
When you get to this stage, you could give it a bit more time to see if things correct themselves. It’s surprising just how often this can actually help.
But another option would be to start from scratch.
And when I say “start from scratch” I mean really start from scratch.
Trimming everything down to a buzz cut length is a great way of taking everything back to the starting line and allowing it to grow out once more.
Often, people start to enjoy the freedom and hassle-free nature of buzz cuts and never go back. They’ll maintain that buzz cut and won’t bother with the stress of having to grow it all out again.
But if you did want to grow it all out again, buzz cuts can often grow out in an aesthetically pleasing way.
When you feel stuck with what you’re able to do with your hair, trimming everything down to a buzz cut and growing it all out again is a good option.
Problems you might have had before may just correct themselves.
It’s important to note that buzz cuts trimmed down to the exact same length all over (top, back, and sides) can sometimes grow out a bit like a “fuzzball”.
To prevent this, people often trim the sides and back a grade or two shorter. This produces a tapered appearance that grows out in a much more natural-looking fashion.
Trimming a buzz cut for the first time can be a pretty daunting prospect. But it’s common for people to love it once they’ve taken the leap.
In short, there are plenty of reasons why you should get a buzz cut.
You’ve just read a rundown of some of the most important ones.
Hopefully, it was enough to seal the deal for you.
Ready Sleek founder. Obsessed with casual style and the minimalist approach to building a highly functional wardrobe. Also a fan of classic, vintage hairstyles.