If you’re looking for a masculine haircut with minimal fuss, you can’t go past the high and tight. Inspired by the military, this cut, which features faded or fully shaved sides and back with a longer, but still quite cropped top, is clean and neat but also tough and manly. As such, it’s no surprise that this style is a very popular look for men. What is surprising, however, are the many variations that now exist of this classic haircut. So if you’re looking for a sharp new look, you can be sure there’s an option to suit your style, and we can help you find it. Here we have collected the best high and tight haircuts for men
1. Classic high and tight
The classic high and tight is a minimal yet striking hairstyle. It features tapered sides and back with a slightly longer length on top. This classic cut is often worn by the military, who are called “jarheads” due to the cup’s lid-like appearance on top.
2. High and Tight with Fade
For a softer version of the high and tight, you can opt for a more gradual fade on the sides. To nail the look, ask your hairstylist for a high fade with a short length on top. The result will be a perfect male appearance for any occasion.
3. Short high and tight
The top and the tight can be surprisingly versatile and offer an option to suit every man’s taste. If you’re the type of man who likes ultra-short lengths, then the high-waisted, skin-tight shorts might be for you. The style, which features distinctly edgy sides with a very short length on top, is minimal without looking simple. It is also practical and requires relatively no styling. However, you will need to arrange regular cuts to maintain its cropped length.
4. High and tight with longer hair
For a more modern take on the high and tight, you can ask your stylist for a slightly longer length on top. However, make sure to keep the cut relatively short, otherwise your high, tight cut will turn into a disconnected undercut.
5. High and tight with straight hair
One of the benefits of the high and tight hairstyle is that it can suit all hair types. However, it appears particularly polished and clean on those with naturally straight strands. So, if your locks are free from curls, waves, and creases, you should consider trying this cut.
6. High and tight with messy hair
The high and tight is a military haircut. So while it is a clean and crisp look, it can also look conservative and somewhat harsh. To combat this problem, you can consider rocking a messy tight top. By simply leaving your top hair tousled, you’ll instantly add a more relaxed, laid-back aesthetic to your overall look.
7. High and Tight with Buzz Cut
Standard fashion cuts are practical and masculine. However, they can also be a little simple for fashion-forward men. As such, a high and tight cut can be a fantastic alternative. Thanks to its fade, this short haircut is visually more exciting than your usual single-length buzz.
8. High and Tight with Afro
If you have afro-textured hair, a high and tight bob haircut can be a great option. With just enough length to show off your natural texture on top and practical short sides, this hairstyle is sleek, stylish and easy to manage.
9. High and Tight with Forward Swept Hair
When going for a high and tight hairstyle, you have to decide how you want to wear the hair on top of your head. For a simple and easy option, you can create an edgy look. To do this, simply comb the damp hair forward after washing. Then let air dry or, if your hair is unruly, blow dry and style with pomade.
10. High and Tight with Blonde Hair
When transitioning to a new hairstyle, it is important to consider the color of your locks. For example, a light tight top will appear more subtle than a dark tight top. So, if you have blonde hair, you may need to go for a more contrasting length to achieve the same impact as someone with brown or black hair.
11. High and Tight with Drop Fade
Another great twist on the traditional high and tight is to combine it with a crossfade. The cut features a fade that starts high before tapering behind the ears. As such, from the front, this cut comes across as a tall, tight standard. But, from the back, it looks like a simple cut.
12. High and Tight with Comb-Over
If you’re looking for a tight, tight top that looks dapper and office-appropriate, a comb-over version is a great choice. To create the look, just make sure you have enough length on top. Then do a deep side part and use a product to hold your look in place.
13. High and Tight with Pompadour
For a fresh take on the trendy pompadour, you should consider pairing the look with a high, tight bob haircut. Thanks to the shaved sides of this cut, even a mini pompadour created with short locks can be striking and elegant.
14. High and Tight with Quiff
Like a pompadour, a banana can also work with a high, tight haircut. However, you may need to practice your styling techniques to keep the look in place. In particular, drying your hair up and back before styling it with a comb and pomade can help keep this style safe with short locks.
15. High and tight for fine hair
Men with thinning hair can also adopt a stylish high and tight hairstyle. Thanks to its minimal length, this cut does not require thick locks to look good. As such, it makes a great option for those who have naturally thin hair or are experiencing hair loss.
16. High and tight with curls
When combined with thick curls, a military haircut can look modern and fresh. Thanks to the added texture and volume up high, there is an interesting distinction between the hair on top of the head and the buzzed sides.
17. High and Tight with Caesar Cut
When paired with a high fade, a Caesar cut instantly becomes more contemporary and stylish. To nail the look, simply ask your hairstylist for a fade with a short length on top. The top should then be styled forward and cut into short horizontal bangs.
18. High and tight with a hard part
Don’t worry if a cropped cut with a high fade isn’t as unique as you’d like. By adding a hard part to your cut, you can quickly add interest and excitement to your edgy style. Plus, the shaved line will give the illusion of a smart side part even if your hair isn’t long enough to create one.
19. High and Tight with Beard
If you want to amp up the masculinity of your high and tight haircut, you can consider pairing it with a beard. Not only will the beard complement your manly cut, but it will also balance out the minimal proportions of your hair.
20. High and tight with a two-tone hair color
The high and tight may be minimal, but it’s far from boring, especially when opting for a two-tone version. With different colors on the top and sides, the tall and tight two-tone dials increase the contrast for an eye-catching and unforgettable appearance.
How do you ask for a high and tight haircut?
Just ask your hairstylist for a high and tight. You will always have a say in what length of combs you prefer – usually a zero or one on the sides and back, then a two, three or four on the top. However, if you’re worried, why not pack some reference photos to show your stylist exactly what you have in mind? Pinterest is the perfect way to create a board of styles you love, and you can quickly scroll through before the clippers hit your head.
Should I have a high and tight haircut?
The high and tight work especially well on men with oval, square, heart or round faces. It’s versatile and flexible, which means it’s easily customizable. Conversely, guys with triangle and diamond faces might be better off sticking to a style with lower sides and more volume on top to balance out a narrower forehead. Likewise, a high and tight can add height to the face, which is not the best choice for the already longer faces of the rectangles.
What is the difference between a fade and a high and tight?
A classic high and tight has the same short length on the sides and back, which blends into the longer hair on top. In contrast, a fade will move different lengths to the sides and back, creating the fade effect. A fade can be combined with many hairstyles ranging from pompadours and quiffs to Caesars and even tops and tights.
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