High and Tight: 25 Daredevil Haircuts for Men

High and tight haircuts originally belonged to the military world but in recent years, they have become really popular among men because of their universally flattering look.

 

How to Do High & Tight Haircut

How to Do High & Tight Haircut

Knowing how to give yourself a high and tight fade hairstyle can help save on barber shop costs whether you are in the military or a civilian who prefers to wear the shorter hairstyles. The process is fairly simple and straightforward, though it might be necessary to perfect the technique through a process of trial and error.

The first step is to take an electric clipper with an adjustable blade setting on its shortest cut and shave the sides and back of your head up to the base of the crown. This line should remain level all around your head. Using a mirror is helpful, but one should also feel the shaved area all the way around and make certain that no long hairs have been missed.

Next, adjust the blades to a longer setting and make a pass parallel to the shaved area all the way around. Work from front to back and straight across the back, making certain to hold the blade perpendicular to the floor to achieve a fade rather than flat across the head. Cutting too much off the top sides will result in a Mohawk rather than a high and tight.

Now, put a guard on the clipper with the guide set for the length you want on top. Make another pass, just above the last one on the sides and back. Again, hold the clipper perpendicular to the floor to create a fade toward the top.

With the guard in place, move to the crown of the head and begin working from back to front. Do not hold the clipper tight to the head all the way. Instead, when you pass the peak of the head, keep the clipper moving in the same plane so that it lifts away from the head as you move forward. This will create a fade from back to front. Done properly, it should leave short bangs that stand out from the front of the head, but do not lie down on the forehead.

 

Watch This Video to Learn How to Cut a High & Tight for Men

 

Coolest High and Tight Hairstyles

These are the amazing high & tight haircuts for men that are trending like crazy.

1. Burr Cut

high and tight with fade

This is the simplest version of the high and tight fade hairstyle. The natural texture on top is combined with a high fade.

Ideal for: Square and oval-shaped faces.

How to style: Use just a little bit of hair gel if needed but make sure you still leave the hair on top looking natural and effortless.

 

2. Haircut for Receding Hairline

high and tight haircut for short hair

A receding hairline can be a problem when it comes to choosing a haircut. But here we see how a short, slick high and tight blends perfectly into the shape of the hairline.

Ideal for: Heart and round-shaped faces.

How to style: Shave the hair on the sides regularly and use hair gel to stylize the hair on top pulling it forward and then pulling the bangs to the side.

 

3. Caesar Cut

guy with high and tight haircut

This simple haircut doesn’t require much effort around the complicated fade or a lot of styling of the hair on top. It is rather pretty practical.

Ideal for: All face shapes.

How to style: Use a bit of hair wax to mess out the hair on the top and maintain the sides short.

 

4. Spiky Hair

high and tight with mid fade

Spikes are great for spicing up the classical high and tight haircut when the hair on the top gets a bit longer.

Ideal for: Round and oval-shaped faces.

How to style: Use a little bit of hair gel to style the spikes upward and then use some hair spray to help hold everything in place and make it last throughout the day.

 

5. Retro Slick Back Fade

slicked back high and tight haircut

Retro and hipster style is back. And this bold high and tight hairstyle is great combined with a retro mustache.

Ideal for: Heart and round-shaped faces.

How to style: Use a generous amount of hair gel to create the slick backcomb but make sure you don’t press the hair to hard for the hairstyle to not end up flat. Use some mustache wax to shape the mustache.

 

6. Short Comb Over with a Mid Fade

A quiff is a nice little detail to a classical high and tight do.

Ideal for: Oval and heart-shaped faces.

How to style: You will need some hair wax to shape the quiff. If your hair is too soft, spray the bangs with a little bit of hairspray.

 

7. Short High Tight with a Medium Fade

To help elongate the face just do a nice medium fade on the sides.

Ideal for: All face shapes.

How to style: This hairstyle doesn’t require any particular styling, but you can always add some hair gel.

 

8. Short Buzz Cut

This high and tight fade is both daring and bold, but also very easy to maintain. It also goes really well with a beard and mustache.

Ideal for: Square and oval-shaped faces.

How to style: Keep in mind that in this hairstyle the outer corners of the brows are the ones that determine the lines of both the haircut and the mustache and beard. Even though the hairstyle is short, it requires maintenance. The beard and mustache should be neatly groomed every few days, and the hairstyle should be maintained every few weeks.

 

9. Hipster Haircut with Beard

Hipster fashion is still very popular among men. And this comb over fade haircut looks great with a retro mustache and a beard.

Ideal for: Round and heart-shaped faces.

How to style: Use hair gel to create the comb over. Make sure that you don’t make it flat, especially around the part. Also, use mustache wax to shape the mustache.

 

10. Soft High and Tight for Older Men

high and tight for older men

This is a milder version of a high and tight hairstyle suitable for everyone. While the sides are shorter than the top part of the hair, the difference is not that drastic.

Ideal for: All face shapes.

How to style: No styling required.

 

11. Pompadour Fade

A high and tight haircut doesn’t always require very short hair. You can get a high and tight effect on a simple backcombed hairstyle.

Ideal for: Oval and square-shaped faces.

How to style: Use a comb to comb the hair towards the back and then make it slick by using a generous amount of hair gel to make it tight.

 

12. Curly Faux Hawk

A high and tight men’s haircut can also be executed on short hair.

Ideal for: Square and heart-shaped faces.

How to style: Maintain the sides short by shaving them on a weekly basis.

 

13. Ivy League Cut

Even if you like simple hairstyles, you can still play with fun shapes such as a hard part line.

Ideal for: Heart and oval-shaped faces.

How to style: Define the hard part using a trimmer. The rest of the hair on the sides should be evenly buzzed. Use hair gel to make the hair on top slick and pull it to the side.

 

14. Front-Swept and a Temp Fade

This shape of the high & tight haircut will make your forehead look a bit more narrow and your face will look leaner.

Ideal for: Round and oval-shaped faces.

How to style: Comb your hair forward making sure you style the bangs in line. Avoid styling products if you don’t like the greasy effect in your hair.

 

15. Naturally Spiky with a Drop Fade

high and tight with drop fade

Spice your natural hair up with a drop fade.

Ideal for: Heart and round-shaped faces.

How to style: Other than maintaining the drop fade, no styling is required.

 

16. Short Pompadour Undercut

This retro high and tight will be your next favorite for any special occasion.

Ideal for: Round and oval-shaped faces.

How to style: Comb your hair to the back and then use hair gel for a wet look.

 

17. Bowl Cut

This bold and daring version of a high and tight haircut is only for brave men.

Ideal for: Square and heart-shaped faces.

How to style: Make sure the hair above the line is straight and neat. Mess out the hair on top.

 

18. Tapered Undercut

If you like precise shapes, you will like this short high and tight hairstyle.

Ideal for: Square and oval-shaped faces.

How to style: No styling needed.

 

19. Slick Back Undercut

A wavy high and tight backcombed hairstyle is so simple and so trendy.

Ideal for: Oval and square-shaped faces.

How to style: Use a little bit of hair wax for wavy hair to apply it to the backcombed hairstyle.

 

20. Short Hair with a Long Beard

best high and tight haircuts

This blonde high and tight haircut is very short in contrast to the longer and darker beard.

Ideal for: Round and square-shaped faces.

How to style: While the hair requires no styling, the beard requires constant grooming and maintenance.

 

21. Front-Swept with Shaved Sides

Men usually like to wear their hair natural. The effect that shaving it on the sides has is that it will make the face look visually longer and leaner and emphasize the facial features.

Ideal for: Oval and heart-shaped faces.

How to style: If your hair goes naturally towards the forehead, there’s no need to style it. Just maintain the sides shaved.

 

22. High & Tight Military Cut 

Military cuts don’t belong only in the military any longer. They have become very popular among men because they look simple and classy.

Ideal for: Square and heart-shaped faces.

How to style: Maintain the medium taper fade every few weeks. Otherwise, just use a small amount of hair wax to give shape to the hair on top.

 

23. Short Mohawk with a Skin Fade

The advantages of having a mohawk hairstyle are that you can style it really easily and it will also give a nice elongating effect on your face.

Ideal for: Square and heart-shaped faces.

How to style: Use a generous amount of gel to shape the hair on top. Also, don’t forget to shave the sides regularly to keep the skin fade.

 

24. Crew Cut with a Bald Fade

high and tight with bald fade

A short high and tight men’s hairstyle combines really well with a nicely trimmed beard.

Ideal for: Round and oval-shaped faces.

How to style: If you have straight hair, you can just add a little bit of hair gel to increase the spiky texture.

 

25. Mini Quiff

high and tight with low fade

Neat and slightly retro high and tight fade are still very modern and always a good choice.

Ideal for: Round and heart-shaped faces.

How to style: Use hair gel to make the hair on the top neat and to create the brushed up effect of the fringe.

 

High and tight haircuts are simple and stylish and they can look good on any man, so you should definitely give them a try.

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