The terms used by hairdressers can sometimes seem like a language of their own. it is, in many respects. but familiarizing yourself with them is important to achieving the look you’re going for. you’re about to learn everything you need to know about buzz cuts with a #1 on the sides.
You will learn what they actually consist of in terms of length as well as what they look like. you will be able to compare different lengths at the top to see which one you prefer.
Reading: 1 on the sides 4 on top
Doing this before approaching a barber will give you a good idea of what you’re asking for and whether or not it’s really what you want.
let’s get to it.
what is a 1 in the haircut on the sides?
A 1-side haircut is one in which the sides and back are trimmed down to ⅛ inch (3mm), while the top is left longer.
They’re trimmed this short with a couple of clippers, but the top part can be styled however you like.
for example, the top can be left long or scissor cut. in fact, it could be left so long that it could be tied into a man bun or high bun, or even swept back into a pompadour.
While these are possibilities, we’re focusing on shorter styles here.
The hair on top can be shaved down, just a longer buzz cut than #1.
That’s what the rest of this article will focus on: buzz cuts where the top is tapered to a longer length than #1 on the sides and back.
for example, the top could be trimmed to a #2, #3, #4, or #5. when hair is trimmed short and even with a pair of clippers like this, it can be confidently labeled a “buzz cut.”
Although you can get longer fashion cuts, we will only review the shorter ones below because they are more popular.
number 2 on top with 1 on the sides
the number 2 on top with a 1 on the sides consists of hair that is ¼ inch (6 mm) long on top and ⅛ inch (3 mm) on the sides.
This style is short. there’s very little you can do with it, but that’s a huge draw for a lot of men.
It’s easy to keep clean and tidy, plus washing and drying really couldn’t be easier.
but it’s important to note that if you were looking for a strong contrast between the sides and the top, this isn’t going to do it.
See also: Tres Dias FAQs – Tres Dias
the difference between the top and the sides will only be about 3mm here. although it is visible, it is not very obvious. in fact, it will look quite similar to a simple number 2 induction buzz cut, only with slightly shorter sides and back.
The beauty of the 1 on the sides is usually the contrast you get between the sides and the top. this contrast actually has a slimming effect on the face and defines the jawline.
But to make this contrast noticeable, you may want to go for a longer undercut on top.
If you want a more subtle contrast, this #2 on top with #1 on the sides may be the way to go. it would still be a bit more interesting than just a #2 all over the place.
number 3 on top with 1 on the sides
the number 3 on top with a 1 on the sides consists of hair that is ⅜ inch (10 mm) long on top and ⅛ inch (3 mm) on the sides.
The contrast between the top and the sides is more apparent here. the difference produces a pleasant slimming effect on the face.
Also, trimming the sides significantly shorter than the top like this will make the buzz cut grow out more attractively.
One of the problems with clipping a number 3 buzz all over (or any induction-style buzz) is that you can get a sort of “fuzz” appearance as it grows.
This is because all of the hair has been trimmed to exactly the same length.
When the sides and back are trimmed shorter than the top, it grows out nicer and you’ll have to visit the groomer less often.
The hair on top isn’t quite long enough to style yet, so it may not be the most versatile style. but, again, this simplicity appeals to many men.
a “high and skinny” style would be possible, where the transition between length #3 on top and length #1 on the sides and back is very high on the head (around from the level of the temples).
Also, the sides and back can be faded so there is a gradual increase in length as you climb to the top.
Undercuts like this are also great for men with a receding hairline because there is less of an obvious transition from forehead to hairline.
Also, having the hair on top longer than the sides will make the thinning hair on top less obvious and thicker (relative to the sides).
number 4 on top with 1 on the sides
the number 4 on top with a 1 on the sides consists of hair that is ½ inch (13 mm) long on top and ⅛ inch (3 mm) on the sides.
The contrast between the top and the sides is very noticeable here.
It’s so noticeable that some men can avoid it. the style is more attention grabbing and attention grabbing than the shorter buzz cuts listed above.
but again, it gives you that great slimming effect on your face. that’s why it’s a great option for men with round faces and less defined jawlines.
although it is more obvious, it can still look professional and has the advantage of having a very modern touch.
The hair on top isn’t long enough to style yet, but length number 4 is still long enough that the scalp doesn’t show as much. this is particularly true for men with thicker hair.
blur 1 to the sides
A number 1 on the sides with a fade is one where the hair gradually increases in length as it goes from the sides up.
the shortest length on the sides will be a #1 length (⅛ inch).
The point on the sides and back where length #1 begins to gradually blend into longer lengths as you go up is called the fade transition point.
if the transition point is about an inch above the ear, it is called low fade 1 on the sides.
If the transition point is around the level of the temples, it is called a high fade 1 on the sides.
Finally, if the transition point is approximately halfway between the top of the ear and the temples, it is called medium fade 1 on the sides.
once again, the hair on top can be styled any way you like. can be left long or short. you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to the top.
The sides and back, however, will be faded by your barber when it comes to fading the #1 on the side cuts.
hopefully this has cleared up any questions you may have had about 1 on side haircuts.
There are so many potential styling options for top hair that it wouldn’t be possible to cover them all here.
But seeing the top fashion cut options listed here will be helpful if you choose to opt for one of them in the future.