Number 3 Buzz Cut With Beard

Are you considering cutting your hair short but growing a beard, and wanna learn more about this style and if it will suit you?

How long is a number 3 buzz cut?

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If you have any of these questions, this article is for you.

The buzz cut is an ever-trendy haircut that is the go-to haircut for many men irrespective of age. If you have decided to try this style, Congratulations on a great choice.

But then you find out that there are different numbers associated with the buzz cut. In this guide, we will tell you all about buzz cut number 3, how to give yourself a buzz cut number 3, and also tell you about a buzz cut with a beard.  

The number 3 buzz cut with a beard is a buzz cut that gives you medium length hair (3/8th of an inch or 10mm long) on your head while your beard can be shaped and styled in accordance with the shape of your face.

In half an hour from now, you could have a cool new hairstyle to show off.  Yes, getting a buzz cut can be as easy as that!

What is the Number 3 Buzz Cut?

So, what exactly is Buzz cut number 3? To understand that, we will have to delve a little bit into haircut terminology.

In general, hair clippers come with a set of 8 guard sizes which represent the clips that need to be attached to electric hair trimmers.  The number of each guard is written on the plastic. A customer can request a haircut between 0 to 8.

Each number represents 1/8 of an inch. So, buzz cut number 3 represents 3/8 of an inch or 10mm. The bigger the number, the more the length of hair that will be left after trimming. Therefore, when a number 0 is asked for, it is essentially a haircut without a guard. The result will be a shaved head.

The number 3 buzz cut will result in a medium length buzz cut.

Here are the haircut numbers and the size of the clipper guards

  • Number 1 – one-eighth of an inch
  • Number 1 – one-eighth of an inch
  • Number 2 – one-quarter of an inch
  • Number 3 – three-eighths of an inch
  • Number 4 – one-half of an inch
  • Number 5 – five-eighths of an inch
  • Number 6 – three-quarters of an inch
  • Number 7 – seven-eighths of an inch
  • Number 8 – one inch

Why is the Buzz Cut Beneficial?

One of the best benefits of the Buzzcut hairstyle is that due to the minimal hair on the head, it is especially good for people living in warmer climates of the world.

There is almost no grooming needed and therefore it is a zero-maintenance style. No wonder this hairstyle has been around for more than 100 years.       

Who is The Buzz Cut For?

The buzz cut is suitable for men of all body shapes, sizes, and hair types. Irrespective of whether you have thick hair or have a receding hairline, buzz cut #3 is suitable for all.

If you are a balding man this haircut will help you because the hair is shortened and made of even length. This makes the hair on the top of the head even with the hair on the sides.

The buzz cut 3 is great for any hair color, type, and face shape. Trim yourself using a trimmer with a number 3 trimmer guard or simply tell your barber to give you a number 3 buzz cut. Barbers are more than familiar with these numbers.

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How To Do A Number 3 Buzz Cut?

All you need for this DIY number 3 buzz cut tutorial is an electric trimmer with a number 3 guard and a portable mirror.

These are enough to get you your new look.

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

Rinse your hair and dry it
Prepare your trimmer
Start trimming
Make it even
Pay attention to the neckline
Take a bath
  • Rinse your hair and dry it

Clean hair can be trimmed easily compared to dirty hair therefore make sure that you have cleaned your hair. We suggest that you use lukewarm water for this and rub the strands of your hair to clean them.

Keep in mind that is difficult to trim wet or damp hair so make sure that your hair is dry to get a buzzcut. You can use a blow-dryer if you are in a rush.

  • Prepare your trimmer

Before starting the process of trimming, you need to prepare your electric clipper for it.

Make sure that it is fully charged because a clipper without a battery will slow down the haircut. This means that the trimming of the hair will be uneven and unruly.

Over a period of time after getting repeated trims, there will be hair on the blades. You’ll need to remove this hair before starting because this hair will affect how the blades of the trimmer function.                                                               

The blades in the trimmer need to be well lubricated with lubricating oil. This helps to improve the shelf life of the clipper and also gives you a better trim.                                                                              

Once you have adjusted the clipper according to the size, use the no. 3 trimmer guard and ensure that it is securely fastened.

Now it is your turn to take the mirror.

While you are trimming the sides and top of your hair you need to use your bathroom mirror.

You can keep spreading some newspapers on the floor. Cleaning will become a lot less messy and your hair will not block the sink.

  • Start trimming
buzz cut trimmer

Once you have everything in place including the clipper guard no. 3. You can start trimming. You can start from anywhere you like.

Know instinctively in which direction your hair grows when you trim. Trimming is always done against the direction in which the hair grows. For example, the hair on top will be trimmed backward and the sides will be trimmed up.

Go slow and ensure that there are no untrimmed areas left behind.

Hair is thinner around the temples and the front. Pay special attention to these areas so that you do not miss out on any parts.

Move the ears back and forward when you are trimming your sides. This will help you reach those areas which are slightly trickier to reach.

When you reach the back, things can get trickier here so we suggest that you take help from the bathroom mirror here.

Stand with your back to the bathroom mirror and hold the compact mirror one way. This will reflect your head’s backside on the smaller mirror and help you trim your head.

The main focus on the back will be to trim upward on the head’s backside. However, the crown area can be difficult as the hair here grows in all directions. But don’t stress over it. Give it your best shot and attempt to understand the direction in which your hair is growing and then proceed to remove it.

  • Make it even

Observe your buzz cut in the mirror to see if you have missed out on any patches anywhere. Look at it in good lighting because you can easily miss out on patches, especially if you’re doing it for the first time.

  • Pay attention to the neckline

The neckline will look natural after trimming but if you want you to have two other options at hand.

You can either go for a square neckline or keep it round. Now, here is a disclaimer. Most people are happy keeping the neckline looking normal but if you want to go the square neckline or round route then it can be difficult. Difficult in the sense that you might need some extra helping hands.

  • Take a bath

Congratulations! You have got yourself a brilliant 3 guard buzzcut. Rinse away the extra hair and stand in front of the mirror. Take a moment to appreciate your craft.

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Why is the Number 3 Buzz Cut with Beard Perfect?

You might be wondering – how would a buzz cut look with facial hair? Let us answer that for you.

If there is only one disadvantage of a buzz cut, it would be that you can’t style your hair according to the contours of your face.

With longer hair, it is possible to use your hair as a style accessory to adjust and change the shape of your face but with the buzz cut, you get what you see. This is where the beard comes in.

For example, a pointy beard can give your chin a long look and make it more pronounced.

Beards can add importance to structurally more feeble parts of your face. If you identify with what you have read so far, a size 3 buzz cut with a beard might not be a bad idea for you.

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To sum up, the disadvantage of the buzz cut can be done away with the addition of a beard and that is why bearded men with buzz cut will look perfectly comfortable in their skin.

Number 3 vs. Number 4 Buzz Cut

Since both the hair lengths can be classified as ‘medium length’ is usually not a huge decision to choose between number 3 buzz cut or number 4 buzz cut.

If you are still unsure about the merits of the buzz cut, you can take a cautious approach and go for the number 4 buzz cut.

The number 4 buzz cut is a great way to get an idea about the contours of your head. When you have a head full of hair, you can’t guess how you would look like with a buzz cut. So, the number 4 buzz cut is a good way to check out the contours of your head and also introduce yourself to the buzz cut.

Of course, if you’re convinced about the merits of the buzz cut and how it would look on you go ahead full steam and give yourself a number 3 buzz cut. You have nothing to worry about.

Read Also: How To Do The Number 2 Buzz Cut

Is The Number 3 Buzz Cut Good For Balding Men?

buzz cut for balding men

The short answer is yes. Absolutely!

To be honest, every short haircut is good for balding men and the reason is simple.

You don’t wanna look like an old man with only hair on the sides. If you have really short hair or you even try to shave your head then you absolutely avoid looking older than you really are.

Less is more, sometimes!

If you have already lost most of your hair you can also consider the number 2 buzz cut. Try the number 3 first which it is a safer choice but if you feel confident go for the number 2 or the complete shave.

You won’t regret it.

There are millions of men who are losing or have already lost their hair. If you are one of those and you don’t want to go for the hair transplant then these haircuts will definitely improve your appearance and will raise your confidence and self-esteem.

If you choose this path, you won’t have to worry about combing your hair or trying to use it to cover the bald spots of the scalp.

Related Post: Bald With A Beard

You should care for things you can control. You can look amazing with or without hair on your head, with or without facial hair. Confidence comes from within.

Number 3 Buzz Cut With A Fade

buzz cut with fade

Most men that try the number 3 buzz cut want to also have a fade on the sides.

What is a fade, though?

A fade haircut is a haircut in which hair is gradually increased/decreased in length. (depending on if you see it from top or bottom).

Fade haircuts are everywhere over the past few years. Barbering is hot right now and fade haircuts are the cream of the crop.

The addition of fade in the sides will make your number 3 buzz cut even more impressive.

At least in my opinion. You can test it out yourself.

But, do me a favor. The first time you try this haircut (with the fade) please visit the barber and watch carefully how he does it

Read Also: How Long Should A Fade Haircut Take

It will be tricky to do it right with your first try.

Of course, as I always say, practice makes perfect.

Final Words

Today we discussed the number 3 buzz cut with a beard.

It is a fantastic choice for most of us. Of course, it is a personal choice because many men really want and like longer hair which is totally understandable and fine.

However, if you want to make a change, or if you are a balding man, or if you are just tired of combing and styling every single day, this haircut will change your life.

It is also actually a really easy haircut to make.

However, if you wanna add ”the fade” part or you wanna connect it or fade it with your beard, it can become more advanced. Then, it would be a good idea to visit your barber.

There are many variations of this haircut and you can choose whichever you like best.

And that’s it for today’s article. I really hope you liked it and learned something useful.

If you have any questions or you just wanna share your thoughts with us and other people feel free to comment down below and we will be more than happy to answer.

Are you ready to make a change?

Until Next Time,

Stay Safe,


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