We are continuing our “on the sides” series, and today we are going to talk about the 5 on the sides haircut. We will start by talking about what a 5 on the sides haircut is and what it looks like, continue by suggesting eight different 5 on the sides haircuts that look amazing on anyone, and finish by explaining how to properly ask your barber for a 5 on the sides hair.
So without further ado, let’s start!
What is a 5 on the sides haircut?
The 5 on the sides haircut is a haircut where you trim the sides and back of your hair with the number 5 clipper guard to 15.8mm (5/8 inch). Overall it is a classy style, neither too long nor too short, that can be worn on many different occasions.
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What does the 5 on the sides haircut look like?
There is no easy way to describe how a five on the sides haircut look because it totally depends on how you choose to style your hair.
For a classic look, pair it with a low fade or taper, and you will have a neat and clean appearance. For an edgier style, opt for a disconnected top and add texture and depth. If you want something more modern, curls or waves on top combined with a high fade will look stunning.
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8 Different 5 on the Sides Haircuts
It’s no secret that the 5 on the sides haircut has dominated men’s fashion for a while now and is a cut worth trying out if you’re looking for a stylish and refined look. There are tons of variations of this style with different fades, textures, and lengths to choose from – each offering a unique look that can fit your personal preference. In this section, we’ll cover 8 different 5 on the sides haircuts so you can find one that suits you best!
1. Low Fade with 5 on the Sides
We will start with the most classic variation – the 5 on the sides haircut with a low fade. To get this haircut you should ask your barber for a number 5 fade on the sides and back hair and leave the top hair longer to create a nice contrast.
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2. Disconnected Top with 5 on the Sides
The disconnected top with 5 on the sides is a modern take on the traditional cut that adds texture and volume. Start by asking your barber to trim your hair with the number 5 hair clipper size around the back and sides. Then, ask him to do the disconnect effect at the crown to create more lift and form an edgier aesthetic. When styling, use some pomade or wax for extra hold.
3. Longer French Crop Cut with 5 on the Sides
The French crop cut is a haircut that is becoming hotter and hotter over the last few years, and when combined with a 5 on the sides, it results in a stylish and polished look.
If you have been living under a rock and don’t know what a crop cut is, let us quickly explain. In the French crop cut, the top hair is cut short and has a textured feel to it; of course, there are a few different ways to style it, but we won’t get into more details in this article. If you want to learn more, click here.
4. Short Pompadour with 5 on the Sides
Combine a high fade (or not) with a pompadour for a daring, eye-catching hairstyle! Start by asking your barber for a high fade around the back and sides, and leave plenty of hair length on top. For the pompadour, apply wax or pomade to your hair and use a comb to create the pompadour quiff at the front.
5. Curly Layers with 5 on the Sides
Create an effortlessly beautiful look by opting for curly layers with 5 on the sides! This style will give your hair dimension without compromising any of your natural curls or waves. Start by asking your barber for a 5 on the sides to create structure and contrast against the layers. Then, ask them to add some texture to the top hair for added movement and definition.
6. High Fade with 5 on the Sides
Get ready to turn heads with a high fade with 5 on the sides! This is the perfect style for those looking for an edgier, more striking look than a low fade. Ask your barber for a 5 on the back and sides, and leave the hair on top longer. This will create an incredible contrast between the top section of your hair and the fade, making sure all eyes are on you! Finish off the look with some wax, gel, or pomade to give your locks texture and shape.
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7. Slicked Back Look with 5 on the Sides
For a sleek and stylish look, try a slicked-back look with 5 on the sides! This classic style is perfect for those looking to add sophistication to their hairstyle. Start by asking your barber for a number 5 hair clipper size cut at the sides and back. Then, if you’re going for the wet look, use plenty of gel or wax to get that sleek shine – be careful not to go overboard, as it can end up leaving your hair greasy or clumpy. You can also opt for the dry look, offering more texture and volume but still providing a polished finish.
8. Textured Waves with 5 on the Sides
Add some personality to your style with textured waves and 5 on the sides! This look is perfect for those who want a bit of extra flair without compromising on their natural texture. Ask your barber for a high fade at the back and sides, with a 5th guard length on the end of the fade. Then, use a wide-tooth comb or brush to gently tease out the texture in your hair, giving you fuller-looking waves with plenty of volume. Keep styling to a minimum instead; opt for something light and workable such as mousse or sea salt spray, for that effortless finish!
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How to do a 5 on the sides haircut at home
Cutting a 5 on the sides at home is easier than you think! You can give yourself a stylish cut that looks barbershop perfect with a few simple steps. Here’s how to do it:
- Step 1: Before beginning to trim your hair with the hair clippers, brush and comb your hair thoroughly to get rid of any knots.
- Step 2: After your hair is ready, it is time to prepare your hair clippers. Make sure they are clean, charged, and sharp.
- Step 3: Place the number 5 hair clipper guards on your hair clipper and start clipping your hair from bottom to top.
- Step 4: Take care of the details. Have someone help you with the neckline and ask them to see if there are any spots you have missed.
- Step 5: Now, it is time to take care of the top hair. We can’t give you any advice for this step as it totally depends on how you want to style it.
- Step 6: Congratulations, you are ready! Now you have to wash your hair and take care of the mess you have made (don’t forget to clean and oil your hair clippers).
And voila! Once all sections are complete, style as desired and enjoy your new cut!
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How to ask your barber for a 5 on the sides haircut
When asking your barber for a 5 on the sides haircut, be sure to explain precisely how you want it styled. Give as much information as possible to ensure the best results! Consider bringing in pictures of different styles you like and provide detailed instructions; this will help you and your barber understand what look you are going for. Remember to talk about all the different parts of the haircut, like the transition and length, if you have decided to go for faded sides, how short or long you want the top hair, or additional details like styling lines or designs. Clear communication will make you walk away with a perfectly tailored cut to your individual taste and style.
The 5 on the sides haircut is an enduring classic that can be tailored and customized to fit your own unique style. Finding the perfect style is not an easy task; it needs a lot of experimentation and many failed haircuts under your belt. So, don’t be afraid of trying new looks and cuts.
Russell is the founder of themensattitude.com. He is a barber a beard enthusiast and he is obsessed with trying men’s lifestyle products and blog about them. If you have any questions you can hit him up via the contact page.