The undercut has typically been a staple hair trend in men’s runway and editorial looks. Not only strictly popularised in fashion, but this haircut is also common amongst many film and television stars. It has also celebrated a long-lasting popularity in street style, particularly with the younger generations eager to embrace the trend. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, it’s youthful and can work incredibly well for curly, straight or wavy hair types. The other great thing about the undercut is that it can be interpreted in many ways. From the classic versions to the more modern adaptations and everything in between, consider this your ultimate guide for the top undercut hairstyles you should try today.
1. The Classic Undercut
For something a little more conservative, go for a classic cut which still maintains trimmed sides, but leaves the top not too long. The classic undercut is recommended for those who may be a little apprehensive about this haircut because it is relatively simple and isn’t too extreme. Styling the classic undercut is simple, and a bit of hair product will keep it clean and polished. A wet look gel or mousse will give this cut a 40’s/50’s touch which can be great to change the proportions up.
2. Layered Undercut
For something a bit different, a layered undercut is what you will want. This version of the cut is also advised for those who want to add fullness and depth to your hair from a visual perspective. By adding layers, this will visually amplify your locks, working to make the hair look more voluminous. You should also determine to what degree you wish to layer your hair. This means when you’re getting your hair cut by a barber, you should start off by cutting shorter segments off your hair, and then proceed to take off longer portions if you like the way it suits your face.
3. Slicked Back Undercut
The trick to pulling off the slicked back undercut is to ensure your hair is long enough to style it back. You’ll want your hair longer, and the key to ensuring it looks polished is to use a great quality hair product to tame the longer proportions up top. For a more modern take on this cut opt for a matte hair mousse to keep things relatively textured. For a more old school adaptation of the trend, a hair gel product will ensure the cut looks more structured while maintaining a relaxed reference to the past.
4. Side Swept Undercut
The side-swept version of the undercut is best channelled in pompadour-esque styling. Much like the slicked back version, the first step to harnessing a side swept undercut is to ensure you have longer proportions up top so the slicking of the hair works well with the shorter sides of your haircut. The key to pulling off the side swept undercut is to make sure that you are parting your hair the right way. This differs for everyone, so ensure that you are choosing the best part for your face. This is generally determined by which way your hair naturally falls.
5. Puffy Undercut
The one thing that you will need to pull off the puffy undercut is a lot of volume and texture. This version of the undercut is also dependent on the kind of hair that you naturally possess. Gentlemen with curlier hair types will find this styling easier to recreate, particularly when it comes to applying product to your hair to enhance your natural waves. For men with straighter hair types, creating more texture with the layering of your hair is important and will aid when it comes to styling this cut. Keep in mind that matte hair product works nicely with this version.
6. Disconnected Undercut
The disconnected undercut relies on a stark contrast between your hair up top alongside the shaven sides of your hair, distinguished with a line. There is a refined way to interpret this version of the undercut, and it comes down to styling. Our advice? Adopt this version with a 40’s inspiration, maintaining a side part and use products which will make your hair look more sleek to amplify the retro elements of your styling.
7. Long Undercut
For those looking to make a statement with their hairstyle, the longer-haired undercut offers just that. The combination of short sides with long, unrestrained hair on top makes for an eye-catching juxtaposition. Thi cut also brings a sense of style to a long-haired look that might otherwise appear unkempt and careless. Have your barber take some of the weight out of your hair when having it cut; this will ensure your locks flow and keep the contrast looking distinct.
8. Top Knot Undercut
Perhaps you are looking to keep the long hair with your undercut but in a more restrained, modern context. The men’s top knot is still as popular as it has been for the past couple of years, and why would it not be? A top knot is a great option for hair in that awkward transitioning length, bringing an edgy, but under-control look to your longer hair.
Channel the 1950s into your undercut with a voluminous, rockabilly pompadour. The pompadour works best with longer locks and brings a stylish and slick look to your length. Think along the lines of the slicked back version of this cut, but bigger and bolder. You’ll want to use a wet-look, strong-hold gel product and comb for the most genuine interpretation of the ‘50s look.
10. Forward-Swept Undercut
Let’s get this straight, forward does not necessarily equal a fringe. That being said, forward-swept hair brings a modern take on this haircut, and could bring about the fringe’s resurgence in 2017. The cut offers a neat look that works best with shorter hair. Use a matte hair product to add some interesting texture to this look. If it has been a while since your last fringe, opt for consistent length across the top, you will soon learn how (and if) a fringe works with your face.
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Undercut Hairstyles for Men
- Choose an undercut with a short length on top for a classic appearance.
- If you have thin hair, select a layered undercut to add volume and texture.
- Use matte hair mousse to style a modern slicked-back undercut or gel for a classic greaser look.
- Consider wearing your undercut hairstyle forward or to one side for a sophisticated appearance.
- Try styling an undercut with a pompadour or top knot for an on-trend look.
- To make a statement with your strands, opt for a disconnected undercut with a long length on top.