The men’s undercut hairstyle is a popular, modern haircut for guys. Undercut styles have risen to prominence over the past few years, with celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Brad Pitt and David Beckham wearing the haircut on the red carpet. More recently, it has become a stylish hairstyle for every-day wear and may be the most trending style for men right now.
The different types of undercuts have risen in popularity due to the versatility and stylish nature of the haircut. As a top haircut in the past few years, it shouldn’t be surprising that numerous variations on the men’s undercut have also been appearing on the streets. From the formal, business style of the slicked back undercut to the cool disconnected side swept undercut, the range of styles has proven that this hairstyle can be worn for any occasion.
Read on to learn how to get and style an undercut as well as details on the best undercut haircuts to try! We are confident you’ll be impressed by the many ways to style this incredible look.
What Is The Undercut Hairstyle?
As a type of “short sides, long top” haircut, classic undercut hair mimics the structures of the pompadour and quiff, and recreates them for a modern era. Instead of a gradual, faded transition to long hair on top, the key feature of the undercut hairstyle is the sharp contrast between shaved sides and the voluminous top. Ultimately, the undercut is a cool short to medium-length hairstyle that can be coupled with a number of other haircuts to create any style you want.
Best Face Shapes For The Undercut
Unfortunately, the classic undercut is not a hairstyle which suits everyone. The trendy men’s haircut has quite a smooth shape, meaning guys with angular or sharp face shapes such as the square or diamond are perfect for the style. The volume of hair on top gives a rounded appearance that balances and softens the angles of the face.
Those with round or oblong faces will find that the undercut emphasizes the width and length of the face, softening the angles a little too much. Nevertheless, if you love the undercut, give it a try – after all, rules are made to be broken and you may be able to pull it off anyway!
How To Get The Undercut Hairstyle
The undercut is a fairly simple haircut, and most good barbers will know how to cut it upon request. However, due to the variations within the style, taking a picture with you to your stylist can be a wise idea, especially if you have a specific hair design in mind. Although we don’t recommend cutting the undercut yourself, you may be able to do it with a good pair of clippers and guard settings.
To get the undercut, all you need is at least 2 inches of hair on top. If you want an eye-catching hairstyle with strong contrast between the top and sides, choose an extreme difference, such as a #1 on the sides with 3 to 5 inches of length on the top.
Otherwise, the sides can be buzzed as short as you want, or as long as a #3 or #4, depending on how long your hair is on top. In the end, there are lots of variations in length to choose from, and the length dictates how the hairstyle will look.
How To Style An Undercut
Luckily for those men who like to change up their hairstyles, the undercut is easy to style and the length on top offers lots of variation in terms of styling. For any of the following undercut styles, you’ll need high-quality pomade, putty, or wax, a good brush or comb, and a hair dryer. These three tools are essential in giving your undercut the texture, volume and height it needs to look sleek and modern.
For styling the classic undercut with a little volume, follow these instructions:
- Start with slightly damp, towel-dried hair.
- Apply a small amount of hair product to your hair and rub in evenly throughout.
- Blow dry while combing or brushing upwards. For a side part or comb over undercut, angle the blow dryer to push your hair to the side you want it to fall; to style a slick back, brush from the front to back.
- For texture, run your fingers through your hair to give it a natural, relaxed look.
The Slicked Back Undercut
The slicked back undercut is a beautiful hairstyle that looks great when paired with a suit. Instead of the voluminous, wavy hair of the classic undercut, it involves hair being combed straight back. In terms of height and texture, the choice is up to you. Some guys enjoy adding some volume to the slicked back style, while others just want their hair straight back and out of the way. To style a slick back reminiscent of the greaser hairstyles of the 50s:
- Apply product to all the hair on top of your head and be sure to work it in thoroughly for a strong hold.
- If you would like volume with the slicked back undercut, blow dry the front up and back.
- For a textured look, run your comb or brush through your hair while you blow dry. Otherwise, for a sleek finish, consider applying another coat of pomade for a shiny finish.
Whether you want a business professional hairstyle or one you can wear socially, the slicked back undercut is one of the best styles around!
The disconnected undercut is defined by the sudden break between the shaved sides and the long top of the undercut style. If you plan to wear this style a lot, shaving a line along the disconnect to create a hard part can emphasize the look further. We recommend having your barber cut the hard part to avoid a crooked line.
Otherwise, to style a disconnected undercut, the only difference is that you must comb your hair along the parted line between the top and sides of your undercut to accentuate the disconnect. Then, depending on whether you want a slick back or side part undercut, comb your hair straight back or angularly.
Side Swept Undercut
The side part or side swept undercut is similar to the slicked back undercut, except instead of being combed straight back, it is parted to the side. This gives a formal look which is refined and elegant. The side parting adds a little more excitement to the style than slicked back hair, and it helps to showcase the length of your hair, which needs to be relatively long in this case. To style the side swept undercut hairstyle:
- Apply product to fresh and clean hair. Be sure to thoroughly work it in.
- Then comb all your hair to one side. For a textured look, blow dry your hair into place, or use your fingers for a more natural, messy style.
- For a stronger side swept design, you can brush your bangs and have them fall on the side of your face.
How To Maintain The Undercut
The male undercut haircut requires regular upkeep, as the smooth lines and neat distinction between the top and sides are a large part of what makes it a successful look. Every 4 to 6 weeks, the undercut will require a quick touch-up, whether you’re planning to visit the hairdresser’s or doing it yourself at home. Maintaining the haircut largely comes down to trimming the hair on top of the head if necessary and shaving the sides back down to their original length. Again, all this requires is a quality hair clipper.
Basic, regular upkeep of the style will keep it looking fresh for a long time. Of course, if you’d like some more variation in the length of your undercut you can let it grow out, or ask your hairdresser to leave the top longer but shave the sides down. Ultimately, the kind of undercut you want is up to personal taste and preference, but at least you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Different Types of Undercut Hairstyles To Try
The different types of undercut hairstyles offer a multitude of variations and styles, and to get an idea of the possibilities, you need to see pictures of each undercut style. The following gallery demonstrates the best short and long undercut haircuts. We hope these examples will inspire you to try the hairstyle.
Undercut with Brushed Back Hair and Full Beard
Disconnected Undercut Pompadour with Tram Line
Undercut with Long Textured Hair on Top
Long Thick Comb Over with Undercut
Textured Slick Back with Beard
Undercut with Thick Textured Spiky Hair
Side Part Undercut with Beard
Slicked Back Undercut and Beard
Disconnected Undercut with Brushed Back Hair
Long Undercut with Side Swept Hair and Beard
Long Wavy Hair with Undercut and Beard
Textured Quiff with Undercut
Slicked Back Hair with Undercut and Thick Beard
Hard Side Part Undercut and Shape Up