The Undercut has been a staple hair trend in men’s runway and fashion editorial looks. This haircut is common amongst many celebrities and has maintained a long-lasting popularity with younger generations eager to seize the trend. There are several reasons for this. Firstly it’s youthful and can work incredibly well with all hair types… curly, straight or wavy. The other great thing about the undercut is that it can be interpreted in many ways. From the classic interpretations 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 the more conservative, go for a classic cut maintaining trimmed sides, but leaving the top a little long…but not too long. The classic undercut is recommended for those who may be a little apprehensive about this haircut because 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 mousse or gel offers this cut a 40’s/50’s look.
2. Layered Undercut
A layered undercut offers something a bit different. This version is advised for those who want to add fullness and depth to their hair. Adding layers, will add volume to visually amplify your hair.
3. Slicked Back Undercut
The key to pulling off this undercut is to ensure your hair is long enough to style it back. You’ll want to keep your hair longer, and to use a great quality hair product to tame the longer proportions up top like American Crew Pomade. For a more modern take on this cut opt for a matt finish product to keep things relatively textured. Brush or finger style your hair for maximum volume using a hair dryer.
For a more old school adaptation of the trend, a gel like AC’s firm hold gel will ensure the cut looks more structured while maintaining a relaxed reference to the past.
4. Side Swept Undercut
The side-swept undercut can be best described as a side swept pompadour. 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. Make sure that you are parting your hair the right way. This differs for everyone, so make sure that you are choosing the best part for your face. Generally, this is determined by which way your hair naturally falls...so go with the flow.
5. Puffy Undercut
You will need a lot of volume and texture to pull off the puffy undercut. Typically, this works best for guys with curly hair. You 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 will aid when it comes to styling this cut. Keep in mind that matte hair product works nicely with this version. We recommend American Crew texture Cream.
6. Disconnected Undercut
The disconnected undercut relies on a severe contrast between the hair on top adjoining the shaved sides of your hair, distinguished with a line. They way to interpret this look comes down to styling. This version is inspired by the 40’s look keeping a side part and using hair products which make your hair look more sleek to develop the retro aspects of your styling.
7. Long Undercut
If you’re looking to make a statement with your hairstyle, the longer-haired undercut offers just that. The combination of short sides with long, unbridled hair on top makes for a striking pairing. This cut brings a sense of style to a long-haired look that might otherwise present itself to be unkempt or scruffy. Have your stylist take some of the weight out of your hair when having it cut; this will ensure your mane will flow and keep the contrast looking distinct.
8. THE UNDERCUT BUN AKA THE TOP KNOT
The undercut bun or as others would call it, a top knot is a hybrid of two of the trendiest hairstyles…the man bun and the undercut.
It’s a way to keep your long hair with an undercut but in a more controlled, modern context. A top knot is a great option for hair in that awkward transitioning length, bringing an edgy, but controlled look to your longer hair.
This look is a modern version of the 50’s pompadour ...Think Elvis...with a twist. It works best with longer locks and brings a stylish and slick look to your length. Think along the lines of the slicked back version but bigger and bolder. You’ll want to use a wet-look, product like gel and comb for the most authentic interpretation of the ‘50s look.
10. Forward-Swept Undercut
The forward-swept hair brings a modern take on this haircut, and could regenerate the fringe’s rebirth in 2016. This cut offers a neat rendition that works best with shorter hair. Opt for consistent length across the top. It’s best to use a matt product to get this look and to add some interesting texture.