The undercut hairstyle remains as popular today as it was in the Edwardian era—yes, this trend has been around longer than you have! It’s a classic style that features buzzed sides and longer hair on top of the head, which is typically parted on either side, and brushed back for a clean, polished look.
Today’s undercut though is a result of men experimenting with it and combining it with other different hairstyles to match their hair type, aesthetics, and probably even their mood. It’s been nearly a century so you can imagine how many updates this hairstyle has gotten.
The undercut has had a pretty interesting evolution, and if you enjoy this hairstyle, better thank your ancestors, because the classic ‘do has spawned a lot of fashionable variations that never really go out of style. We just googled “old-school undercut” and we didn’t find anything that men now won’t wear. This made it easier for us to build a collection of looks that you’d want to try. If you’re looking for different ways to wear this hairstyle, you definitely came to the right place!
Ways to Rock the Undercut Hairstyle
1. Slicked Back Undercut
Wearing a coat and a tie? Look dapper but still trendy with a slicked-back undercut. This is great if you shaved the sides of your head but kept a long top. A hair gel or pomade can help keep your slicked-back hair in place.
Editor’s tip: Nail a slicked-back hairstyle with VO5 Gel Wax. It gives your hair a firm hold like a gel but gives you control over shaping and sculpting your mane. It has benefits of two styling products in one!
2. Curly Hair with Undercut
Balance out your thick, curly hair (and help tame the volume) by getting an undercut. If your curly hair is long, you can put it up in a high man ponytail so you can highlight both your curls and your undercut. This ‘do can also make you feel fresh and presko.
3. Side-part with Undercut
Update a simple side-part haircut by combining it with an undercut. You can then style your hair into an easy comb over, which is a versatile ‘do that you can wear from day to night.
Editor’s tip: Do you want to give a matte finish to your comb over hairstyle? Use VO5 Matt Clay on your hair. It’s easy to work so you can nail any ‘do without your hair getting stiff.
4. Pompadour Undercut
Whether you want to style it high or prefer to simply sweep it to the side, this pomp-undercut hybrid will win you major pogi points. The classic pomp may not be as versatile as the classic undercut, so to keep things fresh and modern, pair it with the very contemporary feel of the undercut hairstyle.
5. Forward-swept Undercut
Instead of brushing your hair back (or to the side) like how you typically would with an undercut, why don’t you bring everything forward (and maybe showcase your curls or waves while you’re at it?) It’s a great way to give the classic look a hot modern twist. Style with TONI&GUY Mattifying Putty for Men to keep things polished and in control.
6. Man Bun Undercut
The man bun undercut allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds: you get to wear it short, but you also get to do a hairstyle that’s typically for long haired men, which is the man bun. It’s a more stylish version of men’s top knot and gives you a hip, rockstar vibe. To get the look, you have to have at least five inches of hair on top of your head so be sure to grow it out first before heading to the barber for a cut.
Editor’s tip: Keep your hair strong so it doesn’t keep breaking as you tie it into a ponytail. Wash with Dove Men + Care Strengthening Shampoo to fortify strands so that the hair’s natural growth will be uninterrupted by breakage of weak, brittle hair.
7. Undercut Tattoo
Whether you’re not ready for a real tattoo or you just want to add one more—on your head this time, this funky undercut hairstyle will definitely make you stand out. The best thing about hair tattoos is that you can choose a design that reflects your style and personality, you can switch to a new design when you get bored with the old one when your hair is long enough, or you can just grow out your hair completely and get rid of it. Best alternative to getting inked, if you ask us.
Editor’s tip: Show off clean scalp by regularly washing with CLEAR Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men. It has Cooling Mint which refreshes scalp and hair for the ultimate cooling sensation. It’s also formulated with Bio-Nutrium 10, which activates scalp’s natural protection layer so it’s resistant to the root cause of dandruff.
8. Disconnected Undercut
The disconnected undercut is a fashionable and modern take on the undercut hairstyle. It still features the same buzzed sides and longer hair on top, but it creates a sharp contrast with a hard part or a shaved side part. The transition from long to short is also not gradual—the sides don’t fade, rather they’re the same length all over.
The undercut still remains to be one of the most stylish, most versatile hairstyles for men. It’s been nearly a hundred years since the trend first exploded, but by how popular it still is today, it looks like this hairstyle trend is here to stay.