Trendy Undercut Hairstyles You Must Try in 2021

Take your undercut to the next level with these trendy versions!

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, why don’t you sport this ‘do in 2021? After all, if you’ve had the same haircut all your life, it’s time for a change, don’t you think? Here are ways to rock the undercut hairstyle in 2021.

1. Slicked Back Undercut

Asian man with a slicked-back hairstyle wearing a denim wash polo
This ‘do is a sleek and smart way to wear an undercut hairstyle. Credit: Hariono Halim

Look dapper and 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 Axe Ice Chill Pomade. It gives your hair a water-based hold that gives you control over your hair and leaves it sleek and shiny. It’s also easy to wash off! 

2. Curly Hair with Undercut

Filipino man with a curly man ponytail wearing a black shirt and denim pants outdoors
Put your hair up and show off your undercut. Credit: Michelle Pedron

Balance out your thick, curly hair 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

Asian man with a side-part hairstyle wearing a polo and suspenders
A little bit of volume can add oomph to your side-part hairstyle. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Got a simple side-part haircut? Update it in 2021 by combining it with an undercut. You can then style your hair into an easy comb over, which you can create by combing your hair towards one direction and sealing your hairstyle with gel or pomade.

4. Man Bun Braid with Undercut

Asian man with a man bun braid with undercut wearing a red jacket
Welcome 2021 with a trendy man bun braid with undercut! Credit: Dennie Ramon

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: 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.

5. Disconnected Undercut

Asian man with a disconnected undercut hairstyle wearing a white shirt
Go for a long, thick top to create a sharp contrast with your undercut. Credit: Shutterstock

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.

6. Spiky Hair with Undercut

Asian man with spiky hair wearing a blue shirt
Exude a street-chic and edgy vibe with spiky hair and an undercut. Credit: Shutterstock

If you’re feeling adventurous with your hair, create a spiky ‘do! It makes your hairstyle fun and edgy, especially with the long, spiky sections contrasting with the short sides and back.

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. Pompadour Undercut

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The pomp-undercut hybrid. Credit: instagram.com/baldmonkey_barbershop

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.

8. Forward-swept Undercut

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The forward-swept undercut. Credit: Dvora

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.

9. Undercut Tattoo

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The undercut tattoo. Credit: https://www.instagram.com/aprilisthebomb/

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.

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.

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