4 Handy Hair Tips for Growing out an Undercut for Women

Learn how to grow out an undercut in style...  

So, just like Natalie Dormer and Rihanna, you have now decided that your cool and quirky undercut has got to go. You’ve had your fun with the style but now you want to know how to grow out an undercut. Well, you have come to the right place, as we’ve pulled together 4 handy hair tips to help you grow out an undercut without any awkward stages.

So if you’re reading this before taking the undercut plunge or even while sporting the look, we break down the different ways you can grow out an undercut that won’t impact your style.

Here are our 4 tips for growing an undercut in style. 

  1. Go for a pixie
  2. Try different partings
  3. Embrace the growing out phase
  4. Play with accessories
side view of ginnifer goodwin with dark brown taper choppy pixie cut
Grow out your undercut like Ginnifer Goodwin. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Go for a pixie

Perhaps the most obvious way to grow out an undercut is to cut your hair so it’s all one level. However, if you are not quite ready to rock a buzzcut (it is super trendy right now, FYI!), then why not try a pixie cut?

There is a pixie cut that suits everyone, from short soft pixies (think Carey Mulligan) to longer choppy styles (like Ginnifer Goodwin’s), you can grow out your undercut in multiple ways with a pixie.

Tip: Ask your stylist for a taper fade to disguise the undercut while it grows out. Tapered styles are very common in men’s hair, but you may be surprised to know that many women with short styles regularly use the tapering technique to naturally blend different hair lengths.

demi lovato brown ombre bob with side undercut
Conceal your undercut by switching your parting. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Try different partings

When it comes to questioning how to grow out an undercut, this cheats option is our personal fave – and it’s all about your hair parting!

We know that the first tip may have been a little drastic for you, so this clever hair hack is the simplest way to disguise your undercut (it’s especially good for any last minute engagements that may require a more traditional hairstyle).

If you are currently rocking a bold, side-shaved undercut like Demi Lovato, or a more discreet undercut cuffing the ear, the quickest way to cover the style is by playing about with different hair partings. Simply put, try swapping your side parting over to the opposite side so your longer hair conceals the undercut.

Now this might not work for the whole time it takes your undercut to grow out, but for last-minute styles or until your undercut grows to a longer length, it’s certainly an option.

cara delevingne dirty blonde hair with side cornrow braid and small undercut
Cara tamed her small undercut with a bold cornrow braid. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Embrace the growing out phase

Now we have to believe that you’re a girl who loves bold styles, otherwise, what were you thinking getting an undercut in the first place? So we say embrace the growing out stages with edgy styles like Cara’s.

Show off your undercut with a single cornrow braid or be daring and take inspiration from Zoe Kravitz, who teamed her undercut with single braids all over.

But it doesn’t stop there, as singer Cassie famously trial blazed the undercut style and wore her long hair in an array of fab updos, even going as far as adding cool shaved patterns into the sides.

front view of kelly osbourne with pastel purple mohawk undercut with braids and hair pins
You could model how to grow out an undercut on Kelly Osbourne’s hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Play with accessories

When it comes to how to grow out an undercut, why not turn to your favourite hair accessories? Great for sprucing up any hairstyle or bad hair day, hair accessories will also work as a distraction while your undercut grows out.

Kelly Osbourne added safety pin hair accessories to her pastel purple hair for a tough finish to her undercut. But the reality TV star and Fashion Police host didn’t stop there, as she also threw in a mix of single braids for extra edge!

Not into punk-inspired accessories? We love the pearl and star accessories that have been spotted all over social media, or how about the stylish beret trend all the bloggers have been wearing? Either way, there is a host of styling possibilities waiting for you to uncover.


We hope you loved learning how to grow out an undercut. For other inspiring read and galleries for your cropped tresses, skip on over to our Short Hairstyles & Haircuts page ASAP!

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