Men’s undercut: The ultimate guide to the hottest hairstyle

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Men’s undercut hairstyles are often seen as cool and edgy, being solely reserved for the young. But with the rising popularity of this style, it has steadily evolved into a timeless and classic look, that can be worn by absolutely anyone (yes, really!).

In fact, this fashion-forward cut is stylish, versatile and can be adapted to suit gents of any age – so you can rest assured that it ticks all the right boxes. And just to drive home our point, we’ve found some of the coolest men’s undercut hairstyles, that’ll work for just about everyone!

Men’s undercut: Picking the right hairstyle for your age


Teens – 20s

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Jazz up your men’s undercut with a pattern design. Credit:

Patterned undercut

Before you write this quirky undercut hairstyle off, hear us out! This new trend is the ideal way to shake up the classic men’s undercut, plus, there are so many designs to choose from!

Think graphic geometrics to chevrons, or even cool swirls – you just have to decide on what you want your barber to shave in.

Want your patterned undercut to really stand out? Then why not experiment by adding in bright colours, too? It’ll really make your pattern pop, and will grow out quickly if you decide it’s not for you. Credit: @aprilisthebomb

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Stand out by pairing your men’s undercut with a man braid. Credit:

Braided undercut

Are you a Game of Thrones or a Vikings fan? Then this braided version of the men’s undercut might just be for you.

To nail this look, you’ll need to keep the top relatively long, as it’ll make braiding that much easier. And heads up, practice does make perfect for this one, so be patient if you’re not yet a braiding pro. Credit: @barberlessons_

Editor’s tip: Just remember to finish with a spritz of TRESemmé Firm Hold Hairspray to keep your hair in place all day long!

Men’s undercut: Late 20s – 30s

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Men’s undercut x man bun = the perfect combo. Credit:

Undercut with man bun

Looking for men’s undercut hairstyles that’ll show off your lengthy locks? Then how about combining a man bun with your undercut, for a totally contrasting look? But don’t worry if your hair is less than bro-punzel length, because you can still totally rock this ‘do – just look to Jake Gyllenhaal’s bro bun for proof.

But that’s not even the best part: by working this style, you’ll be able get to tick off two great trends in one neat hairstyle! And if you’re clueless as to how to tie a man bun, just check out our step-by-step guide, here. Credit: @johnmikhailjison

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Classic men’s undercut perfectly styled with a quiff. Credit: Dvora

Classic undercut with quiff

We like to call this hairstyle the gentlemen’s undercut. Classic in style yet youthful in attitude, this neat, grown-up take on the undercut works for both the office and out of hours!

If you’re after a more dramatic look, ask your barber to keep the top section longer to create a quiff; but if a classy, versatile style is more your thing, then keep the top relatively short for a slicker outcome.

Editor’s tip: To style your quiff, you’ll need to invest in some trusty VO5 Matt Clay, to help mould and shape the style.

Men’s undercut: 40s+

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Choose a medium fade for a more refined finish to your undercut. Credit:

Refined undercut

When it comes to older guys rocking an undercut, we know the camps are split: but this refined look is a great choice for mature gents. Ask your barber for a more conservative medium fadeCredit: @beardedmapledave

Editor’s tip: Keep your quiff groomed with styling products like the VO5 Groomed Extreme Style Grooming Pomade, for maximum neatness.

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High fade men’s undercut styled with a retro quiff. Credit:

High fade and short quiff

Want something a little bit edgier than the refined men’s undercut? Then why not try a similar look, but with a high fade? Not only is it a totally hot style for almost anyone, but it makes the ideal style for guys going grey gracefullyCredit: @barberhooligan


Men’s undercut styles for all hair types


The great thing about the undercut is that it works well on practically every hair type. However, when it comes to styling, you’ll need to consider what works best with your natural textures and length.

Men’s undercut works on all hair types, even gents with fine hair

Fine hair

The beauty of the undercut is that it can be work in conjunction with a tonne of other styles! Just take a look at this undercut man bun – the closely cropped sides give great contrast to the longer lengths of hair on top and looks great on fine hair.

Editor’s tip: If your hair is made up of finer strands, you may well find that you need a little bit of the VO5 Extreme Style Thicken Up Lifting Paste, before blasting the top with a hair dryer to help thicken the hair and boost hold.

Men with thick hair can style their undercut in a multitude of styles

Thick hair

Thick-haired chaps have the lucky advantage of being able to rock a high quiff. This is one of the easiest undercut hairstyles to pull off, simply ask your barber to leave quite a bit of length on top for your quiff, and to clip the sides and back ultra short to create a dramatic contrast.

Editor’s tip: When styling your quiff, work some VO5 Extreme Style Thicken Up Gel Foam into damp hair before blow-drying your quiff into shape. The combined power of the gel foam and heat from the hair dryer will help boost thickness and volume on your quiff.

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Show of your curly mane with this men’s undercut style. Credit:

Curly hair

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you guys with curly hair! Undercut hairstyles work an absolute treat for anyone with curls, as the cut will take away some of the overwhelming mass of your strands, while the longer lengths work as a fantastic way to flaunt your hair’s natural texture.

This will both showcase your cool curl pattern and give you a bold contrast that can’t be beat. Result! Credit: @ellemanvietnam

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Afro hair looks super cool in a undercut style. Credit:

Afro hair

Afro hair guys, here’s your time to shine: style your waves with a fashionable fade undercut! This variation is perfect if you’re an undercut newbie and want to ease into this hair trend without having to make any changes that are too dramatic.

Why? Instead of a harsh, straight-up undercut, your barber will give you a subtle fade on the sides and back. i.e. he/she will start to shorten the length of your hair from approximately mid-point downwards. Credit: @am.manojsuny

Want to keep your undercut looking on point at all times? Then read on to discover our top styling tips for the undercut hairstyle.

Styling tips for the undercut hairstyle


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Smooth and sleek men’s undercut. Credit: Dvora

Opt for a suitable wash and care system

Because this look is all about height (which will help create a distinct contrast between the top and bottom sections of your hair), it’s important to use a cleansing shampoo that will help hydrate the hair without weighing it down.

We recommend the TIGI Bed Head for Men Clean up Daily Shampoo as it cleanses and stimulates for healthier-looking hair while it moisturises.

Go for regular trims

To keep your undercut hairstyle looking its best at all times, be aware that you’ll need to visit your barber regularly to keep each section of your hair at the desired length.

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Men’s undercut hairstyle with a slick back quiff. Credit:

Slick it back

The undercut hairstyle is incredibly versatile and can be styled in lots of different ways. For a smart and sophisticated outcome, why not experiment with slicking back the top section? Credit: @agbilsalam

To get the look, simply comb back your hair starting from your forehead and ending at the nape of your neck. To keep everything straight and even, start in the centre of your forehead and work your way out to the sides. Finish with some pomade to keep your hair in place, while also adding a slick-looking sheen.

Editor’s tip: If your hair is lacking volume, use your fingers to style instead of a comb as this will help build in texture, hence, creating the illusion of thicker hair.

Want to up your mane game even further with a fresh new style? Then become the envy of all your friends by checking out our Men’s Hairstyles and Haircuts page, where you can find a dapper new ‘do in no time!