25 Trending Slicked-Back Undercut Hairstyles

All the best inspiration for rocking a slicked back undercut in style.

A slicked back undercut is a popular men’s haircut in which the sides of the hair are shaved off while the top of the hair is kept longer and worn brushed back. Dapper, well-groomed and a fave of stylish dudes the world over, the slicked back undercut has quickly skyrocketed in status during the past couple of years.

What first began as the trademark look of hipster barbers has now become a classic in its own right. Celebs, athletes, DJs, singers, models, your friendly neighbourhood barista—well, let’s just say you’d be hard-pressed to turn any corner these days and not find an iteration of this popular haircut.

Wearing an undercut slicked back works so well for so many different types of hair, whether you’ve got thick or thin, straight or curly hair – scroll down to see the many different ways you can pull off the style.

Classic Undercut with Slicked-Back Hair

Man with short slick back hair with undercut
Credit: Rupert Laycock

While you might not be brave enough to emulate Brad Pitt’s iconic Fury slicked-back undercut, you can ease into the cut by opting for a medium fade undercut.

Fury-Inspired Undercut Haircut for Men

Man with fury style slick back undercut with beard
Credit: Instagram.com/nomadbarberldn

If you are brave enough to try the Fury haircut, let this gent’s smart slick-back undercut convince you to give it a go. Credit: @nomadbarberldn

Slick Back Undercut on Thick Hair

Man with smart, thick slick back hair with beard and fade
Credit: Instagram.com/sd.trims

For a clean-cut finish, try teaming thick brushed-back hair with a low fade haircut. The best thing? This type of undercut is great for fade newbies and stylishly subtle. Credit: @sd.trims

Editor’s tip: If you need to keep your style in place, we suggest using the VO5 Mega Hold Hairspray. Simply spritz over your finished look and you won’t need to worry about it losing its shape throughout the day.

Slicked Hair With V-Shaped Undercut

Man with v shaped fade haircut with slick hair
Credit: Instagram.com/londonschoolofbarbering

It’s business up front, party in the back! This v-shaped haircut looks extra cool when paired with straight, slicked-back hair. Credit: @londonschoolofbarbering

Slicked-Back Quiff with Soft Skin Fade

Man with slicked back hair with soft skin fade
Credit: Instagram.com/nomadbarberldn

What’s not to admire about this slick back quiff hairstyle? It’s given a modern update with blonde highlights and a smart, soft skin fade. Credit: @nomadbarberldn

Slick Back Undercut With Shaved Design

Man with slicked back undercut with shaved design
Credit: Instagram.com/andrew_the_barber

Like to show off your personality through your hair? You can totally get creative with your undercut haircut as this gent has done. This slicked-back undercut will really make you stand out. Credit: @andrew_the_barber

Bald Undercut with Slicked-Back Hair

Slicked back undercut: back shot of man with a undercut + slicked back hair
Go bald with this slicked-back undercut that shows off your skin. Credit: Instagram.com/Instagram.com/cortesmasculinos

Want a style that’ll have you standing out from the crowd? As you can see, this gentleman has swept back his thick hair and gone bold (or should we say, bald) with this shaved undercut style. Combined with his Viking-esque beard, this look is the perfect balance between stylish and statement-making. Credit: @cortesmasculinos

Textured Slicked-Back Undercut

Slicked back undercut: backshot of man with v shaped undercut with swept back textured hair
Textured slicked-back undercut. Credit: Instagram.com/guyshair

Want to get in on the undercut + slicked back hair trend, but don’t think your waves or curls will work with the look? Well, you can put those fears aside, as your natural texture will work a dream with an undercut style.

We like how this gent has chosen to pair his textured long top with an edgy V-shaped hairline, giving the style an extra modern touch. Credit: @guyshair

Side Part Undercut Hairstyle

Slicked back undercut: close up of man with undercut slicked back hair with a side part top, at a barbers
Slick side part hair + undercut = #swag. Credit: Instagram.com/ppreshaw

Feel too exposed when your hair is brushed straight back? Combing the hair back at an angle like this can be more flattering on some people, especially if you’re self-conscious about your forehead or hairline Credit: @ppreshaw

Disconnected Slicked-Back Undercut

Slicked back undercut: back shot of man with a disconnected undercut slicked back
Disconnected undercuts are on-point, too. Credit: Instagram.com/cortesmasculinos

Here’s a brilliant example of how to rock a disconnected undercut with slicked-back hair. Casually swept over the crown, this sharp look is full of eye-catching contrasts, making it perfect for anyone who’s looking for a ‘do with creative flair. Credit: @cortesmasculinos

Long Slicked-Back Undercut

Slicked back undercut: shot of man with bleach blonde undercut slicked back, wearing black jacket
Those with long layers can get in on the trend. Credit: Instagram.com/menshairworld

Just because you’re ready for the buzzer, that doesn’t mean you have to part with your long fringe. In fact, long hair can work amazingly well with an undercut, helping to provide tonnes of contrast and definition.

Featuring distinguished buzzed sides, this bedhead style will keep you cool (and looking it, too) at any event. Credit: @menshairworld

Wet-Look Slick Hair

Slicked back undercut: close up shot of man with wet look undercut slicked back
When in doubt, try the wet-look. Credit: Instagram.com/mario8855

If we’ve learnt anything from the men’s catwalks this season, it’s that wet-look hairstyles are in — which means you can definitely test the waters with this slicked-back undercut. Credit: @mario8855

Editor’s tip: Want to get the wet look effect? Then you’ll need the Alberto Balsam Wet Look Gel, which adds a wet look shine to the hair and gives a non-sticky hold that’s easy to wash out.

Subtle Undercut

Slicked back undercut: Brown haired man with swept back hair and an undercut, wearing a varsity style jacket and holding sunglasses
Go for a less severe undercut for a more subtle look. Credit: Instagram.com/alexndr_belov

As long as you keep the hair on top long, you can make the sides as subtle or exaggerated as you want by playing with different lengths. Credit: @alexndr_belov

Clean and Smooth

Slicked back undercut: Side profile of a brown haired man with a slicked back haircut with shaved sides and a beard
Use some pomade to help get that polish.

The slicked back undercut requires minimal styling time, but make sure you keep on top of your trims to keep this high-contrast style looking fresh and clean-shaven.

Full Shaved Sides

Slicked back undercut: Man with brown slicked back hair with shaved sides, wearing a blue shirt and glasses
Keep the sides super short for a bolder contrast.

Some guys prefer to keep some length on the sides but for those who aren’t afraid to show some scalp, there’s this edgy look with fully shaved sides.

Slick Comb Over Undercut

Slicked back undercut: Man with brown hair at the barbers with slicked back hair and an undercut with a beard
Apply gel, then refine with a brush or comb.

If you’re a fan of the vintage comb over then you’ll appreciate the updated version of the classic hairstyle, which we spotted on this gentleman.

So, if you really want your mane game to be top-notch this season, combine the classic and modern looks together and you’ll be ready for anything.

Sharp and Sleek

Slicked back undercut: Dark haired man with a gelled, slicked back style with an undercut, with facial hair, wearing glasses and a pink shirt and denim jacket
Stay looking sharp with a smart take on the trend. Credit: Dvora

When you want your undercut slicked back and gelled, use a fine-toothed comb to work the product evenly through your hair and give you defined comb lines.

Medium Fade

Slicked back undercut: Side profile shot of a man with brown hair with a medium length undercut and long, slicked back top layers, wearing a checkered shirt
This an easy way to work an undercut into your look.

Not too long, not too short, a medium fade is the perfect in-between length which still gives you that short sides, long top look.

Man Bun

Slicked back undercut: Brown haired man with a man bun and shaved sides, wearing a blue suit and using his phone
Why not pair it with a man bun?

Let your hair on top grow out long enough that you can tie it into a top knot on the day when you want your hair out of your way.

Long Slicked Back Hair with Beard

Slicked back undercut: Side profile shot of a red haired man with long slicked back top layers and an undercut with a long beard, wearing a blue denim shirt
Use a blowdryer and a round brush for more volume and lift.

This epic undercut, beard and ‘tache combo is all the inspiration you need to give this modern slick style a go.

Editor’s tip: Limp locks? The VO5 Rework Texture Foam is great for adding lift at the roots, simply apply 3-5 pumps through damp hair before blowdrying for fuller-looking hair.

Slick Undercut Fade

Slicked back undercut: Photo of a man in a barber shop with a slicked back undercut having clippers used on him by a barber
Leave the tops noticeably longer if you want that telltale floppy undercut look.

For an authentic undercut look, your barber will use clippers to trim the back and sides ultra short.

Curly Fade

Slicked back undercut: Close-up photo of a man with dark, wet look gelled hair in a slick back haircut with an undercut, wearing sunglasses
Give control to wavy or natural hair textures by using a gel. Credit: Dvora

The slicked back undercut is often seen worn on straight hair, but it can look just as great on curly hair textures. The shaved sides will help to accentuate your waves or coils and make them the focal point of your look!

Shaved Sides with Beard

Slicked back undercut: Dark haired man with a slicked back undercut and shaved sides with a beard, wearing a green leather jacket
Don’t forget those sideburns!

Make a bald fade undercut all the more impactful by balancing it out with a full and luscious beard.

Grown Out Slick Hair

Slicked back undercut: Photo of a man with swept back brown hair with a subtle taper and a beard
Try blasting your roots with a blowdryer for an extra dose of volume.

One of the great things about an undercut is that actually, even though you might think there would be an awkward transition stage if you decide to grow it out, this isn’t a problem.

As long as you use a pomade to keep the top section under control and the short sides exposed, it still looks good, so you don’t have to worry about having to shave all of your hair off and starting again!

Undercut for a Receding Hairline

Slicked back undercut: Photo of a dark haired man with a gelled slicked back haircut with shaved sides and a widow's peak
A slicked back undercut is one of the best ways to hide a thinning hairline. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Hair loss is a common problem in men but while it can be stressful, hairstyles like this slicked back undercut can help to conceal thinning sides and make the most of the hair you do have up top.

Editor’s tip: You can easily add texture and body to your long, slicked-back undercut with the VO5 Boosting Fibre. This will add texture to fine strands and you won’t have to worry about your style falling flat.

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