Essential styling tips for the undercut hairstyle: Men

All Things Hair | 08 August 2016

Keep your undercut looking on-point with our top tips.

The undercut hairstyle: men is one of the hottest trends right now. Despite having been introduced back in the 1930s, this directional look made a real comeback on the ready-to-wear runways and editorial pages of high fashion magazines several seasons back, and is showing no signs of going anywhere anytime soon.

For men, the undercut hairstyle is a defined look that combines additional length on top with much shorter, traditional buzz cut sides. There are no strict rules or guidelines on how long or short you should cut each section of hair to achieve the look – the top can be anything from 2-6 inches, while the sides can be as short as a number one, or even a 4 or 5  – as long as there’s a distinct difference between the two. And good news is, there are now numerous variations of this iconic hairstyle, which means there’s sure to be one that’ll complement your face shape, hair type and signature look.

Want to keep your undercut looking on point at all times? Read below to discover our top styling tips for the undercut hairstyle: men, below.

Styling tips for the undercut hairstyle: Men


asian man with dark hair undercut
Styling tips undercut hairstyle: Men. Credit: Dvora

Know your hair type

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.

Thicker hair, for example, will naturally hold the style well without having to insert too much effort. If your hair is made up of finer strands, on the other hand, you may well find that you need a little bit of the VO5 Extreme Style ThickenUp Lifiting Paste (£3.99*) before blasting the top with a hair dryer to help thicken the hair and boost hold.

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 (250ml, £9.95) – which should be used in conjunction with TIGI Bed Head for Men Clean up Daily Conditioner (200ml, £10.95*) – as it cleanses and stimulates for healthier-looking hair and scalp while it moisturises.

Go for regular trims

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

man with blonde hair undercut and man bun
Try teaming your undercut with a man bun. Credit: Dvora

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?

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, like the VO5 Extreme Style Groomed Grooming Pomade (£3.99*), to keep your hair in place, while also adding a slick-looking sheen.

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.

The best way to create a strong quiff is to work a little sea salt spray through towel-dried hair. Then, using a comb, build the quiff shape as you blow-dry. The heat will help set the quiff in place as your hair dries. – Dan Lynes.

Quiff it up

Another option is to style the top section of your undercut into a quiff. “The best way to create a strong quiff is to work a little sea salt spray – try the Toni&Guy Mens Messy Salt Spray (£7.49*) – through towel-dried hair. Then, using a comb, build the quiff shape as you blow-dry. The heat will help set the quiff in place as your hair dries,” says Unilever Creative Director & head stylist Dan Lynes.

Embrace the man bun

If you’ve got a reasonable amount of length on top, then why not try a man bun with your undercut? Not only will it look right on trend, but it’ll help keep those longer strands looking neat and work-appropriate at all times.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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