21 Best Undercut Hairstyles For 2019

All you need to know about undercuts.

The undercut is a vintage men’s hairstyle that was popular throughout the 1910s-1940s, characterised by it’s closely shaved back and sides with a longer top section. Even though it’s been around for over 100 years, the cut has seen a major resurgence as of late thanks to hit period TV shows, including Boardwalk Empire and Peaky Blinders.

A classic undercut would typically be grown from temple to temple, with anything below that being shaved one level. However, more modern styles also feature taper fades and even nape undercuts. The longer top section of hair can be styled in a variety of different ways, from slicked back or combed over in a side parting to more messy textures.

Best Undercut Hairstyles for Men

Thinking about giving the undercut haircut a go? Before heading off to the barbers, see a selection of the best undercut hairstyles, below.

Short Undercut

Undercut: Side view of brown hair in short undercut 1920s hairstyle
This short undercut has seen a resurgence thanks to hit TV show Peaky Blinders. Credit: Instagram.com/salonexte

This is the perfect Thomas Shelby-inspired undercut style. The top is short but still long enough to play around with different looks, and the separation line between the top and bottom section is clearly defined – all the key criteria for a good undercut. Credit: @salonexte

Editor’s tip: Get the look by rubbing a small amount of the TONI&GUY Men’s Texturising Fibre through your hair, using your fingers to push the hair forward to add definition and texture to your style.

Long Undercut

Side view of male model with long hair swept back with high undercut
Long hair don’t care. Credit: Instagram.com/rustandtrust

Men with long hair can pull the undercut hairstyle off amazingly. From James ‘Jimmy’ Darmody in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire to Charlie Hunnam’s hair in King Arthur, the long hair and undercut look has never been so popular. Credit: @rustandtrust

David Beckham Undercut

David Beckham with swept back hair with an undercut and stubble
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

David Beckham has a lot of great hairstyle inspiration to choose from, but this undercut has to be one of his best.

Pompadour Undercut

Street style shot of a man with brown hair in a slick pompadour style with an undercut
Cut a slick figure with this retro-inspired pompadour. Credit: Instagram.com/abbasmomo

Retro meets modern, this pompadour undercut mixes old and new to create a classic look with a fresh twist. Perfect for adding volume and height to thin hair, check out our guide to styling a pompadour for help rocking your new ‘do. Credit: @abbasmomo

Editor’s tip: The pompadour undercut is all about the lifted look. Need a helping hand? Make your hair look thicker with the VO5 Lifting Paste to give the top layers of your hair shape and fullness.

Low Fade Undercut

Man with brown hair in a comb over style with a low fade
Credit: Instagram.com/barber_sako

Want to try out a fade but worried about taking it too short? With a low fade, the taper (the blend from long to short) starts lower down on the head, adding shape without taking away too much length from your overall style. Credit: @barber_sako

Thick Hair Undercut

Photo from above of a man with a long dyed blonde quiff with an undercut
How to make the undercut work for thick hair. Credit: Instagram.com/danish_zehen

Blessed with luscious locks? This statement undercut is great for men with thick, mid-long hair as it helps to take some of the weight away while still letting you hold onto your length. Credit: @danish_zehen

Braids with an Undercut

Man with cornrow braids and an undercut
Credit: Instagram.com/j.divine_cosmo

For anyone with curly or kinky hair types, this cornrowed braids and undercut combination is a great choice for every day. Credit: @j.divine_cosmo

Undercut Fade

Front view of male with brown hair in swept back quiff undercut
The versatile undercut is making a comeback – get to know the style here. Credit: Instagram.com/domenicotomei

Historically undercuts have had fully buzzed sides but if that’s too daring for you, you don’t have to write off the whole undercut trend completely. This Instagrammer’s faded undercut has all the appeal of the classic style but with a more subtle finish. Credit: @domenicotomei

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Messy Undercut

Man with brown textured medium length hair with an undercut and stubble
Credit: Instagram.com/luke_james_dolan

Style it swept back in a relaxed quiff or smooth and sleek for a smart finish; the choices are almost endless! Credit: @luke_james_dolan

Man Bun with an Undercut

Male model with brown hair in man bun and short undercut
Team your undercut with the hottest haircut of the moment. Credit: Instagram.com/vucci92

Combine two of the hottest men’s hairstyles for one spectacular look. If you have spent the last few years growing out your hair to work the ever popular man bun, the last thing you may want to do is cut it all off.

So why not team your longer locks with a discreet undercut cuffing the ear? You won’t have to sacrifice any of your hard-earned length and will give your mane a fresh edge. Credit: @vucci92

Side Part Undercut

Brown haired man with a side parted haircut with a fade
Credit: Instagram.com/aggari_o

Classic but cool, this guy’s defined side parting contrasts with an undercut for a neat and polished look. Credit: @aggari_o

Editor’s tip: If you need to keep your style in place, we suggest using the VO5 Mega Hold Hairspray. For 24 hour hold and a non-sticky finish, simply spritz your finished style with this nifty hairspray.

Curly Undercut

side view of male model with brown curly hair with surgical part undercut
Embrace your natural curls with the undercut hairstyle. Credit: Instagram.com/lieanne

Curly-haired gents needn’t miss out on the awesome undercut trend. If your curly hair is tricky to manage, take some of the stress away by going for an undercut (half the hair = half the stress).

Pairing his undercut with what has been dubbed ‘the surgical part’ this Instagrammer’s curly brown hair looks picture perfect. Credit: @lieanne

Undercut Patterns

Man with dark brown curly hair with a patterned undercut design
Credit: Instagram.com/barbeariacentral1002

Like to show off your personality through your hair? Get creative with your undercut by experimenting with different patterns and designs. Credit: @barbeariacentral1002

Slick Back Undercut

Man with dark brown hair slicked back with an undercut, wearing a grey t-shirt
This slicked back undercut is a classic yet modern style. Credit: Instagram.com/kingston_dean

Looking for a way to smarten up an undercut? All you’ll need is some gel or pomade to be able to quickly take your look from daytime casual to a dapper evening look, ideal for when you want to look on top form. Credit: @kingston_dean

Skin Fade Undercut

Man with an ash platinum blonde haircut with an undercut
Credit: Instagram.com/cal_newsome

A skin fade is an exaggerated take on the classic fade, in which the hair is tapered short enough that it blends in with the skin. Credit: @cal_newsome

Textured Undercut

What is an undercut: Smiling man with brown short hair with a messy texture and a shaved undercut
You can style this messy look in minutes. Credit: Instagram.com/daniels_barber83

If you prefer a look that lets you get up and go with minimal styling required, you’ll love this no-fuss textured undercut. The best part about this hairstyle is that the more lived-in it looks, the cooler the effect – so you’ll finally have an excuse to rock the bed head look. Credit: @daniels_barber83

Undercut Comb Over

Brown haired man with a comb over and undercut
Credit: Instagram.com/sammystyles_

One of the great things about an undercut is their versatility to work with almost any hairstyle, even more ‘traditional’ styles like the comb over. Credit: @sammystyles_

Mushroom Undercut

What is an undercut: Man with a blonde mushroom cut with an undercut, wearing a white t-shirt
A smaller undercut can be more subtle. Credit: Instagram.com/sunyoung_ximending

For the guy who likes to keep on top of the latest men’s hairstyle trends, let us introduce you to one of the hottest haircuts of the moment – the mushroom cut. Inspired by K-Pop band BTS, try adding an undercut to this updated bowl cut for an edgy, fashion-forward look. Credit: @sunyoung_ximending

Undercut Curtains

Man with light brown hair in a 90s curtains hairstyle with an undercut
Credit: Instagram.com/bladeyskye

Want to know how to get curtains hair with a modern twist? Consider adding an undercut (it can be as subtle or statement as you like) to the look to bring this iconic ’90s style up to date. Credit: @bladeyskye

Coloured Undercut

side view of pastel pink undercut hairstyle on male with glasses
Spruce up your undercut hairstyle with a bold hue. Credit: Instagram.com/bluetitlondon

This Instagrammer has given his bold undercut the ultimate modern makeover, by colouring his hair a pastel pink hue.

From Zayn Malik’s green tresses to Fellaini’s golden tips, there are a host of colours you can dye your undercut to really make it stand out. Credit: @bluetitlondon

Undercuts for a Receding Hairline

Brown haired man with a brushed back haircut with a fade
Credit: Instagram.com/bali_dappercuts

As an undercut features shorter back and sides, it’s the ideal way to conceal the look of thinning or patchy hair and distracts from a receding hairline. Credit: @bali_dappercuts

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