Before we get into the details of how to style a perfect undercut, please allow us to emphasize on one important point – the undercut is actually a haircut, not a hairstyle. It comprises very short-cropped sides and back and longer top hair, which varies between 4 – 6 inches in length. However, do not mistake it with a high and tight haircut, which has semi-short hair on the top.
How to Get the Perfect Undercut
The trick to getting a perfect undercut is to get a neat disconnect between the close-cropped sections and the longer top hair. Imagine a horizontal line running from your right temple to your left temple and sharply going all the way across the sides and the back of your head to form a vertical rectangle – all the hair that lies outside of this rectangle needs to be clipped to get a perfect undercut. The sharper the disconnect, the more your top hair will stand out!
Another important point to bear in mind is that a classic undercut only requires a single length clip and ideally does not comprise of tapered or faded sides and back. These are more contemporary styling variations.
How to Style a Perfect Undercut
Even without the tapering and the fading, you can style your undercut in cool ways and sport an on trend look just about anywhere.
1/ Slicked Back Undercut
A slicked back style is a dapper look for men who men who want to wear their undercut to work. Dab a tiny amount of styling gel on your top hair and use a fine-toothed comb to brush slick back your tresses in place.
2/ Brushed Up (Blowback style) Undercut
For a more natural style that you can sport on and off duty, work in a tiny amount of deconstructing gum through your forelocks and comb them back to create a brushed back look – just like in a blowback hairstyle. The product will lend a matte finish to your hair, making it look understated but super stylish.
3/ Spiked or Messy Undercut
If you want your mane to exude a cool vibe, all you need to do is style individual hair sections with the help of a tiny amount of hair putty and create random spikes or a messy, windswept texture that lasts for longer hours.
Now that you know all about undercuts, which of the above-mentioned men's hairstyles would you try on your trim?