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Here’s How Stylish Men Are Rocking The Undercut

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1 of 14|The Classic Undercut|Championed by some of today's most stylish men, the classic undercut keeps the sides and top portion of hair at a reasonably conservative length. It's a clean look suited for those who are new to the undercut world, making for easy styling with a blow dryer and some decent gel, wax or mousse.
2 of 14|The Slick Back|One of the most popular undercut looks of the past few years is the slick back style. To pull off this look successfully, the hair needs to be long enough so that the sleek and polished look can be achieved. The polished part is made possible with a wet look hair product, or if you're on day time duties, go for the matte finish instead. This one will take a bit more time to get right with reworking and blowdrying required to get the perfect texture and hold from front to back.
3 of 14|The Slick Back|One of the most popular undercut looks of the past few years is the slick back style. To pull off this look successfully, the hair needs to be long enough so that the sleek and polished look can be achieved. The polished part is made possible with a wet look hair product, or if you're on day time duties, go for the matte finish instead. This one will take a bit more time to get right with reworking and blowdrying required to get the perfect texture and hold from front to back.
4 of 14|The Military Undercut|Reserved for the edgier guys, the military undercut takes a very close cut to the sides, leaving just the longer top portion to be flicked back. Usually taken higher on the sides, it's important not to go too far otherwise you're in mohawk territory. Hair product is a must here otherwise the top part can droop or go frizzy if your hair isn't naturally thin and straight.
5 of 14|The Curled Undercut|Undercuts aren't just for straight haired guys. Curls can give the edgy haircut an entirely unique look whether it's swept forward, to the side or held up for a more voluminous look. Hair product is to be used but in lesser amounts than the other styles. The combination of a brush, gel, blow dry and naturally curly hair should hold in place whilst retaining the natural waves.
6 of 14|The Curled Undercut|Undercuts aren't just for straight haired guys. Curls can give the edgy haircut an entirely unique look whether it's swept forward, to the side or held up for a more voluminous look. Hair product is to be used but in lesser amounts than the other styles. The combination of a brush, gel, blow dry and naturally curly hair should hold in place whilst retaining the natural waves.
7 of 14|The High Side Undercut|Similar to the classic undercut, the high side undercut is a combination of the longer sides but with a shorter top section. The look is more conservative and also cuts down on maintenance for achieving that slick backed look. This one suits the older man who's still in the style game.
8 of 14|The High Side Undercut|Similar to the classic undercut, the high side undercut is a combination of the longer sides but with a shorter top section. The look is more conservative and also cuts down on maintenance for achieving that slick backed look. This one suits the older man who's still in the style game.
9 of 14|The Layered Undercut|Layering is traditionally used to add volume to hair so if you're looking for something different from the undercut crowd, choose this cut. The general rules of layering apply here by taking gradual cuts of hair as you move from long to short before reaching the trimmed sides.
10 of 14|The Side Swept Undercut|A very popular cut at the moment amongst men is the clean side-swept undercut. IT takes its styling cues from the pompadour and modernises it with heavily worked sides. A man's hair usually falls naturally on one side so always go with that.
11 of 14|The Side Swept Undercut|A very popular cut at the moment amongst men is the clean side-swept undercut. IT takes its styling cues from the pompadour and modernises it with heavily worked sides. A man's hair usually falls naturally on one side so always go with that.
12 of 14|The Long Undercut|Made popular by rockstars and the edgiest of guys, the longer undercut takes the side sweep to extreme levels. Matte product is used to give it either the wind-swept look or the heavily distressed look. Regular maintenance is necessary to retain this look.
13 of 14|The Puffed Undercut|Similar to the curly undercut but more suited to men with thicker hair, the puffed undercut works with the natural shape of the hair and holds it in place with heavy mousse or gel product along with blow drying. The final look is big volume up top.
14 of 14|The Summer Undercut|The latest undercut style is the summer undercut championed by men like Zac Efron. It's a combination of various undercut styles such as the slick back look but with a messier surfer look achieved with uneven amounts of hair product to create a semi-distressed and polished look.

Made fashionable by the stylish folk of the 1920s and 30s, men’s undercut hairstyles have come a long way in the world of contemporary looks.

Today it can be found gracing the follicles of the world’s most prominent stars including those in sport, music, film and general street culture. The appeal of the undercut is no doubt its edginess and on-trend appearance, but more importantly it’s a style that is no longer reserved just for the younger crowd.

Fashion forward men like Nick Wooster and David Beckham have championed the look in recent years and slowly refined it to become something that still remains edgy but also exudes an air of elegance and class when styled the right way.

What is the right way, one ponders?

We’re glad you asked. Renée Baltov of Sydney’s Barberhood gave us the low down. Here are her top tips and pointers on getting the perfect undercut.

  • It takes a lot of confidence to wear so make sure you’re ready to commit
  • Don’t take it too high. What you can end having is a long piece of hair at the top and not much else
  • Undercuts can work on thick or thin hair but if you’re balding then this style won’t work for you – think combover territory
  • They can be high maintenance hairstyles which require visiting the barber more often
  • Make sure it doesn’t get too long at the top as it’s a completely disconnected hairstyle
  • Like any hairstyle it has to suit your head. The barber will be the best person to determine that for you

And with that, we present to you the coolest ways to pull off the men’s undercut hairstyle. Whether it’s the classic undercut, the swept back undercut or the curled undercut, we’ve got you covered on the sides and top.

Have a peruse of our gallery to see which look will suit your next cut. If you’re after something a little different, hit up D’Marge’s comprehensive hair bible.

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