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Updated on December 21, 2022
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Basically men shouldn’t use many accents in their looks because there’s always a risk to slip into something gaudy. That’s why every detail plays an important role. The classic undercut hairstyle men used to wear several decades ago is so versatile today that you can easily make your look brighter and more individual without going over the edge.

Men’s undercut works for any hair type and hair color. The only case when undercuts will not work for you is if you have very fine fair hair or if you are going bald on the crown. In this case the shortest haircut will look best on you. At the same time, if you are dealing only with a receding hairline, an undercut can become a very good solution. The corners of your forehead with thinning hair can be cut very short or shaved, while the quiff would be grown longer and swept back.

Men’s Undercut Hairstyles

Undercuts are good not only in young age. It’s okay to wear an undercut hairstyle after 40. Besides, there are many kinds of undercut hairstyles, some of which are rather modest and others would turn heads. Look through our review and choose an undercut style you believe you can easily pull off and feel comfortable with.

1. Double Layer Undercut

This undercut style features a short trimmed part under the main, longer hair part, and another shaved hairline under the short trimmed one. This creates a double layer effect which is particularly impactful if you pair it with a full long beard.

2. Wild and Curly Undercut Style

Hipster girls dig this stuff. Drinkers of green juices appreciate hair that is natural too. So, maybe in the third grade you didn’t know what to do with your curly locks. That’s no reason to discard an undercut (and possibly some extra attention) now.

curly undercut hairstyle

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3. Natural Fro Undercut

The beauty of the undercut is that it works on all hair textures. Black men rock this look fiercely. To get the height of this look, the styling is mostly au naturale. Go a couple shades lighter on top for extra personality.

4. Curly Undercut Hair

Anything goes with an undercut. Sure, you can blow dry it all back when you’re feeling extra saucy, but truthfully: you don’t have to. Work a small dollop of mousse into damp hair, crunching and twisting it to fall forward onto your forehead. Air dry and walk on.

5. Straight Vintage Hairstyle

Are you Boardwalk Empire obsessed? Or maybe you’re just the type of guy who was into the whole craft beer movement ages ago and has moved on to seeking out local whiskey distilleries. If that’s you, so is this long vintage hairstyle.

6. Romantic Rockstar Undercut

It’s a good thing boy bands are back. No really. They make for great hair inspiration. This haircut for men would be right at home on stage in front of millions of shrieking fans. The key to the look? Tousled volume and dreamy texture.

7. Side Undercut with Fade

This style is a blend of undercut and fade, upgraded with a shaved part and facial hairstyle. To maintain the style, you shouldn’t wear the upper part too long, and always comb it back and to the side (revealing the defined part line).

8. Bold and Brash Undercut

Channel your inner rockstar with a hairstyle for men who are merely mortals. You just need to be ballsy enough to pull off this look. This undercut’s side-swept length verges towards a hawk.

9. Silver Fox Undercut

The versatility of this hairstyle for men isn’t just about texture (straight, wavy, curly, or kinky). It’s also about age. Middle aged, young, and probably even your grandpa can rock this. Wait, definitely your grandpa. It is vintage, after all. Anyways, it’s cool to show off gray streaking in a modern way.

10. Natural Curly Undercut

If your hair is naturally curly, then this may actually be very easy for you. Just get a barber to do the undercut, then style your hair with a little gel or another fixing hair product each morning, in order to highlight your curls. A slightly wet look is also advisable. This men’s undercut hairstyle works particularly well with dark hair.

11. High Fade Undercut

This long undercut features buzzed sides and a non-layered top. For a dapper finish, wear slicked and smooth. The cool vintage cut is reminiscent of the 1920s. Styling with pomade or cream wax creates a glossy—not crunchy—finish.

Long Top Shaved Sides Hairstyle For Men

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12. Asymmetrical Half-Shaved Pompadour

This undercut hairstyle is evenly short on one side with a uniformly layered top. Use a hairdryer to sculpt up and in, creating a polished silhouette. Some men shy away from heat styling, viewing it as feminine, but there’s no better way to achieve this smooth volume.

Men's Half Shaved Haircut

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13. Man Bun with Taper

Long hair on men feels confident and sexy. This neat samurai-style man bun is a contemporary and refined way to style length. Favored by soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it expresses commanding self-assurance. The fade adds a masculine touch, as does the full beard.

Hipster Half Up Man Nun

Instagram / @_anthonybarber

14. Short to Long Undercut

For a cool, contemporary feeling, try this tousled and textured look. A carefree rumpled effect is provided by the chopped layers, while the tapered sides add structure. Flick the front to one side to keep bangs out of the face.

15. Fade Cut with Waves

Natural movement adds an individualized twist to the pompadour. This undercut for men boasts structural curls for a virile look that doesn’t have to be straightened. Apply gel to the long top after showering and you’re ready to go.

Skin Fade With Wavy Top

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16. Classic Undercut Hairstyle

Undercuts aren’t just for the fashion-forward and avant-garde; this quintessential disconnection is traditional and timeless. Neat barbering and clean lines make an understated silhouette. The buzzed outline removes bulk, making this a strong choice for coarse and thick hair types.

Asian Taper Fade

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17. Line-Up Quiff

If your aesthetic is bold and sophisticated, try this gravity-defying style with a quiff. Drying ends up and in arranges wavy strands into a perfect form; crisply shaved angles add detail. Rake styling cream through with fingers to separate and define dense lengths.

Half Shaved Pompadour Hairstyle

Instagram / @juanmapeluka

18. Long Flowing Undercut

Longer hair doesn’t have to be slicked back or sculpted to look masculine. This mens undercut features a long top worn loosely and tossed to one side. The free-flowing movement doesn’t require any strong hold product and gives the wearer a casual, easy-going appeal.

Long Top Short Sides Hairstyle For Men

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19. Textured Brush Back

Give your strands an urban aesthetic with this curly hair undercut. The carved part line and sculpted edges add sporty detailing to the cropped sides. Kinks up top are brushed into a squiggly pompadour, controlling—but not eliminating—natural movement.

Fauxhawk Undercut For Thick Hair

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20. Disconnected Undercut

Contrast a classic low fade with luxurious brushed-back lengths to creating an intriguing contradiction. For guys, there are fewer haircut options, but you can make something unique by integrating unexpected combinations. Subtle highlights through the front emphasize the contrast.

Undercut With Long Hair And Beard

Instagram / @javi_thebarber_

21. Men’s Top Knot

Men with tightly coiled hair can gain control over their manes with an undercut style. The high fade offers structure while the top lengths are pulled into an organic knot. Natural coils shine through, but stay neatly contained and free of flyaways.

Man Bun With Fade For Curly Hair

Instagram / @don_rommel

22. Faded Faux Hawk

For the male who likes a fashion-forward cut, this faux hawk is a perfect hybrid of civility and rebelliousness. Neatly hewed borders contrast the bristling interior. Use a generous dab of cream wax or pomade to elevate and accentuate the spiky tips.

Spiky Haircut With Skin Fade

Instagram / @barberobengie

23. Tri-Level Cut

Usually men’s hair looks are constructed from two distinct zones. Here, three discrete designs intersect at the parietal and occipital ridges. The crisply etched line defines the lower convergence where the disconnection is subtler. The top lengths are worn smooth and voluminous, creating an architectural shape.

24. Long Brush Back

You don’t have to go extremely short to try one of the trendy mens undercut hairstyles. This look features an evenly shaved underside topped with a curtain of long hair. Using a light-hold cream to push hair back gives a sleek satin finish and reduces volume.

Long Top Undercut With A Full Beard

Instagram / @hayden_cassidy

25. Curly Top with Design Line

This curly undercut combines a mid taper fade and clean shaven periphery with a free-form afro style top. Add bespoke detailing with a crisp stripe etched into the front hairline. The blended and precise cut requires virtually no styling, simply wash and go!

Taper Fade With Curly Natural Top

Instagram / @cutsbyerick

26. Classy Side Part

If you think disconnected cuts have to be edgy, consider this clean and dapper variation. The short undercut with a neatly gelled and combed top looks timeless yet trendy. The trimmed beard adds a touch of du jour to the Mad-Men-evoking contours.

High And Tight With Line Up

Instagram / @pjabreu

27. Comb Over with Hard Part

Cleanly barbered undercut hair with comb over emphasizes bone structure for a flattering, chiseled effect. A shaved part line accentuates the precision of the form. The confident, athletic vibe makes it a favorite of soccer pros. Style with a paddle brush and strong hold wax.

Combover With Tapered Sides

Instagram / @hairbyjoebae

28. Skin Fade Mohawk

Thick, straight hair is perfect for this faded undercut with a towering top. If you apply wax to damp hair before drying, it will create a pliable hold as it encounters heat. Then, lock strands in place with a few pumps of spray.

Mohawk With Lineup For Thick Hair

Instagram / @elboribarber

29. Gelled Back Undercut

Undercut haircuts often have a retro feel, like this streamlined shape with shaved sides and strong corners. Shaped with gel and fingers instead of a comb, this look is controlled, but not stiff, great for men who like a mixture of contemporary and traditional.

Long Top Fade Undercut

Instagram / @allisnrbrt

30. Men’s Surf Style

The crested shape of this undercut haircut evokes the curvature of an ocean wave. The shorter sides are cropped instead of buzzed for a less extreme version of a tidy exterior. Allow natural patterns and cowlicks to dictate the shape’s flow.

Men's Long Undercut Haircut

Instagram / @andrewdoeshair

31. Preppy Long Quiff Style

This style basically looks just like a college boy hairstyle only gone slightly off the map into street style due to the preppy feel. It’s simple enough to achieve if your hair is slightly long up top: just tell your barber to preserve the length in the upper part and then make sure you comb it back with a little bit of styling product.

32. Short and Sweet Undercut Hair

Here’s an example of short undercut hair, proving that men who aren’t into long hair can still enjoy the supreme level of stylishness. With a well-groomed beard that is clean-shaven on the cheeks, the overall impression is classic and modern without having to try too hard.

33. Long and Spiky Undercut

For a showy style that will help you stand out in a club (and maybe help you cross the six foot mark), blow long hair straight up. Don’t think you can get away with using just one product. Find a heat styling cream to use before, then a texturizing pomade after. Finish up with hairspray for lasting volume.

34. Wavy and Clean Haircut

Male hairstyles are all about showing your personality. They should complement who you are, your wardrobe, and what you’re into. This look is really unique because of the clean fade, the perfect hairline edges, and the long waves.

35. Faded Undercut with Mini Dreads

Heck yes, this is another undercut hairstyle, men! For those of us in the hairstyling world, we can totally handle this. Ever seen a dreaded mullet? Or a dreaded Mohawk? We have. A dreaded undercut makes us smile. Dreads should have many lives!

36. Undercut Hair with Hipster Appeal

This retro style is for your little hipster soul. Long layers are balanced by a full beard. If you go for this style, don’t get lazy! Groom your long beard to perfection, combing it every morning. And hit hair with a blow dryer whenever you wash it.

long top short sides hairstyle with beard

Instagram/ @swaggerandblade

37. Retro Chic Hairstyle

This undercut is so good. Insert expletives. The long hair is styled in a blowback that is anything but ordinary. Then the short sides taper down and back to perfection. No matter what you wear in your day to day life, you’ll look five thousand times cooler.

38. Undercut Pomp with Frosted Tips

This undercut hairstyle is going for it. The super short sides, crazy height on top, and spiky bleached tips. If you’ve got the style and swagger to pull this off, you should. Need to grow your hair out first? The wait will be worth it.

39. Short and Sleek Undercut

It’s important to note that under cut hair does not have to be long. If you’ve got short to medium hair and you’re ready for a change (something to help you stand out better) go for this style and work with the length you’ve already got.

40. Long All-Around Undercut

This is definitely an undercut for young men, since it goes very well with cute boyish features. Get an undercut that can be not extremely short, by the way, and wear the longer section swept to one side or gathered into a man bun. Make sure you use a shampoo for volume, and if you also feel the need to use something to fix it in place, apply invisible, minimal quantities of a styling product.

41. Wavy Top and Fade Undercut

This is a very stylish male undercut style, ideal for men who are usually careful with their clothing choices. As you can see, this look works well with a short beard as well, and we can totally see this as a successful, partially shaved spin on the famous lumbersexual style. Style the top section back in long and wavy strands. You can also consider subtle highlights for this style.

42. Faded Undercut for Long Hair

Here is something bold and exceptional you can do with long thick hair. The faded side and nape undercuts are good to separate the long beard and longer hair up top. If you have dense naturally curly hair, it will work fine with this style.

43. Afro Undercut for Men

This style features Afro hair on the natural side. The clear-cut line and the angled temples are the main strengths and the charm of this haircut.

44. Shaved Sides Men’s Haircut

As for this type of undercut hairstyle, men choose it when they want a low-maintenance yet stylish look. The closely clipped sides and back give enough space for shaved designs – simple lines or more complicated patterns.

45. Undercut Haircut in Military Style

As any celebrity, Brad Pitt changes his images, varying haircuts and hairstyles, which let him look different and always stylish. Here is Brad Pitt’s cool men’s undercut from the American war film “Fury”. A nice transition from medium length hair to the manly hairstyle with perfect side undercuts!

medium undercut hairstyle for men

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46. Edgy Undercut for Special Occasions

Siva Kaneswaran’s haircut reminds a high smoothly done fade. His thick dark hair on top is razored for the fantastic edgy finish that looks its best when styled upwards with lots of texture and extra definition. If you opt for this haircut, you’ll easily style it with wax and a blow dryer for the maximum volume.

mens undercut for thick hair

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47. Cool Edgy Undercut Haircut with Square Angles

A square top looks very showy in men’s undercut hairstyles. Add the jagged ends and subtle highlights like Adam Lambert’s, and you’ll get a super cool look that turn heads. Now the question is are you ready to handle some extra attention to your personality?

men’s undercut with highlights

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48. Undercut Hairstyle Men with Longer Top will Like

Undercuts that are high in temple level help to enhance visually the thickness of your hair, especially if you choose to wear it elongated on top. Colin Farrell demonstrates a great example that is also very easy to style with any medium hold product you prefer.

short sides long top mens undercut

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49. Edgy Undercut Hairstyle

An edgy haircut with a prominent texture will look even sharper if you opt to include temple undercuts. Josh Duhamel has thick straight hair. It looks fabulous with point cut ends and smooth tapering of length at the sides and back.

undercut hairstyle for men with short sides

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50. Neat Undercut and Facial Hairstyle

Undercut hairstyle men from Justine Timberlake’s looks can boldly copy, is the one you see in this picture. He demonstrates a good idea of short men’s undercut that features elegant lines and a cute contrast of textures. His undercut blends with his facial hairstyle – an easy way to look stylish without a need to shave every day.

preppy undercut hairstyle for men

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In the end it should be mentioned that standard undercut hairstyle men used to see everywhere now has much more variations. Celebs show you, that you can maintain and style this haircut differently almost every day. You will need to visit the barber every 2-3 weeks to keep your undercut in its perfect shape. The best styling products for men’s undercut hairstyles include pomades, styling creams, gels and hair mousses. A blow dryer is applied for the maximal volume. But it’s okay to style your undercut with just a bit of styling product, shaping the texture with your fingers.

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