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Men's Trend: The Undercut

November 4, 2014

One trend in men’s hair you simply can’t get away from is the undercut. “This cut resembles ultra-conservative 1920s men’s hairstyles,” stylist Rainer Schneck observes. European soccer stars and hipsters brought back the undercut, which has recently been seen on celebrities such as David Beckham and Brad Pitt. Fall 2014 and spring 2015 runways were inspired by the look as well, but adjusted the dramatic undercut to fit the every-man. While closely buzzed sides and five inches of hair on top may be just a little too dramatic for non-celebs, a sharp, stylish crop that hovers somewhere between an undercut and a crew cut is doable for all.


This hybrid cut was well represented on the spring 2015 runways from Calvin Klein to Dsquared2. Sure it’s only early fall now, but it’s never too early to get a jumpstart on next season’s trends. For those who can’t yet differentiate between the two haircuts, the crew cut has a smoother transition from the longer hair on top, to the shorter, tapered hair on the nape of the neck. On the other hand, the undercut  - or hipster haircut – has at least two to six inches of hair on top, which quickly transitions to much shorter hair on the sides and back of the head with no fading. Undercuts are perfectly suited for men with thick, coarse hair.


If you’re interested in the drama of the undercut but not yet sure if you can fully commit to the look, begin with this hybrid cut. Stylists affirm that all face shapes can pull off a tailored crew cut, while those with oval faces should exercise caution when going for a full undercut. Rainer Schneck warns, “These crafted styles do need clean barber skills, so be aware! If not done precisely, they will look cheap and butchered. These crops are a great unisex look, and work on kids as well.” Future undercut-ers should be aware that undercuts require a little more styling work than crew cuts, but only on the top. To master the look, use a bit of pomade to give some structure to these longer hairs, especially if you have thin hair to begin with. 

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