41 Popular Disconnected Undercut Haircut Ideas

The disconnected undercut is when your hair is short on the sides and long on top. Instead of blending the sides with the hair on top, there’s a sharp contrast or transition between the two that creates a disconnection, hence the name “disconnected undercut.” In this way, the two sides are separated and it really makes this a popular & edgy look right now.

This disconnection is usually called a hard part line or surgical line. Longer hair is usually slicked back or back and to the side, which is called a modern quiff. The length of this type of haircut is best when your hair touches anywhere between your eyebrows and the bottom of your chin. This cut is also referred to as simply an “undercut.”

Below are photos of this year’s most popular disconnected undercuts. These hairstyles & haircuts are sure to be a hit with young boys, hipsters, and men in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. You’ll see a mix of styles from pompadours, side parts, messy, quiffs, casual and formal. Whether your hair is thick, thin, thinning, wavy, curly or fine, you’ll find a cool haircut for you.

fading disconnected undercuts

Fading The Undercut

Typically, there will be a slight fade on the sides and back leading up to line separating it from the top. Lately, the fade has been getting shorter. Some men prefer a bald fade at the bottom and some prefer a more gradual fade, up to a size 1 guard near the top. If you’re a guy who’s not comfortable with a bald fade, then ask your barber for the clipper to be set between #1 and #3. A more modern look is to have a taper fade at the bottom, to give your undercut a more natural and clean style.

what to tell your barber

How To Ask a Barber for a Disconnected Undercut

  • Ask about your current hair length and if you should grow it to be longer on top.
  • Let them know what kind of fade you want, if at all. If they use clippers, ask for anywhere between a 0 and 3.
  • Ask for to a taper fade around the very edges of the neckline for that clean and modern haircut.
  • Ask for extra space around your ears. As men’s short hair on the side grows, it won’t grow over your ears as quickly.
  • Ask for them to texturize your hair for a messier hairstyle and if you have thicker hair, this will naturally thin it out.
  • Take advantage of their expertise and ask them how you should style based on your hair length, type, face shape, time and product budget.
  • Save a couple of pictures of your favorite hairstyles on your phone and show your barber.
styling a disconnected undercut

Styling

  1. Start with wet hair and add a control and volumizing product, also known as a pre-styler that sets the foundation.
  2. Take a brush or comb and blow dry from front to back or to the side and back until your hair is dry.
  3. Use a quarter size amount of a clay wax with a matte finish, texture clay or a pomade and rub all through your hair.
  4. Either use a comb to comb it back for a clean look or use your fingers for a more casual, messy look.
  5. Finish with a holding spray if you plan on being a little more active that day.

Check out the popular video by BluMaan on how to style disconnected haircuts:

Pictures of Disconnected Undercut Hairstyles

Long and Casual Disconnected Undercut

Disconnected undercut with long casual hair on topHaircut by @kylelieberman

An Original High Fade

Disconnected undercut with a high gadeHaircut by @alanmainster

Combed Back Casual Disconnection

Casual disconnected undercutHaircut by @erichagberg

Mid-Fade Disconnected Undercut

Mid-fade disconnected undercut hairstyleHaircut by @wuuulli

Low & Separated With Very Short Sides

Short Disconnected Undercut

Picture of a men's short disconnected undercutInstagram @philyscuts

Mini Mohawk

Picture of a men's disconnected undercut mohawkInstagram @hagopart

Combed Forward

Disconnected undercut combed forwardHaircut by @guerin_thebarber

Long Surgical Line

Disconnected undercut with long surgical lineHaircut by @criminal_barber

Tall Quiff

Disconnected undercut with tall quiffHaircut by @marianodivaio

Low Fade Pompadour

Haircut by @andyauthentic

Brushed Back and To The Sides

Haircut by @titan_barber

Long Hair With Bald Sides

Haircut by @braidbarbers

Divided Combover Pompadour

Haircut by @_mannys

Short Piecey Forward Fade

Haircut by @willsalon

Medium Undercut & Messy Hair

Haircut by @braidbarbers

Swept Up With Short Tapered Sides

Haircut by @jordan_king30

Side Swept With Deep Part

Haircut by @horatiuthebarber

California Thick Wavy Hair

Haircut by @viktorfrisks

Slicked Back Undercut Fade

Haircut by @sr4oficial

Undercut for Thin Hair

Haircut by @napolesbarbershop

Undercut for Thick Hair

Haircut by @lianos_urban_cutz

Detached Man Bun

Haircut by @eddie_rtb

Textured With Mid-Fade Undercut

Haircut by @ayozecastellano

Side Part With Faded Beard

Haircut by @flatmax

Wavy Hair

Haircut by @r.braid

Mid Hard Part With Long Fringe

Haircut by @casquero_officialbarber

Forward Facing Long Wavy Hair

Haircut by @beholdthybarber

Disconnection for Curly Hair

Haircut by @jakebbarber

Textured Waves & Shaved Sides

Haircut by @vazgen.oga

Natural Black Disconnection

Picture of a natural black men's disconnected undercutInstagram @z_ramsey

Long Straight Hair Pomp

Picture of a disconnected undercut for long straight hair with a pompInstagram @marconybarber

Spiky Texture

Picture of disconnected undercut with spiky texture hairInstagram @juanmapeluka

Short Pompadour for Straight Hair

Picture of a men's disconnected undercut for straight hairInstagram @linothebarber

Asian Disconnected Undercut

Long Curly Hair

Hidden Receding Hairline

Picture of a disconnected undercut to hide a receding hairlineInstagram @camillemoore.s

A Gentleman Cut

Picture of a disconnected undercut for gentlemenInstagram @jesuszambrana_barber

Unique Asymmetrical Fringe

Picture of an asymmetrical disconnected undercutInstagram @jesuszambrana_barber

Military Cut

Q&A with style creator, Travis Hill
Barber @ Travis Anthony Hair in Eugene, OR

How would you describe this look?

This is a very classic, timeless style with a little modern twist. I would call this haircut a classic side-part with a mid-bald fade.

It is also one of the most popular hairstyles for men.  This style is a pretty attractive hairstyle on most head shapes. You can associate it with a man who is passionate about looking nice.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut could be for somebody who enjoys extensively styling their hair. In my opinion, this hairstyle works best with straight hair.

For curly hair, I use Clay-Pomade by Baxter of California to achieve this look. I tend to steer clear of real shiny pomades and grease.

I recommend clays and creams to shows the true nature of a well-done haircut and style instead of greasing the hair down and taking away from the beauty of a well-structured haircut.

Thinning Hair Disconnect

Q&A with style creator, Mackey Atkinson
Stylist @ Stephen Gregory Men’s Concept in Birmingham, AL


How would you describe this look?

In this look, it really shows off my artistic side and my attention to detail.

I love the texture on the top and how I incorporated fading with a dramatic disconnection.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut can be high maintenance. To keep up the skin fade, I recommend a touch up every 2 weeks.

Styling it can be super easy. I heavily texturized the top to give it the “piecey” appearance.

You can use a clay or texturizing pomade to create this look and even smooth it out with a flat iron.

This cut will work on all hair types. I love seeing this on someone with curly hair. I would not recommend this for someone who has thin/fine hair or has a highly progressed receding hairline. If you have facial hair, fading your beard into the cut is a perfect way to tie it all in.