41 Popular Disconnected Undercut Haircut Ideas

The disconnected undercut haircut 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. Celebrities like David Beckham, Justin Bieber, and Joe really popularized this trend.

This disconnection is usually called a hard part line or surgical line. Longer hair is usually styled by either having it slick 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 pictures of disconnected undercuts that are very popular this year. 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

Types of Fades for a Disconnected 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 have longer hair 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 images of your favorite hairstyles on your phone and show your barber.
How to style a disconnected undercut

How to Style a Disconnected Undercut

  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:

Long and Casual

Disconnected undercut with long casual hair on topHaircut by @kylelieberman

An Original Skin High Fade

A skin fade disconnected undercut that's high on the hairlineHaircut by @alanmainster

Combed Back Casual Disconnection

Casual disconnected undercutHaircut by @erichagberg

Mid Fade With High Volume

A hipster disconnected undercut with mid fade and beardHaircut by @wuuulli

Low & Separated With Very Short Sides

Short Comb Over

A noteworthy short disconnected undercut comb overInstagram @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 quiff that's long on topHaircut by @marianodivaio

Low Fade Pompadour

An edgy disconnected undercut low fade with a pompadourHaircut by @andyauthentic

Brushed Back and To The Sides

Haircut by @titan_barber

Long Hair With Bald Sides

Haircut by @braidbarbers

Combover Pompadour Line Up

A disconnected undercut pompadour hard part with a side part comboverHaircut by @_mannys

Short Piecey Low Fade

An outstanding disconnected undercut low fade haircutHaircut by @willsalon

Medium Undercut & Messy Hair

Haircut by @braidbarbers

Swept Up With Short Tapered Sides

A unique tapered disconnected undercutHaircut by @jordan_king30

Side Swept With a Deep Hard Part

A super cool side swept disconnected undercut hard partHaircut by @horatiuthebarber

California Thick Wavy Hair

Haircut by @viktorfrisks

Slicked Back Undercut Fade

A suave slicked back disconnected undercutHaircut by @sr4oficial

Undercut for Thin Hair

A great disconnected undercut for thin hairHaircut by @napolesbarbershop

Undercut for Thick Hair

A hot disconnected undercut for thick hairHaircut by @lianos_urban_cutz

Detached Man Bun

A sweet disconnected undercut with a man bun on topHaircut by @eddie_rtb

Textured With Mid-Fade Undercut

Haircut by @ayozecastellano

Side Part With Faded Beard

A modern side part disconnected undercut with a beardHaircut by @flatmax

Medium Length Wavy Hair

A medium length disconnected undercut for wavy hairHaircut by @r.braid

Low Razor Part With Long Fringe

A very low disconnected undercut with a razor partHaircut by @casquero_officialbarber

Forward Facing Long Wavy Hair

An impressive wavy disconnected undercutHaircut by @beholdthybarber

Disconnection for Curly Hair

An awesome curly disconnected undercutHaircut by @jakebbarber

Textured Waves & Shaved Sides

Haircut by @vazgen.oga

Natural Twists With Line Designs

Picture of a natural black men's disconnected undercut with a designInstagram @z_ramsey

Get a tight disconnected cut that is surprisingly easy to pull off! A long surgical line paired with a neat line-up make a cool hair design if you wanna feel confident and fresh!

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 Undercut Fade

A disconnected undercut Asian haircut

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

Long Curly Hair

A long surgical line can remarkably emphasize your hair especially if you have vibrant textured curls. Apply some wax or gel to add more volume and take advantage of the benefits of having disconnected hair.

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 guys with curly hair. I would not recommend this for men looking for haircuts for 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.