Undercut Fade Haircuts + Hairstyles For Men in 2024

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

An undercut fade is a men’s haircut that features a mid to high blurry fade, with hair that’s medium to long on top and short on the sides. It’s the essential trick to make your undercut appear effortlessly cool!

The best thing about this fade is how it creates an illusion of a silhouette underneath for a contrast that draws all the attention to your fresh hairstyle. When skillfully done, the fade undercut works for all kinds of hair texture as long as you have the length to showcase it!

Take inspiration from how distinctive the undercuts of Adam Levine, Rami Malek, and Jeremy Renner are when they paired theirs with this refining fade! The only task left to do is to style your strands however you want, and the undercut will always guarantee an astonishing result.

New Hampshire barber-slash-stylist Hercules Tsirovakas displays his seamless fade haircuts on various textures, finishing his works with styling products such as clay. For a more textured, rugged result, using wax, clay, or gel easily does the trick.

In the end, it’s the most ideal fade to wear if you want an all-day dapper and neat look. Keep on scrolling for the trendiest styles of the undercut fade!


#1: Short Quiff with a Line Design

The short quiff with a line design is a very popular cut and has been done by many barbers. The back and sides have been faded to the skin and blended up to the midpoint. While the top has been disconnected to keep the length on top. The line has been cut in at the midpoint of the blend, this is one of the best places as it will stand out more. My advice for styling would be to dry some sea salt spray into the top and finish off with styling powder.

Undercut Fade with a Spiky Top for Guys with short hair
Instagram @the_barber_yc

#2: Undercut with a Spiky Top

Men with short hair need not compromise their style with the modern and adaptable undercut fade with a spiky top hairstyle. This haircut features a gradual taper on the sides and back while leaving the top hair longer, allowing various styling options. The shorter sides create a clean and sharp look, while the spiky top adds texture and dimension. Dudes with thick or coarse hair would find this hairstyle efficient. It helps control the hair volume and presents a well-groomed look. To style the spiky top, simply apply a small amount of pomade or wax and use your fingers to create spikes, giving a youthful and trendy vibe to your overall look.

Two-Block Haircut with an Undercut Fade for Guys
Instagram @t4ufan

#3: Two-Block Haircut with an Undercut Fade

The two-block haircut is a stylish choice for men looking to update their hairstyle. The undercut fade adds edge to the overall aesthetic. This haircut works well for those who want a trendy, low-maintenance style. It’s easily tailored to your preference and creates a bold contrast that is modern.

#4: Sharp Fade with a Beard Fade

If you’re looking for a faux hawk style cut, ask your barber to try a burst fade. This particular fade is centered around both ears. Plus, it allows the back of the cut to be longer, making it perfect for a faux hawk. Also, ask your barber to use hair fibers when lining up your beard and hairline. Hair fibers are perfect for adding extra definition to sharp lines, especially in areas where hair is lacking.

Faded Undercut Mullet for Men
Instagram @thecutandcolor

#5: Faded Undercut Mullet for Men

Mullets are getting more popular and barbers are now putting a modern twist on them. This undercut mullet for men has been disconnected just behind the ear and up to the temple to leave the top to fall heavily. This is a very low-maintenance style to have, a trim up every 4 weeks will be enough to freshen the fade and keep the fringe at a susceptible length. This style can be worn with or without product.

Low undercut fade
Instagram @ho3ein_jefri

#6: Low Fade

This low fade undercut gave an avenue for the magnificent curls and waves to really outshine. The show going on top was all thanks to this silent but deadly undercut. If you want a modern look that will really pop, low bald fades are where it’s at right now.

#7: Combover with an Undercut

The men’s undercut fade works much better on straight hair. The disconnection has been created diagonally and into the hairline to create this style and a hard part has been razored in to enhance it. This style only works with those that have a full hairline, and the darker the hair, the better. The hold has been defined with a wide-tooth comb, and a good barber will be able to advise you on upkeep and even possibly have the items for sale needed to do this.

Undercut Fade for Men
Instagram @wahlpro

#8: Undercut Fade for Men

Try an undercut fade for men. By removing most of the bulk your hair will be a breeze to style.

French Crop Top with an Undercut
Instagram @wiz_barberr

#9: French Crop Top with an Undercut

A French crop top with an undercut is a classic haircut that requires minimal styling. With a bit of a longer fringe you’ll strike a balance of looking put together while remaining low-maintenance.

#10: Long Pomp with an Undercut

A long pomp with an undercut is great for men with thicker hair. When styling a pomp it’s ideal to have thicker hair to gain the desired style of volume needed. An undercut is the best option for the side because it’s quite difficult to properly blend the long length to the extremely short length on the fade.

Tapered Undercut for Men
Instagram @sajad_baarber

#11: Tapered Undercut for Men

A tapered mens haircut when paired with an undercut for men is a truly iconic hairstyle that can be worn casually or formally. The gradual fade gets progressively longer on top and is a striking complement to the texturized length. Ask your barber for an edged-out faded beard to sharpen your jawline.

Long Undercut Fade
Instagram @slickgorilla

#12: Long Undercut Fade

Go for a long-undercut fade with a pinkish rose gold hue for an interesting pop of color. The low undercut flows seamlessly into the sides, allowing the top lengths to lay in a square shape around the head. Style with Slick Gorilla Lightwork for weightless dimension and body.

Short undercut fade
Instagram @abram_barber

#13: Short Hair with Drop Fade

Opt for an undercut fade men love, even with short strands! Keep the top well-trimmed into textured layers for a refined finish.

Slick Back Undercut fade
Instagram @andrewdoeshair

#14: Slicked Back Undercut Fade

Wax it down or tame it with gel, you’ll never run out of styles to try with this combed-back hair! What a wonderful way to also show a clean, smooth bald fade under cut for men.

Mid Skin Fade undercut
Instagram @josh.watson23

#15: Mid Skin Fade

A higher shave rounds off the head and gives a more mature look. Clip it off just at the temple and keep a fuller top for a loose comb-over faded undercut

#16: Undercut Hairstyle

A young one’s undercut fade hairstyle that can also be worn professionally by men. Keep a layered trim up top to create a textured look that can also give you some pretty awesome bangs.

#17: Bald Fade on Thick Hair

The side-by-side effect of the full side-swept hair and the bald fade is a great contrasting look. Do a lot of easy styling while keeping it real easy on the sides.

Long Hair Slicked Back
Instagram @otbarber_

#18: Long Hair Slicked Back

After a shower, blow-dry damp long hair while combing back to achieve this look. Secure with gel or hair spray, smooth out the undercut, and you’re good to go!

Hard part high fade undercut
Instagram @kuyascuts

#19: Hard Part with High Fade

That high fade men’s haircut with an undercut almost makes the faux hawk look. Turn up the macho with a much needed hard part.

Medium pompadour undercut fade
Instagram @netoluzbarber

#20: Medium Length Pompadour

This cut is all about the pomp. Accentuate it by partnering it with a clean fade a trimmed full beard to fully frame the face.

#21: Curly Hair

A modern man needs a modern cut. Tight curls give it a more adventurous look, while the fade undercut haircut keeps everything at bay. Great balance for day and nightwear.

Mid Fade
Instagram @yamilhairstyle

#22: Mid Fade

I like it a lot for the cleanliness of the cut, and that gives an elegant look. I recommend this haircut to guys with an elongated face, so the cut can highlight much more. If you have this mid fade undercut cut, I recommend you have a good maintenance on the hair.

Undercut Spiky Hair
Instagram @jasonjaybarber

#23: Undercut Spiky Hair

A neat hairline shows off the perked up faux hawk in an immense fashion. Parallel lines were strategically placed at the fade to make the undercut stand out.

Q&A with style creator, Jason Agron Martí
Barber @ Jayson Jay Barber in Isabela, PR

How would you describe this look?

This hair cut is a very innovative cut which is inspired by European fashion. It draws a lot of attention since the hairstyle gives it character.

What makes this peculiar cut is the freestyle design, making it appropriate for both formal events and parties.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Take into consideration your lifestyle. There are haircuts that take time to fix daily. Hair products are a very important issue. Apply products according to the hair type.

Disconnected Undercut Fade
Instagram @barberal313

#24: Disconnected Undercut

A rugged fade makes a disconnected look from the thicker top mane. This brings a certain texture and attitude, with the special participation of angled hair design at the nape.

Q&A with style creator, Ali Alhashemi
Licensed Barber / Owner @ Uppercutz Barbershop in Dearborn, MI

How would you describe this look?

This hairstyle is really cool because it’s unique in so many different ways. When you first take a look from the back, you’d think it’s a Mohawk, but in the front, it’s sort of like a slick back/comb-over. It’s not a combover because it doesn’t fall to one side, instead, it falls to the back but at an angle.

My favorite thing about it is the double V line in the back that gives it that extra sauce!

Any advice for someone considering it?

As complicated as it may look, this look is actually really easy to achieve. It’s one of those wake-up-and-nothing hairstyles. Literally, all you have to do is comb it to an angle with your fingers. It’s longer on top, so it doesn’t give you trouble getting it to sit right.

It requires little to no effort. You can add a fingertip of TGM Pomade to ensure an all-day hold and even a little shine. Overall, it gives you that professional, corporate-friendly hairstyle with a little hint of swagger in the back!

#25: High Skin Fade

Lengthen your face with high fluffed-up pomp and an undercut and skin fade. This style works as a general statement that requires little to no accessories.

Q&A with style creator, Alessio Bolognesi
Barber @ Atman Barber Studio in Rome, ITL

How would you describe this look?

The name of this cut is a slick back where the whole length is pushed towards the back. It is a modern, versatile cut with a zero shave, but it can also dress a long shave.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this cut for those who want to keep the length at the top while finding pleasure in mowing the lower part. For this look, you need wax which will allow you to keep the hair towards the back – an excellent finish for a bit of lacquer.

Short Sides Long Top with Fade
Instagram @blanco3112

#26: Short Sides Long Top with Fade

Q&A with style creator, Ben Whitmore
Barber @ Jake’s NY Headquarters in Binghamton, NY

How would you describe this look?

During our consultation, we decided to keep most of the length on top for max volume and texture and that he wanted a mid-drop bald fade. My favorite thing about this undercut with a fade is how I used modern and traditional elements to create shape and shade that suits his head shape.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Learn how to recreate the style. You just need 5-8 minutes with a blow dryer, hot setting to create the volume, and cool shot to set. I used a forming cream as a pre-styler before blow drying and a very small amount of texture powder and matte hairspray to leave a natural free-flowing look. This is a perfect style for someone who prefers a modern and clean aesthetic that is also on trend with many of the Euro influences that are popular right now.