28 Best Men’s Undercut Hairstyles and Haircuts (2021 Pics)

Undercut haircuts for men

A men’s undercut hairstyle is a modern version of a pomp and a quiff, having longer hair on top and shaved sides. The diversity and uniqueness of designs for this epic hairstyle is the reason why it’s one of the most popular cuts for modern men.

The shaved sides offer plenty of volume for the top mane and amazing contrast that can definitely work on any length and type of hair.

You have the option to leave your hair naturally or use products like a gel and a pomade for a shiny sleek or gritty and messy look!

Every guy’s favorite part about this style is its versatility – you can literally wear it on any occasion whether it’s for everyday wear or for a formal business style. There are so many cool variations of this really awesome cut!

Here’s a list of this year’s coolest men’s undercut haircuts and hairstyles to inspire you before you see your barber. 👊

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Men’s Side-Swept Undercut Hairstyle

Men's Side-Swept Undercut Hairstyle
Instagram @kiki_cuts

Try this really cool side-swept undercut hairstyle that has dimension and looks great with grey hair!

Undercut with Long Side Fringe

Undercut with Long Side Fringe
Instagram @spukthebarber

The undercut with long side fringe is a powerful haircut statement. When worn down, the length emphasizes the head shape, jawline, and hair texture. However, the length also allows for creative flexibility when styling the hair by being pulled up in different ways. The undercut can be accomplished by clippering the hair straight up, all in one length, or implementing different fading techniques. While the top length may not need a stylist or barber’s attention as often, the undercut will need to be touched up every couple of weeks to keep its crispness.

Wavy Thin Hair with Undercut

Wavy thin hair with undercut for men
Instagram @criztofferson

The wavy thin hair with undercut will suit men who prefer an easy-to-style and maintain cut. The sides are faded high and tight, disconnecting from the wavy curls on top. Cutting it this way keeps the sides under control and gives men various styling options.

Drop Fade Undercut for Curly Hair

Drop fade undercut for men with curly hair
Instagram @midas_irv

A drop fade undercut for curly hair works best with thicker dark hair to get the best out of this cut. The fade has been dropped around the back of the head, leaving a volume-up transition to suit the undercut. The undercut is needed to give some length to the curls. It’s best to use styling powder to enhance the curls.

Undercut with Thick Waves

Mens undercut with thick waves
Instagram @jimthetrim_barbershop

The undercut with thick waves is perfect for those with thick hair that like to keep the length on top. The sides are taken tight and disconnected from the top, creating the undercut. A small amount of maintenance is needed to style this in the morning. Using a light texture paste or styling powder will give the movement required for this style.

Popular Comb Over Undercut with Faded Sides

Popular Comb Over Undercut with Faded Sides
Instagram @brihanna_jayde

An amazing undercut style takes advantage of the contrast that those shaved or faded sides provide. Straight and wavy hair types would work well with this cut.

Modern Quiff and Taper Fade Undercut

Modern Quiff and Taper Fade Undercut
Instagram @fabaobarber

Show off your thick black hair on top with disconnection and a taper fade undercut! By wearing a cool undercut with a quiff like this, you’ll get a fresh and dapper look!

Modern Asian Undercut for Fine Hair

Modern Asian Undercut for Fine Hair
Instagram @barber_linshuyun

Styled with a classic combover and disconnected with a hard side part, this undercut haircut really gives its owner a gentleman/professional vibe.

Man Bun Hairstyle with Undercut

Man Bun Hairstyle with Undercut
Instagram @jaymac22_

Pair long hair with a sharp mid fade and what do you get? A super fine undercut! Wear your hair in a man bun to achieve that hipster vibe!

Hipster Side Part Undercut with a Beard

Hipster Side Part Undercut with Beard
Instagram @nurii_b

A big beard plus a polished combover with a side part undercut makes any gentleman appear fresh.

Boys’ Messy Undercut Style

Boys' Messy Undercut Style
Instagram @cavemanbarber

A mashup of neat and tousled hair – this messy undercut allows versatility in styling and keeps it noticed because of that clean high fade.

Trendy Disconnected Undercut for an Oblong Face Shape

Trendy Disconnected Undercut for Oblong Face Shape
Instagram @barber.aa

An awesome brushed-up hair with a sharp surgical line combines modern and classic to produce a dapper look such as this disconnected undercut. Men with long or oblong faces would enjoy flaunting this chop.

Tapered Undercut for Black and Silver Hair

Tapered Undercut for Black and Silver Hair
Instagram @_carlosthebarber

Create exciting contrast between your short sides and great top hair by fading gradually to get a tapered undercut style. Barber Kevin created this silver hairstyle that just completes the funky hipster look. A short undercut hairstyle for men like this has become very popular lately.

Undercut and Low Fade

Low Fade Hair
Instagram @andrewdoeshair

Accentuate your messy hair more when you get it faded close to the ears with this undercut and low fade. This is the cool guys’ go-to style when they want a textured finish.

The Classic Undercut

The Classic Undercut
Instagram @barbeariareidavi_1

Get a legendary look with this all-time favorite undercut haircut. A clean and sharp shave is key to achieving this dope hairstyle. This classic undercut can be styled for any event with some minor changes.

Long Textured Undercut with Clean Fade

Long Textured Undercut with Clean Fade
Instagram @heatherlynnstyle

A clean yet textured undercut by Stylist Heather produced a really versatile and on-point look. With long hair on top of the head, you can opt for a combover, a side-part, or a messy style.

Unique Guy’s Side Part Undercut

Unique Guy's Side Part Undercut
Instagram @lankellyk_hair_design

Accentuate your stylish hair on top with shaved sides to form a suave undercut. Styled messy and parted, this look appears modern and impressive.

Mohawk Undercut with a Shaved Design

Mohawk Undercut with a Shaved Design
Instagram @tailorfade

Adding simple linework can really push the limit to a mohawk undercut like this! Barber Trevor created something that gives your hair life and complements the original cut.

Stylish Pompadour Undercut with Subtle Line-Up

Stylish Pompadour Undercut with Subtle Line-Up
Instagram @mateusmetzler

The perfectly faded short sides with subtle line-up show off the long top hair and allows for any cool styling to be the center of attention. Going blonde with dark roots also completes the overall hipster vibe.

Dope Faux Hawk Hair with Undercut

Dope Faux Hawk Hair with Undercut
Instagram @raduvitca

A faux hawk with an undercut puts all attention on the textured top hair. What better way to do a faux hawk than with clean and sharply tapered sides?

Long Top Undercut for Wavy Hair

This mid fade men’s undercut for wavy hair is a very fresh, youthful style. Created by hair artist Nikki Probasco of Arizona, the coolest thing about this particular cut is the disheveled look on the top, making it low-maintenance. It’s also very versatile as it can be styled into a modern pompadour for a clean-cut dapper look. Or, keep longer curls at the front of the face to form as the fringe.

Probasco suggests, “Use some product to style it. One of my absolute favorites is Free Hold from the Kevin Murphy line. It helps to create a flexible hold with a little shine, and the essential oils make it smell so good!”

Undercut Side-Parted Hair

Undercut Side-Parted Hair
Instagram @buggzthabarber

Undercut side-parted hair like this classic undercut is a business yet casual type of haircut. It looks good on those young businessmen.

like this one to guys who don’t really know what they want when they come in. A lot of people don’t want to show skin, so a shadow fade is always the way to go. It starts at a #1 on the bottom and fades up to a #2. The coolest part about this cut is the styling.”

Guys with a curly texture could achieve this look but they would need to put the time in. They would have to blow dry and, if needed, also straighten. A curly undercut adds extra movement for men’s hairstyles.”

There are many products you can use. If a man wants the slick, stiff look then Hernandez recommends pomades with a firm hold. For men who want to make it look natural and be able to run their hands through it if it becomes a little messy, Hernandez recommends a lightweight paste.

Undercut Fade for Medium-Length Thick Hair

Undercut Fade for Medium-Length Thick Hair
Instagram @chop_a_gram

It’s a disconnected style undercut on both sides with enough length left to produce forward movement without collapse. “I used a number two guard on the sides and tapered it in with a one,” says Natalia Molenda, a stylist from Scotland who created this chop.

“I use a wide tooth comb and no guard on the crown as the hair is so straight. When I cut the top, I kept it medium-length so I can produce lift and texture. The texture is achieved through slicing and razoring. This style is finished with matt clay applied to wet hair and dried in. For extra texture and lift, I apply a little bit of Affinage wonder dust,” Molenda adds.

This look is best suited to gents with thick hair which can take a lot of texturizing. Molenda would advise on the use of Matt Clay and Dust. Ideally, the man wearing this should be confident and perhaps working in a job where a modern look is desirable.

Undercut for Gents’ Long Hair

Featuring long hair, a man bun, and an undercut that was created by California-based stylist Brittany Alamillo.

“For this statement cut, we clipper cut his undercut and sides and then with shears gave the rest of his hair a trim,” Alamillo notes.

High Skin Fade and Undercut with Spiky Hair

and a high tight skin fade with a textured disconnected top is a masterpiece by Logan Wyatt, a barber from Salisbury, NC.

The hair type for this spiky undercut with fade would be most suitable for thin to medium density, straight, or minimum curl. Any personality can wear this style, as it fits best with confidence. Wyatt points out, “This undercut is for any guy who wants a fresh, clean easy to maintain a hairstyle that fits any occasion.”

Mid Fade Undercut on Short Hair

Mid Fade Undercut on Short Hair
Instagram @tonecutz716

A mid-skin fade undercut comes out so clean. With coarse hair, the blended effect looks way better. This short hair is perfect for guys in the military and wanted a cut that met military regulations.

When wanting this men’s undercut fade, barber Tony Avery of Buffalo, NY recommends, “Tell your barber to give you a mid skin fade with two inches of length on top, styled with pomade. I prefer Elegance styling pomade, as it has a great hold and smell.”

Badass Slicked Back Undercut Hair

Badass Slicked Back Undercut Hair
Instagram @liz_thebarber

It’s a disconnected slicked back undercut with skin-tight, high fade (slight drop). According to Washington-based barber Lizet Sanchez, the best thing about this cut is how well it actually sits and lays back.

On the other hand, Sanchez adds that if the top is not long enough, it won’t lay as well. Also for hair growth patterns, cowlicks tend to be the biggest factor in this style.

The men’s undercut also requires some time out of your day to style it. Sanchez continues, “I recommend a strong hold pomade (water-based preferably) and a blow dryer because it works wonders. When it comes to personality and lifestyle I see the undercut as a great cut with many options to it for styling.”

Edgy High Skin Fade Undercut

Edgy High Skin Fade Undercut
Instagram @shearly_mad

Go for an undercut with a bald/skin fade that’s lightened all over. A hairstylist from Kansas, Courtney Ankrum, also did a beard trim/clean up with this fade, as well.

This high skin fade undercut is a fairly easy haircut as far as maintenance. “Just put some gel, mousse, or pomade in and slick it back, wet or dry,” states Ankrum.

This mens’ undercut style can go with many textures of hair, depending on the volume they desire. Ankrum explains, “This style is very versatile as far as face shape and hair texture. You could just do some matte pomade and make it look soft and flowy. There are so many different ways you can wear this!”