Undercut for Men: Easy Hairstyles You Must Try in 2023

Take your undercut hairstyle to the next level with these trendy versions!

The undercut hairstyle remains as popular today as it was in the Edwardian era—yes, this trend has been around longer than you have! It’s a classic style that features shaved sides and back and longer hair on top of the head which is typically parted on either side and brushed back for a clean, polished look.

Today’s undercut is a result of men experimenting with it and combining it with different looks to match their hair type, aesthetics, and probably even their mood. It’s been nearly a century so you can imagine how many updates this trend has gotten.

It has had a pretty interesting evolution. And if you think it looks good, why don’t you try it? After all, if you’ve had the same haircut all your life, it’s time for a change, don’t you think? Here are types of undercut men should rock this 2023.

1. Undercut Fade

Asian man with an undercut fade haircut using his cellphone
This undercut ‘do is trendy and easy to style. Credit: Shutterstock

This style consists of shaved sides with a mid to high fade and longer hair on top. To style, you can scrunch your hair a little while applying hair wax to create a casual, textured look.

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2. Slicked-Back Undercut

Asian man with a slicked-back hairstyle wearing a denim wash polo
Look sleek and smart with this ‘do. Credit: Hariono Halim

Look dapper and trendy with a slicked-back undercut. This is great if you shaved the sides of your head but kept a long top. A hair gel or pomade can help keep your slicked-back hair in place.

Editor’s tip: Nail a slicked-back hairstyle with Axe Ice Chill Pomade. It gives your hair a water-based hold that gives you control over your hair and leaves it sleek and shiny. It’s also easy to wash off! 

3. Classic Haircut

Asian with a classic hairstyle
This undercut style keeps hair off your face, so you can focus on your tasks for the day. Credit: Shutterstock

This look features clean-cut sides and a long, neatly combed top. Unlike the slicked-back undercut, the hair is brushed back diagonally, maintaining its volume. This hairstyle works whether you’re going for a smart, business-like ‘do or a casual look.

4. Curly Man Ponytail With Undercut

Filipino man with a curly man ponytail wearing a black shirt and denim pants outdoors
Put your hair up and show off your undercut. Credit: Michelle Pedron

Balance out your thick, curly hair by getting an undercut. If your curly hair is long, you can put it up in a high man ponytail so you can highlight both your curls and your undercut. This hairstyle can also help make you feel fresh and presko. 

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5. Side-Part

Asian with a side-part hairstyle wearing a polo and suspenders
A little bit of volume can add oomph to your side-part hairstyle. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Got a simple side-part haircut? Update it by combining it with an undercut. You can then style your hair into an easy comb over. To do this, comb your hair in one direction and seal your hairstyle with gel or pomade.

6. Man Bun Braid With Undercut

Asian man with a man bun braid with undercut wearing a red jacket
Welcome the new year with this trendy hairstyle. Credit: Dennie Ramon

The man bun undercut allows you to wear your hair short and create a man bun, a hairstyle that’s typically for long haired men. It gives you a hip, rockstar vibe, and it also keeps your strands in place. To get the look, you need to have at least five inches of hair on top of your head so be sure to grow it out first before heading to the barber for a cut.

7. Disconnected Undercut

Asian with a disconnected hairstyle wearing a white shirt
Go for a long, thick top to create a sharp contrast with your undercut. Credit: Shutterstock

Try this fashionable and modern take on the undercut hairstyle. It still features the same buzzed sides and longer hair on top, but it creates a sharp contrast with a hard part or a shaved side part. The transition from long to short is also not gradual. The sides don’t fade; rather they’re the same length all over.

8. Spiky Hair With Undercut

Asian man with spiky hair wearing a blue shirt
Exude a street-chic and edgy vibe with spiky hair and an undercut. Credit: Shutterstock

If you’re feeling adventurous with your hair, create a spiky ‘do! It makes your hairstyle fun and edgy, especially with the long, spiky sections contrasting with the short sides and back.

9. Pompadour

Asian with a pompadour hairstyle
Create thick-looking hair by going for a pompadour hairstyle. Credit: Shutterstock

Keep the classic pompadour hairstyle fresh and modern by pairing it with the very contemporary feel of an undercut.

10. Forward-Swept Undercut

This hairstyle shows a textured top and clean, shaved sides. Credit: Dvora

Instead of brushing your hair back (or to the side), why don’t you bring everything forward (and maybe showcase your curls or waves while you’re at it?) It’s a great way to give the classic look a hot modern twist.

11. Caesar Haircut With Undercut

Asian with a caesar haircut wearing a white shirt
A short top and shaved sides and back make for a trendy and light-looking hairstyle. Credit: Jessica Radanavong on Unsplash

This haircut has short hair on top that’s cut and styled like a short fringe. It also has shaved sides and back. If you’re into crop top haircuts, try this ‘do.

12. Mid-Fade Undercut

Asian with brushed up hair and undercut wearing eyeglasses
Try this trendy and smart-looking hairstyle now. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Keep the top section of your hair long and brush it up to style. With a mid-fade haircut, the long top transitions to the shaved sides and back more seamlessly.

13. Temple Undercut

Asian with a trendy hairstyle and undercut wearing an orange jacket
Testing if an undercut hairstyle is for you? Start with a temple undercut. Credit: Joshua Loh on Unsplash

If you’re not yet keen on shaving a significant portion of your hair, go for the temple undercut. It features sides that are shaved just above the ear. The back is also shaved just above the nape. Then, the rest of the hair is kept quite long. With this hairstyle, you can see if an undercut is for you. And if you’re happy with your look, go and experiment with the other undercut hairstyles!

14. Drop Fade

Asian with a drop fade haircut
The drop fade undercut hairstyle will work for anyone! Credit: imtmphoto on Canva

The color contrast of this undercut men’s hairstyle is cool and sharp, but the style itself is easy enough to maintain at home. The drop fade makes this style stand out from the crowd, while still allowing you to keep your look professional.

15. Clean Undercut

Asian with clean hairstyle and wearing plaid buttondown
The clean undercut is an easy, low-maintenance style that looks sleek and polished. Credit: Siriwannapatphotos from Canva

This is the type of undercut men should get if they want to keep their hairstyles sleek and polished. A bonus: this hairstyle is very low maintenance! All you need is a little bit of styling wax to make your hair look like you just stepped out of the barbershop.

16. Undercut With Tapered Sides

Asian businessman with undercut hairstyle using laptop computer
The undercut hairstyle with tapered sides is perfect for men with thick hair. Credit: Tera Images from Canva

Do you have thick hair? With this undercut hairstyle, you can have plenty of length on top but enjoy the easy upkeep of short sides. It’s a great option for men who want something that’s both stylish and low-maintenance.

17. Undercut for Thin Hair

Asian businessman with undercut hairstyle drinking coffee
Good news! The undercut can help add volume to thin hair. Credit: Ross Helen on Canva

Men with thin hair, we’ve got a solution for you. The undercut is a classic look that’s been around for decades. It’s great because it can be styled in a million ways, and it’s super easy to maintain. Trust us:—it’ll give your hair some serious volume.

18. Subtle Undercut for Medium-Length Hair

Asian man with a simple undercut looking at his phone
New to the world of undercuts? Try this ‘do. Credit: Siriwannapatphotos on Canva

If you’re looking for something new and exciting to try, the medium-length hairstyle with a subtle undercut is the way to go. It’s similar to the classic undercut but with more volume on top, making it great for those who want something unique without undergoing an extreme change.

19. Classy Textured Long Haircut

Asian man with long haircut
You can wear this slicked back in a ponytail or messy on top for a more relaxed look. Credit: Tera Images on Canva

For those who want a classic hairstyle with tons of texture, this is an undercut for men who want to keep things simple. Make your hair look thicker by sweeping it forward over your forehead.

20. Side-Swept with Growing Undercut

Asian businessman with a side swept undercut
When growing an undercut, pull off a side-swept hairstyle to keep your look clean and stylish. Credit: Leung Cho Pan

Are you aiming to grow your undercut because you want to change into a different hairstyle? It’s easy! Just keep the top of your hair side-swept, and use hair styling products to keep your growing undercut in place.

The undercut still remains to be one of the most stylish and versatile hairstyles for men. It’s been nearly a hundred years since the trend first came out. But judging by how popular it still is today, it looks like this hairstyle trend is here to stay.

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