Undercut hair - how to
by Delores Manderelle
Undercut and undershaved hair gives your hairstyle a pleasingly fierce and warrior-like beauty. Choose which undercut suits you, learn how to do your own undercut and even learn how to grow out an undercut when its time is done.
Undercuts - welcome to the half-shaved movement! An Undercut is a unisex hairstyle where a section of the hair is shaved or cut very short, allowing a layer of hair to fall over the shorn area. Are you wondering what a undercut is like, or if it's right for you? Either way, this article with help solve all your questions. We'll even give you an undercuts how-to guide for the DIY hairstyle lovers among you.
Undercuts originated in the late 70's and 80's but they're recently enjoying a comeback. We all loved David Bowie's undercut in the seventies, and over the years undercut hair has evolved from slightly noticable to very shaved. Undercuts are commonly accepted in large, diverse cities but if you live in a small town and have an undercut hairstyle, expect to be given a weird look or an awkward smile; I get those a lot.
The good news is that an undercut hairstyle is easy to take care of and very low maintainence. When you need to fix it up there are many things you can do with the longer part (depending on length). I choose to do a spiral curl with the longer part on mine.
Which undercut hairstyle best suits you?
An undercut is a personal statement. If you need a sophisticated look for work, you may want to reconsider having an undercut. You may - depending on your environment - receive negative comments along the lines of 'an undercut looks trashy'. That can't be helped. But if you do get one, you still want to think aesthetically. What sort of undercut would suit your face?
An undercut will suit you whatever your face shape is. It just needs to be positioned in a way that will look good on you. However, undercuts remove weight and body so they look best on thick hair, not thin, fine hair.
Consider where you want your undercut to be. If you have it on the sides, it looks great but will be noticeable most of the time. If you have it on the nape of your neck at the back, it will only be revealed when you wear an updo (for example a rockabilly high ponytail).
Consider how deep you want your undercut to be. A subtle shortening of your hair for an asymmetric look, or something closer to a shave? If you want to be more subtle, you can go for a 4-6mm undercut and talk to your hairdresser about what would work best.
If you go for an undercut you think is too short, don't worry - it all grows back. If you go for an undercut you think is too long, that's okay because you can always have it trimmed shorter until you're happy with it.
How much area do you want your undercut to cover? The trend is to have an undercut just on one side and that does suit a lot of people. You can trim a smaller area, say 2 by 3 inches. Or you can remove most of the hair on one side...
If you're going to a hairdresser to ask for one, bring a picture of the desired look. It's not hard to find a picture: just google for 'undercut hair' images and you'll find something you like. It may even be a celebrity picture: popularity of the undercut is increasing with models, actresses and singers, celebrities such as Rihanna, Kristen Leanne, Cassie, Mel B, Amelle Berrabah, Alice Dellal, La Roux, Jena Malone, and Hannah Beth. They may feel an undercut gives them an aura of 'danger' and 'being real'. Don't worry about what celebrities are up to. Think what you like, and if you would like the mix of vulnerability and toughness that an undercut can bring.
Undercut tutorial - How to do your own undercut
Want give yourself an undercut or undershave? Lootsicle gives herself an undercut in seconds, armed only with a humble pair of scissors and some hair clippers.
Amy gets a pair of clippers and shows us how to do a subtle, quite long undercut (grade 4 length). Expect a lot of useful info about how to handle your hair clippers.
Growing out an undercut: advice
What do you do when you're growing out an undercut and it's about 3 inches long? Here's some advice from our Mookychick Messageboard members:
Wear clip-in hair extensions until the undercut grows out to the same length as the rest of your hair.
Cut the rest of your hair to match the length of the undercut.
Curl the longer hair and push it over one shoulder, and swirl the growing-out undercut in a 1920s hairstyle, with big swirls framing your face. This is known as pincurls and fingerwaves.
Wear the top half of your hair down all the time and chop it so it hangs down to the same length as the undercut. It looks just like a bob. Keep it that way until the undercut grows out properly and you really do have a bob.
Dye the undercut in leopard print, and when it grows out even more, dye it a strong colour like pink or red.
Consider that as an undercut grows back it can actually look nice just as it is. Enjoy it, and don't worry about it.
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Example of a 4mm shave undercut on one side. If you want to go shorter, you could ask your hairdresser for (or set your clippers to) a 3mm or 2mm undercut.
This undercut covers a quite subtle and small surface area - about 2 by 3 inches
Growing out his undercut very nicely...