Undercut Hairstyle – How to Style & Haircut

Last updated on April 21st, 2013 at 10:30 pm

The Undercut Hairstyle – How to Style & What Haircut To Choose

The Undercut hairstyle is a men’s style option that has all the hair length and volume on the top of the head while the back and sides are kept short. Known simply as an Undercut, this hairstyle hit its trending peak last year at the UEFA Euro tournament. As of 2013, the Undercut still trends strong and is a hairstyle that suits men with straight and wavy hair. The Undercut can also be referred to as a Bowl Cut hairstyle or as a Hitler Youth hairstyle or SS hairstyle (it was a popular hairstyle in the ’30s and early ’40s in Nazi Germany).

The Undercut hairstyle done with long hair on a SS german soldier.

Hair-length category


Suitable hair type

Straight hair, wavy hair

Haircut for the Undercut hairstyle

The Undercut hairstyle involves having your back and sides cropped to an even #2 while the top is left anywhere from 4-6 inches even. The line dividing the back/sides and top is not smoothed, thus the contrast between between these upper/lower areas of the scalp (top vs. back/sides) is drastic (i.e. sharp edges).

The Undercut hairstyle for straight long hair

Haircut difficulty

2 out of 5

Styling of the Undercut hairstyle

For the Undercut hairstyle, the hair on the top is slicked either back or to the side at an angle (i.e. 45 degrees to the edge of the head where the hair is being parted from), and you can leave the hair to puff out a bit or have it flattened. Use a wide-tooth comb for the manipulation of the hairstyle if you have wavy hair whereas you can use a conventional comb if you have straight hair. If you part the hair on the top to the side, there will be some noticeable contrast with the hair on the sides of the head (this is a normal and expected effect of the Undercut).

The Undercut hairstyle done with 6 inches of hair.

If you choose to have some volume on your hair, use hair mousse and a hair drier; and then finish off by using a bit of pomade to coat your locks as you continue to lift the hair up. On the other hand, if you choose to have a flatter top, use either wax or pomade to slick the hair back or to the side. You can also straighten your hair if you have wavy hair and want to have a slicker-looking Undercut.

Pomade and hair mousse are excellent hairstyling products if you want the hair to puff out, while hair wax and hair gel is better suite if you want a more slicked, flatter Undercut style.

Styling difficulty

2 out of 5

Which popular male celebrity has sported an Undercut hairstyle?

German soccer player Mario Gomez, who plays for Bayern Munich, is fond of the Undercut hairstyle and sported it during the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament.

Mario Gomez with an undercut hairstyle for his straight hair.

Hair products to use for an Undercut hairstyle

The Undercut hairstyle is a very New-Age hairstyle that will certainly spice up your straight or wavy haired locks. I highly recommend the Undercut if you want something different yet want to keep a medium-length emphasis for your mane.

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