If you're not familiar with an undercut, it's traditionally known as a hairstyle in which the back or sides of your hair are shaven underneath the longer hair on top. Undercuts may seem intimidating and a little risky on the surface. But the style options for undercuts run the gamut—you'll see 50 very different looks, below—and the benefits of undercuts go beyond just aesthetics.
In fact, undercuts are so amazing in particular because of their functionality. Less hair means less maintenance, and less maintenance usually means an easier lifestyle and getting-ready process. It also takes weight off, so your hair can feel more lightweight than ever. Not convinced yet? See the sometimes-bold, sometimes-subtle and always-cool undercuts for women, below.
Pattern & Pigtails
A graphic undercut pairs perfectly with hair swept up in pigtail buns. (Because we'll never say no to pigtail buns.)
An undershave is where the hair on the sides of your head and nape of your neck is shaved to the scalp, while the hair on the crown is styled normally at a longer length. This white-blonde version is everything.
We're always fans of a super-blunt bob—and with the combination of an undercut, this futuristic-feeling one certainly takes the cake.
If you love a good crown braid, you might just find that adding an undercut will make your life (and hairstyling) easier.
Volume on Top
A stylized pixie cut is the perfect complement to an undercut. If you keep your length long on top, you'll have plenty of hair to work with every day—and this coiffed, voluminous 'do is giving us major hair envy.
Could this style get any cooler? We think not. A flipped, platinum pixie pairs perfectly with a contrasting undercut.
Go extra-subtle with some simple shaved sides that are barely noticeable until you get close. (And get your hair this voluminous with our fave heavy-duty mousses here.)
Pretty in Pink
We'll always encourage experimentation—so if you're bold enough for an undercut, may we suggest an on-trend hue, too?
Show off your undercut with a cool braided style you'll want to wear again and again.
If you're looking to do something big, don't stop with just an undercut—teal-blue hair is trending, and we're totally here for this chic pixie cut.