Are undercuts going out of style?
Definitely not if you're talking about the disconnected undercut hairstyle. Indeed, a disjointed haircut is the most popular variation of the hair classic undercut for men.
So, what makes the disconnected haircut different than all other types of undercut? Well, it's disconnected! Remember the Cillian Murphy Peaky Blinders haircut?
Of course, you do - because it's outstanding and memorable thanks to its unique shape, the sharp contrast between the long top and shaved sides, and a textured crown. All similar disconnected undercut hairstyles work in the same way - that's why they don't go out of fashion and are loved by guys.
Check out our gallery to find the best disconnected hair ideas for your undercut:
What Is A Disconnected Undercut?
The disconnected undercut means that the hair on top is much longer than the hair on the sides and back. Moreover, the transition from the longer hair to short is not smooth and gradual - on the contrary, the connection between the two lengths suddenly breaks.
That's where "disconnected" comes from. Actually, this separated undercut effect is often reinforced with a hard side part.
What's the difference between disconnected undercut and undercut?
The main difference between these styles is the way the hair transits from the longer crown to short sides. In a classic undercut, the fade is blending gradually, in a disconnected undercut it's noticeable and even emphasized.
Wondering how the disconnected undercut became popular?
Just look at that dyed disconnected undercut in the pictures above and below. This style allows for endless experiments and updates - trending silver color, messy faux hawk twist… You can add and change a lot of meaningful details, which make it not only fashionable but also unique.
How to Get the Disconnected Undercut
First and foremost, you need to grow your hair to at least 2 inches to get the disconnected undercut - this is the minimum length required to make a proper noticeable contrast between the longer hair on top and the shorter sides.
How to cut a disconnected undercut?
Watch this video to find out.
Now, let's go to the most popular question:
What do I tell my barber for a disconnected undercut?
Actually, it depends on how you want the haircut to look - that's why it's always better to show your barber several images of cool undercut men's hair that you like to avoid any possible misunderstandings and be sure that you're at the same wavelength with your stylist.
However, here are some basic things to ask for. You'll never go wrong with:
- Ask to trim the sides and back or shave them close to the skin
- Decide if you consider a low fade or prefer one-length sides and back
- Ask for some shaping on the top
- Add a hard part (if necessary)
- Add edgy hairlines (if necessary)
- Tell your barber what styles you're more likely to wear on the top
And speaking of the styles...
...How to style the disconnected undercut?
After you've shampooed your hair, you need to choose the style of your disconnected undercut. Are you going to add some volume or texture? Or, on the contrary, sleek the long fringe back? Will it be a smart polished and brushed hair-do or a casual contemporary hairstyle?
Remember that disconnected undercuts allow for multiple hair styling options and image transformation opportunities. Here are some of them:
- Undercut pompadour
- Slicked back hair
- Side-swept undercut
- Man bun
- Various braided styles
Undercut beard is also a pretty common detail and a good complement for long hair on top. You can play in many ways - just make sure you find the style that suits your face shape and personal preferences.
In this video you'll find 3 top modern ways to style your disconnected haircut.
Disconnected Undercut Hairstyles
Short Disconnected Undercut Hairstyle
Let's start with this short hair option for a true gentleman. It features an undercut fade, which is high. A bit longer hair on the crown is swept to the front part of the head in a Caesar-like undercut There is a light touch of texture on top but it looks pretty natural.
Disconnected Side Part
Side part disconnected undercut is an easy-to-do styling option for modern boys and older men. The sides of this style look rather rough but there is an advantage of such trim - you don't have to visit your barber too often to keep it clean (as you should with a bald fade.) It's easy to brush the long hair to the side adding some hair product for a slick finish.
Platinum Blonde Disconnected Undercut & Straight Hair Forward Sweep
A dyed hair disconnected undercut with shaved sides like this always makes the right impression and stands out of the crowd. The first accent is the color contrast - from natural dark to ostentatious white. The second accent is the length drop and the V- shape of this transition line. The third accent is the fluffy disconnect in the front area of this style.
Long Disconnected Undercut
Hey, guy! What do you think about this timeless Kurt Cobain undercut? Not too hairy or old school for you? Definitely not if you know how to combine it with a perfect outfit to your advantage. Also, consider growing a full natural beard to get a maximally unruly style.
Thick Hair + Hard Part + Long Fringe
Here, you can see a fantastic transformation that is possible thanks to a couple of professional scissor moves. The only thing you should bear in mind: if your hair is naturally wavy or curly, be ready to use various hair products to keep it on point. You don't always have to sleek the hair to the side like in the photo above, but even if you chose not to straighten your hair this time, you should use a texturizing product to add some gloss to your texture.
Disconnected Undercut Comb Over
A slick back comb-over is too boring and predictable. However, the same cannot be said for this disconnected undercut. Basic but stylish, a fade undercut like this works great with all types of beards and 'staches.
High Skin Fade with Combed Over Pompadour
Fade with combed over Pompadour undercut is an option for those who don't mind high volume on top of their undercut hairstyle. It's neither too trivial nor too eccentric - a perfect balance for men.
Disconnected Undercut Slicked Back
In a slicked back undercut disconnected sides create even brighter contrast. The mixture of buzzed masculine sides and back and a classic glossy slick back on top always turns the heads. Especially, this style works for men with square, round, diamond, and pear face shapes.
Disconnected Undercut + Quiff
In search of trending men's hairstyles, you'll definitely come across a quiff blended undercut. A brushed back quiff is one of the most popular men's haircuts with youth. However, older men also copy this disconnected undercut style and adjust it to more sophisticated and smart outfits.
Undercut with Beard and Side Swept Top
Relatively short hair undercuts are easily combined with a beard, stubble, mustache, and a goatee. Long hair up and down kind of frames the face, which can be a great trick to use to correct and balance the face shape. Short hair on the sides is also tapered in a way allowing to visually broaden the top part of the head.
Curly Hair Undercut
What makes a 100% disconnected undercut hairstyle? A bunch of playful curls on top. Indeed, nothing can spice up an undercut as a crown full of natural curls. You can add one more outstanding detail - the medium-length line between the top and the buzzed sides, or go classic and keep the same sides length up to the top section.
A bald undercut fade always makes haircuts for men more dynamic, edgy, and even aggressive. Such a detached haircut works great with a creative beard design and highlights the facial features.
This variation of a disconnected undercut pompadour for men is rather faded than disconnected, but who cares if this slicked back undercut pomp is that very versatile style that always comes in handy in any occasion.
Messy + Spiky Disconnected Undercut Hairstyle
For medium length hair, we have this spiky disconnected undercut hairstyle option. All you need to get it is pretty long and thick hair on top or thin hair with texturizing spray, and some hair wax to spike up the undercut.
Wavy Disconnected Undercut
This is an alternative, more relaxed version of a curly disconnected undercut. Soft waves look more delicate and add the notes of luxury and romance to the style.
Do you know what is another benefit of the disconnected undercut? If necessary, you can trim it to keep clean and fresh without professional help! No kidding, you can take the clippers and shorten the buzz sides by yourself.
For sporty men, spiky hair is often a backup plan. You ask WHY? The answer is simple: your undercut disconnected style is gonna look on point even when you're sweating after another exhausting workout routine.
Middle Part Undercut
The side part is good, but the middle part is better. Black hair looks especially authentic in this retro-inspired undercut disconnected style. Greying temples? No problem! They will be a cherry on top of your masculine irrepressible undercut.
French Crop with Undercut
Men with natural texture can experiment with the French crop as a contradiction to a classic slicked back undercut hair for men. This undercut variation highlights the uniqueness and individuality of a personal style as well as makes men look more brutal.