The iconic undercut hair is a hairstyle with a long history that grew favourably in fashion several times in the course of the past hundred years. Besides being a fashion statement, an undercut is a very practical solution for men who experience hair loss at the hairline, as the hair is kept short at the sides, while at the top it can be worn as long as you want.
Why is an undercut so popular ?
In an undercut, the sides of the head are shortly buzzed or shaved while the hair on the centre is parted and combed backwards, upwards or to any side. The sides are not blended with the rest of the hair or ‘disconnected’ creating a sharp contrast in length.
This haircut got widely adopted among World War I soldiers and has seen a few peaks in popularity since. Even more and more women have been trying out this provocative and cool hairdo too.
Despite all the trends, why is this hairstyle so favoured by men? From the practical point of view, it also allows you to hide patchy balding areas on the sides of the head and cover a receding hairline with a long tuft of hair on top.
You can combine short shaved hair on the sides and the back of the head with either long hair and a full side fringe or with shorter top hair styled upwards. The versatility of this hairstyle alone is the reason why so many men decide to go for it.
Another plus point for an undercut: it gives a masculine and edgy look to its wearer. Indeed, many women find this hairstyle particularly attractive.
Moreover, those with an undercut only need to bother themselves with styling the hair on the top whereas the sides and the back do not require to be groomed every day.
It is also a perfect option for those who want to wear longer hair but are disturbed by the heat in summer. Also, if exercising and sweating mess up with your hair, an undercut can be a great option too.
The history of undercut hairstyles
Apparently in the UK, this hairstyle was popularised after World War I. In the 1920s the undercut was widely adopted by street gang members and the working class in the UK, hence its association with delinquency and violence.
Back then it was also connected to poverty, as the laymen could not afford a professional barber. See, for example, the ’Peaky Blinders’ series, where the Birmingham gang wear their hair long on top but short on the sides and the back.
However, during the jazz age, the undercut was worn by dandies and the aristocracy. It became a signature feature among the Nazis too.
Only in the 1960s, the undercut lost its appeal due to the mod subculture and the Beatles’ influence, who hyped long manes or the so-called ‘mop’ hair.
But two decades later, the undercut became fashionable again with the rise of punks’ and goths’ subcultures mainly in America and the UK. The trend reached Europe in the 1990s where it was flaunted by the members of the electronic music scene.
Recently the undercut saw a peak in popularity again, especially among the hipsters. Now it is widely accepted in society and does not mean belonging to any subculture.
Undercut hair : a revival of the trend ?
Today, the haircut is socially acceptable and is worn equally in all professions and social classes. You can tweak it in different ways and wear your top hair long, medium or shorter. Some tie their hair into a braid, others style it backwards with gel or let it fall loosely over the shaved sides.
Nevertheless, you will need a few basics for the undercut to look good and fit your face. If your hair is generally thin, this haircut might be unsuitable for you. If you were blessed with a thick mane, it will naturally be easier for you to hide a receding hairline with this hairstyle.
However, if you can’t boast full strands or your hair on top is balding, you should rather consider filling up your thinning hair.
Along with that, an undercut will not favour any face shape. It works best with rounded or square-shaped faces. Those with oblong or ‘diamond’ faces should avoid wearing their hair like that, as it will visually elongate the face and sharpen the face features even more.
Hair transplantation as a better alternative ?
If you have enough hair for a good-looking undercut, you can definitely enjoy this trend and look fashionable. However, recently another trend has firmly established itself in the field of hair care.
More and more men have been opting for hair transplants to gain more hair volume and treat thinning or bald spots on the head.
The minimally invasive procedure is painless and results in full hair just a few months after a transplant has been performed. Therefore, you do not have to worry about suitable hairstyles or long-term medical treatments that stop its effect after you stop using hair growth remedies.
In a hair transplant, the grafts (hair follicles containing 1-4 hairs) are taken from the densely covered area at the nape of the neck and transplanted into the recipient area, for example, a balding patch on top of the head or to fill up the receding hairline.
Surely, you can disguise these with an undercut too. But to enjoy more hair fullness and wear a variety of hairstyles, hair transplantation is the most optimal solution.
There may be other incentives for going for a hair transplant. If you would like to receive a personalised consultation, feel free to contact the Bio Hair Clinic team.
Conclusion: can an undercut hair hide a receding hairline ?
You can have different ways to conceal the thinning hair at the hairline. With a full head of hair, this timeless trend gives you the chance to play with the cut and try out the many options, for example, with long strands on the top or a shorter tuft of hair.
Treatment with medications can also boost your hair growth and hair thickness. However, this method is not easily sustainable in the long run, as you will need to use the medication practically every day. Otherwise, your hair growth will be reversed again.
If you are unhappy with your new haircut or if you do not have enough hair to style your mane the way you want, you can always have a consultation at the Bio Hair Clinic.
Being experts in hair implants, the clinic is a reliable contact person that will explain the different methods of hair transplantation to you and help to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs and wishes.