The undercut is a classic haircut that has become increasingly iconic of late with a range of appearances in popular TV shows, *cough cough Peaky Blinders*. At its core, the undercut is simply leaving length on top while the back and sides are faded, cropped or taken completely to skin. Although the core stays the same, we are seeing increasing variations on this. We spoke to Ruffians Shoreditch’s Richard Tucker to get the low down on his three favourite undercuts:
With a high fade this one is definitely a harsher look! Still made to look smart with a faded transition instead of just a number 0 taken to the sides. Longer layers on top to create movement a bit like Brad Pitt in the movie Fury. This creates volume as when undercuts get long they can become flat without the right products. Styled with Ruffians pomade to add definition, just add a pea size amount and with your hands work through after a towel dry.
It’s all about the texture in this one. Still a hint of a fade below the temple areas but mostly this cut brings your eyes to the definite disconnection and movement through the top. This style can actually be worn back as well as forward. Styled with Ruffians Styling paste and L’Oréal salt spray to pick out the texture and de-fluff the top.
Creating a contrast between the top and the sides. This cut is less harsh than some under cuts, great if you want an undercut but don’t want to go for the 1920s peaky blinders version, which can be too much of a statement for some. The med fade leaves enough hair on the top sides for the longer hair to flow into, almost seems like it’s connected but it’s actually flowing in to the fade.