The Under-Cut Vs. The Fade

What is an Under-Cut?: The under-cut is a sexy new trend that is popular among models, musicians, actors and sports-men alike. Macklemore, David Beckham, Jack Antonoff, Josh Duhamel all have this and you should get one soon too. It is pretty easy to cut an undercut at home. All you need is a design you can rely upon and just go for it. The common trend in the under-cut these days is to keep the hair on the top portion of the head longer than the hair on the sides and the back.

 If you have enough length on the top of your head you can just go for this haircut, since you will have enough hair on the top of the head it will give the undercut a more unique look. Initially it would be smart to go to a barber for this cut, since he will be able to do it the best. Also, once you have the basic outline of the cut, it will be easier for you to re-do it at home and trim it to shape.

Another important thing to remember is that if you end up screwing up your undercut, a buzz-cut is the only other alternative. So, be prepared!

How to cut an Under-Cut?

To cut the perfect under-cut you will need:

  1. A comb
  2. A pair of scissors
  3. A mirror
  4. Clippers
  5. A trimmer

Step 1: In damp hair, attempt to divide them into sections. The hair on the top of the head then need to be combed in a way that there is enough room for you to create a parting. This parting between the top portion and the portion from where the cut actually starts mostly coincides with the temple line. The thinner the portion of hair on the top, the more Mohawk your style will look.


Step 2: Now make a part at the back of your head, this should be the same height as the sides. After you have decided the parting and have parted the hair properly on the sides and the back, using a trimmer start to remove hair, along the parting line.


Step 3: Be very careful while following the part line, because one mistake and a buzz-cut look will be the only alternative for you.


 Step 4: It is very important that after the hair have been trimmed on the sides and the back according to the desired look, the undercut is detailed. This means that where the hair had originally parted, the edges of that are made sharper and well defied. This distinguishes it from a normal buzz cut. The important thing to remember here is that you should follow your natural hair-line as much possible.


Step 5: To get the perfect look, the last step is to set the hair. The most common is a pompadour, these days. To achieve this, the idea is to comb the hair in a backward and an upward direction. Then in the end apply some gel or pomade to set your hair and style into place. Your look is complete.


Alternatively, you could also try various types and styles while giving yourself an under-cut.

5 Best Under-Cut Styles for men

Slicked back: this look is a classic and is easy. All you need to do for this look is to let the hair on the top of the head be long and combed backwards. You can use a gel or a pomade to make sure that the hair stays in place.n In this look the sides of the undercut are highlighted as compared to the back of the head, because at the back there may be some hair, which may cover a part of the under-cut.


The disconnected under-cut: this look is easy to attain and looks spectacular. In this look, there is a clear distinction between the hair on the top of the head and the sides and the back. There is disconnect between the hair on the top of the head and those on the sides. This distinction is made by clearly defining the partition line.


The side parted under-cut: the side parted under-cut is funky and is a great fit for you if you want to try something new. In this the hair on the top of the head are long and hence can be styled in any way that you like. If you do a side part with the hair on the top then you will have achieved this look.


Straight under-cut: this is a great look for men who have naturally straight hair, in this look all you need to do is that when your hair are a little damp, run a brush and a blow dryer through them. This will make your hair set properly and fall smoothly on your undercut.


Bangs with an under-cut: this under-cut is a trendy new style of doing your hair. There are multiple variations that one can try to achieve along with an under cut. One such style which has gained great popularity is the undercut with the bangs. In this the hair on the top are long and hence you can easily be cut into bangs.


 What is a Faded Haircut?

The fade is another style which is extremely popular and is somewhat similar to an under-cut. It was popularly worn by the US military in the 40’s and 50’s. It made a come-back in the popular culture in the 90’s and is rocking it. The French Prince of Bell Air, Will Smith, are all wearing the fade and they look great.

The fade clubbed with other almost any other hairstyle is very popular and is being worn by men world-wide.

The taper, low fades, high fades, medium fades and skin fades, all are extremely popular and worn by men all over globe.

Essentially, when there are variable lengths of hair, buzzed not cut, and are blended in together in some sort of way, it is known as a fade. These varying lengths can be coloured in different colours or may be left natural. Either ways it creates a great effect and looks quite fantastic on a lot of men.   

How to cut a Fade Haircut?

It is not very easy to attain a fade at home. It is recommended to get it done professionally by a stylist or a barber. The varying lengths which form the essence of the faded look may be a little difficult to achieve for some people.

If you still wish to give it a go, here’s how:

You will need:

  1. A comb
  2. A pair of scissors
  3. A Trimmer
  4. A clipper

Step 1: Start by trimming the top of the head with a pair of thin scissors. If there are any bangs, trim them too, make the hair on the top an even length as much as possible.


Step 2: Trim the sides and the hair on the back. This is where the faded look will finally appear. Now, using a trimmer buzz the hair on the sides and the back, in such a way that the hair which is nearer to the top of the head are longer as compared to the ones which are nearer to the neck.


Step 3: Buzz the hair in layers, the top of the head will have maximum amount of hair. After that, the hair which are there on the crown of the head need to be buzzed, but kept a little on the longer side.


Step 4: Now, go step by step and buzz hair in each layer, by making layers according to the length of your choice.


Step 5: Set the hair on the top of the head properly and in a way that you think suits you best. Blow dry and you have the desired faded look.


5 Best Faded Hair Styles

  1. The faded taper: this is a combination of a taper and a fade. In this the hair on the top are set is a manner that there is a little puff, other than that the hair as they near the neck become smaller and neater. This look is great for office wear.



The low faded look: this is called the low fade since the hair on the side and back is kept lower than usual. This is a soft haircut and suits most men.


The mid faded look: in this the fade starts from between the ear. That is the dividing line after which the hair becomes really short. Different lengths are what define the perfect faded look.


The high faded look: in this the fade begins right from the temple and there is very little hair on the top of the head. This look is most commonly seen on footballers. It looks spectacular when coupled with a beard.


The skin fade: this faded look is exactly how it sounds. In this the hair near the neck is shaved to the skin and then layers are worked upward, with the top of the head having the most amount of hair.


Alternatively, you could also try colouring your fades in different colours to give it a funky look.

Difference between an Under-Cut and a Fade Haircut

The basic difference between an under-cut and a fade is that in an under-cut, the hair is way shorter as compared to in a faded hairstyle. The common thing about the two hairstyles is that both can be worn in a lot of different ways, by styling the hair on the top of the head differently every time.

The differences between the two styles are:

  • In an undercut the hair are short, PERIOD. In a faded look the hair are cut in layers.
  • In an undercut, the short hair is buzzed to the shortest possible length. In a faded look the layers are buzzed in varying lengths to create the desired look.
  • The under-cut is new and hasn’t been around for a very long time, whereas the faded look was originally worn by the U.S Military in the 40’s and 50’s.

There aren’t many differences and both the styles look fairly similar. Yet they are different because the effect they create differ leaps and bounds. Both styles are great and should be tried by you if you are looking for a change.


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