Men’s hairstyles have come and gone while some are still as popular today as they were in the 1920’s. One of these classic hairstyles that can still be found today is the slicked back undercut. David Beckham H&M underwear campaign and the show Boardwalk Empire has helped make this undercut style even more popular.
David Beckham slicked back undercut in H&M underwear campaign.
Jimmy Darmody in Boardwalk Empire.
How To Get A Slick Back Undercut
Disheveled and roguish describes this style and is generally worn by younger generation men in their twenties and thirties. The untamed, wild air this look gives is tempting for many men and is easily maintained. Being easily maintained means you have less time to deal with achieving the same look every time you style.
The way a hair style looks is a way to show a more personal statement. That is the greatest reason this style has been chosen by younger, more adventurous men than other age groups. The term rogue has been associated with the cut since the twenties, but making your own style wearing it is best.
Using a number 2 or 3 for sides is best when using clippers. Some men might prefer to have the sides done with scissors and comb, but clippers seem to give the defining appeal a great boost. The undercut style allows you more choices in definition in the transition spots from long hair to short. The rule to follow with your hair on top is going longer. Straight hair would look good with long hair on the top. While wavy hair should be cut shorter than straight hair to get straight look.
The style work best for men with straight thick hair and fine hair. If you have fine thin hair, then you need some volumizer to make your hair look fuller. Lots of men have issues with thinning hair at their temples. Bear in mind as well the shape of your face when thinking about how long the hair on top needs to be. With some thinning areas, starting lower on the sides can help to enhance the look despite thin areas.
Be sure to have a close look at your finished cut to make sure areas around the ears and neck are trimmed uniformly. If you choose styling gel over wax to maintain your slicked back undercut, be sure to select stronger formulas for the hard, sleek look. Lighter weight formulas allow the natural wave of your hair to come through. Apply the gel to your damp hair by using your hands. Then, comb the hair from the forehead toward the back without a part.
David Beckham undercut hair for H&M campaign.
Michael Pitt as Jimmy Darmody in Boardwalk Empire.
Jimmy Darmody slick back undercut.