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31 Trendy Undercut Styles for Bold Women

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Undercut styles have been, and still very much are, on-trend right now and there have been a whole host of celebrity names who’ve gone for the chop in this bold and dramatic way.

Kelly Osborne has rocked the look in lilac and black shades too. Miley Cyrus had it for a while. Ke$ha’s worn it, Rihanna’s styled it (multiple times), Sheridan Smith, Ellie Goulding, Jada Pinkett Smith, Scarlett Johannson and more!

If you want a little inspiration, or are looking for a simple way to jump into the undercut styles, check out these 31 undercut styles for bold women:

1. Rainbow Hair + Side Undercut

If you’re rocking a bold cut, you might as well rock a bold color too and we love this rainbow hair look!

Instagram / altinhairartist

Instagram / altinhairartist

Colored hair is all the rage right now so by combining these two looks, you can make damn sure you’re very much on-trend. Pick your favorite colors and go a little crazy. Wash-in / wash-out colors and shades make it easier for you to change the look back if you don’t like it. Or if you get bored easily like us.

2. Star Undercut

If you’re scared of taking the leap for the first time, opt for something very small and easily hidden so you can adapt to the new look or hide it if you’re not sure once you’ve done it.

Instagram / playwithscissors

Instagram / playwithscissors

It’s easier to take more away later on than it is to grow it back so start small and work your way up from there. There’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps when you’re going for something as dramatic as this look.

3. Faux Locs + Shaved Side

Two looks rolled into one – faux locs and shaved side go well together and we keep spotting the look popping up everywhere over Instagram these days.

Instagram / didorich

Instagram / didorich

Just take a peek for yourself – there are so many ways to wear this style, and so many designs you can achieve with it too. We think this is going to be the latest trend for locs and undercuts for 2016. Just you wait and see!

4. Messy Bun + Undercut

Before you head off to the salon, make sure you have a few reference photos safely stocked away in your back pocket to whip out when she asks that question – “What can I do for you today?”

Instagram / losangelas_

Instagram / losangelas_

If you have just one photo, your hairstylist only has one reference point. When you have multiple photos, you can say which bits you like from each one, giving your stylist a chance to create something perfect and unique to you. It might not be exactly the same as the photo you walked in with, but you’ll generally find it looks much better because it is tailored for you.

5. Simple Undercut Design

A simple design like this can be easily hidden if you want to look more professional than punk.

Instagram / fernthebarber

Instagram / fernthebarber

By keeping the color neutral, you can simply pull the hair down from the bun you can see here and cover your undercut styles. It’s the perfect compromise – sensible by day, daring and bold by night!

6. Edgy Mermaid

Mermaid hair is very much in right now. Haven’t you gotten the memo?

Instagram / bescene

Instagram / bescene

Shades of blue, green and black work perfectly with the edgy undercut styles to give this look a totally different appeal. If you’re bored of changing just your color alone, why not combine color with cut for something that looks simply outstanding!

7. Chevron Design

If you want something stand out, think about a design that contains a lot of features. We think this chevron design offers simplicity with complexity perfectly.

Instagram / brianprimetime

Instagram / brianprimetime

Starting short and close to the neck and working your way longer in straight lines like this is hard work but an experience stylist will be able to help you to achieve it. Just remember the look won’t stay this way for long. It’s a lot of maintaining if you want to keep it looking fresh.

8. Pastel Hair, Braids and an Undercut

Who said an undercut couldn’t be romantic and girlie? You couldn’t get more girlie and cute than this pretty pastel hair and we couldn’t help but fall in love with it.

Instagram / crimsonhairsalon

Instagram / crimsonhairsalon

The undercut is relatively simple and well hidden by the cute and girlie locks. It’s the perfect way to combine two looks with one- you’re still feminine but with a real tough edge!

9. Short Natural Hair + Cool Undercut

You will need to have a chat with your stylist to make sure this look will work for you. High-shaved undercuts can be quite harsh on the face, especially if you have a rounder face, and more delicate features can sometimes become swamped by a radical hairstyle.

Instagram / itstoian

Instagram / itstoian

Your stylist will need to think about the effect your new haircut will have on the bone structure of your face among many other things. This is not something you can do ‘on a whim’.

10. Pixie Cut with an Undercut

Speaking of whims, this is a look that obviously requires maintenance. What are you going to do about it growing out? Have you included color? How does that feature in the growing out? How long are you going to have the undercut for?

Instagram / jejojejo87

Instagram / jejojejo87

Not only are you going to need to plan for the future for a style quite like this, you’ll also need to consider the maintenance. It’s not so obvious for long hair when it grows an inch but when shaved hair grows an inch, it changes the look completely and it won’t look as great as it did when you first had it cut.

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1 Comment

  1. Amber

    March 27, 2016 at 9:51 am

    1. These aren’t called undercuts. They are called designs and Black and Latinx folks have been doing this since the 80s. It would be nice to pay homage to the birthplaces of style rather than just erase them. Period.

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