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 9 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!
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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’.