The slicked back undercut is a modern take on a classic slicked back hairstyle. It has brilliantly withstood the test of time and successfully adjusted to current trends. With clean sides and ample top, a slick back undercut offers tons of styling options. If you want to know how to style one of its most popular variations, stay tuned.


How To Get Slicked Back Undercut

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Before getting down to styling, it’s important to have the right men’s haircut. So that it could be slicked back, the hair on top of your head should be cut in layers with the hair length varying from 3 to 5 inches. As for the sides, they should be either undercut or both faded and undercut. For added definition, you can enhance the look with a line-up that goes along the hairline.


How To Style Slicked Back Hair

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How do you do a slicked back undercut?

When the barber has given you one of the mens haircut styles that can be slick back, it’s time to arm yourself with a bunch of grooming tools that will make the process of styling slicked back hair effortless – a high-grade pomade, a styling mousse, a blow-dryer and a non-pulling comb. They will also come in handy for any other popular haircuts for men should you decide to upgrade your hairstyle again. Depending on the finish and hold you want, the type of pomade will vary. For wavy or dense hair, opt for a styling product with a strong hold. If you’re after a natural and textured finish, go with a matte pomade.

How long does hair have to be for slick back undercut?

Wondering how long does hair have to be for slick back undercut? As it is longer on the top than the sides, it is important to grow out the required length there. To be able to pull off a sterling slick back undercut, your hair on top should be from four to six inches long. This will allow for a perfect flattened shape to effortlessly stay in place and look flawless.

Step 1

Now, that you have the right tapered haircut and the required hair products, it’s time for styling. Basically, any men’s hairstyles begin with refreshing your hair with water. The slick back ‘do is no exception. Spritz a couple of times the top section of your locks with water so that it would become damp but not dripping. Then, you want to apply a blob of hair mousse and saturate it evenly with a non-pulling comb.


Step 2

While drying, you can push the hair slightly to one side, which will give your undercut haircut some direction. Finish off by using the cool temperature setting so that the hair follicles close up.

Step 3

Take a small amount of the styling product that works perfectly with undercut men hairstyles. We recommend using ocean clay, which will give you both the defined texture and a natural feel. Rub half of a scoop of the clay between your hands to warm it up for an even application and spread it all over your top section of the hair starting at the front and working your way toward the back.


Step 4

So that your slick back hair style would have enough texture, comb it all the way through one more time with the non-pulling comb. Its wide teeth will give that edgy effect that you won’t be able to achieve with the brush or fingers. Help yourself with your other hand to press your hair into place.

Step 5

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And you’re done! Your flawless staple of short sides long top hairstyles is ready to rock. To make sure that your hair looks irresistible, pose for the mirror and then take no less than a bazillion of selfies. Congrats on your official mastering the art of styling a slicked back undercut!

What Not To Do With A Slicked Back Undercut

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If you do not want to ruin your slick undercut hair style, here are the rules to follow:

  1. If this is your first mens undercut, it is better to allow the barber to do it instead of trimming your hair on your own.
  2. An undercut should not be transformed into a tapered cut.
  3. A disconnected undercut line should not be overly smoothed.
  4. Keep your hair atop less than 4″ long to give it a contemporary look.
  5. Guys with extremely curly locks should choose a two-step undercut over a simple one.
  6. Whatever you do, forget about bleaching your slicked back undercut.


How To Cut The Slicked Back Undercut


To get an undercut hairstyle right, the cut itself is crucial. Here is how you can achieve it:

    1. Let the hairstylist know whether you want a short or long undercut as well as high or low.
    2. An undercut haircut should be even in length all over your sides and back, as it is performed using the same attachment size.
    3. You may add a trendy touch to your undercut long hair style by going for an undercut fade on the back and sides.
    4. For an added emphasis, you can enhance the look with a line-up and a hard part.
    5. So that you would be able to slick back the hair up top, leave no less than 3″ of length there.


  1. Men with thick hair should go for a layered cut to manage their locks.
  2. Should you have thin hair, let your mane grow at least 4″ long to look ample.
  3. Stock up on a high-quality hair styling product with a textured matte finish, such as clay or wax.

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The slicked back undercut hairstyle lends your look a formal and classy feel. With clean short sides and lengthy top, it creates the contrast that can’t be left unnoticed. On top of that, with the minimum effort it requires, you’ll get a startling look in five easy steps, which our piecemeal tutorial successfully proves.