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Slicked Back Undercut Hairstyle

Slicked back undercut

Slicked Back Undercut – Men’s Hairstyle Trend

With the influence of hit shows like BoardWalk Empire, expect to see the slicked back undercut to be the hairstyle of choice for fashion-forward men in the year ahead. Since its origination in the 1920s, the modern slicked back undercut has undergone a facelift and is a surprisingly versatile hairstyle for men of different ages and hair types.


Slicked Back Undercut Men Hairstyle Trend

Michael Pitt with the Slicked Back Undercut in BoardWalk Empire

Michael Pitt pulls of the slicked back undercut hairstyle with ease in BoardWalk Empire. Of course, he has a hairstylist crew to help out, but if you want to achieve the same look, the key characteristics to the undercut are the short sides and short back, with some length through the top.

As the hair on the top is always slicked backwards, it gives a different texture compared to the back and sides. The overall look is a timeless men’s hairstyle with a touch of edge.

This year, we will see variations of the slicked back undercut focus on:

1) How far up the short sides and back will be, and

2) How long the hair will be at the top.

The thickness of the sides and back will usually be a clipper number 2 or 3, but the top’s length is changeable depending on individual taste.

For a haircut like the slicked back undercut, we recommend men go to a traditional barber, since they’ll likely have more experience with this hairstyle than your trendy hairdresser.

Whilst this haircut suits most men, always consult your barber/hairdresser to see what variations will suit your head shape and face. Men with longer and more angular faces will benefit from the slicked back undercut since it brings out your features.

Slicked Back Undercut Men Hairstyle Trend

Slicked back undercut have different variations

An important tip is that the quality of the slicked back undercut hairstyle depends on how sharp of an outline it gives, so when your hairdresser passes the mirror to you for a final check, examine the sides and back of your head. If it’s not clean cut and precise, ask them to touch it up.


Slicked Back Undercut: Hairstyle products to Use

Gel is the only thing that will work with this the slicked back undercut since it will give the hair a natural shine and keep it stationary. If you want your hair to look very stiff, choose a strong-hold gel. If you want to emphasize your hair’s waviness, a lighter gel is a a better option. Don’t forget – some gels will produce white flakes if you comb or brush your hair after the gel has dried, so choose wisely.

Below are three hairstyling products that will help you get the slicked back undercut look.

Slicked Back Undercut Men Hairstyle Trend
L-R: American Crew Styling Gel for Men, Garnier Fructis Styling Gel for Men, and Bed Head Men Power Play Gel


Slicked Back Undercut Hairstyle – Key Notes

  • Influence: BoardWalk Empire, 1920s, think slicked back hair and well-groomed gentlemen
  • Key Characteristics: Short clipped sides and back, length at top, always slicked back
  • This hairstyle suits: Guys with straight hair or hair that can be easily straightened. That said, a basic undercut is suitable for men.
  • Products: Gel only since it achieves the slicked back, slightly shiny look.

 Slicked Back Undercut for Mens Lookbook

 slicked back undercut hairstyle mens trend

Variations of the slicked back undercut hairstyle trend. Note that without gel, you’ll achieve a messy look akin to the male model shown middle right.

Arthur Chan

Arthur is the founder and editor Hommestyler. Men's style and fashion is constantly evolving and this site is a way to help keep you on top of the latest menswear trends.

  • Monica Watts

    Hey guys, Just did a photoshoot with some double slicks! Did you see them? We didn’t undercut them like the Ralph Lauren NSW police files shoot but based it more on Chariots of Fire!! From the team as Lawsons Mens Hair

    February 19, 2012 at 11:46 Reply
  • James

    It suprises me that all these articles on hair styles state gel is the best product to pull this off.
    A traditional pomade will give much better results, and will hold the style through the day.
    I use water-soluble pomade like uppercut, it allows for a much tighter slick.

    May 4, 2012 at 15:18 Reply
  • dresssofresh

    I’m a head with my friends over the slick back undercut. I think it’s awesome, they think it’s scummy.

    I use fish pomade to slick my hair back gel just doesn’t really work, it’s too crispy!

    May 29, 2012 at 19:51 Reply
  • Drew Webster

    For real 20s slick, you need to use products of that period or similar. I recommend Murray’s Hair Glo pomade, Royal Crown Hair Dressing or Tres Flores Pomade. All of these pomades work well for low profile slick backs giving you enough hold and that all important shine.

    August 23, 2012 at 23:18 Reply

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