4 Simple Steps To Create A Faux Undercut

May 28, 2013 | Posted by rissvandal

My two greatest loves these days, style-wise, are skeletal accessories and rockin a faux undercut. Well, the skeleton accessories–nothing new there, but it wasn’t until just recently that I realized how damn easy it is to fake the dramatic hairstyle. There are four basic steps: Part, Tuck, Spray, Pin. Continue on for more details…


– Start off with a crisp and well-defined side part.

– Tuck the hair on the thinner side behind your ear (ensure it’s free of bumps or curls) and apply a strong hairspray throughout (I use Aquanet) until all of the hair sleekly remains in place. Some people use gel for this step, but personally, I don’t touch that stuff…too messy.

– Secure in place with bobby pins, starting from behind the ear until you reach the nape of the neck. And just to be safe, apply one more round of hairspray once all the pins are in place.

Optional: For added drama, comb as much hair as possible from the thicker side toward the front of your face–it will give it more lift (a.k.a. more epic emo swooshness). Also, consider teasing your hair once the “undercut” is complete, as I did in all of these pics.


And with a bit of finagling, you can pull this off with almost any hair type, not just long and straight. I recently aided this striped young man in achieving a dreadlock “undercut” as well. In this case the style required less hairspray, more heavy-duty bobby pins. If your hair type proves difficult at first, don’t be afraid to experiment!


Hopefully this little tutorial was helpful, and you might consider trying a faux undercut of your own. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to leave a comment below or sound off on the Facebook page.


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