Let’s get back to basics and go through some tips for styling the popular undercut. Once in a while we forget, so let’s brush up on the steps.
Now depending on what type of product you have, it can set you up for having hairstyle lasting all day to only a few hours. Using each one can create a different feeling and hold.
- Cream – If you’re using a cream type pre-styler than chances are your hair is going to become smoother and more natural looking. This means that volume won’t be the priority here. Instead you’re looking for more of the natural hair.
- Mousse – A mousse is a different pre-styler that essentially leaves your hair feeling more pliable and a bit dry. Using a mousse will help achieve great volume but have a greasy feeling in your hair after using it.
- Wax – A wax is best of both worlds. It’s right there in between a mousse and cream. Keeping your hair voluminous and at the same time smooth and easy to work with.
Extra Tip – If you’re not using Original Styling Meraki, keep in mind to choose a product with a heat protectant. This is extremely important as during pre-styling you will need to blow dry your hair. Doing this without a heat protectant product will easily dry out your hair which will make your hair feel brittle and weak.
2. Stick to that direction
The Opposite direction – Blowing in the opposite direction sets your hair up for volume. This happens because when you blow dry in the unnatural way your hair tends to lean back. Since you’ve been blow drying in the opposite direction, it can’t help but stand up higher than before. For example, if your hair grows from the right to left, you will need to blow dry from the left to right to achieve volume.
The Same direction – This ultimately gives your hair a more natural look. You would be blow drying in that direction keeping the hair grown down instead of up. If you’re going for the more cleaner slick back look than I would suggest blow drying in the same direction.
3. Choosing the Finishing product / Post-style
It’s pretty self-explanatory. To help lock your style in place and keeping your hair lasting all day requires a finishing product aka Post-Style. It really depends what you’re going for. If you are looking for a shiny classic slick a pomade is your most likely going to be your choice. However if you’re going for that textured quiff style, a great clay product like Cavalier Heavy Clay can help you achieve that.
4. Application phase
Remember when applying product, start with a little and move your way up. The good thing about adding small amounts into your hair first is to gauge at how much you need to use for your style. There’s no going back if you start with more product. It ends up making your hair unnatural and greasy.
Always go from the roots to the tips. Remember it’s not just the fringe/bangs but instead it’s the overall product spread across your hair.
Also, it’s a nice tip to apply from the back of your head to the front. Why you might ask? People are more inclined to show less shine or matte finish and usually the first moment it touches your hair it’s going to contain a lot of product. If this is indeed the case, having started from the back can hide that mistake.
5. The transition
There’s always going to be that awkward phase when growing out your hair for that particular style. There’s many resources out there that can help this awkward growing phase. The most common is probably going to the barber more often to trim the sides for you or you could obtain a trimmer of some sorts to clean up the sides of the head yourself.
Another popular way is to wear a hat to avoid anyone from seeing your hair. Unfortunately this is probably the worse thing to do as it keeps your scalp from breathing and could potentially dry out your hair.
Here’s young Joe explaining these 5 amazing tips for your undercut style.