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Undershave Haircut Guide: How to Shave, Hairstyles and Products
07-21-2015, 10:31 AM
Post: #1
Undershave Haircut Guide: How to Shave, Hairstyles and Products
This is our hairstyle guide on the Undershave haircut. In essence, the Undershave is a shaved Undercut, although there's more to it than "just" shaving an Undercut.

What is an Undershave haircut?


An Undershave haircut is a type of haircut that has the sides and back of the head shaved with a razor, while the hair on the top of the head is longer than 2 inches. If the hair is shorter than 2 inches on the top, then the haircut is not an Undershave but a High and Tight haircut. Since the Undershave only requires that you shave the sides and back of the head without any tapering of the length, it can be done by oneself with ease.

This is how the Undershave haircut looks like in men:

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The Undershave has become a relatively trendy haircut in 2015 although it is still gaining popularity ever since the hairstyle trend for guys started in 2014. By now, everybody and their dog knows about the Undercut hairstyle and how there are so many variations for it such as the slicked back Undercut or the Brush Up Undercut. Thus, the Undercut as a whole has become a haircut and hairstyle that is too predictable, somewhat boring and way too popular to give any trendy edge. Thus, the Undershave was born.

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The Undershave is extremely easy to do by yourself as we will show you in this guide. Likewise, the Undershave is certainly quite the economical haircut since all that is really needed is a shaving razor and shaving cream. Once you get used to shaving your head, you can easily give yourself an Undershave in 10 minutes and not have to get another one for 2 to 3 weeks. Since the hair density on the sides and back of the head is much higher than the hair density on the face, we recommend that you have at least 3 shaving razors or cartridges ready with you prior to shaving your Undershave (more on the products needed further down in this guide).

It should be said that the main problem with the Undershave and the reason for it not being as popular as other trendy haircuts is that it is an extreme haircut. This means that you just can't go and get an Undershave if you work in a corporate environment. Usually, the Undershave is popular with college students and with professionals in the artistic fields. However, you're free to get an Undershave no matter what your job may be; just make sure that you ask your boss first!

This is how the Undershave looks a couple of days from the first shave:

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One more thing is that the Undershave has also begun to take off as a relatively-popular haircut with women. The same rule applies to ladies as it dos for guys in that the Undershave is a very-extreme haircut, and even more so for ladies.

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In technical terms, the Undershave is a shaved haircut, which means that the only tool used for the haircut is a razor. An Undershave doesn't require a hair clipper, even if you're buzzing the sides and back "bare" or with no guiding comb. So if you buzz your sides and back to a "number 0" hair clipper length, you're still getting an (extremely-short) Undercut and not an Undershave.

Having said the above, with an Undershave you're allowed stubble to grow, meaning that the hair on the sides and back of the head can look like you've buzzed it with a hair clipper instead of shaved it with a razor. Scalp hair (i.e. hair on the sides and back of the head) and facial hair grow at similar rates, hence you'd have to shave your head every day or every two days to maintain a shaved-to-skin look for your Undershave. The point of all this is only to emphasize to you that an Undershave is a razor-shaved haircut and not a buzz cut or hair clipper haircut.

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Because of the shaved nature of the Undershave, this haircut shares a lot in common with the Mohawk haircut. However, a Mohawk shaves parts of the top of the head, while the Undershave does not shave the top of the head in any manner. See this iguana Mohawk shaved haircut to see how extreme these haircuts can get!

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07-21-2015, 10:39 AM
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How to shave an Undershave haircut correctly with a safety razor.

How to shave an Undershave:


Shaving an Undershave is pretty much the same as shaving your facial hair. However, there are several issues that you must take into account when shaving an Undershave.
  • Use a back mirror: it's very important that you use an extra mirror so that you can see your head from all angles. The back of your head is notoriously difficult to shave without a back-view mirror, and you can cut yourself with the razor or shave parts of the vertex area (i.e. back of the top of the head) by mistake. If you're interested in buying a good mirror, see this thread here as we've discussed some good mirrors to buy if you like to buzz, cut and shave your own hair (these mirrors are extremely useful for all men's haircuts, not just for the Undershave).
  • Use a safety razor: do not attempt to shave the sides and back of your head with a straight razor! Instead, use a regular safety razor as you will decrease the risk of any unintentional cuts or nicks. It doesn't matter whether you use disposable safety razors or cartridge safety razors, although we do recommend that you buy a good safety razor so that it lasts you years. Furthermore and as said earlier, make sure that you have at least 3 safety razors at hands prior to shaving the sides and back, as it's very likely that you will be needing more than one safety razor for your Undershave.
  • Shave with the grain: the hair on the sides and back of your head grows down, hence your shaving motion should be downwards (i.e. shaving with the "grain" or following the growth direction of the hair). Start at the upper sides of the sides and back of the head and shave down. Once you're done, you may shave against the grain (i.e. upwards) but be very careful as the high hair density on the sides and back of the head can give you issues with skin irritation. You can go through our wet shaving guide to know all the details of shaving and of using the right razor, whether it be for shaving your face or your head.
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Despite the fact that the Undershave is shaved with a razor, we still recommend that you have a hair clipper at hand. This is because the hair on the sides and back of the head is usually too long to be shaved with a razor. Instead, you'd use the hair clipper to first buzz the sides and back to a very-short length, and then you'd be ready to start shaving. If you're unsure of what a safety razor looks like, it's shaped as the letter "T" (see the picture below) and it can have the blade removed (i.e. as a cartridge):

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The hair clipper lengths that can be used to get the hair on the side and back of your head ready to be shaved in an Undershave are a "number 0", a "number 1" and a "number 2"; do not attempt to shave hair that is buzzed longer than a "number 2" clipper length as that will be a recipe for disaster. Thus, buzz your hair on the sides and back to any of these 3 aforementioned hair-clipper lengths prior to proceeding with the shaving of the hair.

Here's a picture of what an Undershave haircut that has been grown to the equivalent of a "number 1" hair clipper length looks like:

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Do not worry if you don't understand what the above hair clipper lengths are, as all hair clippers that we recommend in our famous hair clippers discussion come with these hair clipper lengths and are of excellent quality which helps a lot with buzzing thick and long hair.

Before shaving the sides and back of the head (and after buzzing the hair with a hair clipper), you will apply shaving cream to these areas, just like you would do if you were shaving your face. We suggest that you use any of these recommended shaving creams and simply let the shaving cream sit on the to-be-shaved hair of the sides and back for a minute or two. You're then ready to shave your Undershave!

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In the following picture below, we illustrate the actual shaving of the sides and back of the head with some shaving cream as mentioned in the previous paragraph. Notice how the razor is a straight razor and not a safety razor. This is because, if you're getting your Undershave done at a barbershop, it's fine for a barber to use a straight razor and not a safety razor for your Undershave. Also notice how the hair on the top of the head is shorter than 2 inches in length; in this case we were shaving a High and Tight haircut and not an Undercut, so the picture below should help you see the difference between both shaved haircuts.

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As said, you must shave down when doing an Undershave, from the upper part of the sides and back of your head down to the hairline of your neck and ears. The upper part of the sides and back of your head sits in a horizontal line that starts at your left temple and finishes at your right temple. This is an imaginary line that is used by barbers (and by anyone cutting his own hair) to "disconnect" the hair on the top from the hair on the sides and back of the head.

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See this picture below of a grown-out Undershave haircut to see what we mean when we talk of the horizontal temple line for the disconnect between the hair on the top and the hair on the sides and back. This is the same line that you must follow, give or take an inch (the actual height of the disconnected haircut line is up to you).

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The aforementioned disconnected temple line starts right where your left temple is, which is where the left corner of your forehead's hairline is positioned. In anatomical terms, the disconnected haircut line sits approximately at the upper part of the temporal bone (see the skull diagram below). Incidentally, this disconnect haircut line isn't just for the Undershave but also for the Undercut.

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So, the disconnected haircut line simply remains horizontal as it starts on your left temple, goes across the sides and back of your head (horizontally) and then meets the right temple. Ergo, all the hair below this line is the hair of the sides and back of your head, and it's the hair to be shaved in an Undershave haircut!

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07-21-2015, 10:45 AM
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How to get an Undershave hairstyle and what hair products to use for the Undershave.

Undershave hairstyles:


Since the Undershave is a spin-off of the Undercut, the same rule of thumb applies to the Undershave as it does to the Undercut: any hairstyle or manipulation that you do to the hair on the top will be magnified. What this means is that, if you get a cool hairstyle for the hair on the top, then it will look even better than with a regular haircut. However, if the hairstyle for the hair on the top is a bad hairstyle, it will look even worse than it'd do with a regular haircut like a taper haircut. So choose your Undershave hairstyle wisely!

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The coolest Undershave hairstyle by far is the slicked back Undershave. In this hairstyle, the hair on the top is slicked back flat with pomade, just as with the regular slicked back Undercut hairstyle. Two great pomades for styling the Undershave in a slicked back style are the pomades from Suavecito and Layrite which I've discussed in this linked post and for which both pomades will give you a very cool and classy look.

This is how the slicked back Undershave looks like one week after shaving the sides and back:

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Another hairstyle that looks quite good is the man bun Undershave. Again, this hairstyle is pretty much the same as it's cousin: the man bun Undercut hairstyle. The hair on the top is left to be grown to at least 8 inches in length and then it is tied into a bun, which is exactly what was done on the first picture of this guide. In fact, the Undershave goes very well with long hair, so you can wear other long hairstyles for men and even wear the hair down and yet the Undershave will still look pretty good.

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This is how an Undershave with long hair looks like one week after shaving an Undershave:

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You can do any other types of hairstyles that you want on the top of your head. The key is to make sure that the hair looks good as the Undershave is what we call a "magnifying" haircut, which means exactly what I explained earlier in this guide: it will make your hair on the top look even better or even worse.

Here's an example of a side swept Undershave hairstyle of a barbershop customer ready to get his Undershave hair shaved again. Usually, we first style the hair in the desired hairstyle of the customer while the hair is still to be shaved; this way, he can see a reliable result of how his Undershave hairstyle will look once the hair on the sides and back is shaved.

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The sky is the limit for your Undershave hairstyles, so go through our huge list of hairstyles guides in the forum and get many more hairstyle ideas for your Undershave.

Products for the Undershave:


I've pretty much covered the essential products so far, but I will give you below more details on what hair products to use for your Undershave. Here's the list of products to rock an epic Undershave:
  • Safety razor: it can be a cartridge safety razor or a disposable safety razor, but try to get a good quality razor as we've recommended earlier since the hair density on the sides and back of your head is very high and you will need a very sharp razor to easily shave through the hair on these areas of the head.
  • Shaving cream: leave it on the sides and back for a minute or two, although preferably err on the side of caution and go for two minutes. Make sure to wet the sides and back first and then apply the shaving cream. You can use shaving gel or shaving soap too for your Undershave.
  • Hair wax: a hair wax is used to style your hair in a messy style or in a shaped style like a Faux Hawk or a hip messy hair style. See our discussion on the range of Gatsby hair wax products to choose from different hair waxes that will give you different textures.
  • Hairstyling pomade: use a pomade for slicking your hair back or slicking it to the side in what's known as a Side Swept hairstyle. See the earlier linked post on the Suavecito and Layrite pomades for some very-useful advice on these two pomades.
  • Hairstyling mousse: if you like to have your hair vertical and looking big, then use hair mousse to style your hair up.
  • Hair dryer: if you have a hair dryer, then your vertical hairstyles will look even better as a hair dryer augments the achieved volume of the styling mousse and of the hair wax. See our men's hair dryers discussion for some great advice on which hair dryers to buy depending on your budget.
  • Styling cream: if you have curly hair or long hair, then a good styling cream is the best hair product for your Undershave. Styling creams aren't cheap, but they're well worth it. If styling creams are too expensive for you, then you can use a leave-in conditioner for a similar hairstyling effect (i.e. glossy and defined hair and curls). See our list of leave-in conditioners for men to know about some great leave-in conditioners that will fit your budget no matter how high or low it may be!
  • Aftershave: the aftershave for your Undershave is optional, just as it is when shaving your face. However, try to spend some extra couple of bucks in buying a good aftershave that isn't just another one of those cheap alcohol-based aftershaves.
The great thing about all the listed men's hair products above is that you can use them for all other kinds of hairstyles and haircuts, as well as for your facial shaving. Thus, you won't be spending your money on products that are limited to just one haircut, which is something that we highly recommend against, as it's always best to buy hair products that can be used for more than just one hairstyle or haircut.

If you have any questions, additional advice or want to comment on the Undershave, then feel free to do so! Smile

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