The Undercut—Viking Style
A Viking Style Solution to Flyaway Hair
Annoying hair around your ears—often called “flyaways” or “baby hairs,” can be vexing. For many of us they’re not long enough to tie back with the rest of your hair, they can be frizzy, fly everywhere, and dampen the appearance of your otherwise majestic mane.
Fear not. The Longhairs are here to help.
For more conventional solutions you can utilize a light styling balm, as demonstrated in How to Dry and Style Your Hair, or simply vaporize your baby hairs...but here we reveal a different tactic.
El Andrew, who famously showed us how to use bobby pins (for guys), eloquently demonstrates an effective and stylish tactic for dealing with flyaways and baby hairs: the undercut.
We hadn’t seriously considered the undercut in our repertoire of options due to the slippery nature of that slope. Because once you shave the sides, it’s far more difficult to grow them back out to match the rest of your hair length without starting over completely.
However, if you’re committed to an undercut—even if it’s a “shallow” undercut, with perhaps an inch or less of shaved hair around your ears—you can render flyaways and baby hairs powerless against you.
Furthermore, done tastefully, the undercut can open the door to multiple badass braid combinations for a decidedly viking style appearance.
In a visit to Brightside Barber, featured previously in Should You Shave Your Neck Hair?, El Andrew consults with Barberologist Jen G. (a.k.a. @theshearbarber), who straightens out his undercut and twists his locks into a crip, tight, badass viking braid.
Watch El Andrew as he walks us through his visit to Brightside Barber, where he’s masterfully trimmed and twisted by @theshearbarber.
Founded by Chris Hjerling, former neighbor and longtime supporter of The Longhairs, Brightside Barber is a full-service shop in North Park, San Diego. Visit Brightside Barber for an accurate beard trim, razor line-up or a complete signature shave and neck hair clean up.
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My son, who has been a longhair since he was a toddler (he’s now 13) just asked for and got the Viking undercut. Unfortunately, his classmates are teasing him that it looks awful, that he looks like George Washington, etc. So thank you for posting this, looking like a badass, because he needs some positive reinforcement! I think he looks like a rock star, and he loves it, but we all know how mean kids can be about something “different.” Wish I found your site years ago!
Wish you had found us sooner but glad you found us now Lagertha! Give junior our most sincere and aggressive hair whips and high fives from The Longhairs!
God dag og skal!
the undercut is not reserved for the Vikings; as proof, this French youtubeur
i admit that, if he is in fact a male, he does make make up tutorials…lol
Excellent point Chamane!
The undercut is a little too big of a commitment for me in that I’ve always been afraid it won’t look right on me and I would be stuck with it unless I cut my hair which is halfway down my back and something I just can’t do. Pretty badass though and I love the Viking braid!
It’s definitely not for everyone. If committed, it’s an awesome look no doubt.