Don’t tell anyone, but lately I’ve been thinking about growing out my undercut. I’ve had this undercut/sidecut/half mohawk kind of haircut for eight years now. Although it maybe sound silly, my hair has become a huge part of myself.
Hair is a really emotional thing. We spend years growing it, hundreds of dollars taking care of it, and put careful consideration into any new style we want. Especially when it comes to alternative styles. What would a punk be without their spray-painted mohawk or their green liberty spikes, or a skinhead without a #2 buzz cut.
Maybe, just maybe, I’ve been thinking it’s time for a change.
Here’s my game plan. From what little I know about growing out an undercut, I do know it’s going to be long, awkward and frustrating.
Step One: Try out different hair styles.
This is the stage I’m at now where I’m playing with my hair to see if it can do anything else, let alone look good in any other style. I’m lucky because I can just flip my hair over and my undercut is completely hidden.
Step Two: The Test Run.
You know that stage when you haven’t shaved your head in a couple weeks too long and the hair is starting to stick up at odd angles and there’s nothing you can do to make it obey gravity. See how long you can go past this period. Maybe you’ll give in: oh well, it’ll grow back, or maybe you won’t.
Step Three: The Second Test Run.
Let’s be real, I’m giving myself a little space to breathe. Just like when I first got my side cut, I started small with a square next to my face and eventually shaved a third of my head. If the thought of growing out my undercut makes me queezy, maybe I can just reign it in a little bit and opt instead for growing out part of it, so that it’s more manageable.
Step Four: Hide That Shit!
Probably the worst part of the entire process. When the hair on the side of your head gets too long that it starts to look completely out of place with your current hair style, it’s time to cover it up. This is easy for someone like me who only has a third of my head shaved, but for someone with less hair you could opt for wigs, hats, beanies, or if you are missing that much hair I would suggest cutting it to sit more like a style.
Step Five: The Asymmetrical Cut.
Congratulations! You’ve sufficiently fought the urge to cut your undercut for long enough that you can rock an actual style. When I think asymmetrical, I think early two thousands emo cuts, but you can also do something a little more elegant. An asymmetrical bob is a good example and would look amazing curled!
Step Six: One more cut and you’re done!
It’s time for another chop, except this time, you’re back to a regular length! Your undercut has officially grown out, and it’s time to find something else fun to do to your look.
There’s how my side-cut would grow out in theory, if everything were to go to plan and I wasn’t too lazy to go to the hair dresser. Have you ever grown out a side-cut or undercut? Let me know if any of my plan is amiss. What should I know when traversing the depths of the horror that is growing out a single chunk of hair? Or should I keep my hair as it is!