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Updated on October 18, 2022
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Women’s undercuts can vary from daring shaved sides and temples to neet short hair fades and hidden undercut designs. There is one thing that connects them though. An undercut gives your hairstyle an added edge and rock star vibes, which make you feel so much different! Ready to give it a try? Look through the best undercut hairstyles to experiment with.

The Most Stylish Undercuts for Women

Undercuts can be used on short, medium and even long hair. Well, not every lady would dare get a shaved temple. However, on second thought, if you are ready to add an extra edge to your look, why not try at least once? Hair will grow out after all… And if your hairstylist sees that on no account an undercut would flatter you, he or she would tell you and help you to choose the right compromise style. So, let’s see the images with the best variants!

1. Smoky Lavender Undercut

short women's hairstyle with temple undercut

Instagram / @playwithscissors

An undercut does not just have to be in the back, it can also be used as a fun detail to accent your face on the side. You can brush over it when you become tired of it or want to let it grow out. This short section will work well on chin-length to long hair — just make sure you have enough length to cover it up.

2. Long Hair Rebellion

For those not ready for a short cut all around, check out this long hair undercut that keeps hair looking long and natural with a hidden surprise. Pull locks into a top knot to reveal an edgy design shaved underneath.

bun with a nape undercut for women

Instagram / @glennaugustt

3. Platinum Under Shaved Pixie

There are many different ways to rock undercut hair outside of the typical isolated shaved sections around the back or side. Those who want to take it a step further should opt for a Mohawk style. If the hair is cut really low, create a striped design with dye in a darker color.

women's short blonde undercut

Instagram / @addisonjameshair

4. Hairstyle with Two Directions

Choosing a path in life can be tricky, so why to stress out about going in just one direction with your hairstyle? You can involve two distinct personalities, same like this style that leaves hair a bit longer and more even on one side.

short women hairstyle with diagonal undercut

Instagram / @modernsalon

5. Spiky Shaved Mohawk

A Mohawk is one of the most popular shaved hairstyles for women, but that also means that it can be the most common and expected. Take yours a step further with a two-toned blonde and black style. Make it modern by opting for a cool-toned ash shade instead of a golden hue.

blonde pixie fauxhawk

Instagram / @modernsalon

6. Feminine Designs

Embrace artistic designs shaved underneath the hair, bringing a unique piece of art to the nape of the neck. Continue onward with typical feminine styles, including braids, buns and ponytails. This works especially well on fine hair types that need to be spiced up a bit with dynamics.

messy braids and bun hairstyle with shaved nape design

Instagram / @modernsalon

7. Blue Haze Undercut

Smoky hues are all the rage this year, with colors ranging from purple to silvery grey. This misty blue is a unique spin on the trendy colors. Those who can afford to rock a look like this in the workplace should try a higher undercut.

short-to-medium pastel blue undercut hairstyle

Instagram / @javiervanhuss

8. Shaved Temple and Side Part

This undercut bob is perfect for a girl in high school or college who wants to experiment a little without overhauling her entire look. Incorporating a smaller shaved section on one side makes it easier to cover up by simply un-tucking your hair. A look like this would be best suited for those with thick hair.

bob with temple undercut

Instagram / @ellerosestyle

9. Freehand Design Undercut

Get fancy with your undercut haircut and try a complex, eye-catching design. The beauty of this style is that despite the edginess of the shaved section, the overall pattern actually manages to be soft and subtle because it resembles a sunflower.

nape undercut with design

Instagram / @salonestique

10. Long and Blonde

Hang onto your long blonde locks from childhood and want to update them with a modern twist? Here’s an undercut hairstyle women would go for without a second thought. Well, many women would. It features subtle shaved patterns blended together with more traditional hair.

long hair with side undercuts

Instagram / @tammybyrne

11. Short Hairstyle with Asymmetrical Undershave

This is a perfect option for girls who like to switch up their looks. The top layer is long enough to completely conceal the short lengths and a tapered side underneath. The shaved side can be covered or revealed to coordinate hair with mood.

Pixie Bob With Undercut

Instagram / @hairbysamhostad

12. Pixie with Fade Undercut

Even if a woman has thin straight hair type, this undercut short hair may attract attention. Skin fade near the temples is a great addition to the fringe styled to the side. Complement it with a V shape at the back for a sharp and neat look. Buzz cut dark chocolate brown hair looks perfect against a light skin tone.

Short Pixie with Angled Undercut Side

Instagram / @giboazhair

13. Coiled Blonde Mohawk

Juxtaposing light and dark, cropped and curled, results in a perfect mix of tough and feminine. Barrel curls provide height and structure to the center lengths, while keeping the texture soft. Use fingers to lightly break up curls and an aerosol spray for hold.

Curly Blonde Mohawk With Undershave

Instagram / @jbraidsandbows

14. Mulberry Sprite

Removing a strip of hair underneath the parietal ridge has a de-bulking effect. Braiding the overlay is a great way to show off the what’s under. Cut away from the ear but with an elongated point framing the face, this feels both edgy and elfin.

15. Modernized Bowl Cut

Undercut designs like this one provide contemporary updates to classic shape of the bowl cut. Taking the clippered lengths underneath the surface shape provides a lean silhouette that swings and sways over the disconnection. The vibrant green hue and scalloped edges accentuate the organic outline of the overhang.

Green And Blonde Undercut Pixie Bob

Instagram / @jaymz.marsters

16. Secret Hair Tattoo

For hair that’s long, undercut strands at the nape create a secret panel of artistry. This cool effect is easy to customize with your favorite shapes. It’s perfect for those who play as hard as they work; cover or reveal as you please.

Two Buns With Nape Undercut

Instagram / @caitlintyczka

17. Undercut Pixie

The beautiful spritely cut is all about piecey ends and pretty points. Shaved sides and nape allow the sleek platinum curtain above to fall in elegant wisps and tips. Usually layers are used to sculpt strands; the cut below leaves the surface glassy and smooth.

Blonde Pixie With Side And Nape Undercut

Instagram / @presleypoe

18. Plum Colored Crest

While many women fear short hair will make them look mannish, cropped lengths actually accentuate delicacy. Shaved hairstyles for women evoke both power and prettiness. Adding a lovely orchid hue tips the scale towards femininity.

Asymmetrical Pastel Purple Pixie Undercut

Instagram / @playwithscissors

19. Spiky Locks with Shaved Undercut

With its tight undercut sides and back and medium-length locks on top, this undercut pixie looks like a Mohawk. However, it has layers and smoother transition to the sides, which makes this style a bit softer version of the cut. The black hue underlines confidence and freedom.

Women’s Funky Half-Shaved Pompadour

Instagram / @shmoakin_hair

20. Lilac Grunge Lob

This undercut bob has its cropped panel through the front hairline, creating an asymmetric design that’s meant to be seen. The dirty violet hue and rumpled texture lend a too-cool-to-care vibe to this 90s-inspired style. The shoulder-grazing length modernizes it.

Long Bob With Temple Undercut

Instagram / @hairbyedwin

21. Seamless Women’s Undercut

Not all undercuts are bold and daring. Some are simply here to help you tame thick hair. Longer layers and bangs make it look like a classic bowl cut, the nape is undercut, though. The combination of dark roots and light blonde tips turn the cut into a real stunner.

22. Boyish Undercut Hairstyle

While undercuts don’t have to be androgynous, they certainly can be. For those who prefer gamine beauty, a classic pixie-bob shape is perfect. The cool shock of blond is cut shorter in the back so it falls enticingly forward onto the face.

Short Blonde Bob With Nape And Side Undercut

Instagram / @rootsmontrose

23. Pronged Bowl Cut

Short rounded shapes for women are making a comeback, but modern versions have little in common with their retro counterparts. Dramatically diffused edges create sharp points over the clippered perimeter. The hairline is carved away creating an unusual outline.

Choppy Bowl Cut With Undercut

Instagram / @salsalhair

24. Sky Blue Screen

Modern femininity isn’t one thing, it’s complicated. There’s little that captures this elaborateness better than an undercut hairstyle. Women who wear this look express many facets, combining classic, rebellious and playful elements through a bob outline, baby blue tone, and side shaved section.

Half Shaved Silver Bob

Instagram / @wesdoeshair

25. Pretty Rebel

It’s only in the last few years that we’ve begun to see the long hair undercut. We love the way the trend adds a touch of defiance to an otherwise sweet style like long blonde locks. The carved racing stripes across the side add sportiness.

Long Blonde Hairstyle With Temple Undercut

Instagram / @hugosalon

26. Geometric Undercut Hairstyle

Engraved designs can customize undercut women’s styles, creating cool tribal patterns or graphic details. In this look the hair above is cut short so the design is left exposed. Wispy edges and a wisteria hue balance the sharpness of the lines underneath.

Pastel Purple Bob With Nape Hair Tattoo

Instagram / @presleypo

27. Ponytail with Chevron

If you wear your hair up frequently, add some interest with a nape undercut and modern ombre or balayage color. This v-shaped design is a fashionable choice.

Long Hair With Nape Undercut

Instagram / @number_76

28. Two Tone Undercut Pixie

Are you brave enough to customize your undercut according to your personal style? Keep the roots dark and dye longer top layers into a contrasting white blonde hue. Make sure the longer strands have wispy ends to add interest to the transition of colors.

Brown-and-Blonde Layered Undercut Pixie

Instagram / @pamela_cabelos

29. Asymmetric Undercut Hairstyle

To maximize options of a short undercut, keep the shaving to one side. Brush the longer strands back smoothly to accentuate different textures and directions of the hair. Use braiding to customize and divide the two contrasting areas.

Short Hairstyle With Side Undercut

Instagram / @clairdoeshair

30. Braided Blue Plumage

The shaved section isn’t the only bold detail in this undercut hairstyle. The vivid turquoise hue and feathery braiding create an exotic avifaunal effect. The longer strands are pinned to reveal the cropped exterior and garnished with strips of leather that call to mind falconry jesses.

31. Long Undercut with Shaved Design

Treat yourself to the most intricate design you could ever imagine. Of course, this undercut requires careful rigorous maintenance if you want it to look neat and luxurious. The good news is that you can hide it too if your undercut long hair is thick enough.

Bold Undercut Long Wavy Hair

Instagram / @barberfagundes

32. Stacked and Shaved Haircut

An undercut hairstyle does not always have to be the star of the show, sometimes it can just be a supporting detail. The voluminous shaggy inverted bob is sure to grab attention, but the buzzed detail at the nape of your neck will keep all eyes on you.

short layered bob with nape undercut

Instagram / @modernsalon

33. Shaved Side with Diagonal Braid

Can’t choose between long and short? With this style you won’t have to. This daring half-and-half style combines shoulder-length hair and a cropped side plus a French braid to tie them together. Soft curls balance out the edgy hairdo for women.

34. Long Pixie with Undercut Fade

Short hair gives ample room for customization. Elongated side bangs paired with mid fade make this undercut short hairstyle look contemporary and elegant. Make strong V lines on the sides and spice them up with light feathered strands on top to score extra points.

35. Cool Copper Undercut Style

Copper is a hard color for women to pull off and choosing the right shade depends on the undertones in your complexion. Make short shaved hair pop by wearing a lighter color on top and a darker color at the bottom. Stripes on the side add visual interest.

red hairstyle with side undercut for women

Instagram / @hairetcher

36. Undercut with Primary Colors

One of the most popular female hairstyles is messy and spiky pixie cut. It is refined, yet casual and carefree at the same time. With a haircut like this, the undercut seems more subdued as it blends in to the shorter layers and makes the green and purple colors the star of the show.

pastel dyed messy pixie

Instagram / @efoxxhair

37. Ethereal Ponytail with Shaved Nape

While a ponytail may seem like the most basic women’s updo, this look is anything but that. The color on its own is enough to make this messy braided ponytail stand out, but since it’s so soft and romantic, it needs something opposite to balance it out.

pastel purple ponytail with nape undercut

Instagram / @xostylistxo

38. Intricate Lines Nape Undercut

Freehand designs are always the way to show up, especially if you have the gut to experiment with colors too. This beauty can keep her hair tattoo hidden or put it on display by bringing the mermaid locks up into a ponytail or a messy bun.

Nape Undercut with Zebra Design

Instagram / @tim_czykhair

39. Silver Mohawk with Tight Sides

With this undercut hairstyle, you can reveal your personality in different ways. You can go with a layered undercut or fully shaved sides. You can let the hair fall to the sides or style it up for a truly Mohawk look. You can dye your locks silver or any other pastel or vivid hue of your choice. Your style – your rules!

Women’s Short Shaved Cut for Thick Hair

Instagram / @thecolourfuldylan

40. Looped Braid and Undercut

Balance out a short undercut with a whimsical looped braid. The hard buzzed detail needs something soft to temper it like a loose French braid and soft brushed out layers. What really takes this style to the next level is the unique blue-grey hue.

short asymmetrical undercut for women

Instagram / @_jemo_

41. Shaved Mermaid Bob

Mermaid hair is all the rage with high school girls and established women in the creative field alike trying to get in touch with their inner fairytale characters. But instead of the typical bohemian long wavy variations of the look, shaved side hairstyles make the color combo look modern and tough.

teal bob with back undercut

Instagram / @drelefevre

42. Punked Out Beauty

For this look, the undercut haircut is taken to the extreme. Hair is shorn close to the scalp, resulting in the awesome “V” shape. The rest of the hair may be left loose to conceal the short shaved section on more conservative occasions.

ponytail with V shaped nape undercut

Instagram / @undercutsglobal

43. Short Bob with Shapes

Reminiscent of the 1980s style a la Molly Ringwald, this new and updated short bob shows off sleek, straight tresses with ease. Adding in an angled and shaped base layer, you let the remaining hair fall easily into place.

short stacked red bob

Instagram / @modernsalon

44. Tapered Cut with Purple Accent

Female hairstyles don’t always have to be long to be feminine – instead, try this undercut that features a dash of girly purple color throughout the top.

women's platinum blonde undercut hairstyle

Instagram / @modernsalon

45. Long and Curly Pixie Cut

An undercut hairstyle for women with curly hair can keep otherwise unruly tresses under control. Start with an undercut pixie that is on the longer side, and then allow your natural curls to tumble down from atop. Cute, curly and unique – you can embrace your girly side without having to deal with a complicated style.

short curly hairstyle with undercut for girls

Instagram / @sarahannworden

46. Business Casual Style

If you have a day job that requires a bit of a straight laced look, an undercut is still definitely possible. An undercut hairstyle women can acceptably wear in an office environment usually involves short underneath sections that are left a bit longer, paired with long hair on top to conceal the look when necessary.

long messy undercut hairstyle

Instagram / @modernsalon

47. Colorful and Creative Short Style

An undercut hairstyle can still boast a fair level of versatility. For this look, keep a longer amount of hair up top. Work it into a crown braid when you’re feeling creative, and add in some wash out color in bold, bright hues.

lon top short sides hairstyle for women

Instagram / @lithium_little

48. Short Undercut Bob

Let your hands play with your hair, and this straight short bob will easily change from classic to edgy. Removing the impressive amount of bulk, the cut is a rescue for thick-hair girls during the hot summer months. Skin fade and shaved-in lines are a cherry on top.

Women’s Faded Hidden Undercut

Instagram / @yuukiabe_doux

49. African-American Tapered Cut

Looking for a cool hairstyle that shows off your creative side? Look no further than this tapered cut enhanced with a simple but so flattering undercut. You may brighten up this beautiful style with a cuff earring, and you’ll be sporting truly unique hair in no time at all.

short natural hairstyle with undercut

Instagram / @jouelzy

50. Fantasy Inspired Cut

Many undercut hairstyles are inspired by something based in fantasy, like this nape undercut that features etched designs and a bold aqua hue buns. This style takes its cue from anime or perhaps a comic con cutie, and it’s simple and fun to maintain.

two buns messy funky hairstyle with nape undercut

Instagram / @aryavarji

There are many controversial opinions about women’s undercut styles. Someone considers them too extravagant and non-feminine. But we have seen enough worthy examples above which never diminish your feminine appeal, but, on the contrary, make you brighter as a woman. Go for what you feel is right and don’t let other people’s opinions influence your choice, especially when it comes to self-expression and other important things.

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