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How To Give The Perfect Men’s Disconnected Undercut – Tutorial

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The disconnected undercut has become a popular and trendy hairstyle for men, known for its edgy and bold appearance. This style involves a sharp contrast between the longer hair on top and the shaved or closely cropped sides and back. In this article, we will delve into the details of the disconnected undercut hairstyle, explore the difference between disconnected and connected undercuts, and provide a step-by-step tutorial on achieving the perfect men’s disconnected undercut.

What Is A Disconnected Undercut Hairstyle?

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A disconnected undercut is a hairstyle that features a noticeable contrast between the length of the hair on top and the sides. One can say that the hair on the top is relatively shorter compared to the hair on the sides. Typically, the hair on top is left longer, while the sides and back are shaved or cut very short, creating a striking disconnection between the two sections. This style allows for versatility, as individuals can choose various lengths and textures for the top section, enabling them to personalize the look to suit their preferences.

Disconnected Undercut Vs. Connected Undercut

Before diving into the tutorial, it’s essential to understand the difference between a disconnected and a connected undercut. In a disconnected undercut, the transition between the longer top and shorter sides is more abrupt, creating a more dramatic contrast. On the other hand, a connected undercut features a smoother, gradual transition between the longer and shorter sections, offering a more blended and subtle appearance. The choice between the two depends on personal style preferences and the desired level of boldness.

Tools You Need for Disconnected Hairstyles

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Disconnected hairstyles require some form of point cutting and texturizing shears. Point cutting shears help create the smooth outline whereas texturizing shears help remove the excessive hair. We recommend the Hanzo Kime Set which comes with a HH6 Kime point cutting shear and HH6T Kime Texturizer. HH6 Kime is a hair stylist essential – a shear made with high-carbon Japanese stainless steel, equipped with a 20-degree offset handle, countersunk locking tension control, screw-in bumper, and lifetime warranty. The HH6T Texturizer is a 16-tooth texturizing shear which is an excellent choice for creative texture. This shear also has a screw-in bumper and is ideal for all sorts of debulking tasks.

Some hairstylists might prefer using an electric shaver for debulking and Hanzo Hitter is the ideal tool. The Hitter is really a heavy hitter with 240 minutes of non-stop charging and steel blades that stay cooler, rust-free, and sharper for longer. Here, Hanzo recommends all hairstylists to keep the shears sharp and clean debris build-up frequently using non-corrosive cleaning products. Our guide on how to clean hair shears will help you clean and store your shears the right way.     

Men’s Disconnected Undercut Step By Step Tutorial:

Achieving the perfect disconnected undercut requires careful precision and attention to detail. Follow these step-by-step instructions for a flawless result:


  • Start with clean, dry hair.
  • Gather the necessary tools: clippers, scissors, comb, and styling products.


  • Divide the hair into sections, separating the longer top from the sides and back.
  • Use hair clips to secure the top section.

Clipper Work:

  • Choose an appropriate guard size for the clippers based on the desired length for the sides and back.
  • Begin shaving the sides and back, moving the clippers in an upward motion for a clean cut.


  • Gradually blend the disconnected sections using different guard sizes, ensuring a smooth transition between lengths.

Use the Shears:

  • Unclip the top section and use scissors to trim and shape the hair.
  • Create texture and layers as needed for the desired style.


  • Apply styling products, such as pomade or wax, to the top section.
  • Style the hair on top according to personal preference, whether it’s a slick back, side part, or textured look.


What sets the disconnected undercut apart from other hairstyles for men, making it a popular and trendy choice?

The disconnected undercut distinguishes itself with a sharp contrast between longer top and shorter sides, creating an edgy and bold aesthetic that has gained popularity for its modern appeal.

What role do pointing cutting and texturizing shears play in achieving the smooth outline and creative texture associated with disconnected hairstyles?

Point cutting shears create a smooth outline, while texturizing shears remove excess hair, contributing to the creative texture of disconnected hairstyles.

Why is the Hanzo Kime Set recommended for hairstylists working on disconnected undercut styles, and what features make these shears essential for the task?

The Hanzo Kime Set is recommended for its high-carbon Japanese stainless steel, 20-degree offset handle, and lifetime warranty, providing essential precision for achieving the distinct elements of a disconnected undercut.

How does the Hanzo Hitter electric shaver contribute to the debulking process, and what features make it an ideal tool for hairstylists?

The Hanzo Hitter electric shaver contributes to debulking with 240 minutes of non-stop charging, steel blades that stay cooler and sharper longer. Its efficiency and durability make it an ideal tool for hairstylists in the debulking process, ensuring a cleaner cut for the disconnected undercut.


The disconnected undercut is a bold and stylish choice for men seeking a contemporary and eye-catching hairstyle. Understanding the distinction between disconnected and connected undercuts is crucial for making an informed decision based on personal style preferences. By following the step-by-step tutorial outlined above, individuals can achieve the perfect disconnected undercut with precision and confidence, ensuring a sharp and modern appearance.

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