Your blueprint to the disconnected haircuts for a dapper look

Disconnected haircuts have been very popular as of the last 5 years, starting with the ever-so-present undercut haircut and finishing with the trendy executive contour haircut. However, there seems to be some kind of confusion over the range of disconnected haircuts, so not only would I like to make it clear what a disconnected haircut is with this guide but I’d also like to give cover the main 4 disconnected haircuts that are killing it as of now. As usual, I will be including pictures in this guide and you’re free to ask any questions that you may have on these types of disconnected haircuts.

What is a disconnected haircut?

First and foremost, let’s start with defining a disconnected haircut and thus leave it clear here on the internet (and for once and for all) what on earth this type of haircut is!

A disconnected haircut is a type of haircut that abruptly decreases the length of the hair on the sides and back of the head from the hair on the top. A disconnected haircut will finish on the hairline of the sides and back of the head with a short hair clipper length. Thus, a disconnected haircut is not a scissors-only haircut, but, rather, a disconnected haircut is a hair-clipper haircut or a haircut blend involving scissors and a hair clipper.

The goal of a disconnected cut is to sharpen up and “clean” up the hair bulk on the sides and back of your head. Ergo, a rapidly-tapered hair length needs to be achieved on these areas of the head (sides and back) so that the hair bulk is only concentrated on the top of the head. This visual emphasis towards the hair on the top of the head actually enhances your chosen hairstyle (for the hair on the top) and is the reason for the current popularity of the disconnected haircuts.

Following from the above and in other words, if you decide to slick back the hair on the top with a disconnected haircut instead of with a regular scissors-only haircut, your slicked back hair will look even better with the disconnect as opposed to with an evenly-trimmed haircut (i.e. scissors-only haircut).

So, now that I’ve described to you what’s a disconnected haircut, let’s go through the 4 main disconnected haircuts for men!

Undercut haircut

If you’re under the age of 30, you probably know about the undercut haircut. This disconnected haircut rose to popularity in 2011 with the TV show Boardwalk Empire. In this TV show, Jimmy Darmody (one of the show’s characters) wears a classic slicked back undercut that quickly gained a huge fan-base among cosmopolitan males between the ages of 18 and 30 as the retro dapper look of the 1930s took over the men’s fashion industry. Even in 2015 and going on to 2016, the undercut hairstyle as a disconnected haircut continues to enjoy plenty of popularity as the haircut will improve the aesthetics of just about any hairstyle that you could think of!

When it comes to styling the undercut, there is a huge range of styles that you can choose from. The most famous and epic undercut hairstyle is the slicked back undercut which has been dubbed the “Jimmy Darmody hairstyle” and even the “SS haircut” or “Nazi hairstyle” as the undercut haircut was one of the haircuts allowed for military men in Nazi Germany during the Second World War. However, at the time, the undercut haircut with slicked back hair had been a very-popular hairstyle for men in the 1930s in both Europe and the United States, so it wasn’t just a hairstyle limited to Nazi soldiers and SS troops (unlike what most people seem to think).

An undercut haircut could be described as the perfect disconnected haircut. In an undercut, all of the hair on the sides and back of your head is buzzed with a hair clipper and with a single (short) hair clipper length (anywhere from a “number 0” to a “number 3”). What such a short hair length on the sides and back means is that the division between the hair on the top of your head and the hair on the back and sides of your head will be quite extreme. To give you an idea of how discrepant the lengths are between the top and the sides/back, with a slicked back undercut you would have the hair on the top with a length of 6 inches while the hair on the back and sides would be buzzed to a “number 2” hair clipper length (about 0.25 inches or 0.5 centimetres).

As for the hairstyles to choose for your undercut, the slicked back undercut hairstyle remains the king of men’s hairstyles suited for the undercut, but you may also choose to shape your undercut hairstyle with a side swept, a quiff, a brush-up style and even with a messy top. The great thing about the undercut is that it truly enhances the styled hair on the top, so you can get as creative as you may want and really end up with an aesthetic hairstyle.