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I noticed that many people end up on my blog because they Googled “undercut hair”.  I’ve had two undercut styles in the past 3+ years and I might as well document the ways I styled them in one blog post for people looking for hair inspiration (I did, after all, got my push when I was looking for pegs at undercuts.livejournal.com).  There’s a misconception that you’re quite limited with hair styling when you have parts of your head shaved.  But I can honestly say that getting an undercut has been quite a liberating experience and it’s fun to play around with because you can change your look instantly.

Note: I have fine hair strands but very thick hair, which is why getting an undercut makes a lot of sense.  Of course, the first selling point is the style and how it looks fierce by default.  But now I really do enjoy having less to shampoo and blow dry (and even now my hair stylists still comment on how thick my hair is, when this is really just about half of its original thickness because my newest undercut goes all the way from side to side and I have full bangs).

To read past entries on my undercut styles, click here.  See also “So your kid wants to get her hair shaved“.  Any hair questions?  Shoot me an email.


Three quick things you need to know about getting an undercut with a long hairstyle:

 

1. I only recommend it to women (or men?) with thick hair.

 

2. Always ask for a nice clean shave around the ears and a nice fade for the sideburns (if you have them, like hairy me does).  It’s the difference between looking like “I know exactly what I want” to “I stole my dad’s beard clipper in boredom and just buzzed away”.

 

3. Get it trimmed every 2-3 weeks if you want to maintain it. A side cut is easy because I can just ask any of the men in my family to do it for me, but it’s not always the case for other undercut styles that need to be symmetrical from side to side. (I gave up, because every stylist and barber who did my hair would ask me to make it “pantay” or symmyetrical and the undercut just kept going up and up. I joked I would soon only have my fringe left of my hair).

 

My very first undercut was done by Macky Angeles, and I wore that hair from late 2011 to early 2013, I think.

Alex Lapa Undercut

I met up with Lauren Dado in Malasimbo in 2013 when I still had very long hair with a side cut.

Alex Lapa undercut hairstyle

I think this was the second Philippine Fashion Ball, and I went with a side swept hairstyle.  So yes, I think the undercut can still look elegant, it just depends on how you wear it and what you wear with it.

Alex Lapa undercut hairstyle

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