I credit (blame) Macklemore for kicking off the men’s undercut trend that, thankfully, has started going away. Made popular in his music video for ‘Thrift Shop,’ the undercut is a haircut that, while cool for awhile, has needed to be retired for some time now. Macklemore got a buzzcut and has paved the way to change. Not only did he buzz his head, but he’s done the buzzcut the RIGHT way with a clean taper around the sides and back. I think the buzzcut, done right, should look crisp and clean as only a barber can do (it shouldn’t look like you did it at home). Let’s take a look at Macklemore’s buzz cut and some of the haircuts he’s had in the past.
Macklemore Got a Buzzcut
Here’s Macklemore’s buzzcut haircut, done the right way. From the looks of this cut, this is a number three blade on top faded down to zero on the sides. Again, this is the right way to do a buzzcut — it shouldn’t look like you picked up a pair of clippers at the Thrift Shop and did it yourself. See what I did there…
Here’s another look at Macklemore’s Buzzcut, from the side:
This is a really great look which was the transition after the undercut and before Macklemore Got a Buzzcut. This is a classic tight taper — a haircut that looks great and is ALWAYS appropriate.
And, finally, the haircut that started it all — the Macklemore Undercut, may it rest in peace.
While I loved this original undercut haircut, I really enjoyed the new look with the tight, classic tapered haircut. The new buzzcut, however, is a good move that I hope a lot of guys will adopt. Men’s haircuts these days have been very fussy and require too much product, so I think the simple and classic buzzcut is a welcome departure from the high-maintenance styles that have been trending lately.