We're realizing that most trends from the '90s (good and not so good) have a way of reintroducing themselves. The undercut, specifically, a look that was popular during the grunge and punk scenes of the '80s and early '90s, has made strides in the past few years. Though the latest iterations feel more glamorous than goth, the idea is still the same: Shaved or shorter hair on the side(s), with longer locks on the top.
Alice Dellal, Kelis and Rihanna have brought the hairstyle back into the spotlight, and, oddly enough, Miley Cyrus is experimenting with some form of the look, which she introduced a few weeks ago by way of Twitter. But we really took notice when we saw the still-gorgeous Yasmin Le Bon step out with a partially buzzed crop. A haircut that basically screams rebellion has never looked so, well, polished. Plus, it's secretly very flattering. According to our photographer Raydene, who adopted an undercut earlier this year, it definitely makes your face seem narrower. "I grew up saying I have a very round face and was scared to cut it short," she said. "And although people argued with me, I didn't believe that is was more oval until all my hair was gone. I like that it allows my jaw to be seen -- as silly as that sounds it's a very sexy part of the body to me -- and i like that it's never hidden now."
While a close cousin to the mohawk, it seems there are no real rules with this asymmetrical version. Some, like Kingston Rossdale and Joe Strummer, preferred a close cut on both sides, while others, like Robyn, went for more of a bowl shape. Join us as we take a look back at the undercut's angsty beginnings, as well as its inevitable mainstreamifying over the years. How are you guys feeling about the return of the undercut?