Undercut Upkeep

It’s been over a month since I first visited HAND Salon in Tamboerskloof, lobbed off a fair chunk of my hair and embraced the supah trendy undercut. Last weekend I noticed that my hair was looking a little, um, not so fresh so I decided to do some home maintenance to sort out the overgrown fluff from the side of my head.


Firstly get a pair of hair scissors, a squirt bottle and a fine tooth comb.  These ones came with the clippers I use, the scissors are bloody sharp and the comb is the perfect size for touch-ups. The first place you notice your undercut going a bit wonky is by your ear, so it’s good to monitor that and keep it tidy even if you don’t really need to use the clippers. Before you start trimming though, douse your hair with the squirt bottle. I don’t know if this actually does anything honestly, but I see hairdressers do it all the time so it must be the thing to do? It actually does help you see what you’re doing more easily and I’m a silly-noodle.

Next up is the clippers. I like to use more than one attachment since my undercut is blended and a bit longer near the top of my head. I use the longest attachment first and then the shorter, alternating until it’s where I want it to be. My clippers (actually my gents’) are cordless and it really makes a big difference, but whichever one does the job is all you really need.

I like to get everything all nicely moisturised once I’ve done the clipping and, like Michelle’s post yesterday on should do’s, lets just say I’m a little lax on the conditioning of my hair since it’s very fine and gets greasy quickly. I like to use Lush’s Retread (R148) as an overnight treatment because it doesn’t weigh my hair down and is loaded with everything that’s going to add a flippin’ ton of softness, moisture and shine to your hair. In fact, next time you’re near a Lush store, go and talk to one of the lovelies who work there and they’ll be happy to talk you through all of the greatness packed inside of it.

Caution, Caution:

On the night I decided to do this I was alone in my house and was too impatient to wait for my boyfriend to come home, so I started off cutting, wanting to keep it on the longer side. Everything was going great until I felt cold scissors almost directly on my head behind my ear. Panicked, I went to get my camera and took a mini side selfie only to find I’d cut a HUGE chunk out of my hair. When the gent arrived home I showed him and due to my own impatience ended up having to use the clippers when I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go so short. So should you feel like you’re going to attempt to self maintain, make sure you have someone to help you just in case something goes wrong, especially if your undercut goes behind your ear like mine does.

Here are some inspiration pics of undercuts if you’re considering it and a link to a video I should have watched last Sunday.

Ellie Goulding: my hair inspiration (image taken from here)

For longer haired gals (image taken from here)

And finally:


Happy undercutting dearies!





  1. If I didn’t have crucified hair (a wide variation between 3A & 4A hair type) I’d totally do this!

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