This is like the cooler, smarter, less-committed version that has some serious fit-girl benefits. Shaving the underside of your head a) will help keep your neck extra cool during those sweaty workout sessions (we all have those annoying flyaways that stick to the back of our neck); b) it adds a super edgy touch to your bad-hair-day topknot; and c) you can’t even tell that it’s missing when your hair is down (we promise). It’s gaining traction on Instagram and Pinterest (AKA the holy grails of all things style) just in time for you to get one for summer.
Intrigued? Scared? These photos will show you that buzzing doesn’t have to be terrifying, and will give you some serious hair-spiration. (Want even more? Just search #napecut or #undercut on Instagram, and you’ll hit the goldmine.
Keep It Simple
You can keep it super simple and buzz just the nape of your neck for a keep-cool solution that’s edgy but not too risque.
Let Your Hair Down
Click through to this Instagram video if you’re still worried about what your hair looks like when it’s down. Then, use this basic (but beautiful) geometric cut at your undercut inspiration.
Add a Floral Touch
Keep it feminine with a basic floral, like this Instagram style. (Bonus: Pair it with floral workout clothes for the ultimate spring-y look.)
Make It Mermaid-y
This Instagram features a freehand design (that reminds us so much of the scales on a mermaid tail) from a hairstylist based in Phoenix, AZ. With those hot desert temps, we can see why Arizona girls would want this style year round.
A zig-zag keeps things interesting without being too complicated—and looks drop dead gorgeous in this lavender hair color. (P.S. If you want to go indigo, make sure you’re doing it the healthy way.)
Cut It Complicated
Or, you could go for something a little more intricate—with that much more of a wow factor.
Go with Graffiti
Get a graffiti-inspired cut like this that looks great on the streets and in the weight room.
Show Your Dark Side
This moon phases undercut gives a whole new meaning to the act of “mooning” someone. (And matches almost too perfectly with this workout set.)
Color It Up a Notch
Always wanted rainbow hair but scared to commit? With a rainbow undercut like this, you can show off your colors when you want to, and hide them under your mane when you don’t.
Keep It Classic with Chevron
A simple chevron pattern is preppy, while a buzzcut is pretty edgy—making this undercut the ultimate contradiction. (Kinda like these desserts with hidden veggies.)
Tie It with a Bow
The perfect topknot accessory? A hidden bow. Buzz it into the bottom of your hair to be prepared to step into a princess role anytime. (And, come on, it’s perfect for barre workouts.)