The blunt haircut has made splashes throughout style history, including the infamous bobs of the flapper generation and the mod styles of the ’60s. They once again turned heads at the Marc Jacobs spring fashion week shows this year, and while those lovely ladies were rocking wigs, the look was certainly-swoon worthy.
Going blunt might be just what your look needs. Why? Because the style – which is basically the absence of a style, your hair in it’s all-natural, one-length glory – is a statement not all that many are making these days. Plus, the lack of texturizing means those pesky layers that tend to flip, twist, and turn in all the wrong ways don’t need constant touch-ups or be tamed endlessly by styling tools, making a wash-and-go routine within reach.
Blunt option # 1: The lob
The easiest way to transition into a blunt look? The chic lob, which is most frequently spotted walking the red carpet. Celebrities like Jessica Alba have embraced it’s ease and chicness, keeping it styled sleek and elegant, while ladies like Alexa Chung have created edgier, bed head looks while utilizing natural wave. Want some more inspiration? Here are lobs we love, featuring both blunt and textured options.
Blunt option #2: The bob
This blunt haircut option can go one of two ways: edgy, hard-edged ends for a futuristic vibe, or softer and eclectic for a throwback to the ’20s and ’30s. Anna Faris has been spotted with this option, rocking the softer variety with its turned-under ends. Length of the bob will partially play a role in this, with slightly longer versions – think in between chin length and lob – more prone to pulling off stiffer, harsher lines.
Blunt option #3: Long
Ever classic, the long, beyond-the-shoulder blunt cut is the most versatile and the most capable of channeling a ’70s singer-songwriter vibe – think Joni, Carly – while also transforming into something hard and edgy. Options are endless for styling – braids galore, french twists, sleek and straight, wavy, lots of curls – and the option is pretty flattering as long as there’s maintenance to keep the length in check.
Blunt option #4: Bangs
For the overall scissor-shy, blunt bangs channel the look without a major commitment. This option looks particularly strong with a long look, a la Zooey Deschanel. Blunt bangs with a bob or shorter lob make a very distinct and eclectic look, so don’t go this route unless you’re positive it’s what you want.
Blunt product picks
With a blunt cut, it’s all about the ends! Whether you’re going for something soft and turned under or board-straight and geometric, ends are all at the same length, meaning no layers will mask them. Aside from regular trims, make sure to invest in intensely hydrating products. Intense conditioning treatments like Joico K-PAK Intense Hydrator will lock in moisture in the shower, while products addressing ends, like Joico K-PAK Split End Mender, will keep blunt styles in line when you’re desperate for a trim. For edgier options, a firm-hold hairspray is a necessity, especially to achieve a lasting stick-straight style that won’t lose its shape. Consider Joico JoiMist Firm Finishing Spray.