Between the photo inspiration, the anticipation of sitting in your stylist’s chair, and the final reveal, there’s nothing like the thrill of a major hair change. As we look ahead to hair trends that will be huge in 2023, we predict that those major hair changes won’t be so few and far between. People are saying goodbye to soft, blended layers and switching it up with shorter, edgier cuts. If you’ve been uninspired and you’re looking to switch it up from your typical long layered cut, it might be time to give a blunt bob with bangs a second look.
A blunt bob with bangs is a haircut you’ve likely seen around for years, but one we’re certain will make a huge impact in 2023. Want to learn more about the chic, low-maintenance chop? We’re sharing everything you need to know, plus 19 unique ways to try it.
What is a blunt cut bob?
Unlike haircuts with perfectly placed layers throughout your hair, a blunt cut is the same length all around. To achieve a blunt cut, your stylist will cut straight across your hair with scissors.
Since you won’t have to hit the salon every few weeks to touch up your layers, a blunt cut bob is also super low-maintenance.
What is the difference between a bob and a blunt bob?
A bob haircut can be many things, including layered, shaggy, blunt, or stacked. A blunt bob is a specific type of bob haircut that’s cut in a straight line at the ends with no layers.
Is a blunt cut better for thin hair?
It’s no secret that short, shaggy layers can make your already sparse strands appear more so. On the other hand, a blunt cut can instantly make your strands look thicker and fuller. A blunt bob is also the perfect length for anyone with fine or thin strands that get weighed down easily.
The Best Ways To Try A Blunt Bob With Bangs
Classic Full Fringe
Like the most honest friend in your inner circle, a classic blunt bob with bangs gets straight to the point. If you want a look that's timeless and simple, save this photo for your next salon appointment.
Don’t let the girls with straight hair have all the fun! Whether you’re wearing your natural waves or creating them with a flat iron like L'Oréal Professionnel Steampod, soft waves give any blunt bob haircut instant movement.
French Girl Bob
The world loves French girl hair, so why not take part in the hottest Parisian hair trend of all time? French girl bobs are classic, effortless, and chic.
Pro tip: The best way to style a French bob is without heat. Use a few spritzes of texturizing spray like Matrix Miss Mess Dry Texturizing Spray to give your mane light hold, volume, and texture.
Not only are wispy bangs a bit softer than a full fringe, but they’re also way easier to style.
If you love a haircut that frames the face but have never been able to make short bangs work in your favor, give their longer cousins a try. When paired with a blunt bob, curtain bangs are feminine and just a little vintage-inspired.
Prefer a style with a bit of bounce? While classic variations of a blunt cut with bangs are polished and refined, we love this fluffy, airy look for 2023. Prep your hair before styling with a lightweight, volumizing formula like Redken’s Big Blowout Heat Protecting Jelly Serum. This blowdry primer gel melts into the hair to boost volume, add shine, and help create a bouncy, fluffy finish.
Nothing says edgy like taking a risk with your bangs. If you’re looking to take it up a notch from the standard straight-across fringe, we recommend baby bangs. Your stylist will cut your bangs a few inches above your eyebrows for a retro-inspired look that makes a serious statement.
If you’re working with thick hair, opt for a stacked blunt bob that shows off the density of your mane.
Deep Side Part With Side Bangs
Fine-haired girls, this one’s for you! Some of our favorite hairstyles have the most impact with the least amount of effort. Case in point: A deep side part. If you want to give your blunt bob an instant volume boost, this easy switch is the way to go.
Blunt Bob With Curly Bangs
Curly girls can pull off a blunt bob with bangs too! The key is owning your natural texture while enhancing and taming it with a hair gel like Matrix Total Results A Curl Can Dream Light-Hold Gel.
Dark brown hair might have a reputation for being boring, but these days, we have an entirely different outlook. When paired with a blunt bob and bangs, darker shades scream sophistication.
Looking to transform your second-day bed head into a gorgeous hairstyle (with minimal effort)? Apply a few spritzes of texturizing spray like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray throughout your hair to give it an effortless, undone texture with light hold.
Few blunt cuts are as beautiful as the shoulder-length bob. Because the hair falls just above the shoulders, it moves freely every time you turn your head. Not to mention: Opting for this length will require way less maintenance than a very short chop.
Flipped Out Ends
We never thought we’d see the day where flipped out ends are on-trend again, but we’re happy they are! If you want to give your blunt bob some ‘60s-inspired flair, check out our full guide on how to style flipped ends.
Not afraid to lose a bit more length? We recommend snipping a few extra inches off your blunt bob. Chin-length cuts give the illusion of a more defined jaw, so if you want to accentuate your features, this is a great option for you.
Sleek And Straight
If pin-straight and shiny is more your vibe, style your blunt bob with a round brush and a blow dry oil like Redken Oil For All Multi-Benefit Hair Oil. This weightless oil for all hair types protects hair from heat damage while sealing in moisture, adding shine, and preventing frizz.
A slight variation on the standard blunt bob, an angled version is slightly shorter in the back and allows you to leave more length around your face. Ask your stylist for long side bangs to create a modern look that works for any face shape.
Blunt bobs might sound straightforward, but they can also be full of surprises! If you want to throw some color into the mix without being too obvious, opt for colorful peekaboo highlights that shine through whenever you turn your head.
Braids are never a bad idea! If you want to add a simple touch to your blunt bob, craft a three-strand accent braid.
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