The 11 Trendiest Asymmetrical Haircuts And Hairstyles For 2018

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The 11 Trendiest Asymmetrical Haircuts And Hairstyles For 2018

16 November 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor,

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Before joining the team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

In a world where symmetry is synonymous with beauty, sometimes haircuts can begin to blur together. If you’re looking to shake up your style with a fresh new cut, look no further than an asymmetrical haircut. Instead of a single length, your stylist will cut one side of your mushroom brown or ash blonde hair shorter than the other. Continue reading if you think an asymmetrical cut is perfect for you.


What is an asymmetrical haircut?

Simply put, an asymmetrical haircut is longer on one side than the other. An asymmetrical haircut may give off very chill, laid-back vibes, but the cut can take quite a bit of work to maintain. While your at-home care routine may not change much (your hair needs to be regularly washed and conditioned no matter how long it is), you’re about to get a lot more familiar with your salon.

If you want to keep your asymmetrical haircut in tiptop shape, expect to head back to the salon for a trim every six to eight weeks. If your asymmetrical haircut includes a very low cut or shaved side, expect to head back to the salon every two to six weeks. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hair grows on average a half an inch a month—just enough time for your asymmetrical cut to lose its edge. Maintaining a consistent haircut schedule will ensure you’re never unprepared.


Styling An Asymmetrical Haircut

Before your stylist begins cutting, you’ll have to decide how you want to part your asymmetrical cut. Where you part your hair will have a huge effect on your day-to-day styling options. If you to get an asymmetrical cut with your hair parted down the middle, you’ll have to style your hair in a deep side part if you ever want the mask the asymmetry—and vice versa.

If you can’t wait to slay an asymmetrical look every day, ask your stylist to part your hair the way you wear it most often. If you want the ability to flaunt your asymmetrical cut after work and on weekends, ask your stylist to part it in a way that is easy to mask.

Your day-to-day styling will depend on which haircut you opt for, but we suggest everyone with an asymmetrical haircut pick of a texturizing paste. An asymmetrical cut is one of the edgiest haircuts out there and nothing screams edgy like textured strands. We love Redken’s Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray. The ultra-fine mist helps to create airy texture and just the right amount of lift. Use the dry texture spray to create an effortless finish on your hairstyle.

If you prefer to use texturizing paste, we recommend the Matrix StyleLink Over Achiever 3-In-1 Cream + Paste+ Wax. The innovative formula spreads like a cream, texturizes like a paste, holds like a wax. Never tacky, never sticky, this formula is a reworkable wonder.

Now that you’re equipped with all of this information, there’s nothing stopping you from slaying the asymmetrical cut of your dreams.

Asymmetrical Haircut Ideas

Not sure how to pull off an asymmetrical haircut? We’ve rounded up eight styles that look great on everyone.


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Asymmetrical Pixie

The pixie is the quintessential asymmetrical cut. Ask your stylist to cut the sides and back very short, but keep your bangs long enough to sweep across your forehead. Side swept bangs look flattering on everyone, but they look particularly so on women with round faces.


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Asymmetrical Lob

This eye-catching style is one of the trendiest cuts of the year. By combining two trends—the lob and the asymmetrical cut—you’ll end up with a style that looks like it came right off the runway.

For a subtle asymmetrical look, have your stylist cut one side of your lob 1 to 2 inches shorter than the other side. If you’re looking for a more dramatic style, have your stylist cut off 4 to 6 inches.


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Asymmetrical Bob With Bangs

With a style as distinct as an asymmetrical haircut, you might feel apprehensive about adding another visual element to your style. If you’re seeing a trusted stylist, rest assured that he or she will bring balance to the final look.


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Asymmetrical Graduated Lob

Ask your stylist to give you a graduated or stacked haircut to add movement to your style. Combine that with an asymmetrical cut and you’ll have an on-trend style with tons of movement.


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Asymmetrical Graduated Bob

Much like the asymmetrical graduated lob, the bob offers the same movement with just a bit less hair. This cut is perfect for people who want their haircuts to be not only fashion forward but also low maintenance.


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Asymmetrical Bangs

Slaying asymmetrical bangs is as easy as sweeping them to one side of your face. If you’re looking for an edgier style, ask your stylist to cut your bangs on an angle. This technique has the same face flattering effect as side swept bangs, but the look is much more rock n’ roll.


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Graduated Lob With Shaved Side

It doesn’t get more asymmetrical then completely shaving off one side of your hair. If you want to take your graduated lob to the next level, ask your stylist to shave off for an on-trend undercut. If you want to add another visual element to your ‘do, have your stylist shave a geometric design into your undercut.


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Bob With Shaved Side

Much like a lob with a shaved side, a bob with a shaved side is about as asymmetrical as you can get. If you’ve grown bored with your bob and are ready to shake things up, ask your stylist to shave off one side of your hair.

Asymmetrical Pixie With Designs

One of the best things about shaving the side of your head is that it’s the perfect canvas for your stylist or barber to create designs. The design options are elements, but we’re loving this clean, minimalist design.


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Geometric Asymmetrical Pixie

Asymmetrical cuts are all about shapes, so why not take it to the next level? Ask your stylist or barber to cut some geometric elements into your cut, like this asymmetrical triangle nape.


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Asymmetrical Bob With Asymmetrical Bangs

If you love the look of your asymmetrical bob, consider pairing it with an asymmetrical bang. The slightly slanted fringe adds yet another stunning visual element to your already spectacular haircut.

Looking to get asymmetrical cut of your own? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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