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The Ultimate Guide To Blunt Cuts: What They Are, Maintenance Tips, And 13 Ways To Try The Look

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If you’re anything like me, you like to stick to the classics when it’s time for your annual trim. After all, you can’t go wrong with face-framing, long layers, right? While I’m seriously attached to my long, layered strands, even I can’t deny the allure of the blunt cut—and I’m not the only one!

Blunt cuts are classy, low-maintenance, and can help to conceal the look of frayed ends. I’ve recently noticed a new wave of girls heading to their stylists in search of the perfect one-length chop for their hair type and face shape.

Thinking a blunt cut might be the right fit for you? Read on for everything you need to know about making a blunt cut work for you in 2020, plus inspiration pics to take with you to the salon.

What is a blunt cut?

Unlike soft layers that gently frame your face or shaggy layers designed to create natural texture, a blunt cut is straightforward—with your entire mane chopped to be the exact same length. Your stylist will skip the precise layering techniques and simply cut straight across with shears to create a uniform-length.

Who do blunt cuts work best for?

One thing to note about blunt cuts: There’s no one-size-fits-all chop for every head of hair. Your stylist can tailor your cut to accentuate your hair type and texture best.

If you’re working with thinner strands, you’ll want to opt for a shorter chop to help your hair appear fuller. For the ladies with thick hair out there: Don’t go too short or long with your cut. Super short cuts can make your thick hair look poofy. Instead, opt for a cut that falls just above your shoulders to avoid your mane being weighed down by too much length.

How do you maintain a blunt cut?

Ready to hop on the blunt cut bandwagon? Not so fast! Before you go running to the salon, you should know that maintaining a blunt cut requires a bit more upkeep than a traditional layered cut. Blunt cuts need to be touched up often to keep the ends looking clean and sharp. Expect to pay your stylist a visit every four to six weeks.

Now that you’ve got the salon schedule down, let’s talk about your at-home routine. A hydrated mane is a healthy-looking mane so along with keeping your cut in tip-top shape, you’re also going to want to add a weekly hair mask to your hair care routine. We love the Redken All Soft Deep Conditioning Mega Mask. The two-in-one hair mask is both an intense conditioner and care extender designed specifically for your dry, brittle hair.

What are the best ways to ask for a blunt cut?

We know it can be difficult to put into words the look you are hoping to achieve. That's why you should always bring inspo photos!

Thinking of making a blunt cut yours in 2020? Before you book your salon appointment, scroll through these 13 gorgeous blunt cuts for inspiration. Whether you’re down for a dramatic change or looking to maintain your length, you’re bound to find a style that’s perfect for you!


Blunt Bob With Bangs

We’ve never met a bob haircut we didn’t love, but there’s something special about a classic blunt bob with bangs. It’s timeless, classy, and effortless—like all of the best haircuts are!


Asymmetrical Blunt Bob

If you’ve been sporting a traditional blunt bob for some time now, you might be itching to try something a bit different. Ask your stylist for an asymmetrical blunt lob, a cut that’s longer in the front and a slightly shorter in the back.


French-Girl Bob

Let’s be real: We’ve been obsessing over French-girl hair for years, and the French bob is without a doubt the most sought-after look from across the pond. Lucky for you, achieving Parisian-inspired strands is easy! Click here for our full guide on how to wear a French bob.


Chin-Length

Chin-length haircuts really took off in 2019, and they’ll definitely stick around this year. Ask your stylist for a chin-length blunt bob to stay on-trend for 2020.


Super Short Bob

If you’re not afraid to lose length (and a lot of it), you’re about to be rewarded with some serious style payoff. Case in point: The super short bob. For those who are daring enough to try very short hair, this blunt bob that falls just below the ear is stunning.


Shoulder-Length

If super long length is weighing your hair down but you’re not totally into short hair, a mid-length chop is the perfect happy medium between the two. If you’re working with thick strands, mid-length cuts are ideal for you to prevent your strands from becoming too poofy.


Sleek Middle Part

Remember the glass hair trend from a few years back? Instead of a middle-parted blunt bob with a smooth, glossy finish, 2020’s take on the trend works for every single hair length. If you’re looking to achieve sleek, pin straight strands, start your routine with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner system. We recommend Biolage Smoothproof Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner. This system polishes hair and provides humidity control and anti-frizz smoothness.

To complete this look, you’ll also want to use hair products formulated to give your strands the maximum amount of shine. Apply a few drops of hair serum like Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Mega Varnish Shine Anti-Frizz Serum before or after styling. This lightweight serum absorbs into hair and manages frizz for smoothness.


Blunt Lob With Deep Side Part

Blunt cuts have a reputation for being sleek and polished, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice volume. If you want your look to have as much body and volume as possible, switch to a deep side part for quick and effortless results.


Wavy

Who says blunt cuts need to be styled the same all the time? If texture and movement are what you’re after, try creating soft waves throughout your mane.

Begin by applying a few spritzes of heat protectant like the Biolage Styling Thermal Active Heat Protectant Spray throughout your hair. The spray protects hair against heat styling while adding body and volume for long-lasting control. Take 1-inch sections of hair at a time and place the hair between the plates of your flat iron, holding the iron downwards. Twist the iron away from your face and gently pull it down the entire length of your hair. Repeat these steps until you’ve finished styling your entire mane.


Long And Blunt

Though the hair world is constantly buzzing about blunt bobs and lobs, you don’t need to ditch your long hair to slay a uniform-length look. A blunt cut also looks stunning on lengthier hair.


Blunt Mushroom Cut

A modern mushroom cut is nothing like your mom’s old-school chop from back in the day. There are tons of ways to wear the look in 2020 without looking like you’ve plopped a mushroom cap on your head. We particularly love the look of this blunt mushroom cut. Paired with a trendy silver hue, you won’t regret choosing this cut once picture day rolls around!


Windblown Blunt Bob

Creating a windblown look is a total breeze—as long as you have the right styling products. For a messy, windblown look, try applying a few spritzes of texturizing spray like the L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray. The micro-propelled dry finishing spray transforms hair into next day disheveled looks with a discrete and natural touch.


Colorful

If you’re bold enough to try a blunt cut, don’t stop there! You’ve found the perfect chop, but now it’s time to get creative with your color. Mix it up with a fantasy hair color or go all out with a rainbow look.

Looking to try a blunt cut? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.