While we love classic layered cuts like face-framing layers, it’s hard to deny the allure of a blunt cut. Blunt haircuts are precise, straightforward, and can literally hide the look of frayed and split ends (which, if we’re being honest, we all need sometimes). Not to mention: You can wear a blunt cut any length from super short to down past your shoulders.
If you’re thinking of switching to a blunt cut, we can help you find a chop that flatters your specific hair type and texture.
Read on for everything you need to know about making a blunt cut work for you in 2022, plus 25 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 best accentuate your hair type and texture.
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 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 treatment to your hair care routine. We love the Redken Extreme Length Triple Action Treatment Mask. The rinse-out treatment, formulated with biotin, niacinamide, and castor oil, promotes a healthy scalp, strong locks, and visibly reduces split ends.
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. Before you book your salon appointment, scroll through these 25 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 Cut Ideas To Try Now
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 slightly shorter in the back.
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.
A razor-sharp, chin-length blunt bob is fierce and feminine all at once. Pair it with an all-over blonde hair color to really make your chin-length chop shine.
Super Short Bob
If you’re not afraid to lose length (and a lot of it), you’ll be rewarded with some serious style payoff choosing this look. This stunning super short bob falls just below the ear and is a fit for those who are daring enough to try very short hair.
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
If you’re looking to achieve sleek, pin-straight strands, start your routine with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner system. We recommend Redken Frizz Dismiss Smoothing Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner. This system tames frizz and preps hair for smooth, shiny styles.
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 Pureology Style + Protect Shine Bright Taming Serum to add noticeable shine while taming flyaways.
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.
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 now 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!
Blunt Mushroom With Undercut
Another blunt mushroom cut option: Put a creative spin on it and ask your stylist for a buzzed undercut design.
Want a blunt cut that can instantly give you expensive-looking hair? Meet the collarbone length bob. When styled with a sleek middle part, this collarbone length look can make your hair look like a million bucks.
Windblown Blunt Bob
Creating a windblown look is a total breeze if you have the right styling products. For a messy, windblown look, try applying a few spritzes of texturizing spray like the Matrix Total Results Miss Mess Dry Texturizing Spray.
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.
Stacked Blunt Bob
If you have fine, flat hair, stacked uniform layers create the look of fullness and body your mane could be missing.
Angled Blunt Bob
Searching for another blunt cut for fine hair? This blunt bob style has natural texture and a slight angle that creates the illusion of thicker ends.
Curly Blunt Bob
These wash-and-go curls look stunning paired with a chin-length blunt cut.
Long Blunt Curls
Longer cuts are known to give naturally thick curls extra weight and bulk, but that doesn’t need to be a bad thing! A lengthy blunt cut can create enviable volume that lasts for days.
Extra Long And Blunt
While a very short blunt bob is statement-making, the same can be said for the opposite end of the hair length chart. This waist-length blunt cut screams hair goals.
Blunt With Flipped Ends
Give your modern blunt cut ‘70s-inspired flair with subtly flipped-out ends.
Blunt Bob With Long Curtain Bangs
Want more ‘70s hair inspiration? Try long curtain bangs paired with a blunt lob.
Blunt Cut With Blended Bangs
Fringe is in, and the good news? It doesn’t have to be as high-maintenance as you think! Opt for a mid-length blunt cut with long blended bangs to edge into both looks while keeping maintenance at a minimum.
Blunt Beach Waves
Blunt cuts are naturally sharp and sophisticated, but they don’t need to be. If you prefer laidback, down-to-earth hairstyles, opt for a textured, beachy look with blunt ends.
Dimensional Blunt Cut
Make your blunt cut appear all the more modern by pairing your chop with a blend of highlights and lowlights. This creates dimension and movement in an otherwise uniform cut.
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