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Asymmetrical Haircuts: 33 Best Looks In 2021 Plus Styling And Care Guide

Loving asymmetrical haircuts? Try one for yourself! Get inspired by these 33 stunning asymmetrical haircut ideas plus a guide on how to care for it.

An asymmetrical haircut is anything but boring. It’s multi-dimensional, unexpected, and can be surprisingly flattering. There are lots of ways to do asymmetrical haircuts, too. You’ve got the asymmetrical bob and lob, pixies, undercuts, and longer versions of the chop, too. You can even play with asymmetry in terms of color or—if you’re not quite ready to commit to a chop or dye job—fake it with styling tricks. Ready to shake up your current style? Keep reading for everything you need to know about asymmetrical haircuts plus 33 gorgeous examples of how to make the look work for you. 

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What is an asymmetrical haircut?

Simply put, an asymmetrical haircut is different on one side compared to the other. Usually, that means it’s longer on one side or has a different shape. An asymmetric haircut gives off a very chill, laid-back vibe. One word of warning, though: Any version of this cool cut can take quite a bit of work to maintain. (More on that in a second.)

Are asymmetrical haircuts in style?

Hair trends are ever changing and sometimes it can feel like the haircut you got last week is no longer up to date! While we love getting lost in the latest and greatest hair trends, we think everyone should pick a hairstyle that best suits their hair needs, type, and personal preference. Still, if you’re looking for a cut that’s flattering and on-trend, asymmetrical haircuts have got you covered.

Who should get an asymmetrical haircut?

An asymmetrical haircut is not for the faint of heart! It’s the perfect option for anyone who wants to make a statement with their tresses. It’s also perfect for anyone who’s OK with hitting up their stylist frequently for touch-ups and trims. As for who this style flatters most, anyone can pull off an asymmetrical haircut. Your stylist can finesse the look to make sure to complements your features.  



Styling Tips For Asymmetrical Haircuts

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 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 to mask the asymmetry—and vice versa.

Anyone who wants to slay an asymmetrical look every day should ask their stylist to part your hair the way you wear it most often. Whereas, if you only want 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 up a texturizing spray. 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 Style Link Over Achiever 3-In-1 Cream + Paste + Wax. The innovative formula spreads like a cream, texturizes like a paste, and 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.

How to Care For Asymmetrical Haircuts

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. You should go back to the salon every two to six weeks if your asymmetrical haircut includes a very low cut or shaved side.

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 caught with shaggy ends. 

35 Asymmetrical Haircut Ideas

Whether you’re in the market for a long or short asymmetric haircut, one with lots of color, or perhaps something more subtle, we’ve got some options for you. Get ready to call your stylist!

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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 has been one of the trendiest cuts of the past few years. 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 one to two inches shorter than the other side. If you’re looking for a more dramatic style, have your stylist cut off four to six 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

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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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.

Asymmetrical Curls

If you think asymmetrical cuts only look good on straight hair, think again. We love the way this asymmetrical cut creates tons of volume at the crown of her head and beautifully showcases her ringlets. Keep your curls looking their best with a styling product like  Kérastase Curl Manifesto Gelee Curl Contour Gel-Cream. This formula combines the hydrating properties of a cream and the hold of a gel to nourish and enhance curls, coils, and tighter curl patterns.

Good hair day by @jaymz.marsters.

Asymmetrical Bob Haircut

An asymmetrical bob is a classic asymmetrical cut and for a good reason: It’s easy to achieve, style, and maintain. If you want to make your classic cut a little more on-trend, ask your colorist to dye your hair a fun and vibrant color like a purple to blue ombre.

Good hair day by @soomahair.

Asymmetrical Pixie With Asymmetrical Shaved Side

Shaving off one side of your hair is a quick and easy way to achieve an asymmetrical cut, but why should one side of your hair have all of the fun? If you want to create a fun, textured look on the shaved side of your head, don’t shave it all down to one length. The varying lengths are a bit more maintenance to maintain, but the Insta shots of your hair will make it well worth it.

Good hair day by @lauragunterhair.

Asymmetrical Frohawk

Mohawks are asymmetrical by nature and we love the way the style perfectly complements textured hair.

Good hair day by @leysahairandmakeup.

Asymmetrical Frohawk With Bantu Knots

We love this cute twist (pun intended) on the faux hawk or frohawk. To ensure your style sticks, spritz some Matrix Vavoom Freezing Finishing Anti-Frizz Hairspray throughout your hair to seal the deal. 

Good hair day by @keonthebarber.

Asymmetric Shaved Design 

Get creative with your look by having your stylist create an asymmetrical shaved design. It might not last super long, but it’ll definitely turn heads in the weeks following your appointment.

Good hair day by @t_wildflower.

Asymmetrical Look with Accessories

You can also use accessories to help fake an asymmetrical look. This one has an “undercut” effect, which creates cool dimension. 

Good hair day by @rossimassimiliano_official.

Glass Hair Asymmetric Lob

Keep things glassy and sleek with your asymmetric lob. To perfect that frizz-free, ultra-straight look, use Redken Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate Hair Oil. This hair oil-in serum helps prevent frizz, puffiness, and excess volume.

Good hair day by @bri_claire_hair.

Asymmetrical Color

Asymmetry doesn’t just refer to the way you cut your hair. For a fun twist on this trend, opt for a half-and-half hair color. Bright pink and platinum is just one way to do this one!

Good hair day by @maniinvro.

Subtle Asymmetric Haircut

Those who don’t want to go too bold can still have fun with the asymmetrical haircut trend. Just ask your stylist to keep it slightly shorter (but still deliberate-looking) on one side. 

Good hair day by @lisafarrall.

Asymmetric Sculpted Hair

If you’ve got the gorgeous hair for it, consider trying a sculpted look that’s more hair than it is hairstyle! This one’s a perfect example.

Good hair day by @emilyboulinhair.

Deep Side Part

If you’re not ready to commit to any of the asymmetrical haircuts we’ve featured, you can fake it with a super deep side part. It creates the illusion of a different shape and length on one side of your head compared to the other. To complete the look, try Matrix Total Results High Amplify Anti-Frizz Hairspray. This strong-hold hairspray dispenses in a fine mist and provides continuous lift, fullness, and volume to any style.

Good hair day by @lamajbackwards.

Vintage-Style Deep Side Part

Put a spin on the deep side part approach by making it a bit vintage look. The angles of this asymmetrical look just scream "roaring '20s!"

Good hair day by @adlydesign.

Slightly Asymmetrical Fringe

Adding fringe to your style is a great way to update your look, but you don’t have to have a head full of hair to slay a bang. If you love bangs but don’t want long locks, opt for an asymmetrical fringe-only style. Unlike long haircuts with bangs, your fringe won’t simply complement your haircut—it is the haircut.

Good hair day by @supmicahh.

Asymmetrical Accent

If you’re not ready to commit to a full-on asymmetrical cut but love a look that’s a little less uniform, consider an asymmetrical accent. Leaving one small section slightly longer than the rest of your hair will create an interesting visual element and allow you to test out the look before taking the plunge to go completely asymmetrical.

Good hair day by @hairbymandielynn.

Asymmetrical Braid

You can have your braid fix and your asymmetrical hair, too. Whether you go with an oversized fishtail braid (as pictured here), a tight French braid, or something in between, it’s an easy way to add some stylish dimension to your look for the day.  

Good hair day by @kaelamishae.

Half-Up Asymmetrical Braid

This look is similar to the last one, only in this case half the hair is braided on one side. In that sense, it feels extra asymmetrical! For that tousled look, try Matrix Miss Mess Dry Texturizing Spray.

Asymmetrical Ponytail

Whether you’re wearing a silky sleek ponytail like this one or adding/keeping texture, placing it just slightly off-center takes it up a notch. 

Good hair day by @bluntvicki.

Asymmetrical Half-Up Pony 

This style works on both long and short hair. Simply pull hair from one side and place it in a high ponytail while leaving the other side alone. You could even add multiple elastics for extra flare, as pictured. 

Good hair day by @robinowensbeauty.

Asymmetrical Hair Art 

We're in love with everything going on with this buzzcut dye job. A swirling ix of orange, yellow, and red create asymmetry, as does the honeycomb art placed on one side of the head.

Good hair day by @beauty_botanica.

Asymmetric Locs

Not only is the the most gorgeous shade of purple, but these medium-length locs are giving us life with their slightly off-kilter symmetry. 

Good hair day by @meaghanmastersonhair.

Asymmetrical Money Piece

We love the way this money piece starts taking over the bangs in this look. It’s a super versatile look, too! Choose whatever color combo your dye-obsessed heart desires.

Interested in trying an asymmetrical haircut? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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