In a world where symmetry is synonymous with beauty, sometimes haircuts can 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 dark brown hair or ash blonde strands shorter than the other.
Sound like an asymmetrical cut is perfect for you? Read on to find out everything you need to know, from how to style them to the trendiest asymmetrical cuts we can’t get enough of.
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. Expect to head 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.
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 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.
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 product. 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, holds like a wax. Never tacky, never sticky, this formula is a re-workable 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 IdeasNot sure how to pull off an asymmetrical haircut? We’ve rounded up 16 styles that look great on everyone.
Asymmetrical PixieThe 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.
Asymmetrical LobThis 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.
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.
Asymmetrical Graduated LobAsk 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.
Asymmetrical Graduated BobMuch 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.
Asymmetrical BangsSlaying 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.
Graduated Lob With Shaved SideIt 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.
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 DesignsOne 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.
Geometric Asymmetrical PixieAsymmetrical 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.
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.
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 curls.
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.
Rainbow Asymmetrical Bob With Shaved Side
People who opt for asymmetrical cuts usually like to stand out in a crowd and what better way to achieve that goal than with a technicolor dye job? The out-of-this-world combination of an asymmetrical bob with a hair color that rivals any double rainbow is sure to make you the talk of the town
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.
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.
Adding a 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.
Mohawks are asymmetrical by nature and we love the way the style perfectly complements textured hair.
Asymmetrical Geometric Mushroom Cut
The mushroom cut is one of the trendiest haircuts of the year. Take this on-trend cut to the next level with geometric-inspired design. Have your barber cut a few shapes into your hair and sweep your bangs to one side.
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