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U-Shaped Cuts Vs. V-Shaped Cuts: What's The Difference?

Everyone loves to talk about the way length affects your final haircut. Don’t get us wrong, length is crucial—but it’s not the only aspect to consider when you visit the salon. We’d even argue that the shape of your style makes even more of an impact.

Whether you get a blunt cut, a U-shaped cut, or a V-shaped cut, you’re looking a three different ways of using a hair shape to make a significant impact. Before you decide on one with the help of your stylist, read on to find out what each cut accomplishes.

A Blunt Cut

Like the name implies, a blunt cut is all about the drama. These in-your-face styles boast straight-across lines, meaning that your hair likely has a single length or light layering at the crown. If this kind of line looks familiar, it’s because all of your favorite celebrities and influencers have been showing it off on Instagram for the last year.

While nothing says “new hair, who this” quite like a fresh chop, it’s important to factor in the amount of maintenance needed to retain the sharpness of your cut. Your stylist will give you a personalized recommendation, but we’d ballpark advise returning to the salon every two to three weeks to get your ends snipped again. Unexpected bonus: No split ends! Nothing looks healthier than a blunt cut.

A U-Shaped Cut

Think of the U-shaped cut as a way to have the best of both worlds, with long hair at your back and a shorter length around your face. Usually paired with some kind of layering for movement, we love that the U-shape more accurately mimics the way hair grows. Plus, it’s an excellent choice if you’re growing your hair out but don’t want the pieces around your face lying totally flat. Lighter ends mean more movement and volume, whereas one-length cuts can start to look bulky.

A U-shaped cut will require far less maintenance than any blunt style, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for the rest of the year. We generally recommend checking in with your stylist every two to three months just to freshen up that line.

A V-Shaped Cut

U and V might be just one letter apart in the alphabet, but don’t mistake them for the same cut. It may be a subtle difference, but a V-shaped cut brings the drama. Falling somewhere between blunt cuts and U-shaped cuts in the hair styling pantheon, the V-shaped cut adds just a hint of graphic shape to any long style.

We love V-shaped cuts for women who have natural texture and body to their hair. A bouncy blowout that ends in a V enables you to have fun flipping your shorter pieces while enjoying your length. When it comes to maintenance, you’ll likely find that around six weeks is the right interval before a follow-up appointment.

For personalized advice about getting a U-shaped or V-shaped cut, use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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