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15 Best U-Cut Hair Ideas in 2024

Know more about this trend and check out hairstyle ideas to help you rock this haircut.

Ever heard of U-cut hair? As the name suggests, this haircut has tips that form a letter U. Some U-shaped haircuts may have curved tips that are subtle, making it look like a straight, one-length haircut at first glance. But whether the shape is subtle or more pronounced, u-shaped haircuts have tips that are shorter on the sides and gradually get longer in the middle.

U-cut hair is often compared with the V-shaped haircut, but the latter has more pointed tips. V-shaped hair is angled, while u-cut hair is rounded. However, both consist of a bit of layering which helps add movement to your hair.

If you’re curious about how to rock this haircut, check out the U-cut hairstyles that we’ve rounded up for you.

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1. Straight U-Cut Hair

Asian woman with long u-cut hair
Rounded tips keep long, straight hair from looking limp and lifeless. Credit: Hariono Halim

It’s simple but chic, and it lets you go about your daily activities in style. If you have wavy or curly hair and want to sport a straight ‘do for the day, divide your hair into smaller sections and use a flat iron to straighten your hair one section at a time.

Bottle of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum

Editor’s tip: Nail a sleek and straight hairstyle by keeping frizz at bay. After ironing your hair, apply TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum. It has keratin and marula oil, giving your hair five benefits in one product. It calms frizz, adds shine, detangles knots, makes hair soft, and tames flyaways. This serum leaves your hair smooth and full of movement, as though it’s professionally styled.

2. Long U-Cut Hair With Clips

Asian woman with long hair wearing hair clips
Nail this look with soft and shiny hair. Credit: Hariono Halim

If you’re in a hurry and you feel you don’t have enough time to style your hair, just leave it down and accessorize it with hair clips. That’s it! But if you have extra time, you can curl the tips of your hair to jazz up your ‘do.

3. Tousled U-Cut Hairstyle

Back shot of an Asian woman with wavy u-cut hair
Elevate your U-cut hair by creating these tousled waves. Credit: Hariono Halim

Got thin hair? Adding waves or curls can help add volume. You can curl your hair using a curling iron or even a blow dryer and a round brush. You can also try this heatless hack: While your hair is still damp, take a small section of hair, twist it, form a little bun, and secure it with a bobby pin. Do this to the rest of your hair. Once your hair has air-dried, remove the pins, unravel the twists, finger-comb your hair, and voila! You’ve got waves!

Bottle of Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Ultra Conditioner

Editor’s tip: Did you know that frequent use of hair dryers and curling irons can make your hair brittle, leading to breakage? If you often use these heat-styling tools, we recommend using Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Ultra Conditioner. It has revolutionary fiber actives that penetrate up to a cellular level to strengthen your strands and prevent hair fall due to breakage. 

4. Shoulder-Length U-Cut Hair

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Rounded tips make medium-length hair look more put-together. Credit: Shutterstock

This haircut shape makes shoulder-length hair look as if it’s cascading down your back. The rounded tips give your hair some bounce.

5. Naturally Wavy Shoulder-Length Hair

Asian woman with dark wavy u-cut hair
U-shaped tips work well with the texture of wavy and curly hair types. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

When you have natural waves or curls, u-shaped tips help distribute volume. This way, you don’t end up with triangle hair or hair that’s flat on top and heavy-looking at the tips.

Bottle of TRESemme Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Wavy hair is prone to dryness and frizz, so we recommend using a moisturizing shampoo like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo. It has KERA10 Protein Complex that goes up to 10 layers deep into your hair to nourish it. This shampoo also gives your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash. It has an anti-frizz and anti-humidity formulation. It also makes your hair soft and smooth, adds shine, tames flyaways, detangles, strengthens hair, provides heat protection, and leaves a long-lasting fragrance. 

Bottle of TRESEMME Keratin SMooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner

Pair TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner for best results. This conditioner has KERA10 Protein Complex and oleo serum to moisturize and nourish your hair deeply.

6. Side Flip Curly Hair

Asian woman with u-cut curly hair wearing a formal attire
Try this hairstyle the next time you attend a formal event. Credit: Hariono Halim

Need to glam up for a party? Try this easy hairstyle for U-shaped curly hair. To create this ‘do, part your hair deeply on one side and braid the side with less hair. Put the rest of your hair on the other side. Make the braid cross the bottom of your head (just above your nape) and secure the tips under your ear using bobby pins. Spritz hairspray all over your hair to make your hairstyle last.

7. Half-Up Fishtail Crown Braid

Back shot of an Asian woman with u-cut hair in a half updo
You can small flowers to jazz up your braided hairstyle. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Even with a portion of your hair braided, you can still showcase your U-shaped tips with this hairstyle. Try this ‘do if you’re in the mood for something dainty and romantic.

8. Half Updo With Bun

Asian woman with long hair in a half updo with bun
This sweet and romantic hairstyle is great for dates, weddings, and daytime parties. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This is another half-up hairstyle that you can try on U-cut hair. To style your hair this way, divide your hair into top and bottom sections. Gather the top section and tie it into a ponytail, but don’t pull your hair all the way through to form a bun. Instead, braid the section of hair that you didn’t go through your hair tie, secure the tips with an elastic, and wrap the braid around the base of your bun. Put it in place with bobby pins. Then, add waves to the tips of your untied hair using a curling iron for additional movement and volume.

9. Pin Curls on U-Cut Hair

Asian woman with curly shoulder-length hair
This hairstyle looks great on shoulder-length hair. Credit: Hariono Halim

Give your look a vintage vibe with this U-cut hairstyle. It exudes old-world glam, perfect for themed parties.

10. U-Cut Hair With Chunky Highlights

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A bold color makes U-cut hair look more fun and exciting. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Red highlights add personality to your U-cut hair. But if you want something subtle, you can set bold colors aside and go for browns and blondes.

11. U-Cut Bob

Back shot of an Asian woman with short brown hair
Rounded tips keep a bob haircut from looking boxy. Credit: Yindee Phuttasirayakorn

Yes, this haircut shape works on short hair, too. The rounded tips add body to a bob haircut and make it look full and bouncy.

12. Braided Half Updo for Short Hair

Back shot of an Asian woman with braided short hair
Feel free to experiment with braids, even if you have short hair. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Love short hair braids? Try this half-up braided hairstyle for your U-shaped bob. To do this, get a section from each side of your hair and braid each of them toward the back of your head. You can secure one braid with an alligator clip while you work on the other. Then, remove the clip and tie the braids together. Finish with a ribbon or bow as an accessory.

13. Curly Bob With Bangs

Asian woman with short curly hair with bangs
With U-shaped tips, your hair looks like it moves with you. Credit: Hariono Halim

U-shaped tips help give a short curly bob just the right thickness and bounce. The tips give your short haircut a good shape, and the curls look defined.

14. Side Ponytail

Asian woman with long hair in a side ponytail
Add a twist to your regular ponytail by putting it on the side. Credit: Hariono Halim

A straight and sleek side ponytail can keep strands off your face and neck while still allowing you to showcase your hair’s U-shaped tips.

Bottle of Dove Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Straight & Silky Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair soft and easy to style with Dove Straight & Silky Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Shampoo. It has keratin, fiber actives, and serum ingredients to repair damage, nourish and protect your hair deeply, and leave it extra beautiful. It also has Amino Essence to boost hair health and keep your strands nourished up to the core.

Photo of Dove Amino Restore 1 Minute Serum Conditioner


For best results, don’t forget to condition your hair with Dove Amino Restore 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It has amino-infused serum capsules that go deep into your hair to nourish it from within. It reduces frizz and leaves your hair silky. 

15. Wavy Hair in Half Ponytail

Back shot of an Asian woman with long wavy hair in a half ponytail
Half ponytails can be done on both long and short hair. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Elevate a simple half ponytail by tying a ribbon around it and adding waves to the rest of your hair. Try this dainty, U-cut hairstyle when attending daytime parties or meeting your friends for coffee.

There you have it! With these looks, you can rock u-cut hair in style. Have fun!