Apple Cut Hair: 15 Modern Looks to Reinvent the Classic Trend

Hairstyles come and go, but the apple cut hair is here to stay—again. Reinvent this trend with these modern looks worth a cop now!

The apple cut hair is a short haircut characterized by volume and bounce at the back. This volume can be achieved either by adding layers or going for a tapered look, where the back is cut shorter and made thicker.

If you were a kid in the ’90s, you probably had classmates sporting this kind of haircut. However, the apple cut hair is not just a thing of the past. In fact, it’s back in new shapes and forms.

Now, before you completely dismiss the idea, check out these reinvented looks that may prompt you to get your own modern apple cut hair.

1. Tapered Cut

Apple cut hair: a woman smiling with her tapered apple cut
Rock an apple cut hair like your K-idols. Credit: Shutterstock

This modern take on the apple cut has also been on the rise with the K-wave craze. It’s a simple yet chic look that can make you a stunner whether you’re at work or on a romantic date.

2. Bouncy Apple Cut Hair

Apple Cut Hair: Asian woman with short hair smiling wearing a pink top
Nail the apple cut by making your hair bouncy. Credit: Harion Halim

Nail the apple cut look by adding volume to your bob. To do this, blow-dry your hair and brush the ends inwards using a roller brush. This will help create the shape of your hair. It’s also a good hair hack if you want to make thin hair look fuller.

Editor’s tip: Get both bounce and freshness when you use Sunsilk Naturals Watermelon Freshness Shampoo every day. It gently cleanses your hair, keeps it from getting limp and sticky, and leaves your hair fresh and volumized. You also get to enjoy its watermelon scent! 

3. Medium-Length Wavy Apple Cut

Asian woman with wavy apple cut hair wearing a white blouse
An apple cut flatters naturally wavy hair. Credit: Shutterstock

It’s similar to the tapered cut but a bit longer. And because of the waves, this ‘do has more volume. If you have natural waves and you want an apple cut, take a cue from this look.

4. Side Part Apple Cut Hair

Woman with side part apple cut hair wearing a pink top and sunglasses
A simple detail as a side part can give a modern level up. Credit:

A deep side part makes a big difference in your hairstyle. It can make your ‘do look more updated and fresh. You can also accessorize with cute and charming clips!

Editor’s tip: With a short haircut, you leave your hair down most of the time. Make sure it stays moisturized and frizz-free wherever you go. Bring a bottle of Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream with you always so you can retouch and refresh your hair whenever you need to. 

5. Sleek Center-Parted Apple Cut

Asian woman with short hair wearing a sleeveless top
Slay with sleek apple cut hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Look a bit more sophisticated with sleek apple cut hair. Straighten it using a flat iron, but when you get to the tips, iron them inwards to stay true to the apple cut shape. Then, spritz with a light hairspray to keep your hair frizz-free.

Editor’s tip: Finish styling your sleek apple cut with a few spritzes of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Smooth Hold Hairspray. It gives your hair a light, invisible hold that helps make your sleek hairstyles last longer. 

6. Layered Apple Cut

Asian woman with short hair smiling and wearing a jacket
Finger-combing your hair while blow-drying can help define your layers. Credit: Shutterstock

The uneven ends of this layered ‘do give your hair an apple shape. To style this, dry your hair with a blow dryer while scrunching your hair to give it bounce and body. You can add even more dimension to your hair by getting highlights.

7. Curly Apple Cut

Asian woman with short curly hair wearing a beret
A beret adds character ands complements your apple cut hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Do you like short curly hair? Try the apple cut! Cut your kulot hair short and add some layers to get the apple shape. Then, style it with mousse or top it with a cute beret for a French-chic look.

8. Blunt Apple Cut Hair

Apple cut hair: a woman with a blunt apple cut blonde hair wearing a white blouse
The wispy ends of a blunt apple cut spell modern cosmopolitan. Credit: Shutterstock

Updating an apple cut with blunt ends makes this hair trend more wearable. Scrunch your hair a bit to add a wispy effect for that extra attitude.

9. Baby Bangs

Closeup shot of a woman with pixie apply cut hair with baby bangs wearing dangling earrings
Reinventing can easily start with baby bangs. Credit: indigitalimages

What’s more experimental and modern than baby bangs? Pair it with short apple cut hair and you’ve got a new look that spells Parisian, artsy, and chic all at the same time.

10. Bowl Cut

Apple cut hair: a blonde woman with a long bowl cut
A long bowl cut is basically a reinvented apple cut. Credit: Shutterstock

This look playfully blends the apple cut with a bowl cut, and it’s definitely worth trying! If you’re in the mood for something bold and brave, you can also try out new hair colors for a hot, new look!

Editor’s tip: Going blonde? Switch to TRESemmé Pro-Color Blonde Brilliance Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro-Color Blonde Brilliance Conditioner to keep your hair from turning brassy over time. TRESemmé Pro-Color Series also has jojoba oil to help keep your colored hair soft and shiny. 

11. Apple Cut-style Pixie Hair

Apple cut hair: a woman sporting her pixie apple cut
Yup, you can combine apple cut with your pixie cut, too. Credit: Shutterstock

An apple cut is defined by the shape it renders around your face, and we’re totally getting that with a short pixie cut with blunt bangs. A shorter version of the bowl apple cut, the pixie apple cut is an androgynous take on the classic trend.

12. Apple Cut Bob with Full Bangs

apple cut hair: model is looking at the camera at an angle
Wear full bangs with this hairstyle and look fab. Credit: Shutterstock

Simplicity has never been this achievable and fab! This bob emphasizes your face’s beautiful shape while the bangs add oomph to your overall look. It is also perfect for heart-shaped faces because this hairstyle gives you a more well-balanced face shape.

13. Apple Cut-Style Medium Bob

apple cut hair: model is looking down while her head is at an angle
A lob can still have the apple cut hair if you know how to style it. Credit: Shutterstock

If you are not comfortable yet with a short bob, then you can most definitely go for a medium bob. Just ask your stylist to make your hair’s tips uneven so that they taper towards the ends and create the apple cut hair. Part it in the middle or at the side and still get that amazing look each and every time.

14. Apple Cut with Side Bangs

apple cut hair: model is looking straight at the camera but is not smiling
Side-swept bangs look great on apple hair cut. Credit: Shutterstock

Achieve the look of mystery and elegance at the same time when you cut your hair like this. You can wear it from day to night especially when you have a date or formal affair to attend on a working day. The best part is that you don’t need to do much with your hair, except for blow-drying it to achieve the desired shape.

Editor’s tip: Blow-drying your hair gives it great shape and a smooth finish. However, the heat can damage your hair. Always spritz TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray on your hair before blow-drying or ironing to shield your strands from the heat and prevent damage.

15. Messy Apple Cut

model has messy hair but still looks great
The messy style on apple cut hair looks gorgeous. Credit: Shutterstock

Most people think that the apple cut is always worn in a clean and fixed way. On the contrary, you can go messy with it too! Use a texturizing spray and just scrunch your hair to make it messy. This way, you’re also dealing with the flyaway because they won’t look obvious anymore. It’s a great hairstyle to wear, especially on bad hair days!

Hairstyles of the past are yours to reinvent to help you set new trends. Feel free to experiment and update these hairstyles like these modern takes on apple cut hair.

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