Bowl cut for women: 5 Chic ways to wear this short haircut

To bowl or not to bowl?  

Maybe you like wearing your hair short but feel like the usual pixie cut isn’t cutting it for you anymore, or maybe a short bob just isn’t edgy enough for the style transformation you’re aiming for. Whatever hairstyle hole you’re trying to fill, the modern bowl cut for women just might be what you’re looking for.

The traditional bowl cut, mostly worn by men, is a short haircut that features straight bangs at the front with the rest of the hair having the same length all the way around (imagine a literal bowl plopped upside down on the head, with all the hair sticking out from under it chopped off). It has, however, evolved (thank goodness) and is given many different stylish updates. Here are some really chic options.

messy bowl cut
Messy bowl cut. Credit:

1. Textured/messyZendaya rocked this look at the launch of her shoe line and it looked all kinds of sexy! It sure is quite a leap from the old-fashioned bowl haircut and suits the fierce, confident, modern women of today. A bowl cut is typically low maintenance, so you just need to work a bit of texture in to get this look. A few good spritz of TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray should give you exactly what you need.

asymmetrical bowl cut
Asymmetrical bowl cut. Credit:

2. Asymmetrical

Here’s an interesting option that’s both chic and intense, so if you’re going for a bit of an edge, this will be right up your alley. It might work better with thick hair than with fine, thin locks so check your hair type before actually making the cut. Your trusted stylist would know if you could pull off this ‘do so you might want to consider his advice.

Editor’s tip: Frizz and flyaways don’t go well with this look so wash your hair with TRESemmé Smooth & Shine Shampoo and TRESemmé Smooth & Shine Conditioner to deeply moisturize your strands and calm frizz and flyaways without weighing hair down.

choppy bowl cut
Choppy bowl cut. Credit:

3. Choppy

The modern bowl cut isn’t necessarily cut stick-straight all over. Going for a short, choppy fringe is an easy way to add an interesting and stylish twist to the look. This one also looks extra with a bit of texture, so you might want to mist the top with TONI&GUY Matte Texture Dry Shampoo for body and movement.

long bowl cut
Short-and-long bowl cut. Credit:

4. Short at the front, long at the back

If you’re not ready to go completely short, you can settle for a long-short combination. This style featuring baby bangs and chin length locks at the back is a super chic look that’s both edgy and sweet.

layered bowl cut
Layered bowl cut. Credit:

5. Layered

Layers are a sure sign that you are, in fact, wearing a 2018 bowl cut. Soft layers on the sides keep this haircut looking modern, and also feminine. Cut your bangs about an inch from your brows to keep from looking like a Beatle.


The bowl cut is not for everyone, but if you’re brave enough for this ‘do, you’ll discover how easily it can show off your style, individuality, and confidence.



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