35 Cool Mushroom and Bowl Haircut Styles for 2023

The mushroom haircut, aka bowl haircut, is a short haircut in which hair is cut evenly short on the sides and back, while the top length is left long. The finished result looks similar to a mushroom head, hence its name. We’ve seen models on the runway with mushroom cut hair and actress Marion Cottilard lit up the Met Gala red carpet with her candyfloss-pink coiffe this year. Even Charlize Theron has sported it multiple ways, which can only mean one thing – the bowl cut is officially cool.

But it’s not just the runway that’s enamoured with this style, as we’ve noticed that a surge of stylish ladies on Instagram are also taking the mushroom hairstyle plunge – but all with a modern twist.

Psychedelic Mushroom

Marion Cottilard pink mushroom cut at The Met gala 2023
Find your inner unicorn. Credit: Instagram.com/karayoshimotobua

La Cottilard’s ethereal-pink mushroom crop at the Met Gala 2023 was simply our favourite look. And its loose, choppy texture and undercut nape gives it a modern edge. Credit: @karayoshimotobua

The Straight Mushroom Cut

Girl with straight black hair in a precise and beautiful Mushroom haircut
Precision with an edge. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Dreaming of taking your straight hair to edgier heights? Then say hello to your new BFF: the precision bowl cut. The lightly chopped fringe give it movement and interest. Just beautiful.

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The Textured Mushroom Cut

Charlize Theron with straight mushroom blonde hairstyle loosely mussed
Mussed-up mushroom. Credit: Instagram.com/charlizeafrica

This tousled mushroom haircut is a symphony of movement. With feathery layers and a precision cut, this ‘do is modern, chic and totally effortless. Credit: @charlizeafrica

Shaggy Mushroom Haircut

front view of amodel peyton knight with shaggy mushroom hairstyle and brown haircut
This shaggy mushroom cut bob should be on your radar. Credit: Instagram.com/peytonknight

Shag haircuts are proving to have staying power. And if you think getting mushroom cut hair will leave you out of the equation, just one look at model Peyton Knight’s ‘do will convince you otherwise! Credit: @peytonknight

Choppy Mushroom Cut

Woman in profile with blonde choppy mushroom cut with long fringe
This long, choppy mushroom cut is sure to be a winner. Credit: Instagram.com/fran_says

If you’re not ready to chop all your locks off just yet, then how about this mushroom haircut that has extra length to play around with?  The choppy mushroom hair cut is one of our absolute favourites, especially when paired with a cheek-skimming fringe. Credit: @fran_says

Textured Bowl Haircut

Asian girl with peach and coral hair in mushroom cut
Peachy keen! Credit: Shutterstock

If you’re lucky enough to have thick hair, you can make the most out of it with this textured bowl haircut. The peach and coral colour is just perfect for elevating the interest factor! If you’re trying this dye, keep your scalp protected and hydrated with SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo, ideal to restore your hair’s health.

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Bowl Haircut with Long Bangs

Woman with dark brown thick, messy bowl haircut
Rough and tumble. Credit: dicelaclau.cl

To balance out the shape of a classic bowl, opt for a long fringe like this in front. Credit:  @dicelaclau.cl

Mushroom Hair with Undercut

female model with mushroom cut, undercut and green hair
The mushroom haircut with an undercut is sharp and bold. Credit: Instagram.com/beeeeeaaaaa

Are the short mushroom styles above too sweet for your taste? Opting for a standout colour with an undercut can give your mushroom haircut the fierce, edgy style punch you crave!

And this mega-babe’s mane is the ideal example: we love her neon hair pairs perfectly with her subtle undercut fade. Credit: @beeeeeaaaaa

Sharp Bowl Cut with Shaved Hair

Woman with blonde precision-cut bowl haircut and shaved undercut hairstyle
Monkish mop. Credit: Instagram.com/cobellecreative

If the colourful look above wasn’t enough to convince you, you’ll love this example. Credit: @cobellecreative

Scarf with Mushroom Cut

woman with mushroom hair cut with a silk scarf as headscarf, at the beach
Accessorise your mushroom haircut with a cool silk scarf. Credit: Instagram.com/themetalromantic

Think having mushroom cut hair will limit your styling options? Well, you’ll be happy to know it won’t!

Investing in some hair accessories (like scarves, headbands, tiaras and everything in between) will elevate your style and ensure your ‘do is looking fresh 24-7. Credit: @themetalromantic

Blunt Undercut and Mushroom Hairstyle

Woman with blunt mushroom cut with sharp graduated undercut at nape
This sharp undercut brings the mushroom haircut up to date. Credit: Instagram.com/shorthairobsession

If you want to give the mushroom haircut a thoroughly modern update, then ask your stylist to work in an extremely blunt undercut at the back, to give plenty of definition and drama. And if you’ve got thick hair, even better, as the look will have even more volume! Credit: @shorthairobsession

The Vintage Mushroom Haircut

model with long blonde bob mushroom hairstyle with glasses
Go retro with a lob mushroom hair cut. Credit: Instagram.com/michaelbeelhair

Looking for chic, mushroom hairstyles with a vintage flair? Then take a leaf out of this influencer’s book and try this sleek mod hairstyle on for size.

But instead of being super short like a classic bowl cut, this updated version incorporates a trendy long bob into the mix – bonus! Credit: @michaelbeelhair

The Parisian Mushroom

front view image of a woman with a long curtain fringe and lob mushroom hairstyle
Think Parisian chic for this lovely ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/bobbyeliot

If it’s sultry elegance you seek, don’t dismiss the mushroom haircut just yet!

This Parisian-inspired mushroom hairstyle is incredibly pretty and feminine, thanks to the extra length on the curtain bangs and around the sides and back. Keep the ends curled under for a full mushroom vibe. To protect your hair from your heated curling tools, use TRESemmé Defence Spray, to prevent your strands from becoming brittle and dull.

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Credit: @bobbyeliot

Graduated Mushroom Haircut

side view of a woman with her hair in a mushroom haircut with purple colour
Add a pop of colour to make your mushroom haircut really ‘wow’. Credit: Instagram.com/atlhairbyholly

With a pop of iridescent purple, this graduated mushroom haircut has plenty of interest and it’s guaranteed to get all eyes on you. Credit: @atlhairbyholly

The Round Mushroom

Woman with curly hair in a round mushroom cut
We love this super curly textured ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/doing_it_rong

Practical and pretty, we think you’ll agree that mushroom cut hair has tonnes of potential. It shows off your natural curl in all its glory, while bringing the focus to your face in a super flattering way. Credit: @doing_it_rong

Punk Mushroom

Bleached punk Mushroom haircut on Asian woman
Take it back to a punk rock phase. Credit: Oladimeji-Odunsi-Unsplash

A choppy fringe and wispy sides complements the bleached punk look perfectly! And if you prefer to keep your curls, this bold cut and colour is just perfect!


The Almost-Pixie Mushroom

side view of a woman with her hair in a graduated mushroom haircut with undercut, dyed mauve
Pixie vibes. Your mushroom haircut will look great with a little extra length. Credit: Instagram.com/shorthairobsession

So you want to rock a short hairstyle, but you’re not quite sure whether it’s the pixie cut or short mushroom styles that are going to claim your heart!

Well, how about you don’t decide just yet and you go for one of these transitional styles instead. It’s graduated like a pixie, but it’s also got a roundness that screams ‘mushroom’. And the extreme undercut makes it very modern! Credit: @shorthairobsession

Mushroom Cut with Pastel Hues

side view image of a woman with pink hair in a mushroom hairstyle
Give your tresses a pretty overhaul with this look! Credit: Instagram.com/shorthairobsession

Is it just us, or does pastel-coloured hair make every haircut that much more beautiful? This pretty mushroom cut is one to keep on your radar! Credit: @shorthairobsession

Extra Short Mushroom

Woman with very short mushroom cut and shaved sides
Keep your hair super short for a mushroom haircut with an edge. Credit: Instagram.com/sollezad

Ready to go super-short? Then this could be the look for you. It’s a mushroom hair cut that’s been given an extra short finish, with a cheeky choppy fringe. Perfect for those who don’t like a lot of fuss when it comes to their hair, this wake-up-and-go look is guaranteed to get you extra snooze time in the morning. Credit: @sollezad

The Forward Sweep

Woman with mushroom cut with longer green streak and sideburns, brushed forward
Colour blocking and brushing your locks forward adds a modern twist. Credit: Instagram.com/michaelbeelhair

Give your tresses a super stylish finish by sweeping all of your locks forwards to create a point. This works well if you ask your stylist to cut long layers into the top of your mushroom cut hair. Credit: @chardae_85

’80s Bowl Cut

Julia Garner with soft curly mushroom cut with long fringe
Julia’s working it! Credit: Instagram.com/bobbyeliot

We love the way that Julia Garner’s ’80s-inspired mushroom haircut makes the most of her natural curl which begs to be tousled, creating height and volume. The soft fringe gives a lovely New Romantic flair. Have we convinced you yet? Credit: @bobbyeliot

’90s Bowl Cut

90s bowl cut on a woman
Credit: Instagram.com/stacysinterlude

We remember this look on Whitney Houston, and it’s still looking gorgeous. The clever crop gives it a cheeky energy. Credit: @stacysinterlude

Ashy Tones

Silver hair with modern mushroom cut with crop around ear
The beauty of the cut is highlighted in silver. Credit: Instagram.com/andrewdoeshair


For a short cut, there are still plenty of fun ways to play around with your colour. Update your bowl cut with a cool ashy shade like this striking silver hue. Credit: @andrewdoeshair

Chopped Mushroom

Woman with mushroom cut with wet look spiked hair
Wet look with spiky attitude. Credit: Shutterstock

What this cut lacks in length it more than makes up for in texture. The spiky fringe will really help to bring out your features and keeps the look fresh and unique. And a sea salt spray gives it added allure

Precision Cut

woman with mushroom cut with blunt ends and fringe. Yellow tinted crown on dark brown hair
Severe and beautiful. Credit: Instagram.com/michaelbeelhair

If you want a look that’ll truly turn heads, opt for a statement precision cut like this one. The exaggerated bowl cut with blunt fringe is made all the more eye-catching thanks to the contrasting colour at the crown, which come together to create this stand-out style.

Platinum Pixie

Woman with beautiful platinum toned pixie mushroom cut with undercut layer
Perfect platinum. Instagram.com/coupesdecheveuxoriginales

We love how the back and sides are super short with this cropped style, while the locks on top have discreet layers to create plenty of movement and texture. You’ll #slayallday with this look.

Feathered Bowl Cut

Woman with softly feathered bowl haircut skimming her eyes
Pretty and soft. Credit: Instagram.com/bowlcut_guy

If you’re worried a blunt cut could look too harsh on you, try having your hairstylist create softer, feathered ends with layers of different lengths instead.

Curly Bowl

Woman with very curly hair in a long mushroom cut with blonde highlights
Curls on cue. Credit: Shutterstock

To create this beautiful, textured look, curl pieces of your hair with a thin barrel curling wand. Then, complete the look by using your fingers and a small amount of hair wax to twist individual curls around your face, until you’re happy with the finished look.

Charlize Theron with red hair in big waves and curls with long mushroom cut
Did anyone say Big Hair? Credit: Instagram.com/Charlizeafrica

Charlize does it again! We couldn’t resist the over-the-top gorgeousness of this beautifully waved frizz.

Mushroom with Mullet

Woman with red balayage hair in a mushroom haircut with mullet back
Making the most of it. Credit: Instagram.com/cellardoorhair

This style combines two of the hottest trends of the year – the mullet and the mushroom cut, in a look that’s surprisingly tasteful!

Cropped Curls

Woman with short cut mushroom hairstyle on natural curl hair
Red cap beauty. Credit: Meganruth_pexels

While this boyish cut is shorter than most, it still manages to ooze a tonne of feminine, flirty vibes.

Elfin Look

Woman with boy cut mushroom cut with elfin sideburns
Boy cut-meets-elf. Credit: Instagram.com/cellardoorhair

How could you not love this elfin mushroom cut? Not only does it open up the face, but also creates an elegant, model-like look.

Colour Blocking

Woman with mushroom cut hair with long colourful bits on top, with dark brown short cropped undercut
A study of contrasts. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbycourtneyhoffman

This contemporary look is guaranteed to make you stand out of the crowd, especially if you pair a vibrant colour (or six!) with it. So what are you waiting for?

Eyebrow-Skimming Bowl Cut

Beautiful bowl cut on woman, that skims the eyebrows
Beautiful symmetry. Credit: https://www.instagram.com/luaenna/

We had to include this cool-girl cut in our bowl cut round-up, thanks to its textured, light layers and grown-out eyebrow-skimming length.

Quirky Cut

Asian woman with red hair with curls cropped in different length, piled in her head, with short fringe
Quirky cropping. Credit: Instagram.com/michaelbeelhair

This look uses curl to its full potential, while creating a head-turning style. We love the short fringe and the styling of the whimsical lengths.

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