Fashion-forward and understatedly chic, a blunt haircut has never strayed far from the style radar since the blunt bob was first escalated to fame by the iconic Vidal Sassoon. This year, they’re having their very own fashion moment, so we wouldn’t be surprised if, like many others out there, you’re keen to jump on the blunt haircut bandwagon before the year is out.
So, if you’re thinking of updating your look with a blunt haircut this year, scroll down for all our editor tips and top inspo picks.
Blunt haircut inspiration
1. Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie showed off her blunt haircut with curled under ends that gave her look a softer and less dramatic finish.
2. Olivia Culpo
Olivia Culpo kept her blunt haircut fashionable and sophisticated by opting for a side parting and a slight wave.
Editor’s tip: If you want to create Olivia’s picture-perfect waves we suggest prepping your hair with a heat protect spray like the TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist before using your fave heated styling tool.
3. Hailey Baldwin
While blunt styles are often worn with straight hair, as it’s the best way to showcase the precision of the cut, they can work just as well with waves or textured hair, Hailey Baldwin‘s tousled waves are the perfect case in point.
4. Irina Shayk
Everyone was talking about Irina Shayk’s bob at the 2019 Oscars. Ditching her long tresses, the model debuted a blunt bob that framed her face beautifully.
Editor’s tip: Control frizz while protecting your hair from heat with the VO5 Frizz Free Cream. Use on towel-dried hair before blow-drying for a super sleek finish that’ll rival Irina.
5. Joan Smalls
6. Bella Hadid
Need a hairstyle that makes your hair appear thicker and fuller? Channel Bella Hadid and opt for a dramatic high ponytail.
5 tips on how to pull off a blunt haircut
1. Add a soft fringe
While a blunt fringe may not be for everyone, who’s to say you can’t embrace a blunt haircut and a fringe at the same time? Simply opt for a lightly feathered, side-swept fringe to balance out the sharp, precise lines of your base cut for a softer overall look. See? You really can get the best of both worlds!
2. Consider your hair type
Just as you would when you’re getting any haircut, it’s especially important to take your natural hair type and texture into consideration when getting a blunt cut.
If, for example, your hair is straight or very fine, best to keep your blunt haircut on the shorter side to help boost volume and thickness. However, if your hair is curly, it may be best to ask your stylist to cut it dry, as curls will shrink! And if you have thicker hair, you may want to ask your stylist to work in some very subtle layers underneath to help remove some of the excess weight without having to compromise on the finished style.
3. Know your face shape and what flatters it
We all know that different face shapes suit different cuts and styles, so it should come as no surprise that it’s one of the first things to consider when getting a blunt haircut. A subtle change in length can make all the difference!
If you have a longer or an oval-shaped face, a short bob that hits just above the chin can give the most flattering, modern results. For those with rounder or square faces, however, a lob (think just above the collarbone) or a longer style are safer bets.
4. Don’t skip your trims!
We’re not gonna lie: blunt haircuts aren’t the easiest to maintain. When your hair is all one length, especially if it’s shorter, you’ll need to work in regular trims to ensure it stays looking its best and that it grows out evenly.
5. Mix it up with colour
A blunt cut offers the perfect blank canvas for bright, bold hues. So why not give yours extra va-va-voom by trying out one of this season’s hottest hair colour trends? Neon phoenix hair or rainbow roots, anyone?