How to rock a blunt haircut: Top tips & styling tricks to know

All Things Hair | 20 November 2016
blunt haircut: women in green coat on the streets of Paris

Everyone can pull off a blunt cut. Here’s how…


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 2016’s out.

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 (Alexa Chung’s effortlessly tousled lob is the perfect case in point). See? So many things to love about it already! So, if you’re thinking of updating your look with a blunt haircut this year, here are our top tips for pulling it off like a pro.

5 tips on how to pull off a blunt haircut


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How to pull off a blunt haircut: Add a soft fringe

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!

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.

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How to pull off a blunt haircut: Think about your face shape. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

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.

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?


And there you have it, all the insider tips and tricks you need to working a blunt haircut like a pro! Now that you know what to do, we bet that you’re in dire need of some short hair inspo, right? Then skip on over to our Short Hairstyles page ASAP and revel in all the amazing ‘dos we have to offer.

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