30 Cool Mushroom Haircut and Bowl Cut Styles for 2021

Before you write off mushroom cut hair, take a look at these gorgeous short hairstyles!  

The mushroom haircut, also known as the bowl haircut, is a short haircut in which hair is cut evenly short on the sides and back, while the length is left long on the top. The finished result looks similar to a mushroom head, hence its name. We’ve seen models on the runway with mushroom cut hair and even actress, Charlize Theron, sports it, 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.

The Straight Mushroom Cut

Charlize Theron with straight mushroom blonde hairstyle
Credit: Instagram.com/charlizeafrica

Dreaming of taking your straight hair to edgier heights? Then say hello to your new BFF: the smooth mushroom haircut. With feathery layers and a blunt shape, this ‘do is modern, chic and totally effortless. Credit: @charlizeafrica

Editor’s tip: Run a small amount of the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum through your tresses, to help keep your hair soft, shiny and sleek.

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 be Hollywood’s hottest haircut of the year. 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

front view image of a female model with choppy modern mushroom haircut
This choppy mushroom cut is sure to be a winner. Credit: Instagram.com/circumferencenyc

When it comes to short mushroom styles, the choppy mushroom hair cut is one of our absolute favourites. Credit: @circumferencenyc

Textured Bowl Haircut

Woman with textured modern bowl haircut wearing sunglasses
Credit: Instagram.com/alejandraanglada

If you’re lucky enough to thick hair, you can make the most out of it with this textured bowl haircut. Don’t forget to team this look with some trendy sunglasses! Credit: @alejandraanglada

Bowl Haircut with Long Bangs

Woman with dark brown thick, messy bowl haircut
Credit: Instagram.com/inmadelope

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

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 bowl haircut and shaved undercut hairstyle
Credit: Instagram.com/thehairslayist

If the picture above wasn’t enough to convince you, you’ll love this example. Credit: @thehairslayist

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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

Headband with Mushroom Cut

model with mushroom hair cut with a black accessory wrapped around it
Accessorise your mushroom haircut with a cool headband. 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 headbandstiaras and everything in between) will elevate your style and ensure your ‘do is looking fresh 24-7. Credit: @themetalromantic

Blunt Undercut and Mushroom Hairstyle

back view of a woman with her purple hair in a mushroom haircut with a sharp undercut
This sharp undercut brings the mushroom haircut up to date. Credit: Instagram.com/grantbutterworthhair

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: @grantbutterworthhair 

The Parisian Mushroom

front view image of a woman with a short fringe and bob hairstyle with black hair - mushroom haircut
Think Parisian chic for this lovely ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/arturodraper

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 around the sides and back. Keep the ends curled under for a full mushroom vibe. Credit: @arturodraper

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

front view of a woman with a texturised and layered mushroom hair cut
We love this super textured ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/atlhairbyholly

Practical and pretty, we think you’ll agree that mushroom cut hair has tonnes of potential. It’s workout ready while bringing all the focus to your face in a super flattering way. Credit: @atlhairbyholly

Long Blunt Mushroom

side view of a woman with black hair in a blunt mushroom haircut
Try your hand at a super blunt mushroom haircut. Credit: Instagram.com/leadaiglet

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. This look is one length all over and ideal for those who have straight hair, as your tresses will fall naturally into place, and look perfectly smooth and sleek. Credit: @leadaiglet 

The Almost-Pixie Mushroom

side view of a woman with her hair in a graduated mushroom haircut and black hair
Your mushroom haircut will look great with a little extra length. Credit: Instagram.com/oluchizelda

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’. The perfect blend of two hairstyles we say! Credit: @oluchizelda

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/catherineallard.artist

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: @catherineallard.artist

Extra Short Mushroom

front view image of a woman with very short mushroom haircut and black hair
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. 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

front view image of a woman with black hair in a mushroom hair cut
Try brushing your locks forward for a modern twist. Credit: Instagram.com/chardae_85

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

’90s Bowl Cut

We love the way that this ‘90s-inspired mushroom haircut is choppy all over, creating height and volume, that begs to be tousled. The piecey layers help to give the look extra texture and style. Have we convinced you yet?

Ashy

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.

Choppy

What this cut lacks in length it more than makes up for in texture. The Caesar cut-style fringe will really help to bring out your features and keeps the look fresh and unique.

Editor’s tip: If your mane tends to fall on the finer side, be sure to stock up on the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. It’s specially formulated to help maximise volume, body and bounce to thin, limp locks. What more could a girl want?

Precision Cut

If you want a look that’ll truly turn heads, opt for a statement precision cut like this one. The exaggerated bowl cut is made all the more eye-catching thanks to the super short shaved sides, which come together to create this stand-out style.

Platinum Pixie

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

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

To create this beautiful, textured crop, curl small 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.

Editor’s tip: For short hairstyles, the VO5 Styling Wax is great to help mould your hair into your desired look and locking it in place for the whole day. To apply it, work a small amount between your palms and apply evenly to damp or dry hair.

Edgy Layers

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

Cropped

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

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

Micro Bangs

Micro bangs can look cool on all hair lengths but on shorter hair they make even more of an impact.

Eyebrow-Skimming Bowl Cut

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.

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