Before there were layers, there was the blunt haircut. These unapologetically blocky and straightforward looks first became mainstream as the pageboy haircut in the 1940s. We’ve seen this look come and go, but it’s back again. From blunt, one-length bobs to single-length longer styles, keep scrolling to check out our blunt haircut inspo.
Blunt Haircuts 101
A blunt haircut is any cut that is one length. We see this most commonly on bob and lob styles, but it can be done with any length of hair. A blunt cut will create a smooth and sleek style on fine hair, but add more volume and body to textured thick hair types.
Without layers to hide behind, the spotlight then turns on to details such as healthy-looking texture and how its abrupt ends are styled. Read on to check out some of our favorite modern takes on blunt haircuts.
Blunt Haircut Ideas For 2021
1. Curled Under Blunt Bob
Straight hair that has been blowdried to curl under—and look very much like the first-generation pageboy—is the most visible version of the blunt bob. Usually chin-length, it can flatter a whole host of face shapes. Healthy-looking strands keep this bookish style at its most proper, and a shine-enhancing wash and care system can help get you there.
Finish off by blowdrying hair that’s been prepped with a smoothening agent, such as Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil, with a round brush and using gentle, rotating tugs.
2. Razored Blunt Bob
Sharp, razored edges give blunt bobs a more architectural feel. This look is best on straight hair textures and wearers that aren’t afraid of commitment. Usually flawlessly ironed, the look flatters oval-shaped faces and those with triangular and square-shaped chins. Lightly coat hair with a shine cream, such as Bed Head by TIGI Blow-Out to help highlight your immaculately straightened locks.
3. Rounded Blunt Bob
Similar to the bob that’s been curled under, blunt bobs that are slightly more rounded at the bottom are a great option if your hair texture is thick or wavy. The rounded blunt bob still maintains a uniform length all throughout but gets movement from more volume towards the chin.
This makes it an ideal look for heart-shaped faces or inverted triangles. Use a volumizing wash and care system to infuse bounce into your locks and to help control static, which is key to maintaining a smooth, semi-structured look.
4. Razored Blunt Bob with Bangs
What makes a blunt bob even more avant-garde? Some blunt bangs, of course! Razored bangs lend an even more confident twist to your overall style, as it’s a look that can’t really be worn in any other way. Women who have strong jawlines, as well as those with rounded faces, look particularly fetching with this directional yet delicate-looking haircut.
A dry shampoo, like Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo helps keep your bob smooth and those bangs fresh and manageable.
5. Wavy Blunt Bob
Soft and romantic, wavy blunt bobs carry a sort of Old World charm that always seems optimistic. The wavy bob is more relaxed and forgiving, making it a great version for those with natural waves or even those with fine, thinning hair.
Use a texturizing spray, such as TRESemmé Dry Finish Texture Finishing Spray to help nudge those loose, sexy waves to take shape.
6. Curly Blunt Bob
Curly and natural-textured ladies need not shy away from blunt bobs—this abbreviated style actually looks very feminine and youthful (think: baby angels!). Super unique for your texture, it’s an instant standout look that’s also really playful and fun to style.
To help define curls, use Dove Amplified Texture Define N’ Moisture Styling Gel. This will help enhance your natural curls and coils while providing a light hold.
7. Wavy Blunt Bob with Bangs
The wavy bob also gets a remix with some equally soft, luscious-looking bangs. Whereas the razored bang is more deliberately styled, this version is for the low-key fashionistas of the spectrum that want a more democratic fringe. Straight, wavy, and curly hair types are also welcome to try this look (as well as almost all face types), as it’s a nod to the popular—and majorly versatile—shag.
8. Blunt Bob and Bang
In general, bobs are chic. Add straight lines, and super even ends, with a bang, and this cut becomes an edgy look in an instant. If you’re digging this look but rather create a softer effect to complement your personal style, pair the look up with a girly ensemble and super feminine makeup to match.
9. Blunt Mushroom Haircut
Lately, we’ve been having a soft spot for mushroom haircuts, and we’re certainly obsessed with the light and airy look of this one. This look is ideal for those who rather a haircut that has a fuss-free maintenance and styling routine.
10. Short Blunt Cut Hair with Center Part
Center parts are said to be best for women with oblong or oval face shapes. Short haircuts, on the other hand, that hit right below the ear are said to be best for round face shapes to give your face shape contrast. There are so many ways you can go about this, but we say if you love this cut as much as we do, go for it no matter your face shape. Some rules are definitely meant to be broken.
11. Blunt Chin-Length Haircut
There’s something that’s just so clean and refreshing about sharp chin-length styles, especially on thicker hair textures. If you don’t have thick hair though, opt for a cut like this with long layers to give the illusion of fuller hair. When styling, finish off your look with a shine oil, like Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil, to give your straight haircut a healthy-looking shine
12. Blunt Textured Cut
We’ve learned from the NYFW SS’17 runways that textured hairstyles will be huge for spring. Opt for this blunt textured cut if you’re looking for a hairstyle that speaks to forthcoming trends. There’s no wrong way to styling this textured look. Have fun with it, pile on the texture or pare down the texture. Do what pleases you!
13. Perm Blunt Cut
Who says you can’t rock a blunt haircut with a perm? Definitely not us! We love the texturized combo that you get from the waves and the single-length effect of the blunt cut. Enhance your waves with some mousse and you’ll be good to go.
14. Middle Part Blunt Cut
Rock the hottest trend of the season with a middle part blunt style cut. Check out our latest middle part gallery for even more styling inspo.
15. Angled Blunt Cut
Take your hair on an angle with this blunt haircut idea.
16. Asymmetrical Cut
Another take on the blunt haircut that we love is this cool asymmetrical cut. This look is all about keeping some length that you accentuate via some piece-y layers.
17. Pin Straight Blunt Haircut
Hardcore stylers, we have the perfect look for you with this pin-straight blunt haircut. You’ll need to get your hair as straight as possible, and then be sure to smooth out any wayward frizz with a serum.
18. Lob Blunt Cut
Want a little more length with your blunt hair cut? Check out this fun lob and bangs combo that’s super refreshing and stylish.
19. Face-Framing Blunt Cut
Frame your face using your hair with this modern and trendy take on the blunt cut.
20. Long Blunt Cut
Not feeling the bob length? Opt for a long length and keep the cut all one length for a blunt look. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it. Pair this long length with blunt bangs if you’re needing a change!
Whether you want to try out a bob or you’re growing your strands out to a longer length, blunt haircuts give you so many options with added benefits, like volume and sleekness.