Before there were layers, there was the blunt haircut: Unapologetically blocky and straightforward, these shorter looks first hit the mainstream as the factory-issue (yet graceful) pageboy haircut in the 1940s. A hit with the glamourpusses of the era despite its shorter length, this pretty/practical aesthetic breezed past the big hair of the ’80s. It meets us in the here and now as the blunt, one-length bob, as the 1990s trend for choppy looks remains in full swing.
Undeniably fresh, a blunt cut show a gal who’s not afraid to give good face. And without layers to hide behind, the spotlight then turns on to details such as healthy-looking texture and, most importantly, how its abrupt ends are styled. Read on to check out some of our favorite modern takes on blunt cuts a.k.a that awkward-cute, slightly nostalgic hair cut:
The 20 Best Modern Blunt Cut Hair Ideas
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 as the hair is heavy enough to cover problem angles. 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, and look best on straight hair textures—and wearers that aren’t afraid of commitment. Usually flawlessly ironed, the look flatters oval-shaped faces and those that have a bit more width at the chin, such as triangles and squares. Lightly coating hair with a shine cream, such as Bed Head by TIGI Blow-Out, helps 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 the option to go for if you’re texture is thicker or wavier. The rounded blunt bob still maintains a uniform length all throughout but gets movement (and some sex appeal) from more volume towards the chin—making 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 (or even feathered) 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 except in full potency. Women who have strong jawlines, as well as those with rounded faces, look particularly fetching with this directional yet delicate-looking haircut—it gives structure to your features without looking helmet-like. A frizz-protecting dry shampoo (we love the 48-hour frizz control in Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion 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 opposite of the severe, fashion editrix leanings of the razored bob, 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. Reinforce those pretty bends (and guard against frizz, your number-one enemy) with a system designed for giving lift and moisture. A texturizing spray for afterwards, such as Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, nudges 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: Provided your curls are properly taken care of (Dove Quench Absolute Leave-In Detangler gives a consistent conditioning refresh on the go), a low-maintenance regimen consisting of a curl-recall cream, such as Bed Head by TIGI On the Rebound, together with a well-meaning scrunch of those ringlets, is pretty much all you need.
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. As such, it’s also similarly low-maintenance: a lightweight, silicone-free system, such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Hydra-Light Shampoo and Nexxus New York Salon Care Hydra-Light Conditioner, followed by a static-preventing leave-in to give your cool-girl bob some serious bounce.
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. Styling tip: To ensure your hair isn’t weighed-down when styling, opt for a hair care system that gives your hair a weightless volume like Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner.
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 of sharp chin length straight haircut 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 texurized combo that you get from the waves and one-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 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 cut hair look. You’ll need to get your hair as straight as possible (blowdryer and your flat iron are your besties here) and then be sure to smoothen 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 with your hair with this modern and trendy take on the blunt cut.
20. Transitional Cut
We also love how the blunt cut works for a variety of ages that can made shorter or longer, based on your age or preferences.
Tips for Styling and Maintaining Blunt Cut Hair
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.
For example, if your hair is straight or very fine, it’s probably best to keep your blunt cut on the shorter side to help give the illusion of volume and thickness. However, if your hair is curly, it may be best to ask your stylist to cut it dry as opposed to wet, since your curls will shrink if wet.
3. Know your face shape and what flatters it.
We all know that different face shapes complement 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 cut. 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 and modern results. For those with round or square faces, however, a lob (think just above the collarbone) or a longer style are great alternatives.
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. To keep split ends under control in between trims, opt for using Suave Professionals Split End Rescue Hair Serum.
5. Mix it up with color.
And there you have it, all the insider tips and tricks you need to working a blunt cut 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.