Blurred Lines: 47 Best Ways to Wear a Boyish Haircut

Eunice Lucero | 14 January 2019

Bridge the gap with a hairstyle that’s as chic as it is practical.

The boyish haircut is something we can say that’s been around for decades, depending on what your definition of “boyish” is. In the 1920s, it was the short, bobbed cut known as the Flapper hairstyle that fell under the umbrella; years later, in the 1980s, the title fell on punky, alt-culture looks such as the mohawk and femullet. We then saw the boy-cut pixie in the 1990s, and since then have been playing around with variations on a theme: short and relatively straightforward, with a confidence like no other. Today, a boyish haircut simply refers to a short hairstyle that typically exposes the ears and tapers in the back.

Scroll on for a bunch of our favorites, depending on what you’re vibin’ for:

The Boyish Haircut: 47 Different Looks To Try


A lot of us might remember this adorably retro, slightly geeky haircut from the ’80s. Well, as with most things awkward and previously regrettable, it’s experiencing a cool new hipster revival. A few tweaks to its traditional rounded shape—some textured bangs here, a dip-dye platinum color job there—is enough to modernize the look and hopefully do away with any awful yearbook PTSD triggers.

boyish haircut piecey fringe
Break up the roundness with a choppy microfringe. Photo credit:

1. Piecey Fringe

Cute pixie-inspired bangs update the traditional roundness of a bowlcut.

boyish haircut proper bowlcut
The symmetry between the hair and jewelry is riveting! Photo credit:

2. Proper Bowlcut

A full-on bowlcut was one of the trendiest looks in recent seasons, especially when juxtaposed with graphic accessories.

boyish haircut bowl undercut
Leave the undersides fully shaven or slightly faded, depending on your comfort level.

3. Bowl Undercut

A two-toned version of the bowlcut is on-trend for ladies who want to play with both proportion and color (and is such a crisp 1990s throwback!).

boyish haircut side parted
Focus the airflow of your blowdryer from your cowlick downwards to help mold the fringe area. Photo credit:

4. Side-Parted

A cowlicked version that has you favoring one part over another gives a bowlcut more versatility.

soft and wavy boyish haircut
An archetypal (and frankly, super adorable) 1980s look we can all get behind. Photo credit:

5. Soft and Wavy

We obviously love a good throwback, especially when it still resonates to today’s trends. And can it get any more charmingly ’80s than this wavy style?


A curly texture lends itself marvelously to an androgynously styled look; it provides just the right amount of personality and movement, but in a manageable length. Play with blunt layers to add some weight and heft (and to avoid frizz), and maximize your dimension with a curl-defining product, like Bed Head by TIGI On the Rebound to finish.



boyish haircut big waves
We can’t wait to see this look paired with a stained lip. Photo credit: Dvora

6. Big Waves

The waify ingénue look doesn’t get any more charming than this gender-neutral haircut.

clean and damp boyish haircut
Damp curls can look chic, with the right gel. Photo credit:

7. Clean and Damp

Hair that’s tightly curled but not coarse or afro-textured, a.k.a. level 3B on the hair chart, looks really trendy and chic when cut with a slight taper and styled with a semi-wet finish.

gelled pixie boyish haircut
Apply your styling product before curling with an iron for more staying power. Photo credit: Dvora

8. Gelled Pixie

Infuse a bit more control into those corkscrews with a moisturizing hair gel.

high top fade boyish haircut
This hairstyle is fresh yet classic at the same time.

9. High Top Fade

A fave of guys everywhere, a fade haircut can also work for women provided the temples are clipped smaller and softer, in proportion to your forehead.

soft mullet boyish haircut
More blended layers modernize this look. Photo credit: Dvora

10. Soft Mullet

A thick and subtly tapered mullet again hints at the glory days of the ’80s, but with way more sophistication.

twa boyish haircut
An afro that tapers down to your neck is the hot shape for 2017. Photo credit:

11. TWA

The afro is the Great Equalizer between the sexes, especially on natural-textured hair. We’re loving the Teeny Weeny Afro, or TWA, for this season.

Tousled Waves
This look balances out a strong jawline. Photo credit:

12. Tousled Waves

Big, mussed-up curls give the right amount of weight and personality on the crown of this boyish haircut.


Whether you’re in the mood for a complete buzz or are flirting with punkier looks such as a mohawk or an undercut pomp, a shaved hairstyle is certainly bound to attract some attention. Maximize with trendy clippings, an on-point color and a well-maintained length on the sides, not to mention a spiked up crown that won’t succumb to the elements.

relaxed cropped boyish haircut
The crop keeps it sweet and simple.

13. Relaxed Cropped

Minimize the damage on relaxed natural hair by opting for a boyish haircut that’s super clean and short.

mohawk boyish haircut
Layer gel under hairspray for a firmer hold.

 14. Mohawk

Have your stylist clip each side of your head evenly, leaving a thick strip of hair down the middle that tapers slightly towards the back. To style, blow-dry hair upwards after washing and hold in place with a mohawk gel, like Bed Head Hard Head Mohawk Gel, finished off with a hairspray, like Bed Head by TIGI Hard Head Hairspray.

buzzcut boyish haircut
Confidence is key! (As well as a good pair of clippers.) Photo credit:

15. Buzzcut

The closest, most confident shave you can get, next to taking it all off.

curtains boyish haircut
A grungy hairstyle looks best with minimal makeup. Photo credit:

16. Curtains

The grungy grown-out root plus that definitive middle part is textbook ’90s.

dip dye boyish haircut
Finger-comb your hair forward for a rougher feel. Photo credit:

17. Dip-Dye

For the woman who likes duality, rocking two hues in one go—with a rock ’n roll texture to boot—is so of-the-moment.

gelled up pixie boyish haircut
We love this tougher take on the regular curtains hairstyle. Photo credit:

18. Gelled-Up Pixie

Similar to the curtained look but this time treated with some gel for hold, this look can easily transform from masculine to feminine in minutes with the addition of some accessories (and a bold lip).

femullet boyish haircut
Keep the bangs longer and fuller for a more subtle take on the mullet. Photo credit: Dvora

19. Femullet

For those that really want to go there, make sure you do it right! And by this, we mean a wispy neckline and a slightly longer, heavier fringe, to give the overall look more structure.

flipped boyish haircut
Top off that quiff with an unexpected hue, like bright sunset orange.

20. Flipped

A regular boyish haircut that’s longer up top can be edged up with a flipped-out style and some bright, unorthodox color.

platinum mohawk boyish haircut
Hats off to this crisp, perfectly pompadoured look. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

21. Platinum Pomp

This awesome pompadour features an impeccably bleached blonde hue. So stunning!

boyish haircut quiff
Some peek-a-boo highlights add a touch more personality to your bang area.

22. Quiff

Spike out the front layers with some texturizing wax (try Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxpand Plus Volumizing Whip) for that telltale birdlike quiff.

boyish haircut undercut
A classic undercut gets an edgier spin with the color of the season: platinum. Photo credit: Dvora

23. Undercut

A trendy high-contrast haircut with an equally striking hue makes for a unique look.


Sweet, sassy but always still classy, the pixie haircut has been a favorite of women who love a short length but want to retain some feminine moxie. Depending on the layers in the look, the pixie can be as smooth or as choppy as desired, leaving for a highly customizable shape.

traditional pixie boyish haircut
A semi-matte finish brings the details of this look to the fore.

24. Traditional Pixie

Clean and rounded with a longer, tuckable front, this is a classic boyish haircut that will never go out of style.

feathered boyish haircut
The higher, the better!

25. Feathered

A ruffled-up version, this haircut works best with those with a narrower forehead (or for those who can do with some extra height at the front).

smooth boyish haircut
Add to its charm by clipping on a tiny barrette. Photo credit:

26. Smooth

Popular during the 1960s, the smooth, rounded pixie was a huge mod trend and emphasized the smoky makeup look of the era.

streaky boyish haircut
Stick to highlights that are one to two shades lighter for a more blended feel.

27. Streaky

Lighter highlights on the fringe area give a playful touch to a long pixie bang.

silver crop boyish haircut
A purple shampoo helps keep brassiness on your grays and silvers at bay.

28. Silver Crop

This crisp, no-nonsense crop flatters women of all ages.

spiky boyish haircut
Rub product in between your palms to help it spread more evenly.

29. Spiky

A spiky boyish haircut is best styled with a hair wax, like Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte.

spiky platinum boyish haircut
This high-octane look can show roots easier than other cuts, so definitely prep for some level upkeep.

30. Spiky, Platinum

It’s easier to protect hair from bleaching damage when maintained at a shorter length.

thick and wavy boyish haircut
The definition of wash-and-wear! Photo credit:

31. Thick and Wavy

Maximize your hair’s fullness with a cut that’s a bit rounded at the temples.

volumized pixie boyish haircut
Direct your dryer’s concentrator nozzle upwards for more lift.

32. Volumized Pixie

Blow-dry the hair on your fringe in an upward direction, gently tugging at the root, to infuse it with volume and a bit of hold.


If these following looks are any indication, it’s that a feminine boyish haircut isn’t at all an oxymoron. Characterized by longer, softer layers and barely any razoring, the results are universally flattering—long, square, oval, even heart-shaped face shapes can get away with these proportions, as long as the tops are thinned out to avoid any top-heaviness.

asymmetrical boyish haircut
Pick a side, any side.

33. Asymmetrical

Ask your stylist for longer front layers at your front parting that can help soften the look of a traditional short crop.

blown out boyish haircut
Use a round brush to achieve that telltale shine.

34. Blown Out

The go-to proportions of a boyish haircut get some uptown polish in this crisp, blown-out version.

shaggy boyish haircut
Let air-dry for the ultimate in easy everyday style.

35. Shaggy

Flippy layering blends well with a soft fringe in this French-girl fave.

relaxed boys cut boyish haircut
Use a natural-bristled brush for a smoother finish.

36. Relaxed Boy’s Cut

This sweet, delicate hairstyle is best for those with cowlicks farther back on the head.

slick bob boyish haircut
A dime-sized amount of gel is more than enough for this finish. Photo credit:

37. Slick Bob

Utilize a drop or two of your favorite gel and run through the front hairline. Brush to refine any globs and to smoothen it out.

classic boys cut boyish haircut
Use a blow-dryer to achieve a smoother, undercurled blowout.

38. Classic Boy’s Cut

The standard proportions of a boyish haircut are perfectly showcased in this look: Subtly longer crown, exposed ears and a short length that tapers down the neck, with light to no sideburns.

square bob boyish haircut
Subtle back layering is the key. Photo credit:

39. Square Bob

A bit longer than the classic cut, this look retains the same neck-hugging layers of a boy’s cut, only softened with a longer fringe.

touseld boyish haircut
Utilize your blowdryer’s diffuser to achieve a natural wave. Photo credit:

40. Tousled

This rumpled short bob that was first big in the 1990s is going strong today, thanks to its flattering layers and ease of wear: It’s equally fabulous rough-dried with your fingers and a blowdryer, as well as air-dried!

tucked boyish haircut
We love this look with a slightly blown-out finish.

41. Tucked

One of our favorite iterations of the boyish haircut features a side-parted crop and sides that are tucked behind the ear.


As short hair comes back into style, we find ourselves fully committing to and loving the series of shorter style trends we’re seeing on the red carpet and off. With this resurgence of shorter hairstyles comes the rise of more masculine inspired styles and cuts for women. We are appropriately calling these looks ‘tomboy’ styles. Think of your favorite style with a harder edge and more androgynous vibe:

tomboy slicked and short
Give your tomboy style a slick look with some gel.

42. Slicked and Short

If you’re already rocking a shorter hairstyle then we highly encourage you to try giving it a slick and shiny texture. The slicked-back style is perfect if you have longer layers up front that you need to get out of your face, in style. Use Nexxus Exxtra hold Sculpting Gel to create this effortlessly cool look.

tomboy bandana
Rock that bandana, girl! Photo credit: Dvora

43. Headbands on Shorter Styles

Just because your hair is short doesn’t mean you can’t still wear fun and fashionable accessories. Bandanas are a great way to add spice to your style because they look cool and flow better with your hairdo more than a standard headband might.

tomboy longer pixie cut
Go for a longer pixie cut and throw in some layers, too!

44. Longer Pixie Cut

We adore this longer pixie style! This cut is the perfect mix of edgy yet flirty because of the soft layers and longer bangs that frame the face. This style deserves some high shine and needs to be blow dried to perfection. Before blowdrying, use some TRESemmé Repair and Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray to prevent split ends and get that highly coveted, silky smooth finish.

tomboy side shave
There’s nothing cooler than a sharp side shave.

45. Sharp Side Shave

There’s no style quite as cool and fitting of the tomboy characterization as a sharp side shave. This style is dramatic and beautiful. Play around with the amount you shave and the length of the rest of your hair. Keeping your length much longer than the side shave adds a strong contrast.

tomboy messy bob
You can’t go wrong with a bob. Photo credit:

46. Textured Bob

Style your bob haphazardly to achieve this carefree and tomboyish look. Instead of highly stylizing your bob, try letting it air dry and embrace your natural texture. If your hair is naturally straighter and needs a little push, or you just want to add more body, add some Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray.

tomboy feminine pompadour
Recreate the tomboy version of your fave ’50s hairstyle. Photo credit:

47. Feminine Pompadour

The feminine pompadour is super extra and high fashion, and we are living for it! If you can successfully create this look then you will have mastered one of the ultimate tomboy hairstyles. Put your hair in a smoothed down and tight ponytail and leave the top section of your hair free. Comb the top section forward and apply gel and hairspray to create this twisted and highly constructed look.

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