How to Style The Modern Mushroom Haircut in 5 Steps

The bowl cut with a modern feel. 

The mushroom haircut (a.k.a. the bowl cut) is making a major comeback. The mushroom hairstyle is forswearing its traditional stiff and sleek look for now.  Hairstyles that are packed with texture are the It Girl look of the season and the modern mushroom haircut is one of them.

If you think that mushroom-cut hair is solely the territory of women, think again. Men have been sporting this look for many years. A popular iteration of this is the undercut/bowl cut combo, where the top lengths are left longer and the bottom layers are shaved or faded.

Want to get in on this flawlessly styled ‘do? Read on to learn more about how to style the mushroom hair cut.

asian woman with a short wavy mushroom haircut
A bowl cut with fringe benefits. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Step 1: Start with clean hair.

Wash hair with a volumizing hair care system to infuse your mushroom hairstyle with body and volume. Start by washing hair with Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo, then follow up with Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Conditioner.

Step 2: Pile on the texture.

To enhance texture while styling short mushroom hairstyles, you can opt for liberally applying a product like Bed Head By TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray throughout your hair.

For men, using a paste product, such as Dove Men+Care Sculpting Paste can help provide texture on otherwise straight hair. To use, apply a finger-swipe or dime-sized amount of product onto palms. Rub hands together to ensure the product is spread evenly, and rake through from hairline to the back of your parietal ridge (or skull bump). Point-style as needed with any leftover product.

the mushroom haircut on straight asian men's hair
Boys club: Short mushroom hairstyles look clean and natural on men with straight hair textures. Photo credit: Dvora

Step 3: Rough-dry.

Rough-dry your mushroom hairstyle by using a blowdryer with the concentration nozzle attached. As you dry, use your hand to lift your hair at the roots, and your fingers to roughly tousle your strands. If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, use a round brush to help straighten your texture first.

a texturized mushroom haircut on wavy hair
For guys, texturizing a mushroom hairstyle can be achieved via some hair wax or putty. Photo credit:

Step 4: Add (barely there) curls.

Use a one-inch curling iron to create loose, chunky curls. Don’t bother going for perfectly-done ringlets!

Step 5: Scrunch and finish.

Work a texturizing agent, like Bed Head by TIGI Joyride Texturizing Powder Balm, through your hair to create a grungier texture. To complete the look, scrunch your ends to create full, piecey waves throughout your mushroom hairstyle.

woman with short wavy mushroom haircut showing back view of hairstyle
The New Wave: texturized short ‘dos. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont