Long Blunt Hairstyles for the Girl Who Doesn't Really Want a Cut
"Lots of layers and all the angles." This was probably something you have told your hairstylist in the past, perhaps once in reference to the "Rachel" and maybe after binging on Laguna Beach a few years later. But today, you might be blunter with your request—literally. Blunt bobs and lobs couldn't be more buzz-worthy right now, thanks to several celebrities like Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner.
"For years and years, it was all about layers," explains celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend, a pro who works with designers and actors like Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen and Dakota Johnson. "Then around 2015, those layers evolved into even more of a modern shag. It's only normal that as these shags and layered lobs grew out, ladies would want a fresh start. By chopping off their ends, the blunt trend was started."
But getting a blunt cut doesn't mean you have to go short. Townsend says it's all about "having a uniform length on the ends of your locks," so you can keep your length, too. And if you have fine hair, Townsend notes getting this cut can even make it seem like you have 25 percent more hair.
"It's also a great way to start fresh and get your hair back into a healthy state," he explains. "So many girls are holding on to these scraggily ends, but as soon as they go blunt, it's like they're a new woman!"
Need some pics to take to the salon? Check out a few of our favorite blunt haircut moments, plus a few of Townsend's blunt celebrity haircuts, below.
Give your blunt haircut a tousled look like Dakota Johnson by adding in some subtle waves. "For Dakota, I usually spray Sally Hershberger 24K Root Envy Ultimate Root Boost ($32; sephora.com) into her damp hair and blow-dry with a round brush for volume and then add some imperfect bends into her hair with a Remington double barrel iron," explains Townsend. To finish off the look, he adds in texture with Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo ($4; walmart.com).
We love how actress Eiza González's blunt ends are slightly angled and longer in the front.
"Don't be afraid of adding a wave to a blunt cut," says Townsend. "If you want that perfectly undone Elizabeth Banks-inspired blunt wave, use your curling wand to wave your hair but leave the ends OUT for a fresh look."
Joan Smalls kept her blunt lob extra sleek. And if you do decide to break out the flatiron, be sure to prep your hair with a heat protectant first. Townsend says one of his favorite products is Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray ($69; bluemercury.com).
To style Ashley Olsen's cut, Townsend says he adds in Dove Curls Defining Mousse ($4; target.com) in damp hair and lets it air dry.
Khloé Kardashian is just one of the Kar-Jenners who has adopted this chic cut this year—the fam seems to be a fan!