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Everything You Need To Know About Getting A Blunt Cut

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While choppy long layers once ruled the hair world, they’ve been dethroned by neat, razor-sharp chops. That’s right—we’re talking about blunt cuts. While the blunt cut isn’t entirely new, the ‘90s inspired look has made a serious comeback in the past few years. The best part? There are tons of modern twists to help you stay totally trendy in 2019. If there were ever a time to ditch your face-framing layers, it’s now.

If you’ve never strayed from your usual layered haircut before, you might be on the fence about giving a blunt cut a shot. That’s what we’re here for! We’re breaking down exactly what a blunt cut is, how to ask for one, and our favorite looks to try this year. Whether you’re working with thin dark brown hair or thicker strands, you’re going to want to keep the blunt cut on your radar.


What is a blunt cut?

Unlike soft layers that gently frame your face or shaggy layers designed to create natural texture, a blunt cut is straightforward—with your entire mane chopped to be the exact same length. Your stylist will skip the precise layering techniques and simply cut straight across with shears to create a uniform-length.


Who do blunt cuts work best for?

One thing to note about blunt cuts: There’s no one size fits all chop for every head of hair. Your stylist can tailor your cut to accentuate your hair type and texture best.

If you’re working with thinner strands, you’ll want to opt for a shorter chop that doesn’t make your hair appear stringy. For the ladies with thick hair out there: Don’t go too short or long with your cut. Super short cuts can make your thick hair look poofy. Instead, go for a cut that falls just above your shoulders to avoid your mane being weighed down by too much length.


What is the maintenance routine like for a blunt cut?

Ready to hop on the blunt cut bandwagon? Not so fast! Before you go running to the salon, you should know that maintaining a blunt cut requires a bit more upkeep than a traditional layered cut. Blunt cuts need to be touched up often to keep the ends looking clean and sharp. Expect to pay your stylist a visit every four to six weeks.

Now that you’ve got the salon schedule down, let’s talk about your at-home routine. A hydrated mane is a healthy-looking mane so along with keeping your cut in tip-top shape, you’re also going to want to add a weekly mask to your hair care routine. We love the Redken All Soft Deep Conditioning Mega Mask. The two-in-one hair mask is both an intense conditioner and care extender designed specifically for your dry, brittle hair.


What’s are the best ways to ask for a blunt cut?

Thinking of making a blunt cut yours in 2019? Before you book your salon appointment, scroll through these 10 gorgeous blunt cuts for inspiration. Whether you’re down for a dramatic cut or looking to maintain your length, there’s a style that’s perfect for you!

Glass Hair

Remember the sleek, middle-parted blunt bobs that were huge in the ‘90s? They’re back in the best way—this time with a smooth, glossy finish. To join in on the glass hair trend, ask your stylist for a sharp blunt bob that shines like a perfectly polished mirror.

Post-salon, you’ll want to invest in hair products formulated to give your strands the maximum amount of shine. Begin with the Biolage Sugar Shine Shampoo and Conditioner system. The shampoo creates a gentle, silicone-free lather that removes dulling impurities. The conditioner adds lightweight, silicone-free moisture to leave hair supple and nourished.

Be sure to follow your shampoo and conditioner with the Biolage Sugar Shine Illuminating Mist. The spray imparts a lightweight mist to help seal in shine. It also helps smooth hair, tame flyaways, and provides heat damage protection from styling tools for a brilliant, glossy finish.

Sleek And Side Parted

If you have fine hair, natural volume is not on your side. That’s why a cut that gives your typically lifeless mane instant body is essential. Ask your stylist for a blunt cut with a deep side part to add instant volume at the root.


Blunt Bob With Fringe

Blunt bobs and bangs go together like bread and butter. Whether you like your bangs piecey, asymmetrical, or blunt to match the rest of your cut, fringe is sure to take your ‘do to the next level. 

Pro tip: If you want your cut to pack a serious punch, go bold with baby bangs. Combined with a blunt bob, you’ll look runway ready in an instant! 

Blunt And Icy

If you’ve opted for a blunt lob, you’re already halfway to achieving the ultimate on-trend style. Pair your lob with an icy blonde hue to really turn heads in 2019.

With all of the bleach and salon touch-ups needed to keep your icy mane looking beautiful, going full-on platinum can put your hair through the ringer. That’s why it’s essential to load your hair care routine with products formulated specifically for color-treated hair. Let’s begin with shampoo and conditioner. You’ll want to pick up a shampoo and conditioner system like the Biolage R.A.W Color Care Line. Formulated with coconut milk and meadowfoam, the system helps protect color-treated hair, leaving it soft and shiny with lasting color vibrancy.

Though icy blonde hair is a dream at first glance, your color won’t stay white as snow without the proper care. We recommend using a purple shampoo twice a week to rid your mane of unwanted brassiness that can occur over time. We love the Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Silver Shampoo to help neutralize yellow.

Windblown Blunt Bob

Creating a windblown look is a total breeze—especially with the right styling products. For a messy, windblown look, try applying a few spritzes of texturizing spray like the L'Oréal Professionnel Next Day Hair Hairspray. The micro-propelled dry finishing spray transforms hair into next day disheveled looks with a discrete and natural touch.


Asymmetrical Blunt Lob

If you’ve been sporting a traditional blunt bob for some time now, you might be itching to try something a bit different. Ask your stylist for an asymmetrical blunt lob, a cut that’s longer in the front and a slightly shorter in the back.


Ear Length Blunt Bob

Looking for a more dramatic way to wear a blunt cut? Go short—and we mean really short. If you’re not afraid to lose a bit of length to make a statement, the ear length bob is for you!


Long Hair With Blunt Bangs

Though the hair world is constantly buzzing about blunt bobs and lobs, you don’t need to ditch your long hair to slay a uniform-length look. A blunt cut also looks stunning on lengthier hair, especially when paired with full blunt bangs.

Wavy Blunt Bob

Though we adore sleek, straight styles, we sometimes like our blunt cuts to have a bit of an edge. If texture and movement are what you’re after, try creating soft waves throughout your mane.

Begin by applying a heat protectant spray like the Biolage Styling Thermal Active Spray throughout your hair. The spray protects hair against heat styling while adding body and volume for long-lasting control. Take 1-inch sections of hair at a time and place the hair between the plates of your flat iron, holding the iron downwards. Twist the iron away from your face and gently pull it down the entire length of your hair. Repeat these steps until you’ve finished styling your entire mane.

Gently run a wide-tooth comb through your hair to loosen the waves and create a more textured appearance. Complete your look with a few spritzes of hairspray like the Redken Triple Take 23 Extreme High-Hold Hairspray. This high hold hairspray with volumizing properties gives hair long lasting body, while protecting from frizz and giving hair humidity protection.


Blunt Mushroom Cut

A modern mushroom cut is nothing like your mom’s old-school chop from back in the day. There are tons of ways to wear the look in 2019 without looking like you’ve plopped a mushroom cap on your head. We particularly love the look of this blunt mushroom cut. Paired with a trendy silver hue, you won’t regret choosing this cut once picture day rolls around!

Looking to try a blunt cut? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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