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25 Blunt Cuts That’ll Never Go Out of Style

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Ablunt haircut is typically one without layers. It looks razor-sharp, as if someone wrapped your hair in a ponytail and cut everything past the elastic band in one motion. “Blunt cuts technically refer to the way the very ends of the hair are cut,” says celebrity stylist Gregory Patterson. “So ‘blunt’ means straight across the end of the hair, leaving a strong shape to the end, versus a pointy sharp end from point-cutting, or a sliced end from a razor.”

The best part is that you don’t have to lose length if you want a blunt cut. While it is more popular to see blunt ends on a bob or lob, you can still have a blunt cut if you have hair past your shoulders. Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up our favorite celebrity takes on short, medium, and long blunt cuts along with pro tips from Patterson and hairstylist Savannah St. Jean.

 

Click through to see 25 celeb-inspired blunt cuts we’re loving right now.

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Sleek-Straight Mid-Length

Joan Smalls sleek-straight blunt cut
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Joan Smalls wears a blunt cut that goes a little past her shoulders. With a clean middle part and sleek-straight finish, it reads as fierce. “You shouldn’t be anxious about blunt ends because hair grows in uniformly, and a blunt edge helps to avoid split ends since there is a sharp clean slice,” says Patterson.

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Wavy Bob

Hailey Bieber blunt, wavy lob
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Hailey Bieber’s wavy bob shows that a blunt cut looks amazing on nearly any hair type. To ensure it looks as effortless as possible, use a spray with a little grit. We like Ouai Wave Spray ($28)—so much so that we even wrote about it—which is infused with rice protein meant to add texture and hold.

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Pink Lob

Rita Ora straight pink lob with side part
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Rita Ora’s deep side part adds depth to her collarbone-grazing lob. The subtle pink hue (a slightly acid-washed take on the traditional bubblegum look) is the icing on the cake.

To get this look, ask your colorist to lighten your hair with bleach before adding pink on top.

 

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Pin Straight With Subtle Layers

Khloe Kardashian deep side part and pin-straight blonde hair
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The beauty of Khloé Kardashian’s blunt cut is that a few subtle layers help to frame her face—while also removing some weight from thicker tresses. The remaining hair remains pin-straight and side-parted, with the blunt ends continuing all the way around her head.

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Half-Up, Half-Down

Cara Delevingne half-up, half-down blunt hair
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Cara Delevingne is no stranger to changing up her hair, but this look is a bit more subdued for her. Here, the ends are kept stick-straight while the top of hair is pulled up and away. Slick back with Bumble and bumble Bb. Sumogel ($31) and you’ve got yourself a modern take on a traditionally preppy look. For a little more pizzazz, incorporate a fun accessory.

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Super Long

Zendaya Blunt Cut
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Zendaya sports a long blunt look at the Spider-Man: Far From Home premiere. It looks gorgeous with her open-back dress, and the middle part adds a modern touch. Keeping long tresses at one length all the way around the head adds thickness and dimension, so it’s especially great for those with fine hair.

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Straight and Glossy

Kerry Washington super-sleek blunt mid-length cut
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Kerry Washington’s super-sleek ‘do is great for any kind of formal event. Plus, it’s a breeze to achieve: Straighten your hair (if you need to), then smooth it back with some styling cream. “Don’t forget your heat protection products,” says Patterson. Try Paul Mitchell Firm Style Freeze and Shine Super Spray ($20) for a shiny finish and serious hold.

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Wavy Bob

Selena Gomez wavy blunt bob
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Whether she’s experimenting with length, color, or texture, Selena Gomez is not one to shy away from changing up her hair. Here, she goes with a wavy bob that is low-maintenance and great for every day. Blunt ends make hair look even more voluminous, notes Patterson. And a bob that hits just past the chin—and beyond—also serves to elongate a round face.

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Straight and Swept Back

Kim Kardashian blonde, swept-back hair
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Kim Kardashian has had a lot of standout hair moments, this golden blonde lob included. She keeps her style pulled back, but not rigid, adding a boost of volume to fine tresses. For a similar look, try a product that offers weightless hold, like Verb Ghost Hairspray ($20).

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Face-Framing Lob

Julianne Hough middle-parted lob
 

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We love Julianne Hough’s middle part in this blunt lob look. If you’ve got fine strands, prep with a blowout spray, such as Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray Anti-Frizz Treatment ($28). It will smooth down flyaways without weighing hair down. Then, when blowdrying, slightly flip hair under using a round brush to get that face-framing finish.

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Tousled Textured Lob

J. Lo tousled textured lob
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J.Lo’s long bob is made all the more fresh with blunt ends and plenty of texture. For that “perfectly undone” finish, add a sea salt mist or texturizing spray to your hair and muss it up a bit.

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Slicked-Back Ponytail

Bella Hadid slicked-back ponytail
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Bella Hadid takes the blunt trend up a notch, tying it in a ponytail that perfectly displays straight, uniformed ends. If you don’t have long hair or the patience to grow it out, this look can easily work with some extensions.

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Voluminous Natural Bob

Gabrielle Union
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Gabrielle Union’s voluminous bob is artful, thanks to its A-line shape. For this look, you’ll want a product with lots of hold, such as R+Co. Outer Space Flexible Hairspray ($32). And to keep it from looking triangle-like, ask your stylist to lighten up or remove bulk at the weight line, suggests Patterson. “This helps keep it looking modern and if you do wear it wavy or curly, it will help to give some push and pull to what appears to be a uniform, one-length cut.”

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Beachy Shoulder-Length

Margot Robbie beachy waves
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Margot Robbie’s look hinges largely on the texture, which lands somewhere between curled and crimped. For the ultimate beach waves, let hair air-dry before applying a product like Ouai Air Dry Foam ($28).

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Curly Crop With Fringe

Kacy Hill curly crop with blunt bangs
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Kacy Hill’s waves are pure drama due to their all-over blunt length. Mini bangs add balance and interest. “Blunt cuts are my favorite because they make thin hair look strong and full and they make thicker hair look well-groomed and expensive,” says Patterson. “Plus, blunt ends make curls look like they are behaving,” he adds.

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Textured Lob

Rowan Blanchard
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Rowan Blanchard’s hair is casual but still chic. Here, the key is to turn the blunt ends out ever so slightly while leaving a bit of natural wave throughout the rest of the hair. A little heat styling and the right product—think: In Common Magic Myst Universal Hair Elixir ($35)—will work wonders.

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Tousled Bob

Kaia Gerber blown-out bob
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Kaia Gerber’s bob is blunt but still natural, thanks to a bit of wave and texture throughout the hair. For this look, try air-drying hair rather than blowing it out. It even works for second-day hair, just don’t forget the dry shampoo.

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Flipped-Out Bob With Fringe

Winnie Harlow blipped-out bob with fringe
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Flipped-out hair like model Winnie Harlow’s isn’t always easy to pull off but she grounds the look with fringed bangs. All-over gloss from roots to blunt tips is key. We recommend Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine ($49) for a similar look.

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Wavy Bob With Curtain Bangs

Rihanna wavy bob with curtain bangs
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A bit of bend throughout the hair lends Rihanna’s lob ultra-sexy movement. The jawline-skimming length highlights the blunt ends, while the shape keeps things a bit more bohemian. According to St. Jean, blunt cuts that swing just above the shoulder are supremely versatile. Why? “Because you can either wear this sleek and smooth, or add beach waves and texturizing spray to add some personality to the look,” she says.

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Bedhead Bob

Lana Condor textured bob
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Actress Lana Condor’s blunt-cut bob is teased to perfection. Strategic layering—with blunt ends, no less—adds movement and dimension. For a heavily textured, undone look like this, spritz on a spray like Sachajuan Ocean Mist ($34) before scrunching the ends as you rough-dry hair.

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Super-Sleek Shoulder-Length

Olivia Culpo with a blunt bob
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Shoulder-skimming hair (like Olivia Culpo’s blunt lob seen here) is flattering on nearly everyone, which is part of the reason we love this haircut. It’s also incredibly versatile so style it up, down, straight, wavy; honestly, the options are endless.

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1920s-Inspired Bob

Nina Dobrev bob with fringe
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Nina Dobrev’s 1920s-inspired bob is sharp and sophisticated. Blunt bangs, which blend into the rest of the hair, add to the look, as do a slight roll-under and glossy finish.

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Lob With Baby Bangs

Emma Roberts blunt bangs
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Emma Roberts’ blunt cut is defined largely by her baby bangs, which are short and straight across. They tend to work best on those with straight hair since wavy or curly textures will require more styling time and upkeep.

For a slightly more natural look, have your stylist cut bangs vertically, which will help them lie better against the face.

 

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Tucked-Under Bob With Bangs

Jeannie Mai bob with bangs
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Jeannie Mai’s tucked-under bob provides a nod to the 1960s. The sleek and glossy texture, however, is pure 2020s. “To wear and style a blunt-line haircut, opt for a flat brush instead of a rounded brush for your blow-dry—and this is true even if you are going to add some wave or bend to your style,” says Patterson.

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Long and Straight With Wispy Bangs

Camila Cabello with long straight hair with bangs
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Camila Cabello’s long, straight locks look great with blunt edges, and the addition of wispy bangs helps to frame the face. “Finish this look by either kissing just the ends with a flatiron or creating some bends and waves with a curling iron (or the combo of a flat iron and curling iron),” says Patterson, who recommends the Ion Titanium Pro Curling Iron ($45).

FAQ
  • Will a blunt haircut look good on thin hair?

    Yes. A blunt haircut will give the appearance of thicker tresses, which is definitely a plus if you’ve got thin or thinning hair. But even if you opt for blunt ends, you may want to stick with cuts that are mid-length or shorter since a lengthy mane can exacerbate thin hair.

  • Should I get a blunt haircut if I have thick hair?

    Typically, blunt cuts will appeal most to those who want to feign thickness. Still, that’s not to say that a blunt cut can’t work for thick hair. The key is incorporating subtle layering to remove some bulk while keeping ends blunt. Or, if you want to showcase your thick mane, you can’t go wrong with a blunt lob.

  • Do blunt haircuts have layers?

    You may have heard that blunt haircuts are one length all around. While that’s the case for most blunt haircuts, you can still wear a blunt cut that has layers as long as ends are kept at a uniform length. Those with thicker hair might opt for a blunt haircut with subtle layers to lend movement and remove some weight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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