A blunt haircut is 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."
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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.
Click through to see the blunt cuts we're loving right now, plus tips from Patterson and hairstylist St. Jean.
Joan Smalls wears a blunt cut that goes a little past her shoulders, with an undone texture that is great for when you just can't be bothered to do anything fancy. "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.
Hailey Bieber's blunt cut wavy lob 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, which is infused with rice protein to add texture and hold.
Rita Ora's deep side part adds depth to her bob-length blunt cut. 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 over top.
The beauty of Khloé Kardashian's blunt cut is that a few subtle layers help to frame her face. The remaining hair remains pin straight and side-parted, with the blunt ends continuing all the way around her head.
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, but the top of hair is pulled back, for a modern take on a traditionally preppy look. For a little more pizzazz, incorporate a fun accessory into your hair.
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.
This sleek bob is great for any kind of formal event. Plus, it's super easy 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 ($25) for a shiny finish and serious hold.
Lob With Wavy Texture
Selena Gomez has changed her hair numerous times over her career, from super long to a lob with blunt ends, seen here. This low-maintenance lob is great for everyday and, as Patterson notes, makes hair look voluminous.
"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."
Platinum and Swept Back
Just like sister Khloé, Kim Kardashian has sported a blunt cut, seen here with platinum hair. Here, she keeps her style pulled back, but not rigid. For a similar look, try a product that offers weightless hold, like Verb Ghost Hairspray ($18).
Middle-Part With a Curve
We love Julianne Hough's middle-part in this blunt lob look. Use a blow-dryer to curve hair inward, to frame the face as seen here, and smooth down flyaways with some hairspray or gel for a look as smooth as hers. We like Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode Flexible Hold Hairspray ($32).
J.Lo's long bob is made all the more fresh with blunt ends and plenty of texture. For that "perfectly undone" texture, add a sea salt mist or texturizing spray to your hair and muss it up a bit.
Bella Hadid takes the blunt trend up a notch, tying it in a ponytail that perfectly displays the straightened ends. This look works best with extensions or synthetic hair.
Dramatic Cut With Volume
Gabrielle Union's voluminous bob is artful, thanks to an A-line shape. For this look, you'll want a product with lots of hold, such as R+Co. Outer Space Flexible Hairspray.
"If you’re afraid of it looking too child-like or triangle-like, ask your stylist to lighten up or remove bulk at the weight line," says 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."
Kacy Hill's bouncy waves are pure drama due to their allover blunt length. Mini bangs add balance and interest.
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 through the rest of the hair. A little heat and the right product will work wonders.
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.
A Flip With Fringe
Flipped-out hair like model Winnie Harlow's isn't always easy to pull off, but she grounds the look with fringed bangs. Shine through the blunt ends is key. We recommend Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine ($31) for a similar look.
Bob With Bend
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 "because you can either wear this sleek and smooth, or add beach waves and texturizing spray to add some personality to the look."
Bedhead With Volume
Actress Lana Condor's blunt-cut bob is teased to perfection. For a heavily textured, undone look like this, spritz on a spray like Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist ($34) before scrunching the ends as you rough-dry hair.
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.
Nina Dobrev's 1920s-inspired bob is sharp and sophisticated, with a slight roll-under and a glossy finish. Blunt bangs, which blend into the rest of the hair, add to the look.
Jeannie Mai's roll-under with bangs 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.
Emma Roberts' blunt cut is defined largely by her mini bangs, which are short and straight across. Here, her eyebrows are darker than her blonde hair, providing an interesting contrast and a more modern look.
For a slightly more natural look, have your stylist cut bangs vertically, which will help them lie better against the face.
Long With Bangs
Camila Cabello's long, straight locks look great with blunt edges, and the addition of a wide bang helps 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 ($40).