Medium, blunt hairstyles are not new, not by any means, but this year, it feels as though they made a definite mark on the heads of celebrities, models, hairstylists, and, yes, even us. The deliberately chopped ends make your hairstyle feel fresh, new—certainly healthy—and decidedly chic. It's a way to tone down the barrel curls and overworked styles of years' past, creating a more effortless look that still holds up even when you're set out to look polished. "Every hair texture benefits from this style," notes Danielle Pfeifer, a stylist at Sally Hershberger Salon in New York City. "It makes fine hair look thicker and thick hair look cooler. It gets rid of that rounded 'cutesy' look," she says.
Below, we rounded up the best of the bunch, the medium, blunt hairstyles we haven't been able to get out of our heads all year. Celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian, Laura Harrier, and Hailey Bieber have all left an indelible mark on the industry, allowing the masses to use their looks as inspiration. Keep scrolling for our favorites.
Andrew Fitzsimons, an Irish-born celebrity hairstylist who frequently styles the Kardashians' hair, is the one who cut Kourtney's latest 'do, creating a blunt, medium style that's cool, effortless-looking, and a far cry from her previous super-long signature hair. That being said, the style looks new and fresh, modern but still easy, and allows for tons of style inspiration.
Laura Harrier's longtime stylist, Lacy Redway, is an icon in the industry. Harrier's hair, which changes all the time thanks to Redway (from smooth to curly and back again), always has one gorgeous aspect remain consistent: her blunt ends. They're gorgeous, piecey, and absolutely covetable.
Shay Mitchell, another celebrity who's known to wear her hair long and middle-parted, switched things up this year—allowing celebrity hairstylist Jesus Guerrero to take her from long layers to a medium, blunt cut (and even a shorter blunt bob). She's a beauty chameleon, and her look is pretty much always awe-inspiring.
Hailey Bieber has been rocking this shorter look for a while now, keeping her look simple and air-dried more often than overly styled. That's what we love about a blunt hairstyle. It can look casual and chic without much effort—never overly fussy or overworked.
Tessa Thompson, another one of Redway's clients, shows off her natural curls with a blunt end. Sometimes it's cropped, sometimes a bit longer, but Redway keeps her style pure perfection each time.