Your Everything Guide to the Blunt Cut Haircut

Styling Trends

For as long as regular cuts have been a prerequisite of beautiful hair, layers have been dutifully snipped into locks, both mermaid-long and pixie-short. They have their benefits – volume, shape and texture, to name a few – but, while layers are always in style, there’s a new trending trim rising to the fore. Enter the blunt cut.

Straight-across scissoring gets a bad rap for seeming far too… well, simple. Little do non-hairdressers know, it takes a skilful hand to perfect a blunt cut hairstyle. Best suited to clients with fine hair, this Bella Hadid-approved ‘do makes the cut look thicker, while thick-haired clients will achieve a ‘stacked’ effect that works well with waves and curls. The cut also works its magic on embattled ends that are starting to look wispy. If tapered tips are the hallmark of a damaged mane, it only makes sense to opt for a sharp outline.

So, how do you create the look for your clients? All you need is a comb, a good pair of scissors and maximum patience as you work through the hair section-by-section. Use minimal tension to avoid unwanted graduation and be prepared to tackle layers: if they’re long you can cut the base line to meet the layers, while shorter layers should be softened so they seamlessly blend with mid-lengths. Pair the cut with a bob or lob length for the most flattering effect and recommend trims every six to eight weeks to maintain the sharpest shape.

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As for styling, straight appears to be the look du jour for a blunt cut. On the catwalk, we saw severe chops receive extra impact when teamed with a poker-straight finish. To style this look on your clients, generously mist hair with EIMI Thermal Image to safeguards strands, then glide Pro Straight Color from root to tip for a super-sleek look. If you get requests for a tousled curl, wrap two-inch sections of hair around the Pro-Curl Tong, focusing on the middle before heating the ends very quickly.

And that’s how you create a modern-looking, straight-across cut that clients will love. Put bluntly, it might just be the haircut of the season.

For more hair tips and inspiration, check out the Wella Professionals Instagram. Don’t forget to share your clients’ favourite blunt cut looks by tagging your own creations with @WellaHair #AskForWella.