We’re going to put this bluntly: You can wear a blunt cut. After showing up on Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2015 runway last fall, the layer-less haircut has repeatedly shown up in fashion spreads and on the heads of Hollywood and fashion nobility alike, including street style star Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Vintage, supermodel Jourdan Dunn and actresses Lucy Hale, Emma Stone and Jessica Alba. This week, we spotted Dakota Johnson at the Venice Film Festival’s premier of Black Mass sporting a shoulder-length lob with an adorable flip, ‘60-inspired bangs and nary a layer in sight. We were sold and within minutes had booked an appointment with our fave stylist.
If you haven’t been blunt since the days of the “Rachel” shag but want to give it a try, don’t be intimidated. A blunt haircut works with almost every texture and face shape and is super versatile. Make it rocker chic with spray gel and a scrunch of the ends, or wear it straight and sleek for a sophisticated take. However you style it, here are 4 must-own tools and products to track down before you take the chop.
The Pro Shears
Yasaka 4.5 Inches Cutting Shears, $210
We don’t recommend always cutting your own hair, but a good pair of professional styling shears come in handy when you see a split end. And if you’ve ever had a blunt cut before, you know that split ends pop up like weeds on single-length locks. Keep a pair of these in your medicine cabinet for quick—and conservative—trims.
The Paddle Brush
Harry Josh Wooden Paddle Brush, $40
Unlike a round brush, a good paddle brush straightens hair without creating too much volume at the sides of the crown—think Jacqueline Kennedy’s ‘60s-era bubble cut. Hold this brush in place while aiming your blow dryer’s diffuser down the strands for a sleek, straight finish with just enough bend.
The Hot Tool
GHD Platinum Professional Styler, $249
This is the mother of all irons. It protects your hair from heat damage with patented tri-zone technology so your super-straight style doesn’t go super-straggly. With a flick of the wrist, adding waves is easy thanks to floating plates with curved edges.
The Styling Cream
Living Proof Weightless Styling Spray, $36
A blunt cut adds volume to thin strands but can weigh down hair of any texture if you don’t use the right product. This weightless styling spray creates silky smooth shine and volume that lasts.