Three little words can sum up the spring and summer 2019 haircuts that are about to be everywhere: blunt, short, and bold. Hairstylists across the country agree that clients are ready to make some major changes; and just as everyone’s shedding their winter layers, most people seem to be shedding a little length, too.
Of course, those keywords are open to interpretation. One popular variation involves the clean, fresh lines of an all-one-length bob. “The blunt, collarbone-length cut is universally flattering and makes hair look thicker, fuller, and healthier,” Justine Marjan, a celebrity hairstylist who works with New Yorkers Ashley Graham and Karlie Kloss, tells The Zoe Report. On the left coast, the cut takes on a carefree persona. “I love a really blunt cut — when not styled at all, it still has a statement,” Ashley Streicher, a celebrity hairstylist (her clients include Mandy Moore and Kiernan Shipka) and a member of the R+Co Collective, tells TZR. “It’s a perfect cut that’s worn a bit messier.”
Actually, embracing “messy” hair seems to be a bit of a theme. Marjan is feeling the look of messy bangs — the ideal style switch-up for those who can’t commit to a dramatic chop — and Coby Alcantar, the Director of Training & Content, Cutting for Oribe Hair Care, says the tousled, ‘70s-inspired shag is back, baby.
Ahead, the five haircuts experts suggest for spring and summer 2019 — from defined lines to textured waves and everything in between.
"I've been seeing a lot of clean, classic, short, one-length haircuts this season, Whitney Hunt, a stylist at the Oscar Blandi Salon in New York City, tells The Zoe Report. “It's trending because it gives that fresh look. In addition, it adds manageability which is perfect for the summer, as people want less maintenance with the heat and humidity. Lastly, it adds a bit of thickness and fullness to the hair."
“While people are shying away from the super-long hair that was so trendy, this look is a happy medium for anyone who doesn’t want to do a really big chop,” Fitzsimons says of his favorite look of the moment, mid-length waves. “It’s also very versatile, so you can add in layers and texture to create definition.”
“People are definitely wanting to go shorter and more bold,” Streicher says. The most popular way to get the look? The blunt bob.
“We’re seeing celebrities everywhere chopping off their hair into blunt bobs and lobs,” Andrew Fitzsimons, a NatureLab. TOKYO brand ambassador whose clients include Kourtney Kardasian and Kylie Jenner, tells TZR. “A lot of woman look amazing in this cut. It’s especially flattering for anyone with a heart-shaped faces, or if you have a defined jawline. When cut at the proper length, the blunt bob/lob will highlight all your best features.”
“The shag haircut is blowing up on social media,” Alcantar says. “It’s not super new, but it’s definitely happening right now. The great thing about our take on the modern shag is that there’s room for variation — from emulating the ‘70s retro phenomenon, all the way to just softening long bobs with a semi-shag look.”
Not ready to say goodbye to longer locks? Marjan suggests testing the waters of a short cut with piecey fringe. “I love messy bangs to frame the face and instantly add something to a cut, if you don’t want to go for a full chop,” she says.