The Mushroom Haircut Is Back And It’s Edgier!

Written by Lopa KJul 04, 2024
The Mushroom Haircut Is Back And It’s Edgier!

Classic haircuts never really go out of fashion, they usually just evolve. And the same thing can be said for the mushroom haircut for ladies. We know them more popularly as bowl cuts. Even if you weren't a fan as a kid, these cuts now have a retro appeal that makes them really cool. Plus, they'e incredibly low maintenance. 

Mushroom Haircuts: The Basics 

The mushroom haircut, popularised by The Beatles in the 1960s as a symbol of mod fashion, later became a favourite among ’90s boy bands. Over the last few years, it’s had another resurgence. 

Remember Zendaya showing up with a bowl cut at the 2016 Met Gala? And 2nd-gen K-pop was all about this look, thanks to SHINee. But it doesn’t have to be the classic bowl cut if you're unsure about pulling it off. We've thoroughly researched all the different types of mushroom cuts available. So go ahead, explore your options, and take your pick! 

Mastering the Mushroom Haircut  

So, how do you style the mushroom haircut? If you don’t want the retro look, simply add more layers. A textured cut looks less helmet-y and more edgy. Choppy layers are in and can be adapted to this haircut as well. Keep the top longer and the sides shorter—maybe even an undercut, if you are up for it. 

If you need some more modern styling tips, we’ve got you. Here are some hair product recommendations to keep your mushroom haircut looking its best. 

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Get your hands on a hair mask to keep your hair soft and healthy. The Dove 10 in 1 Shine Revive Treatment Hair Mask uses multivitamins that leave your hair nourished and shiny.  

Frizzy hair can make even a chic look like a mushroom haircut look unkempt. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum has argan oil and keratin which turns your hair smooth and manageable. 

If you are in the mood to heat-style your hair, say adding a couple of curls or blow-drying, prep your hair with a heat spray like TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray. This way, your hair is protected from the heat that could otherwise damage your locks. 

Iconic Mushroom Haircut Styles to Try 

We’ve compiled our favourite mushroom haircut examples—from celebrity haircuts to everyday style inspiration. 


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1. Classic Mushroom Cut 

Thin and brittle hair? Go for the classic mushroom cut. This cut features front bangs that almost touch the eyes and creates a sensual look. Also, this one gives an illusion of a longer neck. 

2. The Buzz 

Different and edgy, personalised haircuts are the saviour of the classic bowl silhouette. So, if you want to try something brave and are not afraid of drastic alterations to your looks, try this mushroom cut. This is a stacked haircut where the part near your nape is cut into a V-shaped buzz cut.  

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3. Curly Crop   

Have curly hair? Cute mushroom haircuts can still be yours, but with a twist. While straight and wavy hair can easily sport the cut, for curly hair, adding an undercut can transform the look. This way, your mop of curls rests on your head and gives you that mushroom illusion. 


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4. Layered Mushroom  

If a simple bowl cut or mushroom cut feels a bit bland for you, try adding a few layers for volume and extra oomph. Want to make it even edgier? Adding different colours to separate layers is one of the best modern styling tips for any haircut. 


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5. Asymmetrical Cut 

If you want something different, go for an uneven mushroom cut, more properly known as an asymmetrical mushroom cut. This haircut has various lengths of hair strands with patchy spikes and fringes.  


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6. Tousled Bangs 

Tousled and slightly messy hair always looks fresh. Add texture to the classic mushroom or bowl cut to make it look more modern. If you want to up the ante even more, then use some hair gel on your bangs to hold the style. 

7. Mushroom Lob 

Want to burn up the retro floor? Shroom out your lob. Your bangs and the outer layers that frame the sides of your face should have blunt edges. Blow dry inwards for that mushroom finish and you’re done.  

FAQs about Mushroom Haircuts  

Q1. What mushroom haircut suits fine hair?  

If you have fine hair that is straight and lacks volume, add side-swept bangs to your haircut. It puffs up your hair and is also a good option if you have a large forehead. 

Q2. Can I have mushroom haircut with long hair? 

Yep, even long hair can add an element of mushroom cut. Long mushroom haircut mostly involves long straight hair and then taking the outer layers and cutting them in a bowl or mushroom cut at the crown. Then blow dry in an inward direction and you’re ready! 

Q3. What face shape suits the bowl cut? 

A mushroom or bowl cut suits all face shapes as it frames your face. It also suits all hair types whether you have thick or thin hair! 

Lopa K

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