Boy cuts for girls was a huge trend back in the 90s - adolescent girls rocking the look with their tomboyish separates and frilly dresses alike! Contrary to popular belief, a boy cut isn’t just any short haircut, they have to be either androgynous or a popular haircut trend usually sported by men. They also have to be short enough to expose your ears and the nape of your neck. Boyish haircuts are very edgy, confident and a statement look for anyone bold enough to go get one. They can help hit a restart on your mane or fulfil your super-short hair fantasy while being low-maintenance and trendy at the same time. So, if you have decided to go snip-snip on your tresses for something that will give your look a complete makeover, here are a few trendy boy cut ideas to look into...
- 1. Side shaved
- 2. Undercut
- 3. Modern bowl cut
- 4. Top heavy curls
- 5. Fade haircut
- 6. Femme mullet
- 7. Softly cropped
- 8. Grown out buzz cut
- 9. High pomp
- 10. Feathered pixie
- 11. Short shag
- FAQs about boy cut
1. Side shaved
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This side-parted and shaved boy cut style is a perfect option if you like to wear your hair to one side. Pick your favourite part and keep it long in a cowlick style. The smaller part can either be shaved closely or left with a little bit of length to make the cut more versatile and safe. This haircut is sure to bring all the drama and contrasting lengths, yet look pretty at the same time.
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Quite popular among celebrities, the undercut is a chic way to get your head shaved, but keep the whole look subtle and approachable. The idea of an undercut is to create two different kinds of textures in your hair and to use varying proportions of hair to add depth and character to your mane. You can get any section of your hair buzzed, as long as you are leaving longer sections to fall on them effortlessly.
3. Modern bowl cut
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What us desi girls know as the 'Katora' cut, the bowl-cut has since evolved from being slightly geeky to uber stylish in modern times. The contemporary and updated bowl cut is cleaner, with lots of body and a slight hipster vibe for girls who like to experiment with their hair. In addition to achieving the traditional rounded shape on top, modern bowl cuts can also be accompanied by heavy bangs, textured layers or a hidden undercut to lighten up a really thick and heavy mane.
4. Top heavy curls
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If your hairdresser has ever advised you against going short for curly hair, you need not pay heed to that! Curly hair can also be rocked in a boy-cut, with this top-heavy cut that is just so cool. For hair that’s tightly curled, coiled or kinky, this asymmetrical cut will be such a head-turner. Go for well-defined and controlled curls on top and a slightly tapered cut on the sides to create lots of contrast in terms of texture.
5. Fade haircut
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A trendy haircut among men of all ages, the fade is also one of the edgiest ones. It incorporates a close head shave to show a gradual fade of hair from full body to none. For women, it is updated by keeping the section near the temples clipped smaller and softer, when compared to the forehead. Clipping too close near the forehead can make the cut too intense and sharp, so make sure you are getting the altered version.
6. Femme mullet
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Insanely popular with rockstars back in the 80s, the mullet is not meant for the weak hearted! The haircut is usually thick in the front, tapered in the middle and longer at the back. But we would recommend you stay as far from the traditional mullet as possible and go for the updated version. The newer femme mullet has a lighter, wispier neckline, with a longer and heavier fringe at the front to add more structure to the cut.
7. Softly cropped
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Emma Watson getting rid of her gorgeous blonde hair was a shock to all 90s babies, but boy did she pull it off like a pro! Soft cropped cuts are a good way to protect your hair from shearing or feathering, both of which can sometimes lead to split ends. It is also a cleaner version of the pixie, but a bit more shorter and boyish than the traditional girly vibe.
8. Grown out buzz cut
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Similar to the mullet, the buzz cut is also not meant for the weak-hearted. This cut is the closest you will come to a totally shaved head, with a quarter of an inch of hair left behind to maintain some texture and give it a ‘grown out’ feel. A trend started by fashion 'IT' girls like Cara Delevingne and Kristen Stewart, this one will take a lot of thinking through. Also, try to go for a more casual buzz, instead of trying to keep it even on all sides - the bumps in your head should still be covered with enough hair to camouflage it perfectly.
9. High pomp
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The pomp, or feminine pompadour, is a high-fashion cut commonly seen on the runways and red carpets. The pomp has a distinctive look, with the hair on the top being super high, usually styled in twists and added structure and dimension. This is also a versatile cut, because if you do not wish to style it so high on certain days, you can just lay it flat on one side and still look like you belong to a loud and proud rock band!
10. Feathered pixie
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The traditional pixie cut is very feminine and chic, with clean lines and twisty baby tendrils added in the front. The boyish version of the pixie, however, is cut in a more ruffled-up and feathered style, making it the perfect contrast for anyone with sharp features looking to soften them. Keep the cut narrower from the forehead and add lots of weight on top to make your face look fuller.
11. Short shag
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The shag is one of the trendiest haircuts right now so it is obvious that a super short, boyish version of the style has hit the scene. The short shag maintains the cool, French-girl vibe, cut in a way that it looks messy and unkempt, even when you do style it. With the addition of casual bangs that seamlessly blend into the rest of the hair cut, this is indeed a super fun option to try for your next hair makeover.
FAQs about boy cut
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1) Are boy cut hairstyles popular with celebrities?
A. Yes, boy cut hairstyles have always been quite popular with celebrities who like to experiment with their hair. Even though Indian celebs may not have accepted them as an attention-worthy trend, in the rest of the world, they are considered to be quite edgy and smart.
2) How long does it take to grow out a boy cut?
A. Once you decide to get a boy cut, you have to be patient about the regrowth. On average, it takes 7-10 months for a boy cut to grow out into a bob and about 16-17 months for you to be able to have enough length to tie a ponytail.
3) What products do I need to style a boy cut?
A. The best part about boy cuts is that they can be left to their own devices and look good, without any need for styling. But if you do want to change up your look, invest in a good texturising cream for volume and body. You can also get a manipulator/moulding cream to create sleek partings and/or lay down buzzed hair to get a cleaner look.