Remember when you were once told short haircuts might make you look boyish? Well, it’s time to finally give up that thinking for good. Hair doesn’t have to dictate a specific gender, and the gender neutral haircut is in. That’s why you’ve seen celebs like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Zoë Kravitz owning more androgynous styles like pixie cuts, bobs, and even bringing back the mullet.
Though there are a few genderless styles that will let you play around with length, most gender neutral haircuts tend to go shorter, so if you want to opt for one, prepare to chop off a few strands. But, how short you go is entirely up to you and your preferences. Kristin Bertolini, owner of private salon suite Rebel Roots hair, says there are no rules to achieving a genderless look. “I always advise potential clients to search by the cut, not the gender. For example, if there is an actor or actress that has a style they’re looking for, no matter the gender, show me those pictures.”
Instead, she advises that if you are going for a genderless look, your cut should reflect your lifestyle. “If you don’t like to spend a lot of time styling, or don’t prefer to use a lot of styling product, opt for a lower-maintenance cut over a cut that involves excessive styling.” She also says that though short hair can down on styling time, it does still require a lot of maintenance. “Remember, the shorter the cut, the more trips to the salon for upkeep. The average lifespan of a short cut is 3-7 weeks,” Bertolini notes.
You should also work with your hairstylist to pick a haircut that flatters your face shape, Bertolini adds. But one tip she has is to make sure your hair is cut strategically. “If there are points in your face you’d rather not draw focus to, always avoid cuts that are their heaviest in those areas. For example, diamond face shapes should avoid styles that are bulky at the cheekbones,” she says
If you’re feeling inspired to take on your own androgynous look, here are a few gender neutral haircut ideas that flatter all kinds of face shapes and lifestyles.
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