The Saucy Shaggy Bowl Cut

Brace yourselves: the bowl haircut is BACK!  Sometimes called the mushroom cut or shaggy bowl, this silhouette is short with the front, sides, and back being the same length (similar to the perimeter of a bowl) and the hair on top is left longer. Worn straight, it can be chic, but adding texture creates a more organic or even punk vibe. 

“All trends are inspired by elements of the past mixed with current fashion, lifestyle, and social influences. It’s that constant evolution of our points of view that keeps style exciting,” says Sam Villa, co-founder and chief creative officer of Sam Villa and global artistic ambassador for Redken. “The key to curating your point of view is to constantly be motivated to try new things,” says Teresa Romero, creative director at Sam Villa and artistic/education director at Jose Luis Salon. 

Predicting hair trends is both an art and science. It involves analyzing current hairstyles, fashion, pop culture, social media, and lifestyle. In this collaboration, Villa and Romero were inspired by a traditional bowl haircut and the carefree layers of a grown-out pixie haircut. This hybrid cut of precision foundations and textured layers can be worn in multiple ways and easily adapted to different face shapes and hair types. The precision perimeter provides structure and definition, while the shaggy layers add volume and depth to the interior.  

How To: Shaggy Bowl Cut 

  1. Isolate the front fringe area from the rest of the hair, and in natural fall and without tension, cut fringe to just below the eyebrow.  
    Woman receiving a bowl haircut
  2. Keep the interior of the sides full by combing hair straight down. Clean up the perimeter around the ears and temple area. Finish by personalizing the side burn.  

  1. Top: Elevate hair straight up, and with vertical and horizontal partings, angle shears slightly and point cut to add airy movement to the ends.  

  1. Comb all of the top hair forward and slide cut in a crisscross pattern to create additional root movement.  

Bowl haircut being combed

  1. Wrap dry with a Sam Villa Signature Series 9 Row Finishing Brush and Artist Series Professional Blow Dryer for a polished straight finish or add texture and waves on the go with the handy Sam Villa Pro Results Cordless Flat Iron.   

Woman with a bowl haircut  Side view of shaggy bowl haircut

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