Much ink was spilled over the classic bowl haircuts for men, and even more, photos have been shared of it. It has the reputation of being one of the less fortunate styling ideas mankind has come up with over the years. The name alone can give you an inkling of why. It has a very straight fringe, and the rest of the hair has to follow the exact same length all the way around the head. This results in the cut looking as if someone literally placed a bowl on top of your head, upside down, of course, and traced it with a pair of scissors.
Can modern styling change the way we see the bowl haircut? We believe so because we have found 45 handsome ideas that might just make you want to try this forgotten trend.
1. What Is a Bowl Haircuts
Some have called it the Comic Sans of haircuts. Regardless, the bowl haircut is a very simple hairstyle which you can do at home. That is why it was mostly addressed to children and pauper people, who couldn’t afford to see a barber.
2. Blonde Bowl Haircuts
Maybe a nonconventional color can spruce things up a bit? Dying your hair in this shade of iceberg pink can help shift the eye away from the fact that you are, indeed, wearing a classic bowl haircut. It can also help make it a lot cooler than it was back in the day.
3. The Oxford Bowl Haircuts
How about a bowl cut for college? Before you say that sounds like your worst dream, take a look at this. It’s a bowl version of the very classic and handsome Oxford hairstyle. We believe that, with the proper clothing and accessories, you can definitely pull this one off.
4. The Caesar Bowl Haircuts
This is a bowl cut mixed with a Caesar. In other words, you can see that, in the front, the bangs are bit longer and more tousled than they’re supposed to be and than the rest of the hairline. That would be the Caesar kicking in. Cool, huh?
5. The Classic Bowl
Here’s the classic bowl haircut from behind, with a bit of an undercut, to give it a more modern spin. It even has that puffed up quality we all remember it to have after our moms used to wash our hair for picture day. Those were the times!
6. Bowl Cut with Bangs
This is the literal bowl cut, in which the length of the bangs in the front matches the rest of the hair exactly. You can also let your sideburns grow out a little bit if you want to add a more mature touch. This is, after all, a haircut for children.
7. Street Style Bowl Haircuts
You might not believe it, but bowl haircuts can also be badass. It’s all in the way you style and accessorize them. We suggest you pair your bowl cut with a bald shave as well as a nose piercing. And, of course, it has to do with your attitude.
8. The Barely There Bowl Haircuts
Here’s how you get the best of both worlds. You get a layered hairstyle that allows you to pretend to have a bowl haircut. At the rate at which your hair is growing, you’ll be rid of it in just a few weeks, no worries!
9. How to Do a Mushroom Cut
The mushroom is a relation of the bowl cut. Get it? A mushroom and a bowl? Bad joke, we know. Still, the hairstyles are related. The mushroom cut was really big back in the 60s, and it’s seeing a comeback right now. This is the very modern, trendy, and edgy version of it.
10. The Smaller Mushroom
Since we’re on the topic, we decided to show you what a trimmed mushroom cut looks like. Instead of stopping at the tip of your ears, your stylist will actually go on, cutting most of your hair. The remainder will look like the cap of a mushroom, hence the name of cut itself.
11. The Champignon Cut
You can even dye this cut blonde and turn it into a virtual champignon instead of a regular mushroom cut. This model is actually posing in between ferns in a forest to give you a better look at what you should be striving for as far as your summer look should be concerned.
12. The Bowl Haircuts with Beard
This style is relatively straightforward and very manly. It is, in fact, the grown-up version of the bowl cut which was intended for children, mainly boys. However, we love the fact that the hairstyle is not disconnected at the temples.
13. The Blue Bowl Haircuts
If you want to take this haircut one step further and make it even more modern, you can go for a kooky color. This example is a pale gunmetal gray streaked with watered inky blue. It resulted in a rainy day watercolor masterpiece of a hairstyle which we love.
14. Asian Bowl Cut
Masters of innovations, the Asians have found a way to breathe new life into this dusty 80s hairstyle as well. They kept the hair short at the back and discontinued the round line. In this way, it looks manlier and, we have to admit, a lot more badass.
15. Bowl Cut Maintenance
Evidently, this depends on the type of bowl cut you have. However, if you do have the classic version, the good news is that you can groom it right at home by yourself. Use a large bowl and trim your hairs when you feel the need. Add some glossing agent when you’re done.
16. Layered Bowl Cut
If you decide to go for layers and texture, we suggest you try to add some color as well. It’s the best way to show off your hair’s layering. For example, you can keep your hair’s natural color as a basis and then dye the upper layers blonde.
17. Modern Bowl Haircuts for Men
A modern bowl doesn’t have to follow the exact same patterns and routines like the ones from the 80s. You can get as creative and liberal as you want. In this example, the stylist has chosen to end the bangs in a sharp and overlong corner.
18. How to Fix a Bowl Cut
The bowl haircut was invented for one reason. So that you could do it at home. Therefore, if you need a bit of fixing up to do, find a smaller bowl and work off that until you get a straight line again.
19. Undercut Bowl Haircuts for Men
There is no better way to bring the bowl into our modern day and age than by combining it with an undercut. Add some high-quality products to this equation, a killer style, and you have yourself a winning look.
20. Emo Bowl Haircuts for Men
You can even combine the emo trend with a nice bowl haircut if you’re feeling nostalgic for your childhood in the 80s. Once again, it’s all about the accessories you use as well as the clothes you choose to wear. These are the items that can make or break your entire look.
21. Funny Bowl Cuts
It’s impossible to have been browsing the internet at some point and not having come across some article or thread about funny pictures of haircuts. The bowl haircut was surely among them. But don’t let this hinder you. You’re way cooler and more stylish than this, and you know it!
22. The Casual Bowl Haircuts for Men
Once your hair grows out a bit, you can turn your bowl into a fantastically casual hairstyle. It will be a perfect fit for both the office and late in the evening when you go for a bite to eat at your favorite restaurant.
23. Spiky Bowl Haircuts for Men
How about adding some mini spikes to your bowl cut? Have you ever thought about that? We bet you haven’t. But this is another way in which you can modernize this lovely cut. Take a handful of mousse or some hair wax and create tiny spikes out of your bowl.
24. Violet Blue Bowl Haircuts for Men
Here’s another nontraditional color which we thought would look amazing as a bowl. It’s a violet blue that will surely bring out the color of your eyes as well as your skin tone, thanks to its very low bangs. You can thank us later.
25. Pink and Purple Bowl Haircuts for Men
Another great combination for your bowl haircut needs is this fantastic strawberry sorbet pink and dusty lavender purple. In this way, you will stand out from the crowd not only through your hairstyle but through your hair color as well.
26. Pudding Basin Haircut
If you lived in England, this is what your haircut bowl haircut would be called – a pudding basin cut. It’s virtually the same thing. The only difference is that it seems as though the Brits love to use pudding basins instead of regular bowls when they cut their own hair.
27. Summer Bowl Haircuts for Men
In case you were wondering what should you be wearing this summer in terms of festival looks, wonder no more. It’s the modern bowl cut to the rescue once more. Add some layers and depth to it and you will be the envy of everyone there.
28. The Feathery Bowl Cut
Instead of keeping it all round and uniform all over your head, why not go for the feathery version? It’s a lot more carefree. Not to mention just how easier it is to maintain. A snip here, a clip there, and you’re ready to go out the door.
29. Short Bowl Haircut
Bowl haircuts come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, it all depends on how big of a bowl you have. Or on how long you want your fringe to be. Because these two factors are the determinants of the length of hair that will envelop the rest of your head.
30. The Super Short Bowl Haircut
This, for example, is a super short bowl cut. We dare say a saucer was used to get this cut instead of a bowl, but it falls under the same category nonetheless, since regular kitchen item were used to get the desired results.
31. At the London Fashion Week
If you were not convinced that the bowl is making a comeback, here’s a look from the autumn-winter 2017 Street Style Men’s Look Book at the London Fashion Week. What can you notice apart from the flawless fashion? A bowl haircut!
32. The Modern Schoolboy
The cut may also be used to conserve your youth forever with a certain flair for teenage fashion. This is a take on the traditional school uniform, complete with blue camouflage tie, which seems to say that school is a war ground and cheap nylon backpack.
33. How to Style a Bowl Cut
Why don’t you try it like an off-duty supermodel? Once again it all has to do with the way you style it. If you manage to find the right equilibrium between your haircut, accessories, and the cool clothes you are wearing, you have won the hipster golden ticket.
34. Bold Cut Hairstyle
Here’s our advice. If you really want to go for the bowl haircut, then we suggest you go all the way. Embrace it because it’s about to become one of the biggest hipster trends. There should be no in-between. Get the full bowl or don’t get one at all.
35. Clean Cut Bowl
An under shave is always a good save if you want to modernize the bowl cut, we’ve said that before. Add a lumberjack shirt and a hoop earring and you might find yourself on a trend wagon that will lead you to style success in no time.
36. Textured Bowl Haircut
A bit of tousle never hurt anybody. This can be your summer or beach look. In fact, here’s a tip. For amazing tousled strands, get some mermaid sea salt spray from the ladies’ department. Let it dry in the wind, and you will look amazing.
37. Back to the 70s
Another way to go with your bowl cut is by taking it back to the 70s. Evidently, this has more to do with accessories and clothing than anything else. Sweatshirts and colorful, plastic sunglasses need to make it back into your life as soon as possible.
38. Pastel Bowl Haircut
Who doesn’t love a good pastel hair color? We dare you to find one person. Other than your grandma, of course. This is light and discolored orchid purple, accessorized with faux, oversized diamond necklace and earrings.
39. Cropped Fringe
If fluffy pastel is not your thing, though, and you’re in the market for something a bit more butch and street, we can offer you this cropped fringe bowl cut. Since it has shaved sides, it also looks a bit like a Caesar, which will make you look even more outstanding.
40. How to Get a Bowl Cut
Younger generations might think it’s a joke, but it’s not. Even though it originated, we think, in the 1920s, the bowl cut was highly popular in the 60s and 70s as a hairstyle for children and young boys from poor families. Their parents would place a bowl on their head and crop around it.
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41. School Days
Speaking of which, this is how you might look like now as a young schoolboy if you decided to go for the modern version of this crop. Evidently, these days you can go to your stylist to get it done, no bowl involved. We promise.
42. Asymmetrical Bowl Haircut
You can even allow you hairstylist to get creative with it. If you do, you might end up with one of these fantastic asymmetrical and highly architectural bowl haircuts that will make everyone in your school envy you.
43. The Half and Half
This is what a half-bowl haircut looks like, in case you were wondering. It only has the typical spherical-looking part of the cut in the front of the head. The back is privy to a crew cut. In fact, from the side, it almost looks like you’re wearing a set of very heavy bangs. Almost.
44. The Long Bowl Haircut
Here’s another interesting variation. Meet the long bowl cut. In this one, only the bangs are extra-long, while the rest of the cut remains the same round bowl which goes around your head. You don’t have to wear it covering your eyes like that. We think.
45. Stylish Bowl Cut
A golden blonde bowl cut, a supersized gold bling chain to match, and a black turtleneck? What can be more stylish than this? What we love about this haircut is the precision of the bangs. They outline the model’s fine facial features and create an excellent balance with his jawline.
So, now you know. The bowl haircut is about to make a huge comeback. As proof, we’ve shown you 45 modern versions of it that you can safely wear without fear of styling shame. What do you reckon? Will you be joining this trend anytime soon? Let us know in the comment section below!
Mia is our junior copywriter and professional hair stylist. She is now working as a hairdresser in West Hollywood and dreams of opening her own salon. Mia is an Economics graduate who has found her true career path by developing a natural passion for men hairstyles and experimenting with vibrant colors. In her free time, Mia chooses to bond with her pets and share her work experience with our readers.